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[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/1/2018
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
As Eska roams "betwixt the Scavenger Lands and the Dreaming Sea," what, if any, contact does she have with Ma-Ha-Suchi?
Whatever best suits the needs of the table; the specifics of their relationship aren't likely to be spelled out in canon.

Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
Is Sublime Danger of the Thousand Daiklave Wings associated with Ma-Ha-Such as a student or ally (or enemy)?
Undetermined at this point.

Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
Does "defeat" of an opponent necessarily mean kill for Eska, or just best? Is she trying to kill all of Sublime Danger's other students?
"Defeat" wasn't meant as a euphemism. Exactly what it means at any given table is up to the Storyteller.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/28/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Why is she Eska of the Seven Blades, when she only uses six?
The original concept had this as a nickname applied by her mentor to describe her sharp tongue, but I forgot to actually mention it in the text.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/24/2018
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
To put it differently, I'm not saying that credit is never sufficient to cover all use cases so much as that the line between credit and currency is often much fuzzier than most people think.
A fair point, and currency tokens are absolutely a thing in appropriate Threshold locales.

Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
That said, it sounds like The Realm is in fact going to have a more in-depth discussion of so-called (by Core) "informal economics?" If so I might just be able to hold out for that instead of having to resort to the previously-mentioned homebrew Guild copper standard...
Unfortunately, there was neither opportunity nor word count to provide an in-depth discussion of credit in The Realm. (And the book doesn't cover tokens at all; yen fractions ought to be small enough to minimize the need for smaller informal currency.) The book is overstuffed as it is; we had to persuade Onyx Path to provide additional word count over the original outline in order to try and fit everything in.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/24/2018
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
I guess, though the thing there is it begs the question of how the three different places you used your 1/8 dinar credit line at settle with the place who opened it for you
... via credit? Given that this line of discussion started from the postulate that residents functioning within a shared community habitually settle transactions via credit rather than hard currency, I don't grasp how this is a question.

Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
and most answers to that question have a funny habit of eventually becoming currencies.
It's been three years since I did the research for the finance sections of The Realm, so I'm not equipped to debate the matter. But my understanding is that you are arguing from a false assumption here, and that credit systems are indeed capable of functioning effectively in the absence of hard currency.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/24/2018
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post


​Is there any process in the setting that you think would make for a better depiction of a legacy of imperialism or colonialism in which an external power does exploit the territory to its limit and then abandons the inhabitants to deal with the consequences?

​Sure there's the thing in which some of the satrapies are being withdrawn from, but that's an ongoing process in the game's Year Zero, while I'm thinking of something where it would have left a legacy of bitterness.
The Realm isn't the only imperialist power in Creation; it's just the most successful one.

There may be the occasional place where the Empress withdrew because the place was gutted? But there would be an excuse, someone else to point the finger at. Like, "The Anathema Jochim tore through here and killed everyone, leaving only a wasteland thick with hungry ghosts, so there's sadly no one left for the Realm to protect," while ignoring some handful of survivors. But "The Realm wrecked this place itself and now can't be bothered to clean its own mess up" wouldn't have flown under the Empress' watch; it wasn't the image she (and some of the major power groups she catered to) wanted to sustain.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/23/2018
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
That's kind of a contradiction in terms, isn't it?
A satrapy can certainly prove too tumultuous for its satrapial garrison to hold. But few forces could withstand the full might of the Imperial legions under the Empress' rule, and even then, brinksmanship was a factor.

Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
​Does it undermine the Realm's aura of invincibility if they leave a place on their own terms, having thoroughly gutted it?
Of course. Abandon the populace to heresy? Allow banditry to fester and bedevil neighboring satrapies? That would be an unacceptable show of weakness, and a contradiction of the Realm's embrace of the Perfected Hierarchy.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/23/2018
Originally posted by Eldagusto View Post
Do new faces in major cities have to pay money to start bar tabs, so you know its not just a drifter looking for a free meal before ditching town? Or do they run on faith and the assumption you will get your legs busted for ditching?
That's exactly when you're expected to spend coin. And if your coin is too large for individual transactions, you can pay a legitimate business up front to establish a line of credit for smaller purchases.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/23/2018
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
I've been thinking a lot lately about the applications of soft power, and am now on the thought about how that might apply to the Realm. If among the duties of the Immaculate Order are promulgating compelling positive narratives about the Realm (and negative narratives about its enemies) that give it a good image in the eyes of people even when its military or political influence is limited.

​Would it be consistent for the Realm to ever abandon satrapies, either because their value has been exhausted or they become tumultuous enough to be not worth the cost of holding them?
The Empress had a strong interest in maintaining the Realm's aura of invincibility and in denying the Anathema places to gather their forces. Even when the River Province satrapies went over to the League of Many Rivers, the Empress maintained the fiction of control via Greyfalls' paper status as the "Eastern Threshold Administrative District," which theoretically encompasses the entirely of the Scavenger Lands (even as the Scavenger Lands say otherwise). When a satrapy became too tumultuous to hold, she sent in the Imperial legions to pacify it. When a satrapy's ability to provide tribute diminished, she might transfer the satrapial lease to another house better capable of husbanding its resources; fold the satrapy into an adjacent satrapy; or simply reduce the tribute required of it.

Since the Empress' disappearance, the Great Houses have withdrawn their forces from many of their less profitable satrapies. But even so, those satrapies officially remain part of the Realm.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/23/2018
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
The main book says, "The city of Jibei spreads downhill from the Sword Prince’s dragon-backed manse." Is this "manse" as in Manse or "manse" as in "just his house"?
To elaborate on Vance's answer, "manse" isn't a capitalized term (see p. 28 of the core book). You should never see upper-case "Manse" except in a proper noun or at the beginning of a sentence.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/22/2018
Originally posted by Darkuwa View Post
Arms of the chosen POD, the golden viper has a symbol next to its artifact rating that is not the First Age Artifice symbol. Is this just a typo or is it supposed to be something else?
That's the First Age Artifice symbol (aka the section mark), but in the wrong font. It's a typo.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/20/2018
Originally posted by Blaque View Post
It is. I would actually assume that for instance, any copper currency or such is probably local tender and just not really useful out of their contexts. Think things like the cities in I think Southeast Asia where folks used local casino chips as currency. Folks probably locally have silver for big things but for day to day are running debts and such.
That's correct. There's a short sidebar in The Realm discussing the use of credit as opposed to hard currency.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/17/2018
Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
The fallen Dragon-Blood's house is certainly going to want that heirloom back, but they're going to have to engage in a bit of...self-help.
Best-case scenario is that a member of the fallen Dragon-Blood's house is a close relative of whoever retrieved the heirloom. Being able to ask your in-laws to grease the wheels for you is one of the core functions of Dynastic marriage.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/10/2018
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

​Darn it, every time I want to ask a question, I feel as though I'm coming across as condescending or passive aggressive or trying to catch somebody out. I've been staring at the screen for about five minutes trying to figure out a way to ask something as simple as whether I was mistaken about the idea that a Storyteller's guide was intended to come relatively soon in the line.
We're hoping to put out a Storyteller's Guide before Exigents, but Onyx Path doesn't pin down the specifics of a line's schedule that far in advance. We'll keep folks updated as we learn more.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/8/2018
Originally posted by Janissary87 View Post
Oh, Leverage! Can't believe I forgot about that one. One of the shows... writers, Exec P's, something like that; Dean Devlin I think, actually does work with TTRPG's.
You're thinking of John Rogers, who's a big TTRPG fan and has written some published D&D material. (He also created the Jaime Reyes version of DC Comics' Blue Beetle.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/7/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
*Lobbies for the question of whether the ID were always inherently divine, or were normal DBs who achieved unity with the Dragons showing the way for others to be a doctrinal difference between the Order and the Faith*
So you're asking whether the Immaculate Dragons were from the Elemental Dragons, or of them?