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  • Piff
    started a topic Northern Lights and Nights!

    Northern Lights and Nights!

    Hey, quick question... does the north have the midnight sun phenomena that earth does?

    If so, which seasons would you suggest might be night? I'd assume Air / Water maybe?

    And bonus question! Does the north in Creation have northern lights?

    Thanks for all the help!
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  • Piff
    replied to Shard Help : Earth's Iron Age
    Ooo, researching Scion 2e, that DOES look like it might be useful!

    Thanks!

    And actually I'm thinking more Bronze Age ATM, having developed it for a week or so...
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  • Piff
    replied to What can the dragonblooded host do when united?
    ... a conga line that was MILES long, I bet!
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  • Piff
    started a topic Shard Help : Earth's Iron Age

    Shard Help : Earth's Iron Age

    Put simply, the campaign I am shortly going to do takes place on ancient earth. The history and cosmology of the default setting are therefore abandoned so as to facilitate the set up of the Exalted populating our own ancient world.

    So I'm going through various Gods - Marduk, Ra, etc, and I'm wondering if somebody out there has already done this? Does anybody have 3e-ready stats for historical real world mythological Gods?

    That's probably a long shot, but Exalted is also pretty famous for cribbing things, so alternately does anybody know of any 'serial numbers filed off'...
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  • Piff
    replied to Creation, Undeath, and "Personhood"
    Insofar as I am aware, none of those religions propose that the afterlife is actually the cursed haunting of the world caused by the inauspicious murder of tyrannical overlords... which, by its very existence, continually 'damages' and drains away the energy of Creation.

    That framing absolutely affects the way players and storytellers interact with the Underworld, which in and of itself is not a bad thing (thematic guidance is not BAD persay), but this particular explanation affects the vast majority of typical myths and legends about the dead in a hugely negative way.

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  • Piff
    replied to Creation, Undeath, and "Personhood"
    In my opinion, the presentation of objective and binary truths within the game has absolutely damaged its presentation of ghost and the underworld (perhaps irrevocably).

    1e and 2e Exalted present the many objective truths - the Underworld is Bad and Should Not Exist, Ghost Are Bad And Should Not Exist, Oblivion is Bad And Should Not Exist, etc.

    The real world has none of those objective truths. Therefore, we have a really fascinating assortment of stories about the dead and the afterlife. In fact, the one thing that's more or less consistent about cultural beliefs regarding...
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  • Piff
    replied to Kickstarter Update #113 - House Tepet preview
    You're reading way more into my statements than you should. Why would you assume a consistent karmic system is in any way inherently fair or balanced?

    I mean, you could propose a 'Scale of Ma'at' type deal that infallibly judges the goodness and badness of any given person, but that's not how most ancient world systems of reincarnation worked and I'm not aware of Exalted proposing that anywhere. Many historical beliefs about reincarnation are fairly punitive codes that prohibited wide ranges of behavior and didn't allow for interpretations of circumstance or context.

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  • Piff
    replied to Sins of the First Age
    Does anybody have any details on the guy in the comic who smashed open the big dam that I guess flooded a ton of the north when Dragonblooded were begging him to stop?
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  • Piff
    replied to Kickstarter Update #113 - House Tepet preview
    The Immaculate Faith has a ton of well intentioned demigods who have been trying to help people evolve spiritually for centuries. Even if it is founded on dubious pretenses, it's likely these guys have made some pretty great observations and are genuinely talented at what they do. I personally think many aspects of Christianity as portrayed in the Bible are probably fictional, but I absolutely cannot dispute the effect I have seen Christianity have on many lives near me.

    Getting into deeper metaphysics, it's pretty clear the setting was built from the ground up to include quasi-eastern...
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  • Not disputing the assertion that polygamy is not a mainstream Realm position, but I do feel compelled to point out that legal complexity is no real barrier and plenty of highly organized and bureaucratic societies have practiced polygamy without too much trouble....
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  • Piff
    replied to Kickstarter Update #113 - House Tepet preview
    Yes, hence the qualifier I opened with - 'It's 'DoTFA' true, which is not a super firm canonical basis but it was indeed printed.'

    But thanks for restating that?...
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  • Piff
    started a topic Sins of the First Age

    Sins of the First Age

    I'm interested in collecting all the various 'Age of Nightmares' references to horrible things that happened in the first age.

    Anybody have any obscure horrors they remember from an off-handed reference in an Aspect book or something like that?

    You know, like Solar Exalted making people into giant musical instruments, etc etc

    Obviously some of these ideas are from half-baked supplements, but that's ok. My intention is to build a big and complete lore list and to pick and choose among the atrocities later.

    I just thought it might be useful to...
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  • Piff
    replied to Kickstarter Update #113 - House Tepet preview
    It's 'DoTFA' true, which is not a super firm canonical basis but it was indeed printed. Here's the quote...

    'Those who die at the whim of the Solars that are blessed will be rewarded in the next life.

    With the limited authority Solars exert over Heaven, this is literally true. Long ago, the Solars reached an agreement with Heaven's Department of Abstract Matters and the Division of Endings that the souls of those mortals who die because of Solar action would reincarnate in bodies destined for peaceful, content lives. With the purity of Lethe removing the memory of violent...
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  • Piff
    replied to Help Me Break Physics in Exalted
    Of course most of this stuff is considered Chicanery and 'theme destructive' in conventional games! I don't disagree at all and I wouldn't want to suggest these thought experiments are meant to puzzle out the real physics of Creation in some way or another. This is just a thread more or less for fun and more or less to help me brainstorm a 'high tech' Exalted civ that's roughly enlightenment era in terms of social sophistication and has cool well thought out in-setting alternate inventions that rival/replace things like the Light Bulb or Combustion Engine.

    On that note, I just discovered...
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  • Piff
    replied to Kickstarter Update #113 - House Tepet preview
    How do you know?

    First, the secular assumptions we make in our world... that karma doesn't really exist, the afterlife is probably not real and most religious is a matter of opinion and personal identity... do not hold water in Creation. In fact, in 1e and 2e, the world VERY MUCH WAS completely defined by karmic afterlife laws that were set into place by the Deliberative in the High First Age (and may not have even reflected accurately the moral and ethical composition of post-first age individuals).

    So, frankly, the Immaculate version is pretty solid. They've obviously...
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  • Piff
    started a topic Help Me Break Physics in Exalted

    Help Me Break Physics in Exalted

    Exalted has many essence-based phenomena that seem to break the laws of physics as we understand them. If we presume that Creation functions more or less identically to our world, what sort of strange inventions would become possible when you introduce the possibility of fire that never goes out or ice that never melts?

    In a 'future' setting where a GM wants to bring some elements of increasing technological sophistication to Exalted cultures, what sort of incredible devises could a mortal like Tesla in Creation achieve? Perpetual motion? Fantastic weapons?

    I'm not a...
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  • Piff
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Can astrological phenomena be predicted in Creation in much the same way as earth? For example, is it possible to predict an eclipse?
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