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[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Indivisible View Post
Could you please clarify how recognizing something by scent works?

Animals have the Discerning Scent latent ability, which lets them identify one scent per purchase. Lunars could technically use this option, but it would get expensive quickly.

Solar's have scent libraries through Keen Taste and Smell Technique, which works on people you have significant intimacies towards, as well as any mundane scents you may have encountered. I thought that creating scent libraries would be how other charmsets handled human characters with a superhuman sense of smell, bu this doesn't appear to be the case.

Lunars have four scent charms that don't create a scent library:
Stricken Calf Scent to diagnose, track, or oppose Stealth
Spider and Rose Discernment to detect poisons, diseases, and other contaminants
Blood on the Wind to pierce anti-tracking magic
Inevitable Spoor Discovery for enhanced tracking

Prey's Scent Discernment creates a scent library for people with the same restrictions that Solars have for people. However, it doesn't record non-people smells.

How do Lunars and other non-Solar exalts handle learning how to identify things by scent?
Scent libraries aren't intended to be a universal mechanic. Recognizing a particular scent, if feasible for humans, could just be a (Perception + Awareness) roll, with a difficulty related to the nature of the scent — recognizing the smell of alcohol is probably difficulty 1, for example.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by autXautY View Post
If you use Claws of the Silver Moon in an animal form to boost a natural weapon where the animal's dice pool is less than yours, does the accuracy boost from the Claws replace (well, they're both +1) or add to the normal accuracy of using a natural weapon with your own pool?
Same question for Overwhelming, though I'm guessing that replaces since a hippo with overwhelming 10 would be somewhat excessive.
Both bonuses stack. Hippos are scary.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Can the Sculpted Seafoam Eidolon perform actions that wouldn't require die rolls? Like picking something up, carrying a load, etc? Or if it tries to do that, does the item just fall through the entity's surface?
Yes, it can do stuff like that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Knurlurzhad View Post
How does the Inert Initiative of battle groups interact with Charms that grant Initiative? I am specifically asking in reference to Charge of One Hundred Generals from What Fire Has Wrought. Would a battle group cavalry unit gain the initiative for moving a range band.
They can still gain Initiative from such effects.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
I have a slightly weird question, but it's something that came up in a game.

Can you use the Sacred Hunt to take a form that's not not your target's natural form? For example, gaining the form of a Tyrant Lizard by hunting a Lunar shapeshifted as a Tyrant Lizard?

And, if yes, can you gain an animal or human form by targeting an invalid target who's in a valid form?

This is the specific example; In 2nd ed, my Lunar acquired the shape of his Solar Mate. But he did it by sleeping with what he thought was his Solar Mate, but who was actually a Fox-Raksha who had copied the Solar Mate's form in order to trick him (because he'd broken up with another Fox-Raksha after his evil identical twin... well, it's a long story).

Now, in 2nd ed I had the knack to get Raksha forms anyway, so it doesn't matter. But would it work in 2nd ed? The form he got was a human form, but of course he got it via a Raksha.

Other examples might be, for example, an animal-god who has shapechanged into an animal form, or Mara when she's turned into a human.
The "Hunters Hunted" sidebar in Chapter 5 covers the general topic of taking a shapeshifter's forms through the sacred hunt. If you try to hunt a shapeshifting spirit, raksha, or other invalid target while it's in a human or animal shape, you can get that human or animal shape.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Sixth DIrection View Post
What exact benefits does a battlegroup get when chosen as a beneficiary of a distract gambit? Is its Initiative increased for the turn? Does its attack against the target get the bonus?
As written, I don't believe battle groups can benefit from distract gambits, as they don't use Initiative to calculate damage.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Saelvarath View Post
According to the Core book (p.122) if you take Brawl as a Favoured ability Martial Arts also becomes Favoured. All Favoured abilities must start with at least 1 dot.

However, Martial Arts has a special rule (p.154) that you need to take the Martial Artist Merit to purchase dots in it.

So, what happens if I want to make a brawler character without martial arts training at character creation? Then what happens if during play the character picks up the merit?
If you don't take the Merit, Martial Arts would be an exception to the rule that you have to put a dot in it at character creation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post

I'm sorry, I think I misspoke. What I meant was an ability to effectively take a magical being's shape (demon, fae beast, etc.) just as an animal or human's, but only in a physical sense. While EMN would be a great help in pulling off such a ruse, it only covers associated sensory effects; great for mimicking a demon's capacity to float off the ground, less so for copying its swimming ability.
That's not something Lunars can do.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If I have two charms that give me double 9s on a roll, can I use them both to get double 8s? Or is there no additional benefit?
No, they don't stack.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by autXautY View Post
When choosing a shaping ritual from Celestial Circle Sorcery (the charm, that is), how much of a story justification must there be? It seems like there's a pair of bounds between "you've never met Raksi in your life" and "The charm didn't give you the shaping ritual, you've earned Tutored by Raksi on your own" (or whatever other initiation you wanted).
It's gotta be reasonable.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by Hammer Senpai View Post
Does a foreign Exaltation interact with the blood of the Dragons? If a Dynast Exalts as a Solar/Lunar/Sidereal/whatever, do they still have to worry about progenitive Essence and their children becoming Dragon-Blooded?
A non-Dragon-Blooded Exalt can still pass the blood of the dragons onto their children, but they do so the same way mortals do, with a fickle progenitive Essence that neither waxes nor wanes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
Suppose you want to delve into the memories of a shape you've acquired prior to learning Memory-Drinking Method, or you have let its commitment lapse and want to reclaim it. Are there any existing ways to do this, or would a new Charm need to be developed/Home-brewed for the purpose?
You'd need a custom Charm.

And on an unrelated note, it's been well-established that spiritual beings cannot have their shapes acquired, but could there be a Charm to fake it? For instance, taking a demon's physical appearance, without any supernatural abilities, Charms, or what have you?
Essential Mirror Nature does that,

[#][F] The Demented One - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
A bit of an oldie. But what did give you all the idea to make single point? Any inspirations? Just a cool idea you had?
I believe it was a style used by one of the previous developer's player characters. I took some inspiration from Ruroni Kenshin in writing it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
Is Space-Saving Concession Solar-only or does it also apply to the Awareness/Perception Charms of other Exalted?
It applies to Solars only.

Will Across the Eight Directions have stats for Haslanti air- and iceships?

[#][F] The Demented One - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post

Heartiest Congratulations on the most recent Kickstarter Success!

So just to check/confirm, the core rule book had this to say on the subject Of mixing and matching Shaping Rituals:



So does this (and I fully accept that I may be wrong, I admit to being confused a bit here) mean that you can Initiate via a Pact with an Ifrit Lord, chose a Shaping Ritual from another Initiation (work it in flavour), say the one where you Meditate from Talisman of 10000 Eyes but pick the Suzerain of Endless Flame merit?

Or does it have to be Ifrit Lord Initiation/Ifrit Lord Rituals/Ifrit Lord Merits until you get Celestial Circle Magic?

Thank you so much for the answer, whatever it may turn out to be.
The intent of the mixing and matching is more to say that if you gain Terrestrial Circle Sorcery by making a Pact with an Ifrit Lord, you could advance to Celestial Circle Sorcery with a shaping ritual with another initiation.