Kickstarter Update #113 - House Tepet preview

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/28/2017
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
​I take it that Hearth is the term replacing Brotherhood. I find it a bit less evocative, but it has its charms.
The term is now a Sworn Kinship, or a Hearth.

(Lookshy still uses Sworn Brotherhoods)

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/28/2017
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

Is Lookshy, and historically the Shogunate, comparatively patriarchal?
Lookshy is egalitarian rather than patriarchal, although the the gentes are patrilineal.

The Shogunate was big.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/28/2017
Originally posted by semicasual View Post
I'm curious about Niruz - is their "warrior's code" something unique to them? Or is it common for Tepet archers to forswear gender?
Niruz is is a nonbinary, agender person. They swore their particular warrior's code to legitimize their identity above reproach with their fellow Tepets - questioning another Tepet's code is just something that is not done. They're meant, among other things, to illustrate one way in which a gender nonconforming Dynast might navigate the Realm's cultural and social mores relating to gender.

I'm also curious about Ejava - she isn't mentioned at all, here or in the corebook. I'm starting to wonder if she'll have any relevance at all in 3rd edition.
Ejava gets a write-up in the chapter of Dragon-Blooded NPCs. Because she got that full write-up, we cut her from the Tepet scions of note to free up wordcount.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/28/2017
Originally posted by ManusDomine View Post
So, I've been burned out on Exalted a long time by now; I was introduced in First Edition, when one of my best friends ran Exalted for me and later gave me Exalted: The Dragon-Blooded as a birthday present. I instantly fell in love and they have been my favourite Exalted ever since, during Second Edition I somewhat drifted out because I was increasingly tired of how they were treated and around the announcement of Third Edition I was hyped again for a few months before I started losing interest again, I genuinely planned to quit playing in a few months.

Then this was released.

I don't like Third Edition, I think it's okay at best, I think it's full of flaws.

This made me feel like 16-year-old me back in First Edition with eyes full of stars upon seeing something wholly new. It was excellent; the writing was the perfect blend of epic mythology and politics that I do so adore about Exalted, it paints the Tepet (one of my favourite Houses) in a light that makes me want to engage with them, want to play with them and investigate them and dream up the ancient annals of Tepet history and their Shogunate predecessors who laid the groundwork of what would come. It makes me want to see the famed siege of the Imperial City, led by Tepet himself, it makes me want to read about the turbulent romances and dramatic battles between the Melaist Tepet and the other Houses among this clutch of Scarlet dragons.

So I want to extend a huge thanks to the developers Robert Vance and Eric Minton for this. It was everything I could have asked for and more; if the rest of the book is painted with a brush even half as detailed and mythical as this, I will officially declare it one of the best Exalted books ever, to sit with Scavenger Sons, Games of Divinity, Manacle and Coin and Exalted: The Dragon-Blooded on my shelf as a cherished possession.

^that is the size of the smile on my face right now.

[#][F] The Demented One - 9/28/2017
Originally posted by Gonzo View Post
Oh hells! Tepet Orino... such an unfortunate name for a character when you say it in spanish.

It literally says "Tepet I pee".

Well I'll obviouly rename the guy for my games.
Um. Whoops!

We'll see about changing that in editing.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/28/2017
Originally posted by Matt the Bruins fan View Post
I haven't read the associated background from previous editions, but isn't it a really big thing that just five solars in the hinterlands are able to amass enough military power to gut an entire great house? It seems to me that would be enough of a threat to stifle inter-house rivalries even in the Empress' absence, at least until the Bull's forces could be scattered.
The Bull's victory was sufficiently pyrrhic that the rest of the Dynasty has largely been able to view the campaign as a Realm victory.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 9/29/2017
Keep in mind that in 1e, Cathak Cainan was noted for the brutality with which he put down satrapial rebellions -- for all that he was personable when dealing with equals and sexy when illustrated by Melissa Uran, he was ruthless as fuck when looking out for his family's interests. 2e took a lot of the edge off him.

(While simultaneously making Mnemon much more explicitly horrible.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/29/2017
Originally posted by Matt the Bruins fan View Post
I'd imagine his recent example of what a handful of Solars can stir up when not immediately stomped out by the Wyld Hunt would have the remaining Dynasts going to Defcon Minus Eleventy-One when they find out that all 300+ are back in play,
I think the real world provides ample counterexamples.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 9/29/2017
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
So are we talking Yurgen's victory having been so severe that it sapped his momentum and he's got to take a moment to slow down and rebuild his forces, or that it results in all of his prior victories being rendered moot?
False dichotomy. The Bull has suffered significant losses and reverses, but he still retains some adherents and controls some territory.

[#][F] The Demented One - 10/4/2017
Originally posted by Cold Burn View Post
So I've got one question about this preview, which will hopefully be clarified in the actual release, namely what exactly does it mean when it states that a portion of House Tepet 'forswears gender'? Do they destroy their genitalia? Is it a oath of chastity? Or are they forswearing allowing other people to easily converse with them?

I strongly doubt it's the third as it's presented as a sacrifice rather than an inconvenience on the part of others, especially since for Exalted there are not very many differences in the ways men and women are treated, aside from different fashions.

I mean this could be cool, odd details to flesh out the world often are. The pirates who have to behave and dress like men in exchange for power are for instance a slightly interesting detail. But I don't know what this detail means.
Tepet Niruz is a nonbinary person who has no gender. That's their identity, independent of any code of honor - they didn't sacrifice anything. They specifically chose to swear a code of warrior honor that emphasizes truth to one's self as a way to legitimize this identity beyond question in the eyes of House Tepet and navigate the Realm's society (which very much subscribes to notions of binary gender).

[#][F] The Demented One - 10/4/2017
Originally posted by Therian View Post

I think that is definitely all we need to know about Tepet Niruz. What I'd like to know is how the Realm handles gender roles so I can get some context for what Niruz has decided is irrelevant to them.
You'll find out. ^_^

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/5/2017
"If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined." — Pyrrhus of Epirus

[#][F] The Demented One - 10/8/2017
Originally posted by Neall View Post
If Heaven can't control destinies and reincarnations then like guys

What is Heaven even for

Sidereal hit squads in position, commence Operation: Neall's Fired.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 10/9/2017
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Perhaps we should just ask the devs how reincarnation works in 3rd ed?
We haven't come to any firm conclusions yet; there hasn't been time for us to properly dig into the subject.