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  • As much as this sort of character is a useful story device, I'd have to qualify it for people considering this argument that there's no necessary reason that you need a Dragonblooded to fill that role. Exalted has a diverse array of challenging character types - ranging from mortals, gods, sorcerers, Fair Folk, other Exalted and many-not-quite-mortals besides - if you wanted this character type, but wanted the Dragonblooded to have a basic level of qualification in talent and if not moral sympathy, then at least redeeming features. The empire will have frequent recourse of these kind of other...
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  • I do think it's more about personal power on the whole. Women in positions of power in their own right seems relatively in the early Middle Ages, when kingdoms tend to me more of a rough and tumble affair of strong man rule than in later period when succession is more stable and some female rulers can emerge at times.

    When you do see female figures in power emerge through lack of male heirs under male primacy primogeniture (still rarely), males certainly do rise and fall in status as "favourites" through personal relationships (Queen Elizabeth I is a striking example),...
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  • Ghosthead
    replied to Traditional gender roles in the realm.
    I think the changes are really enormous!



    I think primarily on physical and possibly psychological differences (as I kind of implied on page 1 or 2 of the thread) and how those feed through cultural evolution processes. But in any case, not on a equal sex distribution of people who are capable of and required to like "heroes" (which people the society is structurally dependent on!), or an equally or primarily female engagement in the basic ranks of the military with a reversed distribution at higher ranks. Or where there are competing cultures right across the...
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  • Ghosthead
    replied to Traditional gender roles in the realm.
    Following up on Isator's comment to you hear that matrilocality is pretty solid in the Realm, I think if you wanted to combine a norm of fairly solid, iron, non-negotiable matrilocality, with managing powerful male scions, then I would expect.... where you have a powerful male scion, they generally don't go inter-House marriage (rather intra-House) and else when it will occur it tends to be between two fairly allied houses, and be fairly a nominal joining of another House, with probably in some instances even not much more than lip service to the idea that male scion X is going to subordinate...
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  • Ghosthead
    replied to Wuxia recommendations
    Wuxia is hard to define, but the most common thread seems to be the idea that, implicitly or explicitly, there is this parallel world and society out there that is built around practicing martial arts and associated spiritual practices. That kind of transcends time periodization or how blatantly supernatural it is.

    If you have a film like many of Bruce Lee's where he's just a young immigrant worker who's "good at Chinese boxing" and people find out to their peril that he and his community are not to be messed with, those probably don't fall into wuxia without that parallel...
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  • Ghosthead
    replied to Wuxia recommendations
    A bit of King Hu and Wong Kar-wai is always good (if you're looking for something a bit art-wuxia that has a kind of artistic beauty and profundity that you find in CTHD, and not many elements of comedy, though in truth I find there's nothing quite like CTHD for better or worse):

    Ashes of Time
    A Touch of Zen
    The Grandmaster
    (The Assassin by Hou Hsiao-hsien from 2015 also falls into this sort of art wuxia, but I found it a bit too still and sterile for my tastes, and not quite up to the above. YMMV.)

    At the end where wuxia shades into action-comedy-adventure...
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  • Ghosthead
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    I like the notion that they walk into the narrative of taking the nature of another being so to as more effectively build alliances, peace, prosperity with those beings. That they can you can imagine sort of make the Eclipse Caste not exactly human in nature ways that incline otherwordly beings to trust that the Eclipse is a honest broker of peace to beings of the sort they are moving towards.

    (I think maybe part of the fun of Eclipses is that as well as being very worldly and of the human sphere, you're also free to set them up to be a bit more liminal in their loyalties and nature...
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  • Ghosthead
    replied to Traditional gender roles in the realm.
    Do you feel up to turning the feeling into a thought and the thought into a sentence or a paragraph?...
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  • Ghosthead
    replied to Traditional gender roles in the realm.
    I mean, I have to continue disagree. Analogously, say a guy, Bob, were to show up and claim that men would be a several inches taller and significantly stronger, were it not for denigratory comments specifically targeted at boys from adults which had caused distortions in their eating habits and exercise behaviours as children, and these were omnipresent in every culture.

    We would look at whether this was plausible given the data that we had on nutrition, exercise behaviours and strength and how these develop in children through their life, and I think we'd come to the conclusion...
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  • Ghosthead
    replied to Traditional gender roles in the realm.
    I don't think you have to fabricate an entire parallel world and alien society (the "control") in order to test your hypotheses, really.

    Your hypothesis has physical mediating factors (exercise, food intake), so you'd just measure how those explain intrapopulation variation in the whole Male+Female young population and then whether they can explain the difference. (It's not a "I chant to my crops so they grow!" hypothesis, or worse a "The crops grow depending on the gods unknowable moods!" hypothesis. There are measurable physical factors at play.) There...
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  • Ghosthead
    replied to Traditional gender roles in the realm.
    The ideas that girls and boys receive different nutrition and incentives when young and that accounts for different strength differences is pretty easy to test. Just track strength in boys and girls from birth to the end of adolescence. If you get a differentiation between the sexes that just starts at puberty, then it's probably not any kind of nurture phenomenon, because it would be odd for parents to nourish and incentivize children exactly equally from birth to adolescence, then suddenly decide to encourage sharply different behavior when they become more autonomous adolescents. Just not the...
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  • Ghosthead
    replied to Traditional gender roles in the realm.
    Note, following post by me doesn't really help at all at asking OP's question (refrained from going there as felt it was a bit tangential, but as we're going there):



    I wouldn't see those directly as falling out of matrilocal traditions, as we know these don't happen in real life matrilocal marriage traditions (matrilocal meaning husband moves to bride's family). Possibly because in those, the most senior male relative in the bride's family (usually wife's brothers) quite literally invariably ends up having the dominant role in the family structure. But perhaps falling...
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  • In the original situation, probably not, but possibly as an effect of "The Maidens are at least 20 years in front of everyone else on planning for all of this". (And on the more common timescale of the setting this probably has effects in how much of "Sidereal gap" there ever is; I figure they are good at keeping those plates spinning.).

    How much that would apply in this situation? Maybe not too much. On the other hand, if anyone's able to plan so that when their chosen finally do properly return, they're equipped with all the skills and position that they nee...
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  • Assuming the gods somewhat respect the Mandate of Heaven as having fallen to mortal man, and assuming that the Balorian Crusade and the rise of the Deathlords are averted (along with other threats from Hell, etc.), then I figure you probably see something a bit more my impression of Greek classical mythology and epic, where human heroes are both lifted up and moved around the chessboard somewhat furtively by gods. A bit like Soldier in the Mist or the Iliad. As opposed to Exalted's default where the gods intervene less and the focus is on Exalted heroes who have cultivated their essence. The gods...
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