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[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/8/2017
Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
It's not universally seen as a punishment — for example, House Nellens will sometimes marry a scion to an un-Exalted Dynast with a strong pedigree as part of its breeding-strengthening matchmaking program — but it may invite rude comments on that Dragon-Blood's marriage prospects, especially if they were already poor to begin with, like those of House Tepet's scions.
To elaborate on this, being married to a mortal may be seen as a punishment by the Dragon-Blooded scion and their peers, but it's almost never intended as such; a Dragon-Blooded child is far too valuable an asset to waste on spite. While DBs usually marry other DBs, marrying one to a mortal is not uncommon, whether for political connections, pedigree, or major concessions from the mortal's parents in marriage negotiations.

(In some cases, marriage to a mortal may be a sign that the house has long-term plans for the scion, as a male Dynast normally returns to his mother's household should he outlive his marriage.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/7/2017
Originally posted by Aquillion View Post
The devs (both the old and new ones, I think) have generally been a bit reluctant to give evocations to non-weapons. I remember arguing with them and pointing to eg. the One Ring or the Crown of Thunders as something that might have evocations - and obviously we do have references to things like the Exalted version of the Eye of Agamotto.
We do have a few of them in Arms of the Chosen.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/6/2017
Originally posted by mizzlfoshizzl View Post
I just discovered "Drifting Among Rivers and Lakes," an ongoing blog series by Brian Clevinger (of Atomic Robo fame), wherein he translates a 16th century Chinese wuxia classic about a female Robin Hood figure named Sword Witch.

It's epic, action-packed, hilarious and just about the most gods damned Exalted thing I've ever read. Highly recommended!

http://www.superexplosive.com/series/drifting/

Anyone got any other recommendations?
Looks to be a classic instance of presenting original fiction as a translation of a nonexistent historical work. It's a fun read so far, though! Thanks for sharing it.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/6/2017
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
When someone in the Blessed Isle wants to sell tall tales of distant countries with strange inhabitants, what direction is it usually in?
Depends on what sort of country the tale describes, I guess?

EDIT: Ninja'd! By strange ninjas from a distant country.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/6/2017
Originally posted by serGregness View Post
Are either of you guys playing in, or running any campaigns currently?
I'm just starting a new campaign that will take us to the mysterious Northwest. I'm playing Ghost Rose, a 60-something Immaculate scholar turned Lore Supernal Twilight, currently on the run from the Wyld Hunt. I'm in Whitewall and about to meet one of the other PCs.

Originally posted by serGregness View Post
Does any of your campaign homebrew end up in books later on?
Occasionally! I try to be sparing about this, because it's tempting to put elements of one's home game into canon even when it doesn't belong, and that temptation needs to be overcome. But use in one's home game isn't grounds for rejecting an idea, either, especially because we often put at least as much thought and preparation into home game material as we do for material written directly for the books.

Zhaojun, the satrapy containing Goldenseal, was the setting for my playtest campaign; it's appearing in The Realm, and I think it came out very well.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/6/2017
Originally posted by Janissary87 View Post

Thanks! Just one more question on the subject then. Are Vaneha and Greyfalls in communication, rivalry or partnership? While the Realm and Prasad are many many leagues away, if my map reading skills are correct these two locations should be within ...a week or two's ride?
According to my map reading, they're about 500 miles apart, with the morass of the Hundred Kingdoms between them. River traffic between Greyfalls and the River Province will go past Vaneha, so there's likely some commercial treaty with the Realm, but beyond that I don't expect that they have much to do with one another. (I certainly wouldn't describe Vaneha as having "rivalry" with the Realm.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/6/2017
Originally posted by Seagull View Post
If a male Dynast achieves some level of responsibility within their house (let's say a Cynis Dynast managing trade relations with Guild representatives in a given area) but is then married of to a different house, do they typically lose that position of responsibility?
I think this question is based on a false assumption. Parents know their children's roles, and the house matriarch keeps tabs on marriage negotiations. No one's going to get promoted to a position of critical responsibility in their Great House and oh no he's being married off completely unexpectedly, who could have seen that coming? If there's a conflict in this regard and his loyalties after marriage are uncertain, then as a general rule he either won't get awarded those responsibilities in the first place, or the house matriarch will apply pressure to have his marriage plans rearranged to keep him in the house.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/6/2017
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
How do Found Eggs get their artifacts? Crow still has her White Jade Daiklave judging from the art, does the empress award them to exceptional Eggs? And how does she go about securing artifacts to grant them?
An outcaste might forge an artifact herself, commission it from an artificer in exchange for wealth or favors, receive it from the throne in exchange for services rendered, obtain it as part of her pension, claim it as spoils of war, etc.

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
I ask because I imagine that an Dynast Artificer would be less than happy to spend years creating a masterwork for a 'mere' Outcaste.
Aside from tarring with a broad brush (and possibly making assumptions about the motives behind an artificer's work), there are outcaste artificers in the Realm.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Always happy to see Households getting more attention! So then a Matriarch would not necesarily assume another household as a connection within the same house if they have not shared blood recently?
More that you don't want to lean on your contacts casually, so you don't want to open them up to every request from your most distant cousins. Marriage contacts become leverage within the house, and you can demand favors in order to act as a go-between (or use it as a way to repay an existing favor you owe to a relative).

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Incidentally, how numerous do households get? Previous editions always gave me the impression that they did not tend to number past a half-dozen per house.
We deliberately avoided giving exact numbers; I felt that this was something best left to the individual table.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
Originally posted by Seagull View Post
But outside of big multi-marriage alliances big enough to create house-scale leanings (I think I recall Sesus-Cynis being a bigger one last edition), how valuable are these networking benefits long-term? If every house is half-married into most of the other houses the connections become meaningless on the macro level. Militarily? It’s not like a few Cathak-Peleps marriages would dissuade a move by one house against the other when the houses are of such great scale. Business contacts? The great houses seem very calcified/monopoly-heavy in their control of discrete businesses. Is it dowries? They’d have to be huge.

If the great resource of the Realm/houses are the dragon-blooded, why aren’t the houses hoarding every exalted dynast whose loyalty is relatively certain?
Marriages aren't arranged by Great House matriarchs for the good of the house; they're arranged by household matriarchs for the good of the household. So it's not about the macro level. If your daughter's been brought before the Imperial courts on high crimes, your Great House's alliances aren't relevant; what's relevant is that your great-aunt is married to the judge's brother.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
Originally posted by Seagull View Post

If the house matriarch saw a son as reasonably skilled (smart, good fighter, etc.), wouldn't it often be preferable to have that son marry into another branch of the same house so that the son remains an uncompromised asset to the matriarch's house? What promises made at the time of a marriage could outweigh ~250 years of that son's service to the family?
For a once-in-a-generation talent, sure, but almost every Dragon-Blood is going to be an asset, and just marrying every single one back into the house (or to patricians, which also keeps them in the house) loses out on the networking benefits of marriage alliances with other Great Houses.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
Oh sorry I meant does having a celestial exalted mate make your offspring more likely to be a dragonblooded? Are they better then a non exalted with no dragonblooded bloodline or are dragonblooded/dragonblooded couplings the best for producing dragonblooded?
Makes no difference one way or the other.

EDIT: Ninja'd again!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
What is the effect of bedding a celestial exalted have on the chance of producing dragonblooded offspring? Does it make it more or less likely to produce a dragonblooded than with another dragonblooded?
Strength of bloodline isn't affected by becoming a non-Dragon-Blooded Exalt one way or the other.

Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
Can Solar level workings restore a bloodline to peak spiritual virility?
I believe that meddling with the workings of Exaltation is beyond the reach of sorcerous workings, though that may not stop someone from trying! (Vance can correct me on this.)

Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
A silly question but are artifacts that affect the chance to produce exalted children or restore the dragonbloodeds essence to peak level faster a thing?
I don't anticipate seeing one in canon, though I believe that it's within the capabilities of an N/A artifact.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
Originally posted by Myckou View Post
Do women face the same waiting period as men?
The interval is the same regardless of gender.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
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