[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/1/2018
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
So it's more a matter of thematics then? Like, both modes have Artifacts that let you fly, but it's the difference between a cloak that turns into wings and a Rocketeer-style jetpack?
It has nothing to do with thematics, but with impact on the setting. Artifacts that let an Exalt fly don't warp the setting away from the canonical presentation of the Age of Sorrows, so they don't require First Age artifice, whether they manifest as a winged cloak or as a jetpack. Airships do warp the setting away from the canonical presentation of the Age of Sorrows, so they do require First Age artifice, whether they manifest as a winged trireme or as a sci-fi skycruiser with turbines and arc reactors.

(This is covered in the First Age Artifice sidebar on p. 116 of Arms of the Chosen.)