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[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/3/2018
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
AHuh, a sidebar on the subject of Dynast orphans; I don’t think I’d ever really considered those to be a thing before. So in their value system, it’s generally viewed that one needs a mother to oversee their early life, even if the father is still alive, so one without a mother will generally be taken in by somebody else in the House.
It's not about needing a mother, but about the mother's house retaining control of the children. (Where the mother was a patrician or a member of the father's house, the children could be expected to stay with the father; unfortunately, I didn't think to specify that during development.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/1/2018
Originally posted by Ascension View Post
In the Fajad preview, the commander of the Realm's garrison troops is a Mnemon woman, but the satrapy itself is Cathak-controlled. Is that a "leftover" Imperial garrison assigned by the Empress and not yet broken up / privatized by the Great Houses? Do Mnemon and Cathak have some kind of power-sharing agreement in Fajad? Is Mnemon Senesh married into House Cathak? (I remember something saying that same-sex marriages are now legal in the Realm, but nothing indicating which House the couple would end up loyal to in an inter-house same-sex marriage, since the usual "the wife's House" default doesn't quite work there.)
The Empress always assigned a garrison commander from a different house than the satrap and her garrison. This is covered in more detail in The Realm.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/1/2018
Originally posted by MoroseMorgan View Post
Also, question, is the elemental affinity of each house stated explicitly anywhere in the WFHW text, or is it just to be inferred from their flavor heading? "House Ledaal — Air that Raised the Bones of Giants" etc.
I believe that's the only place it's presented.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/1/2018
Originally posted by taichara View Post
Does Ledaal Kes pop up somewhere in the (complete) text other than a Great House description? Because I was looking out for him and he's nowhere to be found in the Ledaal section -- but he is mentioned in connection with Ragara Szaya in her entry under House Ragara, with a "p. XX" redirect and everything.
Kes has a full QC write-up in Chapter 10.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/1/2018
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
As in, they're descended from Nellens' other kids by another woman/women?
That's correct, though the Empress may also have included descendants of Nellens' siblings, cousins, etc.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/1/2018
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
One thing I was confused about in the first KS preview: So House Nellens isn't actually descended from Nellens? She just named it after him, long after his death, and assigned a bunch of lost eggs to it, and that's why Sesus is so pissed?
House Nellens is descended from Nellens, but not from the relationship between Nellens and the Empress. This was meant to be explicit in the text; it seems to have fallen through the cracks. Apologies!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/1/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Are we going to see anything about the Caul in the DB book? If not, is there going to be a stretch goal for it? Or will it be well covered in the Ream?
We're covering the Caul in The Realm.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/30/2018
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
It is sort of darkly hilarious that the Water-Aspect House cant keep themselves fiscally afloat.
I actually wrote a blog post about that a couple years back, intending to publish it when Dragon-Blooded was finally in print. I'll see about digging it up.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/30/2018
Originally posted by wastevens View Post
The one thing that really kind of bugs me about the Ragara write up- they *really* need a plan for "what happens when a bunch of Houses just default on their debts"

It's like- financial power is *great* in a stable system that helps enforce contracts and property rights. It's... less useful when your debtors could credibly just walk away. And it's not hard to imagine a bunch of defaults once the Civil War proper starts- hell, that's the sort of thing that could reasonably precipitate it.

Pelleps Bob says "Fuck you" to the Ragara Alice who comes to repossess his ship.
And then, Ragara Alice leaves and comes back with a brute squad to forcibly claim their lawful property.
And then, Pelleps Bob and his Hearth say 'You and what army'
And then...
... somewhere down the line — and probably not far down the line, since Peleps Bob is going to need money to pay his troops and maintain his ships now that there's a war on — Peleps Bob needs another loan and goes to a non-Ragara lender, only to find that the terms are harsher than even the most cutthroat Ragara loan. This is because defaults aren't unilateral. "If you won't pay Ragara back," lenders think, "how can I be sure you'll pay me back?"

(Ragara's fiscal vulnerabilities are discussed in the economics section of The Realm.)

EDIT: Certainly, a situation like you propose can happen anyway. But it's risky. Those who agree to default with you might back out, leaving you stranded and financially floundering. Or if Ragara ends the war in a stable position vis-a-vis the new regime, the defaults will cripple you (or, if you didn't survive, your next of kin) and your allies.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/30/2018
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Any chance that the Realm book or the Heirloom chapter will mention Warstriders?
If I recall correctly, warstriders are mentioned in The Realm.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/30/2018
Originally posted by PlotVitalNPC View Post
I suppose my question about Mt. Namas is just one you're not at liberty to answer, 'en.
Vance and I don't have any specific plans for Mount Namas at present.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/30/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Where in Creation would you find tobacco being smoked?
Probably all over the place, much like the real world.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/29/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Do other satrapies with Cadet Houses have Great House satraps then? Take Cherak for example. Does the Realm trust House Ferem fully to administer it (assuming the tributes come in on time), or is there also a Dynast from the Isle serving as satrap on-site?
A satrap is not a sovereign. The satrap's job is to ensure that the satrapy sends the prescribed tribute to the Empress. So Cherak has local Ferem rulership overseen by a Great House satrap, much like any satrapy not ruled by a cadet house.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/29/2018
*deleted due to Vance-ninja*

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/29/2018
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
I noticed that the Realm is comfortable using Solars for reagents. Given that this is considerably more impressive than merely killing them, does the same happen to Lunars?
It's not common in either case.

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Are the Wyld Hunts generally better at hunting Solars than Lunars? The intro suggested this to me and I am curious if this was a misreading. It seems odd that they are better at hunting their more uncommon prey and using them as ingredients.
The Wyld Hunt has a lot more experience hunting Lunars than Solars, but Lunars typically have the advantage in escaping the Hunt due to shapeshifting and aid from Silver Pact elders.

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Does Blood Zenith run on an Upper Soul or Ragara manage to capture a Celestials divine essence? Asking because I though Monstrances were a no-go in this edition.
We haven't had to work out the exact details of how Blood Zenith works, but it's likely a matter of absorbing the lower soul at the moment of death. It definitely doesn't imprison the Exaltation.

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Lastly, I posted this before but do you think you might revisit Solars sometime in the future? I ask because the core seems fairly lacking in really selling the splat compared to the Gravitas and awesomeness if the Manuscript.
There's been some discussion of a revised core book somewhere down the line, but we'd like to work our way through the backlog of new books that need writing before we invest time in that.

Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
To reiterate that this is the extent of my concerns speaks volumes as to how good this manuscript is. I have never been so confident backing a Kickstarter as I am this one!
Thank you!