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[#][F] The Demented One - 6/10/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If Raksi died or vanished, would her empire fall apart too?
Raksi is disinterested in direct involvement with governance, so the administration of the Total Control Zone would be only lightly impacted by her absence. She's an all-important social and spiritual figure, but I imagine the precise impact that would have depends on the nature of her death or disappearance.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/10/2019
Originally posted by Uknown DarkLord View Post
If you're prepared for it, can you cast Emerald Countermagic against someone else's casting of Emerald Countermagic?

And would there be any abnormal outcomes if so?
Second Edition mechanics have faded from my mind.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/10/2019
Originally posted by Uknown DarkLord View Post
If you're prepared for it, can you cast Emerald Countermagic against someone else's casting of Emerald Countermagic?

And would there be any abnormal outcomes if so?
Second Edition mechanics have faded from my mind.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/10/2019
Originally posted by balwin View Post
I have a question about supernatural battle groups.
If you have a battle group consisting of demons or elementals or similar beings, it will have Might and the battle group will get bonuses. But these supernatural beings have (almost always) some specific charms or special actions, which makes the individual more dangerous. If the battle group consists of members who all have this charm/special action can the battle group use it or is it already abstracted and covered by the Might bonus?
It's abstracted away into Might.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/10/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Are giant spiders going to show up in either the Lunar Companion book or in Hundred Devils Night Parade? How about demon spiders?
Arachnaphiles won't be disappointed.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/10/2019
Originally posted by 99wattr89 View Post
What does Creation at large or the Realm in particular actually know about the Deathlords' numbers, nature and resources/powers? Is Mask of Winters seen as an alien aberration not much different from a tyrranical god or demon, or is it perhaps understood he's a 'Deathlord', one of a cabal of such, masters of the strange death knights and bound in service to ancient and forgotten enemies of the gods?
The vast majority of Creation has no reason to think of the Mask of Winters and, say, the Bodhisattva Anointed by Dark Waters as belonging to a common metaphysical category.

Secondly, how feasable is it for the Realm to retake Thorns from Mask of Winters? And would the situation be dramtically changed if the Empress returned or the Realm Defence Grid was available?
It would vary dramatically depending on how much of their resources they committed to it. If the Great Houses put aside their internecine strife (lol) and decided that reclaiming Thorns was the Realm's single greatest priority, it'd be a far different story than House Ledaal alone deploying some of its legions against the Mask while keeping some at hand to ensure the other houses don't carve it up.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/10/2019
Originally posted by Malfi View Post
Can you use Bright Forging Prana to learn and use charms like Exegenesis of the Distilled form, maybe during the 5th legendary project?
Sure, subject to meeting Craft minimums and Charm prerequisites.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/10/2019
Originally posted by LostLight View Post
So a Lunars question-

How different are the modern Lunars than before the pre-Usurpation ones (meaning, before the dissolution of the castes)? Is it like in previous editions, where it is just that the Waning/Waxing/Half Moon Castes were folded into the Changing Moon Caste and the other two remained the same, or that even the New/Full Moon Castes presented a bit different character than the modern ones? Would there be any other key differences, like in the way they preformed shapeshifting or the themes of their Charms?

(I'm actually asking this for more than mere interest and more for practical reasons, as I am toying with incorporating a concept which I read on the internet long time ago, where when the Solar Exaltations got trapped, some Lunar ones got mixed in those, and with the Solar's return the non-modified Lunars have also came back to the world- so I wonder how much should I play the difference).
None of the modern Lunar Castes existed during the First Age.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/10/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Are there are any plans to buff up Mountainous Spirit Expression in the final version of Lunars? Like minimum strength and soak, something like that?

Now that I'm running Lunars, none of my players want to get it (despite how cool it is) because it's so weak compared to the prerequisite (I was hoping the ape-Lunar PC would take it to be King Kong, and I could make him fight some behemoths, but he described Mountainous Spirit Expression is "like turning into a giant balloon animal, ready to be popped" because of the poor soak of a giant ape compared to any of the normal Legendary-Size animals). And I can't argue with them, because while I thought turning into a 80-foot snake would be cool, I haven't taken it on my own snake-totem Lunar because it's so weak.
It just seems that there's virtually never a time to use Mountainous Spirit Expression on animal forms rather than Towering Beast Form (which you have to have).

I imagine it could be good for a martial artist, or Lunar in DBT with a moonsilver daiklaive, or something like that. But it's very weak on animal forms, which is why none of the Lunars who favour Strength are interested in it.
It's on the list.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/7/2019
Originally posted by shadowninja View Post
Can a Solar use a Lunar, in an animal shape, as a mount and apply your Ride charm in him?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/7/2019
Originally posted by Malfi View Post
Does Supernal Craft unlock Experiential Conjuring of True Void Essence 3+ die bonus? (It says you get to add your intelligence bonus at essence 3+.)
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/7/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post
Does the procedure of declaring all Charms in battle extend to Simple Type counterattack Charms like Ready In Eight Directions Stance or Ahlat's Thousand Strikes Dance? I find that if I tell players that an enemy is using up their action for the turn to get automatic counter-attacks, they will simply not attack them for a turn, so those Charms end up being completely toothless and even detrimental to the enemy using them.
Yes, you declare Simple Charms normally.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If a native Utahin were to perform an act so awesome that they exalted as a Solar while doing it
There isn't a "you must perform an act this awesome to Exalt as a Solar" bar. Solars can Exalt without performing grand deeds, while mortals can perform grand deeds without Exalting as Solars.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
and they had witnesses, would they have a shot at becoming the Great Hero? Or, since they’re Exalted now, would they have to perform a feat that is properly epic for their current stature?
The mechanics of Exaltation are not well known and are in many cases ambiguous. The Utahin could easily argue that your great deed was the result of your Exalting in that moment, rather than preceding it.

Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
This is, of course, ignoring House Peleps’s and the Realm’s reaction to all of this.
I don't think it's necessarily useful to view these things in isolation? Utahi's resistance to allowing a Dragon-Blooded Great Hero doubtless has sociopolitical elements, in that it's very much also a matter of avoiding a Dynastic Great Hero. If the Utahin don't want to acknowledge your Solar as a Great Hero for reasons beyond your being a Solar, it's going to be more difficult to convince them, while if they have cause to want you as their Great Hero (say, you're a native Utahin Solar or outcaste with popular backing), you might find it easier.

Ultimately, of course, the specifics are up to the Storyteller.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/6/2019
Originally posted by SunAndSpring View Post
Really confused by the word "catamite" being used to refer to prostitutes in The Realm, since that's a very specific word referring to prepubescent male prostitutes and I really thought we were done with the weird creepy sex shit 2e brought in. I would hope that it's just an author trying and failing (horribly) to find a more polite way of saying "male prostitute", since I do note the book really goes out of the way to say that word for some reason.
Due to long exposure to the word being used for adolescents (a different flavor of problematic, but appropriate to many sources of historical inspiration for the Realm) and young adults, it didn’t occur to me that readers might take prepubescent as the primary meaning. I will ensure that future text is more considered and limited in the use of the word in future, if it's used at all.

(If you want to discuss the matter further on the forums, please take it to a new thread. I don’t want the Ask the Devs thread to get bogged down in a discussion of child prostitution.)

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/6/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Falsehood-Unearthing Attitude takes the form of a Profile Character roll with auto-successes; success reveals an Intimacy the target would lie to protect... so, is this in place of the usual results of a Profile Character action, or in addition to them?
In place of.