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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Dragonblooded Inbreeding
    My estimation would be either
    A) Consanguinuity is common but the detrimental effects are downplayed in patricians and burnt away by Exaltation for the Dragon-Blooded, or
    B) They, or the Solars of the First Age if you must, realized full well that varying bloodlines would be more important than inheritances, and marriages tend to be across families rather than inside, barring rare instances, specifically to 'freshen the blood'.

    Mainly because I don't think there's much to be gained from deciding all dragon-blooded bloodlines are one or two bad marriages from Charles II...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Defending against exalted assassins
    The other advantage to this is that, depending on the player, "This is how the world reacts and responds to your actions. Things change because of what you did. You get to see your actions having an effect" can be way more satisfying than "another guy with 50 dice to oppose your stealth rolls"....
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Glorious Solar Plate + MA
    Agreed: Generally speaking it'd be preferable to come to the [possibly silken] armor-clad martial artist after a good number of evaluation sessions and say "It seems to me that it's not as bad as I thought, so if you want to take GSP and use it with Snake Style, you can" than to take the martial artist aside after a few sessions and say "hey this thing you did is feeling overpowered and broken, so would you like to reallocate stuff and drop GSP? Since I'm deciding now the GSP/MA-compatible armor thing isn't cool after all."

    One is a mid-season upgrade. The other...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Abyssals and Gods
    Oh, I agree that if heaven assigned a God to go to the underworld and do stuff there, they wouldn't be a forbidden god; it was more operating from the assumption that heaven hasn't, being more preoccupied with the state of Creation and the living (who provide prayer) than the dead (who don't, at least to anywhere near the same extent, and mostly intrude on creation and cause troubles and competition).

    If heaven does decide to intervene in the affairs of the dead and appoints a god to that task, of course he'd be sanctioned in that role.
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Abyssals and Gods
    Regarding the naturality or unnaturality of the underworld, there's this quote:

    This offers a few thoughts on the matter.
    1) It's possible shadowlands didn't exist at first; people died and awoke in the underworld, and reincarnated or lingered therein, but eventually were swept away or passed on.
    2) The fact that a shadowland primarily arises from atrocities or calamities rather than spontaneously opening like a Yu Shan gate suggests that they at least could easily be seen as not a Natural thing.
    I would presume that any god overseeing the dead in some way post-death...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Glorious Solar Plate + MA
    Anyway, I'm not saying "No never", I'm saying "Ask your ST", and to STs, saying "Be aware this may mess stuff up so be cautious OKing it willy-nilly."

    For a consideration on the "I paid for both why can't I use both?" argument: I can invest XP into Melee charms and Single Point, but this doesn't let me make a combination of Iron Whirlwind with Shining Starfall Execution to decisive everyone around me with +Dex to the base damage of all the attacks.. Or invest into both Integrity and Lore, and now my Wyld protection integrity charms are useless...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Tell me your intimacies
    For a short summary:
    You can be convinced to do something unpleasant or inconvenient for a Minor intimacy - Sure, I'll cancel my plans to go to the bar to help you out, not like I'll get thrown in the stocks or lose an arm for it.
    You can be convinced to take a risk of serious injury or trouble for a Major intimacy - The satrap's guards are banging on doors and you need a place to hide?... alright, get in and hide in the basement, don't make a peep until I come get you.
    You can be convinced to do basically anything short of guaranteed self-sacrifice or abandoning everything else...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Glorious Solar Plate + MA
    Thematically it's more commonly based on the motions and themes of the styles eschewing armor beyond simply 'a mobility penalty'; after all, light armor has no inherent mobility penalty, but it is denied to Ebon Shadow, Crane, Black Claw, and Dreaming Pearl [except for those augmented by Pearlescent Filigree Defense]. I wouldn't allow Single Point to be used with a full plate suit even if you Hauberk-Lightening'd it to -1 mobility instead of -2.

    I'd say that using a charm really should never leave you worse off than you were before, so getting the ability to use the soakbooster of...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Glorious Solar Plate + MA
    The potential problem is primarily in conjunction with Silken Armor or light-MA styles; in theory at least, armor is something of a 'discount' soak. There's comparatively little in the way of cheap and easy "I'm just super-tough" perpetual soak from charms; most of Solar Resistance is more like Spirit Strengthens the Skin, reflexive immediate bonuses against one attack. Diamond Body Prana exists, yes, but it's incompatible with armor and requires 8 successes [-1 per dot of Essence over 3] on the Sta+Res roll to beat heavy artifact armor's 11 soak. Additionally, not having artifact...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Are Chickens viable familiars?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFRI3byJgYA Riotous Cry of the Beast [Miracles charm]
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  • I'd be okay with it, and honestly I'd probably include Expression made art pieces in the craft XP rules or any replacements -for the "profit, gain an intimacy, or accomplish a goal = add craft XP" part, both to expand the value of linguistics a little in that regard and to ensure that the use of small artistic trinkets in a crafter's storyline isn't lost.

    Yes this means a prolific sculptor or Artist who's never made a "functional" object could one day (after craft investment) sculpt a living woman from marble, from craft XP gains made through art. And I'm okay...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Appearance Enhancers
    See I'm of the opposite opinion that 6+ should strictly be supernatural levels of the attribute, at least for a human. Citing Helen's backstory creates an interesting question; is she beautiful because she's of divine blood, or is divine blood used to justify her beauty? The difference between "I have appearance 5 because I'm divine" and "I'm divine, so I get +app".
    In the context of the story, her appearance is less an asset and more the cause of misfortune; we like to cite the face that launched a thousand warships as if it was her action, but as I understand it in...
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  • Seconding this. And if the story you want to tell is from Solars facing the ramifications of this, you need to be in a period with a circle of Solars, which is difficult at any other time.

    I wouldn't want it to be the DEFAULT that all this stuff happens because omg solar return so hugely important, but it works as well as anything else for the associated stories...
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  • i personally see it as heredity essentially replacing the limitation of ~300 Solars in the world. You *could* have near-countless Dragon-Blooded, but just like infinite Solar exaltations doesn't mean everyone in the world ever exalts Solar, so too does limitless inherited potential for power mean not everyone tracing their lineage back to another Dragon-Blooded will become one.

    Not everyone in the world experiences the sort of events that cause them to draw the eye of an incarna-level being; I personally think the situation of "Person catches Sol's attention but he shrugs and...
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  • Minor quibble; contextualizing "exalting later" as "choosing the Worthy" comes with implicit suggestion that those who were exalting previously were, by extension, somehow less worthy in some way.

    I'm sort of of the opinion that the life of a dynastic youth is pretty strenuous and exacting by design; coddling a young child won't test them to exalt the fire in the blood, after all. Sure, it's less life or death than the back breaking labor and constant threats of the world a peasant experiences, and once they've passed the test (or grown old enough to demonstrate...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Appearance Enhancers
    Not to mention somewhat devaluing the idea of appearance 5 in a way not as present in strength. Strength we can easily look and see examples of higher than human strength, in the form of doing things with that strength like shredding iron gates by hand. Superhuman appearance is harder to imagine, I find, in a way that is both understandable and capable of being described well.
    I remember in 2e there being a ridiculous number of appearance enhancers.i probably wouldn't want more than the three we have, and would definitely not want external charms or artifacts to stack with them, even...
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  • Well,if one takes apocalypse from its' root, apok├ílupsis [revelation] rather than the modern colloquial meaning of "catastrophe" or "doomsday", it's more of a revelation being negated - in this case, the revelation of the target's great skill, by stripping them of their defensive stance and laying bare their fallibility.

    Of course this is especially weird because the 2e charm had absolutely nothing in common with its' 3e version [which is closer to the 2e Stance-Breaker Instinct in effect]...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Who set the Solars free?
    The problem I have with this idea [snarkily described above as 'a literal Deathlord's actual master plan'] is twofold.

    1) It implies a degree of complicity and malice to every Sidereal since the Usurpation I find nearly as bad as Lilun for Infernals. "We have participated in steadily grinding out the light of humanity since time immemorial 'for its' own good', but for its' own good, we mean so we don't get in trouble when they come back." In some several thousand years there have been no malcontent Sidereals acting against this Grand Doctrine enough to cause more than one...
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  • Meianno Yuurei
    replied to Who set the Solars free?
    .......I'm so phenomenally, unbelievably glad "Give the Sidereals, as a whole, a canonical Deathlord's master plan" isn't 3e's direction for them, near as I can.tell. And that's not a statement I expected to make today.
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