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  • Piff
    started a topic Wyld Addiction / Mutation in 3e

    Wyld Addiction / Mutation in 3e

    Hello! So I'm looking for 3e rules on Wyld Addiction and mutations. I'm pretty sure those don't exist but I'd be delighted if somebody could correct me!

    And since I'm pretty sure they don't exist, I wanted to ask : do any of you fine people have recommendations for good versions of the mechanic to drop into 3e? Which version worked best for your tables, 1e or 2e? Or are they mostly identical?

    I really appreciate all the help for those of you that have time and thanks again!...
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  • Piff
    started a topic Seasoned Beast-Rider's Approach... a little late

    Seasoned Beast-Rider's Approach... a little late

    Would anything break particularly if I allowed somebody to use this power after combat had started? I'm thinking I'll just match the mount's initiative to whatever the rider is at currently. I'm not super system savvy so hopefully one of you really smart types can tell me if I done goofed or this is an OK exception.
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  • Piff
    replied to how many thaumaturges are supposed to exist?
    The term gated implies that nobody is breeding horses without 'Improved (Species) Breeding', which is not the case. Normal horse breeding happens, it's just that thaumaturgical techniques exist for doing it faster and better.

    Secondly, the term gated also suggests that in some way only thaumaturgists can make soap. While that is strictly speaking true, it bears noting that 2e had many many rituals which had a ability requirement of 0, meaning 'everybody can do this'. So it's not really a gate.

    In a real way everybody in 2e was sort of a thaumaturgist. Untrained laymen...
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  • Piff
    replied to questions about the nature of the gods.
    The God 'ecology' has been portrayed in many ways by many authors. When examining it, I believe what's most important is the final intention of the setting element, which is to set up a more-or-less Chinese divine environment and animistic Gods.

    Now, Exalted has not gone into great detail about many aspects of Godly life. For example, how are Gods 'made'? When a new city pops up, do they just... promote a field Guardian, or something? What if all the Field Guardians are dead or busy?

    We know Godly unemployment... and overpopulation... are issues, which is pretty logical...
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  • Piff
    replied to Military Might in Creation
    I tend to agree.

    Side note, I've played 3e more and more, I'm starting to kinda... dislike, the notion that every artifact has evocations. It's starting to seem like a blanket rule that feels more restrictive than helpful. I understand the reason this was done as a reaction to 2e, just... it doesn't feel like quite the right solution.

    Evocations are great and a terrific addition to the game, but 'retconning' everything to have evocations might not be the best solution. Why not simply have both? I'm hoping somebody will correct me here and say 'not every 3e artifact has...
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  • Piff
    replied to Leetsepeak's Ex3 Homebrew Hub
    Yep! The 4 is, in fact, willpower.

    The claws do 6/7/10L in 1e weapon terms, and the beak does 5/6/13L.

    Also the soak - 4L, 8B with a 6 die dodge pool....
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  • Piff
    replied to Leetsepeak's Ex3 Homebrew Hub
    I can do better than that, references are scant so I can collect everything in a single brief post. I only am familiar with it because those of us that had to make do with the original 1e beastiary regarded it as the 'big animal bad'...


    And some 1e stats, for conversion purposes...



    Finally, as a notional comparison for size to a Great Roc......
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  • Piff
    replied to Military Might in Creation
    Mobile siege fortifications of that type are actually pretty meaningful and impressive artifacts. And the terminology used by the book shouldn't really be taken as an indicator of rarity. Very few of these objects are described as remaining functional in any capacity.

    I wanna engage this topic though, so let's discuss the 'magic' of such a thing and the implication of the discovery of an artifact of this type for a typical army. First, the warstrider is mobile, and requires very little time to establish a firing position with. Secondly, if placed under threat, it can mobilize significantly...
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  • Piff
    replied to Leetsepeak's Ex3 Homebrew Hub
    This is fantastically useful stuff, you are so amazing.

    Any chance of a Hybroc? 50-75 foot wingspan 'scaled bird' of the north, IIRC.
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  • Piff
    replied to Military Might in Creation
    Indeed. These days, the terracotta soldier is just not interesting enough unless it can also sing mountains to existence or conjure phantom nightmares. A giant animate suit of magical material armor is just... boring....
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  • Piff
    replied to Military Might in Creation
    Warstriders have endured quite a huge amount of concept and power creep over multiple editions, but the vast majority of Warstriders that Lookshy would field would be used for more or less two things - throwing stuff and moving stuff.

    Common Warstriders, as described in 1e, were not that great. They had no instrumentation - no radar, no targeting assistance, no AI, no cockpit, nothing. They are, in effect, simply giant suits of artifact armor that take advantage of the fact that attunement magically makes things lighter. But you aren't a giant, see, so instead you have to strap yourself...
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  • Piff
    replied to The Empress : Who Was She?
    The analogy of the Empress to a runaway Rock success is actually a pretty engaging one, thanks for the contribution.
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  • Piff
    replied to Military Might in Creation
    I think people are confusing the desire to remove all of the thinly veiled modern technology geopolitical analogues that became so prolific in 2e with a desire to remove all of trappings of the High First Age.

    We can tone down the nuclear bombs, cruise missiles, artillery pieces and radar detection without tossing out the baby with that bathwater. It's more about theme and execution than scarcity.

    By any definition, some of the proposals suggested here would be an EXTREME retcon/rewrite of Lookshy, one of the most popular and usable setting elements over the last decade...
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  • Piff
    replied to A gap in Exalted Lore
    First, most people have no idea what is going on with Celestial Exalted in the second age, in general. But those that ARE informed believe that not one, but TWO Exalted have been extinguished... the Solar Exalted and the Sidereal Exalted. That's not true, mind you, but that's what the savants of Realm history who are informed enough to even know the Sidereals once existed believe.

    Immaculate Lore doesn't really allow for or make mention of the Jade Prison. The enemy was just defeated ; they are dead and gone, only a few stragglers reincarnate and survive in the modern age.
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  • Piff
    replied to The Empress : Who Was She?
    That's really interesting, thanks.

    So she was a bit warmer with Mnemon, huh? Maybe she learned a thing or two from her earlier 'mistakes'...

    I know many of these questions probably seem irrelevant and kinda stupid, but they help me envision the Empress as more of a person. I like to do things like that - picture Hitler playing with his dogs, picture Alexander idly playing a game with a child (he was so young! It'd be like an older brother! Imagine his giddy, childlike smile...), picture Stalin having a rough day on the toilet or singing a song drunk with friends... taking...
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  • Piff
    replied to The Empress : Who Was She?
    Mnemon comes so late, though... I wonder, what would the experience been for one of her FIRST children? When the Empress is within her first century? Does Ragara have memories of a softer, more gentle mother that he is sad to see fade away?
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  • Piff
    replied to A gap in Exalted Lore
    Occam's razor applies here.

    The people who inhabit Creation do not have our copies of the books, nor do they converse with the developers regularly about the mechanics of the game.

    They are going to simply assume the Solars died and Exaltations do not last forever.

    Why would they assume Exaltations are eternal? Nothing else is. They don't have out-of-character statements from God telling them that Solar Exalted can't die.

    99% would just assume 'The Solars died and they aren't coming back'. And they wouldn't freak out like the forums do about...
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  • Piff
    replied to The Empress : Who Was She?
    What kind of mom was the Empress?

    Was she always more-or-less the same, in century one up to century seven?

    Did she have favorites? How would she favor them, do you imagine, over her less favored offspring?

    What would you imagine it is like to have the Empress as a mother at 20? At 30? 40? What kind of advice and support would she give you? Or would she expect you to sink or swim on your own?

    My own vision of her is that of a woman who aspires to be distant but fails, often undone by her own passions. She wants to be a God but remains human and...
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  • Piff
    replied to Military Might in Creation
    Yeah, obviously the specifics need to be tweaked. Still, it's pretty interesting.

    I like how it proposes a snapshot of military history, complete with flaws and established 'conservative' thinking. The archery being neglected and discussion over the training and drill of the troops in a typical Realm Legion probably carries over to 3rd. Typical weapons and 'loud outs' are also interesting to note. The image it creates is of a monolithic titan of an army, with immense training and practice, but also hidebound by seven centuries of tradition that... in the right circumstance... can...
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  • Piff
    replied to Military Might in Creation
    Scott Taylor had a pretty great post about this in 1e....
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