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[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2018
Originally posted by LostLight View Post
So, a question which relates to a DB character concept which I have for awhile- how difficult it would be for a Dragon Blooded descendant from one of the Great Houses who was born away from the Realm to prove he is a scion of a said House without any documents or something similar other than knowing his parent's name? I assume that sorcery could do it, but I mean how willing would they be to actually listen/ accept his claims? Would he be treated any differently from a regular outcast, or would he need to go through the same process as any other and suffer from the same stigmas?
If his parents had never formally informed the house matriarch of his birth, he'd be treated as an outcaste. The Great Houses are barred from adopting outcastes, and since claiming that an unrelated outcaste was actually a relative would be an easy workaround, policies must be in place to close that loophole.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2018
Originally posted by Clophiroth View Post
I know mortals change their names when they join the Immaculate Order (Ashanu Ikata became Sparrow, later Daughter of Winds).

Do Dragon-Blooded monks do the same? When Ragara Tayimo joins the Immaculate Order, does she continue being Ragara Tayimo, or changes her name to, for example, "Green Toad" and later "Subtle Ring on the Water" when she stops being an initiate?
Dynastic monks take on an initiatory name upon joining the Order, just like any other postulant. Some return to their birth name upon becoming full members of the Order; others retain their initiatory name or take on a new monastic name in the same manner as other monks.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

Wait... Did she create Frosty Dorito Island?
Nah. 10char

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2018
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
I almost don't want to ask this but...



What if a miscarriage follows that?

(*Opens emergency uplifting kitten video stash after writing that.*)
Doesn't change the fact that the progenitive Essence has been depleted. Fortunately, such events are rare.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2018
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
So I'm rereading some 2E stuff to supplement the DB Kickstarter, and I have three questions about how some stuff pertains (or does not) to 3E:

1) This may just be my reading, but 2E DB and Blessed Isle heavily implies that the Empress sacrificed Tepet to the Terrible Powers controlling the Realm Defense Grid. Is this still the case in 3E?
Nah.

Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
2) Has Gethamane's backstory changed? The description in the 3E core seems to indicate this, especially the part about no gods, but I'll probably have to wait for another book to see, right?
There may be changes; we haven't taken a look at it yet.

Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
3) I noticed a pattern with appearances of the Eye of Autochthon in the Third Age, from North with Bagrash Kol, either East or Center with Manosque, and South with Ikerre. Does this imply its next appearance is probably in the West?
It's probably not a pattern. On the other hand, Arms of the Chosen specifies that with the Eye's aid, "the abhuman sorcerer Aiun raised a new continent in the Northwest as a home for her people."

Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
Oh, and one more question about Dragon-Blooded sex for you!

4) Progenitive Essence "builds" up. But it is not released by just regular sex? Like, a couple isn't celibate for twelve years in between peaks, are they? It takes more than just orgasm to expend progenitive Essence?
It's a mystical phenomenon that is released only by the successful conception (naturally or magically) of a child.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2018
Originally posted by Phoenix_Kensai View Post
How much, if any, social stigma does Realm society attach to a married Dynast woman bearing children with someone other than her husband? What about unmarried women who get pregnant?

From what I've read of the preview text, it seems that couples are expected to have children, but the section on Legitimacy & Consorts makes it sound like the father's identity is irrelevant. Between that and the mention of surrogate parents for couples that can't have children, I'm confused about what societal expectations are on the matter.

Is the legitimacy just a legal matter and it isn't commonly accepted for a woman to have children out of wedlock, merely easier to hide (or look the other way) when it happens? Or is marriage more a matter of reproductive convenience, and where the children come from isn't a concern?
The father's identity is relevant because of family politics and progenitive Essence. If she has a child by a married Dragon-Blood, his wife's family will be incensed for "stealing" his progenitive Essence. If she has a child by a father with a poorer pedigree than her own husband (and especially if by a mortal lover rather than a Dragon-Blooded husband), her own family will be disappointed in her for "wasting" her progenitive Essence on a union with an inadequate father. And in general, a husband's house wants his children to look upon him with filial piety, and some might be concerned that a child who knows that their mother's husband isn't their father may lack that filial piety as a result.

I don't expect there to be a great deal of social stigma, however, compared to what men face in similar situations. And in situations where marriage is no longer a concern (e.g., older divorced or widowed partners who aren't expected to remarry), we might expect little to no stigma.

Originally posted by Phoenix_Kensai View Post
Somewhat related, will The Realm have more information on marriage ceremonies and traditions? I'm curious what Dynastic marriages look like (and how much of a fortune they cost).
The Realm talks a little about marriage among the lower classes, but all of the Dynastic marriage coverage is in Dragon-Blooded.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2018
Originally posted by MoroseMorgan View Post
Each house writeup says how each house founder relates (or doesn't relate) to the Scarlet Empress herself, except Iselsi and Cynis. Was Cynis a natural daughter of the Empress, or adopted? Was Iselsi a direct relative of the Empress, or adopted? Or was she a consort promoted to Great House status?

I checked the 1e and 2e house writeups too, but at least in the main sections of those books I didn't see it.
I've been acting under the assumption that the Empress adopted Iselsi and gave birth to Cynis, but I don't think that made it to the text.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2018
Originally posted by Murcushio View Post
... you know, it never really occurred to me before in any context, but the Realm's educational system for Dragon-Blooded doesn't really have a strong "do you want to build shit? Then this is the route for you!" track. If you want to be a soldier? There's a whole school for that. There's TWO, in fact. If you want to be a government official or a businessman or a politician or a lawyer? There's a whole school that'll teach you those skills. Want to be a monk? They've got your back. Want to be a sorcerer? They have that too.

But if you want to build things, there's not a clear path forward there. There's no engineering school. Which seems odd given, you know... Pasiap.
You can study military engineering at the House of Bells, civilian engineering at the Spiral Academy, and geomantic engineering at the Heptagram. And the Cloister of Wisdom doubtless has an engineering program for all of the Mnemon students. As per the book, "each [secondary school] nonetheless provides tutelage outside its primary focus," and that encompasses things like engineering and architecture.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

As Eric mentioned part of this earlier - before the war breaks out, the relatively young commander of the Vermillion Legion, not closely related to the Empress, or in the leadership of her House, is not someone who would be remotely in the running for the throne. As the war drags on and the Realm falls to chaos, a popular military hero, removed from the House politics, and capable of bringing her forces home to restore order would become more and more viable. But no one would see that as being the case at this point.

Whether she’s one of the npcs later in the book, the devs haven’t said yet! Devs?
Tepet Ejava has a full QC write-up in Chapter 10.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/5/2018
Originally posted by Murcushio View Post
This is very interesting to me. They don't really go into how it works for mortals, do they? Like, are unExalted Dynasts who are married to each other expected to control their child-making cycles in the same way?
No. As per the text, "progenitive potential remains constant in mortals, neither waxing nor waning."

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/4/2018
Originally posted by wastevens View Post

I think it also matters as to *when* those deaths occur. Like, if there is a relatively low attrition rate from 20 to 40 (prime adventuring years), and then a steadily increasing rate from 40 to 100 (prime settled down with a family years), that squares, but man it means a helluva lot of assassination is going on.
Note that attrition need not be continuous. Events like the loss of the Tepet legions or the purge of the Iselsi are not unique, but merely the extreme end of a variety of intermittent major events.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/3/2018
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
Have any of the Empress's children ever Exalted as anything other than DBs? (Including Exigents, auxiliary, and Liminal.)
Not so far as anyone knows! (If you want one in your game, go for it.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/3/2018
Originally posted by SaintedPhysician View Post
Cynis Petalin is described as being Cynis Wisel's second cousin. However, Cynis Wisel is the daughter of Cynis. Is Cynis a daughter of the Empress, and if so how is Petalin part of House Cynis? Being a second cousin to Wisel would imply that the Empress's parent is their common ancestor, but I didn't realize that anyone traced ancestry through her parents (or were even positive who said parents were)
Presumably the common ancestry traces back through Cynis' father.

EDIT: Or through Wisel's father.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/3/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Is Sesus Raenyah’s marriage to her uncle (or half-Uncle?) Oban normative or unusually close for the Dynasty?
It's unusually close.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/3/2018
Originally posted by Bastet View Post
Are we going to get Lookshyans of note at any point?
Its just that the material on the Dynasty is so rich that the ideological outlines of the Gentes pales in comparison and its not like we have a wealth of established characters from previous editions to fall back upon.
We're hoping to fit this into the Kickstarter stretch goals.