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[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/1/2018
Originally posted by Jefepato View Post
Lost eggs who have fallen into the care of the Splendid and Just Arbiters of Purpose are required to take either the coin or the razor, willing or not -- but what actually happens if they're not willing and remain unwilling to choose either option? (I imagine plenty of young people would balk when told that the fifty-year term of service is the short option, even if the Arbiters have some very convincing recruiters.)

Do they just get dragged to Pasiap's Stair and mercilessly hazed until they get with the program, or something like that? (Assuming they don't stage a daring escape and flee to the Threshold, or whatever.)
That's worth adding if we can squeeze it in during layout. Most likely is that they're told up front that if they don't choose, the Master of Orphans will choose for them. And both the Cloister of Wisdom and Pasiap's Stair have established mechanisms for dealing with intractable rebellion among outcaste students.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/1/2018
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Reposting!
All of this is still up in the air. Sorry!

(We're discussing the prospect of a Great Forks write-up in Exigents, so you might not have to wait until Abyssals for some of your answers.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/1/2018
Originally posted by marin View Post
Exigents is on the slate for a Kickstarter, yeah?
That’s my understanding, yes.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/29/2018
As I understand it, the current plan for gunzosha armor (and other "powered armor" artifacts) is to use the same paradigm as the combat modules on the Cathedral of Sublime Annihilation. Evocations will represent mastering specific armor components — a sense-enhancing visor, exomuscular amplifiers, or the like. This is meant to provide the flavor of powered armor while avoiding intractable game-balance issues.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/28/2018
Originally posted by Sequal View Post
So how large are hearthstones?

When I think of socketing them into weapons, I tend to visualize them as fist or egg sized like FF7 Materia, Then when I look at hearthstone amulets that are actually tiaras and such, that seems rather awkward and I start thinking of them as thumbnail sized gems.

Is there any rule of thumb on this? (Pun not intended)
I tend to think of them as in the egg-to-fist-sized range, though this feels like something you can adjust to the desires of your table. Having them change size to fit their socket might also work? Maybe we'll elaborate on hearthstone sizes when we get around to Towers of the Mighty.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/28/2018
Originally posted by Roswynn View Post
I also have a last question (I hope), for anyone who'd care to chime in, and if you're still around, Eric, I'd like to hear your opinion too if you're not too busy.

I'm sending a full Legion against this city, to achieve a roughly 3 to 1 ratio that has been recommended to me in case of siege. It's led by a Cathak General who should be Essence 2 or 3 (the Roseblack is 3). Her brother will be the main sorcerer involved in the tactical casting of spells (I'm thinking Essence 2 should be sufficient). They could have a Lightning Ballista (and engineers able to build various siege engines once they're there). They'll most probably have infantry from both the Realm and their Southern satrapies (most of all from Harborhead) and auxiliaries like Delzahn light cavalry with firewands and composite bows, possibly Djala scouts, probably smaller numbers of various specialized troops from other cities on the coast, and some Desai troops from near Jiara.

Sounds about right?
I'd normally be a little surprised at a general being only Essence 2, but it's not at all unreasonable post-Empress for a young Cathak military prodigy who's been promoted to the highest ranks. Lightning ballistae aren't generally accessible to the legions; the Empress kept such things under lock and key, so very few are currently available to Realm forces as yet. If the infantry from the Southern satrapies aren't explicitly part of the legion (whether as legionnaires or skirmishers), then they're also auxiliaries. Overall, though, this sounds right.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/28/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
As it wasn’t Meru or the current Imperial City, will the Realm book touch on where the Shogunate was capitaled? Does any current Great House hold an old Shogun’s palace manse?
Different shoguns and Shogunate dynasties maintained different capitals. One of them, Karashelen, was renamed Lord's Crossing after its conquest by the Empress in the Realm's earliest days. (Alas, she razed the shogun's palace.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/28/2018
Originally posted by VioletDreamer View Post
Does the organization called the Wyld Hunt still exist, or are Wyld Hunts just a thing that Dragon-Blooded do now?
The Immaculate Order provides organizational and logistical support to Wyld Hunts, but is not itself Wyld-Hunt-as-organization.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/28/2018
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
What would be the rough borders of Calin? Prior editions had it going all the way to Nexus and up nearly to Sijan, which did and does sound waaaaaaay too big.
We don't have exact borders pinned down right now, but it should be down to normal-country size, centered on Port Calin. Marin Bay will either be relocated closer to Port Calin, become an exclave, or be rewritten as an unrelated city-state.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/28/2018
Originally posted by Sagara View Post
Seeing the pizza question, made me realize:

Are you guys having an after-KS party to celebrate the success? Like a restaurant? Or a true office party with drinks? Or anything?
I mean, professionalism and all that, but people do need to unwind and celebrate a job well done, right?
We don't live anywhere near each other, so that's not really possible.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/28/2018
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Is the Chosen of Ash supposed to be in this month's Adversaries, or should we expect her in the Exigent book?
She'll be in an upcoming Adversaries entry; I think it's for this month but don't know for sure.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/27/2018
Originally posted by Sequal View Post
Question about terminology in WFHW:

The section of definitions at the start of the text says

But then when we get to the section on childhood, it refers to all children of the Great Houses as Dynasts, even before they exalt. Also what about children who grow to be adults and don't exalt? I believe they are still considered part of the House and are still married off to make alliances and strong bloodlines, but are they still Dynasts?
The glossary entry is in error; the childhood section is correct, with un-Exalted members of the Great Houses also being classified as Dynasts. Thanks for catching that! We'll fix it during layout.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/27/2018
Originally posted by LDDM84 View Post
How large are the rivers of the Scavenger Lands? Namely the Yanaze, Rock, Grey, Rolling, etc... Are they on scale on the map? (dozens of miles across)
Or their representations on the map are exaggerated?
They are not to scale.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/27/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
So. The DB KS is over. Are you guys happy with how it went and the reception it's gotten?
Yes, very!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/27/2018
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
What's the oldest currently extant Great House? Ragara is her oldest remaining child (at least of political consequence), but the Scarlet Empress is still hundreds of years older than him and obviously had children before him. I would guess Tepet (since he had to have been her consort very early in Realm history), Iselsi, or Cynis (since I believe Eric has previously stated that they were probably founded by adopted children).
Iselsi, Peleps, and Tepet were all founded together as part of the first wave of Great Houses. House Ragara is the next-oldest of the currently extant houses, having been founded two-thirds of a century later.