The Chills and One Last Joke wrote: Holden wrote: Tiresias wrote: SachKreiosLucy4 wrote:
While not opposed, isn't this a tiny bit artificial feeling (no pun intended)?
If we have gear-emblems, one would imagine that one day an engineer would use gears in a machine.
If we have explosive materials, one would imagine that one day an engineer would try using them in a grenade or cannon.
If we have savants actually building Alchemicals, one would imagine lesser mortals emulating the same kind of devices via more basic gadgetry.
Autochthonia is weird. Between shortages and the constraints of tunnel warfare, building a cannon is probably a massive waste.
Also unworkable because Exalted doesn't have gunpowder.
That only makes sense if it's a setting where absolutely nobody has mixed together Charcoal, Potassium Nitrate and Sulfur together to see what happens when it gets set on fire. Or set it on fire accidentally. Anima Flux is a bitch.
Given they were pulling stuff like that in Imperial China (While seeking out Eternal life no less), which the Realm is at least partially based on...I dunno, seems unlikely at best. Utterly nonsensical at worst.
(1) Essentially, in all creation, either:
--- (1a) you're saying it hasn't happened yet (but could, and certain gods might help)
--- (1b) you're saying it's impossible (that chemistry arbitrarily doesn't work this way - if so, what else fails?)
(2) Firedust produces an issue, since there are both firearms and grenades made of the stuff.
--- (2a) unless it works distinctly different from gunpowder? but one still imagines using it for various things
--- (2b) unless you plan to eliminate it altogether
(3) Even without explosives, there's an issue of flamable things also used as weapons
--- (3a) Molotov cocktails, oil, liqour in general, etc. I'd sure as hell design a spray weapon with which to set a path for burning.
--- (3b) Flour bombs also work. It's basically a dust explosion of quickly igniting stuff
Mind you, I have no interest in high-tech settings. I've never had a magi-tech fetish. But one never knows where the (arbitrary seeming) line is, given all the ways we can work around it. We also have gods of mechanical flight (and with mechanical anything, one begins adjusting for violence).
No, Exalted really doesn't have gunpowder. It has firedust, which seems similar in some ways, but nobody's been able to use firedust to make a projectile-throwing weapon smaller than a cannon emplacement; for whatever reason the reaction doesn't scale down in such a way that it can be used to fling modern-earth-bullet-sized projectiles.
We're talking about a world where weather happens because bears herd clouds; you think chemistry works the same?
Which is perfectly fine, except, then one is left wondering what else fails to translate.
Do people smelt iron using butter, because the iron-gods enjoy the taste?
Do people acquire the color purple by mixing yellow and blue?
If chemistry doesn't work the same, does this mean that mixing alcohol and juice will give off light? Cause warring liquid elementals to fight each other? Explode? Turn into soup?
If I mixed flour and eggs, do I get rocks?
Does burning paper result in silver dust?
Does metal never rust?Bill Nye - Simple Chemical Reactions (lol)
It's the kind of absurdity that belongs alongside the "no resurrection" and "no time travel" rules - things that people will find ways around regardless, but which exist as... narrative guidelines, rather than scientific principles?
Is salting the earth good for crops because of electrolytes?