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  • aluminiumtrioxid
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Arms questions!

    - Can I use Elegant Weapon Repertoire to treat Rainwalker as a form weapon for Dreaming Pearl Courtesan Style? Mundane parasols seem to fit the "accessory, garment or similar ornamental object" criteria, after all.

    - Why does Shelter from the Storm cost 5 motes? Unless the wielder is Resonant, it's effectively a 1-point excellency + 1 initiative. Is it so expensive because it allows a character to avoid crashing themselves when taking Full Defense? Or is it primarily balanced around the Resonant effect?

    - How is the Gem of Incomparable...
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  • By the sexual deviant? Uhh... a gimp mask? I mean, what else....
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  • A slashing sword style that is a bit more front-loaded and less of a one-trick pony than Single Point would be nice. ("Just pick Melee" doesn't really cut it when you want to go into MA specifically so you can spend your charm xp on non-combat Charms.)
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  • Quick and dirty tip: MtG has had fantastic art in the last few years, and there were entire sets dedicated to decidedly non-European visual influences. If nobody in your group is familiar with it, you should just shamelessly use whatever you can out of the Amonkhet set (which is probably not called that, but I don't play the damn thing, I'm just in for the pretty pictures). Examples:













    Helpful resources: this pinterest, this art review page (pretty much all of the land art is usable environmental art),...
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  • aluminiumtrioxid
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    The fact that it's a reference doesn't make it any less weird and out of place in the context of a style that's supposedly about ordinary people who try to uphold law and order to the best of their ability....
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  • I expected no less from an artist who spent most of his career drawing fantasy porn. (This also makes me very glad that I used the image for a tryhard mortal from a ghost-blooded family.)...
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  • Sadly, most naval-themed fantasy illustrations tend toward an Age of Sail aesthetics, so I don't have many of them, but I do have some!


    When I saw him, my mind immediately went "yeah, this guy's an Eclipse". I mean, the sails in the background are pretty tattered, and the crew is being relegated to blurry figures in the background, but he undeniably looks cool, and whether he's holding a map or a ledger, it certainly accentuates the caste's role as explorers and bureaucrats way more than yet another anime dude with a fancy sword would.



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  • Nevertheless, I feel like I shall redeem myself, so... I'll take requests? I have at least a thousand images lying around, and I'm pretty sure only a fraction of it is a duplicate of stuff already seen in the thread....
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  • Alas, my woeful unfamiliarity with anime classics is revealed for all the world to see! The shame!...
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  • More Lunars, because clearly they're best Exalts.


    A smug leopard totem:




    A monstrous centipede totem (presumably a DPC practicioner):




    A reserved crow totem:




    And I can only guess what her totem is, but that Sacred Hunt must've gone well:

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  • I don't know if you've noticed, but 3E has been strongly downplaying that angle....
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  • That strikes me as a pretty silly worry, considering that Exalt numbers are practically negligible compared to the general population, so there is literally no good in-setting reason for you not to be free to ignore the new types....
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  • aluminiumtrioxid
    replied to Collected Homebrew =
    Thunder on the Precipice and Red Locust Swarm had topics of their own recently, with multiple people commenting, so I think they can wait. Let's proceed with Graceful Hummingbird Style!

    Needle Cuts through Steel: ignore 4 points of armor soak for 2m, ignore additional (Essence) points of soak against an enemy with lower initiative. Looks good.

    Smaller Blade Bends Steel: okay, this name is just goofy if you look at it right after the prerequisite. "First we have a needle! It can cut through steel! But then we have an... uhm... even smaller... uh, blade! And it, uh,...
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  • aluminiumtrioxid
    replied to Collected Homebrew =
    Convert it to post-soak damage dice then. (A pretty minor benefit, considering that heavy weapons are rarely soaked.)


    Onto Obsidian Chains of Torment, AKA the "Draven meets Darksiders" style!

    I like this one a lot more than I liked Tyrant Lizard, and not just because I'm a sucker for fighting chains. It actually has a thematic core and unique aesthetics aside from "angry armorguy rageslash". Being a fan of the Book of the New Sun tetralogy, I also appreciate the whole grim executioner thing you're going for, even though most of the fluff you...
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    Last edited by aluminiumtrioxid; 10-23-2017, 06:51 AM.

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  • aluminiumtrioxid
    replied to Collected Homebrew =
    Actually, Chopping allows the user to ignore 2 Hardness, which is actually pretty useful on multiattack Charms, you definitely want to keep it. I don't recommend adding Strength to raw damage, because getting +8 damage for 2 motes is a bit much.



    That's a pretty silly reason to make a dual-wielding Charm in a non-dual wielding style.



    An Indefinite duration means exactly what it says - the effect persists indefinitely, as long the motes are committed. The Charm ends when the user un-commits the motes. However, the mote cost of any Charm with...
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  • aluminiumtrioxid
    replied to Collected Homebrew =
    Let's go over all of this stuff, starting with Tyrant Lizard Style because I'm a sucker for oversized swords.

    Jaws of Steel: This is incredibly damn thin for a Charm purchase. Spend 3m for +3 damage? Snake Style's Striking Cobra Technique can add up to 5 for the same cost, which might even go post-soak, and it still has a Mastery rider (granted, it's also more restricted in application and much stricter about armor). White Reaper's Falling Scythe Flash - a much better comparison, given that the same armor restrictions apply - is up to 5 damage for the same number of motes (so far...
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    Last edited by aluminiumtrioxid; 10-22-2017, 06:51 AM.

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  • aluminiumtrioxid
    replied to Profile Character?
    The way I see it, players are making characters who excel at profile character actions because they want to be observant like Sherlock Holmes, drawing astonishing conclusions from the smallest of details. Part of that fantasy is actually being the smart person, however, so you either want to put in clues that strongly point towards a given conclusion but don't spell it out explicitly, or offer multiple possible explanations, from which the player can pick out the correct one based on other pieces of information they already have. What I don't recommend is withholding information the characters...
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  • aluminiumtrioxid
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    This is basically what the profile character action is....
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  • aluminiumtrioxid
    replied to Homebrew Martial Art Attempt
    Let's proceed, shall we?





    HFEB: With this upgrade, HFEB effectively grants an auto-success on Join Battle for everybody who is hit by the threaten, and a non-Charm autosuccess for everyone who isn't. Effectively, you're making it more beneficial for the stylist to fail at his intended strategy. Surely I don't need to explain why this is bad design.
    SSD: I'm... okay with this? A flat difficulty of 4 doesn't really compare to the stuff a specialized Stealth master can pull off, but it's also completely independent from your actual Stealth value.
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  • aluminiumtrioxid
    replied to Homebrew Martial Art Attempt
    I think your core concept is a bit thematically confused. First you explain that this is a not a style for heroes, but for the unsung men and women of the law, then you make the progenitor a super awesome serpent slayer dude who is basically a generic shonen protagonist wrestling with a dangerous forbidden power inside. But then it's also implied that the dangerous forbidden power might actually be a metaphor for... the inherently anarchistic urges inside the heart of a... peerless paragon of order and law? It's very muddled, and it feels like you're trying to mash together different concepts...
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    Last edited by aluminiumtrioxid; 10-18-2017, 07:09 PM.

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