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  • The MG
    replied to Your Anime Inspirations list
    Princess Mononoke is essentially the story of an Eclipse Caste getting drawn into a conflict between two warring faction and trying to broker peace. It's my go-to for the kind of conflict I like to see in Creation: entrenched, myopic, but without clear heroes or villains.
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  • The MG
    replied to Exigent KS?
    They seem less like they're for solo play than they are for being the odd one out in a group of DBs or whatever.

    Of course, you're not required to integrate them into your games, making the ease with which you can ignore them another benefit of their low-key status....
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  • The MG
    replied to Exigent KS?
    They seem angled for such a nice span of stories and tropes. You've got the aforementioned Frankenstein/Promethean stuff, plus clone stories and amnesiac stories and other stories of being burdened with the identity and legacy of another.

    Add to this the outcast-hunter-of-monsters trope (Claymore, Berserk, the Witcher) that used to be the sole and heavy-handed remit of renegade Abyssals, and you've got something good....
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  • The MG
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    You can't really transfer the concepts and characters of Berserk into Exalted as they are, because it's Berserk, not Exalted. Guts is a pretty textbook renegade Abyssal, though, complete with daiklave and edgy magic armour, while Griffith's role in the story makes him an Infernal, or possibly a Solar as seen by the Immaculate faithful.
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  • The MG
    replied to Exigent KS?
    Frankly, Liminals being individualistic and geared towards smaller-scale stories is a significant part of their appeal (to me).

    It's refreshing to have a splat that doesn't waste time on the great impersonal politics of the setting, instead just existing as individuals to slot seamlessly into whatever stories you want to tell.
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  • The MG
    replied to The Visitors
    "Symbiote" just means that a lifeform is living in symbiosis with another, and has nothing to do with any potential extraterrestrial origin....
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  • You actually can, using a Merit from the Realm (which requires the Giant Merit).

    Of course, because two-handed weapons and paired weapons provide the exact same bonus, there no reason to do it beyond aesthetics....
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  • The MG
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    I tried watching the playtests, but the format (and the length) just isn't for me. I'll have to stick to Kyman and whoever's notes, I guess....
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  • The MG
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    I'd associate it with either animals that regenerate, or ones notorious for longevity or being able to survive past things that would kill a human. So, on the one hand, things like salamanders and starfish, and on the other tortoises, boars, cockroaches, and immortal jellyfish....
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  • The MG
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    If I had to take a guess (I don't, but I want to)...

    Awareness: Seems self-explanatory, but it wouldn't be too strange for it to also cover Investigation.
    Close Combat: Let's not waste time here.
    Craft: It's Craft.
    Embassy: Bureacracy-Socialize-Linguistics, no doubt. The Eclipse Ability.
    Integrity: It's Integrity. They could potentially put some of the more holy man-esque Resistance and Survival Charms here, like Hardship-Surviving Mendicant Spirit or Untiring Earth Meditation.
    Navigate: Sail and Survival, possibly with a side of Ride.
    Performance:...
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  • The MG
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    Well, obviously. It's just an odd name for it, akin to naming the Archery-Thrown ability "Archery" instead of "Ranged Combat."

    So, if I understand this correctly, the Damage value of a weapon is basically decisive Accuracy, and the Build Power action exists for the low-Accuracy weapons (such as, presumably, grand daiklaves).

    I... think I like that? It sounds slightly better than EX3's Accuracy/Damage disparity, at least, assuming the Build Power option does what I think it does....
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  • The MG
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    I'm surprised there's a Stealth ability instead of a Storypath-style Subterfuge, since that's where I'd expect all of the Larceny stuff to go.
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  • The MG
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    Stunt (Exalted Essence): a special resource you get for doing something cool, used to modify your roll, which you can save for later and potentially transfer to another player.

    Inspiration (Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition): a special resource you get for doing something cool, used to modify your roll, which you can save for later and potentially transfer to another player....
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  • The MG
    replied to Exalted: Essence
    I can see the Storypath influence in the way threshold successes appear to be a resource you can spend for extra effects. Stunting, meanwhile, bares a blatant DnD 5e influence (not a bad thing, mind).

    Seems like a further simplification of CofD/Storypath's Power/Finesse/Resistance, dropping the Mental/Physical/Social axis....
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    Last edited by The MG; 06-13-2020, 02:05 PM.

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  • The MG
    replied to Homebrew Variations and Scars
    To expedite the process of paying for another's Scars without unnecessary rolling. The purpose of making it Directed was simply to borrow its baked-in range and targeting rules.
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  • The MG
    replied to Homebrew Variations and Scars
    Thank you. Truth be told, Heart's Blood was what inspired Inner Power to begin with, though I didn't specifically look at it while writing this.

    I'm going to rewrite Inner Power to be a 2-5 Variation, actually, just like Heart's Blood. A Magnitude 1 Variation probably shouldn't be able to pay for a Magnitude 2 Variation, and I don't think the Life option actually accomplishes anything.

    Hence why I specified why this breaks that rule. On the other hand, I hadn't actually double-checked how the Directed and Reflexive keywords interact, Iso 'm going to have to rewrite that...
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    Last edited by The MG; 06-11-2020, 10:37 PM.

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  • What part is it that's troubling you? Is it the raw numbers (like the 100+ Health), or is it more about how they interact with the world around them?
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  • The MG
    replied to Homebrew Variations and Scars
    Yeah, Satchel has it right. Obviously something I need to clarify....
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  • The MG
    replied to Ask a question, get an answer
    2/3/4. Charms invoking (Intimacy) always use the defensive value....
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  • The MG
    replied to Animal Symbolism and the Arcana
    Butterfly for Life and frog for Spirit both sound very good, though in the latter case I can't quite explain why.
    With that said, here are some scattershot ideas:

    Death: The bull, drawing on its history as a sacrificial animal.

    Forces: The peacock or the rooster, invoking the phoenix and masculine yang energy.

    Matter: The lion, symbol of kingship and therefore material wealth.

    Mind: The sparrow (or any other bird, really), symbolizing the human soul/psyche as it ascends through the layers of the Astral. Alternatively some kind of fish,...
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