What Animal Styles do you want to see?

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 7/16/2018
So the Solar Castes have animal nicknames. The Dawns are Bronze Tigers, the Zeniths are Golden Bulls, the Twilights are Copper Spiders, the Nights are Iron Wolves, and the Eclipses are Quicksilver Falcons. When Castebook Dawn came out, it had Tiger Style in it. "Oh," said us on the forums. "I bet that means we'll get a new animal style in each of the castebooks, corresponding to the animal nicknames of the castes!"

That didn't happen.

So my answer remains, eternally, Bull Style, Spider Style, Wolf Style, and Falcon Style. That's been my answer to this question since 2001, and that will be my answer forever.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 7/16/2018
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
What would Bull Style even be like?
Charges and tackles and bodyslams? I don't know. Maybe base it on sumo.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 7/16/2018
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
And falcon?
For Falcon I think the ideal would be something like a style that involves a lot of leaps, but which synergizes unusually well with Lunar forms that allow for flight.

But we'll probably never see that. It's not like we're doing a book with a bunch of unanounced MA styles where it would fit perfectly or anything.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 7/16/2018
I see a Bull Style that’s based on male bovines, and then we can spend any wordcount that might be necessary to cover Bull Moose Style, Bull Elephant Style, etc. on other styles. And if someone has a good idea for one of those it can just be Moose Style or Elephant Style I guess.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 7/16/2018
Well, what I don’t want to see out of additional animal styles is multiplication of complexity beyond the sort of “Here is the name of the style, and all the Charms of the style; now here is the next style” design we see in e.g. the corebook. I don’t think we need multiple styles of the same name or regional variants with one Charm swapped out for another—and I think handling it that way is both sort of nonsensical considering that there’s not enough Exalted, Charm-using MA practitioners for multiple supernatural variants of any given MA to be believable, and doesn’t much mesh with the “Supernatural MA’s expression of fundamental cosmic truth re: this archetype” shtick that usually comes up when it’s time to explain why Sidereals have proficiency with it.

(Besides, you run into the how-do-I-learn-both-variants problem, where your solutions are going to be something like “You can’t,” which people always hate, “You can but you have to buy the whole style again,” which people always hate and which comes with variants like “you get a discount on the redundant charms in the style the second time” which just demonstrates that your approach is broken and you’re patching it half-assedly and you know it, or “You can just learn both versions of the Charm,” in which case you don’t have regional variants, you’ve just expanded the MA cascade by one, and why are you sticking a moose and an elephant charm in your male bovine style MA and diluting its themes thereby just because males of both those species also happen to be called bulls?)

[#][F] The Demented One - 7/17/2018
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
While I also like this idea, it can potentially end up being overly complicated because each style ends up serving two masters (at least to some extent). Because ...well, if you were creating Wolf style, you'd probably end up with something based on team tactics and working together to take down a stronger opponent (and might end up looking a bunch like DB charms). However Iron Wolf Style should A ) be something that seems properly "wolfy" AND B ) be something that a Night Caste might want to buy instead of or in addition to Ebon Shadow Style.
We're not gonna force those animal styles into being things that work super well for the Castes that take their names from.

[#][F] Stephen Lea Sheppard - 7/17/2018
As a side note, I am so glad our “Actually remember to publish animal styles” initiative is resulting in so many cool ideas.