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[#][F] Eric Minton - 7/8/2019
Originally posted by Blaque View Post
I might of missed this earlier, but is there going to be more information on the Realm's restriction on mortal explloration of the West, and thet ransition to Wu-Jian as the main route there? The Realm book says that it happened in the last century, but the satrapy seems to have been a known location for a few?
The West was hard to access because the prevailing winds and currents hadn't been well-charted, and the routes were obstructed by monsters, hostile spirit courts, and the like. Daring Exalted heroes were able to bring ships to and from the West despite these obstructions. It was a century ago that the Realm charted and cleared some trade lanes to the point that mortal crews could reliably make the journey. We may spell this out more clearly in Eight Directions if word count allows.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/27/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
Will Exigents have a map like the past splat books, maybe depicting Great Forks or something or would that be to much just for the sake of a single city or similar location, since I don't see Exigents providing much in locales that would be special to them.
We're going to try to include some sort of map for every splatbook going forward, but we don't have our map plans for Exigents set in stone yet. (Though we've learned from Lunars, and we intend to have whatever map we settle on be at least partly developed before the Exigents Kickstarter begins.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/27/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Is development of the line a mostly linear process, or do you ever find yourselves needing to "jump forward", so to speak, and develop a piece of mechanics or lore in detail that will only show up in a much later book?
It's mostly a linear process. While the dev team does discuss future books among ourselves, we don't have time and opportunity to actively develop material for books that won't come out until later in the development cycle (and which may indeed never be approved by Onyx Path and White Wolf). And we certainly can't pay writers to create material for books which aren't far enough along for us to prepare their contracts!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/27/2019
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Can households of any given house be found in any given Prefecture and Dominion? I am trying to figure out how unusual it would be for a Tepet and a Sesus household to be Arjuuf but I couldn't find anything that dealt with it.
It varies from prefecture to prefecture, but it's unusual for literally every single Dynastic household in any sizable prefecture to belong to the same Great House. A Great House's ancestral home typically leans heavily toward that house, such as Chanos Prefecture's Dynastic residents being mostly Sesuses, but even there you'll find exceptions for various reasons. And Arjuf Dominion is so large and rich and ancient and well-traveled that you'll find households from a variety of houses there; some are specifically called out in the Arjuf write-up in The Realm.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/19/2019
Originally posted by reseru View Post
While you’ve said the optional Exalts might get additional material later if there’s enough interest would you be okay just doing one and not all then? Like if Heart-eaters are a fan favorite but nobody likes Umbals would you do a Heart-eater book only?
Right now we have enough scheduled books on our plate that it doesn't make sense to speculate about hypothetical books.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/19/2019
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post

This is a hypothetical, so hopefully doesn't touch too much on these toes, but if, say, the Lunars really did figure out a a way to genocide the DBs, would there be a reaction from the Dragons? Like, would they be royally pissed at the Lunars and make trouble?
That sounds like a decision for the Storyteller.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/17/2019
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 - 6/13/2019
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 - 6/12/2019
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 - 6/12/2019
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.