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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Murder in Heaven
    As per 2nd edition at least, Alucard would be correct in that gods leave behind corpses. In CoCD: Yu-Shan, on page 94 in the discussion of the Violet Bier of Sorrows it mentions that the corpses of dead gods are buried in alcoves there.

    We also had mentions of gods leaving behind corpses in other places, such as being told that Han-Tha had feasted on the bodies of slain gods during the Primordial War. So if the ST wants there to be a body, there's ample evidence in the books to back up such a decision....
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Murder in Heaven
    There could be an artifact or one of them might practice a Martial Art Style, or have access to Sorcery or whatever that could permanently kill a spirit. Or hell, maybe everyone thinks the god is dead but he's actually been trapped in a Yasal crystal or something similar and the PC's find out that what they thought was a murder mystery was actually just a kidnapping designed to look like a murder mystery. There are lots of different ways to play it.

    Anyway, to Therian, after having run a number of mystery focused games for players in various systems over the years, I've come up with...
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    Last edited by AnubisXy; 10-21-2017, 05:26 PM.

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  • Yeah, I'm not sure if the Realm could really do that. The Empress spent 7 centuries creating this system. Every Dragon Blooded, even (or perhaps especially) her own children have internalized the understanding that their success comes as someone else's loss,and that someone else's loss can become their own success. Many of the powerful Dragon Blooded have gotten to where they are through some level of success in the Realm's inner-conflict. I think if the Empress waved her hands and said, "No more fighting," it wouldn't amount to much. It would take decades or centuries to change the...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to The Use of the Occult Skill
    I don't believe officially you can.

    That said, in my own games, many of the things that fell under Thaumaturgy in 1st and 2nd edition are now things people can do without the need for Essence. So like, Weather Working is simply a Performance (Prayer) roll directed at one of the local weather gods, beseeching them to change the weather for you. Many of the things that were under Alchemy can now be made with Craft or Medicine rolls.

    I also allow non-Essence users to make very minor talismans that can help or hinder certain actions using the Occult skill. These minor talismans...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Creation, Undeath, and "Personhood"
    Honestly it just depends on the needs of the particular chronicle. I've run some games where the PC's wanted to get rid of the Underworld in order to "fix" Creation. But in other games the PC's felt that death was kind of like a butterfly going through metamorphosis and that it was a natural part of the world's cycle so far from being terrible the Underworld was beneficial to Creation.

    So, I would steer away from making any flat out statement on the nature of the Underworld or ghosts in that respect, because it risks coloring the way the players might view and interact with...
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  • Oh yes, you're quite right of course. I should have mentioned that my group preferred the old 1st and 2nd edition stunt rules and so we still essentially use those in 3rd edition. Still the basic idea of simply treating one player assisting another as a stunt is probably the easiest method of representing that mechanically in 3rd edition....
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  • In my games I just added "Assist Other" onto the Stunt rules. First, to assist another character you have to have at least one dot in the relevant Ability that the other person is rolling. Then when Character A decides to assist Character B, this is automatically treated as a stunt, adding a die to Character B's roll as if Character B had made a 1 die Stunt, no need for actual description. Essentially working with someone else counts as a basic description on the roll. The two characters can boost this higher by describing the Stunt as normal up to a maximum of 3 dice. As an additional...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    Shard was an old fanword that was used to described the actual, physical Exaltation itself (there were also others like Supermote). So you would have, for example, 300 Solar Shards. This was there to separate the Celestial Exaltations from the Terrestrial (and Alchemical) Exaltations where there isn't a physical Exaltation that you could potentially touch.

    The authors however really didn't like the term Shard (as shard implies that something is a small piece of something greater, which the Exaltations are not). Later we got the book Shards of the Exalted Dream, and "Shard"...
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  • Cool. Very neat. Thanks for the info!...
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  • Ahh, okay then. So families that might have been considered Lesser Houses in earlier editions (like House Ferem) now just fall under Patrician families?...
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  • What makes these Patrician families with significant numbers of Dragon Blooded different from the lesser Houses? Or does the idea of Lesser Houses no longer really exist?...
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  • That's interesting. In 1st and 2nd edition the idea was that Patrician families were wealthy, primarily mortal families and didn't really possess much in the way of Dragon Blooded of their own. When a Dragon Blooded was born into a Patrician family, the family was quite eager to have the child marry into one of the Great houses.

    In 3rd edition, do you think it would be possible to have Patrician families which have a comparatively substantial number of Dragon Blooded members? Maybe even where the family tends to be somewhat reluctant to send their child off to marry into one of the...
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  • In my own games, there are Houses who trace their founder back to a historical figure unrelated to the Empress or to one of the First Age gens that once existed in the Realm before the rise of the Empress. These are all examples of Lesser Houses. The defining characteristic of the Great Houses is that the Empress recognized the House as such and provided it with political and social legitimacy, and the Empress pretty much only ever recognized how own descendents or those with a connection to her as such. So there are other Dragon Blooded families in the Realm, but they don't get that recognition...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Movies
    I found that it was willing to take its time. It wasn't afraid of having long scenes where the focus is on the environment, there's are scenes where it is perfectly fine with having several minutes of dead air with no dialogue, little background noise and simply allowing the viewer to soak up the visual elements.

    As for the investigation
    I don't know that it went too quickly. I think the issue is that when K went and spoke with the Memory Maker, and found out that his memory was real, he became convinced that he was the child. So to him (and the viewers at the time) the mystery was
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  • I have always suspected that in the larger Houses, you'll actually see quite a bit of intermarriage between House members (marrying your second or third or fourth cousin) largely in order for the House to avoid losing its Exalted members to other Houses, plus you would get to avoid the commensurate issue of having to worry about the loyalties of the new Exalted who just married into your House.
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Movies
    So, saw Blade Runner 2049 last night. I was expecting it to be pretty bad and was going to tear it apart, but I have to admit that it was a damn good movie. My brother's been making me eat crow all morning. I think it managed to perfectly capture the spirit and the atmosphere of the original movie. There were a few flaws, but they were rather minor and no worse than some of the flaws that the original Blade Runner had in its various iterations. Overall, I think I'd say that this is the best unnecessary sequel to a movie that I've seen.
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    Last edited by AnubisXy; 10-07-2017, 01:57 PM.

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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Movies
    Yeah, the first Blade Runner is of of my favorites as well. I was going to skip it, but my brother really wants to go and bought a ticket for me. He knows I can't pass up something for free, even if it's something I don't really want. And he finally convinced me by pointing out that I can't really bitch about the movie if I haven't seen it, so if I go with him and watch it, at least when I talk shit about the movie my criticism will be legitimate.
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to Saloy Hin and the 17TH legion
    Yeah. When the Deliberate passed legislation ordering the Legions to return to the Realm so that the Houses could take direct control of the Legions, Hin refused to go because he knew that, as a Lost Egg with no strong tie to one of the Houses, they would unceremoniously take his legion away from him. So he decided to rebel and stay in the South, where he is looking for something, maybe an old Shogunate era cache, maybe the Eye. Nobody knows for sure. Many Outcastes from the Realm joined him when they realized how the Realm was being parceled up between the Houses. He's also recruited a lot more...
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  • AnubisXy
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Thanksgiving is one of the few national holidays I like. There are a few issues involving the subsequent treatment of Native Americans, but overall Thanksgiving is about putting aside a day to focus on friends, family and the things in life that are worth being thankful for. It's also one of the few hollidays that isn't overly commercialized or politicized. Unlike Christmas or Easter it's not making a religious statement. Unlike Memorial Day or the Fourth of July it's not making a political statement. Yeah people buy stuff and celebrate it, but compared to other holidays (Christmas, Easter, Halloween)...
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    Last edited by AnubisXy; 10-04-2017, 06:54 PM.

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  • I don't think there's anything wrong with a "daiklave without Evocations." Evocations are entirely optional, and require the player to spend his experience points on those Charms. In fact, going by earlier developer comments from Holden, many Exalted never bond so closely with their weapons or artifacts that they begin developing Evocations for it. It's not like every Exalted has artifacts with Evocations after all. So for many of the Exalted, an artifact sword is basically just a superior sword, that often doesn't provide much outside of the better statistics since they don't learn...
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