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  • I like maps but don't rely on them too much.

    Is there any sort of discussion of Vault items here? Announcements, critiques, recommendations? Does that cross the line into advertisement?...
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  • Simon Darkstep
    replied to Exalted Media
    I've been enjoying Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation lately.

    Twenty years ago, a Cultivation Clan (that being a clan who cultivate their mystical power along with military and political) was destroyed for making use of resentful energy (undead, demonic, etc). Though their surviving clan members tried for years to bring back their leader through reincarnation magic, he never reappeared.

    One day, though, his soul was summoned into the body of a young cultivator who was so despairing that he gave his body freely and entirely.

    As the five surviving clans...
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  • I'm much more interested in story sparks, especially right now. My friends and I are finishing up our current game and getting hyped for finally getting Exalted going....
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  • Simon Darkstep
    replied to Ask the Devs
    Because this gave me a laugh in the middle of a tough day, I'd like to echo this question, but about Moonshadow Caste Abyssals biting people for good luck.

    (Happy Abyssalween!)...
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  • Just to examine that question from the other side... what if she's not entirely aware, yet, what her royal potential might be? The DB Circle might become the ones to guide her into a wise dominion, in a world full of savage and cruel influences that would otherwise guide her into tyranny....
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  • Writing out a session as a series of flashbacks is an awful lot of fun. I strongly suggest talking it over with your players ahead of time, to get buy in on the semi-railroading that needs to happen.

    As for your character, he might want to plan ahead for a potential brawl to break out at the party as a consequence of his actions. That would suggest enough Brawl or Martial Arts to make your getaway. Planning to grapple might not be a bad idea, because klobbering your victim to death is a bad way to ruin them for life.

    Some Larceny would be good for acquiring or planting...
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  • I enjoyed the first one.

    In fact, my players and I were at DragonCon, and got to talking about prep for our upcoming game. We put on the video while we talked about some ideas....
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  • Get someone who's been there before to take you. If you're their apprentice, they'll teach you the secret ways and bind your connections.

    Nobody seems to remember who or how the first trip was made, but first-trips have been passed from mentor to student for untold ages. That's all bound up now, in a guild of Star Guides. The Star Guides protect their knowledge - both from theft and from being lost. That they're well paid is surely a nice benefit.

    Recently, something has been hunting the Star Guides. It happens sometimes, it's a dangerous universe after all. But...
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  • There are some things that I could add to this, but it isn't just WW/OP splats. I like WW & OP games quite a lot, so they feature prominently, but there are several other games in there as well. So, this is my own story-related remix, not a unified theory of a particular game line.

    I've got a long-running group, so we've got a decade or more between us. What I've been doing is having certain events and patterns reoccur in various places. This is in the Mage sense of Pattern, but a pattern that might have been dormant or lost for a long time through other realities before...
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  • Simon Darkstep
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    Don't have the books with me, but I believe there's a Solar Akuma in RotSE matching that description. Male though....
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  • To take somewhat of a different track, what sort of stories and scenes would you like to pull out of this topic?

    For instance, if you really want to highlight that the Realm is Very Different (tm) from what we're used to, that would give you something to work backward from, to pick out a few relevant details to showcase.
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  • Simon Darkstep
    replied to Eclipse Charms
    Charms native to your own Exaltation come naturally to you. Sometimes with practice and training to overcome a hurdle, but also sometimes in the midst of a crisis. I'd want to talk it over before springing a mid-combat power-up, but it could be a lot of fun to play through the trope of digging deep within yourself during a crisis.

    Perhaps that's more so or less so for Abilities that are Caste, Favored, or Supernal.

    Martial Arts Charms are learned by rigorous practice.

    Lores are learned by studying or accumulating life experiences.

    Spells are...
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  • Simon Darkstep
    replied to Wuxia recommendations
    Mujuru-dono already mentioned "The Butcher, The Chef, and the Swordsman" ... which I thought was a really fun movie in a lot of ways. I've been sorely tempted to come up with a Soulsteel cleaver based on this movie - it would be incapable of actually cutting anybody because the soul of the Chef trapped inside really just wants to make delicious food. It might have two hidden Evocations though - one to subtly poison anyone that the wielder genuinely hates, the other to instantly kill and butcher any attacking creature that is potentially edible, even if it is being ridden.
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  • Every fashionable castle needs one!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cone_o...ce_(Get_Smart)...
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  • Designing Evocations is most assuredly not my strong point, so commit a mote to [Grain of Salt Consideration] and read on!


    Why the downsides to Shining Footstep Advance and Shimmering Wildflower Tread ?

    Would the shimmer or otherworldly plants be useful for further Evocations?

    What sorts of environments would damage Neverwhere? More like poison gas, or more like lava?

    I'd also be interested in Evocations pulling things from the pockets.



    Very cool, though! It reminds me of a magic item I'd created in a different...
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  • Simon Darkstep
    replied to The Furry Thread
    Hey all!

    Long-ish time fur here. Wile E. is my patron saint - of technology and frustration.

    FWA is definitely on for next year. There are always some issues at cons - that's just going to happen when you have several thousand people all in one place. Con and hotel staff are pretty good at taking care of that. (Oh the stories to tell, even though successes overshadow problems...)...
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  • You could invert the bat-signal idea and have it be a long and spooky shadow that falls across the wicked who attract his ire.
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  • Simon Darkstep
    replied to Halloween Homebrew!
    I've been enjoying each and every!

    Will we see some underworldly creeps arising as we get closer to Halloween?...
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  • I think there are two fun answers for any of these scenarios!

    One - in which the normal scenario is encountered by our Exalted characters.

    The other - in which the scenario is the story seed, but rebuilt to match the power level.



    For the first, the characters handle it individually: Kit (Athletics supernal Night Caste) leaps to Mount Doom and is back in time for dinner. Maedrhos (Occult supernal Twilight Caste) keeps the ring and starts a project to modify it and remove the unwanted side effects. Alhambra (Melee supernal Dawn Caste) ties...
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  • The various published cosmologies are story starters for your own cosmology, to be revealed or ignored in the story you share with your friends. ...
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