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[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/27/2018
Originally posted by Equitable Remedy View Post
While I'd like to ask the general question of what sorts of backgrounds a typical starting Dynast might have to represent how such people are situated in Realm society (which, I think, would have been a really helpful addition to the DB manuscript), I'll confine my question to something a bit more narrow: what backgrounds might typify a starting Immaculate monk from a Great House?

More specifically, would two dots in Backing: Immaculate Order make sense?
That sounds fair, much like the corebook example of a dues-paying Guild member.

Originally posted by Equitable Remedy View Post
What about Influence?
Depends on the character's situation. Could be zero dots, especially for a monk new to the area who's using a monastic name rather than a Dynastic one. Reputation, connections, holding some sort of local authority, etc., could all be used to justify a higher rating. This is something to discuss with your Storyteller.

Originally posted by Equitable Remedy View Post
I'm not sure why I don't know the answer to this next one: do Dynasts formally in the Order still receive stipends from their Houses?
Not explicitly stated, but insofar as monks take a vow of poverty, it's fair to assume that they no longer receive stipends while in the Order.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/27/2018
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Robert Vance seems to have plans for a “Thousand Swords Style” practiced by Sublime Danger of the Thousand Daiklave Wings.

No promise that we’ll get it in this book, or that it will actually let you fight with a bunch of floating swords like RWBY’s Penny Polendina, BlazBlue’s Murakumo Units, or League of Legends’ redesign of Irelia the Blade Dancer.

But here’s hoping!
It's not currently scheduled to appear in Lunars: Fangs at the Gate.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/27/2018
Originally posted by Kyman201 View Post

Oh, any plans to write up Thousand Blades Style? Like, is it a formalized Martial Art in Creation?
It's under discussion, but we haven't found a book to put it into yet.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/24/2018
Originally posted by Megapope View Post
Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

Have you got a canon number for how many Exigents are rocking around Creation in the current age? Or even just a vague idea?
Unlike the Celestial Exalted, Abyssals, and Infernals, there's no fixed number of Exigents in-setting. We don't have a specific number pinned down yet; it's probably going to be estimated as in the high double digits, but on the rise as new Exigents are uplifted amid the chaos of the Time of Tumult.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/22/2018
Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post

I was just thinking about something like this.

Since the fully inducted members of the Immaculate Order know that Solars and Lunars aren't shiny demon-kings but doomed heroes, would it make sense story-wise (albeit unprecedented and outrageous to all who hear of it) for an Immaculate leader to make common cause with an Anathema against something truly horrible? After it has become plainly evident that the Anathema in question isn't going anywhere any time soon, of course.
I'd expect this to result in expulsion from the Order for heresy.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/20/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

Assuming you guys ever write up the Eye, will it be possible to use it once or twice without being certain to screw everything up, or is it better served as an unpredictable MacGuffin of Deus Ex Machina and stories surrounding it should focus more on stopping people from using it?
As per current intent, yes, it's possible to survive and successfully accomplish your goals when playing Russian roulette with the Eye of Autochthon. (Though we haven't talked about it much, and it's possible that we may go in a different direction when we actually write up the Eye.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/19/2018
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
So the "Lost Isles of Aiun": lost when and by whom? Why are they "eerie"?
Centuries ago, the abhuman sorceress Aiun employed the legendary Eye of Autochthon to raise a continent from the Northwestern ocean as a homeland for her people. As is traditional in stories involving the Eye of Autochthon, things did not turn out well in the end.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/16/2018
Originally posted by Crumplepunch View Post

I remember there was a kerfuffle on the old WW forums about Wood Dragon's training involving psychotropic drugs. Would it be accurate to say that Immaculates are forbidden the recreational use of drugs but can use them for meditative practices in certain circumstances?
That's fair. Actually, looking at the manuscript, the proscription is specifically against intoxicants and narcotics, so psychotropic drugs are okay

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/16/2018
Originally posted by Morty View Post
Are Immaculate monks expected to be celibate and abstain from drugs/alcohol?
Yes on both counts.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/9/2018
Originally posted by LostLight View Post
I'm not sure if it was confirmed before- but would we see Gloam in the Realm/Across the Eight Directions?
We currently have no plans to provide coverage of Gloam in either book, though a namedrop in Across the Eight Directions is possible.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/8/2018
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
So it's also a question of armament, organisation and level of training? And that if they're basically just recruits who are given a short sword, small shield and leather armour, and enough training to know which is which and be capable of maintaining basic law and order or sounding the alarm at a fort, they can theoretically have as many as they can afford or acquire without disrupting the economy of prefecture or satrapy?
Telling the Empress that your army of fifty thousand soldiers was't technically in violation of her edict because they weren't technically legionnaires was unlikely to cut much ice.

Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Will The Realm say whether or not Great Houses are permitted to ever conscript from territories under their jurisdiction?
I think you'll need to provide more context before I can answer your question, as I assume you have a specific definition of "conscript" in mind.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2018
Originally posted by TDS View Post
Are there no legal limits or limitations on how many troops the Houses can have on the Blessed Isle? I know most were forbidden from having legions until the Empress disappeared, so I assume there's also a law against having legion-sized gatherings of other house troops around?
The limit was, "If the Empress decides that your paramilitary force looks like a legion, she'll treat you as having broken the rule against having your own legion."

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2018
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
The Realm's control doesn't extend very far into the North, it doesn't even reach Whitewall or Cherak
As a point of information, Cherak is on the Inland Sea coast and is a Realm satrapy.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2018
Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post
Hm. What manner of soldier constitutes a typical Realm garrison? Local and/or foreign auxiliaries? Mercenaries? Legion-trained troops assigned to garrison duty rather than the more mobile legions? All/some/none of the above? Whatever the House can get?
Garrison forces are provided by the satrap's house, which means pretty much whatever the house is willing and able to field. These wouldn't have been "Legion-trained troops assigned to garrison duty," insofar as the Great Houses had no authority over the Imperial legions until a couple of years ago — with the exceptions that they might field some retirees, and that Cathak, Sesus, and Tepet might have used their house legion troops for key garrison duties. I figure they were primarily some combination of peasants recruited from the house's prefectures and commoners recruited from the house's satrapies, with officers drawn from experienced garrison troops, retired legionnaires and skirmishers, and commissioned patricians. Mercenaries would be relatively rare, and auxiliaries wouldn't technically be part of the garrison.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to elaborate on this in The Realm. Even though we were able to expand the book upon being reassigned as developers, there was simply too much info to include and not enough word count to cover everything we might have wanted to. But maybe we'll get the opportunity to flesh this stuff out in an appropriate book somewhere down the line.

Originally posted by Prometheus878 View Post
How large or small is the typical garrison? Is it dependent on the physical size/geography of the nation in question? Population size? Relative importance defined by House matriarchs?
It's not specified, allowing the Storyteller to set the numbers to whatever makes sense for the situation and is suitable for the story. At the moment, garrison numbers are usually significantly less than the satrap desires, as troops are being withdrawn to the Blessed Isle so they're on hand if civil war breaks out.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2018
Originally posted by Cenrei View Post

Well, there goes my theory of the 8 Directions being 4 Directions of Creation +Underworld, Malfeas, Wyld and Yu-Shan.
Exactly what the founders of the Eight Directions Embassy meant by the term hasn't been specified in canon.