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  • Amayad
    replied to What's the point of firewands?
    That, and Exalted evokes themes from ancient history and mythology (with some anime and JRPG and pulp for flavor), and the back-of-the-napkin world history course states that whenever guns meet the ancient world, guns win and the Age of Valorous Heroes dies.

    Shards evokes straight-up unadulterated anime and JRPG stuff, wherein it's just a Known Thing that not only can swords stand up to guns, against worthy opponents the guns are probably at a disadvantage.. In that context, sword vs. gun fights are understood to play out like Virgil vs. Dante rather than Indiana Jones vs. that unlucky...
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  • Amayad
    replied to What's the point of firewands?
    Why would a Solar be at a disadvantage against a mortal with a gun? They can already use their kung fu to block streams of fire, "colorless ribbons of force",, and sonic attacks (Sillver-Voiced Nightingale) with their bare hands, at no penalty. I'm pretty sure they got this.
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  • Amayad
    replied to Sorcerous Workings: Where We Make Judgments
    As noted, Solar Medicine can regenerate limbs. The timeframe is "pack a lunch, man." Have a look at Wholeness-Restoring Meditation.

    Make one roll a month, start counting successes once you get over 5. A lost limb is a Defining condition, so you need 20 successes to get it from Defining to Major, 20 more from Major to Minor, and 20 more for Minor to gone.

    This is way quicker and (relatively) easier if you managed to recover the limb (Wound-Cleansing Care, Essence 1), but to regrow a limb from nothing? That's going to take at least a year, even for a healer that...
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  • Well, you can't go very far in Creation without smacking into some kind of ruined wonder. There are even some lands explicitly named for the sheer amount of scavenging that goes on there! You might not be able to find intact artifacts (that haven't been looted) but you might find enough pieces to poke at and extrapolate from.

    If you're lucky, you could find a Lorestone or a Solar Seal'd manual written by your past self. I mean, your First Age incarnation was a genius, right? Possibly with the "paranoid" and "mad" descriptors? It's hardly unthinkable you'd lock...
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  • Amayad
    replied to What's the point of firewands?


    If a Twilight engineer wants armies of firewanders badly enough, they'll manage it, but just like in our history, fielding masses of firearms is going to take a huge leap in infrastructure. In this case, "building infrastructure" starts with a geomantic Working to make a fire-aspected demesne in the North. There are certainly better uses of a Twilight's time if making new murder tools is the goal, but some people very specifically just want to watch the world burn....
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  • Amayad
    replied to Sorcerous Workings: Where We Make Judgments
    Only because your eyes are working!



    That sorcerer went a long way for free room and board - I'm pretty sure, for that kind've effort, he could've just commanded the trees to bend themselves into a house and warded it against tax collectors. Even so, I'm not sure which Circle it's at, but I can tell you that you couldn't pay me to keep this thing in my minor kingdom.

    A mortal takes 52 days to get from mangled (6L damage) to full health. assuming they do nothing but rest and have decent medical care keeping things from going pear-shaped, as they do for mortals....
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  • Amayad
    replied to What's the point of firewands?
    Even if it does burn hot enough to set wooden buildings on fire (one has to think an artifact weapon like Sekhem certainly does!) a firewand doesn't overpenetrate. They're good to Short range and no further, and they're narrow enough streams that they only catch one target. unless you're fighting indoors, I doubt you'll set anything major on fire by accident.

    As to "how would Exalts fare against AK-47s?" One has to assume "pretty well". Modern humans may know more stuff than bronze age humans, but we are not better at crafting than Autochthon, nor better at war...
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  • Amayad
    replied to Sorcerous Workings: Where We Make Judgments
    Oh, only for mortals? That'd bump it down a fair bit, yeah.

    Those were the only two I could think of off the top of my head - there might be a few more somewhere. You can't unbind a bound demon - they develop a magically impervious drive to serve their summoner to the letter and their understanding of the spirit (here's where shenanigans might come in, but even then, only out of ignorance). and you can't make a Black Claw Stylist stop loving their teacher. Black Claw Style is rather fucked up like that.

    If those things were possible, they'd be Solar workings, 'cause that's...
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  • Amayad
    replied to Sorcerous Workings: Where We Make Judgments
    Oh my.. All forms of servitude? Like, including the binding of demons? All emotional influences including the ones Black Claw Stylists have to internalize? And it's not a one-time thing, but a permanent un-mindfucking feature anyone can walk through? I'm gonna peg that at Solar Circle.

    If it only undoes effects that are normally possible to undo, I might be talked down to the higher end of Celestial. Maybe.
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  • Amayad
    replied to BogMod's Strange Materials and Their Uses
    Hm! Y'mean it corrodes faster, or it actually rusts? The latter is definitely an unnatural thing for bronze to do!

    Maelstrom Powder: A banefully pure form of salt found chiefly near the Elemental Pole of Water, where it collects at the bottoms of brine pools and forms permanent maelstroms by endlessly drinking the infinite ocean. Maelstrom powder absorbs moisture with a ravenous hunger and seemingly bottomless appetite, which makes it staggeringly difficult to harvest - touching even twelve grains of it will desiccate an unwise mortal's hand, drawing the blood from his pores and...
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  • Amayad
    replied to What's the point of firewands?
    I'm not sure if you're asking "why do people in-setting bother with firewands when they could have crossbows" or "why does this game have firewands when crossbows make a perfectly good gun-analogue" OR "why doesn't Creation just have guns?" So, in order!

    People bother with firewands because they're powerful weapons that don't leave you screwed in close combat. This is useful for cavalry (ride up, shoot a mook in the face, parry with your sword, disengage and reload) and formation infantry (blast them with a sheet of flame and then rush in with bayonets)....
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  • Amayad
    replied to Sorcery Workshop
    Hm! If that damages artifacts (it is quite possible for fire to burn hot enough to damage artifacts, as Sekhem's current wielder well knows) that's pretty bad news for Exalts, but I could easily see a mortal (Ifrit-initiated, probably) sorceress busting it out for her retinue. If it doesn't damage artifacts, we have a new favorite for the Wyld Hunt.
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  • Now now, Ardor-Sharing Technique is only bad if you don't want to screw with people's emotions mid-fight. If that's your thing, Heartsong is the bow for you!

    Your target is an Earth Aspect Immaculate Monk with Resolve 5 - pushing the very limits of human stoicism! The difficulty of a Passion-Inducing Gambit is Resolve-2. Ardor-Sharing Technique adds one automatic success, meaning you only need 2 successes to Inspire love in him - or force him to spend a willpower against it. You can't decide how he reacts to getting love fired into his heart, but once you get to Lover's Quarrel, you...
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    Last edited by Amayad; 07-12-2018, 06:19 PM.

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  • Amayad
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    1: Lore, after you use Medicine to diagnose the disease; you can't fix it if you don't know what's broken.
    1a: Craft, of the sort you'd use to make the Soul -Purifying Elixir. Depending on the disease, having medicine for it might not be a fix on its own, but it will at least let you treat it with an equipment bonus.

    2: Fairly? The spell does mention riders being hit in combat, so presumably anyone capable of accurately perceiving the whirlwind can see that there's someone in it.
    2a : Were I making the call? You could use whatever stealth charms you like, provided your...
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  • Amayad
    replied to Ask the Devs
    You aren't a developer, no one asked you to answer questions. This thread is for developer answers only. Darksider
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    Last edited by Darksider; 07-12-2018, 09:24 PM.

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  • Amayad
    replied to Sorcery Workshop
    As to anti-technology spells? Creation has multiple layers of fallen golden ages, in which even mortal artifice was much more advanced. Maybe it's not particularly useful in the Age of Sorrows (unless you're being stormed by Haslanti glider troops, then it's pretty great!) but when it was invented, it might've been highly effective.

    Just say that it makes stone knives useless within ten minutes. and Haslanti air boats within one minute. If it matters, twice that time will completely unmake it, Things completely unmade by this effect are reduced to raw materials - steel swords to lumps...
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  • Amayad
    replied to Steel and Iron: What's the difference
    In distant and forgotten days, Luna had a highly spirited conversation with Shaitali, The Rusted Crown, an aspect of Dharma, Shinma of Failure.

    "What is the meaning of your name?" she asked.

    "I embody that which sees even the most resolute things brought to ruin. The madness of kings, the deaths of empires and the grinding of mountains to dust, all are within me."

    "Just so? But I still do not take your meaning. I know of crowns, surely, but what is "rust"? Of course, Luna knew, and Shaitali knew that she knew, but its pride...
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    Last edited by Amayad; 07-11-2018, 06:25 PM.

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  • Amayad
    replied to Ask the Devs
    I didn't see an answer for this anywhere, but it seems somewhat important to cover!...
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