Originally posted by Epee102
Are the Exalted an insetting recognized group? Like, do savants know that a Liminal and a Solar are related or of the same type? Or even that an Anathema Solar and the Dragonblooded have some kinship ? Or is it a purely OOC setting term?
"Exalted" is absolutely an in-setting term, but who is and is not recognized as Exalted depends on who you ask.
Remember that "Exalted" is transitive; one is Exalted by
someone or something. To most people in Creation, the only Exalted are the Dragon-Blooded, whose power descends from the Five Elemental Dragons. The Anathema, on the other hand, are thieves of power; they are not Chosen, not raised on high by any hands but their own, and so they are not deemed Exalted. More erudite mortals may recognize the Exigents as Exalted by various gods — a transgression of the celestial order, to be sure, but not of the same magnitude of the Anathema. And of course the Lunars and Sidereals, who trace their knowledge back to the First Age, are well aware that there are many kinds of Exalted.
Liminals are little-known in Creation, and so savants aware of their existence may not be certain of how to categorize them. Those aware of their claimed connection to a "dark mother" might consider this evidence in favor of their being Exalted. But how can they be sure?
Whether savants consider different types of Exalted to be "related" or "of the same type" — or even if such distinctions have any real meaning — is a separate question, and one that would probably have to be answered in character.