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  • Blackwell
    replied to A Zorro-style PC
    As a definitive pulpy action hero, everything you need to make a reasonable run at a Zorro character is available right off the bat; basically a direct translation of the character from other media, cool as he is, is "level 1" in Exalted. So, an important thing to consider is, how does this character grow when you turn him up to eleven? In your mind, is he primarily a bandit? A duelist? A social infiltrator? A patriot? That will determine how you want to start him off.
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Religion in Exalted: Lifeless and Pale
    I disagree; I think the general pattern still appears all the way up the scale. I'd agree that it's most pronounced in simple gods like the dogs of unbroken earth. Their natures are simple. The higher ranked gods have more nuance, partly because of broader portfolios and partly because they tend to have more complex backgrounds (e.g., Ahlat didn't start life as the Southern god of war and cattle, and his personality and attitudes reflect this).

    "No opinion" may have been a poor choice of words on my part. Maybe it would be closer to my intent to say that the really strong...
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Religion in Exalted: Lifeless and Pale
    I think this makes Ahlat sound more human than I like gods in Exalted to be. Ahlat wants people to be brave and fierce and etc, sure. That's part of his deal. But is disliking brutality and arrogance part of his deal too? Why does he care?

    I prefer to think of gods as having irrationally strong and specific likes and dislikes about the things that relate to their nature, with varying degrees of "no opinion" otherwise. The road god cares primarily that the guildsmen leaving offerings in his shrines and doesn't pull up cobblestones or knock down fences, or what have you. But...
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Rethinking Marriage in the Realm
    Well, this makes sense, going back to the premise of the OP. The interests of elders are the dominant motivation for Realm marriages. They're trying to interlink their interests with those of other elders 20+ years in advance. Contracts are worth the paper they're printed on; a marriage creates people, potentially Exalted people, who (regardless of which family name they get) who have a vested interest in the wellbeing of both of their families. The whole thing is a long game of creating a web of influence for the elders that, taken together, happens to also bind the Houses into a cohesive Empire....
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Rethinking Marriage in the Realm
    The Rokugani system's big feature is that it maintains the separation of the Clans. Which makes sense, because in that setting, each Clan is practically its own nation within the larger Empire. On the "game" side, your Clan choice is closer in function to what, say, D&D would do with race. And although the two Empires are roughly equivalent in terms of age, Rokugan is on Emperor #38 when the "playable" timeline starts, and the roster of Great Clans is still based on the original Kami who founded them (another significant point; each Clan + the Imperial House all descend...
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  • Blackwell
    replied to Religion in Exalted: Lifeless and Pale
    I think the problem is (at least somewhat) one of terminology. There are lots of religions/faiths mentioned all over Creation, it's just that gods aren't the focus of religion in Creation.

    Gods are real, knowable, beat-up-able beings. There's nothing about their existence that has to be taken on faith. The Immaculate Faith, and religions generally, primarily teach you a moral and ethical system by which you should live your life, and a part of that is how you should interact with gods. But this is because like your parents, your children, your betters, your lessers, those in need,...
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