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  • Honestly I think the above idea is the most consistent and satisfying answer that's been articulated in the thread so far. This discussion has gone over and over how it doesn't make any sense, chemically speaking, for steel not to count when cast iron and wrought iron do, so obviously it's not the chemical structure of various forms of iron and steel. Attempts to justify iron as a paragon of Earth essence stumble over why iron has this special property and not other contenders, and explanations to do with adding too much Fire essence during the process of creating steel run afoul of cast iron's...
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  • "I may have poked a bear today ..."
    "Rey, you've been poking other bears?!"...
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  • I thinking about this thread at work yesterday and started humming that song. It really is very character-defining.



    Lan said that a lot, I think it was a Malkieri proverb. It's been a while since I read the books.

    Now try to guess which movie I have on the brain.

    "You see, their morals, their code, it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead
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  • "I made this half-pony, half-monkey monster to please you, but I get the feeling that you don't like it, what's with all the screaming? You like monkeys, you like ponies. Maybe you don't like monsters so much? Maybe I used too many monkeys ... isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?" - Jonathan Coulton (Skullcrusher Mountain)

    "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack ... a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen (Anthem)

    "Act with wisdom, but act...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Help my players defeat the Dowager!
    Haha, oh dear, they heard rumours of a powerful necromancer and assumed it was someone in their league? Maybe remind them that the necromancer alluded to in The Hobbit turned out to be Sauron.

    I recall it being said that the deathlords aren't necessarily Essence 10 these days (and with Essence 5 being a big deal even for elder Exalts, that makes sense). Toning her down from 2nd Ed deathlord power levels is entirely appropriate. Maybe she's only Essence 6 or 7? That's still a bit much for baby Solars to face head-on.

    I suggest that she toys with them a bit. When she...
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  • Okay, I'll have to put Charm summaries and tactics up later, but here she is:

    Cheerful Squirrel – Wood Dragon Stylist
    Description: A well-muscled woman with a shaven head and eyes of a warm brown colour shot through with vibrant green. She wears straw sandals and humble linen robes. She leans on a bow-stave of purple amaranth wood reinforced with green jade. She has a kindly smile for most people, and is patient with those whose education in the Immaculate Texts is lacking. When faced with flagrant injustice or open heresy from those who should know better, her demeanour
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Using sorcery to make war-golems?
    If you're talking about combining a craft project with a sorcerous working in order to produce a mech ... sounds like a job for the First Age artifice rules if ever there was one....
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  • I think what you need is two simultaneous catastrophes. One to give your PC her moment to shine (with anima, but also metaphorically), and one happening elsewhere to keep your Lunar distracted. Then it becomes a plot point and furthers the mystery - they finish dealing with their battle, and on their way home they come upon a scene where, for example, even more enemies have been slaughtered, but with no signs of the victorious side's dead or indeed evidence of a second large force of men at all (no trail or campsites except the invader's).

    If you're thinking raksha for your boss...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Setting Lingo and Fun With Slang
    In a similar (but even less Immaculate-approved) vein: "Ahlat's horns!" or if you're feeling filthy, "Ahlat's horn!"

    Awkward now that they've met Ahlat....
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  • One thing I really hope to see from that book is a major effort to balance the Charm trees of each Ability with Charms from elements other than the dominant one. I don't think that's the kind of shift that can be accomplished by just one backer-Charm though.

    I would still suggest your floral raiment idea as an elemental variant on the other Charm, even if you submit another Charm as your pick. They might go for it.

    Disclaimer: all of my ideas are pet or familiar related tonight because I can't have a puppy and I want one.

    I think it'd be cool to be able...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Setting Lingo and Fun With Slang
    Using "Yu-Shan!" as an exclamation because it really lends itself well to that. Also, "I swear to Yu-Shan you're the biggest moron I've ever met!" etc.

    Servant of Infallible Location is commonly referred to as "Findie Birdie" including by the sorcerer summoning it.

    Abyssals have the ability to sense creatures of death and deathy phenomena in a wide radius. Since it's a modern setting and the characters are aware of sonar technology, they've taken to calling this "pinging".

    Lunar friend going through a really unsubtle...
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  • Ah, you've got a great set-up with Malgra and her shitty attitude and the PC's misguided hero-worship. Being disappointed by your heroes is great story fodder.

    Hooray for mysterious Lunars!

    If she is a back-up clone, the Twilight probably had some way to ensure her mind was also transferred. With the collapse of her sorcerous infrastructure, it's probably no longer working as intended, but if it works partially then after Exalting your PC might end up with anything from really strong past-life flashbacks to a remnant of her First Age self in her head trying to influence...
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