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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Requesting odd weapon combinations?
    Eye am pleased that you enjoyed them. Iris a little worried you would think they were too silly....
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Requesting odd weapon combinations?
    An axe...on a rope, so you can swing it while you swing it. Or an artifact one on a bladed soulsteel chain, name it Silent Fall and give it evocations based around causing battle groups to fall without making a sound.

    Orichalcum helmet whose evocations are entirely based around headbutting your enemies.

    Moonsilver dentures that shapeshifting to give you a terrifying bite attack, and have evocations built on biting off limbs and parrying blades by catching them in your teeth and then either disarming it breaking them.

    Armor made of white Jade, causes people...
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  • ...That gigantic spiel there? Avoiding it is one of the reasons I start the way I do.

    I usually start with, "The Empress, who has ruled for centuries, is missing and presumed dead. She never declared an heir and shit's about to hit the fan" if I need history, and even then only in Realm games.
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  • These days, especially with players new to the setting, I run things as mortals for a few sessions first. Get a feel for a local setting like a peasant village in the Realm or a Northern whaling town or a Guild Caravan or something. Three Falls Village, from God Kicking Boot, started out this way for some of my PCs.

    This gives them roots, something to care about. Then I introduce some supernatural complications to life: Dynasts come through on holiday, or a Fair Folk wants to make a deal with the caravan, or a sorcerer has kidnapped somebody. Maybe introduce a terrifying Lunar or...
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  • ...nah, he just wanted some really really effective noise cancelling headphones.
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Can a circle of dynasts "win?"
    .. I use Fate in a "how history was made and what parties of heroes getting together does to the setting" sorta way here. Not a Loom thing, just a... destiny thing.

    Exalted PCs don't tend to lose, even if their victories aren't permanently or perfect....
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Can a circle of dynasts "win?"
    The Dragonblooded have "won" before.

    In the time before history, they waged war against the hosts of the Primordial and defeated them and made the world safe for humanity. A party of Dragonblooded PCs playing in this era would be running a war campaign with special ops missions assigned by Solars and Sidereals, with great epic battles and romances, trying to forge a world where their children can rule one day. That party of Dragonblooded PCs took down Celestial traitors, they defeated demon-god generals, they rescued captured Lunar spies and brought vital Intel that would...
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Together Breakfast....
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  • "Weapons are a coward's weapon." -Sean Conneelly
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Steel and Iron: What's the difference
    Look...

    Iron is metaphysically associated with Earth essence, harmful to the Raksha. The more you work it/alloy it/whatever, the less useful it will be against the Raksha.

    Also? Iron weapons are SUPPOSED to be shitty! Lots of old Raksha charms have things like "mortals get a bonus to resisting this if in contact with cold iron."

    It's not just about stabby times, it's about enabling Creation to feel more real by giving it superstitions. This guy who lives south of Winter Folk territory wears a horseshoe around his neck. This lady who lives near where...
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to The Out-of-Context Game Quotes Thread
    Guess who just finished a campaign (a rare one in which I got to PC) and has a giant pile of quotes?

    Saigoth Gates Campaign Quote List:

    GM: I have learned what things fall beyond the upper limit of the party.
    Krait, OOC: Is it agreeing on something?


    GM: I am not going to allow Morris Dancing to become the universal language of Creation!

    Mazatl, OOC: Alright, I need a Limit Trigger for Teddy Roosevelt.
    Ardor, OOC: TAFT.

    Mazatl, OOC: I could also do Testicles Ox.
    West, OOC: YES. TEDDY ROOSEVELT’S EXALTED...
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  • I mean...I'd just go for 1 in my games.

    I like my specialities to say something about my character. Less Melee "Swords," and more Melee "Close Quarters Fighting" or Melee "Multiple Opponents" or Melee "Shocking Brutality."

    Like...they should be useful a lot of the time, but any specialty that's going to ALWAYS apply is one I probably wouldn't let a PC use in my game. Instead of Ride (Horses) or even Ride (My Godblooded Familiar Horse), I'd go with Ride (Races) or Ride (Mounted Acrobatic Tricks) or Ride (Herding).

    Specialties...
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  • ...this is one of the Sixteen Forbidden Ships, detailed in sacred scrolls bound with unbreakable sapphire locks whose keys are held by the Maiden of Serenity. These relationships are so threatening to the fabric of history that they must be sealed away outside of Time. The Joybringers are dispatched to steal the thoughts of those who would write poems on these forbidden subjects, and to prevent the births of those who might otherwise be destined to launch such a ship. If any of the Forbidden Ships were to leave the realm of fiction and enter into reality, the resulting devastation would be cataclysmic....
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Need Advice on Creating Elementals
    Louise was never wrong. She had learned
    this to her cost. For most of her life, she
    had been certain that she was weak,
    stupid, unacademic, and ugly. She was,
    of course, correct. Later on, in a foolish
    rage from being teased, she announced
    that she was smarter than anyone in
    the room; and she was, of course, correct.
    Understanding in an instant what had
    happened, she became strong, dexterous,
    academic, and beautiful in a matter
    of minutes; and as for those who were
    teasing her, she informed them that they
    would die in
    ...
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  • Wise Old Guru
    replied to Need Advice on Creating Elementals
    Measure of Hope is right about everything.
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