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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Do you play Ex3?
    My Abyssals game started before 3rd ed was out, so we're still in 2.5E. Haven't given any thought to converting over because of the major homebrew investment it would take to make both Abyssals and the Drive and Firearms Charms playable in EX3, but I do have serious system envy. I've run and played a handful of one-shots in 3E and I can't wait to play a full campaign....
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Sapient Animals in 3e
    Not in 3E, but in my 2.5E game I've had ...

    A small hidden nation of ata-strix in the mountains south of Gethamane, based around a manse called the Seat of Owls. They were bred in the First Age to form the entourage of an eccentric Lunar, and many of them were capable of thaumaturgy, or even sorcery. They had a city in the massive tree-manse with industries and infrastructure and an appreciable cache of artifacts, many designed for their use. Then some Abyssals happened, the city was destroyed, their civilisation all but wiped out, and most of them were reanimated as bone strix. The...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to High-Level Antagonists
    I too like using foes the PCs don't want to kill. It may be unwise to kill an enemy because he knows something valuable, or is single-handedly keeping the city fed through the winter with his sorcery, or has blackmail material that will be delivered to your mother-in-law if he doesn't report to his minions in three days, or is actually your brother being manipulated by a captivating lorelei who has made him forget all loyalties but to her, or is a good and noble person trying to do the right thing who doesn't believe you when you try to explain the situation, or is just a clueless asshole who...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to High-Level Antagonists
    The biggest issue you're going to have with high level foes is that you're probably playing them for the first time, whereas your players have been playing their characters for quite some time. Do not try to match your PCs in power by giving the antagonist just as many moving parts. You're not going to be able to play them as effectively, you'll make sub-optimal decisions, you'll get your deathlord summarily murdered in 7 ticks, to throw out a totally random example that just came to mind out of nowhere and which I'm not at all bitter about to this day. *ahem*

    You want to focus on...
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  • A few thoughts.

    1) Reinforcing the idea that Lunars were designed as Solar subordinates has uncomfortable implications for Lunar players, implications that were present in 2E and just dragged things down.
    2) It just isn't the direction EX3 seems to be going with the relationship between the two groups.
    3) Lunars aren't *that* far behind Solars in power. Why or how did Luna create three times as many Celestial exalts as the UCS? Is she just that much more badass? Is he really that much of a miser? A third as many extra feels like personal choice in how much she was willing...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Exalted Adventure Paths
    I don't think the OP is after advice on planning adventures so much as they are looking for existing material. So far in officially published material there is the Tomb of Dreams jumpstart, which is a short adventure suitable for starting characters (it has pre-gen characters but you don't have to use them). It's designed to introduce players to the system. It doesn't lead into a longer story though.

    Other than that, there is community-created content for Exalted on Storyteller's Vault: https://www.storytellersvault.com/br..._45735_0_0_0_0

    I haven't checked...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Non-Human Races?
    I have some outlines for an "actual" non-human race that I might put up on the forums for feedback if I ever get the time to finish their write-up....
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  • "It's raining demons, hallelujah!" *piano riff*


    "I want to know what happens if I shoot it."


    "Okay, if I can't get close enough to shoot safely I guess I'll run away."
    "I'm surprised you aren't trying to get a selfie right now."
    "Oh my god, you're right!" *snaps a selfie with the demon emperor rampaging in the background and sends it to his girlfriend* "I'm asking her if this one is better than the last time."
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  • Spoilers, I guess, for the few people who don't know how the story of KOTOR goes by now.

    Not entirely. Revan had an entirely fictitious past implanted in their head and thus took much longer to catch on, whereas my time-lost sorceress accurately remembers her life up to a point and then has a ~300 year blank in which she somehow becomes an evil witch queen. Revan is also less of a fish out of water because their fake memories are constructed to make sense for the time and place, and the world is still familiar to them for the most part, whereas being centuries out of touch is a whole...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Demons of Isidoros
    Huh, ninja'd. I didn't know those last two were Isidoros'. Guess I never looked into them that closely....
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Demons of Isidoros
    The only one I'm aware of is Ferand, the Chariot of Embers. He's a third circle demon who is either an unstoppable warrior or a chariot, charioteer and horse team fused into one entity. He spreads hellish flame for hundreds of yards around his path, but it doesn't burn those who flee or surrender - he's only interested in those posing a challenge or getting in his way. He has a firebird familiar that sometimes appears to rulers ousted from their thrones, and offers guidance and blessings to help them reclaim their land - but if they ever succeed, Ferand is released into the world.

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  • In a somewhat similar vein ... a tyrannical witch-queen who was coming to the end of the extended lifespan she gave herself with sorcery, and managed to botch the desperate working to give herself true immortality. She returned to the prime of her youth as she intended, but in mind as well as body.

    She wakes up in a circle of standing stones, miles from home and centuries in the future, newly exalted and confused as hell. Everyone she knew is dead. People in the area speak of the terrible sorceress who rules with an iron fist and treats with devils and goes by a name she recognises...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Storyteller Willpower Pool
    The way I run NPC Willpower for an individual character is to ask myself what kind of week they've been having.

    Willpower is spent by people attempting difficult tasks and navigating socially fraught situations. So just like PCs, their Willpower will be full or nearly full if they're well-rested and haven't had to do anything difficult or stressful lately, whereas their pool might be down to a third if they're run off their feet with the situations they're dealing with. A handy default is two-thirds of their pool - they haven't had time to relax lately, but things aren't out of control....
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    Question about Lunar Charms that afflict/bestow another character with an animal shape, like Insidious Lunar Transformation and Selkie Mantle Endowment. These Charms have the wording "an animal whose shape she possesses." Does this refer to individual or species? Do they become, for instance, an exact copy of my bear shape, or just a bear?
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Who Made Humans? [Any Edition]
    Why not attribute it to Gaia then? She already has the Great Mother role all sewn up. Although she's also the Primordial embodiment of cyclones and volcanic cataclysms, which are a bit inhuman in their outlook. She's a complicated gal....
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  • Presumably the idea is that the spirit shape is some kind of qilin as well, so you need the lion in the mix. The scales could be a mutation the character already has that just carried over to their spirit shape though. Then you just need the two animals. Or if you don't mind what hoofed animal forms the main body, there's simhata for hoof-beast and lion head + fish for scales and carp whiskers. Doesn't get you antlers or horns though. Heck, you probably had the best idea from the start, the setting has scaled jaguars, there's probably scaled deer bouncing gracefully around somewhere if your ST...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to I'm starting a new game soon
    There definitely seems to be less Edge for the sake of Edge this time around. But it's not entirely an Edge-free zone. Raksi gonna Raksi....
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  • Butterfly totem trickster-mystic, lots of swarm charms and charms focused on themes of metamorphosis, like Sharing Luna's Gifts. Definitely a sorceress, probably a little bit mad, might as well give her Weirdflame. Beautiful, erratic, transcendent, terrifying. Can't decide if she should be Casteless, Changing Moon, or No Moon. Out to punish the "wicked" and reshape the world into something more "beautiful" according to an aesthetic which gets steadily more deranged the more Limit she has....
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