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  • Epitome
    replied to What Breaks If......
    Overall it causes initiative to drain from the system faster than it accumulates, so the longer a fight drags on the less ini there will be to go around.

    On defense, it limits comebacks. Suppose you initiative shift an enemy, sending you from -5 to 7 while the enemy goes from 5 to -2. Well now you're stuck at 7 for your extra free attack, and for 3 more turns after that.

    On the attacking side, since using a Decisive on someone doesn't put them out of Crash, it means you get stuck at 3 ini for 2-3 turns before you can gain ini again, so Decisives become much more punishing...
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  • Epitome
    replied to Ask the Devs v2
    Could you clarify what is allowed / frowned upon in the thread? I know you've explained it before, but the posts get buried in the hundreds of pages of these threads. Ideally if the posting guidelines could be somewhere easily accessible it could help keep things clear for everyone....
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  • Epitome
    replied to Sorcerous Workings: Where We Make Judgments
    As a matter of a fact, someone did make one a while back....
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  • Epitome
    replied to What Breaks If......
    I think that wouldn't be too problematic for Martial Arts Charms, as removing the Terrestrial Keyword is a dramatic upgrade stronger than most Upgrade Charms, let alone most Charm Repurchases.


    It's an interesting idea and probably the most sensible solution, but I still want to figure out a more general solution that doesn't rely on ST fiat if I can....
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  • Epitome
    replied to What Breaks If......
    How much does it break balance if I change Terrestrial MA's in the following way :

    -At Essence 2, a Terrestrial Martial Artist may repurchase Essence 1 Martial Arts Charms they know to remove the Terrestrial Keyword
    -At Essence 4 they may do the same with Essence 2 Martial Arts Charms
    -Essence 3+ Martial Arts Charms cannot be upgraded in this way and can only ever lose their Terrestrial Keyword with the effect of Immaculate Martial Arts.
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  • Epitome
    replied to Your Headcanon
    I always figured people assumed you had also been virtuous in your current life in order to exalt? Else why are DBs seen as paragons of virtue that can do no wrong if their exaltation only depends on what their past life did?

    At any rate, I apologize for arguing against your headcanon, that was rude of me. I guess I was actually arguing against the idea of that headcanon becoming the official canon again, rather than engaging with what you were actually saying....
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  • Epitome
    replied to When Should NPCs Launch Decisives?
    I think NPCs using Decisives on turn 1 is part of the game and comes with ups alongside the downs. In some cases it will hurt, but in other cases a pouncing tiger might waste their whole ini pool against a PC with hardness before they realize their mistake.

    Also group composition matters, if your whole PC circle has 6 hardness between the 5 of them then you may want to space out those 1st turn decisives a little, whereas if there is a bodyguard specialized Melee character you'll want to go all out.
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  • Epitome
    replied to Your Headcanon
    Well then I would still think it possible that sufficiently powerful magic and good old Exalted Diplomacy might convince/empower them to exalt DBs at a higher rate....
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  • Epitome
    replied to Your Headcanon
    Is it canon that the dragons specifically did not want all DB children to exalt? We know the dragons made them that way, but do we know why?...
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  • Epitome
    replied to Cutting the Knot Style [PEACH]
    I see, that does seem to pack a punch. The style looks good, the only thing I'd be careful about is how its Charms might interact with other styles given it has many unusual effects. That said I don't know Martial Arts Charms well enough to say whether this style breaks anything.


    How would that look like to an onlooker? Does Arbitrary Omphalos Point turn the whole battlefield into a surreal kaleidoscope of stretched out combatants?...
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  • Epitome
    replied to Your Headcanon
    -I limited it to changing how DBs exalt to keep things within the realm of what can be achieved by the Exalted Host. If you want to make the Immaculate Doctrine real all the way I guess you could try to enlist a Primordial's help?

    -The Lunars reshaping their castes wasn't a subtle metaphysical change but they did it anyway. If you disagree that changing which DB will fail to exalt would be a similar feat then let's agree to disagree, I would rather not get into a debate about this.

    -The example I gave creates assurance that your children can Exalt, and it is my headcanon...
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  • Epitome
    replied to Cutting the Knot Style [PEACH]
    I love the flavor of striking anything from anywhere, but I have trouble figuring out how much punch the style has in terms of raw power. What would you say is the most powerful attack you could do with the style?

    One other thing I'm wondering - narratively speaking, what exactly happens when an enemy attacks you from short range because you count as close range from them? They attack a sort of afterimage or something?
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  • Epitome
    replied to Your Headcanon
    There are as many ways to defeat the DB curse of having a chance to fail to exalt as there are PC Circles, the system doesn't need to establish eugenics as being a canon way of achieving it.

    For instance, I could totally see a DB Circle achieving (with some help) a Solar 3 working that makes the Immaculate Doctrine into reality (so from then on it is people who lead virtuous lives who exalt regardless of pedigree, and if your progeny doesn't exalt they only have their own actions to blame).
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  • Epitome
    replied to Exalted 3E homebrew combat mechanics
    Yeah, basically Hold the Line would become a bonus perk you get (with the opportunity to gain ini and all) if someone tries to move through you while you use Full Defense.

    Edit : I would also be tempted to make Hold the line cause an actual Withering Clash between the contestants rather than a special opposed roll, although that's more of a personal preference, the opposed roll is probably a safer bet balance-wise....
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  • Epitome
    replied to Exalted 3E homebrew combat mechanics
    I like those houserules a lot, although I think I'd just fold Hold the Line into the Full Defense action, for both flavor and simplicity.
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  • Epitome
    replied to Sorcerous Workings: Where We Make Judgments
    Absolutely. Upon buying this Charm, a Lunar can transport up to 59 weapons with it, and when they buy the E3 repurchase they can carry 16 pianos. All of which will continue to increase with Essence.
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  • Epitome
    replied to Sorcerous Workings: Where We Make Judgments
    Yeah it probably should, although I'm at a bit of a loss to determine what volume corresponds to what rating.

    Personally I think I'd just say that the sac/dimension/etc. has an Evocation with an effect much like Many-Pockets Meditation :



    I figure it would be Celestial 2, with the effect being closer to 100% as strong as Many-Pockets Meditation the higher your Finesse.

    Or you know, just find your Lunar mate and have them act as your personal Warehouse. ...
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  • Epitome
    replied to Sorcery Workshop
    Oh, I don't know 2e spells so I didn't realize.

    Well then mechanically it doesn't seem overpowered, the only issue I see is that months-long buffs aren't really a thing spells do thematically.

    So you just need to fluff over that. For instance the spell could actually be Summon Elemental with a homebrewed Wood Elemental that basically can do the equivalent of a single use of the spell. Or the spell could create otherworldly farming equipment that withers away after 1 harvest. That sort of stuff....
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  • Epitome
    replied to Sorcery Workshop
    My bad, got the threads confused there. Spells don't really have months long effects as far as I can tell. A spell to grow crops would likely grow them in a day or less instead of just growing them twice as fast.

    I'd probably put some restriction on how much you can spam the spell (i.e. you can't cast it twice on the same field in the same harvest season), but otherwise it can probably be done just fine as a Terrestrial spell....
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  • Epitome
    replied to Sorcerous Workings: Where We Make Judgments
    Since the contents are Elsewhereâ„¢, the physical dimensions of the sac can be as small as you want, so long as it opens wide enough for your stuff to go through....
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