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[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/13/2013
Isator Levi wrote:
* Seriously, there's no "a"?


I think my birth certificate does actually say Stephan Lea Sheppard on it, but my parents, after giving me the most difficult-to-spell-and-pronounce set of three names they could reasonably find, then proceeded to sign me up for every school program, bank account, medical insurance form, and every other bit of government and corporate paperwork they could find under the name "Stephen Lea Sheppard."

Well, when they weren't just signing me up as "Lea Sheppard."

Don't get me started on my name.

EDIT: Nope, just checked. It's Stephen on the birth certificate, too. So that's one less point of confusion, I guess. Why did I think that? I'm sure I've seen my name spelled Stephan on some exceedingly official and important piece of paperwork or other that'll inevitably come back to bite me in the ass later....

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/13/2013
Dayen wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
You think maybe Exalted: The Lunars gave Lunars a Charm that would let them assume human forms, and did not give them a Charm that would let them take new forms without eating the target, and then put in an important elder who's a cannibal, all by accident?

Hanlon's razor.


Or they really are meant to be cannibals.

I mean, it fits. 1e Exalted was all about that. Remember Geoff's big rant about demon-summoning being powerful so that when you decide that there's great power to be had in bargaining with the infernal but that power is not for you, it's a genuine and meaningful sacrifice of capability and not just some shit you say to sound nice?

In 1e, if you were a Lunar and wanted to be able to take other human forms and weren't a changing moon with access to the changing moon anima, your options were 1) cannibalism, or 2) there is no option two. And so you had Lunars who didn't take other human forms, and Lunars who found it distasteful but too useful to entirely pass up, and on the extreme end you had Lunars who reveled in it, like Raksi.

Y'all are lucky I'm not in charge, I seriously would remove all non-cannibalism ways of acquiring alternate human forms in 3e.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/13/2013
You think maybe Exalted: The Lunars gave Lunars a Charm that would let them assume human forms, and did not give them a Charm that would let them take new forms without eating the target, and then put in an important elder who's a cannibal, all by accident?

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/12/2013
Fanservice wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
You know, the baby-eating is in many ways not nearly so disturbing as her habit of regularly eating her lovers so she can take their forms with her next set of lovers.


When the baby eating is the least disturbing part of the character it may be time to admit they're cartoonishly evil.


Distaste for Internet vore fetishists aside, female monsters with eroticized cannibalistic eating habits are basically as old as myth, and certainly applicable to the general myth pool Lunars draw from.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/12/2013
I'm reasonably certain her backwards hands are expressed as a mutation in 2e because someone went "Hurf durf never mind that rakshasa have backwards-bending hands as their Tell and the rakshasa are one of the reasons why Lunars in Exalted have Tells at all, Tells in Creation have to be animal features, and therefore her backwards-bending hands must be a mutation and her Tell must be something else!" This person probably thought he was being very clever!

However, what he was actually being was too clever by half. It's dumb. I'm throwing "Raksi's backwards-bending hands are a mutation and not her Tell" in with "Raksi is a two-dimensional cardboard cutout eternal twelve year old obsessed with Solar Circle Sorcery" as being stupid 2e things about Raksi that we should ignore.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/12/2013
You know, the baby-eating is in many ways not nearly so disturbing as her habit of regularly eating her lovers so she can take their forms with her next set of lovers.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/12/2013
I think it could be useful to remember, just for a moment, what Raksi is and why there's an NPC named Raksi in the books.

Raksi is a shapeshifting cannibal whose Tell is that her hands are backwards. Remind you of anything? She's is The Rakshasa, the Hindu shapeshifting cannibal trickster-demon who can assume any form, but who can always be recognized because its hands are backwards, which is why it compulsively hides them behind its back when interacting with people. You may recognize them from D&D, where they all have tiger-heads, but in actual Hindu mythology they're not tied to that form at all.

Note that Raksi was named Raksi, and very clearly fulfilled the archetype of The Rakshasa, about two years before the Fair Folk got renamed the raksha.

This places certain boundary conditions on what anyone can or should want to do with Raksi. For example, she needs to stay a cannibal. She also needs to keep her backwards-hands Tell, which is tricky inasmuch as the Tell is supposed to be an animal feature, but really the problem there is the idea that the Tell needs to be an animal feature, since Raksi's Tell is drawn directly from the mythology surrounding her archetype.

So the question is not so much "Should Raksi remain a cannibal in 3e?" The answer to that one is "What are you, dense? What would be the point of even keeping her at all if we got rid of the cannibalism?" The question is "How can we keep Raksi herself, i.e. in fullfillment of her own archetype, while making her a deep, interesting, and useful enough character to not be a fucking waste of wordcount?"

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/12/2013
Anaximander wrote:
So..... Raksi. Still lounging about eating babies? Or is there no change to the iconic Lunars like her and Ma-Ha-Suchi?


Still lounging about eating babies, but for slightly better reasons.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/12/2013
Fanservice wrote:
And don't forget it wasn't just Twilight Caste who can build shit. Other Castes can all Favour craft if they like throwing their XP down a big hole.


Keep in mind that Tony was scavenging batteries for selenium and using old POS desktop computers for microprocessors. He had a power grid. The people outside his cave had crates and crates and crates of high tech munitions to turn into scrap and pass to him. Hell, the Mark 1 had to go through a full boot sequence before it could be used.

Now drop him into the Middle Ages.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/8/2013
1) Meerkat Steals the Spotlight Prana is an old joke about a Charm the Lunars have that let them make any discussion on the forum be about them. Appropriate, in response to a poster who persists in seeing everything in terms of Lunars and trying to make a Sidereal thread into a discussion about Lunars!

2) Who said open war between Sidereals and Lunars?

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/6/2013
Tiresias wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
4chan loves to cheer a winner, especially if the victory was overwhelming and the loser ends up looking pathetic.


Unless they hate it because it's popular. Or is that just an /a/ thing?


Let me rephrase: 4chan loves the taste of tears. Sometimes, they love the taste of the tears of a loser.

Sometimes, though, if something's popular and gets talked about in positive terms in most places, and you go to 4chan to talk about it, then 4chan loves the taste of your tears when you realize you won't be able to talk about it in positive terms on 4chan.

If you want to be able to have positive Ex3 discussions on 4chan, you'll need to convince 4chan that the tears of Ex3 hates are more delicious than yours.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/6/2013
Tiresias wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
4chan loves to cheer a winner, especially if the victory was overwhelming and the loser ends up looking pathetic.


Unless they hate it because it's popular. Or is that just an /a/ thing?


Let me rephrase: 4chan loves the taste of tears. Sometimes, they love the taste of the tears of a loser.

Sometimes, though, if something's popular and gets talked about in positive terms in most places, and you go to 4chan to talk about it, then 4chan loves the taste of your tears when you realize you won't be able to talk about it in positive terms on 4chan.

If you want to be able to have positive Ex3 discussions on 4chan, you'll need to convince 4chan that the tears of Ex3 haters are more delicious than yours.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/6/2013
4chan loves to cheer a winner, especially if the victory was overwhelming and the loser ends up looking pathetic. As such, there'll be plenty of Ex3 discussion on 4chan if and only if 3e's Kickstarters are resounding successes, its products are indesputably excellent, and the 4chan bystanders find it more fun to cheer Ex3 fans than to cheer Ex3 detractors. Until Ex3 launches, all we've got to offer are promises -- in that situation, it's always more fun for the bystanders to cheer the people making fun of the people who are making promises as if a promise unfulfilled is with shit.

For now, Ex3 discussion on 4chan is just going to be fans going "Ex3 will be great!" and everyone else going "Ahahahahahahahahah! Prove it! You can't, can you? Ahahahahahahahahah! Cry moar!"

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/5/2013
Enh. Audience always reads coyly placed hints as statements of absolute fact. It's why "Metagalapa is totally named similar to a directional titan, but that might not mean anything, tee hee!" never works.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/5/2013
AmineHsu wrote:
Now do his best bud! Spearpsycho Soulshitterson!


No, Killfuck Soulshitter's best bud is Snake Gandhi, Gandhi's evil snake-tattoo-covered twin. This is long established in the annals of RPGnet.