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[#][F] Eric Minton - 7 Hours ago
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
​...I can't recall, did they say that the Houses would be in the Realm book, or the Exalted one?
The Great Houses are discussed in detail in Dragon-Blooded, since detailed information on the Houses is important to designing and playing Dragon-Blooded PCs and NPCs. The Realm just has a basic outline of the houses and their situation, so you have context if you're using the book without also owning Dragon-Blooded (such as for a mortals game set on the Blessed Isle, or a Solar game set in a satrapy).

[#][F] Eric Minton - 7 Hours ago
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post
Are the Yellow and the Yanaze Rivers the same thing?
The Yellow River and the Gray River join at Nexus to form the Yanaze.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3 Days ago
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post
Was there a rhyme or reason for the Essence pools the various Exalted got?
Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
I believe it was based on their Essence calculations in past editions, assuming optimal Virtue ratings and whatnot.
To clarify, I believe the intent was that if you wanted to convert your 1e/2e character over to 3e, your Essence pools would remain the same size (assuming optimal &etc. as noted above).

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by Kell_Tamer View Post
So, first off I definitely pegged minton as an eclipse, and I knew vance was gonna be a sidereal, and given this thread serenity is the obvious answer.

A question about Arms, are we going to see artifacts that were made by different exalt types? So much of 2E was attributed to the solars, it felt like no other exalt type bothered. I'd love to see wonders forged by sidereals or lunars. I'd also be curious to see if any amazing artifacts of note (not necessarily NA, but 4 or 5 dot), were forged by Dragon Blooded during the first age. Will there be things like that?
Yes; there are many artifacts in the book that are explicitly described as having been created by Sidereals, Lunars, Dragon-Blooded (First Age and otherwise), and so forth. A few were even created by unExalted artisans.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4 Days ago
Originally posted by LDDM84 View Post

Uh, I thought that dematerialized beings can interact with each other. Can't a blood ape simply dematerialize and beat the ghost?
Apparently I misunderstood a previous discussion with Vance; he verifies that dematerialized beings can interact with each other. Please disregard my previous statement in this regard.

(I really need to learn to leave rules questions to Vance. )

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5 Days ago
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
So, it would be legit for a summoner to task bind a Blood Ape with the following order:

"You are to prevent anyone from entering this tomb to the best of your ability. This means I expect you to stay inside it and kill anyone who trespasses."
Sure, sounds legit.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
But not this:

"You are to prevent anyone from entering this tomb to the best of your ability. This means I expect you to stay inside it and kill anyone who trespasses. And if the Solar ghost wakes up, slap it around until it goes back to sleep." I mean, the Blood Ape might try to do that second part anyway, but it wouldn't be task bound to do so, right?
For starters, a blood ape can't do much to hurt a dematerialized ghost [EDIT: ignore this bit, dematerialized creatures can hit each other. oops], and beating up a ghost doesn't really knock it unconscious...

This one's sort of borderline. As written, they're distinct tasks, but they're close enough that (positing for the sake of argument that things work as above) you could probably adjust the two tasks slightly to bring them into line with one another. Like, "Prevent anyone from entering or leaving this tomb." Or "Ensure that this ghost remains asleep in its sepulcher. This means I expect you to subdue it if it wakes, and to keep trespassers out of its tomb."

On the other hand, a Storyteller could reasonably decide that it's close enough to being one task that it's legit. It's a judgment call.

The main reason to keep task binding limited is to restrict abusive "tasks" that are very clearly things that should require multiple summonings and bindings. Like "Your task is to build this manse, then craft that daiklave, then lay waste to the city over there..." — or worse, the classic: "Your task is to do everything that I tell you to forever." It's up to the Storyteller to determine where to draw the line.

(To be fair, "Do this task and then forget you were summoned" is also a judgment call. But since the forgetfulness isn't actually an option, it's not relevant in practice.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5 Days ago
Originally posted by norraba View Post
under demon summoning there is the option to have the demon summoned work for you for a year and a day or for a specific task until its completion, is it possible to have as part of the specific task that the demon forget ever being summoned in the first place?
No, for two reasons. First, a specific task is a single task. The summoner definitely has scope to provide essential detail that is part and parcel of the task, but "and then do this unrelated other thing once you're done" clearly denotes a separate task. Second, demon binding magically enforces loyalty, but doesn't provide any other special means of affecting the bound demon's mind. Unless the demon explicitly has an applicable memory-erasing power, it can't forget things on command any better than a loyal mortal servant can.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/18/2017
Originally posted by Kell_Tamer View Post
This is less a game question and more just a question for the devs themselves. If you had to categorize yourself as a Caste or Aspect, which one would you think you would be? (and of currently published castes)
Eclipse or Twilight Caste for that juicy Linguistics supernal. ^_^

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/14/2017
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post

Any hints on what the old ones are?
Well, if you want hints, there's one from each of the four cardinal Directions.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

Are you planning to introduce any totally new satrapies in the book? Like ones that weren't even mentioned in the 3e Core?
Yes, a couple of them aren't mentioned in the core.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/14/2017
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
We've had a lot of mechanics questions, so I'd like to ask Eric: what fluff are you writing on at the moment?
We recently received permission from Onyx Path to increase word count on The Realm a bit so that we could cover a handful of individual satrapies in detail. Right now, I'm finalizing outlines for those satrapies in order to hand them off to writers this week. The majority are new-to-3e satrapies such as Medo and Wu-Jian, though a few are 1e/2e satrapies that we're revisiting in order to spruce them up for the new edition.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/12/2017
Originally posted by norraba View Post
and although i can understand the reason behind it, like yes it is called the age of sorrows, corruption and despotism is supposed to be rampant, the fact that it is themed as being mechnically natural, rather than due to the abuses of the elite is somewhat dismaying, but perhaps thats just something that players who have a mind to change things have to work out how to fix in game.
Lea isn't suggesting that there's any sort of fundamental magical principle that creates corruption and despotism. He's saying that just as real-world kleptocrats and despots abuse technology for their own ends, so too do their counterparts in Creation make use of magic.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/11/2017
Originally posted by View Post
I have my GM telling me that Performace is only good for prepared speeches. Not for a felt heart speech given on the fly. The heartfelt speech would use Presence instant. Based off the wording under Performance. This doesn't feel right to me. What should a speech use, prepared or impromptu?
I see the issue in the text; it says that Performance covers "prepared speeches or oratory," which can be read either as "either prepared speeches or prepared oratory," or as "either impromptu oratory or prepared speeches." I would go with the latter, with the understanding that "oratory" refers to a particular structured form for public speaking — an art form in its way. A purely unstructured speech would be Presence. But the line between the two is blurry, and you should generally be able to justify going either way if your character has formal training in rhetoric.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/9/2017
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
Great stuff. I was not expecting hearthstones in Arms that is great news. Also any word on how common demenses/manses are in 3rd edition I may be remembering wrong but there was one per every 5 square miles. This was seen as a bit of a problem and in 3rd edition Manses and Demenses are rarer, but we never really get a feel on how rare. Are there still many manses in a city like Nexus or Rathess are are Demenses rare their is only around 1 or 2 in a large city?
We haven't worked out specific info on inter-demesne distances, but the intent is that they'll be irregularly distributed. Sometimes a large area won't have any manses or demesnes, while at other times there may be several crowded into a relatively small area. In-game, this is because Essence flows across Creation through dragon lines and often manifests in great upwellings where dragon lines converge. Out-of-game, this means the Storyteller can have multiple manses in one place when desired, without feeling the need to clutter the countryside with them when they're not desired.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2017
Originally posted by Amdramnar View Post
For some reason I assumed the Dragonblood book and The Realm were tied together and would be released close together. Now that we know the DB Kickstarter will not be for some time, I hope that I am wrong in my assumption. Knowing there is not a published release date, can we expect The Realm sooner than end of year?
To the best of my knowledge, there haven't been any recent official statements on the scheduling of the Dragon-Blooded Kickstarter.

The Realm is the next book on the schedule after Dragon-Blooded. I don't have enough information on release dates to be able to give useful information, and I wouldn't want to mislead anyone with guesswork. But the Kickstarter for Dragon-Blooded shouldn't hold up the release date on The Realm, aside from the inevitable distractions of a Kickstarter campaign.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/4/2017
Originally posted by hushnowquietnow View Post
Is Paths of Brigid still on the release schedule somewhere?
We're still planning to do a sorcery book, but we haven't settled on the format yet.