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[#][F] Eric Minton - 15 Hours ago
Originally posted by LDDM84 View Post
I always found it quite difficult for me to understand why entire kingdoms would go to war over some artifacts and First Age relics if mortals can't use them (like daiklaves and similar artifacts that require attunement or motes to use their powers). Will we ever see an explanation, like in an adversary that devised a mean to use them?
An artifact you can't use is still a valuable bargaining chip when dealing with those who can use it. The Empress accepted artifacts in lieu of some (or all!) of a satrapy's annual tribute, for example.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 1 Day Ago
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Eh; I like pictures of Artifacts on their own, in profile. On the face of it there's no particular reason, although I could contrive one along the lines of finding it to create a greater promise of being available to be your Artifact.
The action scenes in Arms of the Chosen are explicitly noncanonical.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
*This leads me back to an issue that's distinctly a danger with the art for Arms. I really didn't like the art for artefacts in the Core. Why? Because it's dull. Here's a crossbow. Here's a daiklaive. Here's a suit of magic armour. Dull.
What you want is action shots of people using the artefacts. For example, the picture on p.606 isn't an art style I like, but the idea for the picture is exactly what I want to see: there's a leaping guy, and another guy who's just smashed his giant purple-glowing magic sword into the ground so hard it's caused a crater. Great! That's exactly the sort of thing you want to see in Arms. Not just "here's a suit of magic armour," but "here's a woman in magic armour punching a monster with her giant magic gauntlet."
By and large, we aimed for that with the illustrations in Arms of the Chosen.

Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Picture 2 I'm not so excited by, because he's just kind of standing there cackling, but at least there's a guy wearing the soulsteel armour standing there cackling (as the sort of people who wear soulsteel like to do), which is better than the pictures in the core which just show the armour on a blank background.
The wearer of Five Edicts Dominion is in fact using Evocations in that illustration; hopefully this will come across better when the text is available.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post

I think average was 60 feet?
30 feet is the average for a 3e noble warstrider, with 60 feet being a rough upper bound for royal warstriders.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2 Days ago
Originally posted by Sakii View Post

Is there a relationship between the Dark Mother and Abyssals?
There isn't.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
You never answered my question, Eric Minton - pontificate your pizza predilections, please.
I prefer dollar pizza. (I ate a lot of pizza while I was severely underemployed, so I don't really enjoy it anymore; I just get it when I want to eat something quick and cheap.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
So, can you tell us about it? Namely, are those poor sods dead?
Nope, just having a bad time of it.

Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Does this armor have a name or is it another fiction piece?
He's clad in the armor named Five Edicts Dominion. It's detailed in the text.

Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Is that soulsteel?
Very much so.

Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Who's anima is that(given the color, I'm guessing a sid, a Dragonblooded, or ...dare I dream, a Green Sun Prince?)?
He's just there for illustrative purposes, so he can be whatever you want him to be.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6 Days ago
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

In system terms, or real life?

​For the latter, you'd get a lot out of splitting away the half with, say, the pikes, or the bows, or the horses.
If the enemy troops are comprised of pike-wielders and archers and cavalry, you'd represent those from the get-go as different battle groups.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/14/2017
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Are any of the Arms of the chosen made by non-humans, such as gods and demons?
A few. One created by a prehuman race, and a pair forged by one of the Deathlords.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/7/2017
Originally posted by Blaque View Post
So about a third through the book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, and I am reminded of a question I asked before but am curious about still. What non-fiction books do you as devs think are some of the better things for folks to maybe reach for and read into for ideas of Creation and people groups there?
I recall getting a lot of mileage out of 1491 when I was working on far Threshold locales and peoples. Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists (first published in the U.S. as Route 66 A.D.) is a good source of inspiration for travel in the Realm.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/6/2017
Demons of the first circle are explicitly individuals, barring edge cases such as the teodozjia hive mind. As to whether they have "personhood" depends on their intelligence and your own opinion on what a person is; I suspect most would agree that neomah are people and firmin aren't.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/5/2017
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
What is the name of that wonderful, wonderful fire wielding death machine in the Monday Meeting Notes?
No idea! It's not one of the warstriders that's written up in the book; it appears in the chapter fiction, but no name is given for it there.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/5/2017
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
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 β€” 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" β€” or even if such distinctions have any real meaning β€” is a separate question, and one that would probably have to be answered in character.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/2/2017
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Hey Eric, what can you tell us about the Black Heron?
Before her death, the Black Heron was one of the greatest spies and assassins of the Old Realm. In her guise as the Princess Magnificent, she remains elegant and sad-eyed and graceful; but scratch the surface, and beneath you'll find one of the most skillful and vicious killers anywhere, even among Deathlords.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 8/31/2017
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post
Some folks on the discord were a little confused, is every kind of enchanted or magical place a demesne, or is a demesne just one version of "location with magic in it?"
Rephrase it as "A demesne is a location where magical currents eddy together to create a natural vortex of power, thus becoming a sort of enchanted place." Other sorts of magical places (such as an Ivory Orchid Pavilion) are not demesnes.