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  • Kyeudo
    replied to DB Charm Commentary (part 1)
    "Has had sex at least once" is a reasonably falsifiable claim.



    Mostly agreed. Any real practical concerns died back in the Iron Age....
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  • Kyeudo
    replied to DB Charm Commentary (part 1)
    That is one of the problems facing anyone using torture, yes. I believe I acknowledged it above. The thing is that it can manage to extract useful information, especially if you are dealing with things that are difficult to search for but easy to verify, such as a physical location or the cipher key for a coded message. This is what makes torture a constant moral conundrum. In wartime, information can save the lives of your people. Do you stain your hands with torture or do you forever wonder how much blood is on your hands because you didn't?

    I don't support the use of torture. It's...
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  • Kyeudo
    replied to DB Charm Commentary (part 1)
    You are mixing torture as a punishment and torture as a means of creating a political fiction with torture as an attempt at extracting information in your answer. The first two aren't really in dispute - those things were done and are done.



    It's not exactly an easy topic to study. Ethics guidelines and classified information are dual barriers on the subject. I generally agree with you - I listed a whole bunch of known caveats to any method of torture. The trouble for us is that torture manages to occasionally yield information - it's why spies taking suicide pills isn't...
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  • Kyeudo
    replied to DB Charm Commentary (part 1)
    People would have long since stopped using torture as a means to acquire information if it didn't work somewhat. The trouble is that you need to both break the will of the victim and do so in such a way that they know the only way to make the hurting stop is to tell the truth. On top of that, the torturer doesn't know whether if the torture has successfully extracted a piece of truth or if the victim has merely put together some plausible lie to try and make the pain end. Thus any information obtained under duress has to be collated with bits of verifiable information from other sources to see...
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  • I was just finding the lack of Excellencies interesting. It's a different paradigm from what 2e introduced and 3e continued. The Excellency codified a huge array of Charms into one package and also allowed the rules for limiting the number of dice that could be applied to a single roll to be collected into a single place. Without the Excellency, you'll have to try to track how high an Exalt can get specific rolls or certain challenges may get watered down.

    ‚ÄčI think always adding Essence to Exalt rolls will make mortals almost immediately irrelevant challenges to Exalts.
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  • Here's what I see as I go through it:
    • Nice work with the parchment background and formatting
    • The second paragraph of your Forword ends abruptly.
    • It seems strange that Attributes do not contribute to your defense. Having a high Dexterity doesn't help me dodge, nor a high Wits make me better at a witty retort.
    • Under Degrees of Success, you have advantage duplicated in the last two bullet points. The last bullet point says "moderate" instead of "major"
    • DV adds Essence to a defense a third time if I am reading this correctly.
    • Actually, I doubt I'm reading this correctly,
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