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[#][F] Eric Minton - 21 Hours ago
Originally posted by Lionmanguy View Post
Just to make sure, the plan is still to collect all the entries in Hundred Devils Night Parade and Adversaries of the Righteous into one bestiary a la Creatures of the Wyld once they get enough of them done right?
Two separate books, but yes, that's the plan as I understand it.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
To what degree to senior-officers tend to take part in the front lines of war? With outliers I realize it would be infrequent historically, but the power of the Dragon-Blooded is the greatest of the Realm's advantages over other armies.
It's common for Dragon-Blooded officers to lead from the front, for various reasons. It's not universal though.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Saipjas View Post
Will either The Realm or WFHW cover the average number of Dragon-blooded in a Realm legion?
It's covered in The Realm. (Typically 40-60 per legion, most of them being senior officers and their seconds-in-command.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Wait - why are Artifacts valuable to mortal nations again? I can't imagine the Realm, Deathlords, Silver Pact, or other power players who can actually use them are inclined to spend the Jade/Silver to buy them when they could just take them (at best I could see the Realm accepting Artifacts as tribute in lieu of other payment)... Wouldn't most mortals want nothing to do with Artifacts they can't use that are only going to attract powerful individuals who can who want to take them by force?
The Realm does, in fact, accept artifacts in lieu of normal tribute. This incentivizes local potentates to acquire artifacts so as to turn them over to the Empress, thus sparing the Dynasty many of the risks of scavenging, and funneling artifacts away from other potential users such as the Anathema or irksome independent outcastes.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Ekorren View Post
I have just started reading and haven't gotten very far yet. So far so good. I want some clarification about Celestial Union of Blades though (I searched for some keywords but couldn't find if it had been addressed already, but I admit I haven't read this entire thread).

"... she adds her sword-sibling's (Anima) in non-Charm bonus dice ..."

(Anima) = How much exactly?
Equal to the current anima level. Dim=0, Glowing=1, Burning=2, Bonfire/Iconic=3.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Jen View Post
If a Dynast got mugged by a bunch of Solar and lost his family heirloom, does he and his friends/children/siblings...etc have to go on some epic quests to retrieve it or does he just grab another Artifact since he's so rich?
To supplement Vance's reply, "rich" is relative, and there are few things in Creation more precious than an artifact weapon. Having a new one forged is a significant expense even for a Dynast, and the Great Houses' stockpiles of artifact weaponry are strained as never before by the transfer of hundreds of scions into the newly acquired house legions.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Is that pic Sozen vs Mela's Coil? Huh.
Nope, that's just a Full Moon Lunar. Sozen's not illustrated in the book.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
Subscribed. Or, not subscribed, but gonna check it whenever you post.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by CycloneJoker View Post
My god, Arms is incredible. You guys did some excellent work.
Thank you!

Originally posted by CycloneJoker View Post
Anyway, a question! The Solar hearthstone Jewel of the Shining Heart says that you choose a Defining Intimacy and "treat it as a relevant specialty for that action". Does that mean you get the normal +1 specialty bonus, or do you get the bonus normally associated with something being boosted with a Defining Intimacy?
You get the normal +1 specialty bonus.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by SaintedPhysician View Post
Although seriously, whoever wrote Courante and Galliard you are my favorite. I've only finished the 3-dots and that artifact writeup has already justified the purchase for me.
Aw shucks <3

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
​Oy this is taking a while. And there are dozens of pages left in this chapter alone.

​I think I'm going to streamline readings of the remaining Artifacts, including the armour. Might give a more detailed response to the wonders, and certainly to the warstriders.
I'm enjoying the detailed readings!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Are you excited for Wednesday?
I'm still trying to make sense of the idea that this is actually happening. Also, writing art notes for The Realm and monsters for Hundred Devils Night Parade is soaking up most of my attention. So, maybe categorize it as distracted anticipation?

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Which section should we read first?
I'd start with the introduction, though you can't go wrong by starting with the chapter fiction!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by Saipjas View Post
Murcushio, I’ll find it when I get home and can do a proper control F for it, but I believe the devs in the Ask dev thread said explicitly that the vast majority of Realm ships were biremes and triremes, which would seem to me to belay a idea of Age Of Sail it even the treasure fleets of Zheng hi. I could be totally be wrong but that I think is where thecountalucard is coming from.
The vast majority of the Realm's ships are galleys, because the vast majority of the Realm's maritime traffic remains within the confines of the relatively placid Inland Sea. The Realm also maintains blue-water sailing vessels for traversing the more tempestuous White Sea and Great Western Ocean.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post
Are there any places not on the Blessed Isle which aren't considered Satrapies but are considered part of the Realm?
Not really. In those rare circumstances when a place volunteers its fealty to the Empress but is too impoverished, remote, or politically fraught to transform it into a satrapy or fold it into an existing satrapy, the locals may think of themselves as part of the Realm, but the Dynasty does not.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5 Days ago
Originally posted by Baaldam View Post
Speaking of cut writeups for Antagonists, weren't there a strategos from Brightwork (Auspice Isles) called Whelk the Younger and a doppelganger, of an auspicene executed in the Kraken's Pool to boot, called Blue Shadow somewhere?

Another interesting bit with Whelk that i remember is his having bodyguard relatives, making for a potentially mirror/riff/variant of sorts of the dynamic of Shigira Mizue with her aunt Okita. I think one or two (possibly more) such QC partnership/synergies were inserted in the fluff cut writeups, in fact.

And beings like Sard the War Ghost or Blue Shadow the Doppelganger (maybe even, oh boy, the Prince of the Red Chamber Nephwrack) could certainly play more peculiar - and not so honored - variants to Zoria the Honored Ancestor.

Ah, if i'm mixing up book stuff with the homebrew NPCs from someone's blog, feel free to correct me people, i've been far from up to date, or precise, with my sources in 3e stuff.
Whelk the Younger and Shigira Mizue were both in the original draft for the Antagonists chapter, but were cut for space. The Blue Shadow appears in Hundred Devils Night Parade. The other NPCs named above appear in the 3e core book. (Well, except for Okita.)