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[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/26/2013
The Bull of the North's empire actually makes slightly more sense if you actually read the progression of events in Kingdom of Halta rather than pointing at it and going lololololol.

Not that Kingdom of Halta doesn't deserve that. It does. It's very silly. But its silliness is, in some places, truly sublime, in a way that must be understood to be appreciated.

In short, the Bull of the North has an empire up North, and then also at one point the Haltans hired his forces as mercenaries to deal with some of their own problems, and Samea used Solar Circle Sorcery (an unspecified spell) to fly most of his army over to Halta quickly to deal with that. This was when the Tepet legions were smashed. He basically did this because he's forward-planning and went "Well okay they're not my neighbors yet but at the rate I plan to be expanding in ten or fifteen years they might be, and it'd be handy to have them owing me a favor."

Then Samea flew him and his army back up to Bull territory with the same spell.

It's still stupid, but it's stupid in the sense of being a stupidly overcomplicated justification for events that made more instinctual sense back when the map was smaller, and not stupid because it's actually spatially impossible.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/25/2013
The Chills and One Last Joke wrote:
Isator Levi wrote:
The Chills and One Last Joke wrote:
So what the hell why not?


Because Exalted doesn't have guns.
You misspelled consistency.


Pthhhhhhbbbbbt.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/25/2013
No, Exalted really doesn't have gunpowder. It has firedust, which seems similar in some ways, but nobody's been able to use firedust to make a projectile-throwing weapon smaller than a cannon emplacement; for whatever reason the reaction doesn't scale down in such a way that it can be used to fling modern-earth-bullet-sized projectiles.

We're talking about a world where weather happens because bears herd clouds; you think chemistry works the same?

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/23/2013
BrilliantRain wrote:
Stephenls wrote:
It's possible that the human form represents some sort of baseline or default for sapients in Creation, and the fact that humans looks human is actually a function of how spiritually crippled we are -- it's like if a bunch of car designers were designing fancy cars and then one day one of them just slapped together four wheels, two axles, a rough frame, a seat, and an engine, and said "And this is the shit model we're going to use to haul freight around; we'll make a ton of them because they're so cheap to produce. Okay, now back to doing sports cars and concept cars."

(Later, the shit freight haulers murdered or imprisoned their designers and chased down almost all the sport and concept cars and killed them, and declared themselves the rulers of the world.)

(This is about... oh... let's say three-quarters facetious.)



Hmmm... Interesting.

Following that line of thought, the baseline shape for a top of the line sports car, which does have a default shape imposed on it due to aerodynamics, materials, and other physical laws, is a Dragon.


Yep.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/23/2013
It's possible that the human form represents some sort of baseline or default for sapients in Creation, and the fact that humans looks human is actually a function of how spiritually crippled we are -- it's like if a bunch of car designers were designing fancy cars and then one day one of them just slapped together four wheels, two axles, a rough frame, a seat, and an engine, and said "And this is the shit model we're going to use to haul freight around; we'll make a ton of them because they're so cheap to produce. Okay, now back to doing sports cars and concept cars."

(Later, the shit freight haulers murdered or imprisoned their designers and chased down almost all the sport and concept cars and killed them, and declared themselves the rulers of the world.)

(This is about... oh... let's say three-quarters facetious.)

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/21/2013
Charcoal March of Spiders. Like the month. It's a style about a month of charcoal spiders.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
The other day I was thinking about the Heaven issue and the answer I came up with was "If the US is so powerful and President Obama is the leader of the US, why can't he just mobilize all of the US's public and private resources to fix hunger in the Third World?"

The answer is "That's not how it works."

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
Yeah, basically the Infernals -- though conceptually flawed in ways we can now address directly -- were the late 2nd edition runaway hit that re-energized the fanbase and drummed up enough interest to make the Ink Monkeys supplements the later runaway hits that permitted 3rd edition, while the Alchemicals were the early 1st edition Sixth Ranger Exalts that have retained a massive fan-following since their introduction. The question "How well will new Exalts work?" is answered with "Historically? Very well."

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
Segev wrote:
...conspiracy theory time...
What if CCP is pressing for this so they have options for MMO PCs other than "dragonblooded?" Alchemicals are largely unreachable for the setting, and the 700 Celestials would represent too small a player base to be worthwhile.

Nah.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
danelsan wrote:
Out of curiosity, let me ask: did anyone took the pledges above 10k?

No. Someone took the 10k "Your fan character will become canon in Homestuck" reward, but no one went for the 100k "Your fan character will become canon in Homestuck, and additionally will survive past the first panel."

Certainly no one went for the million dollar "Hussie will 'like' one of your tumblr posts" reward.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2013
Raziere wrote:
Holden wrote:


If you're looking to go stir up trouble in Heaven, an army is just about the last thing in the world you want to try to bring with you, considering that every single known means of entry is a natural choke point that makes Thermopylae Pass look like the open plains of the Serengeti, and that once the alarm goes up, you're going to be feeding mortals with wolf-heads single-file into a fight with, first, a Celestial Lion, and then a few minutes later, once his backup arrives, a lesser elemental dragon.

If you're smarter, and just go in by yourself, then probably the last place you want to pick to perform your assassinations is the building full of people who can see the future.


uh yeah um…..

about that….

what if…..hypothetically…..

Estasia opened a portal to the middle of the air in Yu-Shan…and began invading with ships and troops dropping from said ships, and Alchemicals going through the portals? with y'know, that high-essence charm Alchemicals use
to breach the Seal of Eight Divinities?

just curious as to how that would work out.


I personally would bet on the Aerial Legion, backed up by the regional war gods and their Celestial subordinates, the censors, and the celestial lions and lion dogs.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
Drakhan Valane wrote:
danelsan wrote:
I just hope I can win the lottery in time for the $1.000.000,00 pledge reward "your favored playstyle is now objectively the right way to play the game" XD

Pffft. They can't set pledge levels above $10k.

Hussie did it.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
I had a really productive Skype discussion this morning with Holden regarding polishing up some of the prose in the few sections I'm writing -- most of the book I'm the editor (in the RPG sense of "proofreader"), but I'm doing the [REDACTED] in the [REDACTED] as well as sections on [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] in chapter [REDACTED]. He also showed me some of the early [REDACTED], which are coming out nice, although I did make a comment that might fix a problem as well as piss of someone who has to enact the fix. I always love doing that. I'm a helper!

We're quiet because we are busy as fuck.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
indarkestknight wrote:
You mean Mantis?


Yeah, that.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2013
More specifically, Castebook: Dawn had Tiger Style and everyone went "Oh, of course, every castebook will have a new MA based on its caste sobriquet! Brilliant! I can't wait until Zenith comes out and we get to see Bull!"

And then it didn't happen. We had nothing, nothing, Ebon Shadow, Crane. So I've basically been waiting for those five styles as a unified package serving as the foundation of Celestial MA since the first two months of Exalted fandom.

I bug Holden about it whenever I can.