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  • Piff
    replied to Auto-kun must be stopped!
    The problem with this is that it still makes the Gods 'available' for cosmic threats, which isn't ideal for an Exalted story situation. You just in theory have to get them to abandon these positions or ideals, which easier than curing of them of the addiction that can never be cured. Hell, with certain social charms, it might be downright easy!...
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  • To clarify, my use of 'everywhere' in that sentence is a hyperbolic turn of phrase, not literal. I would have thought that would be obvious. Human cities aren't going to be found hovering near the stars or sitting next to the Elemental poles. That doesn't discount my central point that high population urban centers are common in Creation in a way that historical examples don't emulate.
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  • By my reading, Creation has far more than just five of such cities, it has 'quite a few' of them! Which makes sense, really... being able to pray to Orchard Gods and get actual results sometimes really helps! In some ways, these methods can be seen as actually superior to our modern agriculture, as presumably you'd have so much fewer problems with toxic runoff and pesticide issues. Of course, the issue of the field god eating your dog is a real one too...

    Further, as Grabowski once pointed out, medicine in Exalted is more or less superior to our world... with significant exceptions....
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  • The opening fiction for 1e has some good demographic information, and in fact, 1e in general has the most 'hard and fast' figures of this type (for what it's worth).

    Chiarascuro is said to have had at one time 20 million. But even now, around a million live in it. By the standards of the ancient world that's amazing... but by the standards of Exalted, fairly common. Owing to many factors, population density in settled regions is probably far beyond what we might consider normal when considering bronze age analogues. As for why...



    Given that, and given the...
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  • Piff
    replied to What makes a Tiger Warrior?
    I have to note that perfect moral is a distinct effect purchased later in Tiger Warrior, and I think the text does seem to imply more than just a change of attitude....
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  • Piff
    started a topic Horrors of the Great Old Wars

    Horrors of the Great Old Wars

    Tell me tales of horrible destruction, of the way the ancients waged war before the fall of the world!

    Not these modern conflicts of several tens of thousands clashing with bronze on a battlefield in the Time of Tumolt, no! I want tales of when the world was flush with love and power, when cities brimmed to overflowing, when great Solar nations would take up arms against one another and crush entire generations to dust and blood. I'm interested in tales of new techniques, new spells, new demons, new weapons, new tactics, that were only possible in the context of that ancient age and...
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  • Piff
    started a topic What makes a Tiger Warrior?

    What makes a Tiger Warrior?

    As in, what specific skills does the charm tiger warrior enhance?

    The idea of a 'perfect soldier' is so broad! Are we talking perfect like Solid Snake here? Can a perfect soldier use Ride with masterful ability, because cavalry is part of soldiering? What about War? What about Survival, because sometimes, a ranger needs these talents, right? Does a Tiger Warrior also become a 'Tiger Archer'? How about Athletics - do they get more ripped as a result of the training?

    I checked the book for the Elite troop to try to break down what things Tiger Warrior enhances...
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  • Piff
    replied to The Realm Preview Part 1
    I strongly feel that 3e should move away from hard-and-fast population census totals entirely. Without trying to be offensive or critical, these kind of debates aren't very story productive for most tables and amount to RPG navel gazing IMO. It's more important for me to understand the culture of the area and how Dragonblooded fit into it than getting into armchair demographic theory.
    We don't even really need to know how many Solars there are, honestly. In early 1e those numbers were much more vague.
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  • Piff
    replied to How do Raksha eat in 3e?
    Thanks for all the help thus far!

    Further questions - in 1e/2e, did Integrity Protecting Prana protect against ravishing?

    In 3e, does it? I'm reading it and I'm kind of on the fence, since it seems to exclude direct attacks in this version and I'd imagine that's a direct attack.
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  • Piff
    replied to The Realm Preview Part 1
    Looks very cool!

    I'm a little surprised about another jade mountain in the Southeast though. I get that it's a powerful archetype and writers go to it immediately, but... kinda makes the idea a bit less mythical and special now that we have two. At least the Dreaming Sea one remains undiscovered... the Harborhead one is actively mined, IIRC?
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  • Piff
    replied to How do Raksha eat in 3e?
    Actually, you know, I'm not sure I'm even sure how they did it in the old books! I'm sure it's in one of the many ones I don't have, probably the Raksha one obviously, but... do they like jump on you and start sucking your face like a lamprey? Is it like a Sheng-Tsung energy sucky type deal? Or can they do it in like casual conversation by beating you at riddle games or something? Do they like trade you pieces of your soul or literally eat it out of you with giant teeth?...
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  • Piff
    started a topic How do Raksha eat in 3e?

    How do Raksha eat in 3e?

    ... I looked through the book and I couldn't find any reference to eating souls mechanically, but I'm really sick so maybe I'm just fever-fogged.

    If indeed those rules are currently absent as I suspect, is there any chance somebody has homebrewed up some 3e mechanics for ravishing?

    Thanks to anybody who has time to help!
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  • Piff
    replied to Immaculate Order vs Immaculate Faith
    Here is a question - as the faith expands, it must inevitably expand beyond the reach of Dragonblooded. That is to say, eventually the number of people who are practicing Immaculates becomes far greater than the Dragonblooded can 'service' as religious symbols and foundational elements simply due to population concerns. So how might the faith evolve in isolation? What does an Immaculate Faith that is forced to DE-emphasize the Exalted do?

    What if an entire major culture or population center existed for centuries without a living Dragonblood to question or reference? Would they turn...
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  • This thread is really making me consider the 'Lesser Sun Court', that is to say, spirits that handle sunly shit that aren't exactly the UCS himself.

    You'd figure such spirits gotta exist, right? So why haven't we heard about them? Primarily because it's confusing in terms of presentation to have to explain, 'Oh, but they have MANY sun Gods, not just one'. Which I can get!

    But... let's forego simplicity for a second and get ridiculously over complicated and speculate!

    Wouldn't a Southern Sun be cool? A Northern Sun? I bet each of these spirits could have a...
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  • Well, we're not talking about Immaculates initially in any case (who knows what the early Shogunate faith was), but that distinction is kinda nitpicky and not that important to make. Your points are well taken.

    Answering the ideas put forward, I actually completely agree - I could see a faith vanishing in a century or two, sure. It's easy enough to create incentives that will move people from one way of thinking to another. In fact, I think if one is enamored with the idea of a 'Forgotten God' for pure story reasons or coolness, that's a pretty good way to do it. Just suggest that...
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  • First, thank you to people that provided the information that confirmed that I was wrong about the Order's view towards the Sun! I looked up old 1e books even, and it's clear that the Usurpation not only involved the murder of the Solar Exalted, but the wholesale abolishment of the dominant world religion! Here is a relevant quote...



    So, proceeding from the premise that I know I was wrong according to the canon, I want to briefly discuss why I think this is really, really silly and poorly thought though.

    First, let's examine the political reality of the...
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  • Piff
    replied to Ask the Devs
    If a Solar Exalted lost a leg to a River Dragon, and the player of that Solar wasn't down with having Crippling wounds (River Dragons can inflict them on certain attacks), would it be feasible for a Solar Exalted to regrow a lost limb over a long period of several years with abilities like Body Mending?
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  • Piff
    replied to Healing Crippling Damage for Dummies
    So part of the concern for me is that this is a 'non-consensual' Crippling wound. I know that most Crippling wounds are taken by player choice, but the mechanics for the River Dragon allow the Dragon to force you to have one of ITS choice, and since it got 7 HLs the GM decided it was going to just rip off a big meaty piece and then go eat it. The Dragon was forced into retreat by my group but unfortunately it had a grapple on me already so it dragged me in the water.

    Anyway, I really don't want to be a Solar with a missing leg, or a necrotic leg, or a mechanical leg. I want my old...
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  • Piff
    started a topic Healing Crippling Damage for Dummies

    Healing Crippling Damage for Dummies

    I just got bit real hard by a River Dragon.

    It hurt. I survived, but it ate my leg.

    Unfortunately, I don't know anybody with even a passing interest in Solar medicine. So I'm wondering... how common are medical techniques that could help me grow another leg in Creation? Could sorcerers do that sort of thing? Thaumaturgists? What about these new-fangled mechanical legs I've heard about, how common are those?

    On the bright side, at least I have Graceful Crane, which renders the penalty of my missing leg nonexistent. But I wish I didn't look so silly!
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  • The UCS is one of the most widely worshiped Gods in Creation. The Immaculate Order worships him as a primary deity, confusing as that is.

    Most Solar Exalted who are exposed to the 'church of the UCS' are going to come into contact with the corrupted Immaculate interpretation first. Obviously, given the unique flavor of this interpretation, they may reject the notion that they have 'stolen' power from anything (particularly if they are Zenith).

    However, if one can somehow manage to discard the stuff about calling up demons to steal celestial energy, the UCS in the Immaculate...
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