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  • Sure, the person you just described sounds like a dabbler. But that wasn't really what I was talking about. You must know that too, you're just being intellectually dishonest to avoid engaging with my point, which leads me to believe you know you're wrong, which leads me to believe that you're just trolling at this point.



    No, the purest sorcery concept isn't focused on Occult. Why should it be? Archetypal wizards are typically scholars, Lore is the "being a scholar" Ability. If your sorcerer is more of a shaman by background, you pick Occult. If your initiation...
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  • Lion Hamster, I'm becoming vexed by your attitude. Where do you get off saying that someone whose whole character concept isn't dedicated to sorcery isn't a “real sorcerer” even if its a profound and important part of their life and identity? Someone's example a few pages ago was a smith whose sorcerous initiation was part of their relationship to their god and you're just like “they're a crafter not a sorcerer” because apparently if you're a sorcerer it has to be the only thing you are. You're taking a dump on a lot of people's character concepts when you say that, do you realise that? I...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to The Time of Salt and Iron [Quest]
    I have to say it's delightful that you've thought about not only the history but the historiography of your setting.

    I'm late to the party and the vote seems unanimous in favour of my preferred choice anyway, but I'll throw in my 2c and vote for taking the post. Turontum might not mind having a warband of barbarians on its payroll, but they'll feel differently about 15,000 of them descending on the land they're trying to claim, especially given how they feel about migrants. I don't see that offer leading to a stable alliance. Maybe the Swadians can continue to make themselves useful...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Cast Forward in Time
    I've had a few time-lost NPCs (through magical stasis rather than timey-wimey shenanigans, but as others have pointed out, the difference is mostly academic for one-way trips forward).

    My favourite is Marisol, the Golden Child daughter of a Solar queen and her raksha husband (political marriage). Marisol's mother killed her father during one of his bedlam-induced outbursts, despite genuinely caring for him, because the marriage was no longer politically convenient and restraining him was a hassle (the Great Curse is a bitch). This was traumatising enough for the kid, but rather than...
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  • The Creation-Ruling Mandate rules (and the more elegant organisation-leading system in Masters of Jade) are definitely of more value to people who want organisation and politicking to be a focus of their game.

    Honestly, the 3e project system (under Leadership in the 3e core) will probably do what you need just fine, and it's built to interface with the Merit system, which avoids the problem of Resources not playing well with set price lists. It's very light on crunch and is mostly geared to generating story-hooks (You want your spy network to uncover the magistrate's plans? You keep...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Ask the Devs
    I think these questions got missed a few pages back. Can you offer any insight into either?

    What is the rough level of seafaring technology available to the Realm and to lesser maritime powers? What media should we look to for inspiration? Or what are some good non-fictional sources? I'm asking because my go-to image is pirate movies and they tend to be set considerably after the period that inspires many of Creation's cultures.

    Where in Creation can one go for a pizza? To put it another way, which region is most likely to develop pizza, wheat-based pasta and other...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Thanks for the responses, guys! I have a few more questions ...

    Are there siaka in the Dreaming Sea, or are they mostly a Great Western Ocean thing? What natural nasties might threaten those travelling the Sea? I'm taking Wyld-twisted horrors and the odd behemoth as a given.

    What is the rough level of seafaring technology available to the Realm and to lesser maritime powers? What media should we look to for inspiration? The Age of Sail came considerably after the ancient-history basis of most of Creation, so pirate movies are even more anachronistic than usual as sources....
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to ​Familiars – your experiences!
    Three of the PCs in my Abyssals game took ghost familiars at character creation. Since they're invisible to most people, able to go through walls etc, and can share their senses with their owner, they're incredibly useful for gathering intel. They do add extra NPCs to keep track of, but in the context of my already bloated cast they're not much of a problem.

    The companionship angle can't be overstated. I played one of them - a ghost fox called Zorro - as a foil for his master, who was a brooding PI. Zorro was a little ray of sunshine, and quite innocent, in contrast to the usual fox...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Ask the Devs
    I'm loving the kickstarter previews. The book continues the trend of seeding intriguing story hooks left, right, and centre, which I really appreciate. I love that Dragonbloods can now perform trivial feats of elemental manipulation as an anima ability, and I'm already thinking of ways to incorporate that into stunts (sending a chill breeze racing up someone's spine as you roll to intimidate them, for instance). The chapter fictions are great. Amazing job, guys.

    My reading of the latest DB:WFHW preview is that a Charm isn't in-Aspect for the purpose of xp cost simply by virtue of...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Hi, I love what you guys are doing with Exalted! Arms of the Chosen is an utter joy, not just for the new toys and the mechanics but for the delicious, bite-sized plot hooks present in every artifact write-up. That book has sparked so much inspiration for me. And the Dragonblooded previews are giving me many happy and excited feelings. Enthusiastic thumbs up!

    I just finished reading this whole gargantuan thread over the course of several weeks, and now that I find myself at its end, such is my unquenchable thirst for Exalted knowledge that I must ask you MORE QUESTIONS!
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Exalted Forum Introduction Thread
    Well, I signed up and pretty much immediately moved house, so I hadn't gotten an opportunity to post much before we lost internet access for a fortnight. But that's sorted now so without further ado:

    Hi everyone. I'm from Brisbane, Australia. I've been playing Exalted since 2nd ed. I'm currently running a 2.5e Abyssals game in a modern version of Creation (I should probably say Abyssals/Solars game at this point since two of my PCs have gone and redeemed). That's been ongoing for three years now. Limited 3rd Ed play under my belt, but not for lack of enthusiasm. Looking forward to...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Talk about your Locations
    The House Of Swirling Blossoms: Lunar Manse 5
    Hearthstone: Absent.

    This manse was holy to the Bloody Huntress, and owned by Elegant Peach-Blossom. It sits on the south-eastern slopes of the valley, where its beautiful pink marble facade and large bay windows catch the afternoon sun. Its décor employs motifs of foxes, swirling peach blossoms, hunters, bow and arrow, daiklaves, the Bloody Huntress, the full moon and abstract swirling designs.

    It has dynamic architecture that allows it to switch between three configurations, two for everyday use and one strictly...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Talk about your Locations
    Here are the manses of Hidden Moon Valley. I'm clipping out most mechanics to save space, but also because its a 2.5 campaign and therefore they aren't going to be useful to most people.

    The Chancelry of Mirrored Dreams: Lunar Manse 5
    Hearthstone: Gem of Madness

    The Chancelry of Mirrored Dreams is a temple dedicated to Luna in her aspect of the Silver-Horned Watcher, and was the primary residence of the menacing Waxing Moon called Sage of Mirrored Dreams. It is a grey stone mansion on the south-western slopes of the valley, built in a curiously organic design,...
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  • Measure of Hope
    replied to Talk about your Locations
    *de-lurks* This thread is amazing. I have a few places from my Exalted Modern campaign I'd like to share. Let me start with Hidden Moon Valley since I took my username from one of the Lunars who built it.

    The Hidden Moon Cabal was a group of five Lunar sorcerers in the First Age. They operated out of a high valley in the North which had been geomantically engineered to express Luna's perfection in every aspect and cleverly hidden with potent magic. It is the site of several powerful Lunar manses and a Lunar demesne that was left uncapped to serve as a sacred site. The valley is...
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