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[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/20/2017
Originally posted by norraba View Post
under demon summoning there is the option to have the demon summoned work for you for a year and a day or for a specific task until its completion, is it possible to have as part of the specific task that the demon forget ever being summoned in the first place?
No, for two reasons. First, a specific task is a single task. The summoner definitely has scope to provide essential detail that is part and parcel of the task, but "and then do this unrelated other thing once you're done" clearly denotes a separate task. Second, demon binding magically enforces loyalty, but doesn't provide any other special means of affecting the bound demon's mind. Unless the demon explicitly has an applicable memory-erasing power, it can't forget things on command any better than a loyal mortal servant can.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/18/2017
Originally posted by Kell_Tamer View Post
This is less a game question and more just a question for the devs themselves. If you had to categorize yourself as a Caste or Aspect, which one would you think you would be? (and of currently published castes)
Eclipse or Twilight Caste for that juicy Linguistics supernal. ^_^

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/14/2017
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post

Any hints on what the old ones are?
Well, if you want hints, there's one from each of the four cardinal Directions.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

Are you planning to introduce any totally new satrapies in the book? Like ones that weren't even mentioned in the 3e Core?
Yes, a couple of them aren't mentioned in the core.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/14/2017
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
We've had a lot of mechanics questions, so I'd like to ask Eric: what fluff are you writing on at the moment?
We recently received permission from Onyx Path to increase word count on The Realm a bit so that we could cover a handful of individual satrapies in detail. Right now, I'm finalizing outlines for those satrapies in order to hand them off to writers this week. The majority are new-to-3e satrapies such as Medo and Wu-Jian, though a few are 1e/2e satrapies that we're revisiting in order to spruce them up for the new edition.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/12/2017
Originally posted by norraba View Post
and although i can understand the reason behind it, like yes it is called the age of sorrows, corruption and despotism is supposed to be rampant, the fact that it is themed as being mechnically natural, rather than due to the abuses of the elite is somewhat dismaying, but perhaps thats just something that players who have a mind to change things have to work out how to fix in game.
Lea isn't suggesting that there's any sort of fundamental magical principle that creates corruption and despotism. He's saying that just as real-world kleptocrats and despots abuse technology for their own ends, so too do their counterparts in Creation make use of magic.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/11/2017
Originally posted by View Post
I have my GM telling me that Performace is only good for prepared speeches. Not for a felt heart speech given on the fly. The heartfelt speech would use Presence instant. Based off the wording under Performance. This doesn't feel right to me. What should a speech use, prepared or impromptu?
I see the issue in the text; it says that Performance covers "prepared speeches or oratory," which can be read either as "either prepared speeches or prepared oratory," or as "either impromptu oratory or prepared speeches." I would go with the latter, with the understanding that "oratory" refers to a particular structured form for public speaking — an art form in its way. A purely unstructured speech would be Presence. But the line between the two is blurry, and you should generally be able to justify going either way if your character has formal training in rhetoric.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/9/2017
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
Great stuff. I was not expecting hearthstones in Arms that is great news. Also any word on how common demenses/manses are in 3rd edition I may be remembering wrong but there was one per every 5 square miles. This was seen as a bit of a problem and in 3rd edition Manses and Demenses are rarer, but we never really get a feel on how rare. Are there still many manses in a city like Nexus or Rathess are are Demenses rare their is only around 1 or 2 in a large city?
We haven't worked out specific info on inter-demesne distances, but the intent is that they'll be irregularly distributed. Sometimes a large area won't have any manses or demesnes, while at other times there may be several crowded into a relatively small area. In-game, this is because Essence flows across Creation through dragon lines and often manifests in great upwellings where dragon lines converge. Out-of-game, this means the Storyteller can have multiple manses in one place when desired, without feeling the need to clutter the countryside with them when they're not desired.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2017
Originally posted by Amdramnar View Post
For some reason I assumed the Dragonblood book and The Realm were tied together and would be released close together. Now that we know the DB Kickstarter will not be for some time, I hope that I am wrong in my assumption. Knowing there is not a published release date, can we expect The Realm sooner than end of year?
To the best of my knowledge, there haven't been any recent official statements on the scheduling of the Dragon-Blooded Kickstarter.

The Realm is the next book on the schedule after Dragon-Blooded. I don't have enough information on release dates to be able to give useful information, and I wouldn't want to mislead anyone with guesswork. But the Kickstarter for Dragon-Blooded shouldn't hold up the release date on The Realm, aside from the inevitable distractions of a Kickstarter campaign.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/4/2017
Originally posted by hushnowquietnow View Post
Is Paths of Brigid still on the release schedule somewhere?
We're still planning to do a sorcery book, but we haven't settled on the format yet.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/4/2017
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post
Is Different Skies still on the table?
We have plans for setting books, but not for the specific setup previously described for Different Skies.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/31/2017
Originally posted by Therian View Post
So I some questions about the North. In the book it divides the Near and Far North and I want to get an idea of if it has changed much from previous editions. Is the weather in the Near North not as extreme as previously portrayed. Also, the Icewalkers are described in the Far North section of the book. Does this mean they no longer occupy the Near North? Finally, where does this place the area that the Bull of the North has conquered. Has that all changed? Eric I'm particularly interested to hear your input as you wrote the previous edition's info on the Bull of the North's lands.
The peninsular North is not quite as inhospitable as previous editions, to allow some distinction between Near and Far North. The Near North encompasses a range of cold climates, though, and locales such as Gethamane remain as wintry and bleak as ever.

The Icewalkers mostly dwell east of the peninsular North, both north and south of the inland seas clasped between Mela's Fangs. "Icewalkers" does encompass a range of nomadic peoples, so it's not unlikely that a few Icewalker tribes can be found on the main peninsula.

We haven't pinned down the exact location of the Bull's empire, but what's left of it is looking to be centered east of Malice Bay.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/28/2017
Originally posted by Irked View Post
I'd rather not clog the thread by relitigating exact percentages and digging out the various models folks have constructed. If "a substantial number live to old age" would avoid an argument, consider the claim so modified; everything else still follows, and I'd still be very interested in the answer.
This has come up in dev discussion, and while we haven't hammered out exact numbers, the proportion of Dragon-Blooded that survive till old age will be significantly lower than the aforementioned one-third. Most attrition takes place in the first century or so of life. Demographic models aside, this produces an environment in which cultural "generations" turn over more quickly, and allows younger Dragon-Blooded PCs to interact primarily with others in their general age range without constantly being overshadowed by a troop of powerful, prestigious elders.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/26/2017
Originally posted by Therian View Post
Sounds cool. Will they use a new set of stat blocks?
There will be a new stat block for siege weapons, and another for artifact siege weapons.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/26/2017
Originally posted by Therian View Post
I realize this will probably be fleshed out in upcoming books, but roughly how will large scale weapons such as siege weaponry and first age weapons be handled in this edition?
A siege weaponry subsection will be published in Arms of the Chosen. They use War (or Sail for ship-mounted weaponry), benefit from the support of a battle group of artillerists, and can be used for feats of demolition as well as for ordinary attacks. Anti-fortification weapons such as catapults are more effective against structures but less effective against individual opponents than targeted weapons like ballistae.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/24/2017
Sure, though my schedule is pretty tricky.