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  • Lioness
    replied to Question about 3 edition combat system.
    I tend to advise Solar non-combatants to at least pick up Reed in the Wind, I kinda wish other splats had a version of it since it's a good way to acquaint a new or returning player with initiative as a combat resource and having it tends to ensure that the character in question will have a decent dice pool for disengage actions as well as being a prerequisite for most of Solar Dodge if they want to investigate that further....
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  • Lioness
    replied to Question about 3 edition combat system.
    NPC wise there's historically been a lot of variation among Fair Folk courts that doesn't really amount to much from the perspective of outsiders.
    There's at least 4 of the Fair Folk signature characters in this image, most people would struggle to tell you how they were meaningfully different from each other....
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    Last edited by Lioness; 05-30-2020, 09:51 PM.

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  • Lioness
    replied to Question about 3 edition combat system.
    As one of the major advocates for that style of Storytelling, the example of Fair Folk probably isn't the best right now because they've been so heavily characterised as a horde of interchangeable enemies with delusions of grandeur. I'd personally use attacking a Deathlord, Shahan-ya or Great House Matriarch at the seat of their power as my go-to example for a fight that should be broken into stages because they've got access to resources that would be either overwhelming or utterly disappointing to try and run in one combat....
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  • Content like that is at its most useful when the PCs are allied with or initially ambivalent to those places.

    In a more general sense, mortal opposition to Exalted is limited and its greatest strength is that if the PCs become accustomed to getting their own way because they're throwing around huge social dice pools having someone go "no, fuck you" at a critical moment will resonate more strongly....
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  • Lioness
    replied to Autochthonians and Sorcery
    Previously, Abyssals traded their ability to reach the Solar Circle of Sorcery for Void Circle Necromancy and Neph (who originally wrote Necromancy) on more than one occasion stated his intent was that no being should be able to access both. I guess we'll see if it holds?...
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  • Lioness
    replied to Autochthonians and Sorcery
    I think so.
    They gained the ability to learn Shadowlands Circle Necromancy in Scroll of Heroes so it's still possible for them to roll it back, however - it's unlikely they'll repeat the traits of Necromancy that made it so overpowered in mortal and Dragon-Blooded hands....
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  • Lioness
    replied to Autochthonians and Sorcery
    You can probably build a lot into the Weaving Module itself to help make the Alchemical experience different from other exalts....
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  • It really depends who has narrative priority.
    There's a lot of ways to make this process far more difficult for the Infernal, but most Storytellers probably wouldn't do it to a PC facing purely mortal opposition....
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  • Lioness
    replied to How does your Creation vary?
    Okay so my Creation is more a presentational quirk than anything I'm doing drastically different in terms of world building.

    While I didn't like last edition's industrialisation of magic, science is nevertheless pretty important to how I present my game world. When I say “science” I mean there's a lot of observation and experimentation with natural (and supernatural) phenomena, rather than modern amenities that the players take for granted being supplied by magic that's wearing the trappings of science.

    I could go into detail but other people have given their preferences...
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  • Lioness
    replied to Question about 3 edition combat system.
    Yeah, they're a support monster, the heavy artifact armour and the daiklave create a misleading impression of physical might for inexperienced Storytellers....
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  • Lioness
    replied to Question about 3 edition combat system.
    The biggest limitation compared to previous editions is that The Mask of Winters isn't in the corebook antagonists section, every other returning NPC there is beefed up significantly compared to 2nd edition.

    The lone Abyssal fighting an entire circle of Solars has never worked for me (especially a 2nd edition Abyssal who was basically Solar that had been spayed) 2.0 perfect spam made such a character less a "spooky scary boss" and more a cockroach.
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  • Lioness
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    Well, the whole implimentation of mirror charms too, the comparison between You Can Be More vs. Broken Heart Triumph was very leading for what Solar Exalted were meant to be in a way that no charm in the 2e core was....
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  • Lioness
    replied to What should a Solar Circus look like?
    She's never gotten a full write-up just a frequent name title drop under servants of the Lover Clad.
    However her image is used for the "Day Caste Assassin" in the Storyteller's Companion and she appears in the first comic in Compass Underworld....
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  • Lioness
    replied to Question about 3 edition combat system.
    I consider this mostly a shortcoming of the antagonists we have because there's a few tricks available among the various charmsets.

    Also some of the NPCs are on the verge of being effective antagonists but lack critical components to get there with no direction to help an inexperienced Storyteller make the most of it (this critique can be made of any edition of Exalted). The Nephwrack for example is blighted by the lack of a good dice adder to keep it alive long enough before Dawn of Dead Stars starts to seriously worry people....
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  • Lioness
    replied to What should a Solar Circus look like?
    Main reason I mentioned the Abyssal was that she has strong potential to be a cool antitesis and help solidify the vision for Daredevil's character. I wouldn't suggest the same for Mirror Flag because she's a Solar and a meme....
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  • Lioness
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    Something that's going to be interesting to see.
    Abyssals and Infernals have this habit of recontextualising Solars, while the core tries to avoid framing the Solar Exalted as the good guys to the point where some consider them a little too vanilla. The introduction of concepts like Abyssal Redemption pulls them violently in that direction, even discussion of their corrupted Solar Castes starts walling off character concepts - it's going to be interesting to see what happens when all 3 are playable at the same time even if Abyssals and Infernals avoid "these are the worst people in...
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  • Lioness
    replied to Thread Deletion Request
    Not a problem. Deleted as requested.
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  • Lioness
    replied to The After-shock war, in the Age of Sorrows
    Occams razor is how I got there too.
    Based on the accounts of the Primordial War we have in 2e, if any Exalt type would be singled out for permanent destruction it would be the Solar Exalted because they were the ones actually killing them, but there's no asymmetry in their numbers (both with castes or compared to Lunars) to suggest they ever succeeded in permanently removing one from play. So the missing Exalts were either A. a greater priority to destroy than the Solars despite all evidence to the contrary, or B. easier to destroy.
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  • Lioness
    replied to Question about 3 edition combat system.
    Third Edition makes it harder for the 1 to go "these odds are unfavourable... I should fight with my eyes closed". You can still do it and win near instantly though....
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  • Lioness
    replied to The After-shock war, in the Age of Sorrows
    No, that's headcanon. I follow your reasoning but it's still headcanon because 2e never set down rules for what kind of Exaltation a particular being could make....
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