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[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 3/27/2018
Originally posted by Ekorren View Post
Who wrote the chapter fiction of the Empress in her bedroom? I liked that a lot.
Neall was temporarily unchained from Scion development to write that one and the Tepet Arada fiction that's been previewed already.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 3/27/2018

When that Tepet preview went live I remarked that all the other Great House writeups were just as good. Was I wrong?

(Talk about the preview contents, y'all! We worked really hard on that stuff!)

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/24/2018
Okay, having seen it? It's pretty much just A Movie About The Wyld. Yes, the obvious shimmering edge border is more blatant than the border between Creation and the Bordermarches. Everything else in the movie is what the Wyld looks like.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/21/2018
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
Yeah, that's the other thing: while I'm not going to claim my research on the subject was especially comprehensive, the idea that the Realm is somehow unique in having denominations suitable for day-to-day use does not seem to track to real life history at all. Rather, anywhere with a sufficiently developed economy is going to.

Now, maybe the idea is supposed to be that each developed-enough Threshold state will have its own rough equivalents to the siu and/or yen, but the book makes it sound more like someone in Nexus or Great Forks is just SOL if they want to pay cash for anything worth less than 1/8 dinar.
Hence bar tabs.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/20/2018
As the guy who spearheaded 3e's handling of Resources: It's not so much that 3e shifts the way Resources works absolutely from 1e and 2e as it is that 1e and 2e were inconsistent on how Resources works, and I tried to make 3e's Resources consistent with one of the ways 1e's Resources worked... but this means all the inconsistent bits about 1e's handling of Resources stand out more.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/19/2018
The Thousand Fang Army was, in 1e and 2e, a pack of Lunars operating around Mahalanka and under the tutelage of Raksi. And, yeah, Chaya is an edge-of-the-Scavenger-Lands thing.

The almost complete lack of anything in the Southeastern savannah and the complete lack of anything interesting is why we put the Dreaming Sea there in 3e. Like, literally all we know about it across all of 1e and 2e is that it’s referred to as the Southeastern savannah.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 2/4/2018
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Why should a pantheon of colorful, storied titans be so lockstep identical?
Mechanical elegance!

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 12/18/2017
Originally posted by Ghosthead View Post
Not totally wrong, but I would argue you are edging towards simplification to imagine that before modern science, there was not a rich dialogue going on within theologians, about the importance of non-rational, and rationally unprovable, revelation. (Revelation and personal spirituality and faith in ideas that you cannot reason your way towards were not taken to be something that was unnecessary in the face of sufficient reason.)

The idea of faith as belief in revelation and personal experience of spirituality that overrides the rational is not ersatz modern development to cope with science; people in the past well before modern science were well aware that revelation and spirituality was radically at odds with rational experience, and they developed ideas around this which have long are part of religious faith.

(I'm struggling a little to not crudely represent this but it feels like in the raw form your have presented it you may have the risk of getting towards some kind of "Conflict Thesis" in which Christian or Abrahamic religion, after the birth of modern science, is seen as allied to a kind of force against scientific "progress", and the idea of "faith" - belief in living power of revelation and personal spiritual experience over the rational - is close to a kind of willful ignorance.)
Yeah, sorry, that was probably more reductive than is useful in the long term.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 12/15/2017
The idea that faith means belief in the unverifiable or "Believing what you know ain't so" is largely the invention of modern religious thought in the face of scientific knowledge shrinking the space in which the God Of The Gaps can exist. Throughout most of history of Abrahamic religion, the idea of the Abrahamic God's unverifiability would be nonsensical -- theologians went to elaborate lengths to construct logical and philosophical "proofs" of God's existence or various true statements about God's nature, and the idea that such truths are somehow invalid because they're just thought experiments not backed up by empirically verifiable physical experimental evidence is, itself, an anachronism if you assume it's in place before the ascension of the formal scientific method in use today. For a long time, logical proofs were considered more sound than experimental proofs, not less so.

Faith means trust. It is literally a synonym for trust. Hence "Breaking faith" as a synonym for betrayal or reneging on an agreement.

Having faith in a god means having trust they'll hold up whatever end of the bargain you've been taught they've made with you or your culture.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 12/13/2017
There is, ironically, a powerful disincentive in the setting for large populist religious movements about things other than transactional relationships with local gods -- local gods, who don't want local people distracted from their transactional worship.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 12/13/2017
I like that All-Conquering Colossus can be the first warstrider if you want, but it’s not so integral to her claim to fame that she loses anything if you’re like “No that’s [dumb/restrictive].”

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/29/2017
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post

To the devs: Are there lots of gods in Heaven and the Bureau of Fate who refuse to share their records with the Sidereals?
Even if they don't -- and e.g. the change to Starmetal's origin does indicate an alteration to 2e's hyperacrimonious relationship between Sidereals and the rest of Heaven -- there are plenty of departments, divisions, and cliques in Heaven who marry a stupendous mass of records; an idiosyncratic filing system; and a small number of spirits in secretarial, administrative, or archival roles who are difficult to deal with not because they hate Sidereals but because they are bureaucrats.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/29/2017
I also enjoy the readthrough threads, and yours is great.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/25/2017
The Exalted Host had a command structure of some sort during the Divine Rebellion. It wouldn’t have just gone away after formal declaration of victory.

(People working under military authority their whole lives are not going to immediately assume that there is such a thing as civilian authority or that military authority is illegitimate during peacetime.)

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/23/2017
Really, I'm only ironically annoyed. I know how fandoms work.