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[#][F] The Demented One - 9/30/2013
Gayo wrote:
Seeing a tree draft compels me to fish for spoilers! We know that in 3e, styles are divided into Techniques and Charms. Does this tree contain just techniques, just Charms, or both?

It's—

[Holden comes out of nowhere and does some Ebon Shadow shit]

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/30/2013
Tiresias wrote:
Hey, is there any chance we can get the official list of the Martial Arts styles that are making it in the book?

Snake, Tiger, Righteous Devil, Heaven's Ladder, Single Point Shining Into The Void, Crane, Nightingale, Black Claw, White Reaper, Dreaming Pearl Courtesan, Ebon Shadow.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/30/2013
Tiresias wrote:
Hey, is there any chance we can get the official list of the Martial Arts styles that are making it in the book?

Snake, Tiger, Righteous Devil, Heaven's Ladder, Single Point Shining Into The Void, Crane, Nightingale, Black Claw, White Reaper, Dreaming Pearl Courtesan, Ebon Shadow. The latter six are the Kickstater-selected four. It's possible we might end up having to do some wordcount shuffling to make it all fit but I've written them all regardless.

[#][F] John Mørke - 9/30/2013
The dictator hears that there is a Chosen invading his walls, and what of it? He lives in a tower atop a wall, atop another wall, winding down over a mountain, rampart stacked onto rampart, each heavily guarded, and too tall for even an Exalt to easily climb.

Then he watches a Solar clear the entire guard post at the base wall, throwing the ladder she means to scale with into the corner, breaking their spearheads with kicks, dancing around their blades with sinuous motion, her fists and feet whipping arcs and shattering bones. One of his men is unlucky enough to be flung upside down into the ladder. She drives into him with a flying kick. Reinforcements arrive. Mounted on the ladder, she kicks off the wall and backflips, pulling the ladder down and whipping it over her shoulder in a long arc that sweeps the legs of the men on both sides of her, toppling both units. All in one motion, she balances the ladder across her shoulder and spins it 1440 and then jams it down hard and vaults across a fifty foot gap to the next wall.

Thirty guards converging where she was now watch as she throws her ladder onto a door frame, leaps to the bottom rung and flashes to the top at a full run, and then pulls it over the wall out of sight.

"Well, that's troubling," says the dictator's adviser. The man spends the next eight months tied to a ladder and waterboarded while the dictator heals in his body cast.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/30/2013
WalrusJones wrote:

Clearly, there needs to be a style of mirrors reflecting things that shouldn't reflect....

Like Fire.

Fire reflects. Fire totally reflects. That's just science.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/30/2013
silverwinglie wrote:
The Demented One wrote:
The amount of effort that people are spending trying to crack the code of my really shitty handwriting is immensely gratifying. ^_^


You've missed your calling, you could've been a doctor.

"Doctor Vance! The patient's vitals are falling, we need to do something quick!"

"...almost...done...writing...this rad Medicine Charm!"

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/30/2013
The amount of effort that people are spending trying to crack the code of my really shitty handwriting is immensely gratifying. ^_^

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/29/2013
Yo mama so [redacted], even the freelancers wouldn't [redacted]!

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/29/2013
WalrusJones wrote:
And that one about turning into a gazelle carp.

Don't be talkin' shit 'bout the gazellecarp.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/29/2013
Inquisitive Englishman wrote:
The Demented One wrote:
Ah this is OLD SCHOOL.

I guess the Green Sun Princes would take some inspiration from Hataraku Maou-Sama, Liminals would be all Franken-Fran, and the Getimians would be [spoilers spoilers spoilers].


Higurashi/Umineko/When They Cry?

Qualia: The Purple?

Hmm. Possible. I've heard about that show, and it sounds like it could fit. But not the one I have in mind, which is a 100% perfect match.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/29/2013
MabsWinterKnight wrote:
The Demented One wrote:
Prometheus878 wrote:
What a cruel waste of a perfectly awesome name.

The Scorpion Empire? You seriously never planned on detailing it? Really?

*sigh* Oh well. Homebrew it is, then.

That was exactly the idea. A badass name to catalyze cool Storyteller ideas. That was the point of that whole sidebar, along with "demonstrate that the Wyld is not just raksha."

I know what the Scorpion Empire is, in my head-canon. But I don't quite want to write that into canon-canon just yet.

Is that head-canon that they're the assorted monstrous insect critters that were mentioned to live on Ishiika in the Gunstar Autochthonia shard?

Eric Minton suggested that, and I think that's a cool idea, but that wasn't what I had in mind when write Ishiika's biosphere. The Scorpion Empire-Ishiika connection (in my head) is that the Empire took root in the wound in the Wyld from where Balor drew Ishiika out of it, festering in the resultant abscess and spreading out into the Wyld.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/28/2013
Drascin wrote:

People really tend to underestimate non-predators. It's the same reason people fear all great cats but hippos are considered inoffensive and cuddly by the general public that doesn't actually know what a hippopotamus does (which is mostly summed up as hating everything).

The capstone to the (currently hypothetical) Hippopotamus Style is entitled "Hippopotamus Wallows in Blood."

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/28/2013
Prometheus878 wrote:
What a cruel waste of a perfectly awesome name.

The Scorpion Empire? You seriously never planned on detailing it? Really?

*sigh* Oh well. Homebrew it is, then.

That was exactly the idea. A badass name to catalyze cool Storyteller ideas. That was the point of that whole sidebar, along with "demonstrate that the Wyld is not just raksha."

I know what the Scorpion Empire is, in my head-canon. But I don't quite want to write that into canon-canon just yet.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/28/2013
Prophet wrote:
The Demented One, as much as I agree with you, I also have my chessy side and Elemental Dragon Styles even if almost copy cats of Immaculate Styles but Autocthonia flavoured would be wonderful :P

One of the secrets I've learned from spending hella hours thinking about design stuff is that artificial symmetry, or symmetry for symmetry's sake, tends to produce really unsatisfying products. You've gotta start with something that's vital and captivating, I think, so I suspect you'll get more mileage out of a pretty surface-level take of an element than just mirroring the (kinda generic?) elemental dragon styles.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/28/2013
Inugami wrote:

Though I wondered if the developers and writers were going to avoid detailing anything more about the Scorpion Empire. One of their big criticisms of Second Edition was how it clarified and over-clarified pre-existing content instead of making up new content. Choking the mystery out of the game.

If they detail the Scorpion Empire, they'll probably introduce new mysteries... or they could leave the Empire mysterious and introduce and flesh out totally new ideas.

The Scorpion Empire was something I wrote with the intention of never, ever adding further detail about it, so I am going to be caught pretty by surprise if John decides I have to write a chapter on it!

(Which is not to say I don't have my own ideas for it. Just, that I'd be surprised!)