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[#][F] The Demented One - 8/16/2014
Originally posted by Eric Minton View Post
Neon Genesis Penguindrum
Doin' it.

"I hate the word fate. Births, encounters, parting, success, fortune and misfortune in life. If our lives are already set in stone by fate...then I can't. I'm no good. I have no choice to pilot, but all I ever do is hurt and kill people. I can't do anything good for anyone else, so I'd rather do nothing at all. I'm a horrible person. I'm dishonest and a coward. If that's all caused by fate, then God is incredibly unfair and cruel. Because ever since that day, none of us had a future, and the only certain thing was that I mustn't run away."

Fifteen years ago, the world was nearly destroyed when an Antarctic research team—a secret front of the terrorist cabal Ende—performed a contact experiment that breached the Jade Prison hidden beneath the ice of the northern Elemental Pole, unleashing a cataclysm of Abyssal and Infernal Essence that exterminated all but a tenth of humanity. Hekatonhires and demons awaken across Creation and march inexorably to the Imperial Manse, the last bastion of human civilization, where the Drachen organization has salvaged the Jade Prison research to create the warstriders, mighty weapons capable of fighting and killing the monsters unleashed from the Jade Prison. But the genetically-engineered humans created by Drachen's Gaia Project are unable to fully synchronize with the warstriders. Every year, more of them die, and more warstriders are destroyed with them.

Creation's hope lies in the children of fate. A young girl who had already discovered her magical talents for respinning the future on the Loom of Fate sacrificed her life to change the world's course, releasing heroes alongside monsters. All of these children, born on the day of the Jade Prison tragedy, bear the burden of fate. Some find a heroic path, blazing like suns. Others fall into the dark void of despair, or lose themselves to madness. They are not alone. The Loom of Fate weaves and spins, choosing new girls to follow in the legacy of the first, clad with alter egos and mystical powers. These magical girls are trapped in loops and labyrinths of frozen destiny, but if they can break free, they will have the power to confront Ende and guide the other children of destiny. And those born from the Jade Prison—whether they are Solar, Abyssal, or Infernal—are the only ones capable of truly attuning to the warstriders and protecting mankind. They are humanity's last survival strategy.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 8/15/2014
Continuing to update as the thread continues.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 8/15/2014
Puella Magi Naruto Magica
Neon Genesis Penguindrum

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 8/15/2014
One of the reasons you don't always see support for beastmen as people in the fiction is that most fiction is written with an implicit viewpoint bias; even if it's written in third-person omniscient, it's still going to take on the attitudes of the viewpoint character. And most viewpoint characters from civilized places in Creation will not consider beastmen people.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/14/2014
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post
Hey Vance, can you tell us how significant choosing to dual-wield in Ex3 will be? If I don't have that martial art and I wanted a dual-wield, do my mechanics change at all beyond just having 2 weapons to choose from for my attacks? (I don't expect specifics, just a general idea. It was super vague in 2e)
It has its own feel, but it's not any bigger than any other weapon "tag".

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/14/2014
Originally posted by HK-87 View Post
No offense, but this is good news to me. Heaven's Ladder was a neat idea to show what kinds of weird stuff can be turned into martial arts, but I honestly can't ever see anyone actually using it in play unless the mechanics focused on improving the use of all improvised weapons.
While I put my heart and soul into Heaven's Ladder, I 100% understand this reaction to it. It's...out there.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 8/14/2014

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/13/2014
Originally posted by Tiresias View Post

Wasn't that the point?
Overall, while I'm sad that Heaven's Ladder didn't make it, I think Steel Devil will be used by many, many more players. Hopefully, I'll be able to bring back HL at some point.

And since we're on the subject, does anyone remember what 1e Steel Devil was?
Castebook Night. Gave you reflexive parries and counterattacks while dual-wielding.

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/13/2014
Originally posted by Weimann View Post
I don't know, I would have liked to see Heaven's Ladder. I'm not lauding Steel Devil over it until I know what it's even about.
Steel Devil Style is an extrapolation of 1e Steel Devil Style, a dual-wielding Charm.

Heaven's Ladder...while I'm not sure of the exact reasons it was removed, I think the fact that every single writer and testreader I bounced it off of had a response along the lines of "well, this is a neat style for beating people up with a ladder...but what the fuck" has something to do with it.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 8/13/2014
Another unpublished 2e Charm from the archives:

Ink Monkey Bones #14: Essence-Lensing Jewel

[#][F] Eric Minton - 8/13/2014
Originally posted by nalak42 View Post
Reading that blog post I have a question. If you can answer great if not its fine though it would be cool if you told us whether it'll be in the core or if we'll need to wait for Arms to come out. Any clue what in the setting causes an artifact to be able to have evocations or not?
I think you'll have to ask the devs that one. Sorry!

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/13/2014
Originally posted by Weimann View Post
I think it went like this:

At $500,000 backing, there was a stretch goal to add another six Styles to the core book. Part of that stretch goal was unlocking a reward tier that let two backers pick two Styles each out of those six. So from the start, the developers had two in mind, and the backers would decide the other four.

Of course, when the reward tier was posted, everyone was camping the fuck out of it. It was limited to two backers, after all, and both got picked up within ten seconds of posting. However, the amount of people trying to simultaneously back for the same reward coupled with known glitch in Kickstarter's code made it so that three people manage to back it, despite it being limited to two. Onyx Path decided to roll with it and counted all three of them as valid. So now we got the two developer-planned Styles and six backer-picked Styles, for a total of eight additional Styles, and a grand total of ten Styles in the core book.
hahahahahahaha (sobs)

(incidentally, eleven styles in the corebook. snake, tiger, righteous devil, crane, silver-voiced nightingale, white reaper, ebon shadow, black claw, dreaming pearl courtesan, single point, steel devil)

[#][F] The Demented One - 8/13/2014
Originally posted by Omicron View Post
dying eaaaaaarth

In all seriousness, you could do a lot of different things working from that name alone. It's a cool name, and it's a vague name, so it's easy for it to spark the imagination one way or another.
Ironically, I've never read the much more famous Vance's books. It's on the to-do list!

If I had to take a stab about it, I think I'd start off with something like:

The Student's Sutra of Transience: Once, there was a maiden...
...who clothed herself in robes of crimson and purple
and shining jewels of ruby and diamond.
She sat atop a high tower surmounting all the world
and all things bowed before her.
But it didn't matter.
One day, the maiden died.
Her robes and jewels burnt to ash in her pyre,
and her tower fell beyond the horizon.
She fell forever into darkness.

The Elder Sutra of Rebirth: One day, the maiden woke up..."

And then proceed from their.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 8/12/2014
Another one of these things, talking (very briefly and in no depth) about artifacts and design and such:

Status Report: August 12, 2014

[#][F] Eric Minton - 8/12/2014
Originally posted by Hand-of-Omega View Post
Oh, so it is. Any chance of seeing Akallu, He Who Deceives?
I'm afraid that any book that might contain Akallu is so far beyond the horizon that I can't plan for it one way or the other. Sorry!