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  • Aquillion
    replied to Auto-kun must be stopped!
    I don't think it's necessary to delve into the actual practical reality of a hypothetical war between the Exalted and Heaven. Right now, it's extremely unlikely, partially because the Incarnae constantly take steps to avoid even the possibility of it.

    But I think it's reasonable for it to be something on the Incarnae's minds, and I think it's obviously something that should be on their minds. It doesn't really matter whether the Exalted can beat the Incarnae or not (they can though), the important part is that a war like that would be absolutely catastrophic for Creation and the...
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  • Aquillion
    replied to Auto-kun must be stopped!
    That's not the issue. My problems are:

    1. It doesn't matter how you frame it, it's clearly being read as "they're addicted to the cosmic X-Box" now. That's bad for the game.

    2. It doesn't really provide anything that would make it worth the time and effort necessary to try and finesse away the "addicted to videogames" interpretation. It's a post-hoc justification for something that doesn't really need to be justified, and, on top of that, it makes the inaction of the Incarnae less cool by boiling it down to one easy-to-grasp cause.

    Seriously,...
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  • Aquillion
    replied to Auto-kun must be stopped!
    I feel that the addictiveness of the Games of Divinity should honestly be dropped entirely, at least as a justification for the inaction of the Incarnae.

    The "addicted to gaming" association is inevitable at this point and is just too silly. Having the UCS turn his back on the world in a rage or having Luna and the Maidens simply be that distant normally makes them look a bit bad, yes, but having them addicted to a cosmic X-Box looks even worse. Also, the focus on "only a Primordial could play it safely!" just feels like more pointless Primordial fixation - the...
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  • Aquillion
    replied to Auto-kun must be stopped!
    Another possibility is that his internal turmoil over humanity allowed the Deathlords and the Demon Princes to tap into his power to create the Abyssal and Infernal Exalted - in this version, they are actually Exalted by him in a sense, it's just that they're Exalted via his fears, his nightmares, his rage and disappointment with humanity, and the other darker parts of his psyche rather than the part that chooses Solars - and this allowed his enemies to twist the process somehow for certain Solars, resulting in new types of Exalted.
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  • Aquillion
    replied to What is "Embattled", really?
    I don't understand what you mean by this. Where's the "reflexively follow you" bit coming from?

    If they allow you to do something, they're (briefly) not an opponent any more, and you can just move normally ignoring them. I don't think they get to reflexively follow you....
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  • Aquillion
    replied to What is "Embattled", really?
    Why wouldn't you have to Disengage? From a rules perspective, it'd depend on its exact position, but I presume that by "short range" you mean that it's not reachable without leaving close range from them.

    From a cinematic perspective, they just disarmed you and now have you at swordpoint. If you want to get your sword back, you have to do a heroic combat roll under their blade or between their legs or to duck aside or something (a disengage action) to reach your blade without being killed. That happens in stories and movies all the time.

    And from both perspectives,...
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  • Aquillion
    replied to Auto-kun must be stopped!
    That still leaves room for the UCS to occasionally glance at Creation.

    Though that leads to weird conclusions like the Exalted of that era being particularly worthy to have caught his attention. You can just say that he Exalted almost nobody but occasionally couldn't resist, though - once a century or so, the melancholy would strike him and he'd send a Solar into the world despite himself. This also allows for a few other things for people who want to play Solars in games set in that era - specifically, it's possible there was a brief rush of Solar Exalted during the Great Contagion...
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  • Aquillion
    replied to What is "Embattled", really?
    The simple answer is that the rules are an abstraction that make certain assumptions (in this case, that your opponent is trying to keep you from running and that you're trying to maintain a viable fighting position.) The two cases you seem to be talking about are:

    1. You want to drop your weapon and run without regard for tactics or danger. There's a reason the rules don't allow this - the ability of someone like the Invincible Sword Princess to control the battlefield (and, yes, keep you from your dying wife or the escape raft or, maybe more importantly, her squishy sorcerer buddy)...
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    Last edited by Aquillion; 08-16-2017, 03:24 PM.

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  • Aquillion
    replied to Kill Six Billion Demons
    Welp, thanks for playing, Suuz. Something tells me that only main characters are going to survive to the end of this run.

    Something interesting that occurred to me: While the Seven are clearly each associated with one obvious sin, when we get to know them better each one's problem actually seems to be a different sin. For instance:

    Mottom was presented as gluttony, but in fact she's being forced to put up that facade due to her weak position. If we had to name one for her, her real sin is probably sloth, although cowardice would be a better word for it - she refuses...
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    Last edited by Aquillion; 08-14-2017, 05:12 PM.

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  • Aquillion
    replied to Great news for Lunar fans!
    The real reason Exalted begins with the Solars is that the whole point of the game is to play a ridiculously powerful demigod, and while all the Exalted embody that to an extent, the Solars are the most straightforward and pure example. Starting with the most powerful splat is a deliberate thematic choice and affects the tone of the entire setting.

    "Exalted is a game about playing ridiculously powerful god-kings who can change the world! To get you started, here's the weakest kind, who are by default heavily tied to the status quo." It just doesn't match with how the game...
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  • Aquillion
    replied to Kill Six Billion Demons
    You would have thought, though, that someone would have mentioned "hey, Allison has a ridiculous power, don't mess with her" to them at some point, even if they didn't want to bring up the key specifically.

    Oh well, she's about to learn it the hard way.

    Although I do wonder if this is going to set off any of Mammon's alarms......
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    Last edited by Aquillion; 08-09-2017, 03:17 AM.

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  • I've mentioned this before, but Luca from Tales of Innocence. I'll summarize the game's plot and you tell me if you can figure out how to fit it into Exalted. I'm not sure, it might be tricky, but there are a few parallels if you look real closely:

    Luca has been having dreams of his past life as a great hero in a lost golden age of wonders. Then, one day, he sees a girl from his dreams being chased by soldiers (who hunt reincarnated heroes to protect the world from them and / or to capture them and exploit their powers). He erupts in a giant golden column of light and inherits the...
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  • Aquillion
    replied to Is Sorcerty Too Front Loaded?
    I mean, it wouldn't be a problem if there were actually Occult charms that made you better at Sorcery. Currently there are almost none, and those that do are extremely indirect - it's pretty much just limited to making you better at handling spirits. There's particularly no high-tier Solar Occult "I am now an awesome Sorcerer" charm comparable to what you can quickly get in just about any other ability.

    And what particularly pisses me off about this is that IIRC the devs said that they specifically did that to keep non-Occult-Supernal Solars from feeling overshadowed. Like,...
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  • Aquillion
    replied to Is Sorcerty Too Front Loaded?
    Remember that spells can now be purchased with Solar XP. This drastically changes the calculations. The benefits of initiation have to be high because you're paying non-Solar XP for it; it's fine for spells to offer less than that initial purchase, because once you have the initiation, there's really no reason not to buy a few spells (even if you're a martial artist, unless you're developing multiple martial arts and / or evocation trees, you're going to have Solar XP to burn occasionally.)
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  • Aquillion
    replied to Solars starting the game with Artifacts
    Compass of Celestial Directions: Elsewhere.

    (Also, Compass of Celestial Directions: The Endless Darkness Outside Existence, for those people hit by that one ED charm.)...
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  • Aquillion
    replied to Cobra Style
    This is off-topic, but I'm always amused that we have both Snake Style and Cobra Style. We shouldn't stop there, we should make Equatorial Spitting Cobra Style, and eventually Fred, The Equatorial Spitting Cobra Style.

    Then we can go in the other direction and make Scaled Reptile Style and Reptile Style and Animal Style and Living Thing Style and just Thing Style.

    (Actually, I guess Thing Style is basic enough to be Beige Existence of Nondescript Things, the style for the set of objects that have no properties other than being in this set.)...
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  • I would also add, regarding Solars specifically worshipping the UCS:

    Exalted generally treats Exaltation as a spiritual event, not just a powerup. Yes, a lot of people just believe what they were raised as, but sometimes people experience some sort of spiritual awakening that makes them change their views, especially in stories. And Exaltation is very much intended to be that sort of thing. Not for everyone, but I think the assertion that a majority of Zeniths end up worshiping the UCS is not unwarranted - it's supposed to be that sort of thing. It's not just the UCS dropping in to...
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    Last edited by Aquillion; 07-22-2017, 05:32 PM.

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  • It's been 1500 years, 90% of everyone died halfway through, and the world's largest government, its main religion, and the people who practically run Heaven and fate itself all want inconvenient parts of history to disappear. It's a miracle they still remember anything at all.

    More importantly, though... one thing available to Solars, especially Zeniths, is to tell a story about how you restore worship of the UCS to the world. There's this really dumb Christian Evangelical narrative where they assume that whoever they're trying to convert has never heard of Christ before (you see...
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    Last edited by Aquillion; 07-24-2017, 03:42 AM.

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