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[#][F] The Demented One - 8/17/2014
Originally posted by SuperG View Post
Although human childbirth IS damn nasty stuff... and really needs a reason for why Exalted Humanity was made with such a lousy way of birthing babies. IRL it is fantastic evidence for evolution...
I don't think any of the world-shaping, world-destroying Primordials would've taken a lot of interest in hand-tailoring the birthing process of one particular species of no great interest to them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/17/2014
Originally posted by Ejtaka View Post
I do hope they keep the idea that Exaltations are Fire and Forget weapons. They don't have a recall button, and the Incarnae can't redirect them to inappropriate people, like those who had become loyal to the Primordials through blackmail or bribes or whatever, or that poor quadriplegic survivor of that battle over there. He makes a great Dawn Caste right? Just... watch out for his bite. And his headbutt.
While "fire and forget weapons" is not a metaphor I'm fond of, I would not expect to see dumb "haw haw we fucked up your Exalted/your Exaltation in particular" shenanigans ever.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/16/2014
Well, there's a name for my next Lunar Charm.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/16/2014
Originally posted by Eric Minton View Post
Neon Genesis Penguindrum
Doin' it.

"I hate the word fate. Births, encounters, parting, success, fortune and misfortune in life. If our lives are already set in stone by fate...then I can't. I'm no good. I have no choice to pilot, but all I ever do is hurt and kill people. I can't do anything good for anyone else, so I'd rather do nothing at all. I'm a horrible person. I'm dishonest and a coward. If that's all caused by fate, then God is incredibly unfair and cruel. Because ever since that day, none of us had a future, and the only certain thing was that I mustn't run away."

Fifteen years ago, the world was nearly destroyed when an Antarctic research team—a secret front of the terrorist cabal Ende—performed a contact experiment that breached the Jade Prison hidden beneath the ice of the northern Elemental Pole, unleashing a cataclysm of Abyssal and Infernal Essence that exterminated all but a tenth of humanity. Hekatonhires and demons awaken across Creation and march inexorably to the Imperial Manse, the last bastion of human civilization, where the Drachen organization has salvaged the Jade Prison research to create the warstriders, mighty weapons capable of fighting and killing the monsters unleashed from the Jade Prison. But the genetically-engineered humans created by Drachen's Gaia Project are unable to fully synchronize with the warstriders. Every year, more of them die, and more warstriders are destroyed with them.

Creation's hope lies in the children of fate. A young girl who had already discovered her magical talents for respinning the future on the Loom of Fate sacrificed her life to change the world's course, releasing heroes alongside monsters. All of these children, born on the day of the Jade Prison tragedy, bear the burden of fate. Some find a heroic path, blazing like suns. Others fall into the dark void of despair, or lose themselves to madness. They are not alone. The Loom of Fate weaves and spins, choosing new girls to follow in the legacy of the first, clad with alter egos and mystical powers. These magical girls are trapped in loops and labyrinths of frozen destiny, but if they can break free, they will have the power to confront Ende and guide the other children of destiny. And those born from the Jade Prison—whether they are Solar, Abyssal, or Infernal—are the only ones capable of truly attuning to the warstriders and protecting mankind. They are humanity's last survival strategy.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/14/2014
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post
Hey Vance, can you tell us how significant choosing to dual-wield in Ex3 will be? If I don't have that martial art and I wanted a dual-wield, do my mechanics change at all beyond just having 2 weapons to choose from for my attacks? (I don't expect specifics, just a general idea. It was super vague in 2e)
It has its own feel, but it's not any bigger than any other weapon "tag".

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/14/2014
Originally posted by HK-87 View Post
No offense, but this is good news to me. Heaven's Ladder was a neat idea to show what kinds of weird stuff can be turned into martial arts, but I honestly can't ever see anyone actually using it in play unless the mechanics focused on improving the use of all improvised weapons.
While I put my heart and soul into Heaven's Ladder, I 100% understand this reaction to it. It's...out there.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/13/2014
Originally posted by Tiresias View Post

Wasn't that the point?
Overall, while I'm sad that Heaven's Ladder didn't make it, I think Steel Devil will be used by many, many more players. Hopefully, I'll be able to bring back HL at some point.

And since we're on the subject, does anyone remember what 1e Steel Devil was?
Castebook Night. Gave you reflexive parries and counterattacks while dual-wielding.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/13/2014
Originally posted by Weimann View Post
I don't know, I would have liked to see Heaven's Ladder. I'm not lauding Steel Devil over it until I know what it's even about.
Steel Devil Style is an extrapolation of 1e Steel Devil Style, a dual-wielding Charm.

Heaven's Ladder...while I'm not sure of the exact reasons it was removed, I think the fact that every single writer and testreader I bounced it off of had a response along the lines of "well, this is a neat style for beating people up with a ladder...but what the fuck" has something to do with it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/13/2014
Originally posted by Weimann View Post
I think it went like this:

At $500,000 backing, there was a stretch goal to add another six Styles to the core book. Part of that stretch goal was unlocking a reward tier that let two backers pick two Styles each out of those six. So from the start, the developers had two in mind, and the backers would decide the other four.

Of course, when the reward tier was posted, everyone was camping the fuck out of it. It was limited to two backers, after all, and both got picked up within ten seconds of posting. However, the amount of people trying to simultaneously back for the same reward coupled with known glitch in Kickstarter's code made it so that three people manage to back it, despite it being limited to two. Onyx Path decided to roll with it and counted all three of them as valid. So now we got the two developer-planned Styles and six backer-picked Styles, for a total of eight additional Styles, and a grand total of ten Styles in the core book.
hahahahahahaha (sobs)

(incidentally, eleven styles in the corebook. snake, tiger, righteous devil, crane, silver-voiced nightingale, white reaper, ebon shadow, black claw, dreaming pearl courtesan, single point, steel devil)

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/13/2014
Originally posted by Omicron View Post
dying eaaaaaarth

In all seriousness, you could do a lot of different things working from that name alone. It's a cool name, and it's a vague name, so it's easy for it to spark the imagination one way or another.
Ironically, I've never read the much more famous Vance's books. It's on the to-do list!

If I had to take a stab about it, I think I'd start off with something like:

The Student's Sutra of Transience: Once, there was a maiden...
...who clothed herself in robes of crimson and purple
and shining jewels of ruby and diamond.
She sat atop a high tower surmounting all the world
and all things bowed before her.
But it didn't matter.
One day, the maiden died.
Her robes and jewels burnt to ash in her pyre,
and her tower fell beyond the horizon.
She fell forever into darkness.

The Elder Sutra of Rebirth: One day, the maiden woke up..."

And then proceed from their.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/12/2014
Originally posted by Hand-of-Omega View Post
Mr. Robert Vance,

Obviously, I don't expect you to actually write up Vermillion Clouds of Sunset, nice as that would be! BUT, could you please give us your impressions on its fluff? That is, what its themes and imagery might be, what a user might seek to learn it for, or even what they might look like while using it?
I never really thought about it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/12/2014
TMA/CMA is no longer a divide that exists.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/12/2014
Lunars, in a minor editing mishap, were cut from the gameline entirely.
These are joke words. They are not serious.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/11/2014
Forbidden gods are a cool and useful concept, so they will definitely be getting discussed at some point.

I would be surprised to see anything written about Nox unless someone has a really good idea for something to do with him.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/10/2014
I would take the original, kind of ambiguous Motivation, as just a starting point, a shorthand for what they want their character to be. After a few sessions, talk to them and see if they think they could refocus it to something more precise and character-driving. It's really a lot easier to figure out your character's motives once you've been them for a while.