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  • Essence of Dynasty - Play Report and Shameless Fan-Fic

    Trigger Warning: This is a (mostly PG13, occassionally light R for language) summary of an X-rated play which deals with mature themes that some may find distressing. Violence, sex, and discrimination are central themes: if you think you might be distressed by this story then I urge you to read no further.

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    Some time ago, I started a write up of my first 3E game Dynasty of Dovak.

    That game has now finished.

    The story continues in this game: my first Exalted Essence game.

    If anyone was following Dynasty of Dovak, it started as...
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  • Session 84 – End of Chapter 9 – Ganan (300XP 240DX, 293/238 spent; 20WhP 89GP 39SP), Jinabar (300XP 240DX, 276/232 spent), Gifty (???XP ???DX, ???/??? spent)

    The Dragon-Blooded return to Shining Kren having wiped out the local Dune Folk population, but with half the number of demons they set out with and Jin badly mauled. Our heroes approach via the main tunnel car door, which they first used to enter the city by. Jin seeks out a healer, and Gifty busies herself with her own business.

    Alinos Kerin calls Ganan aside to take a report on the situation. She is surprisingly
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  • Session 83 – The Lost City of Dari – Ganan (295XP 236DX, 293/231 spent; 20WhP 83GP 45SP), Jinabar (295XP 236DX, 276/232 spent), Gifty (???XP ???DX, ???/??? spent)

    “Cram all of the stars and planets into my ass! What the fuck!”

    “Baka! I told you! I specifically told you! Not to do that!”

    “I told him not to do it first!”

    “We both told you not to do that!”

    Tepet Ganan just lets Cynis Jinabar and Dragonsgift Saber Edge berate him, with a smile on his face. He has just slain a giant spider behemoth
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  • Session 82 – Reinforcements Have Arrived – Ganan (290XP 232DX, 285/231 spent; 20WhP 83GP 42SP), Jinabar (290XP 232DX, 276/232 spent), Gifty (???XP ???DX, ???/??? spent)

    Tepet Ganan, Cynis Jinabar, and Dragonsgift of Cadet House Saber Edge stand in Shining Kren – a large Jadeborn settlement, hidden beneath the Firepeak mountains. The Jadeborn have given them use of a tower so that they can clear a vast tunnel leading thousands of miles across the South. The Exalted plan on looting a lost underground city of the First Age that lies part way across the tunnel, by using an army
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Exalted Essence Questions
    The attack is part of the action. You don't have to flurry. Indeed, you can't flurry aim with an attack, because you can't take the same action twice.

    Aim includes Attack.
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer 2
    3E and Essence play differently. In my opinion, Essence plays better.


    Yes.

    But, an artifact weapon is a significant thing. If you're playing a genius doctor, wandering around and curing cancer, you probably don't want an artifact weapon. Not, you can't have an artifact weapon, just that 3E works a lot better if every character isn't an omni-capable god of war wielding a weapon of legend.


    This is probably the best way to do it.

    The Evocations each user brings put in a given artifact are basically unique. It's how your character's...
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Ask the Devs 3
    Lytek, one of Vance's favorite gods, is still around. His 1st Edition write up is still (mostly) accurate:

    http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/m...11#post1190711

    http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/m...e-devs/page614

    http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/m...72#post1145272

    http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/m...02#post1096402...
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Tell me about your realm civil war!
    Yeah... I... I didn't read the room on that one. It is a worst case scenario that really daunted my players. You need a good Session 0 to pull that off.

    One of the players was in the Solariod 2E game I mentioned, and they said they didn't want a long, dragged out civil war that lasted years of IRL play. 15-20 sessions max. Another player said they didn't want it to be Tepet Ejava vs Mnemon, again because of bad 2E experiences, and that they wanted multiple factions and the chance to betray Mnemon. And the third player said they wanted to have creative solutions, and to think outside...
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Tell me about your realm civil war!
    I've had a few across the editions... few highlights:

    2E Dragon-Blooded Game: This one was fun. I ST'ed, the players were the "Reincarnations" of the Immaculate Dragons (not really, but they were loaded with Sidereal buffs). The game lasted about a hundred sessions. The war started with Tepet Ejava being recalled to the Blessed Isle to face trial, but instead declaring martial law. Mnemon leads a colliation against the Usurper (that's a theme that pops up a lot), which is somewhat hampered by no-one actually wanting Mnemon on the Throne. Twists, turns, alliances, betrayal....
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Exalted Essence Questions
    I realise Essence is a new system, but how many times have you ran out of health levels playing Exalted?...
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Exalted Essence Questions
    I more meant that Ox Bodies are pointless.

    If I run out of health levels, I can take a -1 to my tertiary attribute. Which I never roll, because it's my weakest area, to ignore an attack. My opponent then has to build Power again. Then I can take -1 to my secondary attribute. Then I can knockdown my Primary Merit. Then I can take -1 on all my dice rolls. And then I am Incapacitated... which means I can still make Teamwork rolls or Build Power for my allies, and if I somehow get to 10 Power then I'm back in the fight.

    And I can heal these injuries by spending Personal Milestones......
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Exalted Essence Questions
    I am pretty sure [ x ] denotes shorthand. "Close Combat Excellency" and "Ranged Combat Excellency" are two different Charms.

    You could buy Close Combat Excellency, then repurchase Close Combat Excellency with a personal Milestone. But there's no benefit to that.

    Ranged Combat Excellency is a different Charm, not a repurchase.

    Ox-Body Technique is a clear repurchase. And given how... lackluster Ox Body Technique remains, I have no issue with spending personal to buy it.
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer 2
    Oh, whoops.

    It's every Talon (125 fighting troops) has their own standard....
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer 2
    If it helps, every unit down to the Scale (25 fighting troops, 6 officers) has its own Mon Talon (125 fighting troops, 31 officers) has its own standard. The Empress's own troops (which does, admittedly and unhelpfully, include the Black Helms and possibly the entire Legion of Silence, though that one is unclear) are using the Scarlet Pentacle, and Random Army Squad is using their own heraldry.

    The Satrapy and Province system are your friends here. Think of each of the Great Houses as their own kingdom. Remember, the Imperial Legions don't exist anymore. The troops the PCs meet are...
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer 2
    Cache eggs are in 1E, 2E, and EE.


    RAW, it costs 12XP whether you have the 1 dot version or not.

    Quick Draw isn't 1 to 4. It's two merits that cost one or four dots.

    New rating x3 = 12

    It's a dumb rule.

    Mighty Thews is not 1, 2, or 3. It's 1 to 3. It's a variable rating merit. You have to buy the first dot for 3XP, before buying the second dot for 6XP, then the third for 9XP.

    So 4 dot Quick Draw costs 12 XP. 3 dot Mighty Thews costs 18XP. 5 dot Artifact is free (it's a story merit).

    Mighty Thews is...
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Essence KS 27th May '21
    ...

    I did not even consider that.

    It's only 1 Charm per Step though. Which is something....
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Essence KS 27th May '21
    So, apart from Solars who get a bunch of bonus anima Charms, you gotta spend 10m. You have 5m.

    You're not hitting Iconic until round 5.

    It doesn't seem super likely that most fights will get to round 5. Especially with stuff like the Dawn anima in play, just reflexively deleting enemies.

    It's just that the Soulsteel power is a boss deleter. You can have some epic fight with the Mask of Winters, on the back of Juggernaut, with zombie maggots ripping their way out of the behemoth's flesh... for 5 rounds. Then killbot comes online, and it's honestly not even...
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Essence KS 27th May '21
    According to Chapter 8, items have "statistics" and "tags".
    Clearly, referring to "traits" is a versioning error.

    I expect it will be quietly deleted.

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    That said, Accuracy and Damage are still hit by the 5 success cap (and overwhelming is capped at 4).

    But you could make a weapon...
    Long Range
    +4 Accuracy
    +2/4 Damage
    4 Overwhelming.

    Start with the Light Ranged Weapon profile (Long Range, +3 Accuracy, +0 Damage, 1 Overwhelming).
    Craft it (+1 Accuracy, +1...
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  • JohnDoe244
    replied to Essence KS 27th May '21
    Just play them as anti heroes.

    Yes, I am a monster. But we're fighting against an army of the dead who wants to kill you all.

    Yes, I may have possessed these guys, but she ate a bunch of people's hearts to shape-shift into them.

    Let me worry about how villainous the powers are. Just give me the mechanics.
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