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[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/30/2019
Originally posted by Magnus K View Post
Any info on the approximate size of the House Cynis garrison in Greyfalls, or is that up to me as a GM? I was thinking maybe a Dragon worth of troops, since it is such an important Satrapy encroached by potential enemies, previously held by the Empress legions (if I understood it correctly) and maybe backed up by janissaries or something similar, but maybe a dragon of Cynis Legionaires is too much since Cynis wants to defend it's lands on the Blessed Isle, or ?
Conveniently, The Realm specifies that House Cynis currently has a dragon of legionary troops in Greyfalls. (p.159) Presumably there's also a Cynis garrison and perhaps some local auxiliaries; you should figure out the numbers based on what you think will work best for your game.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/29/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post


​And then one paragraph later:



​So I'm not sure if they're just in a holding pattern or if they are issuing orders from a Mysterious Source.[/SIZE]
It's deliberately ambiguous as to whether the dragonlords are receiving orders from another source or not. They are not visibly acting on any clear, dynamic agenda, regardless of source.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/29/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
I don't think there is an Exalted type with a comparable social relationship to an existing political structure as the Dragon-Blooded have to the Scarlet Realm, so I'd assume The Realm will be rather unique as a supplement in describing that relationship.

That being said, will there be room for discussing anything comparable when it applies to other Exalt types in the Threshold in Across the Eight Directions?
Yes, though not what you'd expect.

Originally posted by memeala View Post
E.g. Talking in greater detail about Liminals in Sijan.
Sijan isn't in Eight Directions; we're holding off so that we can present it in either Abyssals or Liminals.

Originally posted by memeala View Post
P.S. Love what I've read in The Realm so far!
Thank you! We're proud of it.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/29/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
Is it a correct reading that the Silent Legion is still operating as if they're getting orders from SOMEWHERE, even though no one else can figure out where, or are they just kind of doing nothing?
I'm not sure what you mean. Could you elaborate on what part of the text is causing confusion?

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/29/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Am I miscounting then? Because the book calls the Vermillion Legion the 40th Legion, but i’m only counting 38 in the House breakdown list. Even with the Silent Legion, that’s 39. What am I missing?
There used to be more legions than there are now, and higher-numbered legions weren't necessarily renumbered after lower-numbered legions were disbanded. (It's also possible that some legion numbers have been permanently retired for various reasons, whether to honor a legion lost in battle or to condemn legions involved in failed coup attempts.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/29/2019
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
This seems like a lore as well as a mechanical question, so Robert and Eric:

The Abyssal book is a long ways off, but how do you feel about the potential of Solar Exalted and Abyssal Exalted to temporarily access the Charms of each other? Do you feel that falls to the level of "figure it out at your own table if it appeals to you" or rises to the level of "this deserves to be codified into published material"?
I'm not really going to have a clear picture of that until we start outlining Abyssals.

Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Thus preserving the "peak, plateau, peak, plateau" pattern of Essence 1-5. 6 is a plateau where you grow wider rather than higher. Essence 7 might be a peak, but it's not a scenario worth spending word-count on.
6+ is all plateau. We don't want players to feel that they need shenanigans to hit Essence 6 or 7+ in order to play in the big leagues.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/29/2019
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
Dragon-Blooded revealed that Fokuf is the Roseblack's uncle. Is he the son of Tepet Arada, then, or her father's brother (as I believe both of Roseblack's parents were Tepet, but Arada was the father of her mother)?
I don't think we've published anything specifying that, and it's unlikely to come up in future published material, so do whatever makes the most sense at your table.

Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
In the section on the Imperial Manse, it said that there are many stories of what actually is inside its bowels that only the Empress ever saw, including that there are "gateways to other worlds." By "worlds," does this mean Malfeas, the Underworld, etc., or unknown realms like wherever Yutani's Children think they're from and Zen-Mu, or both?
That depends on which characters are telling the stories!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/29/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Is the one Legion Tepet is listed as having the Vermillion Legion, or is the Vermillion Legion in addition to their one traditional Legion?
Just the one, as per What Fire Has Wrought: "Promoting [Tepet Ejava] to general, they placed her in charge of the one legion that had been foisted on the house in the partition of the Imperial legions — the infamous Vermilion, or “Red-Piss,” Legion."

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/29/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Questions on Exile status

- it only applies to Blessed Isle itself, right? Can an exiled Dynast who still is on good terms with their House hang out and even potentially hold some stays in one of their satrapies?
That's correct.

Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
- I assume the statement about their children being welcomed back to the House is specifically about female exiled Dynasts? The offspring of male Dynasts having no statue or House connection that doesn’t come from their mother, so any DB kids of a male exile would be Razor or Coined?
As per What Fire Has Wrought, "Husbands normally retain their family name when they marry. However, since peasants and outcastes largely lack family names, one who marries a patrician or Dynast takes on their spouse’s family name. When people of different social classes marry, the lower-class spouse is elevated to the higher-ranking spouse’s social class — at least officially." So an exiled male Dynast who marries outside of the Dynasty (assuming the necessary Imperial judges can be assembled) would bring his spouse into the family.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/29/2019
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Quick thing I was vague on from the Realm, who holds the legal right to create or elevate Cadet Houses? It seems to be a legal status but I couldn't find if it was a Deliberative power or a Big Red power.
As per What Fire Has Wrought, "Granting or removing recognition of cadet house status, as with Great House status, was the prerogative of the Empress alone."

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/28/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
So, the North has a number of Cadet houses descended from Shogunate Gens. Ferem, Japor, Nandoran, etc.

Are they intended to get more details in Heirs to the Shogunate, or not really?

I was particularly wondering if they have particular elemental inclinations like most of the Great Houses and Lookshy Gentes. Or if their blood is too weak for it be noticeable, like Nellens.
There will be four Great House-style write-ups for individual cadet houses in Heirs to the Shogunate, although they won't be as in-depth as the Great House write-ups in Dragon-Blooded due to word count restrictions. One of them is for House Ferem. Covering multiple Northern cadet houses wasn't feasible with the word count available.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/28/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
On to my question; so we noticed that in 3rd ed, the Realm only managed to reach the West 100 years ago, when they took Fajad. How much did they know about it before then?
"Opening of the West to mortal trade via Wu-Jian" refers specifically to trade routes via Wu-Jian that mortal crews can safely navigate. The Realm has had limited access to the West for longer than that via Fajad and the Caul (which is how they've controlled Wavecrest for longer than 100 years), and ships with Dragon-Blooded heroes aboard have been able to navigate more perilous routes via Wu-Jian for over 100 years.

Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
And also, what was the relationship between Western Lunars and other Lunars in the Caul, North, etc? Were they in contact?
Depends on which Lunars you're talking about. But there used to be significantly fewer Lunars in the West than in other Directions because it wasn't much of a front in the war against the Realm, which also meant that many Lunars in the West were there because they had little interest or investment in the war against the Realm. Since a lot of long-range contact between Lunars is about the war against the Realm, this meant less contact overall. But there was still personal correspondence, educational visits, etc.

Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
And is this why Leviathan wasn't that bothered about the Realm until recently?
When the Realm had little to no influence in the vicinity of Luthe, Leviathan wasn't that bothered.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/27/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Is The Guild... just The Guild? How do people differentiate it from their city's stonemason's guild or whatever? Just context?
The Guild is, by and large, not "the Guild." Ground-level Guild ventures are their own entities; when the Guild merchant prince Bear-Rider Vai organizes a caravan, it'll be known as Bear-Rider Vai's caravan, not Guild Caravan #8063. If the Guild stonemasons in Nathir organize into a guild, it'll be a Nathir stonemason's guild, not Guild Stonemason Branch #1138. (It may in fact end up being the only stonemason's guild in Nathir, so there won't be anything to differentiate itself from.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/27/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
Cavalry counting as skirmishers
Legion skirmishers do not include cavalry. The Realm does not field its own cavalry, relying on auxiliary forces drawn from the satrapies.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/25/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
Page 18 The Realm: Sesus is referred to as half-brother to Ragara. Is that just an error that needs to be put in an errata submission or is it just implying Sesus was a trans woman and when you have a baby who isn't about to be arguing its gender identity or anything that's what they were operating with, since in What Fire Has Wrought she's referred to in the feminine?
It's copypasta from prior editions where Sesus was male.