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[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/21/2017
I don't know why everyone keeps reading that they're called the Speakers.

They're called the Spoken.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/16/2017
It's Invoking the Eyeless Face, and it's in The White Treatise.

(I wrote it!)

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/16/2017
Originally posted by Lanaya View Post
Gotta say, the similarities between Heartsbalm and All-Conquering Colossus make the former look pretty lame. I can imagine Mirshaan and Oak Ring Prince hanging out at a party or something. "Oh, your husband made you a 3-dot suit of armour after you almost died? That's cute. My wife made me a terrifying orichalcum behemoth that can tear a tyrant lizard asunder and almost killed me with it. For our first date."
God, I love First Age Solars.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/15/2017
Originally posted by Xerxes View Post
Hang on, there's errata in the book? Are these available seriously somewhere else? Or am I misunderstanding your meaning?
This book has errata for those two artifact-relevant Charms in the corebook that were based on a previous edition of the Evocation rules, to bring them in line with the evocation rules in this book.

I'm not sure it would be particularly useful for anyone who doesn't have this book, so.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/15/2017
For the record, Arianna replacing her arm is noncanonical. Obviously she still has two arms if Your PC has that artifact, instead!

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/15/2017
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Interesting! I am curious since I am trying to build a timeline using the stories and era labels, is there a timeline that you guys made or is it a pointless effort?
We've got a design document we try to keep updated.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/14/2017
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Why do people keep assuming 1400s-1500s sailing tech for people in Creation when nearly every source material covers a time period hundreds, if not thousands of years earlier?
If you say “sailing,” people think tall ships and the Age of Sail. If you say pirates, they think Golden Age of Piracy. There’s no helping it.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/14/2017
Originally posted by vampire hunter D View Post
If I get the advance PDF, doI have to pay again for the final version?
Not for the .pdf. Also, in the past, they have usually provided purchasers of the advanced .pdf a coupon reducing the cost of the print version by the cost of the advanced .pdf.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/8/2017
Range bands are deliberately designed to be difficult-to-impossible to translate into concrete numbers. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t shift to using real numbers if you prefer. It does mean you shouldn’t try to “decode” range bands into real numbers by using whatever clues and hints you can dig out of the text, because they’re not real clues or hints, they’re not written with the intent that they can be used for that purpose, and you’ll probably either not be able to do it, or, worse, you will figure out a way to do, but it won’t be in line with designer intent and will produce strange, bad results in play.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 11/7/2017
You don’t add new caste or favored abilities after character generation. If your character came out of chargen, and of the five caste abilities you selected Archery was not one of them, Achery now is not a caste ability and you don’t get a discount.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 10/29/2017
Prasad is a weird exception, in that it’s controlled by Clans Burano and Ophris, who were Great Houses at one point but aren’t anymore. They have much more latitude than most satrapial administrations, because the Emprss recognizes she has trouble projecting force down there—and the last time she tried, the forces she projected went native and became, well, Clans Burano and Ophris. Sending some more legions down there to pacify Prasad and bring it back in line with normal satrapial standards runs the risk of those legions just doing the same damn thing.

They do continue to send tribute, because they don’t want to be conquered. The annual ship,ent is a big deal and a major operation, involving a lot of overland movement and brownwater sailing, and the route—actually two possible routes–has has economies all along the way reshaped by the needs of its passage.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 9/29/2017
That the Exalted Storyteller System has a trait called Strength no more indicates that Strength is a discrete, metaphysically significant quality in Creation than d20 Modern's inclusion of an ability called Wisdom indicates real life has Wisdom as a discrete, metaphysically significant quality. Traits in the Storyteller System are descriptive of the underlying fiction of Creation, not proscriptive.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 9/29/2017
Keep in mind that in 1e, Cathak Cainan was noted for the brutality with which he put down satrapial rebellions -- for all that he was personable when dealing with equals and sexy when illustrated by Melissa Uran, he was ruthless as fuck when looking out for his family's interests. 2e took a lot of the edge off him.

(While simultaneously making Mnemon much more explicitly horrible.)

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 9/20/2017
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
That doesn't necessarily contradict Grabowski's premise. There are totally Solars who would excel at gunplay, or car chases, or hacking, if they were in a venue where gunplay, car chases, or hacking were a thing. Solar magic would not be stuck at Creation's tech level if you dropped a bunch of Solars into modern Earth. Just, not every Solar is guaranteed to have the capacity to excel at all of gunplay, car chases, hacking, and everything else it is possible for a person to do on modern Earth.

(Also the vast majority of Solars aren't stupid. Leonardo da Vinci would get Photoshop in a couple of days at most, and so would Solar Leonardo da Vinci.)

For the 700 lights shining eternally in oblivion, I think that's something Neph said and I was just repeating it? I'm not super-interested in that assertion one way or the other, though.

This is like the second time someone has tried to ask about that Culture discussion and I still genuinely don't remember it.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 9/4/2017
Originally posted by HighPriest View Post

So, it would be like the World of Darkness line?
That's pretty much Vampire, yes, but that's also part of the inherent buy-in to Vampire.