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  • adambeyoncelowe
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    This is probably sensible. I want a simpler set of rules for the existing system, rather than yet another system. This way, they don't cannibalise their own sales and everyone is still playing 3e....
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  • My ruling would be that it's just a pencil to humans, so it only does damage based on that form. But any fae being stabbed with it would clutch their wound melodramatically and fall to the floor as if grievously wounded.
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  • adambeyoncelowe
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    I'd probably go with:

    Melee
    Ballistics
    Athletics (incorporating most of Dodge and all of Thrown)
    Integrity
    Command (incorporating Presence and intimidation)
    Socialise
    Resistance
    Survival
    Awareness (incorporating Alertness)
    Talent (artistic, pick one type)
    Skill (such as manual skills, pick one type)
    Medicine (includes making of)
    Investigation
    Larceny
    Stealth
    Empathy
    Linguistics (each extra language is a specialty; this is general fluency, discursive skills, etc)
    Knowledge (pick one,...
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  • All of this. But I will add that Demon and Kindred of the East do provide ways for you to integrate the two via the WoD's 'fractured cosmology' model, if that's your bag. It's not easy, exactly, or neat, but then nothing in the WoD is....
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  • Also, if you don't have Celerity (or similar), you'll still have to split your dice pool to use the full rate. So if you're shooting three people with that Rate 3 weapon, you've got to divide your attack dice between all three (or use whichever multiple actions your particular edition uses).
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  • My bad. I got them the wrong way round. I'll go back and add a correction. (Side note: my brain fog is really bad at the moment.)

    P'o is 'bright' (yang) but 'moon' (yin). Same point, though: there's a mix of the two concepts. Likewise, in Daoism yang always contains a little bit of yin and vice versa.

    In humans that makes sense. In the Hungry Dead, who are more imbalanced, having them unnaturally twain makes sense, too....
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    Last edited by adambeyoncelowe; 12-24-2019, 05:47 AM. Reason: Edits: Cognitive stuff a bit messed up right now.

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  • adambeyoncelowe
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    It's easy enough to compress combat Abilities. Melee really means any chaotic fight; it's similar in meaning to 'fray', 'skirmish' or 'scrimmage'. (Heck, Thesaurus.com even suggests 'brawl'.) Splitting it into armed and unarmed isn't really necessary.

    You could, therefore, easily have one close combat skill (Melee) and one ranged combat skill (Ballistics). Athletics could cover Thrown and general evasion, while Melee could cover parry and block actions. That means you've got a fairly narrow set of skills for use in combat.

    Martial Arts styles are like Charms anyway, so...
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  • Also, demons are diverse creatures. Some are spirits. Some are banes. Some are dreams of the Neverborn. Only a tiny fraction are actual Judeo-Christian evil. Dealing with spirits in itself shouldn't necessarily curse you, no matter how vile those spirits are. There's also a difference between Demonic Investments (you barter your soul away), and trucking with profane things (much vaguer consequences).
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  • So I did some digging and the connection of Hun and P'o with Yang and Yin appears to be from around the 4-6th Centuries, BC. Before that, they were less well defined.

    Even then, the nature of them appears to be up for very different interpretations and, according to most, is a largely 'scholastic' or 'academic' endeavour, since the lay person rarely understands much difference between the two.

    When you read into their descriptions, there is a lot of overlap. Hun is Yang because it's 'bright', but technically it's also linked to the moon, which is 'dark' and hence Yin....
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    Last edited by adambeyoncelowe; 12-24-2019, 05:46 AM.

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