Exalted Dev Diary

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 6/5/2018
I know people love hardcovers, but Across the Eight Directions is probably the book I'm most hyped for. A chance to live up to the legacy of Scavenger Sons doesn't come up very often.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/5/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
So, when this says that “the Lunars are winning” what does that mean? Is that just “each splat book is written from the point of view of this group of people and everyone likes to claim they’re winning” or are we talking “well now the Realm is falling apart so of course they’re winning” or is it more like “the Lunars were winning before but now they’re winning much harder, thanks to the Realm’s infighting?”

I’m assuming the last one, but I thought it might be worth unpacking that a bit before the major Lunar fans arrive.
It means that, prior to the Time of Tumult and whatever shenanigans player characters get up to, the Silver Pact was winning their long war against the Realm.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/6/2018
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post

And what did that look like exactly?
The Silver Pact's primary methodology is one of protracted, asymmetric warfare, of grinding down the infrastructure of empire until the Realm starved to death. Rather than striking a single decisive death-blow, their success has been winning by inches, slowly but steadily drawing near to their triumph. Whether the Silver Pact will claim victory, or the Realm will somehow survive, or the returned Solars will throw everything upheaval, is a question that can only be answered through play.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/6/2018
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
So, in other words, the modern day Realm is the result of Lunars slowly chipping away at what used to be an even larger and stronger Realm?
The histories of the Silver Pact and the Realm haven't been strict linear progressions.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/6/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
I can't help but wonder about those "Eight Directions"...

Cardinal + Inter-Cardinal Directions?
That's correct.

Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
That would leave out "Center" which seems a-typical of how the major powers in Creation conceive of directions.
"Eight Directions" isn't an in-setting title. We chose it to emphasize the broader approach the book takes to the Threshold than previous editions' focus on sharply delineated and contained write-ups of North, East, South, and West. Where the Compass of Terrestrial Directions series largely repackaged the same locales that we'd been seeing since the First Edition corebook, Across the Eight Directions has as many new locales as it does old, familiar ones. Many of these are in fact in the diagonal corners of the map — areas which weren't much explored in previous editions, and which have gotten a makeover in 3e.

[#][F] The Demented One - 6/6/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post


I can't help but wonder about those "Eight Directions"...

Cardinal + Inter-Cardinal Directions? That would leave out "Center" which seems a-typical of how the major powers in Creation conceive of directions.
In addition to what Eric said, The Realm covers the Center.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/6/2018
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post


Ah, I assumed because of the "Eight Directions Embassy" it was an in-setting term.
Yes and no? Like, in the sense that when Annie Lennox sings that she's traveled the world and the seven seas, she's absolutely referencing an archaic real-world term, but she's not making a statement about a modern understanding of geography.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2018
Originally posted by Cenrei View Post

Well, there goes my theory of the 8 Directions being 4 Directions of Creation +Underworld, Malfeas, Wyld and Yu-Shan.
Exactly what the founders of the Eight Directions Embassy meant by the term hasn't been specified in canon.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 6/7/2018
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
The Realm's control doesn't extend very far into the North, it doesn't even reach Whitewall or Cherak
As a point of information, Cherak is on the Inland Sea coast and is a Realm satrapy.