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  • Piff
    replied to The Caul
    Sadly I'm not sure the Caul will get as much homebrew love as say the Dreaming Sea does just because it's currently pretty hard to run things there, what with the double-whammy of no DB books and no Lunar books. Which is a shame because I'm sure some interesting stories could be told!
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  • Piff
    started a topic Dragonblooded Inbreeding

    Dragonblooded Inbreeding

    I've always been fascinated by the tragic tales of inbred nobility in European history - people born with immense power and privilege but in some cases horrible physically and mentally deformed, to an extent that I'm not comfortable with even discussing in detail here because it is so disturbing and weird! Why were nobles more inbred than your average common person? I suppose some of these issues come from simple practical concerns of succession and trying to keep rival factions from breaking out, but also from superstition regarding 'blue blood' and the purity of noble lineage. Across human cultures...
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  • Piff
    replied to What is up with the Exalted line?
    Absolutely, this is sentiment I agree with in principle. Rudeness from forumites doesn't help anything and ceaseless complaints about established issues are just annoying.

    However, citing the 'fan activity' and 'releases' of the line isn't going to win people over to your argument! The fan activity of e3 is positively anemic when compared against the high water mark of 2e (which produced the very same Ink Monkeys that later became our devs)... and the release schedule hasn't been thrilling people either....
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  • I find Inspiration Pad Pro to be really useful for helping improvise interesting locations and people. It's free so you might like it as well.

    Here is an example culture I put together with some Godbound charts and some custom tweaks.

    'They are a people who practice a democratic or technically republican society ruled by the many. Currently, they are interested in stasis. They want to stop some threatening change. Though some may consider it a stereotype it is true that many of them are gluttonously appetitive. Outsiders they observe closely. It is natural to spy and...
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  • Piff
    replied to Last Man on Creation
    I again really don't think the Contagion wiped out 9 out of 10 people proportionately everywhere. You can bet that major population centers and universities were completely wiped out to the last person. The survivors are going to be rural folk... hermits, farmers, soldiers or others who are in very out-of-the-way places when the Contagion arrives. Some rare few communities might escape exposure completely due to the INSANE LETHALITY of the Contagion... which, really, when you get to the science of it is pretty ridiculous. Diseases that kill that quickly usually fizzle out fast simply because they...
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  • Piff
    replied to Last Man on Creation
    I would assume the 90% figure does not break down to 90% evenly distributed everywhere. I'd imagine most towns/villages/cities were completely wiped out, with a more or less 100% kill rate. The survivors are those who were so isolated as to not CATCH the Contagion - with geography, weather and a host of other effects conspiring to isolate them from the illness as it ravaged Creation.

    I doubt any major settlements... or even cultures really... survived. When a 90% kill rate is suggested, it's not saying '9 out of 10 people died'... it's saying, basically, 'any human who had contact...
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  • Piff
    replied to Last Man on Creation
    ... well, I mean, unless all the bandits are also dead! The virility of the Contagion could be taken as a justification for a relatively safe environment (at least at first) as well as a dangerous one. The premise of the show is that the virus was terrible enough so that not even the typical cliche 'post zombie plague' trappings of isolated survivor colonies emerge - SO MANY PEOPLE are dead that when another human is encountered, it's a rare thing, and you're probably desperately, desperately lonely....
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  • Piff
    started a topic Last Man on Creation

    Last Man on Creation

    So I was watching the very dark show Last Man on Earth and they had a section where new president is appointed after the virus. Then another new one, and another new one... eventually like eighteen presidents have died in the last two months. It was pretty shocking!

    And it made me wonder about the equivalent people in Creation? The Contagion was certainly impressive enough to create a 'Last Man on Earth' scenario, but part of the more interesting aspect of the show is how the people in that scenario behave in the abandoned infrastructure of an entire society. Using pieces of high...
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  • Piff
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    I wish I knew more about Chinese history to help answer this with, but once the Scarlet Dynasty collapses, is it likely that other dynasties will emerge or will the future warlords of the Realm simply be House luminaries trying to usurp ultimate control for themselves? That is to say, will entirely new family lines take over? Or will the Empress' line remain the dominant political power in Terrestrial society for centuries afterward? I'm not entirely sure what the more realistic interpretation is.
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  • Piff
    replied to Is Vitriol an Element?
    Vitriol is a textbook case of runaway development, I think. Let's be honest - the element was created to make the write up for the metody more interesting. It was likely poorly considered within the greater metaphysics of the line. The flavor text for that demon, by extension, ended up having a vast impact on Malfeas itself, expanding the intention (probably) considerably. And Vitriol isn't really even that inspired. It's just super acid, basically? Vitriol is an interesting analogy for 2e in general in this respect....
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  • Piff
    replied to Immaculate History : Expanded
    How about another twist on this idea - what about Immaculate communities without access to Dragonblooded? The reasons are unimportant, but could be extinction, reclusive inclinations, or any number of other explanations.

    What does the Immaculate Faith look like 50 years post-DB? 100? 1000?

    How are the Elemental Exalted remembered? Where does the boundry between fact and legend blur?

    And maybe most fascinatingly to me, how long is it before what remains is absolutely unlike what actually existed? When do the Dragonblooded vanish into the fog of myth and become...
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  • Piff
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    It'd be interesting to get a real good map of the Realm to contemplate this with. Major geographical choke points, key ports and rivers... all of this would have a huge impact on shaping the post-collapse world. Some regions would be well situated, others would be left out to dry. It could all hinge on a single mountain range! In a way, a post-collapse environment is kind of an appealing and exciting world for a Dragonblooded game to take place in.
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  • Piff
    replied to Abyssals and Gods
    Is it a given in 3e that the Undeworld is 'unnatural'?

    It seems like we're getting into the Primordial War and the specific consequences of it less and less, which in this case is a pretty good idea I think. I feel like the idea that the Primordials 'created' the underworld by dying is a thing better left in legend than canonical fact. It'd be interesting to have a world where highly informed people could suggest the Underworld is natural and has always been a part of Creation.

    And honestly, I think the Underworld would probably end up more interesting if it did have...
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  • Piff
    replied to MMN 13/03 Comments Speculation
    It's fine to cite toxic behavior as the breakdown point between devs and the fans, but clearly the devs contributed to that dynamic quite a bit. By self admission they have been oftentimes rude, dismissive and even downright mean... to the point where people have even gone so far as to nonsensically suggested a PR rep (as if the budget could ever support even free coffee during work, much less a full time rep). And, see, that mean behavior isn't itself even unreasonable. It's stressful, big time. Nobody is paying the devs to be nice full time and RPGs aren't exactly a gold mine. So we can't really...
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  • Piff
    started a topic Immaculate History : Expanded

    Immaculate History : Expanded

    So one of the more interesting aspects of Christianity to me is the huge amount of change that's taken place since the Roman era.

    Envisioning an Immaculate Religion that has had a similar amount of time to mature, what sort of interesting schisms and reformations might you imagine occurring in the church? What would the Immaculate Order of 2000 years from now look like compared to the Immaculate Order today? Obviously barring civilization-tweaking events like Autochthonian interaction and Celestial conquest. Presuming a more or less stable Creation, would the Immaculate Faith evolve...
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  • Piff
    started a topic Map of the Finest Quality!

    Map of the Finest Quality!

    Forgive me if this has been asked before, but I'm looking for the absolute highest resolution Ex3 map in existence. Is Google Image search giving me the best option, or does some obscure location have something even bigger?...
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  • Piff
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    At the very least, you have to imagine piracy and raiding in general will be a serious issue once the Realm navy collapses. That's an interesting point that colonization may be in the cards further down the line as well, and you'd almost definitely have a few cities sacked before it got to that point simply because rich plums on the coast would be suddenly unprotected. And we're just talking traditional pirates, not getting into like, Lintha......
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  • Piff
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    So I've talked with a few more informed historian type friends I have, and this 'No Dark Ages' stuff is turning out to be pretty revisionist... with a caveat. Though most of the Middle Ages are 'not as bad as people say', a real Dark Ages did more or less transpire. In fact, the first couple of centuries... or three centuries, depending on where you are... post-rome are pretty crappy. Here is the thing though - most people think of this as being a 'Dark Age' of technology, which apparently isn't as big a component historically as I first believed.

    In fact, this was explained to me...
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  • Piff
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    Well, at the very least, you have to anticipate something like a lost generation. When the civil war kicks off you're going to see lots of Exalt death, from dueling, open warfare, assassination and to some lesser extent the collapse of infrastructure that provides access to age-extension drugs. Absent significant forces acting the contrary, the stage seems set for a massive collapse of Dragonblooded population in any post-dynasty environment.
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  • Piff
    replied to The Realm: Post-Collapse
    You guys are amazing. Thanks so much for all of these contributions.



    Reading this I was reminded of a passage about the fall of Rome from the armchair wikipedia research I was doing -

    “The new supreme rulers disposed of the legal fiction of the early Empire (seeing the emperor as but the first among equals); emperors from Aurelian (reigned 270–275) onwards openly styled themselves as dominus et deus, "lord and god", titles appropriate for a master-slave relationship. An elaborate court ceremonial developed, and obsequious flattery became the...
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