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[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/12/2014
Originally posted by AnubisXy View Post
When I run Solar games it's very rare for someone to actually want to play a Dawn, simply because the only thing they do well is combat, and even then it's not going to be much better than another Caste who picks up a combat Ability.
Dawn Caste PCs will be more appealing in 3e.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/9/2014
Originally posted by The MG View Post
They don't really go about in skull-covered armour either, though. They're subtler than that. Their will probably be in the right ballpark, though.
Your Liminal can wear skull-covered armor if you want!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/9/2014
It's worth noting that in 1e contained a "Nature" mechanic like that of the oWoD games to describe and define the core of your character's personality, and the list of possible Natures for your PC included such things as "Hedonist" and "Thrillseeker."

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/22/2014
I want Creation's cholera to have the same vectors, symptoms, prognoses, etc. as its Earthly equivalent. But there's a distinction between "Creation's cholera behaves like Earth's cholera" and "Creation's cholera is identical to Earth's cholera."

Originally posted by Kukla View Post
I think that neither Stephen LS nor Eric Minton get to make the call here. Arbitrating this sort of dispute is pretty much John Mørke's whole job.
Of course!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/19/2014
Originally posted by Chejop Kejak View Post
I own no 1E books (though I did get to look through Scavenger Sons a bit), so I do not know how things were presented there. But from the 2E core, I felt that the book was bending over backwards to present both good and bad sides of The Realm. Actual Realm characters seem like a pretty even split between decadent/corrupt and opposed to same, and I got the feeling that for every Cynis Devonah Avaku whose morality is in opposition to the Dynasts around them, there was a Cathak Drogath whose thoughtless corruption was a source of shame and derision from other Dragon-Blooded.

Both of our takes on the Realm are valid.
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/15/2014
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Eric has already refuted this.

Originally posted by MissMaddy View Post
He can refute it all he likes, but 2e and 1e are both in agreement on this singular point - the Wyld Hunt is getting less funding every year, not more. It is not considered a priority by most Dragonblooded. More important? Shoring up personal armies and fortresses for the coming storm.
I don't even know what people are attributing to me anymore!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/14/2014
Originally posted by Stephen Lea Sheppard View Post
This is a concern. I can think of at least one explanation I have cut from a project or projects I've worked on because I thought the audience was likely to come up with a more interesting interpretation than what the author had written.
Would that be Elytrum?

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/12/2014
Originally posted by The Revenge of TV Head View Post
I think they're all new places.
This is correct!

Originally posted by The Revenge of TV Head View Post
And were named via headbutting a keyboard.
This is incorrect! Randan is a real word, much like chiaroscuro.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/12/2014
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Now, I'm not a biblical scholar, but, my understanding of the story is that, while Jesus was out healing the sick and bringing hope to everyone, one of his relatives became ill. Now, had Jesus been there, he could have cured it trivially, but it took too long for the messenger to find him and for them to get back, so Lazarus was dead when they arrived. Then, Jesus tells him to get up and, after some prodding, Lazarus does. This is, iirc, the only recorded instance of anyone coming back to life in the Bible, other than Jesus.

Now, looking at that, I'm... not entirely sure anything can be done with it, without functionally making death as cheap as it is in D&D. Yet ...I dunno. Once in an entire game feels like it could work. On the other hand, mugging a guy for xp for a one use charm, even one like this, seems crass.

I dunno. I mean, I'm sure the situation is going to happen in games where Medicine is important. The Solar Healer fails to get there in time to save someone and it's depressing. Is there a way that a Solar can say "...No. NO! I am GOING to SAVE this Person and I don't CARE if it's IMPOSSIBLE!" and have it actually work, without it being either a Liminal's backstory or breaking the setting in half?
Can a Solar physician bring someone back from the dead? Nope. Dead is dead.

Can you replay the story of Lazarus? Sure, more or less! The poor man isn't actually dead; he's simply so close to death that none of his fellows can perceive his weak and fading vital signs. But the Solar physician can, and her transcendent skill can save his life!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/12/2014
Originally posted by hippokrene View Post
Like what?
Ixcoatli, Ysyr, Randan...

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/12/2014
Originally posted by hippokrene View Post
The edge of the map seems reserved for unimportant stuff.
Some of the coolest places in the setting are at the edges of the map.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/11/2014
"shadowland: In the Second Age, the line between the Underworld and Creation is perilously thin. A shadowland is an area where constant ghostly activity or powerful negative geomancy have brought the two worlds together. Those who cross into the area in either world always arrive at the shadowland, but when they depart, they will always arrive in the lands of the living if they cross the region's border during the day or in the Underworld if they depart at night. Shadowlands are dismal places, haunted by hungry ghosts and the evil spirits of Creation, who thrive on the negative energy there." — Exalted: the Abyssals, p. 13

Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
The spatial relationships aspect of shadowlands has always confounded me a bit. The implication of shadowlands "becoming part of the Underworld" at night in how passing the border brings you into a place outside of the corresponding location seems to be that the shadowland becomes its corresponding location in the Underworld at night, but then... what happens to what was there already? If I build a house in a part of the Underworld that corresponds directly to, say, that amphitheater in Thorns during the day, what happens to it at night? Does it appear in the middle of the amphitheater? Does it cease to exist for the night? What if it actually overlaps with another structure?
There is no separate "shadowlands Thorns" and "Underworld Thorns." There is only Thorns.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/11/2014
Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
"Hero with a magical dog" is too rich and resonant a thing to not eventually show up somehow as an Exigent design. It is plausible that an Exigent that fulfilled that role might also be designed to be compatible with other choices of magical companion species.
I can think of one noteworthy example.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/10/2014
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Also, Jochim was active within living memory of some of the older ones; that was a war so severe that a few satrapies had to be abandoned for years to deal with it.
This is still the case in 3e. The Bull of the North wasn't the first Solar to raise armies and states against the Realm, nor is he the first to survive the initial military retaliation by the Realm legions. That the others all eventually fell does not mean they are all forgotten.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 2/9/2014
Aw man. Technically I'm a playtester. Gotta go...