Also, Christianity got so entrenched in the Nordic countries so quickly that all the records we have of Norse myth—Thor and Odin and Ragnarok and such—were actually written down by Christians who wanted to preserve the old Norse stories which, by the time anyone was writing them down, were passing out of common telling owing to nobody actually adhering to that religion anymore.
(Which may explain why Loki is so inconsistently characterized and looks suspiciously like somebody took an ambiguous figure and twisted him into a devil lookalike.)
I know people love hardcovers, but Across the Eight Directions is probably the book I'm most hyped for. A chance to live up to the legacy of Scavenger Sons doesn't come up very often.
My joke answer is that it if you detonate it in a Shadowland, it just overwrites it into a wyld zone, because fine, whatever Shadowlands are part of Creation, but if you try to bring it into a place where wyld zones can't be, you can't do that-- like, trying to pull it across the border of a shadowland at night so it enters the Underworld is like trying to pull it through an invisible wall that you can pass through but it can't. Possibly it makes a comical clang noise every time it hits the border. Same if you try to pull it through a Yu-Shan gate or across the border from Creation to the Endless Desert.
My real answer is the same for the Shadowland bit and I dunno for the rest.
The cooler we made the house-specific magic shticks, the more it felt like we were funneling people toward having to use them, thereby enforcing stereotypical house characters, and the more it felt like we were at risk of accidentally giving one or two houses shticks the Internet at large would fixated on as substandard, thereby condemning them to being seen by the fanbase as “the suck house” for the remainder of the edition.
I believe it was Grabowski himself who said "Quit the order? Congrats on being an apostate in a religious society. You're totally going to marry a patrician."
So, who can guess what purpose they'll serve as a bunch of Quick Characters in the average Exalted game?
Captured Anathema are delivered to the Empress and kept in the Imperial Manse, not the prison covered in The Realm. Who knows what she was doing with them?
Originally posted by glamourweaver
Is Berit new?
Originally posted by glamourweaver
I wonder why the Empress didn’t want to elevate her relative to those children she did.
My guess -- and I had no creative input on Berit whatsoever -- is that the Empress thought "The sort of house Berit would likely cultivate" would be a disruptive influence on her (the Empress's) reign during the time when Berit was campaigning to be given a house. Like, maybe if she'd been born a few centuries earlier she'd have been just what the Realm needed, but not then, so too bad, so sad.
So what do people think about what we did with the fiction this time 'round?
1) Gods destroying themselves in the creation of Exigents is not normative. Most gods create Exigents and come out a bit weaker, and go "Yeah, not doing that again."
2) Gods don't want to permanently weaken themselves, so Exigents really only happen when a god needs a champion right now or when a god has put a lot of thought into the matter and decided the long-term benefits of having a champion outweigh the costs.
3) Divine psychology is influenced to greater or lesser degree by divine nature and portfolio, varying from god to god. Plentimon is the sort of god of gambling who's going to bring gambling into stuff even when it's maybe not a good idea for him personally, because he likes to gamble for gambling's sake. This is not reflective of all gods.
The Exigence itself is a portion of power the god can tap into to bestow, but not use for itself. When Ten Sheaves empowered Janest, she came out of the deal with more power than Ten Sheaves himself had.
Originally posted by Mizu
I am shocked the signature characters weren't already getting a write up
They were always something we wanted to do, but just couldn’t prioritize over all the other things that need to be given space in the DB hardcover. Hence, stretch goal for the Companion.
Originally posted by Prince of the Night
any charms that explicitly helps with attacking defining intimacys?
Not really, no.
Originally posted by Krata Lightblade
Who says those two Intimacies are even conflicting?
He has a Defining Intimacy towards his House, NOT the traitorous members of it... and he doesn't want to see his House end up the next Iselsi!
I’d say that, while it’s normally up to a player to define what his character’s intimacies mean, if another character wanted to use this situation in order to pit the first character’s pro-house intimacy against his pro-Realm intimacy or vice verse, it would not be okay for the first player to argue “Ah, but the intimacy is to my House, not traitorous members within it, therefore there’s no conflict.”
That said, “There’s no conflict” would be a good justification for if this attempt at social influence failed.