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[#][F] Eric Minton - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Thanks!

Did you see my question about whether day length varies by season, or by latitude? Do the far North and far South have periods of perpetual day in Summer, and perpetual night in Winter? Vance said he'd leave that to you.
Presumably the North has polar day lengths and strong seasonal variation, while the South has equatorial day lengths and weak seasonal variation, as per the general principle that you should be able to base things on real-world equivalents rather than memorizing counterintuitive lore. How that dovetails with the movement of the sun is something of a headache; if we actually address it in the text, it'll probably boil down to "a spirit court did it."

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
The far South-East has a bunch of new places mentioned: Ysyr, Volivat, Dis, etc. So does the far South-West, though they're not detailed in the book, just named on the map. The far North-West, beyond Coral and Fajad, seems to mostly be sea (except for the island that looks a dorito).

What about the far North-East? There's a huge area east of Tusk and north of the Haltan forest, with no names on the map. What's it like? Are you planning to put some stuff there? Or is the point to have a large area that's undetailed still?
The Northeast is less densely populated than the Dreaming Sea, but you'll see a few new entries set there in Across the Eight Directions.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/30/2018
Originally posted by Hill Crushing Hero View Post
Would like to see Mr. Minton do some more podcast appearances, maybe on the newly popular The Deliberative podcast.
As you wish:

http://fivepoles.com/podcast/?name=2...episode_14.m4a

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/30/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

One of the known Incarna (Sun, Moon, Stars) or a new one?
A new one.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/29/2018
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
but also wrote [the Unconquered Sun] as quite clearly having irresponsibly abandoned his duties.
It may be useful to view the Unconquered Sun through the lens of "former slave who organized a slave revolt to free his people" when looking at his relationship with his former duties.

It's also worth noting that the idea of the Incarnae being dangerously irresponsible only became entrenched after the game line switched over to the idea that Creation was in constant, imminent danger of annihilation from a thousand dooms. Third Edition has walked that back, allowing PCs to indulge in non-world-saving adventures without moral panic. This makes the question of how responsible or irresponsible the Incarnae are into something less dramatic.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/29/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Would a book similar to Arms of the Chosen, but for non-combat Artifacts be viable? Is there a broad enough potential range of socially oriented, medical, craft oriented, and so on Artifacts that it could hit a similar wordcount, or would such a book necessarily be much shorter?
I think that would be an unnecessary restriction on a hypothetical artifact book. In any case, we expect to keep adding new artifacts in each splatbook, including the occasional noncombat artifact, which should diminish the need for such a book.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Would the hypothetical craft oriented artifacts from such a book be designed such that they could be examples of things that could be summoned by Words as Workshop Method or would you be trying to get away from that charm?
I'd check with Vance for verification, but the artifacts created by Words-as-Workshop Method never struck me as being the sort that call for being written up; they're more plot devices than anything else. More guidance in their use might be helpful, but a list of premade ones probably wouldn't.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/28/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
What type of entity is a Walkure? It’s specified to not be a ghost. It’s native to Creation, thus it’s presumably not a demon. It doesn’t have the Manifest Charm, so it’s probably not a god. Is it a weird elemental? A magical creature? Something weird that doesn’t fit into the usual categories?
It's something weird that doesn't fit into the usual categories.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/27/2018
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Am I also correct in remembering that it was a third-circle soul of the Ebon Dragon, but not a shadow-themed one? Or a betrayal-themed one? I vaguely remember that buy maybe I imagined it.
Correct on all counts.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/27/2018
Originally posted by Blaque View Post

Good point. The focus on River specifically probalby didn't leave room for that, but she probably did pay something for the relationship.
Jihe was a patrician. Her family doubtless has mixed feelings about the situation; they're happy that she's married up into a Great House, but River's mother's household has probably taken some vindictive stabs at Jihe's mother's household, whether socially, politically, or financially.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/27/2018
Originally posted by Blaque View Post
My feelings are somewhat similar to Lioness a bit in that some of the presentations of same-sex marriage in teh books eeemd a taaad too easy. Mostly the one with the Water sig' because it seems like she got lucky there I guess? I like the idea talkeda bout in teh book that same-sex marraige is basically like any marriage of love: The House has to get something out of it. Szaya and Kes being pretty compatable as spouses and having to work for that instead of someone htey ahve to sleep with they don't like that way, seems kind of losing its splendor in that context.

I would say it's more because River's example though is probably a bit too easy feeling htan the way the institution works in the Realm in general, though.
Dynastic marriage isn't a single transaction that stands alone. It's part of the broader transactional fabric of Dynastic society.

Being a Dynast isn't just about doing things for your family. Your family also does things for you. You're constantly pulling strings for family members and vice versa. This is part of why marriages are arranged as they are — it's so that your in-laws get woven into your family's network of favors.

When you demonstrate an ongoing refusal to abide by the dictates of your family, disrupting the web of favors, you find that the family stops doing favors for you. (The family may also exert ongoing social pressure, though this isn't universal.) Refusing an arranged marriage is the archetypical example of such an ongoing refusal, but is not unique in this regard.

River didn't do any special favor for House Ledaal in order to marry for love. The price she's paying is that House Ledaal won't do her any favors, which is the kiss of death for political ambition in the Realm. That's why someone of her age and skill is languishing in a countryside manor, with no responsibilities or authority of note.

(An elder Dynast who's accumulated lots of personal power and clout can get away with defying her house. This isn't recompense for all she's done for the house, but rather because she's reached a point where she can rely entirely on her own influence to accomplish her goals without support from her house.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/27/2018
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Looking forward to it. Any idea if it's one that's scheduled to appear soon, or not for a while?
No idea; scheduling for the piecemeal books is largely outside our purview.

Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
(I was going to ask you if it was going to be an update for someone mentioned in 2e, or something completely new, but I think you previously said it would be a completely new one? Am I remembering right?)
Yes, she's completely new.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/26/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

I get that Rich has the final say, but are there any circumstances you can imagine where you might go to him and say "I've tried and I've tried, but we're gonna need more words for this book" If so, just how big a deal is going 1k to 2k over the expected wordcount for the book (after editing and pruning and everything)?
To elaborate on Vance's answer, we can go over expected word count on smaller books (The Realm is something like 17k over the previous developers' outline) — though that's something we'd be expected to sort out early in development, not at the last minute when we turn in the final manuscript — but splatbooks are already at the maximum size for print on demand.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/26/2018
Originally posted by Fenrir666 View Post
This might be the wrong place, but do you have any idea how much warning we'll get on when the Lunar kickstarter launches? I was planning to grab one of the higher tiers, and my best friend is hoping to grab one of the thousand dollar places, but as I understand those go really fast. Will we know ahead of time when it'll launch?
You should have roughly the same amount of warning that you did for the Dragon-Blooded Kickstarter.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/26/2018
Originally posted by Fenrir666 View Post
Wait so Galleons exist in 3e now? I've always houseruled those into the Realm's navy alongside their smaller trierme because of how cool they look!
I don't know that I'd specifically include galleons, but Exalted has always had deep-drafted sailing vessels. The Great Western Ocean isn't friendly to galleys.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/22/2018
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Do you think it would make sense for a Dynast to be ever raised as though their mother is their sister?
Sure, if the timing is right. This might be problematic if the grandmother / adoptive mother has had or is planning to have a child of her own within a few years of this one, and the family wishes to pretend that the adoptive mother is the biological mother.

Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Not that I think any actual subterfuge would be involved.
Subterfuge is certainly possible. The family would prefer to conceal the fact that the actual mother had a child out of wedlock while in secondary school; that lack of judgment would reflect poorly on her, and might interfere with her future prospects. (If the father and his family become aware of these circumstances, they would likewise wish to conceal his involvement for much the same reasons.)