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[#][F] Eric Minton - 1 Day Ago
Originally posted by Gonzo View Post
I'm a bit confused, will the Exigents book contain info about the "kinda optional" exalts like Umbral, Hearteaters, Dream-Souled, Getimian, and Liminal, or just minor gods' exalts created via Exigence?
Exigents will cover the Dream-Souled, Hearteaters, and Umbrals in an appendix. Getimians and Liminals are not "optional Exalted" and are anticipated to get coverage in their own books down the line.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5 Days ago
Originally posted by 99wattr89 View Post
1. The core book mentions that those studying the Deathlords estimate there are 5-12, so given that there are many other gods and spirits who are both very powerful and connected intimately with death and the Underworld, how do they identify potential Deathlords?
"Some ghosts call this entity a 'Deathlord,' whatever that is."

Originally posted by 99wattr89 View Post
Do they have a means of testing or probing an entity for a metaphysical quality common between Deathlords but not other denizens of the Underworld?
They have no obvious evidence that there is such a quality, and anyone who theorizes the existence of such a quality is unlikely to be in any position to test it.

Originally posted by 99wattr89 View Post
Or is this based on actually infiltrating the Underworld and observing behaviours?
That sounds like something player characters might do.

Originally posted by 99wattr89 View Post
2. Other than the Deathlords, who is actually aware of the existance or nature of the Neverborn?
A few particularly old spirits, Lunars, and Sidereals will have heard of them (and presumably a few other scholars), but it's a relatively esoteric bit of trivia with little bearing on one's activities in Creation.

Originally posted by 99wattr89 View Post
3. How did the Neverborn end up trapped in the Labyrinth beneath the Underworld?
Insofar as it's ever going to be relevant in play, we'll reassess this when we start development on Abyssals.

Originally posted by 99wattr89 View Post
4. In terms of metaphysics, what prevents their leaving the Labyrinth? Could some part of a Neverborn escape, like the remnants of a fetich soul or some other fragment?
See #3. Note that the game-design reasons why the Neverborn remain in the Labyrinth are similar to Vance's explanation in post #1779 above as to why the Yozis can't break out of Hell. If you have a cool story about the Neverborn breaking into Creation that will be entertaining and engaging for your players, feel free to tell it at your table.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Are the Sovereigns the black market or "dirty bomb" exigents?
The latter. (Although we're not planning to use either of those terms in the book; we have provisional terminology in place, but it's subject to change during development.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by View Post
I notice that Mahalanka has been moved north. What was the reason behind that?
That was a decision made by the previous developers. I don't know the reason behind it.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If a native Utahin were to perform an act so awesome that they exalted as a Solar while doing it
There isn't a "you must perform an act this awesome to Exalt as a Solar" bar. Solars can Exalt without performing grand deeds, while mortals can perform grand deeds without Exalting as Solars.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
and they had witnesses, would they have a shot at becoming the Great Hero? Or, since they’re Exalted now, would they have to perform a feat that is properly epic for their current stature?
The mechanics of Exaltation are not well known and are in many cases ambiguous. The Utahin could easily argue that your great deed was the result of your Exalting in that moment, rather than preceding it.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
This is, of course, ignoring House Peleps’s and the Realm’s reaction to all of this.
I don't think it's necessarily useful to view these things in isolation? Utahi's resistance to allowing a Dragon-Blooded Great Hero doubtless has sociopolitical elements, in that it's very much also a matter of avoiding a Dynastic Great Hero. If the Utahin don't want to acknowledge your Solar as a Great Hero for reasons beyond your being a Solar, it's going to be more difficult to convince them, while if they have cause to want you as their Great Hero (say, you're a native Utahin Solar or outcaste with popular backing), you might find it easier.

Ultimately, of course, the specifics are up to the Storyteller.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/6/2019
Originally posted by SunAndSpring View Post
Really confused by the word "catamite" being used to refer to prostitutes in The Realm, since that's a very specific word referring to prepubescent male prostitutes and I really thought we were done with the weird creepy sex shit 2e brought in. I would hope that it's just an author trying and failing (horribly) to find a more polite way of saying "male prostitute", since I do note the book really goes out of the way to say that word for some reason.
Due to long exposure to the word being used for adolescents (a different flavor of problematic, but appropriate to many sources of historical inspiration for the Realm) and young adults, it didn’t occur to me that readers might take prepubescent as the primary meaning. I will ensure that future text is more considered and limited in the use of the word in future, if it's used at all.

(If you want to discuss the matter further on the forums, please take it to a new thread. I don’t want the Ask the Devs thread to get bogged down in a discussion of child prostitution.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/6/2019
Originally posted by Magnus K View Post
Are you planning on releasing one tome of the Hundred Devil's Night Parade (and Adversaries of the Righteous) and then just continue working on it as a side project to release a part two, or will you wait until you have more NPC's, and then release a single book ? I have only bought one of the PDF's so far, one which I felt I needed for my game, since I personally find the PDF's very expensive if you add the cost of all of them (so far the price of them all, Hundred Devils Night Parade only, is 49,75 dollars, which I personally find very expensive for a mere electronic product which isn't even finished and collected in a single file, so I want to wait until I can actually buy the physical books, unless my players want to share the cost of buying them).
Onyx Path is planning to release compiled versions of both books. Vance and I don't know the specifics yet, and we have no control or influence over the process; it's a matter for Onyx Path's in-house staff.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/3/2019
Originally posted by JohnDoe244 View Post
Vance's input is very welcome, but I'm aiming this at Eric:

Sometime ago, you made a list of sample basic projects. Does this list still hold now you're a dev?
Vance takes point on rules questions; I'd rather not interfere with that.

Originally posted by JohnDoe244 View Post
And is there any chance of updating your blog to make it "official"?
Neither my blog nor the Ask the Devs thread is "official." My feeling is that it's unproductive to ask Storytellers and players to stay up to date on a million zillion posts in order to keep on top of an "official" understanding of the published rules. We hope the advice and guidelines we provide here are helpful, but they're still just advice and guidelines. (Even more so than the published rules, at any rate.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/2/2019
Originally posted by 99wattr89 View Post
Could you elaborate a little on why that is? Is there a metaphysical reason?
If the Yozis can break out of Hell, that encourages apocalyptic "drop everything and stop the Yozis" scenarios that discourage players from engaging with other elements of the setting.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/30/2019
Originally posted by Magnus K View Post
I have decided to place my new campaign in one of the princpalities subject to the Greyfalls Satrapy. I was therefore a bit curious if you had some thoughts or even an educated guess, as to what an approximate range of the Greyfalls War Manse would maybe be. I foresee my players, who have all created some really cool solar characters, a full circle barring a Twilight, to relatively quickly gain control of the principality and tear it out of Greyfalls grasp, and the campaign will then most likely go towards war with Greyfalls itself due to some of the intimacies (like Hatred House Cynis and being escaped slaves etc.) my players have chosen. However if the Greyfalls War Manse can burn towns many, many many miles away, it would be fun to know so that I don't make a stupid mistake as a GM, ( make it far easier or far harder for my players)
Your primary concern should be with what you feel the war manse should or should not be capable of when the PCs take over and gain control over it.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/30/2019
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[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/30/2019
Originally posted by Abakus View Post

On page 74, The Realm says that skirmishers can be cavalry, and it's pretty explicitly not talking about auxiliaries. Is that an error?

EDIT: It's in the Legions as Battlegroups sidebar.
Yes, that's a mistake; good catch!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/30/2019
Originally posted by Leliel View Post
Would the Utahi be remiss to having an Anathema as a Great Hero? Obviously, them declaring a Celestial Exalt to be the next paragon of their values would only not be a declaration of war on the Realm if it's considered gauche in their culture to declare war at the same time as elevating one, but I'm wondering if the Immaculates have made making one of the star-maddened inconceivable to them (except maybe as someone who retained their mind in the face of such overwhelming power).
Given that the Utahin have refused to name a Dragon-Blood as Great Hero because they expect more of the Exalted due to their power and potential, the bar would be even harder to clear for a Solar or Lunar.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/30/2019
Originally posted by Magnus K View Post
Thanks for your previous answer, mr. Minton. Is it safe to say that a War Mance, which is a part of the Realm Defense Grid, can project some sort of mass destructive effect within a reasonable radius of Greyfalls? I am not entirely sure how a War Manse functions, but I am guessing it has some sort of effect protecting Greyfalls.
That's a fair assessment, though the details of what sort of effects might be generated aren't nailed down yet. I'm hoping we can address war manses in a future book.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/30/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Would I be correct in surmising that while they call their army the “Seventh Legion”, Lookshy’s forces are significantly larger than any INDIVIDUAL Realm Legion,
Yes, that's correct.

Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
and possibly larger or at least numerically on par with the total forces of Cathak or Sesus?
Probably around the same order of magnitude, but we're still developing the Lookshyan military section of Heirs, so I don't have a definite answer yet.