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  • Janissary87
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Yessssss. Tbe Dual Monarchy was my favorite flavor bit of Exalted's Underworld (even though, I know, ported from OWoD).

    Given the redesigned nature of the Underworld, is it likely we'll greater variance in authoritu than prior editions fiefdoms carved up by Deathlords?

    And given the prominence of individual DL's in Abyssal charm design, are renegade Abyssals (or Abyssals serving under a different leige such as Water the Fields in Blood for the Cult of the Illuminated, or a hypothetical Abyssal serving as vassal to the Dual Monarchy) still a viable character concept?...
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  • Janissary87
    replied to Creation, Undeath, and "Personhood"
    Likewise, I'm not looking for an objective answer, more how/if the question was handled in your game specifically, or... particularly interesting times when the question came up.




    Sure it's an anachronism, but I find some anachronisms could be interesting takes on a subject. What I find most interesting, at least from an inside Creation cultural aspect, is that ghosts can retain many of the social and cultural queues they held in life. I think it's as much if not more a question of the trappings of identity and memory more so than the actual identity itself....
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  • Janissary87
    replied to Creation, Undeath, and "Personhood"
    Typing on a phone is hella difficult to quote, so I'm just gonna try and break it up by paragraph.

    @AnubisXy: Totally agree! But, I'm working up ideas for how my chronicle is going to deal with undeath from the PoV of my kinda slapdash homebrew 1 of a Hundred Kingdoms; so the question is less about what's the "right" answer than it is about what was the answer in your game, and why. Although, you did answer that, soooo kudos.

    @Elfive: while I agree that the natural vs unnatural question is total bunk and pathological as far as morality goes, the question...
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  • Janissary87
    started a topic Creation, Undeath, and "Personhood"

    Creation, Undeath, and "Personhood"

    A question for the community, how do you folks treat the ... err, personhood of undead?

    IIRC, In 1st & 2nd Edition seem to claim that they're nothing but the cast-off consequences of mortal deaths interacting with the Neverborn, and that the destruction or resolution of the NB problem (as much as it could be "resolved") would lead to the destruction/resolution of all undead in Creation. So, this seems to claim that ghosts are a cosmic mistake, and that in spite of what any individual ghost thinks or wants (so much as an individual ghost may do either of those things)...
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  • Janissary87
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    Looks like this one got lost in flood of q's, but as it's pertinent to my game as well (I'm thinkimg my players Solar will get an Amnesiac Liminal out of the bargain instead of the mentor she wanted to resurrect) so reposting Q for you.

    I imagine it's a tricky balance between "ghosts are non-people and no one should feel bad about their demise/torture/enslavement" and "ghosts are totally that dead person, who cares about death if you can just become a ghost"....
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  • Janissary87
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    What does "Exalted" mean as an in setting term for:
    1) everyday unexalted Immac Order lay person?
    2) Joe Scavenger Lander who doesn't subscribe to any large religion but pays due to local harvest/health/happiness gods?
    3) Dragonblooded not affiliated with the Imac Ord?

    By which I'm asking, does the term Exalted evoke in the populace an expectation of righteousness or community? I know this is a complicated question given the cynicysm of people of all stripes in Creation, but if Exalted is an in-setting term than I imagine it evokes... something? ...
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  • Janissary87
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    Thanks! Just one more question on the subject then. Are Vaneha and Greyfalls in communication, rivalry or partnership? While the Realm and Prasad are many many leagues away, if my map reading skills are correct these two locations should be within ...a week or two's ride?...
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  • Janissary87
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    A question on a new setting locale; is the Sword Prince of Vaneha a Dragonblooded or something else? What are Vaneha's relations with the Realm (by way of Greyfalls) or Prasad?

    Actually... on that note, what is the status of Greyfalls in 3e, will the city-state be discussed in either of the upcoming Dragonblooded supplements?
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  • Mercenaries are along my lines of thinking, though the number may be stymied by Scarlet Throne concerns. “Worshipping” is also a bit of a stretch… but point taken.Sidereals are definitely out however, due to plot shenanigans.




    As far as I recall actual territory is left relatively vague, but I’ve ramped up the Ma-Ha factor in my game, your Creation may vary =D. But yes, a good road is great, boats are even better… assuming the rivers run East to West…?

    A group from House Ledaal, along with the Magistrate who tracked the initial heresy,...
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  • Ehh, Prasad is a minimum 50 days ride to the South, without figuring in Ma-Ha's territory. Nexus is a 25 day ride, shaved down to less than 20 if the Blooded can book, comandeer or brought their own passage. In any case, you're right that a stealth attempt would make the most sense... not what these Dynasts are optomized for (except for the captive) but I imagine I they can figure out a way to shore up the weakness.



    Indeeeed.



    Yup, sounds about right.

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    Anyone know which particular House operates most in the...
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  • Janissary87
    replied to Giant Weapons and Warstrider Weapons
    With the exception of Evocations, though trying to draw a line between which evocations are "from the warstrider" and which are "from the Warstriders giant artifact weaponry" sounds both exhausting and chock full of chicancery.*

    *On the other hand, a custom >E5 1/story charm that allowed one to activate a particular Warstrider Evocation as if you wete piloting it (say, by porting the ecocations power to your location through Elsewhere) sounds ripe for Fate Stay Night type shenanigans and absolutely baller to boot.*

    *At least, after having read the...
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  • Janissary87
    started a topic Looking for suggestions, gamed group into corner

    Looking for suggestions, gamed group into corner

    So, we've gone and unleashed the Wyld Hunt in my game and I've got myself a bit turned around as far as what would a group of Dynasts deep in the Scavenger Lands do. Any advice you could offer would be helpful. The scenario goes like this:

    Lets say a Magistrate tracked an Immaculate Order blashpemy to a region south of Vaneha / north east of Ma-Ha's territory, but west of the jungle line. The anathema she found there (an Abbey dedicated to a perverse worship of an "Undead Dragon") was so egregious that she called a Wyld Hunt, and the Hunt successfully routed the source...
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    Last edited by Janissary87; 10-04-2017, 01:31 PM.

  • Janissary87
    replied to Infernal Shintai as sorcery spell
    Glad to see work continuing on this project.
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  • Janissary87
    replied to Where exactly are exaltations stored?
    Ok, this answers how Solar Exaltations would have stopped w/o Jade Prison Shennanigans, but it doesn't answer my question about the human decision (love it or hate it) to permanently imprison Solar as a class of being. It's interesting that the Sidereal did this, it says something about the game and decision making and lends a "You Did It!" Quality to the setting. If the disappearence of the Solar was a judgment of the Unconquered Sun rather than a judgment of their fellow humans, it robs interesting drama agency from the setting.

    It also makes the game even more so about...
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  • Janissary87
    replied to Where exactly are exaltations stored?
    Ok, then where does the Sidereal agency of stopping Solar Exaltations go? What do we do with that human-agency sized hole in the narrative of the setting?...
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  • Janissary87
    replied to Making battlegroups work
    Unless you're looking for your group to roflstomp all over the encounter, put a respectable antagonist in with the BG. Don't forget that BG's make area attacks, ao the medic/loremaster/etc who are ised to staying the hell back in an encounter are generally in danger. Putting the non-combat specced pc's in danger also gave my parry/defend other focused dawn an interestimg dilemma when he had to choose betwewn protectong our Twilight and takimg down the Fae Cataphract leading the hobgobs.

    As lone encounters BG's are basocally cardbiard before a combat specialized PC, stack them with...
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  • Yes. That is a factually accurate statement. But summoning Octavian throws a thousand other complications into the mix one generally doesn't get with "summon marginally more powerful monster". Octavian has a history and a global perspective and a baked in character. For better or worse you're getting a whole lot more than a more physically potent Blood Ape when you summon Octavian....
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  • I'd add that while spells in Exalted have utility, they show this utility through saying unique, interesting or flavorful things about the setting. There is no minor version of a spell, even the summoning of a staple demon is enough to equal the most capable mortal swordsman, so the idea is that each spell squeezes as much power as possible, and that even at the Emerald Circle that's a lot of capability.

    Contemporary fantasy tends to express magic as a kind of science; Sorcerers in Exalted are much closer to summoners or shamans who learn magic as an out growth of forces or underlying...
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  • I think it's viable to have sympathy for the Primordials without being an apologist for them, and that it's possible to see redeeming features in their... individualities (I guess?) as pseudo-sentient entities without feeling regret for rising up against them or even chaining 'em up forever.

    As a question of moral philosophy I'm definitely of two minds... at the very least the idea that the Primordials have a 'claim of authority' over sentient life is interesting even if it only requires us to question our own moral principles of ownership/authority. The fact that the Primordials...
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