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  • Yeah, I just re-read Sanderson's essay on the subject, and clearly I didn't remember it as well as I thought. I stand corrected.

    I still don't think Z-splats serve to soften their respective magic systems, because the variation they allow for is written into the system from the get go. I'd say the primary "softening factor", if you will, for CofD magic (not counting the plot device-level beings I mentioned before) is the fact that there are roughly a hundred different magic systems in the setting, with different and often mutually contradictory rules.
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  • Soft/Hard magic is a hard divide, not a matter of degrees. Either magic has rules (in which case it's a hard system) or it can do whatever the hell the author wants (soft system).

    Z-splats are specifically meant to introduce weird abilities that often don't have much to do with the usual fare of the splat, be they Lodges, Bloodlines or what have you. The very fact that they bend the rules is codified within the rules....
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  • Starting with p.28 of TYoN: Akhud, Hollow Mekhet, Julii, Pijavica. Notable change from 1e are the Julii, who get a slightly modified spread of Disciplines (though Dominate is still their signature shtick) and a completely new Clan Bane centered around the Strix....
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  • When you create or improvise a new effect in a soft magic system, you do it because you're a magic user and magic can do anything.

    When you create or improvise a new effect in a hard magic system, you do it because your understanding of the rules of magic tells you it should work, or you found a loophole in existing rules (possibly with a heavy cost involved) or even because your superior understanding tells you the thing everyone thought impossible is actually possible if done the right way.

    As such, all magic systems available for player use in CofD (and most those...
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  • Morangias
    replied to Superheroes?
    It had occurred to me that a Libertine Mage could use the idea of superheroes as his Techne, channeling magic through his costume and the Sleeper attention it garners.

    At the same time, a maxed-out Shadow Name would be a boon to any Mage interested in playing a superhero.
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  • I'd say both are valid interpretations, depending on what aspects of Batman you consider the most important to his character. But personally, I prefer him as Ugallu as well.

    Now, to finish the Big Three:

    Sometimes, young Clark would joke that he feels like an alien from another planet. All too often, those who heard him would think he may be right. Among the young people of Smallville, the adopted son of Kents has always stood out, and in a good way. Tall and handsome, hale and strong, yet also smart, caring and honest, he gave most people a mild inferiority complex at...
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  • Morangias
    replied to Stacking form powers
    Why would claws and the maw stack in any way? They're two different weapons at your character's disposal.

    And yeah, species speed factor is different from size, except in the case of humans the two different traits happen to have the same value.
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  • Morangias
    replied to Superheroes?
    A really devious thing for a Demon to do would be creating a batch of Stigmatics through an Exploit and then using a different Cover to act as their "mentor" and push them towards becoming vigilantes.
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  • Morangias
    replied to Superheroes?
    I love the idea of a Demon playing an armored hero like Iron Man or Blue Beetle. The inevitable change of Cover such a high-profile lifestyle would regularly cause would be explained as previous heroes dying/retiring and new ones taking up the cause and the mantle. How cynical the Demon is about acquiring the necessary Covers is adjustable.

    Of course, a subtler approach would be more advisable for Demons, and fortunately Embeds are great for playing action-hero level vigilantes.

    Which, by the way, did we talk about how awesome Demon-blooded are for playing superhero?...
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  • Morangias
    replied to Superheroes?
    All true. Also, with the Sesha-Hebsu, you can literally play World's Oldest Detective!

    EDIT: Also, as a side note, there's a difference between a domino mask and a domina mask
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  • Definitely wouldn't hurt. Though I guess the reasoning for not doing that is that it would detract from the internal alchemy of Prometheans' own bodies.


    Touche. I guess Diana's "mother" could acquire some while searching for ways to make a baby, and she sure wouldn't have sold them off on eBay when they turned out to be "merely" an invincible warrior's panoply

    The slight problem is, I haven't touched Reliquary in ages... I'll see what I can do about it....
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  • Thanks! I was actually surprised how well things map out. Though one thing about Wonder Woman I completely failed to address is her panoply - Prometheans don't really have anything that'd work for it, and i didn't want to stretch this already tall story even further by mixing in other splats' magic items.
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  • As far as Lyta Prince was concerned, her husband, Zeke, couldn't have died a minute too soon. She hated everything about the old buffoon. Well, almost everything. He may have been a disgusting, rude, lewd pig who could never touch her the way her past girlfriends had, but it was hard to hate his money. Especially now that it was all hers. And a lot of money it was. Enough, in fact, to buy herself an island, and to turn it into a refuge for all women who were as fed up with men as she was. Named "Amazon Island" after her childhood fascination with the legendary Greek warrior-women, the...
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  • While many slashers do have iconic weapons, they are not exactly mandatory, so this can work.

    Would it be inappropriate if I tried my hand at writing ChroD versions of some of the Justice League members?...
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  • In a mixed 1e campaign my wife ran a couple years ago, a buddy of mine played a Sin-Eater who was a super rich guy that got "killed" alongside his wife in a mob hit, and basically swore a Batman-style vengeance on all crime. The campaign took off in a slightly different direction later on, so he didn't really get to explore the vigilante side of this character much, but at some point he was even trying to build himself a classic superhero alter-ego, mask and all. This didn't last long, because the rest of the group was relentlessly mocking him for it (in character, with his consent),...
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  • Morangias
    replied to Superheroes?
    Consider this - if the cult awakens their Arisen to exact justice, she will exact it for them (usually). I don't think your usual cult leader can add "and you shall wear this domino mask and a spandex suit while doing so" to the goal and expect to survive, but it's still vigilantism, even without the capes....
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  • Morangias
    replied to Lancea Sanctum and 'evilness'
    Leading mortals to temptation and punishing those who give in is standard practice for the Sanctified. The only thing about the described scenario that doesn't fit is doing it in front of the whole congregation, as LetS is very serious about upholding the Masquerade.
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  • Morangias
    replied to A great dilemma
    Time magic explicitly skips this paradox. The guy who casts the spell that alters the past is himself immune to the effects of the alteration being made. If he kills his parents before they conceive him, he returns to a world where there's no proof that he ever existed, but he himself is unharmed and remembers his life as it actually was before the past had changed.

    So yeah, the Exarchs can come from Time Before even if the Time Before is no more....
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  • Morangias
    replied to Purified Martial Arts
    It was a rule in oWoD, and even then not quite - you were limited to three dots when allocating your base allotment of Skills, but could raise them further with Bonus Points.

    Then, in nWoD 1e, you could allocate your dots however you wanted, but the fifth dot in anything cost you two dots.

    Then, in nWoD 2e a.k.a. Chronicles of Darkness, even that limitation is gone.
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  • Morangias
    replied to Purified Martial Arts
    You do know that anyone's allowed to buy up to five dots of any skill without any special permission?
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