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[#][F] Eric Minton - 24 Hours ago
Originally posted by Therian View Post
Will the depiction of the Lintha still be roughly what it was in Blood and Salt?
Our primary resources for the Lintha remain Blood and Salt and Scavenger Sons, within the framework of their presentation in the 3e core book. (We'll also dial back on specific discussion of their First Age history.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 24 Hours ago
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
Will we get write-ups for the Lunar Castes-That-Were (if not in Fangs at the Gate, then at least eventually), for historical games?
We don't currently have any plans to publish resources for playing games set during the First Age.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 1 Day Ago
Originally posted by Sticks View Post
Wow. That is a major reduction. Does the alteration of Harborhead from a vast Savannah to a fairly narrow paninsula have any major implications for its culture or government, or for that matter it’s environment?

I am not saying that it should change or that it necessitates change, but it does effectively cut the landmass down a ton and double the coastline at minimum, and that seems like a big deal for such a populous place.

For that matter, where is Bent Creek these days?
We don't have any current plans for further exploring Harborhead in Third Edition, so I'm afraid that we don't have any answers for those questions. Feel free to handle it however best fits your intentions and desires for the material.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 1 Day Ago
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Would a Great Forks collegiate education be sufficient for the normal allotment of extra Dragon-Blooded Specialties? What should they be if so?
As per What Fire Has Wrought, the specifics of such an allotment would be at the Storyteller's discretion.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 1 Day Ago
Originally posted by Hyper Prime View Post
Got a setting question regarding the kingdom of Harborhead, I see that the capitol Kirighast is stil located where it used to be, but it appears the great savanah and jungles have been replaced by huge lakes. Is the "great weld" of Harborhead that the Ex3 discription mention located between the lakes and to the south of them? I'm asking because houses of the bull god is a great setting and it would be a shame to lose it. Personally I don't mind the lakes I just want a clarification.
Harborhead is smaller in 3e, and occupies the 500-mile-long peninsula west of the lake region; assuming it encompasses that entire territory, it looks to be about the size of England.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 1 Day Ago
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Do they eat popcorn in the Realm?
Up to you. It's not anachronistic, so there's no reason why not if you want them to at your table.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7 Days ago
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

In theory, if someone on the design team had a good enough Exalted Splat idea (and it didn't break down on further examination like some of the others have), would you guys consider introducing it to canon? Or is the door pretty firmly closed on new canon Exalted?
It's highly unlikely. If one of the three optional-canon Exalted in Exigents proves sufficiently appealing to the fanbase, we might make it fully canonical, but any other new Exalted splats we may come up with would also end up optional canon for the same reasons as those three.

EDIT: Also, to avoid confusion: The three optional-canon Exalts lined up for Exigents didn't "break down on further examination." If we felt they were bad for the line, we wouldn't have made them optional; we simply wouldn't print them at all. They're optional because the line is already packed with Exalted types, and we didn't want the default setting to feel overly cluttered and overstuffed with them.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/7/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
I was wondering about that. The location entries for each House describe house strongholds and places where they have all the authority, so it kinda makes it seem like they tend to isolate and fortify their holdings and things. Good to know that isn't the case. I assume this will be explained in much more detail in The Realm?
There's a brief explanation in Chapter 1, and several examples in Chapter 5.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/6/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Just how big of a deal is Assassination in the Realm? Can the Houses just kill someone, knowing that no-one will ask questions, or is assassination something that would be reserved as an emergency measure after all else fails? Or is it in the middle somewhere? Is it more common now because the Magistrates have lost power?
Murder is illegal no matter who commits it. You can avoid getting caught or pull strings with the Imperial judge trying your case, but the ability to murder is not a Dynastic prerogative. Assassination still happens, but carefully and judiciously, not as a first option.

It's more common with the Empress gone and the magistracy diminished, but it still isn't casual.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
How much should the average Dynast worry about being assassinated in the Realm? Can a Dynast travel around the Blessed Isle without needing to worry about “accidents” if they set foot into the wrong House’s territory or is each House fortifying their holdings too much to allow outsiders inside?
What is an "average" Dynast? A typical legionary or Imperial Navy officer has little to worry about; a typical Thousand Scales bureaucrat has at least some small risk of being targeted by an ambitious underling.

As the Realm slides toward civil war, assassination will doubtless be on the rise, both as a preliminary to military action and as the breakdown of law makes it easier to pursue personal grudges. But at what point and to what extent that takes hold is a matter for the Storyteller.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Are there places on the Blessed Isle other than the Imperial City where several Houses have significant holdings? Like a small city where 3 to 5 different Houses each own a nice manse/mansion.
There are many such places, especially major cities and resort areas.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/4/2018
Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post
A legion has six medium and four heavy infantry dragons at its core, with half as many troops designated auxiliaries performing every other role (archers, slingers, light infantry, cavalry, etc.).
The additional four to six dragons of troops are skirmishers — light missile troops — who are drawn from the same sources as the legionnaires and are Imperial troops. Legionnaires and skirmishers are typically from the Blessed Isle, but sometimes incorporate recruits picked up while in the satrapies. Legionnaires and skirmishers are both part of the Imperial legions proper, as are a handful of specialist units. Auxiliaries stand outside of this framework; they're units of troops drawn from the satrapies, and they retain the organization, training, and leadership of their homelands. They are attached to Imperial armies but are not part of the legions.

(This will all be covered in The Realm.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/4/2018
Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post
Some questions about Realm auxiliaries. The Medo entry in the corebook mentions Medoan Janissaries, locals recruited by the Realm to fight in foreign wars, allowed to return after some term of service.

Is this standard practice for Realm satrapies?
It is by no means universal, but the Realm draws janissaries from several satrapies in such manner.

Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post
Can a government pay part of its tithe in conscripts?
When the Empress or the house holding the satrapial lease requested janissary troops, yes. The local government could certainly attempt to bargain by offering janissary troops in place of other tribute, but the Realm was under no obligation to accept such offers.

Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post
Are foreigners included in the infantry sections, or are they exclusively auxiliaries?
I don't understand the question.

Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post
Previous books have noted that legion auxiliaries are considered expendable. Would foreign troops be considered particularly expendable?
Depends on the troops, the general, and the situation in the satrapy; there's no hard answer.

Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post
How do foreign troops return home? On their own resources, or transported on the Realm's money?
Transported by the Imperial Navy or marching in company with Realm troops. Leaving unaffiliated troops to wander the countryside on their own runs the risk of banditry or rebellion.

Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post
Have soldiers encountered recent difficulties returning home due to impending civil war and the divvying up of Imperial legions?
Sounds like a good plot hook!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/3/2018
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
I've asked mostly mechanical questions in this thread, here are some fluff questions:

How much land vanished, never to return, during the Balorian Crusade? Still as much as in 2nd ed?
Not something we're likely to discuss in any detail.

Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Was Saigoth a continet? Or has the "vanished Western continent" been replaced in the story by the Caul?
There may have been any number of other continents in the West, but again, we're not likely to discuss First Age geography in any detail.

Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Am I correct that the Caul vanished about the time of the Contagion/Balorian Crusade? That's the implication from the Realm preview, but it's not completely clear.
The exact nature and timeframe of the Caul's disappearance isn't covered in the text, and any necessary details can be filled in at your table.

Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
How long ago did the Caul return, approximately? Is it like 20 years ago, or more like 200?
The Caul was rediscovered two and a half centuries after the Contagion.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/28/2018
Originally posted by Aleksay View Post

Thank you, but I'm still not quite sure. In the 'Compass of Terrestrial Directions: the Scavenger's Land' there was written that Desandor lies "in the heart of the HK". And in the 'Compass of Terrestrial Directions: the East' is stated that the Republic of Chaya is the neighbour of the HK. So the region between Sandy River and Grey River should be the southern part of the HK. But the northern part is still not clear. What about Mount Metagalapa? The River of Tears? The Avarice River? The Silver River? Considering these the region could be enormous or not so.
I'm talking specifically about Third Edition, for which Second Edition books do not apply as references.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/28/2018
Originally posted by Aleksay View Post
I don't quite understand where are the approximate borders of the Hundred Kingdoms region lie. Is there any canon about this? How large is the region itself, how far north and south it spreads (as for width, I suppose it's about from Nexus to Lesser Rock River)?
The specifics are ambiguous because it's a description rather than a political entity; whether or not any given state is a part of the Hundred Kingdoms depends on who you ask. But a good rough guideline is the area between the Lesser Rock River and the eastern Yellow River, so the area bounded by Nathir, Marita, Greyfalls, and Mist Island. We'll provide more detail in Across the Eight Directions.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/28/2018
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Essentially, is the transition from pre-Contagion to post-Contagion just a particularly bad spot in a decline that was already happening (like the fall of Rome) or a total destruction of what, while it may not have been at its height, was still a mighty civilisation (like how people imagine the fall of Rome).
Somewhere in between. The Shogunate was wracked by internal warring to a very real extent, but the Contagion resulted in mass destruction of infrastructure beyond what had come before, paired with a massive loss of institutional memory from those who died of the plague and its aftermath.

The "Records of the Before" chapters in the 1e Aspect books remain the best available resource for the Shogunate.