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[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
What about twins? Can me and another player play twin Dragonbloods?
You can; it's sufficiently rare that no one actually expects both twins to Exalt, but it does happen on occasion.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
Originally posted by Myckou View Post
About how long do Dragonbloods wait to settle down and start a family? I'd imagine it's relatively quickly, maybe 30s or so, but I could also see it being much later.
Marriage negotiations between Dynastic families typically go on for several years past graduation from secondary school, giving each young Dynast's parents time to evaluate the potential spouse's progress and achievements. Outcastes can marry whenever they like, barring other social restrictions that they may be caught up in and fail to buck.

EDIT: Ninja'd!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/3/2017
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Are there any artifacts in Arms that mess with gravity?
Nah. Well, I guess that some flying artifacts might be read as "messing with gravity," but probably not in the sense that you mean.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If not, can you tell me which of the MMs would be appropriate for gravity shenanigans?
Blue jade seems good for making things lighter, and white jade for making things heavier. ("Gravity shenanigans" working much like "thermodynamics shenanigans" in this context.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/2/2017
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Does Cainan have any difficulties from being the exception? Both in and outside of his House? Or is his age and experience enough that no one is public about it?
It's not causing him any significant difficulties at the moment (and he's not the exception; House Ragara is led by Ragara Banoba), but then, anyone with a real beef with his leadership can just wait for him to die of old age.

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Now that just begs an elaboration... A superstition or substantiated? So a set of twins is unlikely to result in two exalts?
Substantiated, and yes,

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Also, what happened to the former generals? Did any of the houses try to recruit the newly unemployed and experienced elders?
Outcaste generals have the disadvantage of being overqualified for the positions that even the most desperate of the Great Houses might consider assigning to someone whose loyalties aren't to the house.

(Also, given that a few outcaste officers were retired with a knife in the back, many of the rest are making themselves scarce.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/2/2017
Originally posted by Anasurimbor View Post
Hmm... a quick directory-wide search indicates that it actually shows up in a number of places in 2e, including The Thousand Correct Actions of the Upright Soldier.
Excellent, thank you!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/2/2017
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
A question regarding Cathak Cainan, does he still exist? If so, how does a man come to lead a great house?
He was handpicked by Cathak on her deathbed. Anyone who may have attempted to contest her choice failed to make their objections stick.

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
How big do you think the normal nuclear family is in the Realm? Is the bare minimum still two children? Or is a single heir sufficient?
Parents generally aim for five children due to social pressures, though actual numbers vary significantly.

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Which house do you think has the greatest tendency towards strong parent-child closeness.
I'm not sure that any given house has a significantly stronger tendency along those lines.

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Would you say that all Strategos have to be graduates of the House of Bells? Or is there the occasional general from Pasiap's Stair or even possibly the Spiral Academy?
Under the Empress, a significant proportion of generals rose through the ranks from Pasiap's Stair. Since the partition of the legions, most or all of them have been replaced with Great House scions.

(Does "strategos" actually appear somewhere in canon as an official title for Realm generals? I've seen several people use it in this way, but I don't recall seeing it in the source material.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/1/2017
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Is the pilgrimage to the Blessed Isle still needed to be an Immaculate Monk? Always seemed really long way to go to me.
There are major temples throughout the Threshold and across the Blessed Isle where postulants can present themselves, though Dynastic postulants traditionally present themselves at the Palace Sublime.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/1/2017
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post
Where is the Bull's territory in Third Edition?
Current plans are to put it east of Gethamane, on the far side of the mouth of the River of Tears, but we're not going to pin it down until we do a proper write-up in an appropriate setting book.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/30/2017
Originally posted by Leetsepeak View Post
Was the Bull of the North's victory still won with the aid of a certain Celestial Circle Sorcerer? Or would she be Terrestrial Circle this time around?
Samea is still around; she's the one Arada calls a "witch" in the chapter fiction.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/29/2017
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
So are we talking Yurgen's victory having been so severe that it sapped his momentum and he's got to take a moment to slow down and rebuild his forces, or that it results in all of his prior victories being rendered moot?
False dichotomy. The Bull has suffered significant losses and reverses, but he still retains some adherents and controls some territory.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/29/2017
Originally posted by Matt the Bruins fan View Post
I'd imagine his recent example of what a handful of Solars can stir up when not immediately stomped out by the Wyld Hunt would have the remaining Dynasts going to Defcon Minus Eleventy-One when they find out that all 300+ are back in play,
I think the real world provides ample counterexamples.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/28/2017
Originally posted by Matt the Bruins fan View Post
I haven't read the associated background from previous editions, but isn't it a really big thing that just five solars in the hinterlands are able to amass enough military power to gut an entire great house? It seems to me that would be enough of a threat to stifle inter-house rivalries even in the Empress' absence, at least until the Bull's forces could be scattered.
The Bull's victory was sufficiently pyrrhic that the rest of the Dynasty has largely been able to view the campaign as a Realm victory.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/28/2017
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Are heirlooms their own 'type' of artifact? As in, is their a meaningful heirloom keyword, or is their nature conveyed through the evocations?
I ask because ~bouyant~ sublime armigers are mentioned as using heirloom artifacts, and wanted to know if this had more mechanical significance (Apart from the vast culutral/symbolic significance)
Heirlooms aren't a mechanically distinct type of artifact. There's no Heirloom keyword, but an heirloom's Evocations may be easier to unlock if you're of the proper bloodline.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/28/2017
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post

To be perfectly clear, A) Each house has an example heirloom artifact (implying they may have many others) detailed? Or B) Each house has it's only heirloom artifact detailed (implying there's only one per house in the game)?

I assume it's A, but I'd like to be very certain.
They're just examples.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/26/2017
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
I always forget these things: what's after Proofing?
It's what I do for my day job. In this case, it's looking at the laid-out copy to make sure that everything is formatted correctly, and to fix any typos that were accidentally introduced during layout.

The proofs contain all of the color art, though not the final versions of pieces that had to be sent back to the art team for corrections. Those will be swapped in after proofing.