Ask the Devs v2

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
It seems that, in my hubris, I've let the original Ask the Devs thread get a bit too long. If y'all wouldn't mind posting any new questions here.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Nicolas Milioni View Post
How do the Yozis exalt people on 3e? I'm assuming no Lillun in this edition?
We haven't nailed down the precise specifics of what the process looks like. There's absolutely no Lillun involved.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
But what if you have both eyes, and take the form of a one-eyed animal?

What happens if you hunt a Dragon-Blooded, and in the process of fighting him, you accidentally gouge out one of his eyes (i.e., he opts to take a crippling injury to avoid incoming damage, but you ultimately end up killing him and taking his shape)?
If you take the shape of an animal or person that only has one eye, it'll only have one eye when you turn into it. Stuff that fixes crippling injuries could fix that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Sixth DIrection View Post
Incomparable Body Arsenal, among stuff, doubles 9s on all Strength + Ability rolls. Does that give double 9s on Strength-based attack rolls? [Since, well, Lunars can have that as a default mode of attacking]
Mm. As written, it does, but don't expect that to last in the final version. ^_^

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by nalak42 View Post
So what was the tipping point that made you guys decide the old ask thread was too long?
The forum software seemed unhappy with it, and "it's too long!" seemed like the most reasonable explanation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
Does the Vanisher Hearthstone from Arms of the Chosen apply it's magic to attempts to find you after Stealth is attempted in combat?
Not against Stealth rolls, unless they're specifically made to go to ground.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Indivisible View Post
When a Lunar shapeshifts into another form by committing 4m and taking a miscellaneous action, and reverts to her true human form by releasing those committed motes. When she wants to shift from one borrowed form to another, does she only need to make another miscellaneous action to transform while keeping the motes committed? Does she need to release the mote commitment and then instantly make a new one?
You'd take a new miscellaneous action, releasing the old commitment and making a new one.

Also, are there plans to create a moonsilver light artifact armor? The examples we have for light artifact armor (in currently published books) are starmetal, green jade, and orichalcum, so I'd appreciate knowing where to find an example of light armor designed to work with Lunar themes.
No formal plans, although I'd be surprised if we didn't eventually get there.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Flinty View Post
How does "A Face in the Fog" interact with Disguises? Do you become aware of the shape of the disguised form and would indentify the person only when you profile them while in disguise? Does it automatically see through disguise and indentify the "real" person underneath? Is there a normal roll to pierce disguise when using the Charm? What about a character who was disguised as someone else during the investigated incident, do you upon the profiling the character the disguise was based on draw a false positive?
It hints at what they actually look like, not their disguise. In order to roll to recognize them, you'd either have to see them undisguised, or see through their disguise.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Sticks View Post
I’m really enjoying the charms in the non-core books, but some of them, particularly strength charms, feel like they’re Exalt specific versions of stuff that ought to be a core use of the stat. I’m referring to charms like World Shaking Slam in Lunar Strength, and Shattering Fist Strike in Terrestrial Martial Arts. I don’t want to have to be a Lunar Immaculate Martial artist just to be able to break weapons and throw people into objects so they break. Do you see a viable workaround?
Gambits are probably the best way to handle that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by senresk View Post
Does the reflection spirit created by Moon-in-Well Emanation change in appearance and stats as the Lunar's true form does? Through use of Many-Faced Moon Transformation or training their attributes up further, for example?

If not, could you create the spirit while having Hybrid Body Transformation active to create a beastfolk reflection spirit?
It reflects your appearance (and mutations) at the time you use the Charm.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post
Would the Fist of the North Star (from the anime/manga series of the same name) be a Terrestrial or Celestial martial arts style? It doesn't have nearly enough reality-warping WTFery to be a Sidereal style.
The distinction no longer exists.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by wern212 View Post
Argent Deceiver Smile: when can I pay the 2m
Before the roll.

and how long does the boosted Guile last?
Just against the one roll.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Is it plausible to quantify inherent human characteristics as mutations that Lunars can apply to animal forms with Perfected Hybrid Interaction?

Such as treating the power of human speech as a 1 or 2 dot mutation, or opposable digits as a 3 dot one, etc?
Yeah, those would be feasible mutations.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If I use Radiant Basilisc Jewel to produce a Dependent Hearthstone, do I need to keep a hearthstone installed in my body with it's prereq. to keep the benefits? Does the Dependent keyword not apply? Or can you just not use those hearthstones with the charm?
You'd need to have another hearthstone slotted in yourself to benefit.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Doesn't this mean that Dragon-Blooded targets of a Lunar's sacred hunt are doubly incentivized to accept crippling injuries? Since not only are you reducing incoming damage, but if the Lunar does get your form, they'll be down whatever limb you've given up?
Taking crippling injuries isn't an in-character decision.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Zardoz View Post
Do you need to have a melee weapon ready to use War Lion Stance/Flame Warden Stance?
No, but you won't be able to do much defending without one.

When using War Lion Stance/Flame Warden Stance do all defend other actions have to use your melee parry? (As opposed to Martial Arts Parry).
Yes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Lanaya View Post
Looking through some of the mutations in the Lunar book, some of them feel like they'd also work for modelling Dragon-Blooded aspect markings, such as a Wood Aspect who takes pheremones to represent a lovely floral scent. Is that a reasonable sort of thing to do, or are aspect markings meant to be too minor in scope to have more than cosmetic effects?
If you want especially prominent aspect markings, go ahead.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post
Are there limits on what kinds of God-Bloods can Exalt as which kinds? For instance, can a Fae-Blood not become a Sidereal because of the Wyld in their blood?
No. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Slarn! View Post
For those of us wishing to kit-bash together some Infernal charms, are you thinking of ability-based charms this time, or something else?
Ability-based Charms are still the plan—although that may not necessarily be what works best for your homebrew.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/10/2019
Originally posted by Aretii View Post
It seems like the Silver Pact has a very strong culture of apprenticeship in 3E. Is this the default? Is it strange for new Lunars to join the Silver Pact but stay put and guard/rule their people or otherwise do their own thing, rather than join up with a shahan-ya's entourage? There's a lot of focus on the shahan-yas and notable followers of theirs, so it definitely felt while reading like I'd be doing something weird if I weren't affiliated with one.
It wouldn't be strange. Not all of a shahan-ya's adherents are necessarily their students, or live with them—some are just political supporters, who may not have spent any extended period of time with them. There are also Pact Lunars who aren't affiliated with any particular shahan-ya; one of the QCs in Chapter 9 is an example of this.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
Would the Enhanced Senses (Sight) Mutation apply to the Attack (Perception + Occult) roll for Flight of the Brilliant Raptor?
Hrm. The intent was not that various sense-boosting things could buff that attack roll.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Is there a particular reason there are so few Totemic (Intelligence) charms or did it just work out that way?
It wasn't something we deliberately set out to do.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by JiveX View Post
Does the doubling effect to Stamina associated with impervious skin of stone count as dice added by charms? Is it capped by resistance+specialty?
Soak and damage boosts aren't normally capped; Lunar Excellencies are an exception.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Can the Radiant Basilisc Jewel be used to power a suit of armor while wearing it, or power a warstrider while piloting it?

If not, could an upgrade to that Wits Charm allow the Lunar to use the Hearthstone to power an artifact while in contact with the artifact?
No, but I could see it as part of a potential upgrade.

What further potential could there be for hiding Hearthstones located in places not normally covered by clothes (or while in animal forms)? Especially for RBJ, which are harder to relocate as per your answer involving uses of Flesh-Sculpting Art.
I'm not seeing any.

The Gem of Incomparable Wellness is both Dependent and Linked. Is it possible that all Hearthstones with both keywords, even just one of them, are not appropriate for the RBJ?
The issue with it is its particular effect, not the keywords.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post

No, a Fae-Blood can't become a Sidereal, or no, any God-Blood can receive any Exaltation?
The latter.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Mizu View Post
So, the Exigent book is set up to have a ton of info crammed into it between (presumably) a write up and charms for several Exigent types and the write up for some of the other things that aren't exigents like the Dream-Souled, Hearteaters, and Umbrals. Is it going to have to be larger then the other splatbooks to do that or will you be cutting out some 'standard' things like new sorcery and martial arts to make room to try and squeeze it into a standard sized book?
It's not going to have Martial Arts, sorcery, or artifacts.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
"Part of". So you feel that effect alone doesn't seem worth a whole Charm, and it has room to add a little more?
Yeah.

So almost any Lunar can learn this Charm early in their careers, but few ever will because it complicates people disguises, largely ruins animal disguises (as normal animals don't wear clothes), and in many ways is a second and even worse Tell, because the Wyld Hunt is going to recognize a Cadent Carbunkle set in someone or something's throat after fighting something with that exact same Hearthstone in its throat.
Keep in mind that taking any effort to conceal the stone at all makes it impossible to detect unless they've spotted your Tell that scene.

Presumably, it's the keywords that make the Gem of Incomparable Wellness balanced as a Hearthstone. Unless it's less about the stone's general "power level" and more about how its healing interacts specifically with the healing possible with Lunar Stamina Charms.
It's the specifics of how you go about killing someone with one.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
Re: Penumbra Witch Mastery.



Does it only apply to Int based rolls (as per the rules) or Rolls with any Attribute, as all the latter stuff uses an Attribute other than Int?
The relevant rule here is:

If a Charm enhances or creates an action or static value that’s normally
not rolled with that Charm’s Attribute . . . it can be used with the Attribute normally
associated with that action or value.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post

Could this be like arranging the feathers on your bird-form to cover it up? Or are animals completely out of luck?

prototype00
That would work. It's not supposed to be hard to accomplish; that's why it's unrolled.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post

Could this be like arranging the feathers on your bird-form to cover it up? Or are animals completely out of luck?

prototype00
That would work. It's not supposed to be hard to accomplish; that's why it's unrolled.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Impala Leaping Approach already lets a Lunar ascend two range bands in any form, so I don't see how the Protean effect is supposed to be better, especially when the Protean effect can only be enjoyed once per scene.
Impala Leaping Approach lets you jump up two range bands. The Protean effect lets you fly up two range bands, and then remain there in mid-air. This is one of the times when there's a functional difference between "fly" and "jump good."

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post
What are you two currently writing and what's next in the pipe for you? I know the release schedule but i know that's not necessarily the same as the creation schedule per say.
Currently mostly focused on development and redlines for Heirs to the Shogunate and Across the Eight Directions, rather than writing.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Mizu View Post
What lead you to decide to replace Desus entirely instead of rewrite him into being less of a jerk? Did you think his reputation was just so entrenched fans would never let his 2E dickery go?
We wanted to make Lilith as cool a character as she was in those bits of her First Edition portrayal that really spoke to us. At the end of the day, there just wasn't a way to do that while staying in the shadow of Dreams of the First Age's presentation of Desus.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
So why keep lilith? Like I get it but she's a completely different character. I understand the stigma but it seems like an extreme option.
First Edition Lilith is a very cool character who I like. Desus wasn't mentioned at all in relation to Lilith in either of their appearances throughout First Edition, I believe.

Also, how good can Dragon blooded dodge be? Would say changing grass swaying intuition into a fire charm through an evocation be out of bounds? How strong can dragon blooded defenses be? If you added charms that used (Fire) aura as a persistent defense be too good?
The power level depicted in the books is the one they're meant to sit at, although being able to expand on them by creating new Charms is a benefit. It's hard to quantify "how good" Charms can be in a vacuum, though.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post
What are my options for representing a smaller creature of larger size but not Legendary Size? Like say, a 6 foot tall wolf? Is there a mechanical sticker I can throw on there or do I just need to scale up the numbers a little bit?
The Giant Merit, plus maybe some Mighty Thew, Unusual Hide, and generalized number-bumping, might be what you're looking for.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Can a Hearthstone generated by Radiant Basilisc Jewel be removed from the Lunar’s body?
Not while she lives. Good thing to clarify.

Does it persist after the Lunar’s death?
I think it should if it has the Steady keyword. Another thing to clarify!

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
If a Lunar is at 1 Initiative, and then prevents herself from being Crashed due to Unflagging Predator Vitality, does she still have the ability to trigger Stone Rhino's Skin' effect to gain 1 Initiative from her opponent, as she effectively took 0 damage?
Yep. As long as no damage is dealt, Stone Rhino is good to go.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Some pretty small questions but could you share Sublime, Rukhsara, Lilith and Ul's Spirit-Shapes? I also think Oka is a literal standard lion but given the spin for a wider selection of animals, I'm curious if there is a specific subspecies you guys nailed for him.
Lilith is a spotted owl, Ül is a komodo dragon, and Sha'a Oka is a melanistic lion. The text doesn't specify a spirit shape for Sublime Danger or Rukhsara; I'd want to chat with Eric and Rukshara's writer before declaring my word is law there.

Also, do you consider a Simhata a 'natural' animal for the purposes of Spirit-Shape?
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Simhata are animals.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
I suppose I don't quite understand how that's supposed to be. It seems like their best straight forward defense is their excellency until wood signature charm. The rest of the charms only work with luck (against a non-solar). However, if you created a charm which boosted passive defense by one or 2 in fire aura, yet due to the charms you were using such as fire style+ Dodge theoretically you could be in fire aura all the time. Now is that too much and was that why grass swaying intuition limited to wood and not fire?
You could make Charms that provided access to defensive effects the current Dodge set doesn't provide, but stacking them all in one element, especially the Ability's main element, is gonna cause balance issues.

Another question pertaining to lunars is, objectively it seems like solars were going insane yet lunars seem to either be forgetting or just ambivalent to the fact that they were monsters. Is the case as to why they were also hit during the usurpation because they were also complicit in those actions?

Edit- I'm not forgetting that there were sane solars but the 3e core makes it seem like it was in general a thing that was effecting all solars.
The description of the First Age Solars as "wicked, deceitful, and mad" in the core comes two paragraphs after it calls them "benevolent masters" of all Creation for five thousand years. In both cases, I think it's pretty clear that this is a highly simplified depiction that's lacking in nuance. There was not one objectively correct way to view things.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/11/2019
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
Also, where do you personally stand on Simhatas? They haven't gotten much attention in 3ed, would you like to remedy this at some point if you are able (just your take, I know resources and backlog are of course king)?
Don't worry, you'll see them eventually.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by SamuraiMujuru View Post
The release of three new dinosaurs in Lunars is very exciting (particularly excited for an old favorite, the dinosaur tank) but it only wets my appetite.

Any chance we'll see more, possibly some of the weirder ones, in Hundred Devils?
There are more dinos slated in Hundred Devils.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
If a Lunar shifts into a form with a Speed Bonus, would it add to her Human form dice pools if those turned out to be higher than the animal's dice pools?
Yeah. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by senresk View Post
Is the phase-shifting of Morovath because it's Sha’a Oka’s territory, or is that because of something else? Mostly asking because I'm wondering whether the territory charm can do something as noticeable as that.
That's a Morovath thing, not a Sha'a Oka thing.

Also, unrelatedly to that, but Ül the Burning Eye and Wings of Ivory are noted to be Raksi's most notable political allies, despite both of them being in the west. Is that supposed to be mainly based around correspondence, similar to her relationship with Rukhsara-Who-Remembers, or do they actually meet up despite the vast distance?
Most of their correspondence is going to be long range, via sorcery or other means. They might occasionally meet up, but their alliance is mostly based on taking the same political positions in councils rather than all hanging out a bunch.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Are craft slot increasing charms a Solar only area? Were they deemed unnecessary? Or is there another reason Lunars and DBs don't seem to have them?
The feedback I've heard from players is that very few of them have actually needed extra craft slots in actual play, which makes those kinds of Charms a low priority when it comes to deciding what to cut.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by Basileus View Post
I saw in the other thread that there's currently no plans to proceed with the Niobraran sourcebook. That's disappointing, not necessarily because of the book itself (although it did sound super interesting), but because I like seeing Exalted stretch the setting and give us examples of the weird, different, and amazing stuff that litters Creation and its history. The introduction of the Alchemical Exalted in early First Edition is a classic example of this - it gave us a new world, the mythology of Autochthon, a whole new type of Exalted, and the storyline of the Locust Crusade to play with. Given that the Niobraran sourcebook has been shelved, are there any plans to publish something similar to that - a look at some cool new part of the setting on the scale of the Alchemicals/Niobraran material? Beyond laying the groundwork with getting the books on the various Exalt types published, this is the type of material that gets me the most excited about this game and that I hope to see more of as the line progresses.
It's definitely a possibility.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
There are a lot of Totemic Charms for spirit shapes that hunt in packs, but what about for spirit shapes that move in herds for protection?

Maybe a Thunder Lizard or Bull totem Lunar could learn a Charisma Charm like Guiding the Flock as a Stamina Charm?
It's a valid criterion for Totemic, but I don't think the Charisma culture hero stuff wants to be in another Attribute.

Does the Leaping Impala Charm still function when you're underwater? Can you use it to go after someone higher in the water, or to breach the surface to attack someone?
I believe it's possible to jump underwater, and out of the water.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by Sanguine View Post
So I had a question about Supreme God-Beast Unleashed. Specifically the bit that interacts with Tiny or Minuscule creatures. So the exact text from the preview is as follows:

Now my question is about the grappling bit. Is it intended that my grasshopper familiar, as an example, should be able to grapple a creature with legendary size while under the effect of this charm? Or is it only referring to things of normal size?
"Normal" size only. I'll clarify that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by Slarn! View Post
It's unclear to me whether or not using charms like Emerald Grasshopper Form or Quicksilver Second cause a shapeshifter without the need to pay the normal 4 motes. I assume that they don't?
Quicksilver Second Face still requires you to pay the base cost, but Emerald Grasshopper Form and Towering Beast Form don't. I'll see if there's a way to make that clearer.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
With the way things are right now in your heads with regards to lore about the Terrestrial bloodlines, would new Dragon-Blooded continue to arise if you took a bloodline completely out of Creation? Like if some got scooped by Autochthon when he fled and raised the Seal of Eight Divinities, or if some First Age Solar folded space and wyld in on itself and made some kind of closed off pocket realm that the Elemental Dragons, Loom of Fate, and Incarna have no purchase in.
There's no general reason why Dragon-Blooded shouldn't be able to Exalt outside of Creation. There still aren't any in Autochthonia; we might tinker with past editions' explanations for why that is once we get around to Alchemicals.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Any thought on when we might see 3E coverage of the Demon City/Yozi (ala 1E GoD)and roasters of new demons? The Sorcery book perhaps?
I'd expect to see new demons before coverage of Malfeas.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
With regards to Radiant Basilisc Jewel, the Dependent keyword as described is still in effect (you require another hearthstone to power this one as you answered), but does the Linked keyword mean anything in the context of the Lunar with the hearthstone growing out of her? Is she considered the Manse for the purpose of the Hearthstone's existence?
Yeah. 10char

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by Possessed View Post
Are we going to get anything on the Lintha in 3rd edition? Especially full blooded Lintha? Perhaps in the Infernals book?
The Lintha will get some coverage in the Bluehaven write-up in Across the Eight Directions.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
If I buy Scorpion-And-Toad Absolution and Adder Fang Method as Wits charms at character creation, can I later buy Mamba-And-Cobra Mastery and Poison Blood Prana as Stamina charms?

Or similar situations. Essentially, if you buy a charm totemically, can you buy the next charm in the tree un-totemically (assuming this isn't one of those where the prerequisite charms change). Or vice-versa, buying a charm normally and then buying the next one with a different Attribute, totemically.
When it comes to prerequisite Charms, it doesn't matter what Attribute you purchased them under.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by Zelbinnean View Post
Will Lunar Exalted again have Charms (perhaps under the Heart's Blood category) that allow them to take the shape of plants, pieces of terrain, or environmental hazards?
No.

If "no," does your answer change if I backed the Kickstarter sufficiently to request a custom charm? Or is this just an overall design space/aesthetic you are not intending Lunars to possess in this edition?
If you backed for a custom Charm, you get your custom Charm. While I'll try my best to find a way to make concepts work with our vision of Lunar Charms in a way that doesn't require the Apocryphal keyword, the ultimate priority is making sure the backer gets what they want.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/12/2019
Originally posted by Zelbinnean View Post
If you're comfortable answering this, is the rationale because it doesn't plug into the IRL mythos for "divine shapeshifters" that is a core Lunar theme and therefore is not appropriate? Like, Lunars aren't just "general shapeshifters," they are embodying a particular type of shapeshifter common to real-world myths from multiple cultures? I personally can't think of a time where any cultural trickster-hero turned into a tree or a fog bank to achieve their goals, so I get why it might not be in the themes y'all are trying to convey.
Fine-tuning the Lunar to evoke the mythic and cultural resonance of various animals through their shapeshifting and their Protean and Totemic Charms was a big part of how we tried to convey our vision of them, and that emphasis gets undermined if you let them them turn into magical animals/demons/geography instead. They definitely aren't meant to be generic, all-encompassing shapeshifters, and I think that specificity is part of their strength.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Does wood dragon letting you use bows as staves extend to combineable staff martial arts?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Does the hearthstone made with Radiant Basilisc Jewel need to be on the surface of the body? Or can it be beneath the skin?
It's on the surface.

If no, does something like moonsilver carapace give the ability to completely hide and seal it off from outside tampering?
It might conceal it, although once you're covered in moonsilver, I figure subtlety's out the window.

There's not much tampering that can be done to the hearthstone, regardless of whether or not it's covered.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by Sixth DIrection View Post
Lunars' Poised Lion Attitude allows only one social influence per turn, but I'm not sure how to read that.
Is it just that the Charm is 1/turn?
Is it incompatible with spending your combat action on social influence, with of without flurrying (with Threatening Voice, or Silver-Voiced Nightingale, or just taking the penalties)?
Is it incompatible with any social influence in the same round, even from Reflexive effects (e.g., Torn Lotus Defense)?
It won't let you make more than one "normal" influence roll on your turn. Things like Torn Lotus Defense don't count as "normal" influence rolls.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Is Solomon David an Infernal? His story seems to fit the general Infernal Arc
It's definitely a valid interpretation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Does the healing bonus provided by Bear Sleep Technique grant any benefits vs. Disease or Poison?
No, other than speeding the rate you heal any damage from poison.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
So it was stated in the other Ask the Devs thread that Hearteaters, Umbrals, and Dream-Souled don't have castes/aspects or equivalents. Is this primarily to accommodate their more limited spreads, or is it an inherent part of their natures? If any of these types were to eventually get an expanded concept book, would they retain their purely Essence-based charms and castelessness, or would that change about them with the added room?
It's because we don't anticipate their being multiples of them in the same game, which diminishes the need for differentiation that Castes fulfill. It also helps us with wordcount

As a counterpoint, the Getimians were originally the same way, but when we realized that an all-Getimian game was likely going to be a very attractive prospect, we gave them Castes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Is Many-Voiced Mockingbird Attitude limited to being used in forms normally capable of speech?
I'm leaning towards "no." Going to address that explicitly in the final version.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by The Lidless Eye That Sees View Post
Does the book of three circles have evocations?
Yep; Raksi's got them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
So, we just Unleashed Sublime Danger. Are you dreading having to write this style or do you basically have it done already?
I haven't fully written it, but the emotion I feel is definitely excitement, not dread.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Does Argent Songbird Voice apply only to vocal utterances or does it work for stuff like dancing too?
Any kind of social influence at all.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
I realize that quick character stats aren't meant to entirely one-to-one map to a character sheet, but I figured I might as well ask this: Is there a reason that Hata Mor, Raksi, and Ma-Ha-Suchi's first tiers of their grapple excellencies are different from the first tiers of excellencies for other attack rolls since they're all supposed to be based on the same stat by default?
They're following QC guidelines, which are spelled out in the corebook.

Also, what is Raksi's attunement cost for The Book of Three Circles? It's not included like other Lunars' mote pools (and her pools are lower than Ma-Ha-Suchi's and Lilith's, so I feel like her write-up is missing something there).
I think some of our final edits to her mote pools didn't go through; I'm gonna double check those in the final.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
Does Raksi's Sage of the Three Circles allow her to cast Solar Circle Spells? My first thought is no, since Spell-Swallowing Pages specifically calls it out whereas it doesn't here, but I wanted to be sure.
No. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
is Impenetrable Armor a merit that can be purchased? If so, what are the points for it?
No, it's animal only.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by JiveX View Post
Besides the Blazing Interception that allows a defend other action to enable a counterattack, are cheap counterattacks not a thing terrestrials can do (or just something that wasn’t included for space/etc). If one were to make one for Brawl, a straightforward one like Blazing Interception that allows defense to yield a counterattack, would it likely require willpower to be spent and or high Essence?
It's not something they typically get access to. If they were to get a straightforward one, it'd probably require some interaction with the Aura mechanic, the same way they need to in order to clash without it using up their turn.

More straightforward , can one use clash or counterattack Charms, after using perfected scales of the dragon or does the “no attacking in next turn” clause void using charms to attack outside the character’s next turn.
They can still employ reflexive attacks outside of their own turn.

Last question, thank you for reading this far, if a character with Immovable Mountain Technique active activates Erupting Fury barage or other multiple attack charm and the target uses Tiger Claw Swat in response to the first attack, would you allow the character to finish the flurry before being knocked back?
That seems like a good way of mitigating it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by autXautY View Post
Does the minuscule size merit prevent you from dealing decisive damage with any attacks, or is it just the natural attacks an animal has that are called out as not dealing decisive damage?
In particular, can a sorcerer in minuscule size deal decisive damage with spells to normal size creatures, but also can Last Warrior's Unity enable dealing decisive damage?
If not, can they use spells like Thunder Wolf's Howl and Cantata of Empty Voices to deal damage without using decisive attacks?
Any attacks you make from Minuscule Size can't deal decisive damage. Your tiny, tiny obsidian butterflies are adorable, but not harmful.

Things that aren't attacks, like Cantata of Silent Voices' environmental hazard, can still deal decisive damage,

Raksi knows the rituals of Raksi's Tutelage, and presumably no other shaping rituals. Should we take this as her having learned these from some other source, having somehow become a sorcerer by teaching herself, having lost her original shaping ritual at some point, or some other possibility?
I wouldn't read too much into it. She might have some original shaping ritual, but for the purposes of running her as a self-contained QC, she's all Raksi magic, all the time.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by Measure of Hope View Post

I've found my new party trick.

Actual question: when it comes to Kickstarter reward tiers with the "name an NPC" option, how much detail is allowed/required to be given by the backer? Is it literally just the name? Can we define details such as their general description, personality and spirit shape? Can we give you a short backstory, with the understanding that anything may be altered/not make it into the text, according to the needs of the book they show up in?
All that we can promise is that the name will appear. If you give us additional details or backstory, we'll do our best to find a place where some of that can come through, and we certainly won't contradict it, but we can't guarantee any given detail from their backstory will appear.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Also is there any chance we might eventually see a written up Visiting Flare in one way or another? (either in a book like the STs guide or maybe in adversaries)
Is it theoretically possible that in some alternate reality, Eternal Nova's exaltation could have ended up as abyssal or infernal? In your opinion of course
It's not impossible, but I don't want to make him out to be too important. The events of the comic are non-canonical; players should be able to be Sublime Danger's Solar mate or learn that one of their past incarnations was Rakan Thulio's ex-lover.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
My lord. Any chance you can... hint at the Getimian caste names....?
It relates to the yin-and-yang concepts their themes play with, although they've got more than two Castes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post

So it also can't be purchased from the 6 dots from Hybrid Body Tranaformation?
Correct. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by armyofwhispers View Post
wait... so you're saying that your size affects your spellcasting?

A Yozi can cast Death of Obsidian Butterflies and would cover a country with it?

What about Tiny size? It's never spelled out anywhere what all effects Tiny Creature has, so there's technically no rule against a lunar casting a spell as a rabbit and getting full effect, correct?

Edit: If you're concerned about balance issues for tiny/minuscule spellcasters, why not simply state that the act of shaping sorcery in such a size requires more emphasis, thus negating the penalty to spot them. This would leave only the bonus evasion while casting and 10m, 1wp for +3 evasion is pretty inefficient (assuming I'm reading it right and the +3 evasion counts as charm dice).
You're reading too broadly into it. Minuscule Size says your decisive attacks can't deal damage to things that aren't minuscule. Death of Obsidian Butterflies is a decisive attack. The logical conclusion applies.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post
Do you ever write things (like this as an example) prior to it being needed just because it was on your mind, or do you always wait for the (paid?) need for it in a book? I can imagine someone like you two writing just for fun all the time, but once you're on a timetable I can also understand forcing yourself to prioritize the current stuff which leaves no time/energy for the rest.
Sometimes - more often, I'll just mentally have a rough sketch of something. There've been some effects for Toad style I've had in the back of my mind for a couple of years now.

Is the named character always going to be an exalt type of the book its in? If we back today for a character name, does that have to be a Lunar? Or can we request a Solar somehow be put in there, allowing for your choice of context?
The backer reward doesn't require that, although if you do request a non-Lunar, we might have to wait until a subsequent book to find a place where it works rather than putting it in the Companion.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by armyofwhispers View Post
So by this logic, while using Emerald Grasshopper Form, you cannot deal decisive damage even with damage boosting charms, correct?
Correct. It'd take an effect that explicitly overcomes the limit.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by Maudova View Post
Does Rats-in-the-Basement Style allow the Lunars allies or anyone else to use the tunnel back to the den?
Anyone who can finds it can use it, and the Lunar always exempt people from the normal obfuscation concealing it.

If so can a battle group use it?
Yes, although such routes aren't necessarily going to be large enough to fit a full army on the march - they may have to go single file.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/13/2019
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
That is interesting! Since that opens up the possibility of moving backer stuff to a different date, have you guys ever played the idea of breaking Companions, Backer Tiers and similar things into smaller/more manageable releases?

You guys always spoil us with the sheer size of the Companions (Lunars is already 65k+ and is likely to get bigger yet), so does the temptation at least exist just from the sheer 'holy hell this is getting chunky' of the Companions?
From our perspective, it's just another book to fit into the schedule - a 65k release on the smaller side, compared to a lot of the books we're working on. I think breaking the Companion down into multiple books would have some undesirable inefficiencies both on our end and the end of anyone wanting to buy and/or ship physical copies.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
Are Lunars allowed to use their Excellencies on rolls for which they do not possess any dots in the Ability? For example, a Lunar possesses no dots in Brawl yet needs to oppose a successful grapple's control roll.
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
How does Raski Have an Administration of 4 and a Vast Knowledge of 11? Is she getting a penalty? I assume her int would be 5 so it should be at least 5.
QC dicepools don't reflect a strict adherence to Attribute and Ability calculations. Raksi has a very low Administration pool to reflect just how little she cares for personally involving herself in governance.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by sigfriedmcwild View Post
Apologies if this has been asked before. When using Steel Paw Style to use Stamina to calculate parry, how does that interact with the Dex defense charms?
At the top of my head right now:
- Can I still reduce penalties with Bending Before the Storm?
- Can I use Ferocious Guardian Beast Stance to reflexively defend other and then use a Stamina based Parry against that attack?
All your Dexterity-based defensive Charms would still be fully compatible with Steel Paw Style.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
Must Memory-Drinking Meditation's cost be committed for as long as the Lunar wants to keep a shape's memories, starting when the shape is first acquired; or, is it committed just while in the chosen shape, and only when desired by the Lunar? And if the latter is the case, is the acquired Tie maintained just as if it were the Lunar's own, regardless if they are using the Charm at the time?
You've gotta keep it committed the entire time, even when not in their shape.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Snakesandsuns View Post
Are Getimian still going to have the equal mote pools and charms with different effects depending on what pool you pay out of?
Yes.

Is the plan to still have them come out about when Sidereal's manual comes out
Current plan is to have them as a softback that's next in line after Sidereals.

and will we get to have a sneak peak (possibly in Adversaries of the Righteous) before them come out?
Hopefully!

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
I didn’t see a general “you don’t need tools to craft” charm for Lunars. Did I just miss it or do they not have an equivalent to Craftsman Needs No Tools or Stone Carving Fingers/Shaping Hand Style?
They don't have one in Fangs at the Gate.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Accelerator View Post
What should be the upper level of the power of first circle demons in 2e and 3e? Can we make tank analogues using first circle demons? What about gunships and submarines? What about missiles? Can we have first circle demons that act as computers? Or be able to snipe people from miles away?
It's difficult to draw comparisons between demons and modern technology, because Creation lacks a lot of the things that contextualize modern technology—but that said, most of those examples are sound way beyond the First Circle. Blood apes are emblematic of the combat-focused First Circle demon's power level, and they definitely aren't gunships or missiles. Sniping people from miles away is right out.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Maltry View Post
Do the Getimian castes reflect the traditional Wu Xing five phases at all? I'm curious because I think that might make a fun mirror to the less traditional five elements the Dragonbloods use.
No, they don't really have much in the way of elemental associations.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
Let's say the optional Exalteds take off, and you decide to make them more canonical, could they then be "expanded" a bit and get Castes?
I think expanding on them is possible, although I'm much less sure about canonizing them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post

Sorry if this is a repeat question, but what's the difference between a hardback and softback? Just size/word count?
From the developer's perspective, it's just size, but there may be some differences in the physical books themselves, which aren't really in my bailiwick.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post
Can you mix and match sorcerous merits from those outside of your specific initiation?
In order to take a Merit, you need one of the shaping rituals associated with that sorcerous initiation. You can mix and match shaping rituals, as discussed in the corebook.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
What is the willpower cost to resist for Thousand Throat Howl?
It follows the standard rules for resisting threaten rolls.

Does an Exalt having a mutation through Hybrid Body Transformation get access to the Protean effects of charms? What about if they are in Deadly Beastman Transformation? Does that change it?

Can a Lunar use Deadly Beastman Transformation and maintain it while shapeshifting to an animal form? If so, does it need to be only the animal her Hybrid Body Transformation form is based on or can it be any form?
Hybrid Body Transformation and Deadly Beastman Transformation can only be used while in your true human shape. You never gain Protean benefits in your true human shape, so Hybrid Body Transformation won't unlock them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Jade-Wrought Sunfire View Post

Any possibility of them getting a Deluxe edition as an add-on to the Sidereal KS? Same question for Liminals, as well, with, presumably, the Abyssals KS. I'd be a bit sad to have all these great Deluxe HC splats...and then two regular ol' softcovers for Getimians and Liminals.
That's definitely something I can discuss with the higher-ups.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Kell_Tamer View Post
I have a question regarding dice adding for lunars. If I have a charm that gives me bonus dice on a roll, but its higher than my attribute limit, can i stunt a second attribute to get the rest of them? What if I don’t have the excellency in either of them? I assume if you just intend to use the excellency you need the primary attributes exy before you can stunt the second attribute.

Examples

1) Charm A gives me 4 dice, but i have only attribute A 3. I have an exy in it and a second attribute. Can I stunt to get the extra die?

2). Charm B gives me 4 dice but i have attribute B 3. I have no excellency in attribute B but I have one in a stuntable attribute, can i stunt to get the 4th die?

3). I have 3 in Attribute B but no excellency, I have 3 in attribute C and an excellency, Can I stunt to get attribute C to my dice pool? Or because i lacked Excellency B I can’t stunt for Excellency C?
Stunting to raise your dice caps will let you get those excess dice, and you don't need an Excellency to do it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Sasha View Post
If a Lunar's spirit shape is a poison-dart frog and they use Hybrid Body Transformation to grant themselves the Poisoned Body or Venomous merit, would it be reasonable to have them use the traits of Arrow Frog Venom instead of the normal Snake Venom traits?
If your Storyteller thinks that's okay.

Also, can an animal form with a non-Snake Venom poisoned attack (e.g. octopus, wasp) gain the Enhanced Toxin mutation via charms (e.g. Chimera-Soul Expression, Perfected Hybrid Interaction) despite not technically having the Poisoned Body or Venomous merits?
Sounds good; I'll probably tweak the prerequisites to make that work explicitly.

Finally, the Enhanced Toxin merit says that it can be re-purchased multiple times. Does this mean the 'Potent' sub-merit can be selected multiple times?
No, just once for each option.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
So without going into details if you don't want to or can't just yet about the castes, can you share the Getimian caste names at least? I'm sure we're all curious and will want to madly speculate on parallels with Sidereals.
I want to keep their Caste names under wraps for now, but I can say there's no parallelism between them and Sidereal Caste names.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by Gigaton-Falcon-Emu View Post
So now that the KS is over, I am curious as to both your moods.

Are you more towards 'bask in the glory of another smashing KS' or 'rubbing hands in anticipation for what's next'?
A chimera of "very happy" and "tired."

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
The zenith anima effect to transfer pain from the dead to their transgressors is very vague and never really mentioned in any story examples or text to my knowledge so my question is how should this be treated when it happens?
It's ultimately up to the Storyteller to determine how to model the effects of making someone feel the experience of their victim's suffering.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/14/2019
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post

Aside from adrenaline, what from a dev perspective is tiring about the Kickstarter? I was under the assumption that it was largely overseen by others. Was it just having a greater online presence than typical to answer questions and view feedback, or does more go on behind the scenes for a dev than I assume?

Sorry, my questions seem to be a lot about how the sausage is made lately.
There's a lot of fan engagement, a lot of feedback to process, some behind the scenes work making any last-minute corrections we feel are necessary to the text and then making it available to James, and just a lot of emotional investment in the whole process.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by Nabirius View Post
Are the lunar charms laid out in the previews a more-or-less exhaustive list, with just cleanup and balancing left to go? Or are there even more charms yet to come?
They're an exhaustive list of Charms that'll appear in Fangs at the Gate, although the Kickstarter's added more that will appear in the companion, Many-Faced Strangers.

What are you all going to do to celebrate the successful Kickstarter?
Relax a bit and proof The Realm.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
From a development perspective, how do you perceive Exigent Charms in terms of scope? The idea of developing a full set for each Exigent my players create is a little daunting.

Would it make sense to build as you go? Am I too much of a novice at customizing to see the big picture? I don't mean to bash the idea behind Exigents, because it's amazing and I'm really looking forward to the book, but a little insight into what you'd consider ideal practice would be great.
That's a topic I'm planning to address in Exigents. You don't need to write the whole Charm set to get started — assuming your Exigent uses most of the standard numbers, you only need 15 to 18 — and a complete Exigent Charmset that's designed for one player doesn't need to be as big or all-encompassing as an Charm set that's designed to be used to make potentially hundreds of player characters.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by Tlalchitonatiuh View Post
To begin with, please allow me to say congratulations on another wonderfully finished kickstarter! I missed out on the Dragon-blooded one, but have since managed to catch up with the backerkit preorder, and pledge for this one as well. As a fan since the original corebook first released, i could not be happy with the current direction of this wonderful game.
Thank you!

I'm sorry if these have been asked before, but is there any chance of getting (or have we already recieved and I missed them) Evocations for "The Tomb of Dreams"?
We haven't done Evocations for the artifacts in Tomb of Dreams, although folks ask about it from time to time. It might happen.

As well as if there will be any form of "discount" or Print on Demand incentive to buying all of the Adversaries and Creatures monthly pdfs?
It's been discussed, but the specifics of that aren't in my wheelhouse.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by autXautY View Post
If you miss with the counterattacks generated by Laughing Monster Form, do you lose the normal initiative for missing with a decisive attack?
Yep. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
I'm assuming plague rat prana doesn't work on the GC? Because otherwise a shogunate aged lunar should be able to infect people with it.
Safe assumption to make. It'll be explicit in the final text.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Neall will.
So a Question about everyone’s favorite sorcerous kingdom: is it reasonable to assume Ysyr has exalted among its ranks? Any particulars as to why it wouldn’t?(the dreaming sea seems balanced between Yenjn, Sorcerers, and Dragonblooded at my reading)
The occasional Exalt might show up, but they don't have them in any great number — and if a Ysyri slave Exalts, the sorcerer princes could have a whole lot of trouble on their hands.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by Tlalchitonatiuh View Post
Thank you so much for the replies! I was curious as well if we had a firm date for when the dragon-blooded preorder will be ending?
Not at this time, at least.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by FallenEco View Post
How can a character learn more shaping rituals for Sorcery without intiating a new circle/taking a new charm?
The core book discusses gaining new shaping rituals through creating sorcerous relics. Other methods of gaining them through play should involve similar levels of effort and investment. It's a topic will likely explore in greater depth down the line.

Is there any plans to do a 'godblooded' book?
Not a dedicated book, but we are planning to include material on God-Blooded PCs.

Or for there to be playable ghosts?
Undetermined.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post

Heartiest Congratulations on the most recent Kickstarter Success!

So just to check/confirm, the core rule book had this to say on the subject Of mixing and matching Shaping Rituals:



So does this (and I fully accept that I may be wrong, I admit to being confused a bit here) mean that you can Initiate via a Pact with an Ifrit Lord, chose a Shaping Ritual from another Initiation (work it in flavour), say the one where you Meditate from Talisman of 10000 Eyes but pick the Suzerain of Endless Flame merit?

Or does it have to be Ifrit Lord Initiation/Ifrit Lord Rituals/Ifrit Lord Merits until you get Celestial Circle Magic?

Thank you so much for the answer, whatever it may turn out to be.
The intent of the mixing and matching is more to say that if you gain Terrestrial Circle Sorcery by making a Pact with an Ifrit Lord, you could advance to Celestial Circle Sorcery with a shaping ritual with another initiation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
Is Space-Saving Concession Solar-only or does it also apply to the Awareness/Perception Charms of other Exalted?
It applies to Solars only.

Will Across the Eight Directions have stats for Haslanti air- and iceships?

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
A bit of an oldie. But what did give you all the idea to make single point? Any inspirations? Just a cool idea you had?
I believe it was a style used by one of the previous developer's player characters. I took some inspiration from Ruroni Kenshin in writing it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
Suppose you want to delve into the memories of a shape you've acquired prior to learning Memory-Drinking Method, or you have let its commitment lapse and want to reclaim it. Are there any existing ways to do this, or would a new Charm need to be developed/Home-brewed for the purpose?
You'd need a custom Charm.

And on an unrelated note, it's been well-established that spiritual beings cannot have their shapes acquired, but could there be a Charm to fake it? For instance, taking a demon's physical appearance, without any supernatural abilities, Charms, or what have you?
Essential Mirror Nature does that,

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/15/2019
Originally posted by Hammer Senpai View Post
Does a foreign Exaltation interact with the blood of the Dragons? If a Dynast Exalts as a Solar/Lunar/Sidereal/whatever, do they still have to worry about progenitive Essence and their children becoming Dragon-Blooded?
A non-Dragon-Blooded Exalt can still pass the blood of the dragons onto their children, but they do so the same way mortals do, with a fickle progenitive Essence that neither waxes nor wanes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by autXautY View Post
When choosing a shaping ritual from Celestial Circle Sorcery (the charm, that is), how much of a story justification must there be? It seems like there's a pair of bounds between "you've never met Raksi in your life" and "The charm didn't give you the shaping ritual, you've earned Tutored by Raksi on your own" (or whatever other initiation you wanted).
It's gotta be reasonable.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If I have two charms that give me double 9s on a roll, can I use them both to get double 8s? Or is there no additional benefit?
No, they don't stack.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post

I'm sorry, I think I misspoke. What I meant was an ability to effectively take a magical being's shape (demon, fae beast, etc.) just as an animal or human's, but only in a physical sense. While EMN would be a great help in pulling off such a ruse, it only covers associated sensory effects; great for mimicking a demon's capacity to float off the ground, less so for copying its swimming ability.
That's not something Lunars can do.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by Saelvarath View Post
According to the Core book (p.122) if you take Brawl as a Favoured ability Martial Arts also becomes Favoured. All Favoured abilities must start with at least 1 dot.

However, Martial Arts has a special rule (p.154) that you need to take the Martial Artist Merit to purchase dots in it.

So, what happens if I want to make a brawler character without martial arts training at character creation? Then what happens if during play the character picks up the merit?
If you don't take the Merit, Martial Arts would be an exception to the rule that you have to put a dot in it at character creation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by Sixth DIrection View Post
What exact benefits does a battlegroup get when chosen as a beneficiary of a distract gambit? Is its Initiative increased for the turn? Does its attack against the target get the bonus?
As written, I don't believe battle groups can benefit from distract gambits, as they don't use Initiative to calculate damage.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
I have a slightly weird question, but it's something that came up in a game.

Can you use the Sacred Hunt to take a form that's not not your target's natural form? For example, gaining the form of a Tyrant Lizard by hunting a Lunar shapeshifted as a Tyrant Lizard?

And, if yes, can you gain an animal or human form by targeting an invalid target who's in a valid form?

This is the specific example; In 2nd ed, my Lunar acquired the shape of his Solar Mate. But he did it by sleeping with what he thought was his Solar Mate, but who was actually a Fox-Raksha who had copied the Solar Mate's form in order to trick him (because he'd broken up with another Fox-Raksha after his evil identical twin... well, it's a long story).

Now, in 2nd ed I had the knack to get Raksha forms anyway, so it doesn't matter. But would it work in 2nd ed? The form he got was a human form, but of course he got it via a Raksha.

Other examples might be, for example, an animal-god who has shapechanged into an animal form, or Mara when she's turned into a human.
The "Hunters Hunted" sidebar in Chapter 5 covers the general topic of taking a shapeshifter's forms through the sacred hunt. If you try to hunt a shapeshifting spirit, raksha, or other invalid target while it's in a human or animal shape, you can get that human or animal shape.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by Knurlurzhad View Post
How does the Inert Initiative of battle groups interact with Charms that grant Initiative? I am specifically asking in reference to Charge of One Hundred Generals from What Fire Has Wrought. Would a battle group cavalry unit gain the initiative for moving a range band.
They can still gain Initiative from such effects.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Can the Sculpted Seafoam Eidolon perform actions that wouldn't require die rolls? Like picking something up, carrying a load, etc? Or if it tries to do that, does the item just fall through the entity's surface?
Yes, it can do stuff like that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by autXautY View Post
If you use Claws of the Silver Moon in an animal form to boost a natural weapon where the animal's dice pool is less than yours, does the accuracy boost from the Claws replace (well, they're both +1) or add to the normal accuracy of using a natural weapon with your own pool?
Same question for Overwhelming, though I'm guessing that replaces since a hippo with overwhelming 10 would be somewhat excessive.
Both bonuses stack. Hippos are scary.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by Indivisible View Post
Could you please clarify how recognizing something by scent works?

Animals have the Discerning Scent latent ability, which lets them identify one scent per purchase. Lunars could technically use this option, but it would get expensive quickly.

Solar's have scent libraries through Keen Taste and Smell Technique, which works on people you have significant intimacies towards, as well as any mundane scents you may have encountered. I thought that creating scent libraries would be how other charmsets handled human characters with a superhuman sense of smell, bu this doesn't appear to be the case.

Lunars have four scent charms that don't create a scent library:
Stricken Calf Scent to diagnose, track, or oppose Stealth
Spider and Rose Discernment to detect poisons, diseases, and other contaminants
Blood on the Wind to pierce anti-tracking magic
Inevitable Spoor Discovery for enhanced tracking

Prey's Scent Discernment creates a scent library for people with the same restrictions that Solars have for people. However, it doesn't record non-people smells.

How do Lunars and other non-Solar exalts handle learning how to identify things by scent?
Scent libraries aren't intended to be a universal mechanic. Recognizing a particular scent, if feasible for humans, could just be a (Perception + Awareness) roll, with a difficulty related to the nature of the scent — recognizing the smell of alcohol is probably difficulty 1, for example.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by Jefepato View Post
What happens if you use Peacock Shadow Eyes in the middle of a fight?

(This occurred to me mainly because it's only 7sm to cast, so it wouldn't be hard for an Exalted sorcerer to cast it in one action, making it potentially more combat-viable than many other spells.)

The trance breaks if someone attacks the victim of course, but let's assume it was a one-on-one fight or something. If someone was trying to punch you in the face before he looked into your glowing magical eyes, does he continue to attack you (sleep-fighting, one might say) or would he probably calm down and stop swinging as long as he was tranced? The "he can still act" thing is a little vague.
He can still fight, he just won't remember doing it.

Also, is it possible for the sorcerer to end the trance before the scene ends (other than by attacking the victim)? I can imagine situations where leaving needlessly long gaps in the victim's memory would be a problem.
No.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Does the Carapace/Shell mutation count as Armor for the purposes of Lunar charms that don't like armor?
It counts as armor for all purposes, including those.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
is it intended that Steel Paw Style and Deadly Claw Blow aren't synchronized? Since Steel Paw Style works on Medium weapons and Deadly Claw Blow doesn't. The charms are otherwise pretty mirrored, so I was curious if that was oversight or a conscious design decision.
It's deliberate.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/16/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

Hmm... Does that mean you could get the default appearance of a spirit such as Ligier, who appears to look like a normal person, or does it need to explicitly be an alternative one assumed with a dedicated shapeshifting power?

I take it that for a shapeshifter such as Mara, who has no default form and has all shapes carry her characteristic deer legs, it's not really possible to find her in a shape that could be acquired that isn't a cat?
"A human-like shape," such as Ligier's, isn't good enough. It's gotta be a human form they're shapeshifting into, like Fakharu can.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/17/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
So, if Lunars can take shapes of altered creatures such as Wyld mutants and the like, how does that square with the prohibition on the shapes of magical animals? Is it a matter of purely physical changes, like, say, a tiger with a mossy coat and wooden claws, versus energetic changes, like an aughdeighe's Icy Hide Merit?
A mutated animal and a magical creature are just two totally different things.

EDIT: On another issue entirely: Lunars can't awaken the magical talents of their animal shapes that have such. Could a new Charm enable such feats, or perhaps learning each new magical talent as if it were an Evocation of the shape?
That would have bad outcomes, balance-wise.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/17/2019
Originally posted by Monghani View Post
Steel Paw Style allows you to use Stamina instead of Dexterity to calculate your parry, but all the charms for boosting and preserving your parry are still in Dexterity with no Totemic(Stamina) keyword. Is this an intentional limitation to still require buying Dexterity up to gain these charms?
You can still use those Dexterity Charms with Steel Paw Style, as specified in the "Restrictions" section at the start of the Charms chapter.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/17/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
If there was ever a dedicated military book ala Scroll of Kings, would the subject of how an army is supplied and financed be considered a sufficient source of narrative drama to have any significant attention given to it?
Seems likely, though there's only so much detail we can provide without turning into a textbook. We at least touch on these things in Chapter 3 of The Realm, but more in the vein of "these are issues relevant to the Imperial legions' and the Imperial Navy's operations," rather than specific numbers.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/17/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
I was thinking of making an artifact of sorts. Specifically a bag that leads into an extradimensional space where it exists a workshop and about a towns size of space within.
Is this balanced in your opinon? If not, what part of it would you say is unbalanced?
We've done a couple similar artifacts, like Asphodel and Perdurant Vault, that you could compare it to for balance purposes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/17/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Do you think any cultures in Creation would have realized the capacity some dogs have to detect seizures in humans before they occur, or is that best discovered in game?
I imagine it could've happened, although those societies may not have a complete understanding of epilepsy — they might believe the dogs are able to detect the activities of malevolent spirits that cause spirits, for example.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by MoonlitSeer View Post
Are you able to grapple using a martial art that is only based in weaponry? MAs like Single Point or Righteous Devil for example.
Not if that weapon lacks the Grappling tag.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Does Rugged Beast Endurance function like Hardship-Surviving Mendicant Spirit in that it allows the Lunar to ignore the "deleterious effects of exposure to extreme climates" as long as said climates aren't extreme enough to count as environmental hazards? Like, could a Lunar use RBE to hang out in the North in a bikini?
Yeah. I'll make that explicit.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by Monghani View Post
Are the 4 dots of mutations bought from multiple purchases of Perfected Hybrid Interaction capable of being used all at once or only 4 at a time? So an essence 5 Lunar with 5 purchases of it for 20 dots of mutations is only capable of accessing 4 of those dots at any one time. Or could they commit to all 20 if they wished?
You can access as many as you have the motes for.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
Lunars can't obtain Magical Abilities but can obtain Latent abilities with BP at Chargen.

They can't take Magical Abilities that are also Latent, correct?
Correct. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by Zardoz View Post
I don't know if this is the correct place to flag it up (or if it's something you're already aware of) but Eska of the Seven Blades currently has Melee 4 and Martial Arts (Thousand Blades) 0; I'm assuming her M.A. (Thousand Blades) should be treated as 4, but what is her base Melee like outside of thousand blade style?
Eska does not use Thousand Blades style.

I've seen it raised before, but I couldn't find an answer. What stats should a fox use? Some of our group favour dog, some favour cat and some favour something inbetween.
While it's gonna vary with the exact fox species, starting with either a dog or cat and tweaking appropriately seems like a good way to get there.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
I've been hearing talk of great terrors.


Any chance you could describe them a bit?
Also is there a possibility they might show up in hundred devils or some other book?
They go back to First Edition - huge Northern predators, kind of canine, that prey on cattle and mammoths. They might show up.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post
When a Lunar Shapeshifts, they use their human form's natural soak if it's higher.

If the Lunar has Unusual Hide to augment that value (as it specifically increases natural soak), does that value pass into the animal's soak or does it get dropped (I know you cannot add unusual hide to the animal's base soak by default)? For example, let's say I have stamina 2, and unusual hide 3, I turn into an animal with a soak value of 1, is my soak then 2 or is it then 5?

Also makes me think of an interesting edge case, if you do have it as a tell (so that animal forms get it too), and you shapeshift with unusual hide 5, and you have a stamina of 3 and you turn into an animal with a base soak of 1, is your soak 8 or 6?
Your Unusual Hide would add to your human form's soak, not that of animal forms you shift into, unless you take it as your Tell.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post
So Ferocious Cub Guardian says "When the bear is protecting its young with a Defend Other action, it adds +1 to its Parry rating", now is this +1 Parry only supposed to apply when parrying for the beneficiary of the defend other action, or does it apply to all the bears/lunars parries as long as it took a defend other action its last turn?
Only against attacks that target the cub.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Can you combine mutations? Like can I combine spinnerets and envenomed to have venomed webs mimicing spitting spiders?
If the mechanics of the mutations aren't explicitly compatible, you could certainly ask your Storyteller.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by Siegward of Catarina View Post
I've got a lore question regarding the Immaculate Faith/Philosophy and the Realm's position on Demons. From what I understand, the Immaculate Faith is definitely opposed to demon worship and demon cults, and actively works to eradicate them. But how do practitioners of the Immaculate Faith feel about demons in general? Or more accurately the use and study of demons? Is demon summoning considered normal in the realm? I've got a PC who wants to be an outcast scholar of Demonology, and I'm trying to work out if the study of demons alone would have gotten him blacklisted by Realm society, or if he would have had to do something more taboo.

I was also thinking about this in the context of Mnemon, and her deep ties to the Immaculate Faith/Order. While being devout to the philosophy, she's described as a powerful sorcerer with a horde of invisible demons protecting her and a strong will to gain knowledge, specifically about a demon binding artifact. Is this unique to her character? Or would most Immaculate Sorcerers be totally on board with summoning demons and studying them?

Thanks in advance!!
Demons are baleful creatures, but Dragon-Blooded are sufficiently holy and enlightened to bind and command them. It might still get them some side-eye from their peers, but that's because demons are weird and freaky, not because they're violating Immaculate strictures.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post

Mortal sorcerers not allowed though?
It'd be frowned on.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post
When the claws/fangs/horns merit at 4 dots says it allows them "to be treated as a medium weapon for withering attacks", is it supposed to literally just mean for withering attacks, or do they also get the +1 parry for being a medium weapon?
You get the +1 Parry.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post

Well, as you can use your human form's soak, does this let you use that human form soak when shapeshifted into an animal with less soak?
If your human form's soak is higher than your animal form's, you use it instead, regardless of what mutations or Tell stuff might be in play.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by Illaden View Post
WIth Enhanced Sense I get 2 dice to any perception roll with the chosen Sense
Can I use those to roll JB if I have taken Unwavering Predator's Eye or does it need to be a specific sense.
Join Battle isn't really a sense-dependent roll, so it doesn't make much sense for Enhanced Sense to enhance it. Sense sense sense.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
I question I asked that got lost in the shuffle of the last thread: does Heart's Drinking Kiss require the target of your hunt to be under the impression that you're the person they have the Tie to, or can they knowingly employ you as a surrogate?

Kind of the same question goes for any Charms with a Protean effect of similar providence.
I'm not sure exactly what you mean.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/18/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

Does the Immaculate Order generally regard mortal Sorcerers as overstepping their place in the divine hierarchy, even if they aren’t demon summoners?
The Realm discusses the topic in full detail. Essentially, mortal sorcerers are frowned on, but there are ways in which they can wield they power responsibly to serve righteous ends.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post
Can orichalcum be enameled or otherwise made a different color?

See, I make quite a few Solar characters, but I’m personally not a fan of gold. I prefer silver, or colorful arms and armor. Is there any way to achieve this while still using orichalcum?
Alloying orichalcum with other magical materials (or other metals) could likely change its color. I'm not familiar with enameling metal.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by sigfriedmcwild View Post
How do effects that reduce wound penalties (the Pain Tolerance merit or Relentless Lunar Fury for example) interact with effects that turn wound penalties into bonuses (the Berserker merit, Enraged Ratel Persistence, or Terrible Wolverine Onslaught)?

Specifically are the bonuses based on the normal wound penalty or the reduced wound penalty?
You use the full, unreduced value.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

A Lunar has the shape of, say, Mnemon Oroth Takor, and designates Cynis Laseral as the target of a sacred hunt. Does Laseral need to be under the impression that the Lunar is actually Takor, or could the Lunar be known to be an imposter at the time, or outright assume the shape right in front of her, before whatever physical intimacy is undertaken takes place*?

Likewise, say with Feral Smile Tactic and its Protean effect against characters that have a Tie of fear towards your current human shape: can Lunar Pennywise get Beverly to lose Initiative if he takes the shape of her father right in front of her, or does she need to actually think he's her father?

Or for Taboo-Enforcing Beast, with a Protean effect for being in the shape of a person in a local position of authority; does that work if people know you're not actually that person, including but not limited to occasions where you took the shape in front of them? For that and other Charms, I'm thinking of situations in which Lunars might benefit from taking the shape of their Solar mate, and wonder if it could be known in the society that sometimes the person speaking to them from behind that face is actually the Lunar.

* The surrogate thing was predicated on the assumption that sometimes a Lunar could entice somebody into the intimate contact by offering them something that is unavailable from the actual person.
It's possible for such an effect to be enabled by a target's Tie towards your current form even if they're aware that you're a shapeshifter assuming it, yeah.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
How big were the spoken? Like. Are we looking at a species that was legendary sized or giants or?
The eldest Spoken were much, much larger than younger Spoken.

(Also does their basalt ruin have relations to the southeastern towers of Dis?)
No, the Spoken and the Gigantes were unrelated species.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

Good, goes for some poise and relationships without difficulty.

I'm a little bit unclear about Many-Faced Moon Transformation; can it make all of the changes you want for your form in one go, or do you need to activate it repeatedly for each change?
You can make multiple types of changes with a single activation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Were there unexalted members of Spoken’s species, or are Chosen of the Voice in the Trench and the species synonymous?
There were un-Exalted members.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Not sure if I've asked this before. But the Grelidaka write up suggests that a raksha warlord or exalted master commands it.
So my question is: How does an exalt even get such a thing under their command? Is it a familiar despite being multiple birds? Maybe use command to get it?
Social influence would be my go-to, although I haven't read the final version of the grelidaka.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Even if they don't figure directly into the Caul, would there be any plans for the Pearl Court?
They might get detailed at some point.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
I've noticed that the sample lunar QCs in the lunar manuscript lacks stat blocks for their spirit shapes.
Is this going to be rectified in another book? Or was this intentional?
It was a two-fold issue of limited wordcount, and the animals that make particularly evocative animals for certain character's spirit shapes not necessarily being the best ones to write-up.

Will the QCs added into Many-Faced Strangers through the stretch goals include stats for their own spirit shapes? Like the siaka for example
It's possible but not guaranteed.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
How would you model attuning an artifact mid-combat? Miscellaneous action or a special ready-weapon action or something else? Since attunement is supposed to take only a matter of a few heartbeats, I assume it'd be able to be done during a character's turn.
Ultimately, what your Storyteller thinks is more important. I'd call it part of a ready weapon action.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by MonkofLords View Post
Does Sinuous Striking Grace count as being higher initiative for things like Agile Beast Defense?
No, just to determine when you act.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
Dreaming Wisdom Revelation has the duration of one story. Does this mean that the Lunar only gets the Foresight points if she commits the 7 motes and loses any left over when she lifts the commitment?
Correct.

Also, can a Lunar stack the Foresight points from multiple uses (after resetting use of the Charm with Wayfaring Sage Meditation, of course)?
No.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
At the risk of asking you to pick favorites, is there any book, either in development now or on the to-do list, that you're especially excited to see released?
There aren't any that I'm not excited about getting out.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/19/2019
Originally posted by Nilihum View Post
Let's say that I've 5 Stamina and I've but the Venomous merit on my Hybrid Body Transformation and Toxin Sacs on my Terrifying Ogre Alteration. If I use 3 doses of venom in a fight and then activate Deadly Beastman Transformation, do I automatically gain 2 doses venom?
Yes, but not over the usual limit of (Stamina) doses per day.

Can Claws, Fangs, Hooves, and Horns all be bought with a single purchase or do I've to take the merit multiple times?
If you want to say that one purchase gives you, say, claws on your hand to buff your punches, but hooves on your feet to buff your kicks, that's fine. You probably want some coherent aesthetic pulling it all together.

HBT can suppress the Giant merit. How many of the six dots does his cost?
Not quite—it can grant it temporarily, since it's a mutation, and then when it turns off it's suppressed.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/20/2019
Originally posted by Greyman View Post
They have been given a merit called Mindless which makes them treat all social influence as unacceptable, and have perfect moral. So...
Hmm. While I wouldn't rule out the possibility of hypothetical Charms for training mindless beasts, it's something I'll mention to Meghan for the Hundred Devils final compilation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/20/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
OK, but like the text says, the difference between the two isn't always readily apparent. Suppose the Wyld gives a lion a hide with effects identical to an aughdeigh's. Is that Wyld-mutant Ice-Lion a viable target for the Hunt, even though its abilities are the same as those of a magical creature?
I trust Storytellers to make calls like that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/20/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Is there a balance problem with letting an Essence 1 Lunar stack 6 extra mutation points on their Hybrid form via using one of their Charm picks if they aren’t a chimera? Or are the extra mutation points Chimera get specifically balanced by their spirit shape not being able to pass for a normal animal?
I'd rather not dilute the uniqueness of chimera shapes like that.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/20/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Any word on that new third circle demon of the Ebon Dragon?
Turned in my final draft a few months back. Not sure when she'll actually become available; that's up to Meghan and Onyx Path.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/20/2019
Originally posted by Lioness View Post
What form of sealife are the Spoken based on? I'd initially assumed they were Dolphin people but seems they're something bigger.
They're more evocative of mythological sea monsters than any real-world animal.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/20/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
Do Hearteaters and Dream-Souled have "(Adjective) Exalted"-style names? If so, is part of the reason we haven't heard them yet due to their being spoilers for their patrons/themes?
The Hearteaters did, before they were corrupted into the Hearteaters, but not anymore. The Dream-Souled don't. Trying to follow the "[Adjective] Exalted]" pattern unbendingly is going to eventually leave you with some pretty bad names, so we've chosen not to be strictly bound by it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/20/2019
Originally posted by Colin_Fredericks View Post
Is a swan's beak supposed to do as much lethal damage as a fairly strong person with a knife, or is that a copy-paste mistake? (The wings do seem accurate to me; swans can break children's arms with their wings.)
Note that a weapon's withering damage isn't a direct measure of the kinds of injuries it causes — but yes, swans have the correct amount of beak damage listed.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post

On that note, is the proper name Exigents or Exigent Exalted?
They are properly known as Exigents.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by Tlalchitonatiuh View Post
I'm sorry if this seems obvious, but where is info the spoken, dream-souled and hearteaters located?
They're slated to appear in Exigents. No actual published material has appeared on any of them yet; they've just been spoiled by various developer hints over the past few years.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by Mizu View Post
Just to clarify something on Lunar character creation and spending bonus points to raise attributes. When it says 'caste attributes' does it mean all 3 attributes or just the two you you picked as favored? So just for example, my full moon chose strength and stamina for for the two favored caste attributes we have to pick out of 3 and then does not use either of the two 'put them wherever' favoring to also make dexterity favored. Do I raise dexterity at 3 BP per dot for being a caste attribute or do I spend 5BP because its not one of the 4 favored attributes?
Your Caste Attributes are the two you pick from the list of three—just like how with Solars, your Caste Abilities are the five you pick from the list of eight.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

Are Spoken getting info in Exigents too? I assume not based on previous developer statements and you just missed that was on Tlalchitonatiuh’s list, but I assume it’s worth a double check in case you are revealing they’re getting coverage afterall.
No. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
For Chimera-Soul Expression, when your spirit form has Wings 5, is it allowed to pick a second form that flies as well and choose Wings 5 as part of your 6 dots of mutation in order to have those wings applied to your Hybrid Body Transformation automatically?
Yep! 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post

Would that be represented as having two sets of wings on the spirit shape, a different set of wings than the base spirit shape, or ST's choice? I feel like it'd be difficult to meaningfully mesh them that makes it obvious they're a chimera if, say, both totems are small birds of some sort.
Player's choice.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
Also, how does Chimera-Soul Expression interact with spirit animal merits and special abilities? Would you keep only the merits/special abilities of the base form, take all of both, custom combination that the ST approves of?

Same question for the other stats, I suppose.
It retains the base traits of whichever animal was the "base" spirit shape, modified by the mutations you picked when you took Chimera-Soul Expression.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by FODOR View Post
Would it be viable to have a repurchase for Chimera-Soul Expression to add more animals to the totem shape? Even if it gave less/no extra mutation points. After all a traditional Chimera would still need three animals to make it.
A third animal might be the point where adding more starts diluting the thematic resonance of the gestalt whole beyond what I'm happy with, but I'm not gonna rule it out quite yet.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
Artifacts rated at three and four dots have limited numbers of evocations. That limited number of Evocations between two different people who wield an artifact need not be the same though correct? Since it is a two way bond thing and the Evocations are representative of your awakening the power of that, yes?

Just looking for clarity for an idea that had been ruminating in my head for a minute or three.
You've got it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Why does fire style use short swords over hook swords? I know there's a difference but it seems like an odd form weapon.
You'd have to ask whoever wrote it for First Edition.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
you can't purchase Hybrid Body Transformation or Shifting Beast Nature multiple times, correct? You can only have a maximum of 2 Hybrid Forms?
Right, barring hypothetical upgrades.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post

Don't you need three animals to actually produce The Chimera? Goat, Lion, Snake?
The lion/goat/snake combo isn't one that I find has much - if any? - symbolic resonance, so replicating it isn't high on my priorities list.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/21/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
for the charms that are Totemic but don't list alternate prereqs, are the prereqs the same?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post
I noticed that the Strix owl lacks the Fangs at the Gate owl's Death Dive, Keen Hearing, Silent Flying, and Wide-Range Vision (despite being described as having some or all of these things), is that intentional or is this a case of the Strix being subject to earlier design considerations?
It's a consequence of linear time. I'll point it out to Meghan for the final Hundred Devils compilation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by senresk View Post
Would Leviathan's giant killer whale form just be Mountainous Spirit Expression, or would it be some custom charm he developed based on that to be extra huge?
Killer whales are already pretty darn big on their own...

In general, how crazy can you go with your hugeness through Mountainous Spirit Expression?
Legendary Size is the land of kaiju and giant robots. It's not unlimited, ludicrous size, but you can get pretty damn big.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
The latent ability Predator's Menace (Core, page 555) says it's an attack.Is this a
Normal attack, using up the animal's (or Lunar's) turn using the attack on a previously intimidated enemy, or
An upgrade to the Threaten/Intimidate social influence action in combat?

If 2, do you get to see the comparison between the animal's intimidate roll and the enemy's Resolve before declaring that you're using the ability?
It's an upgrade to a threaten roll, not an attack proper. What we're now listing as "special abilities" were "special attacks" in the corebook; it wasn't until Hundred Devils Night Parade that Meghan improved on that terminology.

Also if 2, when threatening multiple enemies at once, would it activate against one enemy or all enemies?
All.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post
That does make me wonder, when is the Hundred Devils going to be compiled?
Once all of the entries have been published.

Is there anything above Legendary Size, kinda like how Tiny has Minuscule?
You might see something for entities that are living geography, like Munaxes, but that's not really a strict size progression.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
How excited are you for bloodlines 2?
I never played the first one, but I'm looking forward to it!

(and just as surprised as all of you are)

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by senresk View Post
Well, yes. But Leviathan's version of it was described as particularly large if I remember correctly, being a full-on sea monster. Unless that has been dropped this edition? Fangs didn't seem to mention it.
Leviathan very much is a full-on sea monster, but sheer size isn't the only reason why.

Also, completely unrelated to the above, but I also have a question about Perfected Hybrid Interaction. Namely whether the particular manifestations of the mutations you pick are set upon purchase?

For example, say you're a Lunar with an owl, bat, and butterfly in your heart's blood library and you buy Perfected Hybrid Interaction for 3-dot wings. Would you have to pick whether you want to have feathered wings, bat wings, or butterfly wings when you buy the charm or could you pick each time you use the charm?
You have freedom to choose the exact manifestation with each use, as long as you have the heart's blood of the animal you're basing it off of.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Mountainous Spirit Expression can change something from accurate to kaiju scale within the Legendary Size range, right?

Turn a 20 ft tall Tyrant Lizard to 350 feet tall (Godzilla height)?

As far as I can tell this has no mechanical distinction though, correct?
Yeah. You can get as big as your Storyteller will let you before going "no wait that's kinda silly."

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
would it be acceptable to chimerize the armoured kraken and a venomous octopus to grant the kraken a venomous attack?
They're both animals, and there's plenty of venom-related mutations you could apply.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post
Does the decisive counterattack from Laughing Monster Form count initiative stolen by the mastery effect of Hearing the Hearts Song?
Yes it does.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by Jefepato View Post
Is there any chance of us seeing Cobra Style make a return in 3e?

I suppose you can get some of the same concepts with styles we've already got (Snake + Centipede gets you halfway there, and Agony-of-One-Hundred-Hells Technique is already pretty reminiscent of Touch of Finality). But there were some other interesting ideas there, and you can never have too many weird martial arts.
I wouldn't say a great one.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/22/2019
Originally posted by Joker View Post
With the Protean keyword which animal gets what Merits suddenly becomes a much bigger balance concern. Can we assume that the animals in the Lunars book that lack certain Merits that would make sense for them based on their real world abilities do so for balance reasons or is there room for nerdy animal-lover feedback?
I'm mostly asking because I noticed Moths and Bees/Wasps lacking the Keen Nose Merit despite their extremely good sense of smell (with Giant male Silk Moths being a serious contender for best sense of smell in the animal kingdom), and waterfowl lacking a speed bonus despite counting some of the top 10 fastest level flight bird species among their numbers (Red Breasted Mergansers having been reported at speeds up to 100mph)
There is definitely room for that kind of feedback. There's an unofficial feedback collection here.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by Monghani View Post
Do Excellencies count for the 4 mental attribute charms required for Terrestrial Circle Sorcery?
No. Unless you have to buy them like Dragon-Blooded do, Excellencies don't count as Charms for prerequisite purposes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by Indivisible View Post
Question 1:

The core includes two types of ways to track ammunition use. The first is counting every arrow or knife used and the second is making ammunition checks every five rounds or so. Charms such as Needle Quill Technique or Phantom Arrow Technique that create ammunition only refer to the first way of tracking ammunition.

How should they be used if you are using the ammunition check method of tracking ammunition use?
If you're making ammo, you don't need to make an ammunition check for that attack.

Question 2:

You mentioned in the My Reaction to Lilith thread that there were issues with Rakan Thulio's previous depictions and that you were going to change them. I haven't followed a lot of Words of Devs, so this is the first that I've heard about it. I know that you can't give concrete details about what Rakan's deal is before Sidereals or maybe Getimeans, but could you give some hints about how he's moved away from his previous portrayal?

There's a nasty history of pulpy stories treating LGBTQIA people badly, and there's an echo of that in how Rakan's reaction to a man not being interested in him was to both arrange his death and curse his reincarnations. It was especially bad how the narration calls out his love as twisted and not like real love. I'd really appreciate knowing that that had changed.
Rakan Thulio's relationship was a relatively normal and healthy one, and while the break-up was painful and emotionally impactful for him, he handled it like a mature adult. It's not the reason he participated in the Usurpation or declared war on Heaven, and he isn't obsessed with his ex's reincarnation. Instead, his vendetta against Heaven began later, when he began looking into the personal involvement his fellow Sidereals had in his relationship's end, and following the lines of investigation that suggested.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post
Something came to mind, but if you're shapeshifted into an animal form with a merit/special that gives you bonus dice, but your human form's die pool is larger, does the merit's bonus dice apply to your human form's dice pool, and does it count as charm dice?
It applies to whichever pool you're using, and it counts as bonus dice.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
I haven’t found it anywhere, but are there aspects favored by the Prasad houses?
Clan Burano is largely aspected towards Earth, but has a lesser predilection towards Air.

Clan Ophris is largely aspected towards Fire, but has a lesser predilection towards Wood.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by BlackRhum View Post
Shadow-Hands Invocation states that a sorcerer can flurry a Shape Sorcery action with a nonattack action, does this prevent the use of the Full Defense action in conjunction?
Full Defense has its own restrictions on when it can be flurried, and Shadow-Hands Invocation doesn't overcome them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post
If a Lunar without Moonsilver Tattoos gets hit by a shaping effect that turns them into an animal or some other form, can they use their shapeshifting to get out of that situation?
Assuming the hostile transformation doesn't prevent them from using their shapeshifting.

Also, if a character is turned into an animal via a shaping effect/curse, does this disable their martial arts charms?
Assuming the rules for that transformation uses the same rules as Lunar shapeshifting, or a variation thereof — which I imagine most will, for the sake of convenience, at least.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by Mizu View Post

Don't suppose you could tell us if it was another case of Chejop Kejak doing something that seemed like a good idea at the time only to have devastating consequences later?
I don't think attributing everything to Chejop Kejak is desirable for the setting. Chejop is Rakan's junior, anyway; the responsible party is probably dead by now.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by marin View Post

Hm. So would Rakan be considered Creation's eldest living Exalted?
Yes, unless a Storyteller decides to introduce an older one in their game.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by FODOR View Post
Do Tells always have to look like they are from the same source? In that, say you have paticular markings as your tell, could they be scars in one form, tattoos in another, fur patterning in another, as long as they looked the same (size, shape, location, etc.) or would that be against the spirit of the Tell?
Tells are consistent between shapes to make it possible to recognize you as the same person in all of them. As long as your group agrees that such a Tell would still enable that, it's fine.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by Snakesandsuns View Post
So how did Rakan Thulio discover Getimian?
That part of his story is still a secret.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
I'm not 100% sure how Rugged Beast Endurance works.

If players use it to protect them from severe cold, does it let them ignore penalties from cold on all actions, or just Survival and Resistance rolls?
Only Survival and Resistance rolls.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/23/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post

So it does always counts as dice added from a charm, unlike regular merits?


I have two other questions about shapeshifting:

If a Lunar is affected by a shaping effect (either due to not having tattoos, or being tricked by someone into accepting a malicious shaping effect), how does that interact with the lunar's innate shapeshifting? Can they just turn back to their normal human form, or another animal form? Does it make a permanent alteration to that specific shape, or their human form? Does it inhibit or restrict the Lunar's shapeshifting in any way?

Also, if a character gets struck by a shaping effect like Insidious Lunar Transformation, does this disable their martial arts charms if they had them?
That got answered on the last page. ^_^

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/24/2019
Originally posted by Monghani View Post
Can Laughing Devil Distraction and Coyote-and-Badger Tactic be used together?
Yes, per the "Restrictions" section at the start of the Charms chapter.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/24/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
For Ever-Evolving Defense's repurchase, do you get to change shape before or after the attack roll has overcome your Defense rating? For example, could you see an attack would hit you but not if you Evasion were 2 higher (you conveniently left enough room when you boosted your Evasion the first time), use the repurchase to change into a cat with its Tiny Creature Merit granting you +2 Evasion against the now larger opponent, and have the attack miss? Or is this transformation strictly to mitigate damage by turning into something that has a lot of Soak/Hardness?
You change before determining whether it hits.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/24/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Would the Rat stats be an acceptable basis to use for Rabbits and Raccoons or would a different animal be a better choice, do you think?
Hmm...my personal knowledge of the animals in question is fairly limited. I feel like it's not a great fit, but don't know that there's a better one with existing animal stats.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/24/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Will the realm have more details on scions of house ledaal? Specifically the kebok section.
Like how many scions are descended from yan currently
We don't provide that level of genealogical detail.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/24/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Will we see the Grass Spiders fleshed out in a future book?
If so, do you know which one? Maybe the realm? Heirs? Eight directions?
The Grass Spiders will have a write-up in Heirs to the Shogunate.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by Sasha View Post
Do mounts with Merits that enhance movement actions such as 'Swift-Hooved' apply to the rider's (Dexterity + Ride + Speed Bonus) movement rolls?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Should an Aurochs be a level 2 or 3 familiar? It's not Legendary Size, but it has high stats and lots of merits.
They're two-dot.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Ghost-Eating Technique is specifically called out as the means by which the Solars slew the Primordials. Would God-Body Consumption be the Lunar equivalent, or is it overly restrictive to assume killing a Primordial in the lore requires a specific Charm in every instance?

If we should see GBC as the Primordial-killing Charm, will Sidereals have any equivalent?

Edit: Actually, I'm wondering if the appropriate Lunar Charm might be Demon-Drinking Fang instead, but I think the question is roughly the same?
While I strongly doubt we're ever going to detail the particulars of killing a Yozi, if it comes up in your game, a Lunar with Demon-Drinking Fang would be just as qualified as a Solar with Ghost-Eating Technique.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Did you guys decide on what Queen Nabira’s spirit shape was?
I didn't have any particular spirit shape in mind for her when I came up with her.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by Maltry View Post
So one thing that wasn't really addressed in Arms of the Chosen was, how do you balance attunement costs for non-standard artifacts? It's something I've been thinking on recently, because a lot of the focus seems to be just on just how large the object in question is, but other times that logic does not bear out.

I would think the benefits of attunement would also affect the cost, but the sorcerous artifacts we've seen have no attunement cost at all. (Though those have a fairly steep buy-in cost to begin with.)

I ask mostly because I have an interest in the idea of artifact tattoos and prosthesis, artifacts that are/become almost another part of the character. In some ways these artifacts feel like they should be more expensive to attune simply because they are more difficult to remove from a character. On the other hand though, attunement for these types of items become much less optional for the characters that bear them, and that feels like a downside which might balance out.
As a general principle, an artifact's attunement cost is commensurate to the benefits it provides. You can look at some examples, like hearthstone amulets in the core or Night's Sweet Whisper in Lunars, to get some points of comparison.

Put sorcerous relics to the side for this topic; they're balanced more as sorcerous initiations than as artifacts.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
So there's an existing thread going on arguing over the extent of sorcerous workings with regards to transgender figures in the setting, quoting a line from you guys with regards to the limits of sorcerous workings implying that terrestrial ambition 3 workings can only replicate modern hormone replacement therapy in extent. Sorry for bringing you guys in on this, but we are going nowhere.

I find this absurd personally with how terrestrial sorcerous workings can casually give people mutations that are absolutely their own, and that you can make a human wholecloth as an Ambition 3 terrestrial working. In no manner, to me as a reader, does this make sense to be less thorough than completely rewriting someone's reproductive system magically as you do anything else.

Can you weigh in somewhat on this topic? Even if in my own game I completely reject the conclusion, knowing the official dev stance matters imho.
A Terrestrial working can do everything that modern medical transition methods, like hormone replacement therapy and gender confirmation surgeries, can do. In my head, that seems about on the same level as giving someone wings.

A Celestial working to transition occurs on a much more supernatural level - you're "zooming in" past the body to transform the Essence that it's made up of. It carries none of the downsides of modern medical transition, much as a supernatural power of flight conferred by a Celestial working doesn't carry the downsides of wings conferred by a Terrestrial working.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
Perceiving the Hidden World's Protean effect specifically calls out "dematerialized spirits" as the ones being affected while the normal Charm effect makes a point to say "entities". Is it intentional that this Charm's Protean effect doesn't allow the Lunar to intuit the presence of dematerialized non-spirits?
No; I'll fix that in the final text. Thanks for pointing it out.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
Query: If we had backed to the level of previous edition sourcebooks in the Kickstarter, when can we expect to download them from drivethrurpg?
I've asked James; I'll let you know what his response is.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by Sasha View Post
A couple questions about various spells:

Mists of Eventides' control effect allows the sorcerer to release a spume of its mist once per scene, but how is this handled mechanically? An Occult roll of some sort? A Thrown attack?
That's not what its control effect does.

Wood Dragon's Claws allows sorcerers with a mote pool to add a tag of their choice with one of its powers. If they grant it the Fledible tag would this allow them to overcome the lack of fine manipulation handicap? Would the Concealable tag allow them to do the same to keep up the ruse while the claws are concealed?
No, neither would.

Prince of the Fallen Tower's control effect allows the sorcerer's permanently-summoned price to gain a Charm comparable in power to its innate Charms at the end of each Story. Would you say the Dematerialize Charm is within these limits? Or would it need a drawback of some sort?
If costed similarly to what other spirits get, I think it'd be okay.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
A Terrestrial working can do everything that modern medical transition methods, like hormone replacement therapy and gender confirmation surgeries, can do. In my head, that seems about on the same level as giving someone wings.

A Celestial working to transition occurs on a much more supernatural level - you're "zooming in" past the body to transform the Essence that it's made up of. It carries none of the downsides of modern medical transition, much as a supernatural power of flight conferred by a Celestial working doesn't carry the downsides of wings conferred by a Terrestrial working.
Also, my understanding of the Terrestrial 3 option to create a new "form of life" is that you're creating a seed or embryo of a new species, not that you're creating a full-grown being ex nihilo.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
Query: If we had backed to the level of previous edition sourcebooks in the Kickstarter, when can we expect to download them from drivethrurpg?
James says the codes for those should go out shortly after the Backerkit goes out and the surveys are sent.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Is it possible for a lunar to ascend to solar sorcery via a specialized and powerful artifact?
The Mantle of Brigid has famously allowed sorcerers to do so in past editions; in Third Edition, I could see that as its capstone Evocation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Is a Martial Arts Style in the tradition of Lightning Hooves, specifically serving mounted combat likely in the foreseeable future?
It's not one that we currently have planned for any of the books that we're working on or have pitched, but it's definitely possible. Maybe one that uses steel balls...

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Are there any martial arts styles which give you a weapon attack similar to glorious solar saber or oricalcum fists of battle. I remember that infernal monster used to do it and blade of the battle maiden sort of did it as well.
Of the styles currently printed, I think Dreaming Pearl Courtesan's ability to wield various improvised weapons with artifact traits is the closest analogue.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Does Alluring Scent Technique do anything if people already have an intimacy of desire, lust, romantic love, etc, towards the Lunar?
Hmm. It currently doesn't. I'll see what I can do.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by Sasha View Post

Huh, maybe I've been referring to an outdated version of the Core PDF, because after the part about controlling the comatose victims it says this:

"The sorcerer may also reflexively release a spume of the mists from his breath once per scene; a target who breathes in these mists suffers the effects of the spell as though it had been cast."

I guess that's inaccurate now?
I don't think that's the final version of the PDF.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/25/2019
Originally posted by ChaosArchon View Post
I was curious whether you guys had any ideas about the Spoken in terms of how they looked and what iconic feats their Chosen might have done. I know they're no longer relevant in modern Creation (much less Modern) but finding murals or long-forgotten bones could be cool to see in a game?
As the write-up of Obsidian in Sunken Luthe's neighbors suggests, they grew in size as they aged and attained greater Essence; the eldest Spoken were veritable sea monsters. Their magic primarily revolved around utterances and incantations capable of creating that which they named.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Why don't Dragon-blooded have a way to negate Infinite damage in their charmset? Wouldn't that make it impossible to get near a yozi without that type of charm? I get that fighting a primordial isn't thematically going to happen but there are other threats that would completely be able to just wipe out a dragon blooded army without even trying.
It's not something that's flat-out impossible for them to do, just something we didn't end up having the wordcount for. That said, no one gets to throw out infinite damage frequently and easily enough to beat a Dragon-Blooded army without even trying.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post

How much animal research do you guys do before you do an animal writeup? Any good research sources you'd like to share?
Personally, some googling and Wikipedia.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Zardoz View Post
For the purpose of Cancel the Apocalypse (core, page 279) what is a "combat Attribute charm"? And does totemic interact with it at all?
Any Attribute Charm with a combat-relevant effect.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
I suppose perfected kata bracers is something 3e is trying to move away from?
While Perfected Kata Bracers have the same, they wouldn't work the exact same way.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
To use Deadly Beastman Transformation, Hybrid Body Transformation must be active. Must it remain active in order to keep DBT active?
Yes.

For example, could a Lunar shapeshift into a boar from HBT and still have DBT remain up?
No.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
how antagonistic are the Hearteaters? As much as Abyssals or even more so?
Hearteaters are going to be antagonistic to most people and player characters. I think playing against type as a "noble" Hearteater would be trickier than doing it with an Abyssal or Infernal.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
[QUOTE=The MG;n1299748]This might have been asked before, but what happens to a Lunar's mutations if they lose any prerequisite traits? For example, if they have Mighty Thews and use Changing Phases Transformation to assume a form with Strength 1 or 2, or if they have Inhuman Visage and lose the Hideous Merit through Ogre-Prince Inversion.

Does the answer change if the mutation is from their HBT set, or if it's their Tell?/QUOTE]
If you lose the prerequisites, you lose the benefits. What happens physically, I'll let the Storyteller handle on a case-by-case basis.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
The Magma Kraken uses the summoning sorcerer's appropriate Attributes and Occult to determine dice polls (with some getting Essence bonus dice). Are these rolls able to be supplemented with the Exalt's Excellency (with the Exalt paying the mote cost and the bonus dice being Charm dice) or are these fixed dice pools?
It's a fixed pool.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Anyway. Who’s your favorite Shan ya?
Raksi is terribly compelling, although I am a fan of Tanisa Ring-Eater and Seven Obsidian Leopard.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by autXautY View Post
Do the Essence extra successes on the attack roll of Death Ray count as from charm?
It seems odd that as far as I can tell, this will always reach your dice cap, since you can't be less than Essence 5 and cast Solar Circle Sorcery, and a solar's dice cap can't get above 10.
Yes, they're Charm successes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
I see. I don't suppose the Realm will have any extra charms in there?
No, but Heirs to the Shogunate — the Kickstarter companion — will.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Ketrus View Post
Are the Special activation rules which involve making attacks limited to attacks that are made with the Martial Art form? For instance, Golden Janissary has:



If a character uses Archery, Thrown, Melee, Brawl, or another Martial Arts ability (with an incompatible Form Weapon) to make that decisive attack, can she switch forms into Golden Janissary?

Similarly, can defensive Special activation rules such as those for Crane Form and Black Claw Form be activated when applying Evasion and Dodge charms?
If it says "attack," it means "an attack compatible with the style." If it talks about defending, it means either dodging, or parrying with a compatible weapon.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Okay, so Fangs at the Gate has a whole thing of challenging and subverting typical pulp fantasy narratives concerning so-called "barbarian" peoples, especially in so far as they're often treated as essentially antagonistic verging on practically inhuman. Great, love it, good job. Similar thing has also been done with generally redeeming and expanding upon the concept of beastfolk.

But it also draws my attention back to some examples in the setting that have played the concept straight. Having looked back on Compass East drew my attention back to the Arczheki, and checking over the core book's Fair Folk section allowed me to note that the Varajtul cannibals are still in there.

And while I get the underlying premise of at least the latter of those peoples being instances of the existential horror of what the Wyld can do to people, stripping away all of their nuances and complexity and reducing them to a terrifying stereotype, it leaves me with the awkward question of what can actually be done with them thereafter. After the recent book's efforts, it feels like a bad look to still have anybody who is "pulp barbarians played straight, but there's an in-character magical justification for it that largely precludes reconciliation, so have at them". The obvious answer would be to make them more human, but that feels like it leaves the association with the Wyld hanging awkwardly.

Do you guys have any thoughts on what to do with those groups going forwards?
To the extent we detail them (and I think at some point we absolutely should do a culture of Wyld mutants, even if not the Arczheki), I think the key is to portray them as just as complex, sophisticated, and nuanced as any other human civilization, the same way we did with the Lunar dominions.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post

For a lunar looking to be a city crime lord, is Tanisa's court/manipulation curriculum a good place to start?
I think she could definitely offer some useful lessons.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by FallenEco View Post
What is your favourite alteration to the 3rd edition setting so far?
These days, the new Silver Pact is looming pretty large in my mind.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Katamari_Naneke View Post
Is Battle-Dancer Method designed to be used in combat? Do you need to flurry a dance action with combat actions, or can you rationalise it as a fighting style? It seems like a godsend for Dreaming Pearl Courtesan stylists, for example, but I wonder if that's balanced.

Sorry if this has been answered elsewhere, I found a post asking a similar question in the old thread, but I couldn't see an answer to it anywhere.
If someone is is dancing and blending swaying grass into the dance, can battle dancer method help with this?
Battle-Dancer Method requires you to be taking Performance-based actions to dance (usually influence rolls) in order to gain its benefit — stunting isn't enough. Jubilant Battle Proposition in Swaying Grass Dance explicitly counts as dancing, so it'll cover you from the time you Join Battle to the time you take your first turn.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Does the carpace merit count as armor for resistance charms and control effects that require being unarmed(like Invulenerable Skin of Bronze)?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
Would you model characters inside a firedust store that is ignited as trapped in a high damage one off environmental hazard or should that be where one goes to Uncountable Damage?
I'd probably call it a hazard. It's not quite "a mountain falls on you."

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Unless I missed something by way of my poor knowledge of previous editions, the new Exalted types in 3rd edition are Exigents, Getimians, Liminals, Hearteaters, Dream-Souled, and Umbrals.

Are there specific reasons why the latter three in particular were reduced to "optional canon" status?
We had concerns about the sheer number of new Exalted being added to the setting, and making certain types optional felt like a more satisfying approach than writing them into obscurity where they've existed all along but just never done anything that matters. The reason it was those three in particular is because they were the ones who weren't detailed at all in the Ex3 core.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
The Changing Moon in my game wears an amulet of herself she made with God-Beast Idolatry, so everyone who sees it is affected by a social roll to instill a Tie.

a)Am I correct she chooses the context of the Tie? Since it just says "a tie" rather than "a Tie of desire" or "the target chooses the context." So she can choose to instill a Tie of Love?
Yes. She chooses the context at the time she crafts it.

b)It only works the first time people see her amulet. If she makes another amulet of herself and hands it out, does that get to make a roll against everyone who sees it again, or only people who didn't see the first one?
The rules for resetting failed instill rolls would come into play here. "Just another amulet, identical to the one you saw before" likely isn't enough to allow a new roll; "a twenty-foot idol of chryselephantine studded with jade from the blades of conquered Dragon-Blooded" is a different thing altogether.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/26/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
I want to be sure and can't seem to find the answer in either thread: the dice added to withering damage pools by Deadly Beastman Transformation are intended to be pre-soak or post-soak?
It's pre-soak.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by squidheadjax View Post
Do Totemic charms purchased under the alternate attribute count for their native attribute or the alternate one when qualifying for Excellencies?
As the one you purchased it under.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Beast-Soul Awakening Crucible says "A Lunar can’t have more than (Intelligence + Willpower) permanent testing grounds. Testing grounds in territories claimed with Boundary-Marking Meditation (p. XX) don’t count towards this limit."

Can a Lunar create a testing ground in another Lunar's territory, presumably with the second Lunar's permission? If so, does it count against the (Intelligence+Willpower) limit?
You can, but they count against the limit - it's only the ones in your territory that don't.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by Snakesandsuns View Post
Awww that makes me a bit sad that Getimians (the new one I am most excited about) probably wouldn't be making it if there wasn't a mention in the core. I do understand though because there are already a lot of exalted types + other character options (Dragon-kings & Jade borne and all that) to get through.
As others have mentioned, Getimians are very much making it.

Of the three optional Exalts which one do you find the most interesting and why?
All three are really appealing to me - side effect of having a hand in designing them, I guess? - but I think both the themes and the aesthetics of the Umbrals are the ones that I vibe with the most.

Which of the new three (Exigents, Getimians, Liminals) are you the most excited about, not as a developer per say but as a player?
It's hard not to be excited about Exigents as a homebrew wonk, but I also really dig Getimians.

While we are on the subject of new Exalts with Exigents probably slatted to at least start to be roughly thought about and sketched out what challenges to you foresee writing about them given they are the 'build your own' exalt?
Explaining "how to write an entirely new Exalt, complete with a Charm set" is something the line's never tried to do before, so treading that unexplored territory is certainly a challenge - but we're currently editing the Exigents outline, and based on its current state, I'm feeling very confident.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by ahzouroshadow View Post
Does Invulnerable Moonsilver Carapace prevent you from using charms that are Incompatible with Armor?
Yes, it's armor.

With Carapace/Shell, if you have Unusual Hide 5 you'd get an "Armored" soak of 10 and a Hardness of 2? Or is it a Hardness of 5?
You'd get Hardness 3 (5 divided by 2, rounded up).

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If I use Memory-Drinking Meditation when I take on a human's form, do those memories get retained by a duplicate produced with Ant-and-Starfish Trick, as long as I keep both charms going?
I'm going to allow this.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
Are you making a distinction between "concealing" tracks (evidence of your party passing out in the wild) vs. "covering" tracks (straightening things up at a crime scene). You seem to be using those phrases in the Lunars' Charms and I wanted to be sure that was intentional and clearly make the distinction in Moonlight-on-Mist Puzzle.

For example, Skulking Rat Spirit applies to "a Stealth roll, conceal evidence roll, or cover tracks roll". I would infer from context that this should be the Larceny-based cover tracks roll rather than the Survival-based conceal tracks roll, even though the core seems to use the same terminology for both actions. Is that a correct interpretation, or can Charms that supplement covering tracks actions be applied to either type of action? I would assume the first, but Moon-Cloaked Wanderer's combined Survival- and Larceny-based themes makes me doubt this.
There's no distinction between the two.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
in the past when DBs went on pilgrimages to Caul did they do so individually or as Kinships?
I think there may have been times when a Kinship would have attempted a pilgrimage together - but in the end, only one can cross through the way to Feng-Yi and claim the prize. The others would have to wait until it next opens, without any assurance of when that might be.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Are there still dragon blooded sorcerers who the realm don't consider sorcerers? I can't remember whether it was 1e or 2e but there was a weird notion that Dragon blooded who only had 1 or two spells weren't considered sorcerers for whatever reason.
No, that doesn't really fit with how sorcery works in this edition.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post
I there any particular reason Towering Beast Form and Emerald Grasshopper have a duration of one day rather than indefinite? It sort or ruins Leviathans aesthetic if he has to switch to another form and then back again every day, or any other lunar who wants to sleep for a long time in a giant (or tiny) shape, and it doesnt seem like it does anything balance wise.
The at-least-daily Willpower cost is a significant part of the balance.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
Is the 4-dot version of Claws (from the Core) compatible with martial arts in general? I'm trying to get a feel for why it is 4 dots when it really doesn't at all feel worth it, even just for Lunar shapeshifting.
There's a sidebar on this in the traits chapter of Lunars. Long story short: Not universally, but such natural weapons are compatible with styles if the Storyteller deems them sufficiently similar to that style's weaponry.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/27/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post


Doesn't that create problems in gameplay? Or would the resulting inter-character conflict be a feature in your estimation?
I think it's something that has the potential to create conflict between characters without creating conflict between players.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Will we have a write up of what happens when a dragonblooded completes a caul pilgrimage?
Mechanically I mean. Is it just a case of "you are blessed with potent deeb blood now" or something else?
Your next child will Exalt as a Dragon-Blood.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
What's your plan for Sidereal signatures? On the one hand, it's always nice to see new characters. On the other hand, the pool of Sidereals is small enough - and enough Siddies have been named already - that if y'all do too many more, there won't be room for player characters!

​(I'm admittedly employing some exaggeration, but not that much.)
It's tricky. We recognize that this is an issue, and we hope to find a balance where we provide enough NPC Sidereals to support Storytellers and players without eating up too many of the available spots.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
So if Hearteaters were once the Exalted associated with Adamant, but Adamant isn't getting a writeup for its themes or anything for a while... Will it be apparent from the Hearteaters writeup what the themes of Adamant are? (i.e. from extrapolating what Hearteaters' themes were before their corruption)
Hearteaters won't be the only character type in Exigents to be resonant with adamant. We'll provide adamant thematics in the book.

Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
And in a similar vein, how similar/dissimilar are Hearteaters themes from their pre-corruption form? Similar/related enough that we can extrapolate them from the Hearteaters writeup, or so different that it may take some time to fully unravel what they used to be like?
Not too similar. Their original themes will be mentioned, but as we're not aiming to provide material to design the pre-Divine Revolution Hearteaters as QCs for actual play, we won't discuss them extensively.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Can subtle weapons, such as a blowpipe's needles, do Withering damage?
No.

(I'm leaving Hundred Devils/Adversaries questions for Meghan, as I don't have the final versions of this month's releases yet)

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

Did they have a thematic correspondence to the role of Adamant Caste Alchemicals the way the other Alchemical Castes correspond to given types of Creation Exalted?
There's not much of a correlation, but at the same time, there's plenty of Alchemical Castes that only have a weak correlation at best with their "resonant" Exalted, so I'm not quite sure whether that's a big difference or not.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by Teal Tara View Post
I've got a couple of Heirs to the Shogunate questions.
Is there any new sorcery stuff in it
A bit, like a sorcerous initiation for students of Lookshy's Valkhawsen Academy.

and is it permissible to say roughly how many new charms are in it?
I don't know exact numbers off the top of my head, but a good bit, between the backer Charms and the stretch goals that added additional Charms.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by Aliasi View Post
On the subject of mutations, would it be reasonable for the various "last mile" merits in the core (Mighty Thew, Boundless Endurance, and the like) to be mutations? They aren't supernatural merits but if I'm making, say, elephant people I want to be inclined to endurance or lugging things, those seemed excellent for the purpose.
They already are - mundane Merits can be mutations. There's a sidebar in the Charms chapter spelling out the precise definition.

If so, would it be kosher to ignore the attribute/ability minimums in those cases (not that it'd be likely to come up specifically)?
No, you've got to meet the minimums to enjoy your mutations' benefits.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by Dreamcaster View Post
Were the Umbral Exalted around during the war with the Primordials? Is the God that created them still active?
They were created after the Divine Revolution. Their creator is not currently active in the setting.

How recently were the Dream-Souled created. Is their creator a god or something else? And did she/he/it create them with a specific purpose in mind?
The Dream-Souled are relatively recent. Their creator is not a god, and they were created for a purpose.

Is the Voice in the trench still active in Creations affairs? Or did it retreat from them when it's Exalted were wiped out?
It's questionable whether it even still exists.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by Lanaya View Post
What's the in-universe explanation for non-Solars being capped at certain circles of sorcery? When a Dragon-Blood gets their hands on a Celestial Circle spell, or a Lunar on a Solar Circle one, and tries to learn and cast it, what is it about that spell that makes them fail?
It is beyond their power to master and achieve.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/28/2019
Originally posted by Aleks View Post
Can you reveal which magical materials the Umbral Exalted have an affinity for?
The Umbrals are neutral with all magical materials.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/29/2019
Originally posted by Jackson MacKenzie View Post
Is Rakan Thulio still a Sidereal? (As opposed to having become a Getimian, or something weirder.)
He's still a Sidereal.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/29/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Is it possible for them to be resonant with a custom material or specific artifact?
Yes, it's possible for anyone to do that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/29/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
How do swaying grass stylists use knives?
The same way capoeiristas do.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/29/2019
Originally posted by NavveS View Post
Since it is known that lunars have used necromancy in this edition, does that mean that they can use necromancy above the shadowland circle? I always found the fact that almost every exalt was worse in necromancy then in sorcery annoying since it wasnt viable to make a necromancer unless you were an Abyssal.
If they can use higher levels of necromancy does that mean that solars can access the void circle?
Both Lunars and Solars will be able to access the second circle of necromancy, but not the third.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/29/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Can Liminals die from aging? My guess would be that brain senescence would eventually set in, even if they kept replacing the rest of their body parts, but their "undying" nature is highlighted in the core book, so I'm curious if there's a different answer.
From the core:
Liminals seem oddly inconsistent in the span of their days and the ways in which they cease to be, although several are known to have been active for many centuries.

Whether they can or can't die of aging is ultimately a topic that will be addressed in the book dedicated to them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/29/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
1. Does the Silver Pact keep its eyes out for pre-Exaltation Sidereals, as I understand funky astrological stuff happens around them in their 20+ years as a mortal?

2. If the Silver Pact gets its hands on these Sidereal to be, what would the usual outcome be?
I think it's sufficiently difficult to detect a pre-Exaltation Sidereal that the Pact can't do it as a matter of course—if they do find one, it's going to be because someone was both very lucky and very clever, not because it's something that they can routinely do.

A Sidereal who can be convinced not to join the Bureau of Destiny is a Sidereal who likely won't join the Bronze Faction's cause, which is a win for the Pact.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/29/2019
Originally posted by Measure of Hope View Post
Question about Lunar Charms that afflict/bestow another character with an animal shape, like Insidious Lunar Transformation and Selkie Mantle Endowment. These Charms have the wording "an animal whose shape she possesses." Does this refer to individual or species? Do they become, for instance, an exact copy of my bear shape, or just a bear?
It's the same bear.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/29/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
Does Many-Phase Insights trigger if you use Tale-Spinning Mastery to teach someone Craft?

Or maybe specifically only if you introduce a Fact then use that fact to trigger Tale-Spinning Mastery?
Using Tale-Spinning Mastery does not count as introducing a fact, so no.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/29/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
I realize it's far down the road, but as infernals are now ability exalts I was curious
Is it theoretically within their purview to have a sail charm that can make a silent and deadly skyship from essence, emulating adorjan the silent wind?
Hmm. While Sail Charms that take their inspiration from Adorjan are valid, I'm not sure "manifest a skyship out of nowhere" is something Infernals do - or anyone, really. There's a noticeable absence of "Glorious Solar Boat," for instance.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by Jackson MacKenzie View Post
Will Sidereals also be able to access the second circle of necromancy? What about Liminals?

Will Dragon-Blooded be able to use necromancy at all? What about mortals? Ghosts?
Let's hold off on the details of everyone until we get to it.

Are the circles of necromancy being renamed?
Yes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by Mizu View Post
What lead you to decide that Lunars get access to second circle necromancy this edition when they didn't prior? Was it a balance thing against the Sidereal exalted where the Sidereal get Sidereal Martial arts and mastery effects for regular martial arts, both get second circle sorcery, and Lunars get second circle necromancy? A lore thing where it just made sense to you they were able to align their essence to what your need to run necromancy? Both? Something else entirely?
It fit our concept of what they are, and the No Moon role as witches and shamans.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
So for a while I've been working under the assumption that the Hearteaters' (former?) patron is(/was?) the Incarna of the Aurora (Borealis/Australis/etc.) primarily due to the aurora effect on our only canon Hearteater artwork. Obviously it might be a bit far out to go into too much detail, but is it reasonable to assume that the Hearteaters' patron was an Incarna with a celestial object that is currently visible in Creation, or even of any celestial object in the first place?
The Celestial Incarnae are all the gods of things in the skies. A dead Incarna's dominion may or may not still be present in Creation's skies, depending.

Secondarily, because all of my questions are inevitably focused on a singular topic (re: optional/auxiliary exalted), are there any topics which you want to talk about in more depth but cannot, or that people keep asking about but you'd rather they held off on?
It's nice having a mix!

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by Mizu View Post
So, did there end up being any notable difference in the final release of WFHW compared to the backer releases from a few months back or was it all just typo corrections and formatting adjustments accounting for the corrected typos?
I think it was primarily small fixes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by Jackson MacKenzie View Post
What was the thinking behind explicitly disallowing synergy between Strength of Stone Technique and Water Dragon's Coils?
Letting things that grant bonus dots of Strength mix with things that let you attack with Strength is dangerous territory, balance-wise.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
If Luna has a court of gods of the moon, does UCS have similar spirits?
He certainly might.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post
Does Extreme Adaptation's "reduce damage" effect apply only to environmental hazards, or does it apply to attacks using such elements as well?
Only environmental hazards.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
I know the Dream-Souled are Chosen by something in the Wyld. Do their Charms explore powers with chaotic uncontrolled sideeffects/random manifestations, etc - or is that out of the wheel-house of the specific aspect of the Wyld they thematically draw on?
It's not entirely out of their wheelhouse, but chaos isn't what they're about.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
Can the Glory Sphere let you learn more then 1 charm from +1 Essence, or is it limited to 1 charm at a time?
One at a time.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
So the powers of the Optional Exalted have been spoken of before, but is there any way you can give us an idea of what their powers look like, visually? Like the "powered by their dark side" and "eating hearts, but not literally" give an idea of the logistics of the power, I'm having a hard time seeing what that would look like as an end product.
It's hard to describe the visual look of an entire Charmset briefly — there are some very specific visual displays that certain of their powers have, and some that are totally non-visual.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/30/2019
Originally posted by Jackson MacKenzie View Post
Fair enough. I know you didn't write the Charms, but would you consider the interaction of Increasing Strength Exercise and Devil-Strangling Attitude comparable? Or is that safer territory Because Solars?
I assume the compatibility was taken into account in balancing them, and I've gotten any feedback regarding balance issues stemming from it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by Aredin View Post
Apologies if this has been answered already.

Can you pay XP costs for activating a charm (ie. Spirit Tied Pet) with Solar/Splat XP? Basically, is it considered the same as learning a native charm and therefore a non-kosher use of Splat XP?
You can pay XP costs with Solar XP et al., yeah.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Adeimantus is very cool. Is he an indication that the Noble Raksha in 3e will be diverging a lot from their presentation in the first two editions or is he just a particularly unusual one?

If they are diverging a lot, is he a useful roadmap/example to follow when creating our own Noble Raksha or should we just do what we like until you can find time to fit a book on the Wyld into the schedule?
Adeimantus is first and foremost a cool powerful raksha that Storytellers can use in their games. He's not meant as foreshadowing for the Fair Folk as a whole, although he's very cool, which bodes in favor of us returning to elements of his write-up.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Are Bats, Spiders, and/or Pangolins coming up at some point in Hundred Devils or the Lunars Companion?
I don't want to steal too much of Meghan's thunder with regard to what's in Hundred Devils. We haven't locked in decisions about what's going in Many-Faced Strangers yet.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
If someone wants to submit a freelance writing sample, is it more helpful for evaluation purposes to write something germane to what's currently in production? (So right now maybe Heirs to the Shogunate, Across the Eight Directions, Many-Faced Strangers?)
Not really — we'd be looking at your writing sample when making decisions about new books that aren't currently in production.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by Ketrus View Post
I can't seem to find rules for how Battle Groups and Environmental Hazards interact. If modeled individually, a bonfire would potentially do 4L dice to every soldier in a battle group ordered to march through the flames. How does that translate to Magnitude damage? Is it 1:1? Does it make sense to inflict more damage than that?
The battle group just makes one roll against the hazard.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Without too much details or anything
How far ahead do you all plan for what to put in hundred devils? Do you just put in something you all think of in that month? Maybe have multiple entries worked on and release the one closest to full completion? Or maybe have a more planned out list?
Just curious. Fine if you can't/would rather not, answer.
Hundred Devils Night Parade and Adversaries of the Righteous were both fully outlined before writing began.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
If not, a secondary question about Hearteaters in particular: would someone from the Primordial War or First Age , or with knowledge of such, be able to recognize them as the heroes they once were, or are they so corrupted as to be unrecognizable?
Someone who'd lived through the Divine Revolution, or had memories of it, would stand a good chance of knowing what the Hearteaters are.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by Dreamcaster View Post
Follow up questions on the Umbral Exalted:

They're described as being "at war with themselves". Is this a literal battle between each other or an internal battle? I'm assuming it's the latter as the picture of the Umbral Exalted had some sort of shadowy being lining over him (that was the Umbral Exalted right?)
It's an internal conflict.

If it is the latter does it mean their Exaltation is somehow broken? Or sentient? Or am I reading too much into it?
The internal enemy isn't wholly intrinsic to the Exaltation—it is, horribly, you.

Will there be other options for introducing Alchemical Exalted into the setting?
When we get there, we'll probably try to include a variety of scenarios.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by OpMegs View Post
Are there gods of death in Creation, or is that primarily a motif structure left to ancient ghosts and the Deathlords? I was looking into things like psychopomps and the like and it occurred to me that under our current understanding of how Creation's death works (i.e. ghosts are technically an aberration and ideally anyone who dies would just go to Lethe and get reborn with a minimum of fuss), I wasn't sure if there were any gods whose job it was to look after them since, in a perfect scenario, the undead shouldn't really exist.
Off the top of my head, Taru-Han is the god of the act of dying, who oversees the departure of souls to Lethe.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by Refhi View Post
I'm reading the books almost only on my phone, and I can't say it's really easy...

Would an epub version be possible ? Or anything more tiny-screen friendly?

I even wouldn't mind to throw a bit of money at it if needed.
That's in Onyx Path's wheelhouse, not ours as developers. I can bring it up.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Whoever came up with the original idea for umbral exalted, give them my thanks
Cause they are bloody awesome.
Is it theoretically possible for the "dark side" of the umbral to actually take control of the exalts body based off of how you all conceptualize them currently?
The dynamic interplay of struggling to maintain control of yourself and ceding it to your Shadow in exchange for situational power is at the heart of their mechanics.

[#][F] The Demented One - 3/31/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Can there be Liminal demenses? Blood aspected ones for instance?
Getmetian ones?
Infernal ones?
We haven't nailed the answer to that down yet, and probably won't until we're outlining Towers of the Mighty.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Were OWoD Wraiths and their Shadows an inspiration for the Umbral Exalted then?
Is Shadow an official term for their darkside, then? Are they largely based on Jungian psychology or is it simply a useful term with lots of imagery?

We took some inspiration from Wraith and some from Jung, but it's largely its own thing.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
As of course the original WoD gamelines inspired the original core Exalted types in 1E, even without a firm canonical connection (Solars - Hunters, Abyssals - Kindred, Lunars - Garou/Fera, Sidereals - Awakened, DBs - Kuei Jin), I’m wondering now if there was an intentional decision to draw on the other gamelines (which only corresponded before to non-Exalted character types like ghosts and Raksha) for the optional Exalted? I.e. Umbral Exalted nod to Wraith the Oblivion and Dream-Souled nod to Changeling the Dreaming?

If so do the Heart-Eaters nod to anyone the same way?
The Hearteaters are primarily inspired by Invasion of the Bodysnatchers-style horror, which seems strangely absent from the main WoD lines.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Just wondering but since Heirs of the Shogunate is in the second draft will backers get an advanced preview of it soon
I'm not sure exactly what the logistics of previewing that are, since we're not the ones who hit that button, but second draft is too early for that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
If a lunar wears light moonsilver armor, then uses moonsilver carapace to upgrade it keeping the best traits of both
Is the lunar able to use a style like tiger since the base armor was light? Or is it heavy for such purposes?
It counts as light armor for that purpose. Whichever of the two options is most advantageous in any given scenario, that's the one you use.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Hey, bringing up Sidereals again, can you give examples of any canon Sidereals you might be looking to significantly reinvent or expand on?
I feel like Anys Syn has always been a bit underwritten outside of her training Ragara Myrrun.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post

I didn’t see it comin...
Anyway. Will there be demenses in Heirs? I found the write up of the Cauldron Valley evocative, and there aren’t that many in earlier books.
We might mention some, but they won't be the focal point of a write-up.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by Kargle18446 View Post
Some of the responses about the "Appendix" Exalted have got me pretty hyped about them coming with Exigents, assuming Exigents comes with a player companion would you consider expanding the optional exalts as a potential stretch goal?
It's certainly something we'll consider when we're putting the stretch goals together.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by Janissary87 View Post
As I'm a bit new to the kickstarter release progression, will there be any kind of backer preview for the extra martial arts added in Many-Faced Stranger, or will the text for those be waiting till the official PDF release?
As with Heirs to the Shogunate, I'm not yet sure what exactly the preview situation is going to look like.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post

Huh, didn't expect that. But you're right, it is pretty absent from the main WoD lines.

Lunars replace people, and Raksha turn people into emotionless husks (though I guess less active than pod people). But presumably the Heart-Eaters are taking this in a different direction?
Yep. It's one of the big places where Hearteaters act as foils to Lunars, contrasting different kinds of monstrosity.

Do they use a lot of psyche effects? Or biological parasitism?
Hearteaters are very much about the spiritual/mental.

On a related but different note, Raksha currently have no actual rules for feeding, resisting calcification, or the effects of their soul-drinking on victims. It is, however, mentioned in fluff.

So I take from that that Raksha can get a few motes from inspiring emotions and instilling ties to themselves, but get a lot more by sucking out all of a victim's emotions? Or maybe eating their intimacies?
Will this leave a victim as a robotic, emotionless automoton who cannot dream, or just strip one particular emotion (for example, eating all their courage so they are now terrified of everything, or eating all their ambition and leaving them with no drive at all in life, or eating their compassion so they become an unfeeling monster)? Obviously 3rd ed has no virtues.
And do Raksha still need people to freely allow (if you count mind-control) them to devour their souls, or can a Cataphract just terrify someone so badly that their soul is sucked out?
And is the "soul-sucking" still metaphorical? It doesn't actually stop people reincarnating?


Tldr; I'm going to use Raksha as primary antagonists for my Lunars, how should I present their victims?
It's possible for raksha to feed without causing grievous harm to their prey, or even any harm at all - the raksha rulers of Amaryllis, for instance, sustain themselves on the ambient emotions of the city's mortal citizens, rather than feeding on them directly (see Banquet of Crumbs, if you're familiar with past editions).

Someone who's been fed on more directly might have certain of their passions or convictions diminished or snuffed out altogether, but still primarily intact as the person they were.

Those who've been wholly consumed, the dream-eaten, are, as in past editions, devoid of identity or autonomy, following any orders given to them with unthinking obedience.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
If your lunar has deadly claw blow and is in dbt
Do the extra strength points for being in dbt get added to attacks thanks to deadly claw blow?
Also if a lunar in dbt uses tiger style, does the bonus strength count for the forms doubling effect?
Deadly Beastman Transformation doesn't give you bonus dots of Strength.

More generally, Deadly Claw Blow explicitly doesn't add any bonus dots of Strength you may have from whatever effect to your attack rolls. Effects like Tiger Form that use an Attribute/Ability rating in making a calculating default to using your base rating, not including any bonus dots added to it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
My understanding of past editions (which is usually pretty tenuous) is that the Games of Divinity acted as something of a narcotic to the Incarnae, explaining their impotence/inaction in light of things like the Usurpation or the Great Contagion.

The Games are mentioned in the core book I believe, but the old description doesn't seem to totally fit with the idea that the US and Luna continue to be actively involved in choosing new Exalted. Do the Games function differently in current lore or am I misunderstanding their nature in prior editions?
The precise nature of the Games of Divinity isn't something we're going to get deep into. Suffice it to say that the Celestial Incarnae take their leisure playing the Games of Divinity, and are rarely seen outside the Jade Pleasure Dome that houses them - yet still, they choose their Exalted.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/1/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Hey, bringing up Sidereals again, can you give examples of any canon Sidereals you might be looking to significantly reinvent or expand on?
We're going to need to take a careful look at the canonical 1e/2e Sidereals once we start digging down into the specifics of their corner of the setting (fate, destiny, the Bronze and Gold factions, the Bureau of Destiny, etc.), which we won't have a chance to do until we're in the run-up to development on the Sidereals book. So I don't really have a good answer for you; while there are characters I'd want to delve into now, that list may chance once we start Sidereals development.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
In regards to Dream-Souled being a problem to Creation in the long-term, is that something that's wholly out of anyone's control - i.e. eventually they "have" to be neutralized somehow - or can an informed Dream-Souled learn to curb the wear-and-tear they put on the fabric of reality?
Let's put a pin in that for later.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Would it be appropriate for Lunars to use minor Shapeshifting in stunts, much like DBs can make minor manipulations of the elements for stunts? Like, could a Lunar make extra sharp fingernails as an attack stunt or restyle their hair slightly for a social one? Would you want these stunts to cost a mote or two or should they be free?

If not as a default, what about if they had charms in that area and wanted to, say, give an extra toothy grin instead of applying the full on Feral Smile, would that be allowable as a stunt?

Would Many Faced Moon Transformation be a valid justification for “general” Shapeshifting stunts? What about using it for minor cosmetic applications, like styling your hair or cleaning yourself up (and perhaps negating some penalties for being unkempt), would you still want the full cost of the charm to be paid (including the willpower)?
That's a better question for your Storyteller than me, I think.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by rj.au View Post
What happens if a sorcerer with intelligence less than ●●● exalts as a lunar? Or can that just not happen?
They probably ought to use those free Attribute dots they get at the end of the story to raise their Intelligence.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by squidheadjax View Post
I expect this has already been asked and answered, but my search-fu is weak. When the shapeshifting section talks about getting +1 accuracy if the animal form's attack has less than your usual dice pool, is that talking about a +1 accuracy bonus to the listed value or your normal pool? The wording is just different enough from the section on non-combat pools that I'm unsure.
To your normal pool.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by Amayad View Post
So what happens if you use Monkey Leap Technique while in Falcon Form? How many range bands straight up can you jump?
Still just one; the benefits don't stack.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by FODOR View Post
If someone attempts to make an animal a familiar, but that animal is actually a lunar masquerading as an animal, is there any effect? I assume they wouldn't actually become a familiar, even if they were willing, but does the charm user know the attempt has failed? Does the lunar know it's happened at all? Is there a tug of sympathetic magic enough to know that some sort of bond tried to be formed (all the better for letting the lunar know to play along if they want to maintain the illusion) or is there nothing to tip off either the would-be familiar or the familiariser that anything has occurred at all?
The Lunar definitely doesn't become a familiar. The other character is aware of this, but not of the reason why. If the Storyteller has interesting ideas beyond/instead of that, they might go with something else.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Have you decided if the new Exalt types are Attribute, Ability, or something else -based?
Current plan is to keep their Charms Essence-based.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
So it may be too early for this, but I'm curious and have nothing to lose by asking, so: how are the excellencies for the Essence-based optional exalted getting divied out? Like, are their excellencies still based in abilities or attributes despite their charms being pure essence? Do they have unique splits? I assume 2e infernal-style excellencies are too wordy for the writeup?
There's not a standard model.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Could a lunar in gorilla form technically use a tiger claw or club based martial art using the latent ability?
No. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Can a lunar use the clone charms to make a clone of their spirit shape while the actual lunar is in human form? If so is it gamebreaking to allow the lunar to treat the animal form clone as a familiar?
Not without hypothetical upgrade Charms.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/2/2019
Originally posted by squidheadjax View Post
Sweet.

...ummm, follow-up question. Is it your straight dex (or str with that charm) + brawl pool we're talking here for the comparison, or the normal dicepool for your unarmed withering attack (which would be dex/str + brawl + 4)?
It'd be your (Attribute + Brawl + specialty), because a claw or bite isn't the same as an unarmed attack.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/3/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Is it possible for a dragon blooded to go into a form and pop an aura to switch into another form?
There's not a mechanic that allows for that?

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/3/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
To what extent can sorcerous workings enhance a Lunar's spirit shape or other animal forms? Do they only get things that can apply to their original human form that are then accessible across the board, can separate shapes be enhanced in their own ways, or does shapeshifting preclude access to such sorcerously granted powers?
That's the kind of stuff you work out with your Storyteller, with the exact degree of creative control you the player get depending on the Finesse rating.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/3/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
If a certain moonsilver weapon is capable of changing form to work in animal forms, would you say it would grant similar benefits as claws of the silver moon does for animals? Or literally just the actual artifact?
It'd probably make the most sense to just have you wield the weapon normally.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/3/2019
Originally posted by Janissary87 View Post
A number of the more powerful solar integrity charms reference "when meditating" or "after meditating".

Acknowledging that these definitions may be abstract to allow the rules to fit the needs of a particular game; what were the relative assumptions about:

For the purposes of Energy Restoration Prana, how long a meditation needs to last to be considered "a meditation"? My assumption is no more than a few minutes / long enough to be impossible in combat but not so long that it's inconvenient in non-emergency situations...
Mind-Cleansing Prana specifies an hour of meditation. You can accelerate that with Clear Mind Discipline.

Regarding Inviolable Essence Merging, can a character move at a walking pace without meditation?

Lastly, could you name some activities that might be done while under IEM?
We included a sidebar in Dragon-Blooded on what you can do while meditating:

When an Exalt meditates to use Charms like Fivefold Resonance Sense or Mind-Cleansing prana (Exalted, p. 306), the range of actions she can take without ending her meditation is limited.

The only physical or Social actions (based on Strength, Dexterity, Stamina, Charisma, Manipulation, or Appearance) that can be taken while meditating are those that are completely passive on the Exalt’s part, like rolling Resistance to resist poison or asserting Resolve against influence. Otherwise, even reflexive actions will end meditation.

Mental actions (based on perception, Intelligence, or Wits) are generally unrestricted. However, a meditating character cannot roll to shape sorcery or take other sorcerous actions, or any other non-reflexive action the Storyteller deems incompatible with meditation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/3/2019
Originally posted by Janissary87 View Post
Thanks for the extended explanation; haven't yet poured over my copy of WtFHW in detail, but sounds like I should.

One slight addition, is it possible to have non-verbal communication with spirits / etc while meditating? Of course even under those circumstances social influence or dice rolls would be impossible.
Social influence isn't possible. Communication without influence may be.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/3/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
You can switch forms within the scene but I was wondering if it was possible to use the form switch aura to remove the terrestial keyword on some form charms at least for the rest of the scene.
The release of the Terrestrial keyword only lasts one tick, but even if you switch from an Immaculate Dragon Form to another Form on the same tick you spend your Aura, you'd still enjoy that benefit until the tick ends.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/3/2019
Originally posted by Apromor View Post
Is the second music suite from the core book kickstarter still progressing? I've seen no mention of it in months.
While I'm not intimately involved with it, I believe it is.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/3/2019
Originally posted by Nilihum View Post
If I buy the claws merit with Perfected Hybrid Interaction? Do I have to buy it a second time if I want hooves, fangs, or horns as well considering they're all the same merit in the core?
In terms of just having it in your repertoire of available mutations, you only need to buy it once. You pick what exactly you're manifesting each time you use it,

Likewise, if I pick up the deadly weaponry merit with Perfected Hybrid Interaction, can it only ever enhance one predetermined merit with one (or two) predetermined tag? I can't use the Balanced tg in one fight and then the Smashing tag in the next?
Likewise, you can change it up between uses.

Is there any particular reason that the deadly weaponry merit can't be used to enhance the natural missile merit? The flame or powerful tags could apply.
No, and we're tweaking the requirement to be compatible with any natural weapon.

How does the grappling tag work in conjunction with the subtle tag? Can I not use spinnerets to grapple then savage people? Will I need to use Melee or Brawl instead?
Subtle prevents you from dealing damage with them, but not from grappling.

Any particular reason I can't use the spinnerets merit to create a whip or a garrotte?
You could, but that'd be more of a "make a Craft roll to weave a whip or garrotte" thing.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Do we have any vague idea on when that might show up?
I do not. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
So great to see WHFW released. One of the things I'm already loving about the book is the profiles for different DB factions, ending with the little sidebar "Play a X if you want..."

These profiles/sidebars are very fun, both here and in the core book. They're quite evocative, and without fail they get me thinking about what sort of character concepts I might build off of them.

Given that there's no Lunar equivalent that I can see in the manuscript, I'm curious if these profiles are something you're interested in using in other splatbooks or if it only fits with certain Exalted types, in your judgment. I'd love to see more of them, if you think they're a good fit.
It's something we can use where it's appropriate. The Dragon-Blooded are somewhat unique in the diversity of societies they have.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by Lanaya View Post
Can you have multiple mutations attached to your Tell, or is it a strict limit of one?
It's one, unless multiple mutations make sense for depicting your Tell — usually, this'll be upgrade mutations.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
Does Demon Wracking Shout bypass the new rule for Xp Debt Meaning can I still get it automatically if I have been taught by a Lunar or dragonblooded?
I think it makes the most sense to have it just be normal experience debt.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
With the exception of the Hearteaters, but not of the Liminals and maybe the Getimians, how did the sponsors of the new and/or optional Exalted types do it, exactly? Did they have to study the Exigence? Capture and tear apart a Lunar?
In various ways, they learned how the Celestial Incarnae had created their Exalted.

And why and how did they do all-new Exalteds, when the Deathlords and the Yozis had to steal their Exalted essences to accomplish the same thing?
The "how" is by sacrificing greatly of themselves. The "why" is because they didn't have stolen Exaltations to bend to their will.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
For a Lunar to call on any of their HBT mutations in other forms, do they have to use their PHI points to buy them again?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by Chejop Kejak View Post
To take this a step further, suppose a Lunar "fuses" Invulnerable Moonsilver Carapace with Silken Armor. Can it keep tags like Silent? Can it keep the unique "does not count as armor for Martial Arts" ability?
Yes to both.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by Pixel Kitty View Post
I have several questions about Moon-in-Well Emanation and the Reflection-god created by it:
What kind of valid charm-stuff would be available to your reflection? Would simpler lunar charms less reliant on large amounts of shapeshifting be a thing? Or more nebulous stuff? Any suggestions or ideas?
It's getting Spirit Charms, not Lunar Charms.

Does it share the lunar's Celestial capacity for sorcery/necromancy and martial arts, as they're a reflection of a lunar and not a standard spirit?
It does not.

Does it persist after the lunar's death(I wanna say it does, as it's an instant effect), and is this a sort of way for a lunar to still influence the world from beyond the grave? So would "Dead lunar's last living stamp on the world" a valid character idea?
I'll leave that up to Storytellers on a case-by-case basis.

Is the reflection-god a viable way to model a playable spirit? Say using mostly lunar chargen, but cutting out the lunar charms, shapeshifting, motepool and such, then instead shoving in the spirit stuff? probably allow purchasing Lunar ox-bodies under the same limitations and levels, as the reflection copies it's lunars total health levels.
That's not what it's designed to be. It wouldn't be an utter disaster, but character creation rules have never been the biggest obstacle to playable spirits.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by Chejop Kejak View Post

Okay, cool. That DOES work the way I had thought.

...one more wrinkle which I hadn't considered until just now. What if a Lunar has a set of Orichalcum armor and fuses it with the carapace. Can she learn the armor's evocations, taking IMC's "counts as Moonsilver"-ness in order to be Resonant with the Orichalcum Artifact?
Welp, that's gonna get revised. It should not give you resonance with other magical materials.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by senresk View Post
Speaking of Moon-in-Well Emanation. Could you use it with Tyrant Mouse Dominion or Mountainous Spirit Expression to get a pocket-size or kaiju mirror spirit? (Assuming you have a mirror big enough for a kaiju)
Nah. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/4/2019
Originally posted by FODOR View Post
How humanoid does the hybrid form of HBT have to be?
Depends on the mutations you take.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Is there a reason the immaculate styles go up to E5 other than because they did in previous editions? It seems like it's made them impossible to actually master for most Dragon blooded and forces Dragon blooded who still want to focus on martial arts to learn another style half-way. Was this intentional?
Only Earth Dragon went up to Essence 5 in First or Second editions, so that definitely wasn't it.

The Immaculate Dragon styles are bigger than most Martial Arts, so having them go all the way to the top lets them spread out that extra size so they aren't just giving you a bunch more options than other styles. It also means Immaculate grandmasters have some scary high-end techniques they get to pull out, which is neat.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Nicolas Milioni View Post
Building up on Glamourweaver question,I'd like to ask wha exactly are the Yozis in 3rd edition? Are they different from previous iterations?
The Yozis are the makers of the universe, defeated by the Exalted in the Divine Revolution and locked away in Hell forevermore. Same basic premise as First Edition.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post

This whole question sub-thread on the interaction between Invulnerable Moonsilver Carapace and equipped artifact armor has been surprising considering how I had read it similar to how I've interpreted Glorious Solar Plate's mechanics (and read about it from previous answers). Is the difference in mechanics intentional, or have you changed your stance on GSP's mechanics in regards to grafting over armor?
I think that answer I gave back then was either poorly worded or just plain wrong. Glorious Solar Plate heavy when it's advantageous for you (e.g. better stats) and whatever the base armor is when that's more advantageous for you (e.g. Martial Arts).

As a side note: can you use IMC while wearing mundane armor?
You can use it, but you can't do the combination trick.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

So (for example) the Yozi haven’t reduced themselves by Exalting the Infernals because of the use of stolen Solar Exaltation?
No. The Yozis have seen firsthand the cost of creating Exalted, and weren't eager to pay it themselves.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
What does your heart tell you

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Nicolas Milioni View Post

Hmm,that brings up some new questions. Do Yozis show up to Exalt an Infernal,or at least send a demon or an avatar of their power(Can Yozis create avatars or is their imprisonment absolute?) To do it?
They can't show up to Exalt people in Creation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
You mentioned Invasion of the Body Snatchers as inspiration for Hearteaters - although it can be inferred, with more of a spiritual/mental spin. Are there any good inspirational movies (or other media) you can give for Umbrals or Dream-Souled? (If I can ask something a little more specific: Are Paprika (2006) and Inception (2010) anything like what we can expect from Dream-Souled?)
Paprika (and Paranoia Agent) gives a good sense of the aesthetic that a high-Essence Dream-Souled might have. Inception, not so much.

Umbrals...I'm sure there's something good, but it's not coming to me.

And while Invasion of the Body Snatchers epitomizes the style of horror the Hearteaters are inspired by, the best cinematic inspiration for them is Fire Walk With Me.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by ExoticWarlock View Post
The strength charm “Angry Rhino Charge” seems like a notable exception, in that it serves as the root charm for the entire Strength mobility tree, and only provides a very niche protean benefit for trampling animal forms. For characters with equal investment in strength and dexterity, this charm seems pretty useless to me. Is there a design consideration I’m not seeing for gating all the jumping charms behind it?
It's been pointed out, and I'm revising it to make it worthwhile even if your Dexterity's better than your Strength.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post

Okay. So just to be clear, when a Snake Stylist wears light (artifact, for Invulnerable Moonsilver Carapace) armor and uses either IMC or Glorious Solar Plate:

They have +11 Soak, 10 Hardness, and 0 Mobility Penalty (from the light armor).
They can freely use their Snake Style Charms, offensive and defensive, with no hindrances.
When defending, they can both use defensive Charms (Snake Style and otherwise) as if they were wearing light armor but still get to apply the Soak/Hardness of the grafted heavy armor.

Is all of that correct?
Yes.

So, in that case, the Lunar would be forced to take all of the heavy armor stats, mobility penalty and heavy rating for MA and other purposes and all, correct?
Yep.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

What do you suppose Epimetheus meant by this?
The main antagonists of Animorphs are an Invasion of the Body Snatchers-type alien.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
Is there ever a Chance to use the Lunar Int charm Memory Drinking Meditation on a target more than once? Or is it once only when you steal their face, forever?
You only get one chance.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by MrFamiliar View Post
If a spirit created with Ephemeral Induction Technique is destroyed before a season is up (eg Ghost-Eating Technique or Demon-Drinking Fang), can you use the charm to create a new, since she didn't release it but it's still gone? Or do you have to wait a season to use it again?
I'd say that counts as releasing it.

Soul-Projection Method mentions doing battle with a person's Derangement. Could a Solar use it to also project into a person and fight/kill one of their Intimacies?
Soul-Projection Method is a flexible Charm, and its full range of use is subject to the Storyteller's discretion. Speaking personally, I wouldn't let you use it against a "genuine" Intimacy that a person had formed normally, but I probably would let you use it to somehow undermine or oppose an Intimacy imposed by a curse or Psyche effect.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by MrFamiliar View Post
Charm possessed by Prince of the Fallen Tower (Lunars, Celestial Spell)
Sword-Shattering Sinew (3m, 2i; Reflexive; Instant; Decisive-only, Perilous): The prince adds its soak to its Hardness against an attack. Mundane weapons that fail to overcome this Hardness are destroyed.

So, if I shoot the Prince with a mundane longbow, and I don't beat it's enhanced Hardness, does my bow break?
It's intended to represent supernatural toughness rather than some sort of actively weapon-seeking magic, so the arrow would be destroyed, not the bow. (Though of course the Storyteller is welcome to rule otherwise.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Would the territories under the control of the Delzhan be the largest satrapy of the Realm?
I don't think it's useful for us to specify which satrapy oversees the most territory, nor do I think it's a particularly meaningful question within the context of satrapies that extract tribute from nomadic or seminomadic peoples.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
The patrons of the Optional Celestial Exalted. Per chance, do their names follow the same pattern of the Incarnae barring Conky. That is they are named following roman gods of what they are representing? Or are they different.
They vary.

Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
Also the Getimian Patron, is it also one of the Incarnae.
We're not going to discuss that yet!

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Nilihum View Post
How do sorceries such as Incomparable Body Arsenal, Wood Dragon Claws, or anything that creates weapons work in animal form?
You'd roll using whatever your base dice pool with the appropriate Ability is.

Any chance that we could get a merit that creates a melee weapon? There are ones for Thrown and Archery (Natural Missile), and several that key off of brawl, but a Lunar that loses his sword can't shapeshift a replacement one.
I don't think it makes sense for something to be both a natural weapon and a Melee weapon. The whole point of Melee is that the things you're wielding aren't part of you.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Will the final version of Fangs at the Gate include maps in the Dominions chapter to help orient the geographically impaired? Failing that, maybe some reference to them in Across the Eight Directions?
A map is under development. I don't know if it will appear in a spread like the Blessed Isle map in What Fire Has Wrought, or if bits of it will be scattered through the chapter as per the core book; the specifics will be determined by the art director.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/5/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Has it ever been said whereabouts Carnelia is?
Carnelian is on the northern shore of the White Sea, more or less northward of Whitewall and Gethamane. It's slated to appear on the Lunars map.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/6/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Do you think there's an approximate upper limit to the size that a satrapy can be which is acceptable to the Realm, beyond which they'll do things like partition it or reprimand and curtail its expansion (depending on whether it was too big before or after being conquered), or if the Realm is ready to take on whatever?
The Realm explicitly states that the Empress sometimes partitioned subjugated states into multiple satrapies.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/6/2019
Originally posted by wern212 View Post
Question about the Lunar charm Argent Glyph Enchantment.
Geas-Brand Affliction allows the Lunar to specify a task or condition that, when satisfied, causes the affected character to end the charm. Could this also be used as a way to discourage/punish a specific action?
For example, I've marked one of my allies as a diplomat, letting any who seem them know that they speak in my name and that to harm them is to incur my wrath. However, I tell the diplomat that he is not allowed to drink alcohol while serving as my diplomat, and if he does, my protection will vanish.
Is that a valid use fo this charm?
Yep! 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/6/2019
Originally posted by GM_3826 View Post
If you use a Martial Art with a style weapon that does not have the Martial Arts tag, do you apply the Martial Arts Ability to attacks using that weapon?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/6/2019
Originally posted by Croakamancer View Post
Does Shadow-Hands Invocation allow you to flurry any non attack action with Shape Sorcery or just ones that could normally be flurried?
Only ones that can normally be flurried.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/6/2019
Originally posted by Vejuz View Post
How do the charms that expand how you can gain forms (like Terrifying Predator Consumption and Heart-Drinking Allure, among others) interact with the declaration of the Sacred Hunt?

Do I declare that I'm initiating a Sacred Hunt with Heart-Drinking Allure and can only take their shape with Heart-Drinking Allure?

Or

If my character has the Charms listed above, do I declare a Sacred Hunt and complete it by by drinking their heart's blood OR using Terrifying Predator Consumption's completion requirement OR use Heart-Drinking Allure's completion requirement?

Essentially, the core of the question is do I need to specify how I'll complete the hunt when I declare it when I have these charms?

Also, if it's the latter, if I buy a new charm that expands how I can complete Sacred Hunts after I've declared one, can I complete that hunt with the new charm?
You don't have to specify how you plan to complete the hunt when you declare your intent.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/6/2019
Originally posted by Refhi View Post
OK, I'm afraid I'm falling for Ant-and-Starfish Trick so I have a few questions if you don't mind :
- Cunning Anglerfish Decoy specify that the "duplicate uses the Lunar’s Evasion, Parry, and Guile." is it the unmodified one ? (so I'm guessing : no excellency nor changing moon cast power +1 non charm guile ?)[//quote]
Yes.

pquote]- as Ant-and-Starfish Trick is an upgrade so I can stack 5+essence "superclones". The willpower is never committed I believe?
Correct.

- when I create animal superclones, it takes animal traits, but that means super-low guile for most of them so that part get less interesting than CAD, shouldn't they at least keep the Lunar’s Guile? (maybe Evasion/Parry as well?)
Replica dogs are copies of ordinary dogs, not supernaturally guileful spy-dogs.

- the superclones dissolve when I release commitment or if they wander too far. But what if they die ? Can I keep commitment so the coroner have a body to check ?
By default they'd just poof, but if it's ever relevant, the Storyteller might let you keep it up.

- do they have exalted healing ?
No.

- they "only" have defining loyalty to the Lunar. So we can't give them inacceptable orders like suicide or "let me kill you vile Lunar" in front of the court ?
They can reject such orders as unacceptable. They might still choose to obey them — maybe you fill them in on the whole "you're a copy of me and I can reabsorb all your memories into my consciousness so really it doesn't count as you dying," and you/they are the kind of person who'd be okay with that. On the other hand, there's no guarantee.

- almost last question : let's spend 50 years without releasing commitment : do they age, can they make children ? Can they feel the borders of their 3 miles prison?
- last one ? Then would I have any way to find him back or recognise him ? Or communicate when he is away?
Given how unlikely a fifty-year time skip is to come up in actual play, I'm fine letting Storytellers handle it on their own.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/6/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Can Sphepherd of the North Star be renamed something like Shepherd of the Pole Star... since the stable axis point around which the heavens turn, where Polaris would be located in Creation would be over Meru, not in the North?
We probably aren't ever going to get into the weeds of celestial mechanics.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/6/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
For Birds-Fall-from-Flock Targeting's 2m, 1wp effect, are all enemies required to pay for the defensive powers they've declared or only the one(s) that got attacked?
All of them.

Is the area aiming compatible with effects that allow the Lunar to roll a single attack roll against multiple enemies, such as White Reaper Style's Enemies Like Grass? I assume it does for when both targets were aimed at, but what happens when only some of the targets were aimed at?
I'd recommend rolling the three aim dice separately and only adding them against the enemies you aimed at.

Does the Willpower-cost-waiving for Hunter's Eye Precision when any of the enemies aimed at with BFfFT are crashed (and are at medium range) or only if all of them are?
If you're aiming at multiple people, they'd need to all meet the conditions for the discount to apply.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/7/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Will realms or heirs of the shogunate detail how dragon blooded legions work in play? I know we have rules for normal battle groups but essence based battle groups should be a little different.
The Realm will discuss how to depict an Imperial legion in play.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/8/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
After Exigents comes out, do you think it might be possible to get a post or series of posts from you guys on what you see as the necessary changes in tone or capability in 3e for the types of beings we’re not going to see for a while, like Raksha, Alchemicals, Mountain Folk, Dragon Kings, etc?

Alternately, maybe some brief primers on homebrew of such beings could be a Kickstarter stretch goal maybe?
We probably aren't going to commit to the specifics of them in advance of us actually doing them — we're going to want the benefit of having made our final decisions about stuff before we start talking about them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/8/2019
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
The Book says



Does this mean if I inspire someone to rage and they get angry at their rival because of it I can only use this anger to persuade them in relation to the inflamed intimacy or do they instead start acting out their anger towards their rival can I use their anger in general to persuade them to do generally angry things?
The latter. It's essentially a virtual Intimacy of "I am angry/sad/hopeful/happy/whatever" for the duration.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/8/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
So for a change of pace from my questions, a couple Liminal questions, which I've been unable to see if they've been answered elsewhere (but might have been):

How actively magical does the attempt to bring someone to life have to be for the Dark Mother to create a Liminal? Like, could the "creator" of a Liminal be someone with acting on superstition, intuition, or local folklore, rather than enacting something that resembles more structured Sorcery/Thaumaturgy? (For example: A little girl, mourning the loss of her older sister, drags the body to the woods, to a spring rumored to be able to bring back the life. She dips the body in the pool, and as her tears hit the water, the Dark Mother takes hold of the body.)
It's the creator's all-consuming fixation with their impossible goal that opens the door for the Dark Mother to intervene, not their magical puissance. Your example sounds cool!

Can a Liminal go about swapping out their Head or Torso, logistically? Generally the examples given about their body part swaps have been of limbs, organs, and parts of the face (eyes tongue), and the description of their ability to come back to life mentions their brain, specifically. But stealing faces, while a Lunar thing, seems like something they might want to do, and if a Liminal is particularly vain (or with a particular interest in modifying their Appearance) might be interested in a body with better proportions. Is this something that would take Charms to accomplish by default, or does something to do with how their souls are attached to the body require at least some piece of that "original" body be in place? (Or is the Ship of Theseus part of their existence also an important part of their journey with Identity?)
You can't swap out the head—at least, not the brain; faces, eyes, ears, and assorted bits that stick to the skull are all valid. Torso swaps are valid, although you may want a friend to help you with some of the stitching.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/8/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Is Monkey Style going to be acrobatic-dodge heavy?
Too early to say, at this point. Monkey's going to get one of the larger rewrites from its First Edition incarnation, and I don't want to tie the hands of whoever ends up writing it with my pronouncements.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/9/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
So I've been dancing back and forth on this question for a bit, partially because I don't know how to word it, but: can the Persona series be taken as inspiration for Umbrals? Just specific games (likely 2, 4, and 5 with their prevalence of characters' shadow selves?) or is the concept of the Persona, as an externalized (and for Persona Users, controlled) Shadow, something that can be taken as Umbral powers, aesthetically? Or is the fact that they aren't in control of their Shadow the important bit?

I was mostly interested in the "external, vaguely humanoid expression of the Shadow" as an aesthetic for powers, particular after the Umbral in the two-page spread had his own little "smoke-monster" behind him, which reminded me a lot of series like Jojo or Persona.
I am not familiar with the Persona series, except through pop culture references. It seems like it could be useful?

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/9/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Are there any meaningful mechanical differences to Exigents that have been corrupted, or is this largely/entirely a narrative distinction?
An illicit Exigent—one created using using an ill-gotten Exigence, rather than one you petitioned the Unconquered Sun for directly—is no different than any other Exigent, by default.

If multiple gods commingle their distinct Essences to create a single Exaltation, it results in some form of corruption or aberration. There's no one way of representing that mechanically; it could take on a variety of forms.

You'll be seeing fully-fleshed examples of both types in Exigents.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/9/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
For Mamba and Cobra Mastery's repurchase, do you have to decide which of the three of Damage, Penalty, or Duration each 10 applies to, or does each 10 apply a 1 point bonus to each of the three and the Lunar can choose to not apply it to one of those three?
Each 10 only applies to one of the three.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/9/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post

As a follow-up, is it too early to tell us how many fleshed-out examples you're planning on including?
There are going to be four types of fully playable Exigents with complete Charm sets.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/9/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
I asked a variation of this before, but it didn't get answered so I'll try something slightly more specific: Hearteaters used to be Celestial Exalted, but currently don't have castes. Will they have an equivalent to a castemark on their forehead - i.e. the traditional way to signify a celestial exalt or derivative - even if it's "universal" rather than connected to a caste for the purposes of the writeup?
They won't have Caste Marks because they don't have Castes. They will have distinctive supernatural aesthetics.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/9/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post

As a follow-up, is it too early to tell us how many fleshed-out examples you're planning on including?
As per the current outline, there will be four different fleshed-out examples of Exigents in the book.

EDIT: Ninja'd!

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/10/2019
Originally posted by Lanaya View Post
How big are we talking, roughly? Presumably they don't have hundreds of charms each like full splats do.
Right now we're in the outline stage, so we're conceptualizing them in terms of wordcount rather than raw number.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/10/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
Is the amount of hearthstone slots an artifact has an actual balance consideration or is it just what feels appropriate? I know that there's a distinct difference between 1 slot and 2 slots, since 2 slots is what allows the use of hearthstones that require a second to function, but besides that point, does the amount of hearthstone slots matter?
Three has become the "soft maximum." While going over it to cause severe power imbalance, it's not something I'd recommend unless having a lot of hearthstone slots is part of a given artifact's legend and core to its Evocations.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/10/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
As it’s been mentioned Janest and the Architects are on the roster, I take it then the other 2 are an illicit exigent, and a corrupted one?
As it happens, yes.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/10/2019
Originally posted by Jefepato View Post
Does the Realm have no proper name other than "the Realm?"
It is more properly the Scarlet Realm, a term which appears a couple of times in What Fire Has Wrought. We usually cut that down to just "the Realm" for word count reasons. Now that you mention it, it seems like we may have done that a bit too often, to the point that it hardly appears anywhere at all. Oops!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Would the illicit Exigent be someone we’ve heard of before? I’m assuming Plentimon’s Chosen who won his Exaltation at the game table wasn’t what the Unconquered Sun had in mind when that particular bit of the Exigence was handed out, for example...
This will be her first appearance.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by Nicolas Milioni View Post
How do you plan to detail the Infernal Exaled need to do evil stuff to please the Yozis on 3e?
The relationship between the Infernals and the Yozis is significantly different than in Second Edition.

In 3e,are each Infernal a chosen of a specific Yozi or are they all chosen of the yozis as a whole?
All of them.

Are there such a thing as Exalted of any kind Chosen by normal demons?
No, but Exigents will give you the tools to homebrew them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
Can a spirit shape not just be an animal but a specific one? If the chase and killing of an animal is a central part of a Lunar's origin tale, like a revenge hunt against a man eater that slays your family or heroically killing a dangerous beast that has plagued your home before could you make your spirit shape that specific creature as a kind of symbolic thing?
Sounds cool to me.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Were the four featured exigent types chosen because they showcase common types of gods who might exalt your character (for example, city and field gods) or more to give examples of a complete charmset?
Ie, to be a charmset for your own Exigent of the god of Dehelesen, etc, or more just an example?
The main reason we picked them was that they were all cool Exigent concepts that would be fun to play.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by Gonzo View Post
Back in the day we had some mentions of "dirty-bomb exalts"... are those still a thing?
They aren't a named category of Exigents, but when multiple gods commingle their disparate Essences in creating a single Exigent, the resulting Exalt does suffer some form of corruption, aberration, taint, or monstrosity, which is what that nickname's always referred to.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by Nicolas Milioni View Post
How do you plan to model the infernal's ability to make deals with people,giving them what they waant and forcing them to give something back?
While it's too far out to plan the specifics of what the mechanics for it will look like, I am a big fan of the wish-granting Charms they had in Second Edition.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by Jackson MacKenzie View Post
Does Artifact 4 silken armor follow the Evocation guidelines for Artifact 3, or for Artifact 4?
Artifact 4.

Also, does silken armor incorporate the magical materials, or is it (as in previous editions) a different kind of thing? (I'm assuming the former, given that cloth-of-jade is explicitly A Thing in 3e, but it's worth checking.)
It usually incorporates at least one of the magical materials.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by Refhi View Post
Cunning Anglerfish Decoy : the duplicate(s) "Can't make actions requiring rolls".

Therefore, can they "Defend Other ?"
No. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Can Lunars acquire the heart's blood of microscopic animals?
I'm not gonna strictly say they can't, but the thought of statting up a microscopic critter gives me headaches, let alone running a game with a micro-Lunar running around interacting with other people.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/11/2019
Originally posted by Robert Vance View Post
I'm not gonna strictly say they can't, but the thought of statting up a microscopic critter gives me headaches, let alone running a game with a micro-Lunar running around interacting with other people.
In addition, we aren't necessarily ever going to specify whether microscopic animals actually exist in Creation one way or another.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/12/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
Hm I wonder if this has ever been asked but does the UC has any clue on what happened to the Abyssal and Infernal Exaltations other then their missing, like where they are now and what he thinks about it? Though if he does know I doubt he would do anything and would just have faith in his remaining Chosen I guess.
Whether he does or not isn't particularly relevant to the setting.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by senresk View Post
Is there any indication when we might expect the Storyteller's Guide (in terms of likely publication order based on the order you develop them in, not release date of course)? That is, would it be before or after Across the Eight Directions or Exigents?
Based on where things are in production, I can confidently say that it'll be coming out after Eight Directions, but not whether it would be before or after Exigents.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
I know Heroes of Niobraran is no longer planned, but can we expect any more exploration of the undersea setting as a genre-venue in currently planned books?
It's definitely possible.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
I was wondering. Is it possible to create a new signature charm? If so is it possible to have two signature charms of the same element or does it just replace the previous charm?
It's not something I ever plan to address, but if you want to homebrew one, that's fine.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post
Is a Lunar with Unchained Monster Death-Rage really unkillable during the combat that it's activated? I can't find any way around it. It lasts until Relentless Lunar Fury end, which itself only ends at the end of a scene. Am I missing something or is a Lunar with that charm guaranteed to win a combat where their foes don't run away?
It's getting tweaked to add a specific end condition.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post
Would The Legend of Zelda (more specifically Breath of the Wild) be good recommended viewing for Exalted players? It does feel very much like an Exalted video game.
I would strongly recommend Breath of the Wild to everyone regardless of whether they play Exalted or not.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by Astral View Post
I am trying to figure out how to implement Sealing magic similar to what is depicted in Naruto, Dragon Ball's "Mafuba" technique, or the various forms of sealing spirits in objects, caves, etc. I figured Solar Occult charms could easily accommodate breaking contracts/bindings between sorcerers and their summoned entities, and perhaps cover the act of sealing as well. But that would limit things to Solars and it doesn't cover things like suppressing essence. I see no reason even mortal sorcerers shouldn't be able to do this (albeit to a lesser degree). But Sorcerous Workings seemed too generalized for something that I'd think needs a set of rules. Any tips for how to structure this?
There's multiple ways you could go about doing it—Charms, spells, an artifact which is itself a seal. It'd probably be useful to take a look at the Dragon-Blooded Occult Charm Anathema-Sealing Tomb.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Is a charm that heals a lunar by eating a significant enemy (such as a killed tyrant lizard or maybe a powerful elemental) within their themes?
Sure. 10char

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post
Would The Legend of Zelda (more specifically Breath of the Wild) be good recommended viewing for Exalted players? It does feel very much like an Exalted video game.
It's recommended playing for anyone. :-) I'm replaying it right now in my limited free time.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Chimera-Soul Expression lets you apply mutations reflecting a new animal onto your old totem.

Would it be reasonable to also let players apply mutations reflecting their old totem onto a new animal?

For example, if your totem is an owl, and your new totem is a bear, you can have a furry owl totem. Which is pretty rubbish.
But if you'd got bear first and then got owl, you could have a winged bear, or a DnD-style Owlbear, which is much better.
So the order you get the two is quite important, and I assume it's not particularly meant to be.

But I wonder if this is a deliberate balance concern.
I wanted there to still be an emphasis on what the Lunar's first spirit shape was through using its traits, but if you flip that around, it won't break things.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Has there been any consideration of including a necromancy equivalent to sorcerous workings when it's fleshed out? Ways to alter the nature of life, raise shadowlands, shape the Underworld, fun stuff like that?
Yes, necromancy will have an analogue.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post

Any suggested end condition we could use for an upcoming game? Perilous keyword or something? Or unable to say right now?
It's currently "they get crashed and aren't able to come out of it before resetting naturally at the end of three rounds."

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

Can chimera spirit shapes be in a similar boat to hybrid bodies in allowing a few superficial cosmetic traits to get the point across?
Sure. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/13/2019
Originally posted by Fiikragg View Post
Technically not a question, but would it be possible (when F@TG is more nailed down) to have a few sample characters (Lunars) and how the various hybrid body, chimera charms work or interact with each other?
We don't have space to add more character write-ups to Fangs at the Gate, although some will appear in the Kickstarter companion, Many-Faced Strangers.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/14/2019
Originally posted by Fiikragg View Post

Sorry i just ment as a quick guide / thread online here
It's possible—I have thought of going through character creation and making a Lunar as a blog post—but it's heavily dependent on us having free time for Exalted, which doesn't currently seem likely.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/14/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post

I very much agree with this, but do you also agree that it's good as an idea of what an Exalted story can look like?
It's definitely got some elements—the returning hero finding that the land has fallen into disarray while he's slumbered.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/14/2019
Originally posted by The Riddleback View Post
Can a soul stolen by a sorcerer with a bargain with Mara be seen by spirit detecting glance?
No. If you want to spot those, you'll need something like All-Encompassing Sorcerer's Sight.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/14/2019
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post

I appreciate the answer, but I just want to be clear to my original question about Unchained Monster Death-Rage. So with that end condition, would Unchained Monster Death-Rage end when the Lunar was crashed? Or after 3 rounds of crash? Sorry for all the questions, just trying to figure out how to run this fight.
Under the current iteration, you have to first crash them, and then make sure they aren't able to come out of crash by getting above Initiative 0 for those three rounds of crash, after which Unchained Monster Death-Rage ends when they reset.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/14/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
For Rampaging God-Monster Empowerment, I want to be clear on the reroll mechanics when used against a crashed enemy: If, after you've rerolled all 1's until they cease to appear, one of your (Essence) failed dice comes up as a 1, would you not get to reroll it for free using the prior reroll mechanic? I have two different readings in my head for the "before" used there, either chronologically or as a way to convey that 1s rerolled during the damage roll don't count toward the (Essence) limit.
You reroll all 1s that show up, and they don't count towards your limit.

Also, when a Charm says that the Exalt "rerolls 1s" without specifying "until they cease to appear" (or any other caveat, for that matter), is "until they cease to appear" implied or should it be read that only those 1s from the original roll are to be rerolled?
If not specified, assume it means "until they cease to appear." We use it to be as clear as possible, not because there's a substantive difference.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
What artifact rating is the Emerald Thurible? WFHW doesn’t say.
Off the top of my head, a 5.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post
What changes have been made to Abyssals storywise? In EX2, they're either reluctant death engines, eager death engines, or death engines working toward no longer being death engines.
Abyssals are people.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by Aleks View Post
What would the Artifact rating of the Book of Three Circles be?
It's five-dot.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
So we have some good inspirational sources for Dream-Souled and Hearteaters now, but if it's alright, are there any good inspirations you can share for Umbrals? Whether cinematic or literary, or a video game or comic...
All of the examples for Umbrals carry some unrelated baggage that I don't want coloring folks' first impressions.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Can a DB community/heritage lack one or more elements in its bloodlines? Specifically i’m trying to imagine the aquatic communities whose DB lineages made up the bulk of the Chosen of the Depths, and wondering whether they would or could lack Air and Fire Apects...
No, Terrestrial Exaltation always carries the potential for all five elements, regardless of lineage.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by prototype00 View Post
With regards to the Songline Runes add on for the Lunars Kickstarter, is there any indication when the DrivethruRPG codes will go out now that Backerkit is up, just curious.
They're going out Wednesday.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by FallenEco View Post

So how do the Fire-aspects of Lethe cope? We know there is at least one DB lineage down there.
Luthe's non-beastfolk population lives in air-filled structures, which are also where the orcafolk, dolphinfolk, etc. go to breathe.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by BestCaseSurvival View Post
Can characters create new spells?

To be clear, I'm not talking about players homebrewing spells for their characters to pick up from demons, ancient tomes, or through careful study of the natural world. Is it possible for a character to write a wholly new spell into existence?
Yes.

If so, would it be a Working of the same level as the spell? Of a higher level? Something completely different?
I don't think it should be a working; charging extra XP is too steep. We'll likely discuss the topic in greater depth later, but as a guideline, it should be at least as interesting as seeking out a mentor or sorcerous tome to learn an existing spell from.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by Therian View Post
What do you see as the themes of Sorcery in this edition? Is Sorcery meant to be a dangerous tool that has a price? Or is it meant to be fairly reliable and something anyone would reasonably want to use?
Sorcery isn't inherently unreliable or dangerous, not any more so than any other magic in the setting. What I think of as the quintessential element of sorcery is its strangeness - becoming a sorcerer makes you a stranger, weirder person in some way, and wielding the power that sorcery gives you to solve problems is much stranger and less straightforward than other methods.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by Arian Dynas View Post
Is Blood Lash still going to be both a Necromancy and a Sorcery spell? Would the two be identical when necromancy is released?
Necromancers will be able to cast it, and it'll work the same.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by Arian Dynas View Post
Can you reveal unto us any secrets of Necromancy then?
Not at this time.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/15/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
My last question got lost in the shuffle. So I'll re-ask in a different way and add in some new stuff to it.

How does forcing an opponent to reroll all their successes (like in Solar Resistance's Ruin-Abasing Shrug) interact with the dice-rerolling mechanics that the opponent had activated? More specifically:

Do they still get access to their "reroll Xs until Xs cease to appear" mechanics (my assumption is yes)?[*]If they had a "reroll four 1s" but only got to use three of those rerolls, do they get to use the remaining one reroll on the success reroll or was the opportunity lost?[*]If they have a "reroll a 1 for each 10 in the roll", do 10s in the success reroll trigger this, or must the number exceed the number of 10s in the initial roll in order to allow for additional 1-rerolls? (Reroll is starting to get very repetitive at this point. I'm sorry.)[*]"Reroll a 1 for each 10" again: if 3 10s were seen in the original roll but only two 1s came up to be rerolled, would the opponent get to reroll an additional 1 in the success-reroll, or was that opportunity lost once they ran out of candidates and had to roll those 10s away?

I also assume that they'd get access to their doubling mechanics as well, but I figured I'd mention it here just for completeness's sake.
The "Order of Operations" section on page 252 address this.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by FODOR View Post
Would you allow Lunars to drop mutations they had in their regular human form in their hybrid form? If so would you give it a cost or allow it for free?

For example: Regular human Lunar is a tiger beastman, they have the claws merit and also the subtle merit to go with them. Let's say their spirit shape is a claw strider, so the player would prefer the claws to become obvious when entering their hybrid form, could they drop the subtle merit? If so how would it effect the extra merits they'd gain for going hybrid, if at all?
Likewise if they wanted a tail to drop off or change the rating of unusual hide or anything else.
It's not part of the built-in functionality of the Charm, but it's definitely something players can talk to Storytellers about.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post

Addendum question: could there be individuals or lineages (since it can apparently now perpetuate across generations) of Solar children coming from the ones who were never sealed away?
Sure. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
With the details on the Moon - Touched in Lunars, do you guys have any ideas on if we will get descriptions on exactly what types of benefits other Celestials children will get or would you rather just leave that in the hands of STs since this type of thing fits the most best with Lunar's themes then the rest. (Like for one it probably not make much sense describing the behaviors of Solar and Abyssals kids given they've only been around only a couple years so far in anycase.)
We'll probably go into greater detail when we do God-Blooded mechanics.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post
Do you think it's helpful to have a list of possible analogues for every Exalt type and caste? Or is that just me making pointless lists?
It could be helpful to someone!

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
I previously asked back when the manuscript wasn't fully unveiled. But I asked if there was a charm that lets lunars see through and control animals like swarms of rats and such without transforming themselves (and probably from a distance). I was directed to future charms.
Can you direct me to what charms specifically?
Hundred-Eyed Watcher, in Perception.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by Arian Dynas View Post
I've asked this question elsewhere, but I'm hoping to find some answers from the horse's mouth. I need some symbols which have the same cachet in Creation that the Taoist Bagua/Pa Kua, Taijitu, or Sanskrit Mandalas have in the real world.

Are there any canonical ones established, or yet to be established? I know of the Sun's Mandala, presumably referencing his incredible power and importance as the Most High, which he shows to Panther when he Exalts him, but are there any canonical symbols with occult/spiritual significance like that?

Sideral Constellations are pretty close in the level of symbolic depth, but they're more of a Tarot Major Arcana thing.
The most prominent symbols in the Immaculate Philosophy would be depictions of the Dragons themselves, and that's Creation's most prominent religion.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by Knurlurzhad View Post

By that same logic, can they lose Initiative from similar effects? Or delaying actions? My Zenith warlord player regularly has his battle group delay their turn so that he can make a command roll before they do anything, and we've been running it as the battle group's initiative doesn't change from the delay
A battle group can lose Initiative from things like paying the costs of gambits, full defenses, or delaying - just not withering damage.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Are there any rapier based martial arts planned for the future?
If not, is it still possible this may change?
Not at the moment, but it's very possible we'll do one eventually.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Are umbrals a good choice for a Jekyl & Hyde sorta character?
If not, what exalt type would be the best match in your opinion
Umbrals have some of that vibe, although there's more to them than just the "Jekyl and Hyde/Hulk and Banner" Exalted.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/17/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
The core book notes that while some Exigents are roughly the strength of a Dragon-Blooded, others rival the Celestial Exalted.

When creating an Exigent, will there be any sort of balancing or trade-offs when deciding where they stand on this scale? One can usually find better and more interesting reasons to develop a character concept than "which numbers go the highest?" but it seems like it would still be a fairly natural choice to land on the side of Celestial strength without some sort of qualifying considerations.
The main consideration is going to be the other player characters in the game you're in. If everyone else is a Dragon-Blood, you're gonna want to build your Exigent towards that end of the power scale; if it's a mixed circle of Solars and Lunars, you're gonna want to make a stronger Exigent. Beyond that, your hand is free to do what you want; there aren't any artificial trade-offs.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
If a person poisons multiple weapons (such as a six armed lunar with six poisoned knives) then used a multiattack charm and uses each knife seperate.
Does the poison stack so long as damage is dealt?
Sure. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Originally posted by FallenEco View Post

I mean no disrespect but do you have any idea when that will be? I'm not asking about a release timetable but rather something more closely resembling a priority list of book ideas. Stuff you'd like to work on between splatbooks.
Like how Arms of the Chosen was worked on between the Core and WFHW. It doesn't....I am sorry but I feel I am phrasing this badly but can't think of another way.
It's difficult to give a good answer when I can't concretely say "we're planning to do it in [this book that has been approved]," but sooner rather than later.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
It's already been mentioned previously that we will get basic rules in the form of a sidebar in heirs.
I believe due to the existence of the cult of the violet fang (fae blood deebs) and characters like Ledaal Kebok Coren (demon blooded deeb)
Note that that's solely Exalted God-Blooded — I was referring to a broader coverage of God-Blooded characters and their mechanics.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
My last question got lost in the shuffle. So I'll re-ask in a different way and add in some new stuff to it.

How does forcing an opponent to reroll all their successes (like in Solar Resistance's Ruin-Abasing Shrug) interact with the dice-rerolling mechanics that the opponent had activated? More specifically:

Do they still get access to their "reroll Xs until Xs cease to appear" mechanics (my assumption is yes)?
Yes (subject to the limit that they can't go above whatever their result before rerolling was).

If they had a "reroll four 1s" but only got to use three of those rerolls, do they get to use the remaining one reroll on the success reroll or was the opportunity lost?
They can still use it (subject to the limit etc. etc.)

If they have a "reroll a 1 for each 10 in the roll", do 10s in the success reroll trigger this, or must the number exceed the number of 10s in the initial roll in order to allow for additional 1-rerolls? (Reroll is starting to get very repetitive at this point. I'm sorry.)
Any 10s that show up on the reroll would trigger it (subject to the limit etc. etc.)

"Reroll a 1 for each 10" again: if 3 10s were seen in the original roll but only two 1s came up to be rerolled, would the opponent get to reroll an additional 1 in the success-reroll, or was that opportunity lost once they ran out of candidates and had to roll those 10s away?
You'd lose the opportunity.

I also assume that they'd get access to their doubling mechanics as well, but I figured I'd mention it here just for completeness's sake.
Yep.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Were the Niobraran's alone in their war, or did they have allies?
Originally posted by Arian Dynas View Post
And, adding on to this question - what can you tell us about them and the Spoken? Was Niobaran just a collective term for the Pelegials, Lintha and undersea races who unified to face down the Exalted Host?
The Niobraran League was an alliance of undersea races, including both nonhuman species and human mutants, who joined together to wage war against against the Exalted and challenge their dominance of Creation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Originally posted by Wiwuno View Post
So I missed this discussion it seems. What exactly are umbrals?
They're one of the three "optional canon" Exalted, depicted in the two-page spread of the corebook along with Infernals and Alchemicals. They'll be getting touched on as an appendix to Exigents.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post

Given the fact the only undersea culture I can think of offhand right now is Luthe I take it this went worse for them than when the Lunars and Solars warred over the idea of who should rule Creation which resulted in the bond?
The Solar-Lunar war ended without a clear victor. The Niobrarans lost. That doesn't mean that there aren't any other undersea civilizations we might explore.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Originally posted by Jefepato View Post
How does the Immaculate Order view the God-Blooded?

I mean, the Order is obviously opposed to mortals consorting with the gods, and presumably very opposed to mortals consorting intimately with the gods, but how are the resulting kids viewed? Are they likely to be press-ganged into the Order as monks, or are they allowed to live their lives as long as they don't try to encourage the worship of their parents and such?

What about God-Blooded whose human parents are Dragon-Blooded? Are they any more acceptable than the ones with mortal parents, or is that sort of thing forbidden even to the Dragon-Blooded? (I'm guessing that a God-Blooded child who also Exalts as a Terrestrial is 1) far less likely to be identified as a God-Blood in the first place and 2) far more likely to have their family's protection against monks accusing them of being the product of heretical behavior, but still.)
The Realm addresses this. Briefly, God-Blooded are disfavored because of their origins and watched for any heretical dealings with their parents, and especially powerful ones might be pressured to join the Order.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Originally posted by Maudova View Post
Are we still seeing a book on the Niobararian timeline?
We're not currently planning one.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/18/2019
Originally posted by Vejuz View Post
Is Poised Lion Attitude specifically pointing out that the Charm itself can only grant 1 Social influence per turn, or is it saying it cannot be combined with a Flurry that includes social influence?
The latter. There's only so much talking you can fit into so much time.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/19/2019
Originally posted by soul_porpoise View Post
Can you give some clarification on how narrow a Principle has to be for Righteous Lion Defence to be applied towards it?

Would "I will adhere to the Noble Insights and Diligent Practices of the Immaculate Order" be narrow enough?

How about "I will not break the Ten Commandments" or "I will keep my oaths" or "Workers of the world unite"

Thanks
I think the examples are illustrative. Something as broad as "I will never bow"—which translates, in effect, to "no mother fucker will ever be able to tell me to do anything, because I will never bow to them"—that's too much. "I have this specific, defined moral code I believe in" is fine, but "I will do good" wouldn't be.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/19/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

Are God-Blooded DBs considered purified by their Exaltation and not subject to extra scrutiny? Or a lower tier of scrutiny comparable with the casual distrust of DB sorcerers among other Dynasts?
I doubt they face much scrutiny from the Order—it's largely applied to God-Blooded to make sure they don't engage in proscribed interactions with their parent spirits, but those largely don't exist for Dragon-Blooded.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/19/2019
Originally posted by Nicolas Milioni View Post
Abyssal(in 3e) Questions!

What mechanics are their charms based on this time?
I'm not totally sure what you're asking. They have Ability-based Charms, if that's what you mean?

Could you give me some example of things that Abyssals can do no one else can?
I find "what can these people do that no one else can" isn't really a useful way of defining them. Like, it'd be impossible to talk about what Lunars do without talking about shapeshifting—but other Exalted can use sorcery or Evocations to shapeshift.

What are the main differences between Abyssals and Liminals?
They're so hugely different that it's hard to single out any one main difference. Their concept, their play experience, the narratives they encourage, their place in the setting, their Charm sets, their power level, and their fictional inspirations are all totally different.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/19/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Will The Realm reference any materials that the empire is dependent on and requires supply from one or more satrapies to sustain?
It'll reference specific materials they import from certain satrapies.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/19/2019
Originally posted by Jackson MacKenzie View Post
Are Solars automatically resonant with everything, or could an artifact made out of something sufficiently weird (one of Alveua's creations, for example, or something torn from the heart of something from the part of the Wyld where time, causality, and color are alien concepts) be neutral or even dissonant for them?
Solars are resonant with everything, unless an artifact specifies that it isn't resonant with Solars.

In a similar vein, are Sidereals and Getimians dissonant with artifacts that don't include any of the standard magical materials, or merely neutral?

(Referencing Arms of the Chosen pp. 16-17, which seem to me to be unclear on these points)
Non-Solar Exalted are dissonant with any artifact that doesn't include one of the magical materials, unless otherwise noted.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/19/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
How would the realm react to discovering one of their dragon blooded scions was part demon? (like Coren and such)
There wouldn't be a single generic reaction. Coren is noted as keeping her lineage a secret not because she's afraid of what other Dragon-Blooded would think, but because of what her family, a house devoted to hunting down and slaying demons and other Anathema would think.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/19/2019
Originally posted by Nicolas Milioni View Post
oh dear,looks like i haven't phrased myself well,my english ins't perfect. sorry. let me try again
What are the signature abilities of a abyssal? as in the things they do and everyone is like "this is the work of an abyssal?",what are their Charms,Artifacts and Spells based on?
Abyssals are legendary heroes whose magic evinces the bleak power of death - cruel death, death unconquerable, death triumphant, death that makes your life seem small - and the the iconic magic of the Deathlords.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/19/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Has it been decided what circles of sorcery and necromancy Getimians will have access to?
Yes, it has.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/19/2019
Originally posted by Tytalus View Post
What would you recommended as rating for an artifact; that as a base power decreases the time interval for sorcerous workings?

(i.e. one week becomes three days, a month becomes one week, a season becomes a month and so on.) Specifically, it does not add extra means as part of the base power.
There's a lot of factors involved, and I don't really have enough information to make a good recommendation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/21/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If a Lunar uses Many Faced Moon Transformation while in one of their alternate forms and then changes out of said form, will the changes from MFMT be present when they next take on that form?
Yep. They last until you undo them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/21/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
I know that just about any question concerning the Fair Folk is liable to have the answer that they're too far off to make concrete statements about.

But... do you guys ever have thoughts about the significance of gossamer to them? I'm not talking about the Background or the use as a numerical quantity for charging Charms, but more the societal and individual connotations it held, what it meant to possess a source for it or trade it amongst one another.
It's not something we've focused on so far.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/21/2019
Originally posted by Aleks View Post
Can a Lunar learn the elemental dragon styles?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/21/2019
Originally posted by LostLight View Post
So an Hearteater question-

Will the Exigents appendix detail enough of who/what the Hearteaters where before their corruption in terms of their former themes, role and abilities to give us a general sense of not only what they are, but who they were?
It discusses what they were, but not in extensive detail.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/21/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
If an Exalt uses something like Monkey Leap Technique while being in Close Range with an opponent to jump 1 range band straight up, does this allow them to benefit from Swift Talon Strike's rerolling of 2s in addition to 1s on their attack?

Would the opponent get a chance to contest this rush if they do not have charms that let them leap into the air in order to prevent this bonus?
No, jumping up and falling doesn't count as "moving downward to reach close range."

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/21/2019
Originally posted by Sticks View Post
Are there any plans for a 3E write-up of Harborhead? Aside from the new geography (Way too many lakes) there hasn't been much published to indicate that Harborhead is much different culturally, politically, militarily or economically from previous editions, and the old write-ups are...cringy is being polite about it. I'm not expecting a full 130 page 'House of the Bull-God but-More-Woke" but it would be nice to know if that particular region were getting some updates.
We don't currently plan to detail it in any of the books we're currently working on, beyond the description of it in House Cathak's holdings.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/21/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
If you use a weapon is it possible to attack with Martial arts and defend with Melee? Does that work with form charms?
As long as it's a Melee weapon that's compatible with a Martial Arts style you've got, sure.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
To get this Role bonus xp:

does the other player have to have got the Role XP? Ie does "express his Caste's role" mean in the same sense as a Role bonus? (I assume it does)

For example, if one player is like "why don't you, the Changing Moon, go talk to that important social figure as that's what you're about, while we wait here as we're not the best social characters", but talking to that important social figure doesn't actually do any of these;

Does the player who "ceded the spotlight" get the XP or not?

Similarly I guess if they were like "Hey Mr Dawn, go do that combat for us", but the combat is too easy to count as a "difficult enemy" or whatever, does that count? It's the Caste's role, but not their Role.

What about if they have the opportunity to get their Role bonus, but fail?
For example, if the Twilight is like "I will make you a suit of heavy armour, Mr Dawn, so you can beat that Abyssal," they've supported the Dawn in trying to get his Role bonus, but if he loses to the Abyssal (so fails to get his Role bonus), does the Twilight get Solar XP for "supporting" him, or not?
In order for you to get the bonus for ceding the spotlight, the player you're ceding it to doesn't necessarily have to trigger their own Role Bonus or be successful in their expression of their Caste's role.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by LostLight View Post
I assumed so, considering the limited space and such.

More or less on the subject, if I may ask- which of the three (four? I know the Spoken are not going show to show up in the near future in any book) optional canon Exalts is your favorite?
Having had a hand in creating all three, it's hard to play favorites.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by Dagurasu View Post
I know that this doubt would sound strange but, recently I had a discussion with a person who argued that if the Solars were eliminated nothing would change and everything would be exactly the same in the Setting.
That the Lunars could replace them for all purposes, including, deatlords and great contagion.
He also argued that Abyssals and Infernals not being corrupt Solars was not a significant change. As well as the non-existence of things like Golden Faction, CoI, the defeat of the Tepet legions or the march from Mnemon to Jiara were not significant.
He also states that nothing that the Solars could have created in First Age matters because other exalted could do the same or because nothing exists in the actuality of creation.

Since the discursión I finish without any side giving the reason to the other I would like to know the opinion of the devs if it is possible.
The wonders that the Solars accomplished in the First Age, their overthrow in the Usurpation, and their return in the Time of Tumult are absolutely core to the setting of Exalted.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post

Just to make sure I've understood that right;
Presumably it has to be somewhat appropriate, like, "build a weapon for a Full Moon" or "let the Changing Moon negotiate on your behalf" and not "let the No Moon fight as your champion" which isn't very No Moon-esque? But it doesn't have to be one of the listed Role bonuses?
It's gotta be the sorta thing that fits their Caste, but not necessarily one of the listed bonuses.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
Curious. But have any of the optional exalts have been classified as Anathema by the Immaculates at some point? My guess Hearteaters have so I could see it with the others as well.
Keeping in mind that "Anathema" is a clerical finding that can be made on a case-by-case basis for individuals, the Umbrals and Dream-Souled are not all classified as Anathema in the way that Solars and Lunars are.

EDIT: Also something I've just been wondering. The Dark Mother, is it an Epithet and she has a proper name or is that all she got like the Elemental Dragons.
She had a name, once.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by Electro View Post
Can a non-Twilight have a spirit as a familiar? If so, how powerful could it be?
There aren't currently any methods for doing so.

EDIT: Wait, I forgot Ephemeral Induction Technique. That'll let you create a spirit familiar.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Does drill only affect the capacity to obey of Battle Groups during battles, or is it also working outsides of battle?
For example, can a battle group made of madmen be ordered to calm down outside of a battle after having their drill raised to Elite by using Tiger Warrior Training Technique?
Training people to fight together as a military unit isn't going to benefit their mental health.

Another question about Tiger Warrior Training Technique:
Cost: 10m, 1wp
Duration: Indefinite

It's about the "duration indefinite" part, it makes me wonder about it's effect and cost, as I see two way of seeing it:
-You have to commit the motes only for the time of the training time, then the effects are definitives and you don't have to commit motes anymore.
-The effects are only temporary and the undisciplined unit you trained for a month and a week to Elite turn back to undisciplined unit when you stop commiting motes to it.

So which one is it?
The motes are committed for the duration of the training time only.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Sorry to ask this again if it's something you're simply not going to answer yet, but can you reveal what circles of sorcery/necromancy Getimians can access?
Not yet. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Many questions about Legendary size an what is or isn't considered "magic", rulewise:

Legendary Size: Fakharu’s size makes it extraordinarily
difficult for human-scale enemies to engage him in combat.
He takes no onslaught penalties from attacks made by
smaller opponent, unless magically inflicted.

What includes "magically inflicted" attack which can create such onslaught penalties? :
-Attack with an artifact weapon?
-Attack with the use of an excellency?
-Attack with the use of a charm?
-Use of a charm or spell which specifically put onslaught penalties on an opponent such as falling hammer strike?
Magically inflicted means "this magic says it inflicts additional onslaught penalties on your targets." The regular onslaught penalty from attacking someone is never going to apply, no matter how much magic is enhancing the attack.

Decisive attacks made by smaller
enemies cannot deal more than (3 + attacker’s Strength)
levels of damage, not counting any levels of damage added
by Charms or other magic.

For that part, just to be sure if I understand it well:
Charms adding dices of damages doesn't permit to go against that limit, only charms inflicting direct levels of damage can (such as an anima fueled Apocalypse Flare Attack).
Correct.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
I'm going to rephrase my question because I worded it badly. Is it possible to get a melee version of elemental bolt attack? Would lore be sufficient in turning your limbs into the embodiments of your element? There doesn't seem to be a general way to turn your fists into fire in such a way or at least not consistently.
Melee already has its own Charms for creating weapons out of elemental Essence.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/22/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
I misspoke. I meant brawl/MA not melee.
It'd be a theme/concept issue ("Can I write this effect in a way that makes sense?") rather than a balance issue, assuming you don't allow omni-style attack combinations via Elemental Bolt.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/23/2019
Originally posted by Seagull View Post
If a low essence Solar charm would work very well for a Lunar character's concept, on a very very general level, what is an appropriate approach to adapting it? Increase the required essence level? Slightly lower the end benefit? Or is a low essence Solar charm probably fine to have a rough equivalent in a Lunar charm?
The rough, rough, rough, rough rule of thumb is that a Lunar Charm that's similar to a Solar Charm will typically be at the same Essence level, but slightly lesser powerful and/or efficient.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/23/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
It was mentioned in passing that Abyssal Dusk castes will have Ride in their abilities--unlike Dawns. Are Infernals developed to the point where their alternate ability spread is in stone?
We've figured them all out, but could still change them if we have better ideas.

If you were to chimera as a lunar what two animals would you combine?
While I'd want to tailor it to my character concept, giant centipede + river dragon sounds fun from a "oh god what is that" perspective.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/23/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Can you reveal where the Grass Spiders organisation resides?
Unrepentant Sinner Palace, their headquarters, is located at the edge of the River Province, although the organization's reach expands throughout the Scavenger Lands and a fair bit of the East.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/23/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Does Superior Violent Knowledge reset initiative normally after being used to make a decisive attack while crashed?
Yes.

And another one about Ascendant Battle Visage:
What does the "During this time, she may clash any attack as her combat action, without having to delay," means:
-The Solar have to declare a clash during his turn then IF the Solar is attacked it lead to a clash?
-The Solar act normally (like attack on his turn) then if he is attacked and can still clash his opponent even if he has actually already acted during his turn?

Besides, do "any attack" means there is no limit to the number of attacks he can clash in one turn?
It means that once per round, you can reflexively clash an attack against you, but that this counts as your attack for that round. You don't have to declare it on your turn, but if you attack on your turn, you can't subsequently clash.

And another one about Rampage-Berserker Attack:
How many attack rolls are needed:
-One attack roll then directly applies the damages multiples times?
-One attack roll, then also one attack roll per created attack?
And how many attack must be counted for purpose of:
-Onslaught penalties: One or the total number of attacks created?
-Charms boosting the attacks: One or the total number of attacks created?
Only one attack roll, and you only need to pay for Charms once. Each "virtual" hit inflicts its own onslaught penalty, though.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/23/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If an Outcaste DB takes the Razor and joins the Immaculate Order and then does something later that would get a normal person or a Dynast thrown out of the Order, what happens? Do they still get thrown out, possibly to join some patrician house? Do they get jailed for the rest of their life? Do they stay in the Order, but get shuffled to a punishment assignment or otherwise get made to “go away?” Or do they simply have an “accident?”
Outcaste monks ejected from the order were traditionally remanded to the Empress for punishment or the assignment of alternative duties to the throne.
Now that the Empress is gone, there's not a formal mechanism in place; expect informal ones to fill that void.



[#][F] The Demented One - 4/24/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Since Abyssals can respire Essence in Creation now, is there still any incentive for them to drink the blood of the living/consume flesh?
There'll likely be, because that's cool.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/24/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
What would the Pillar Men (from Jojos bizarre adventure) be in the world of exalted in your opinion?
The Pillar Men have sort of a weird combo of freaky body horror stuff and straight-up elemental powers that doesn't really directly match anything in Creation. The closest way to mirror their backstory is to just say they're an inhuman species that's lain dormant since the Divine Revolution.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/24/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Can charms like plague rat prana be used with magical diseases like the puppeteers plague?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/24/2019
Originally posted by BestCaseSurvival View Post
Does Necromancy use Sorcerous motes, or its own Necromantic motes?
Haven't gotten around to nailing down that kind of nomenclature. It's not really a significant issue; regardless of what we call it, it works the same.

Are Sorcerous motes equally prevalent and easy to gather in all flavors of reality (Creation, Yu-Shan, the Underworld, the Wyld, Malfeas, Zen-Mu, and Other)?

Same question for any other kinds of spellcast-y motes that may exist.
Yep. Sorcery and necromancy don't care where you are.

Are their balance issues associated with effects that make SM harder to gather?
It's a very niche effect and it has the potential to shut down a character who's dedicated themself to really focusing on a sorcerer.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/24/2019
Originally posted by Uknown DarkLord View Post
Athletics has Spider Foot Style that allows you to run on walls as if it was the ground. Unbound Eagle Approach, Eagle-Wing Style essentially allow the exalt to fly.

My question is, what if you wanted to do something similar to a target, to use essence so that for a few rounds gravity pulls on them from the wall instead of from the ground. Or to send them soaring, temporarily breaking the bands of gravity.

Would this a martial arts charm whose pre-reqs are those charms, as if you attacked their chakras to alter their perception/hold on gravity? Or would this be more of a sidereal power?
It's definitely not a Solar Charm.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by Sequal View Post
I am currently compiling a list of questions I have, would it be better to post them all at once or piecemeal over a couple days?
I don't really have a one-size fits all answer. Putting a couple together is better than posting one at a time, but if you post, like, a dozen at once, I might overload and never get through it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
What type of stories can one expect for a Dream-Souled would find herself involved in, if thats possible to ask?
Dream-Souled have the potential to be protagonists or antagonists in a wide range of stories — but even the best-intentioned Dream-Souled might find that they've made enemies on both sides of Creation and the Wyld through no particular fault of their own.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by Sequal View Post
What happens when you cast ISoB while in an animal form?
It works just like normal.

Does the base soak of the form count as being armored and prevent the control spell effect of increasing it further?
No, an animal form's base soak is natural.

Since ISoB counts as medium armor does it interact with Invulnerable Moonsilver Carapace to remove the mobility penalty? Wait, IMC fuses with Artifact armor and ISoB is normal medium.
Invulnerable Skin of Bronze isn't an artifact, so it can't fuse with Invulnerable Moonsilver Carapace. You'd suffer all the normal consequences of medium armor.

So that is a no, that seems to mean that Frenzied Bear Fortification with “She adds her wound penalty to her soak and her Hardness. This stacks with other Charms that grant Hardness, but not with Hardness from artifact armor or animal shapes.” does work with ISoB?
Frenzied Bear Fortification only stacks with Hardness from Charms, not anything else. That includes spells.

ISoB makes you extra heavy so you sink and break fragile surfaces, but what about in aquatic forms? Can a Bronze Whale or Kraken no longer swim? Can Bronze birds no longer fly?
Up to the Storyteller.

When your control spell has an effect on your body such as Invulnerable Skin of Bronze giving your skin a bronze tan or Unslakable Thirst of the Devil-Maw causing a permanent fanged mouth to open in your hand, does this only affect your base form or does it follow you through all of them like a non-hidden Tell? What about control spells that make your voice boom, wind to swirl, or your shadow to spawn butterflies? If it does follow you it kinda ruins stealth, but it allows things like increased soak and aggravated damage from the first two examples. On the flip side, some of these control spell 'drawbacks' balance their benefits, so should you be able so just shift shapes to escape it?
They carry over.

And what happens if you take the form of a Sorcerer with such a control effect? Do you automatically gain a cosmetic version or do you have to/can you fake it with Essential Mirror Nature?
You'd need Essential Mirror Nature to fake it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by Sequal View Post
One quick follow up then I will post the next set of questions tomorrow. Can you use Many Faced Moon Transformation to hide physically altering control spell affects/ Essential Mirror Nature to suppress the supernatural ones, or would it need a custom charm?
No, not generally. Some control spell effects are concealable—if your skin is bronze-tinted because your control spell is Invulnerable Skin of Bronze, you could cover that up with make-up, or just wear full-body concealing garments—but neither of those Charms are specifically applicable.char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by KuiperBelt View Post
In the Alchemical/Infernal/Optional Exalted spread in the corebook, the Umbral's dark side is portrayed as an external entity via the smoke monster around and above him. Is this supposed to indicate that the Dark Side manifests like this regularly as a part of Umbral power? Or does it just visualize/dramatize the conflict, which is otherwise mostly internal?
It's a visual metaphor for an internal conflict.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by Voyd211 View Post
If the Games of Divinity are still present in EX3 (and considering they’re the main thing keeping the gods from helping, I imagine they are)...

What might happen if someone, Exalt or otherwise, managed to break into the Jade Pleasure Dome and actually succeeded at destroying the Games? The mental image I have is someone who knows the history of Creation destroying the very thing that they believe is responsible for ALL of Creation’s woes, from the Primordial War to the gods turning away from Creation. The character in question (and myself) thinks it’s a suicide mission, but one of my friends thinks that maybe the Incarnae (other than Venus) would be able to forgive them.
The consequences of such an action are best left up to the Storyteller.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post
Two questions from reading Behemoth's Footprint Thread.

1. Are effects that apply extra successes to damage generally supposed to stack like Hungry Tiger + Fire and Stones? F.ex. for Lunars with Behemoth's Footprint Thread + Ferocious Biting Tooth?
Yes.

2. What happens if someone tries to clash a 'one attack roll vs.multiple enemies' ability like BFT, Heaven Sword Flash, or Burning Sky Apocalypse Strike? Do they stop the attack vs. every target if they succeed?
No, only against them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
Is it intended that Dragon-Blooded cannot pilot Karvara, since their Great Curse mechanics don't manifest as a Limit track?
Yes, because Karvara's core mechanics directly tie into the Limit track. If you want to sidestep this somehow, I won't mind.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
General warstrider question: Warstrider weapons use artifact stats, but it's because they're gigantic, not artifact weapons. Do effects that destroy mundane weapons but not artifacts destroy warstrider weapons?

​e: likewise, can they block effects that are unblockable except by artifacts or magical defenses?
They are not artifact weapons, and so can be destroyed by things that destroy mundane weapons and can't block things that are unblockable by mundane weapons.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
One thing I like about Abyssals is that they are sort of out-of-genre. Gothic horror heroes in a Bronze Age setting. Likewise for Alchemcals. Would you describe Infernals , Getmetians, or any of the optional exalted as having that relationship to the setting?
Hmm. I'm not sure that I would, but then, I tend to see Abyssals, and even Alchemicals, as being a bit closer to Exalted's default genre than I think you do. This isn't an "I'm right, you're wrong" thing; just a differing perspectives thing.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
How integral to the balance of DB charms is their version of “Form Lock” where they’re stuck in their aspect Aura or in no aura once they hit Bonfire anima? If we just ignored that rule in our game, would it cause any balance changes?
It'd make 'em stronger, but I don't think it's gonna ruin your game or anything.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
To what extent and in what ways does the Elemental Aura system color balancing concerns for homebrew Dragon-Blooded Charms? Is it just a matter of "Does this Charm make sense as this element" and "What do and don't I want this Charm to combo with," or (for example) are certain existing Aura-keyword Charms specifically balanced against the scarcity (or in a few cases complete lack) of in-Ability ways to enter the correct Aura?
The main point of balance is that you'll never have all of the strongest effects available in a single element. There's nothing balanced on the assumption of, say, "there'll never be an Earth Sail Charm."

but it'd sink...

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/25/2019
Originally posted by Elfive View Post
For example, saying that rather than dragon blooded being unable to pilot Kavara, attempting to do so gives them a limit track?

Do you think the limit breaks based on their elemental RP-based great curse would work?
That's one way to do it. An alternative would be to design an alternative attunement power and set of Evocations for Karvara that don't rely on Limit.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/26/2019
Originally posted by Sequal View Post
Okay, back with another batch of questions:

Cirrus Skiff says “The sorcerer calls down a Cirrus Skiff to bear her skyward, a small white puffy cloud just large enough for her and one other passenger to ride upon.” If you are a Legendary size animal when you cast it, can it still carry you? Cloud Trapeze does the same “The cloud lifts the sorcerer and (Essence x 10) tons of cargo and willing characters within long range, flying at a rate of (Essence x 10) miles per hour.” Keel Cleaves the Clouds can no longer escape the Kraken?
It can always carry you.

Back to the first Lunar charm in the book: Chimera-Soul Expression says “The Lunar treats both animals as her spirit shape for Totemic Charms.” Does this mean that if you chimera your Kraken base spirit shape with 5 dot Butterfly Wings, not only does it fly but you can now use both Legendary Size and Miniscule Size totemics on the same character? (sorry I keep using that as an example, but I just can’t get the image of Flying Kraken out of my head)
Yep. As long as either of your animals has the required trait, you satisfy the Totemic condition.

Also on Chimera, it doesn’t read like you need to have the heart’s blood of the second form to take the charm, but it also doesn’t seem to give you access to it either? Does this mean that if you take my previous example backwards and give a Butterfly a Kraken’s tentacles, you can’t actually go swimming as a Kraken until you hunt one down?
You need its heart's blood.

The Blessed Transformation sections says that when a Lunar exalts, “Her body aligns with her innermost nature, taking on a form she can truly be at home within.” Does the Lunar’s original form become just another face they can wear, or is it gone forever since Many-Faced Moon transformation explicitly says it “can’t imitate a specific individual” ?
You could accomplish it by using Many-Faced Moon Transformation.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/26/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
I'm sure that the Realm will go into legalisms for a bit, but I'm curious right now, do mortals have much in the way of civil legal recourse against Dynasts?

Say a Dynast is refusing to pay a mortal work crew that they retained for whatever purpose. Are they able to bring suit to the Imperial judges against those Dynasts (and if so, could they have a reasonable chance of winning)?

Is that kind of specific case maybe covered a bit by the conventions of Dynasts never paying for anything directly, such that any such action would technically be brought against their retainers who are supposed to handle the transactions, such that the Exalted get to pass the buck and the national ethos can be preserved with the veneer of mortals never challenging Dynasts?

Or are cases where Dynasts are taking advantage beyond the level afforded to them by the state the exclusive province of magistrates?
The Realm doesn't have the opportunity to go into detail on such matters, but regarding the broad strokes, mortals theoretically have civil legal recourse against Dynasts. Peasants aren't slaves or the dispossessed; they get to own property without having it stolen by any passing Dynast with a fancy to it, and breach of contract is basically theft. (The Realm couldn't function if Dynasts had that level of casual authority over the peasantry.)

Whether such charges actually go anywhere depends on the details; there are any number of steps along the way where charges might get swept under the rug. But genuinely casual nonpayment of debts to peasants wouldn't be common. It's bad for your reputation both among Dynasts (are you so poor that you can't even pay a piddling debt to a commoner?) and among other strata of society (anyone who you need to pay isn't obligated to contract with you, so you'll have more trouble hiring in future). And there's always the risk of attracting a magistrate's notice or the ire of local monks, especially for chronic nonpayment.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/27/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
My apologies if this has already been asked (or it's clear in the text, which I haven't read in a while). If you take the Heart's Blood of a beastfolk, or some other form with mutations, do you gain the mechanical benefit of those mutations while in that form, or is it merely cosmetic?
You gain those mutations, but have to commit motes for that benefit, per the "Mutant Forms" sidebar.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/27/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post

Are the mutations from Chimera-Soul Expression supposed to cost motes? It doesn't say they do but with other forms that come with mutations requiring extra motes I get unsure.
No. That sidebar only applies to shapeshifting into beastfolk, Wyld mutants, and other forms that have Supernatural mutations bundled into them, not mutations conferred by your own magic.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/28/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
Just wondering but was the inability to hunt magic animals do to the supernatural powers? If so, could you just hunt a magical creature for just it's skin?
No. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/28/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post
The river dragons Death Roll savaging decisive attack says it benefits from double 7s, but savaging decisive attacks are usually unrolled ("With a decisive attack, no attack roll is necessary—just roll Initiative, apply damage, and reset to base as usual."), so is it supposed to mean double 7s on the decisive damage roll? In which case OUCH.
It's on damage. Don't fuck with river dragons.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/28/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
So someone said in the supernal thread that the plan is that Sidereals are getting strong starter charms that slow down and stop. Eventually, sidereals will have to go into SMA for more power. Will this completely be the case or will sidereals have other viable paths. Despite not being the case, astrology was supposed to be something a sidereal can invest in. While they are part of the charmset, will a sidereal who wants to focus on astrology have the ability to enhance their ability for it. Or is it just martial arts or bust?
Sidereals have multiple options for progression besides Sidereal Charms and Martial Arts.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/28/2019
Originally posted by Bladewind View Post
Re: The Solar Exalted Resistance charm Wound-Knitting Exercise
Does this charm shift the characters wounded health levels left as you heal them or is the cost of 1m per -0 health level deliberate?

Apologies if this has already been asked and answered at an earlier juncture.
I believe the intent it works the same way specified by Tiger Warrior's Endurance—your existing levels of damage don't get shifted around when you heal, but any new damage will go into your freshly-healed -0 levels first.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/28/2019
Originally posted by WalkingEye View Post
Can you describe the process of declaration of charms when a Clash charm is used?

Does the initial attacker have a information disadvantage because he is locked into his declared charm use when he declared his action against what he thought what a non clash or is his previous action canceled and he gets to re-declare his attack action knowing the clash is happening?
No re-declaring.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/29/2019
Originally posted by LostLight View Post
How well is the Realm aware of the other Outcast organizations in Creation? I mean, I assume they know they exist, and I'm not talking about state-level groups like Lookshy and Parsad. It is hard for me to believe they have heard about things like Cult of Violet Fang, and I assume that the Grass Spiders actively try to not make their existence too known, but what about groups like the Wanasaan or the Khamaseen Battalion? Are there scholars in the Realm who actively try to research the existence of such groups, and who would be interested in documenting them at all other than the said scholars (and perhaps some nosy Sidereals)?
It's probably going to vary both with the outcaste group in question and with the specific Realm institute in question. If there's an outcaste organization operating in, say, one of House Mnemon's satrapies, House Mnemon's very likely to be collecting good intelligence on it, while if House Peleps doesn't have a satrapy of its own anywhere nearby, it may not know a thing.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/29/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
1) How do the Deathlords handle the Abyssal Exaltations this editions, since they are now less of objects to be handled with, so I guess it wouldn't make sense for them to carry them around with them. Do the Exaltations just like hang around in the Void and they can just call them up when they find a prospective dying mortal?
The Monstrances of Celestial Portion are still the physical medium through which the Deathlords commune with the Abyssal Exaltations.

2) Does the Dark Mother have a way of going around Diminishment, or is it because she can't that at base Liminals are as strong as DBs but low in number, other then the rarity of someone trying to resurrect the dead?
Every Liminal the Dark Mother creates exacts a costs from her.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/30/2019
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Some questions about Raging Fire-Dragon Spirit:

1) The bonus dice count are not called "non-Charm", and I assume this is deliberate? No breaking the dice-adding limit.
Correct.

2) If RFDS adds its maximum of five dice to an Athletics action, you technically could not add an automatic success with Effortlessly Rising Flame since one automatic success is equal to two dice. I figure that one of the bonus dice can be discarded to allow a player to buy an automatic success, if they really want Effortlessly Rising Flame's secondary effect of "popping" 9s and non-Charm bonus dice. (And RFDS's bonus dice offer more opportunities for 9s than adding automatic success with ERF.)
Yeah. If you have a mix of bonus dice and successes, and you've over you're dice cap, you can decide which ones get discarded.

[3) Do the bonus dice on rush actions apply to all rush actions, included mounted ones rolling Ride instead of Athletics, or Occult in the case of Stormwind Rider?
Only Athletics.

4) I assume the bonus Strength dot doesn't apply to one's mount, but does the bonus Strength dot increase the Terrestrial's effective Strength rating for Charms like Burning Fury Wreath, which reduce a target's Hardness according to the Terrestrial's Strength?
No.

5) You clarified that Impervious Skin of Stone's "doubling Stamina for soak" effect does nothing while RFDS is active because of its "Stamina does not apply to soak" effect, but does that mean Stamina is effectively 0 for the Fire anima power and Fire-Elemental Protection Prana?
It doesn't effect your Stamina for non-soak purposes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/30/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Would a Lunar charm that let you use Craft XP to pay the XP cost for Sorcerous Workings be horribly broken?
No, as long as it's at a similar rate as what Spirit-Stoking Elevation does for Solars.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/30/2019
Originally posted by BadassOverlord View Post

Does that mean they can't declare defensive charms in response to a clash either? Things like Adamant Skin Tecknique.
The attacker should get a chance to declare defensive Charms (assuming they apply in a clash).

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/30/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
Will the Exigents book contain any suggestions for tinkering with things like anima or mote pools? I'm wondering about the possibility of creating variations like the yin/yang mote pools for Getimians, or other ways to tap Essence sources, as with Abyssal blood-drinking.
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/30/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
Would it be feasible to develop a charm specifically to cut down the committed mote cost of turning into a beastfolk shape? Perhaps something like one mote per [Essence] mutation points?
It's an effect Lunars could get.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/30/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Since the number of Sidereal Charms is getting expanded, is it possible that Abilities will now have more than one Sutra each?

​(I much prefer 1e's style of having a Sutra for a group of Charms, and having the Charms actually kinda fit with the Sutras, than what 2e did to them...)
No.

While I love the perfect "one line, one Charm" symmetry of the First Edition Charm set, there's just no elegant way to reconcile it with an expanded Charm set—I've tried numerous approaches, and none of them are satisfying.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/30/2019
Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
Lost Zarlath is on the map, and is mentioned in a couple of snippets in the core that are focused on gameplay prospects, and as far as I know that's it. Is there anything more worth knowing about it that might come up in future, or is it basically just there to be a really remote ruined city to invite some perilous expeditions to discover untapped secrets?
We might find a place to detail it. I hear it has bees.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 4/30/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
It’s not in Across the Eight Directions?
It is not.

[#][F] The Demented One - 4/30/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
Just so I'm clear: a Lunar's Tell can be a mutation, but if so, it's not free. It's just you bought the mutation with merit dots and then declared it to be your Tell. Yes?
Correct. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/1/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Congrats on starting Exigents.

As it's going to have 7 charm sets in (4 exigent examples, heart-eaters, Umbrals, Dream-Souled), even if they are smaller charm sets, are you still going to include several martial arts, a whole bunch of artefacts and a load of spells, or not as there's no room/need?
It doesn't have any Martial Arts or sorcery, and only one artifact. There's just not room!

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/1/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
The Artifact being one associated with an Exigence I assume?
It's Janest's scythe.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/1/2019
Originally posted by The Unsung Hero View Post
While I know the decision is ultimately up to OPP, are you guys planning to propose a Kickstarter for Exigents? Or is that one standing on it's own in your heads? I can't recall hearing anything definitive on the matter.
While it's ultimately up to Onyx Path, the current plan is for Exigents to get a Kickstarter.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/1/2019
Originally posted by Sequal View Post
Question Batch 3. Also: Yay Friday!

I have seen a comment in this thread that clarified you can only claim a person’s form once, even if you use a non-lethal hunt charm. This can cause complications in cases where the person changes through age or injury and you no longer look the same. But what happens if you use Form-Shedding Sacrifice or Soul Beyond Shape and lose the form? Can you then hunt the target again?
Sure.

Referring to the two previous charms, do the bodies they leave behind make you really good friends with Liminals who need spare pieces? Or necromancers?
A better question for the Storyteller.

This one is kinda silly, but can a Lunar use Shed Divinity’s Nectar on their own reflection spirit created by Moon-in-Well Emanation to gain even more mutations?
Sure.

Can you use Memory-Drinking Meditation in conjunction with Life of the Hummingbird?
Yes.

Untangling the Web is a bit unclear. It lists a multiplier for how fast the character can read, but it has a duration of Instant. Does it only end when you finish reading what you used it on?
Correct. It just doesn't require you to commit the motes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/1/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
IIRC, the 4 example Exigents include an Exigent of a field god and an Exigent of a city-god (and a stolen exigence and a corrupted one?).
Now, obviously not all city-gods are the same, and their Exigents won't be identical, but many of the charms could well be similar. And an Exigent of a field god is likely to have similar charms to Strawmaiden Janest. Are the other two Exigent types showcased similarly ones that my own Exigent could be very similar to because they are a common type of god (like a mountain god or animal avatar or whatever) or not really?
The other two aren't Exigents of common types of gods.

Also, do the four chosen examples showcase the upper and lower bounds of Exigence
Most are on the lower-end, where the majority of Exigents tend towards; some are on the higher end.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/1/2019
Originally posted by Moonstruck View Post
Hi Robert and Eric, many thanks to you both for making yourselves available to answer questions here. I've been bashing together a charmset with my Storyteller and I'd like to ask a couple things about the process from your point of view:

1) How do you approach balancing the main workhorse Charms - primarily those at E1/E2 - specifically between the elements of "does an interesting thing" (secondary or situational effect) and "adequately performs at its intended standard" (dice adders/tricks)? Particularly when it comes to combat, where small number variance can have the most consequences.
I'm not certain exactly you're asking.

2) Are there specific benchmarks or guidelines for basic Charms that you use to keep a Solar, Lunar, DB, etc. performing where you want them to be, and can you share any off the top of your head in terms of baseline competency and potency?
The Solar Charms themselves provide a pretty good set of benchmarks.

3) As far as what's officially written, are the Charms in one Ability/Attribute set designed to be balanced against others within that set? For example, if Solars didn't have Hungry Tiger Technique to boost their Melee damage output, would you imagine Fire and Stones Strike looking different, and vice versa?
Definitely. Balancing a Charm isn't something you can do in a vacuum; you've gotta take into consideration the stuff it can be combined with.

4) When one is writing very limited sets of Charms designed to be used by only one or two characters with focused themes, do you consider it important to observe prerequisite chains, repurchases, and Essence requirements analogous to those in published material to preserve "balance of efficiency" (two Exalts of comparable power level [e.g. Solar:Abyssal] will have spent roughly the same XP to gain similar mechanical prowess in the same field) or would you see it as better to simply write according to the characters' needs, even if it leads to individually more powerful Charms? I understand that this is also a Storyteller call, of course, but we both prefer to keep in mind the spirit of developer intent, where it exists. (Perhaps in other words: purpose- versus process-based Charm balance).
It's not inalterable; there are considerations of gameplay and balance that justify changing them in certain cases. For example, Lunars get some Charms at Essence 1 that I probably would've given to Solars at Essence 2, because Lunars don't have Supernal. Sidereals have always been characterized by having far fewer prerequisites gating off some really wildly powerful stuff (in exchange for the restriction of a closed Charm set), and that's a design element I plan on keeping.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/1/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post
1) Can Mountainous Spirit Expression be used in non-animal shapes? i.e. can it be used with the following :
-You normal (non transformed) self
-Your Hybrid Body Transformation
-Human Shapes you acquire
Yes.

2) Does the power level of an Artifact's wielder affect the strength of the Evocations they can awaken? i.e. would a Dragonblooded wielding Sekhem awaken weaker Evocations than a Solar wielding it?
Not generally. Some Charms are limited to certain types of Exalted, usually because they have, say, a Solar Charm as a prerequisite, but outside of stuff like that, a Dragon-Blood and a Solar player character would both be able to get the same Evocations out of an artifact they pick up at character creation.

3) From what I understand Fiends/Penumbrae in 2E were able to disguise their Anima displays with a Charm (Eldritch Secrets Mastery). Will this still be something they can do going into 3E?
While we haven't gotten to planning the details of the Infernal Charm set in that level of detail, it's very likely.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/2/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post

3e makes a point that aside from Martial Arts, charms aren't really codified. Any three Solars might know Monkey Leap Technique but maybe one of them is the sort who likes to codify their tricks with names and it may not even be that, etc.

Does the fact Sidereals have a sharply limited set of magical effects (even if it is larger than past editions) run up against that or does this play into the fact they also have a high percentage of martial artists around ready and willing to slap cool names on codified miracles of essence?
Sidereal Charms are codified miracles of destiny manipulation, known to the Maidens' Chosen.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/2/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post
Does Indestructible Recursive Design require you to 'heal' all the extra health levels at once, or can you stack them up to (Essence) -0 health levels total over time?

F.ex. if you take 4 health levels of damage and Halting the Scarlet Flow (with Stamina 5) heals you up to full + one extra -0 from IRD, and then later some other source of magical healing heals you for 3 HLs, would they stack up to 4 extra -0 HLs total (presuming you're essence 4+)?
You can stack them from multiple uses.

I'm also assuming charms that multiply the natural healing rate don't count as magical healing, and it has to be something like Halting the Scarlet Flow or a friendly solar with Wound-Mending Care Technique?
Correct.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/2/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Who's your favorite character in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power?
Entrapta. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/2/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Do shield bracers exist in Exalted universe?
I'm not sure what those are.

Can Invulnerable Skin of Bronze be made invisible using a sorcerous work?
Sorcerous workings generally don't improve on existing spells, but you can ask your Storyteller.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/2/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post
When using Shining Moon-Child Mark with Songline Legend Runes, do you have to keep the 10 motes commited?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/2/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post

Large wristband with a big metal plate on it made to be used as a small shield.
I'm sure they could exist somewhere.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/2/2019
Originally posted by soul_porpoise View Post
How do tracking charms interact with trying to find someone who can change their scent, posture and appearance with solar disguise charms/shapechanging etc?
Would you allow the pursued to roll Larceny rather than Survival if they were deliberately trying to use such methods to throw off pursuit?
Disguise is generally not an effective counter to tracking. If the Storyteller deems that circumstances render it so, sure.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Two Glorious Solar Plate appearance question:

-Even if Glorious Solar Plate have the stats of an artifact heavy armor, can it appears in the form of a light armor? Then if it can would it still keeps it's artifact heavy armor stats or would it have the stats of an artifact light armor?
I figure you can take a pretty free hand in customizing the look of your personal soul-armor, as long as it's still obviously glorious armor made of sunlight, but that's not going to change its stats.

-Would Glorious Solar Plates appearing on a light armor take the form of an heavy armor or would it retain the form of a light armor? Same for the stats: artifact heavy armor stats or artifact light armor stats.
If you fuse Glorious Solar Plate with artifact armor, it the best of both armors' stats.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Is it possible to hide the bronze skin apparence of Invincible Skin of Bronze by using the Larceny ability (Disguise action)?
Yes.

Which would be the difficulty of such an action/which penalty would apply?
It'd be a penalty on a standard disguise roll, up to the Storyteller to assess.

What are the limits of essence based visual dynamics of Perfect Mirror?
For example is it possible to impersonate someone using Ascendant Battle Visage, looking as fearsome (while getting none of its bonus of course) as him?
That sounds fine.

Can you temporarily gain the hideous Merit if you disguise in someone having it? (And does it works the same using a simple Disguise action without using a charm?)
No.

Is your appearance considered temporarily raised of lowered to the score of the one you are impersonating? (And does it works the same using a simple Disguise action without using a charm?)
No. Appearance isn't just a matter of looks, it's also a matter of having the poise and self-confidence to use them effectively.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Let's say I'm playing a character with five dots in Crane Style Martial Arts (with zero dots in other styles) and Socialize Supernal, with enough of an investment in it to get access to Heart-Eclipsing Shroud and other persona Charms.

​Would my persona be able to take dots in Tiger Style Martial Arts, or would the persona also need to be a Crane master?
With Hundred-Faced Stranger, the persona could have dots in Martial Arts styles the true self doesn't know.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
In the Lunars manuscript, the artifact armor Eyebright has some confusing Evocation prereqs. Specifically, Enfolding Sentinel's Prescience has Heart-Evading Sidestep as a prereq, and Heart-Evading Sidestep has Enfolding Sentinel's Prescience as a prereq. Which one is meant to be the base Charm?
Enfolding Sentinel's Prescience should have "Prerequisites: None."

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
Could have sworn I asked this somewhere, but it didn't show up on either search.
So, Lookshy is--to my understanding--going to have some mechanical features showcased in Heirs, such as the famed gunzhoa armor.
Forest Witches will also have a number of thier unique mystical powers described in Heirs.
Does Prasad have unique traits being added? Pure Way related martial arts variants or charms based on the divine status of Dragonblooded there? The Godblooded families of the region? Or is that more the purview of Realm?
Prasad doesn't really have any unique mechanics—there is a Merit for God-Blooded Exalted, which scions of Clan Akatha will find useful, but that's not really a Prasad-only thing.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Grapples questions here! (thanks for all those useful info BTW)

Throw/Slam damage boost per round of control forfeited is limited by the character strength, but is Crashing Wave Throw also limited by the same limit or does it's damage boost applies to all round of control forfeited regardless of strength?
Crashing Wave Throw is still subject to the limit.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
If I'm playing a Solar with Hundred-Faced Stranger, and a character donates 6 XP to me with Flowing Mind Prana, does my persona get any of it?
Yes—it works the same as if you'd gained those XP normally.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
Since the Balorian Crusade and the early days of the Realm has the Realm Defense Grid ever been fired again
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post

Neat. Anything we might see mentioned in The Realm or did I miss a line somewhere in the core or Lunars draft?
You'll see it in The Realm.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/3/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
Some more Lunar questions.

1. Does Ox-Body Technique expand the health levels of your animal forms? This seems reasonable for smaller animals but also seems like it'd get a bit wacky with the really tough ones.
Shapeshifting never changes your health levels. You keep whatever your normal track is, Ox Bodies and all, in any shape you take. Yes, a Lunar who turns into a fly is going to be a damn tough fly to kill.

2. Can you still Sacred Hunt animals of sizes you cannot currently turn into, and then just not become them until you get the appropriate Charm for them
Yes.

e: 3. Tats are just for your base form, or do they carry over to all forms barring use of Subtle Silver Declaration?
They're present in all forms. Note that you don't need a Charm to conceal them; they can inherently be hidden for one mote.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/4/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
I'm having trouble finding if this has been asked across these two threads: is it possible that any of the new weapons given in What Fire Has Wrought and Fangs at the Gate (nunchaku, iron boots, sickles, etc.) are applicable as form weapons for any of the martial arts that had been details prior to their introduction? For example (I'm making these examples up with no real consideration for balance, just themes), might the Smashing-tagged iron boots be compatible with Earth Dragon Style or paired kamas be compatible with Steel Devil Style?

If there are such compatibilities, would you mind giving a few examples (if those that I made up haphazardly don't work).
We're not going to change the style weapons of existing styles retroactively, but your Storyteller can if they feel something's appropriate.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/4/2019
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
Which purchased merits are mutations? None of them clearly strike me as definitely being physical alterations rather than training or technique.
See the "Mutations" sidebar in chapter 6 of Lunars.

“Mutant Forms” specifies supernatural merits. Is it intentional that you lose out on human forms’ mundane mutations?
Yes. Bookkeeping thing, mostly.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/4/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
Given their natural shapeshifting talents, I can understand why Lunars don't have persona Charms, but do they have Charms that allow for similar effects?
Yep, take a look at Shadow-Mind Meditation and Dark Premise Duality in Wits.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/4/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Before we go putting the cart before the horse…

Is Violet Bier of Sorrows Style even returning?
Of course!

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/4/2019
Originally posted by Epimetheus View Post
So i was wondering, will violet bier of sorrows style be similar to the immaculate martial arts in that they were tailored to sidereals in a way that makes them better with that style than other practitioners?
No. Sidereals have some other martial arts that they have a special resonance with.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/7/2019
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
And which purchased merits are in fact the ones that “alter or improve a character’s body,” was my question? None of them clearly distinguish whether they’re that or if they can represent training or technique (e.g.- do I have Mighty Thews because I bulked up or because I have proper weightlifting technique down to a science?).
If it affects the body, it counts, even if it could be flavored as a training thing.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/7/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
I seem to recall a Lunar Charm that creates a spirit reflection of the Lunar, complete with a copy of the Lunar's personality. How might that interact with Shadow-Mind Meditation? Would you need to activate both Charms to get a dark reflection of yourself, or would it just be your choice when you create the spirit?
In order for the reflection to draw its selection of Intimacies from the shadow-mind, you'd need to have the shadow-mind active at the time you use it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/7/2019
Originally posted by BadassOverlord View Post
Would you allow an Air-Aspected Elemental Bolt be used as a form-weapon for Air Dragon Style? What about a Fire-Bolt for Righteous Devil?
I don't see much breaking if that's allowed.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/7/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post
1) Suppose a stealthed character wins Join Battle but doesn't reveal their presence in their first turn (i.e. they start Stalking Wolf Attitude, they Aim, or they do basically any of White Veil's unnoticeable attacks shenanigans). Does their opponent become aware that they are in combat once their turn arrives? Or does the opponent "waste" their turn because they don't know that they are in combat?
Once battle is joined, the opponent would be aware that someone is coming for him, even if he doesn't know who they are or where they are.

2) For the Lunar Charm Vigilant Mastiff Technique, if you know Heron Sheds Rain, does that cause Vigilant Mastiff Technique to parry unblockable attacks on its own? Or do you have to use both Charms on the tick where you wish to parry an unblockable attack against your ward?
Vigilant Mastiff Technique is all you need.

3) Do Casteless Lunars get a Non-Caste, Non-Favored discount on Martial Arts Charms? In other words, do Martial Arts Charms cost 10xp or 9xp for Casteless?
10 xp. The discount only applies to Lunar Charms.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/7/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
What does the domain of a god being rapidly expanded do to the god, in a practical manner? Like the old City God of Deheleshen was driven mad by the fate of his city and the City God of Lookshy is an entirely different entity (who has some kind of relation to him still). But this is an example of reduction of domain and frankly probably a lot of actual trauma, I can't imagine the Raksha were any kinder to gods than mortals.

Say you have a small city which due to a combination of like...a new natural resource find in the hills and a nice gold rush, the opening of a new canal and the completion of a vital new trade route that links you to the Jade Road with ease and the city rapidly expands into a great trade hub over the course of a decade or two. Frontier to metropolis story. Does that city god get promoted up the hierarchy or get new power in the form of expanded essence, charms and maybe stats out of it, or just a great expansion of their Cult merit and maybe some other practical merit changes?
The phrase that tends to crop up in describing the relation between gods and their portfolios is "the god is not the river." A change to a city father's home city isn't going to directly translate into any immediate metaphysical effect or upgrade on the god. That god might be able to leverage their city's newfound prominence to angle for a promotion within the celestial bureaucracy, but it's not an automatic "ping, level up."

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/7/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Do someone using Invulnerable Skin of Bronze also use the traits of medium weapons when she makes an unarmed Parry?
Yes.

Does a winged Solar using Invulnerable Skin of Bronze makes her unable to fly?
No.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/7/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
The sidebar on meditation in WFHW seems to exclude the ability to speak or carry on a conversation while maintaining meditation ("only Physical or Social actions ... that can be taken while meditating are those that are completely passive on the Exalt’s part" and conversing with beings that would normally harm the Solar by speaking were it not for this Charm). The language in the Solar Integrity Charm Inviolable Essence-Merging seems to indicate that one can speak while meditating when using this Charm (specifically calling out "discussing the nature of Essence and the movement of the stars" and "making enlightened pronouncement on the mysteries of the universe").

Should this Charm be considered an exception to the no-speaking rule that I've inferred, should these particular use-cases be considered exceptions, have I misunderstood the side-bar, or some fourth option that escapes me right now?
It's not "no speaking," it's "no rolled social actions." Lore and Occult rolls, which Inviolable Essence-Merging enhances, are essentially always going to be mental actions.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/7/2019
Originally posted by Refhi View Post
What happens when I instill to increase a temporary intimacy granted by a charm or an inspire action?
Ex. NPC1 have a virtual temporary major intimacy of lust after a successful inspire action : can I make an instill action to make it permanent or increase it to defining or reduce it to minor?

Now NPC2 have a temporary intimacy of friendship thanks to New Friend Aroma (or curiosity thanks to Alluring Scent Technique) can I instill to make it disappear/become permanent/become a major intimacy?

My guess would be that as they are not "real" intimacies they can be used like intimacies for everything *but* instilling to change them?
They're fair game to be increased with instill rolls, if you can muster sufficient leverage, and once increased, they aren't dependent on the effect that created them to maintain their existence or intensity.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/7/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
The first-age Lunars in the Lunar book all have Essence 6. Ma-Ha-Suchi, Raksi and Lillith.

Obviously Leviathan is also from the First Age, but I presume there are other first-age Lunars knocking around (though probably not many, like 10 or something), but who are not as famous.

Are most First-Age Lunars Essence 6, or is it just that Raksi, Ma-Ha-Suchi and Lillith (and maybe Leviathan), and maybe 1 or 2 others (for your game) because they're particularly powerful? And most First-Age Lunars are Essence 5?

(I guess this also applies to Sidereals.)
Not all First Age Exalted are Essence 6+. Not all of them are even gonna be Essence 5.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/8/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Thanks.

I was looking at the Tyrant Lizard today, its Terrifying Dragon Roar.

What does it mean by natural enemies? Anything that's not supernatural?
So will, say, all battle groups of humans flee if I use this in a battle?
"Natural enemies" is some really poor writing on my part. I believe my intent was "mundane animals that are the tyrant lizard's natural prey," but I just, really did not convey that at all.

Mortals only automatically flee if they're bystanders uninvolved in combat - a battle group fighting a tyrant lizard would still get to assert its Resolve.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/8/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post

Does this mean it's possible to have a scene where an assassin is using Stalking Wolf Attitude without the opponent rolling Join Battle yet, thus preventing them from knowing they're under threat at that moment?
Given that Stalking Wolf Attitude's mechanics are predicated on the scene running in combat time, I don't believe so.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/8/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post
In the book Tales from the Age of Sorrows, there is a Dragon Blooded who receives a Solar Exaltation. Is that something that is actually possible?
It is not.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/9/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post
About "Name an NPC" rewards that have appeared in Kickstarters - what does it entail exactly? Does the backer provide only a name, or can they suggest some backstory elements for the NPC?
The backer provides the name of a character, which we include in a book. Many give us some description of that character, and we try to make sure we use the name in a way that fits with that, but we can't guarantee that as part of the reward.

Also, will there be opportunities to name Solar characters in future Kickstarters?
It's not impossible, but we'd have to find the right book for it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/9/2019
Originally posted by Iceblade44 View Post
The Voice in the Trench, with how its name is. It sounds very similar to a sobriquet of a Yozi so it makes me wonder. Per chance was the Voice in the Trench a free Primordial like Gaia and Autochthon?
If you want to speculate on the nature of the Voice in the Trench, canon is unlikely to contradict you.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/9/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
Some quick clarifications on Dragon-Blooded.

​1. Water Aspects can breathe water at all times via their anima power without cost, yes?
Yeah.

2. Do you have to pay the 1 Willpower surcharge to have Life-Swelling Sap Strike destroy undead when you fire it, even if you don't know if the undead will be crashed any time soon by it? After all, the entangling arrow might crash them six rounds from now, but it's an Instant charm that only very slowly drains Initiative.
Yes.

2a. The Wood Aura option to use it with a Decisive attack rather than a gambit means you get the entangling and damage from the attack, yes?
Yes.

3. When the Charms refer to 'arrow', does that mean they cannot be used with firewands? Like, you can't use Drawing Lightning Style to give its damage bonus to a firewand attack? It makes sense for some (Arrow Thorn Technique, say) but not Drawing Lightning Style or Spring Follows Winter.
No, it's not an exclusion of firewands.

​4. Is there a limit on how much you can raise your Strength rating to determine if you can do a feat of strength? It's not quite the same as a generic bonus from Charms, since it's not ever used for rolls, just to see if you can make a roll.
No.

​5. Can Precision Observation Method mix dice and successes, or do you need to buy just dice or just successes when you use it?
You can mix them, if for some reason that's advantageous.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/9/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
What if such an assassin was say, using mental invisibility technique to be imperceptible to the target in question?
Doesn't change things.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/9/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Do Battle Fury Focus consider Defense as a "die pool related to combat" ?
No.

Do Battle Fury Focus makes you consider -1 Health levels as -0 Health levels, making you able to use Wound-Knitting Exercise on it?
Also no.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/9/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post



Just to clarify further, is it accurate to say that Stalking Wolf Attitude will never result in an Ambush (assuming no additional Charms are used that have the effect of turning an attack into an Ambush)?
It's not categorically impossible—maybe you use it together with something that lets you attack reflexively on round one—but generally speaking, it's not a Charm for ambushes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/9/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
If I'm attacking someone I know has Adamant Skin Twchnique with a Piercing weapon, can I make a Piercing attack with a decisive attack so that their soak with Adamant Skin will be 4 lower?
I think that's something that can be left up to the Storyteller; the text doesn't appear to dictate one result or the other.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/10/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
Since it seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle, I'll ask again; in Exigents, is there any piece of setting (history, locales, etc) that you are particularly proud of?
I'm biased, but getting the origin story for Architects I came up into print after all these years is pretty satisfying.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/10/2019
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
How reasonable do you think it would be to let characters roll Stamina + Resistance to survive longer without food/water/air than what page 232 says?
If the Storyteller wants to allow that, go for it.

Answering as an ST, how do you handle fatigue in-game (seeing as there’s merits and Charms that interact with it but no printed rules for it)?
Assessing penalties based on how long a character's gone without rest or how intensely they've overexerted themself.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/12/2019
Originally posted by Sith_Happens View Post
Any examples?
Nothing super concrete—just, what's an amount of penalty that feels right for how fatigued you'd be?

And do you figure armor into it at all?
Sure, running a marathon in heavy armor is gonna be more tiring than running one without armor.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/12/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Ahlat has a cloak of magic tassels with the memories of mighty warriors, and 1/fight he can spend a wp to get a benefit. Suggestions include 5 free initiative, an entire martial art, or a set of evocations.

Is the set of evocations supposed to be evocations for a weapon he's just picked up? Like, he happens to be carrying the weapon of a dead Ahlat-worshipping hero, and he can unlock its evocations? Or is it like he says "I'm going to have all the evocations the Harborheadian hero Mighty Bull had, but apply them to my spear Glad-of-War instead of his sword"?
It's just Ahlat the Evocations of an artifact the Storyteller picks—he doesn't need to have it on him.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/12/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Can a Solar use Adamant Skin against the extra damage of Caress of 10,000 Hells
No. The extra damage from Caress of 10,000 Hells isn't a separate attack; it's bonus damage tacked onto the supplemented attack.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/12/2019
Originally posted by Kenshinzen View Post
Would a feint and other things that aren't technically attacks but affect your ability to deliver a deadly attack be a valid description of a withering attack?
Sure.

Do Element-Resisting Prana protect from drowning because of the "can walk underwater with no ill effects" part ?
Yes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/12/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
So, a few questions about Five Days of Darkness. Is he likely still a creature of Darkness/unable to bear the suns rays?
He definitely seems like someone that Storytellers could reasonably call a creature of darkness.

Can he make exigents? I would assume so, but a friend had heard otherwise.
All gods can theoretically make Exigents.

For starting him, I believe in 2e he had a “knows all MA” clause. Is there a way you’d reccomend representjng this without being literal? Or is that clause being cut?
He could just know a lot of Martial Arts.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/12/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
If you're holding a powerbow and know Wood Dragon, do you use the stats for a mundane staff in close combat or a wrackstaff?
You'd use artifact traits.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/13/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
Magistrate questions:

When the Empress was around, did the Magistrates have the authority to pass summary judgement on Dynasts? If not, what tended to happen when a Magistrate determined that a Dynast killed another Dynast? Were such offenses usually covered up and the guilty party sent “on a tour of the threshold” or could a Dynast be jailed or publicly executed?
The magistrates had - and still have - the authority to pronounce judgment on anyone less than a Great House matriarch, and to overturn the verdicts of the Imperial courts.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/13/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
Is it intentional that Wood Dragon Style can't be used to stunt Lethal attacks unarmed?
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/13/2019
Originally posted by Electro View Post
Can you use Wyld-Shaping Technique inside a Fair Folk noble's freehold?
Yes, although the Fair Folk are gonna try to stop you.

Also, is Beimeni-Ta a freehold?
I'm not sure there's a meaningful answer to this. Beimeni-Ta is, first and foremost, Beimeni-Ta. Whether or not you want to label it a freehold doesn't change things.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/13/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Is it correct to assume we will have the lunar character sheets along with the compiled finished pdf for fangs at the same time?
Like with dragon blooded
That's probably how it will play out.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/13/2019
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Robert, was the latent Smashing Tail Hammer attack of the Pestletail (and the Spiked Tail Slam of the Siege Lizard), which mimics the effects of Solar Brawl's Heaven Thunder Hammer, particularly troubling to you as you were writing Mighty Ram Slam/Practice (the manuscript uses both names) and its following Charms?
It wasn't something I deliberately avoided writing Protean effects for.

It is unclear whether Mighty Ram Practice inherently counts as a smashing attack for general purposes, such as for the Pestletail's Smashing Tail Hammer, or for something like the Boar-Tusk Crocodile's Crushing Bulk or the Tyrant Lizard's Brutal Stomp, or perhaps for certain Martial Arts Charms and Artifact Evocations.
It does not. "Smash attacks" refer solely to the ones you make because a weapon has the Smashing tag.

It is also unclear if Mighty Ram Practice would count as a stomp attack that might enable the use of the Trample merit. It is clear that the Lunar would not need the Trample merit to render the target prone, but it would be good to know if Trample is allowed to retroactively apply the penalties for being prone to the Mighty Ram Practice attack.
A "stomp" attack is one of the things that'll be listed in an animal's attacks, like "bite" or "claw" attacks. Mighty Ram Practice won't change things one way or the other.

Was Mighty Ram Practice intended primarily to enhance the act of charging down and tackling or trampling opponents (as with the Ox-Dragon form), as opposed to enhancing the sorts of attacks that usually involve standing rooted to the ground and swinging really hard?
Like all Lunar combat Charms, it was written to cover a wide variety of use cases: running down someone in the shape of a rhino, laying someone out with a spinning roundhouse kick from a stationary stance, hitting someone with an arrow hard enough to knock them off their feet, etc.

Do you see any more room in Lunar Charm concepts for enhancing slam attacks available through natural animal features or manufactured human weapons? Or is World-Shaking Slam as far as you think the system can handle supporting that kind of character build?
I don't think weapon tag enhancement has a huge amount of design space, and it runs against the universality of Lunar combat Charms a bit, but I wouldn't say there's absolutely no more room for it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/13/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Speaking of which, do you intend to keep the bit in which he possesses a boy and makes him murder his family every Calibration?
We'll probably discuss that when we find a book to discuss Five Days Darkness in.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/14/2019
Originally posted by Nicolas Milioni View Post
What is the new book "Crucible of Legends" about?
It's the Storyteller's Guide!

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/14/2019
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Can the attack of Mighty Ram Practice be a chopping or smashing attack, if you use the right manufactured or natural weapon?
Yeah. The special attacks from weapon tags are "Supplemental" effects, more or less

If smashing, I would assume you could render a target prone in addition to MRP’s other effects, or extend the knockback by another rangeband?
Knocking prone is fine. Things might get a bit wibbly if you stack knockback.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/14/2019
Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
Robert, do you feel it makes sense for the Protean effect of Behemoth's Footprint Tread to also apply to animal forms with natural smashing attacks, especially animals of legendary size or who are capable of HTH-like smashing attacks?
No, Protean effects are designed around just triggering off that one specific criterion.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/14/2019
Originally posted by Mynorin View Post
Should White Veil's Blithe Unruffled Plumage be Reflexive rather than Supplemental since it appears to be solely defensive and in response to an attack?
Yeah. 10char

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/14/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post
So where do the Imperial Judges and their courts fit in since I had been imagining a bit of a split there?
The Imperial courts address cases involving all citizens, not just Dynasts. And the magistrates are primarily investigators; their authority does overlap with the Imperial courts, but they don't just go out and preempt Dynastic civil cases or situations where the Imperial Force has already brought a Dynast before the courts. (Well, they could, and on rare occasions they probably do. But they generally have better uses for their time.)

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/15/2019
Originally posted by Gonzo View Post
I'd never try to tell you guys how to do your job. But I would like to ask if there is any chance that the STguide could include some useful rule hacks to simplify Ex3? I know that could be a lot of work (and is possibly never happening), but I think it's worth asking about.

Keep up the good work!
I'm going to leave extensive commentary on the Storyteller's Guide and its comments to Neall and Monica Speca, who are the book devs on it.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/15/2019
Originally posted by shadowninja View Post
When a Immaculate have the Air Dragon Form activate and makes a Chakram attack to hit a target in Medium or Long range he needs Aim before?
Yes. They count as being made from close range solely for determining the Accuracy bonus; for all other purposes, the actual range they're made from is used.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/15/2019
Originally posted by rj.au View Post
Will The Realm say how many dots of backing some specific positions (legion ranks, magistrate, deliberator, etcetera) are worth?
It doesn't provide exact dot ratings - and for some of those positions, there's not a single "one size fits all" dot rating - but it provides enough information for Storytellers to assess that for individual characters' positions.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/15/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post
How does a fresh Solar understand their Anima Effects? Are they aware that they now have weird powers like disappearing to a nearby place of power and sanctifying oaths, or is it more of an unconscious thing like Charms?
Anima powers are similar to Charms, except that they emanate from your Caste or Aspect rather than your skills. You're aware that you can do them, the same way that a Solar with Blazing Solar Bolt is aware she can unleash deadly radiance from her sword, but you'd tend to think of it as acting in your role as an Eclipse Caste and Chosen of the Unconquered Sun to sanctify a witnessed oath, rather than casting a magical oath-sanctifying spell.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/15/2019
Originally posted by Orukan View Post
Regarding Strength Increasing Exercise, what is the maximum one can increase their strength to? The charm in the book can be confusing as the second to last sentence, past the comma, could refer to either the bonus that can't be more than double the Solar's strength or the actual strength score that can't be more than doubled.

As this might be confusing, here is random character example

Strength 2
Essence 5

Scenario 1: Can increase strength by 2 for a total of 4
Scenario 2: Can increase strength by 4 for a total of 6
You can't gain more bonus dots of Strength from the Charm than you have actual dots of Strength. In essence, you can add a maximum of (lower of Essence or Strength) bonus dots.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/15/2019
Originally posted by Uknown DarkLord View Post
For Carnal Spirit Rending, what is in place to prevent someone from summoning demons or elementals to use as batteries to charge up for a fight?
Absolutely nothing. ^_^

Well. Your bound spirit might try to stop you, because even binding isn't going to make it happily consent to being murdered. But you're a Solar!

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/16/2019
Originally posted by Uknown DarkLord View Post
Is there a limit to how many different types of spirits/demons you can carnally rend per scene?
Mainly the Willpower cost.

And do other spirits that are bound get a chance to break their binding if they see this happen to another bound spirit?
No. A bound spirit can refuse an order like "stand still and let me kill you" as unacceptable influence, but that doesn't let them break their binding.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/16/2019
Originally posted by Anaximander View Post
Is Vaneha getting any coverage in Across the Eight Directions or one of the other books in production?
It's getting discussed in Across the Eight Directions' section on the Hundred Kingdoms.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/16/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
I've noticed that a number of athletics charms that grant new movement capabilities, like walking on walls, need to be activated every round instead of being scene long. Is that more to do with the flavor of the Exalt types we've had so far or is it an important part of Athletics charm balance and things like the Personal Gravity Redirection Apparatus will be turn length instead of scene length in 3e?
I didn't write those Charms, so it's hard to speak to the precise intent behind them. Scene-long enhancements to movement capabilities aren't something that can't be written, but I wouldn't expect anyone to get mobility Charms that are better or more efficient than what Solars have.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/16/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Although I can't find it explicitly mentioned, I assume 10 of the houses (not Nellens) still have a particularly strong element, since they wear that element's colour and are described in very elemental terms "the fire that...", "the mountain that..." etc.

Obviously they do all contain Dragonblood of all 5 elements, but how strong is their element? (Generally. I assume Sesus and Cynis have less strong aspects than Mnemon.)

Are we talking like Cathak has 70% Fire, or 50% Fire, or 30% (ie only a slight preponderence)?
I tend to assume something like 60% of the house's associated Aspect and 10% of each other Aspect, but this will vary by house and household. (I'm considering the possibility of a sidebar on the subject in Heirs for houses and gentes and so forth, but Storytellers might be better off being free to decide for themselves? I'm undecided.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/16/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

Does Aspect inheritance strongly favor the mother to that degree, or is that much of a weight toward one aspect due to a cultural bias toward tying male DBs in marriage to Houses associated with their Aspect, so the element remains favored on balance?
The latter. Aspect doesn't favor either parent over the other.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/16/2019
Originally posted by Alpharius View Post

A line to the effect of that might be good if you don't think it is too prescriptive. I've seen or heard people discussing inheritance like that take the suggestion of impropriety far with out of aspect Exaltation, which is a bit extreme if that's the rule of thumb you had in mind.
If you're looking to accuse someone of impropriety, you'll use whatever tools come to hand, in Creation as much as in the real world.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/17/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
In Exigents, are we likely to see fiction or lore related to Exigents mentioned in the core book that aren't getting full Charm write-ups?
More than likely.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/17/2019
Originally posted by memeala View Post
In Exigents, are we likely to see fiction or lore related to Exigents mentioned in the core book that aren't getting full Charm write-ups?
Yep! 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/17/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
So, I get that considering stretch goals for the Exigents KS is probably too far away to say much about, but, given that the core book lists five sample Exigents and you guys have said we’ll be getting four writeups, we’re clearly not getting at least one of them.

Assuming the KS does well, is it possible that the other Exigents listed in the Core will get full writeups in the companion? Like with enough info and charms that you could make your own Chosen of Masks or Venoms instead of just a QC entry?
Because of the length of the full Exigent write-ups and Charmsets, compared to the amount of wordcount afforded by each stretch goal, that's not a feasible option. That's not to say we won't have any stretch goals relating to them, but it won't be a full Charm set.

...Actually are the Exigents listed in the Core still viewed as good and interesting enough to do writeups about? I mean, they all sounded at least moderately interesting to me, but I can understand that in the time since it might have become apparent that there wasn’t as much that could be done with them as was once thought.
Yeah.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/17/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
On this subject...
I believe this came up in relation to a question on "will the book include examples of a black market Exigent" rather than "what are they Exigents of".

So, Eric and Robert, to what extent are these examples defined by being black market and "dirty bomb" (I'm sure the book has a fancier word)?

I mean, is it "the Exigent of naughty god X" and being black market is just an interesting note in the backstory, or more "the Black Market Exigent of X"?
The former.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/17/2019
Originally posted by Blaque View Post
Thinking on the wordcount and length of Exigents, I am assuming that a potential Stretch Goal is that there's a "bank" of additional ones that could be in the Companion, kind of like the expanded Great Houses and such? Or are each so big that they'd need to be spaced a tad bit more?
I don't understand the question. Could you clarify?

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/17/2019
Originally posted by Blaque View Post

So to my understnading, things like additional Martial Arts styles, or organizaitons are things you often will have kind of "banked" by the time the KS starts. These might even be of things folks know about ahead of time, but were not given a huge chunk of room in the initial book (Sublime Danger is an example of this).

Woudl it be possible that for a stretch goal to be for instance, a Chosen of Dice or Chosen of Masks, as an option, kind of like how the four new MA styles in Lunars were collectively one option? Or is a single extra Exigent bigger than even that wordcountwise?
Either I'm still not understanding your question correctly, or your understanding of the situation is incorrect. We do not write stretch goal material ahead of time. We didn't write up Sublime Danger in advance and then "bank" her for the Lunars Kickstarter companion volume; she hasn't been written up yet.

A single Exigent write-up, even with a really bare-bones Charm set, is significantly larger than a normal stretch goal. If we're able to do it, it'll involve spacing out stretch goals more widely than usual to compensate. E.g., instead of getting one stretch goal when we hit $X and another when we hit $Y, we'd get no stretch goal at $X and the bare-bones Exigent write-up at $Y. Or maybe skip $X and $Y and get the bare-bones Exigent write-up at $Z.

In any case, we'll continue to discuss specifics with the Onyx Path Kickstarter team and figure things out before the Exigent Kickstarter (if any).

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/18/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post
If a Lunar possess an animal form with "Variable Size" does this allow the Lunar to dictate the specific size of the animal when assuming it, or does the Lunar need multiple distinct "copies" of the animal of said sizes? Additionally, how would that work for spirit shapes that are Variable Size.
Each shape—whether it's a spirit shape or something you got by hunting—would be a specific species of that kind of animal, and only be one of those sizes.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/18/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Do All-Encompassing Earth Sense and/or Feeling the Dragon's Bones let you ignore penalties for blindness on your attack rolls?
Yes, assuming you pinpoint someone's location and they don't move from it before you attack them.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/18/2019
Originally posted by Jen View Post
Are giant spiders count as mundane animal or magical for the purpose of being a lunar’s spirit shape?
Big old insects are just mundane animals.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/18/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post
Spiders.... never mind.
Correction: Big old creepy crawlies are just mundane animals.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/18/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post
I've noticed that Martial Arts all seem to have a single capstone Charm much like Artifacts have a single capstone Evocation. Is this a hard rule or could a Martial Arts theoretically have several Charms in parallel at the end of the tree?
It's not a hard rule, but I wouldn't diverge from it unless I had a cool reason to do so.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/19/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Will the Storytellers guide have a kickstarter?
The current system is that books for Exalt types (Dragon-Blooded, Lunars, etc.) get Kickstarters. Other books, such as the Storyteller's Guide, do not.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/19/2019
Originally posted by ReshyShira View Post
With there being 100 Sidereals, and there being 100 or so more Lunars than there are Solars; were there any thoughts about a Lunar-Sidereal bond to go with the Lunar-Solar bond?
No. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/19/2019
Originally posted by limaxophobiac View Post
The rules for limit break say that "The behavior enforced by Limit Break is treated as a Defining Principle,", and that "In addition, if a character could treat an influence roll as unacceptable due to Limit Break, he must".

Now I've always though that you can't weaken a Limit Break intimacy by social influence, but there doesn't actually seem to be any rule that says you can't as long as you're exploiting another Defining intimacy. Is this indended?
It can't be weakened by social influence.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/19/2019
Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
Is it in theme for Lunars to have a high-Essence Charm, probably descended from Essential Mirror Nature, that allows them to 'deceive' Artifacts to avoid the effects of Dissonance? Possibly with a Protean effect for being in the shape of a specific Exalt?
There'd definitely be balance issues that I would be concerned about.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/20/2019
Originally posted by Kyman201 View Post
So, Vance... I've been catching up on my Marvel Movies.



Would THIS be a good example of some Sidereal Martial Artists throwing down? Mayhaps a couple Sidereals fighting some Getimians?
Yeah, that was my first thought when I saw Doctor Strange.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/20/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post
Heavenly Typhoon has the Special Tag but does not describe any Special effects. Am I correct in assuming its Special effect is simply the usual "returns to hand after being thrown" effect of Infinite Chakrams?
Yep. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/20/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
What’s your favorite part of Masters of Jade?
I am sorta biased in favor of the section on the Fair Folk, given that I wrote it. :P

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/20/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
Are Haltan talking animals valid Sacred Hunt targets or are they too magical?
I'd call them animals.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/21/2019
Originally posted by GenericMaleNPC01 View Post
Does that mean one could take such a beastie as a spirit shape?
Like a haltan native exalts as a lunar and now has the form of a speech capable monkey for example
Sure. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/21/2019
Originally posted by Maudova View Post

Would it count as a human shape or animal shape?
It'd be an animal.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/22/2019
Originally posted by Epitome View Post
-If a Withering and a Decisive Clash, does that mean the combatant doing the Withering benefits from their weapon's accuracy while the combatant doing the Decisive does not?
Yes.

-Can Withering Clash Charms clash with decisive attacks and vice versa?
Yes.

-Can Door-Evading Technique let you go through a magical gateway or portal such as a Yu-Shan gate?
If the nature of the obstacle in question is that:

A) It's a door, window, or feature, and

B) Physically crossing from one side to the other will let you get to where you want to go

Then Door-Evading Technique will do what you want it to do. Some portals may not play nice with the second part of that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/22/2019
Originally posted by Magnus K View Post
Now on to my questions: Apart from background material (i.e. information on various locations), what I truly miss the most so far in Exalted 3ed releases, apart from the obvious main splats, is more information on Thaumaturgy (for game masters, creating new rituals is nice enough, but it would be much easier if we had more examples to choose from, or at least that is my opinion). I truly miss that.
Secondly, I truly miss information on Manses and how they work (i.e. various manse powers and etc.). Will that be part of any future release that will come out "soonish" (i.e. within 12 months or so) ?
Both of those will be featured in upcoming books, although I can't speak to the timetable with certainty.

Also, I read somewhere, maybe a year ago, that Vance or Mint (apologies if I remember incorrectly) stated that there would be more examples of how one creates Evocations etc. in the coming Exigents book. So far, this is probably what I struggle the most with in the system if I am honest, meaning that I have yet to create my own and that I am uncomfortable with it, leading me to choose artifacts with existing evocations. Could you possibly confirm or deny that there will be more information on evocations in Exigents ?
Exigents' chapter on designing Charms will be very much applicable to Evocation design.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/22/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
A few questions about Lunars and mutations.

If a Lunar wanted an unnatural mutation, like prehensile hair or metal skin, are there any Lunar charms that would let them induce this mutation in themselves, or do they need to resort to non-charm means, like Sorcerous Workings?
Lunars don't have Charms that can grant mutations unrelated to animal forms. This is deliberate; it keeps them from becoming generic, turn-into-anything shapeshifters.

Would hunting a Wyld Mutant with an unnatural mutation allow the Lunar to gain the mutation with Perfected Hybrid Interaction?
Sounds fair to me.

If a Lunar does gain an unnatural mutation for themselves, can they use Sharing Luna's Gifts to give it to others?
No, Sharing Luna's Gifts draws on your heart's blood library.

Would an upgrade to Sharing Luna's Gifts that would let you grant animal related gifts that were NOT in your library be too powerful?
I think my strongest objection to that would be thematic rather than balance-related.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/22/2019
Originally posted by senresk View Post
Just to clear something up for my players, but the lunar charm Silver Curtain Parted still requires something like a Yu-Shan gate or a shadowland to pass into heaven or the underworld, right? The "cross a boundary between realms of existence" part caused some confusion.

Yes, there's gotta be something to work with.

Also, the Origins of Beastfolk sidebar mentions that
Lunar children sired or conceived while using Hybrid Body Transformation will inherit their parent’s animalistic mutations. If the lunar has a Chimera spirit shape/hybrid body, would their children also receive the full set of mutations or only one of the two animals' mutations?
One or the other.

Oh, and can Blood-and-Tear Elixir Cultivation be used to create recreational drugs, or is it strictly medical?
Sure, why not.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/22/2019
Originally posted by Epee102 View Post
I'm on something of a Yozi kick atm, so I was curious--do you have a favorite of the lot?
It's hard to play favorites; a lot of them have a special place in my heart.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/22/2019
Originally posted by Jade-Wrought Sunfire View Post

A follow-up on this: I'm assuming the books mentioned are Towers of the Mighty (Manses/Ruins) and Paths of Brigid (Sorcery/Thaumaturgy). I heard you and Eric had re-pitched them, but have they been approved? I know you can't mention when they may come out, but knowing they're definitely coming would be great!
Nope, still waiting on pitch approvals. (These things take a while.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/22/2019
Originally posted by MorsRattus View Post
To make my last question actually a question: can Raksi's trials produce non-chimp apes?

​And for PC relevance: if my spirit shape is a wolf, can I produce non-wolf beastman trials based on my heart's blood library, or am I stuck with just my spirit shape?
A spirit shape, like any other shape, is specific. Your wolf spirit shape is a specific wolf; you can't turn into a different wolf as your "spirit shape," let alone turn into a dog and say it's your spirit shape because they're both canines. This is the same as any other shape; you can't perform a sacred hunt on some random dude and then use that shape to turn into the Empress because they're both human shapes, and you can't perform a sacred hunt on a chimpanzee and use that shape to turn into a gorilla or orangutan.

(And I don't think "stuck with" is fair phrasing; you don't need the ability to make every conceivable type of beastfolk for it to be impressive that you can make beastfolk.)

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/22/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
In the Cathak, Sesus and Tepet house legions (not the newly seized ones, the original ones) were there official or unofficial barriers to how high non-House Dragonblood (ie husbands who'd married in) could reach?

For example, if a Mnemon officer married into House Tepet, could he rise to Winglord in a legion? Dragonlord? Strategos? (I'm guessing not Strategos)

To put it another way, would you expect the 10 Dragonlords of a House Cathak Legion to all be Cathaks, or might one or two (or three or four) be husbands from other Houses, or Outcastes?
It's unlikely that any out-of-house spouses were ever promoted to the rank of general, but the occasional out-of-house dragonlord would have been plausible. But the specifics of whether barriers to promotion were were official or unofficial, and where those barriers stood, is something to resolve at your table based on the needs of relevant PC and NPC backstories.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/22/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

[keep in mind Raksi isn’t the only Lunar in Mahalanka, so no all Beastfolk need descend from her specifically]

Directing this to the Devs - would a Lunar Charm that allows drawing on one’s greater form library for more diverse Beastfolk creation be fair building off the Charms that let you use your full form library for granting mutations and creating shapeshifters?
It's not something I'd put into an official book, because I like that Raksi's Thousand Fangs Army is specifically made up of chimpanzeefolk, and that Ma-Ha-Suchi's beastfolk elite are goatfolk and wolf-folk, and that the esteemed descendants of Aum-Ashatra are specifically spiderfolk. It makes those parts of the setting feel like like they are tied to the legend and personality of the Lunar who created them, in the same way that Lunar's spirit shape is. If a Storyteller wants to change that in their own game, they should feel free.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/23/2019
Originally posted by Aquatica1000 View Post
Alright, so I've been working on a character for an Exalted thing (a bat-themed Lunar mate for another character's Solar), and in the process of making the sheet, I've come across a few issues that I'd like some clarification on.

First off, Miniscule size only refers to insect-sized stuff, right? So a bat won't count as Miniscule size? (Tips to homebrewing a bat form would also be helpful for me, as I will probably need to do so at some point too, but the miniscule/small disctinction will affect my charm choices so it's higher priority at the moment)
Most bat species are going to be Tiny Creature-sized, but a bumblebee bat is gonna be Minuscule Size.

Secondly (and probably the biggest question) is, how exactly does the echolocation merit mesh with the Echo-Drinking Awareness charm?

For context, here's the effects of the Echolocation merit:

And here's the effects of the charm:


So, from what I can interpret, the difference between using the charm without the merit, and the charm with the merit, is "long range, blocked only by solid airtight obstructions and I'd assume fine detail, bonus to stealth charms and boost to hearing/'visual' rolls" vs "short range, blocked by solid obstructions, and no fine detail, but 9-agains on echolocation-based rolls," respectively. I'm... really sure I interpreted this wrong. Otherwise, there'd be little reason to go with both the merit and the charm, because a Lunar in a bat form (or a dolphin form, or has the echolocation merit for non-Lunar-related reasons) would arguably get a serious downgrade to the effects of this charm, compared to, say, someone with a lion spirit form. Was this an intended effect, an error from a prior write-up, or am I majorly misinterpreting the text?
The interaction of Echo-Drinking Awareness and the Echolocation mechanic is something we're looking at adjusting for the final draft.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/23/2019
Originally posted by JohnDoe244 View Post
Mela's Coil is a 5 dot armour artifact that incorporates a 3 dot light weapon (Razor Claws).

Obviously the answer to my question is "ask your ST", but can I get a dev opinion on building artifact Articulated Plate with built-in, reflexively readible smash-fists? Would it be acceptable from a game design point of view to simply replace Mela's Coil's razor claws with smash fists?
Mela's Coil demonstrates that incorporating an artifact weapon is an acceptable attunement bonus for a five-dot artifact armor with appropriate themes.

And, follow up question, is putting a Hearthstone designed for weapons (like a Jewel of Swift Strike) in Mela's Coil a kosher way of enhancing the built-in Razor Claws?
Sure.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/24/2019
Originally posted by Magnus K View Post
The name of this ability as well as the lore/fluff behind the artifact behind it, implies that Raksi can use it for spells, also of the Third Circle, once per story. Is this correct or am i reading too much into what could possibly be only flavour text?
"Sage of Three Circles: Once per story, Raksi can cast a spell she doesn’t know. "

In advance, thank you.
That Merit is part of Raksi's sorcerous initiation (the one she provides to her students, which she also possesses herself).

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/24/2019
Originally posted by BrilliantRain View Post
If I use Instant Disguise Prana and Flowing Body Disguise and I have no other props, does FBD count as having all necessary equipment to trigger IDP's ability to grant double 9s?
No, you actually need to have the equipment.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/24/2019
Originally posted by Korax View Post
Question about DB character creation.

Default DB's start at Essence 2. Does this mean that Essence 1 and 2 Charms are both allowed during character creation?

Thanks
Yes. 10char

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/24/2019
Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
Okay, but would I still gain the Intimacy from it?
It's not mandatory - the persona isn't directly benefiting from Flowing Mind Prana, it just incidentally benefits whenever you gain XP.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/24/2019
Originally posted by The Wizard of Oz View Post
Are the dudes on p.124 of the Realm Jadeborn?
They are.

If so, could you say anything about why they lack so radically different from previous editions? (This isn't a complaint.)
The Jadeborn are made of living stone, and we want to visually emphasize that.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/24/2019
Originally posted by kilbert View Post
If the jadeborn are actively loyal to the Realm, why doesn't the Realm rule the world by now? Have the Jadeborn forgotten First Age techniques? It seems to me that the Realm should be flimited only by the number of available dragons to not be fielding warstriders and lightning ballistae in every battle after 760 years of loyal service to the throne.
Carrying assumptions about the Jadeborn from past editions over into Ex3 without adjusting them for the changes into Ex3's setting is going to produce inaccurate results.

[#][F] Eric Minton - 5/24/2019
Originally posted by LostLight View Post
First, while I assume that most Caulborn remain in their continent, how many of them have crossed the sea to visit the rest of Creation? I mean, I assume that just as non Caulborn come to colonize the continent, Caulborn may decide, for their own reasons, to leave their home and explore Realm and beyond. Are there any sort of stigmas/ stereotypes that such Caulborn encounter other than being generally treated as "weird"?
Caulborn so rarely leave the Caul that I don't think there'd be any coherent stereotypes about them.

Originally posted by LostLight View Post
Also about Caulborn- as the realm is focused on the side of the Dragon Blooded's view, how do the Caulborn treat their Exalts? I assume that they have their own local Exalts, and while the Caulborn are probably far from a monolithic culture, are there any local Dragon Blooded, Exigents or even Liminals in the strange continent?
That'll likely be addressed in the Caul material in the final manuscript of Fangs at the Gate.

Originally posted by LostLight View Post
On the subject of other Exalts- what would happen if/when a group of Exalts other than Dragon Blooded or Lunars would size control of the five cities? As the shrines are the ones which decide who is worthy of the pilgrimage, and the strong affinity the Caul has with Gaia/Luna, other Exalts (such as Solars) would probably will be unable to go through the process- but would it lock down the shrines, effectively blocking any pilgrimage attempts? Worse, what would happen if Exgients, as each of them carries a unique Essence, would take over the shrine cities- will it just block the pilgrimage, or weird things may happen?
Probably nothing happens; the Caul's Essence is attuned specifically to Lunars and Dragon-Blooded. But an individual Storyteller should definitely change this if appropriate to their game.

Originally posted by LostLight View Post
Talking about Exigents, what themes would you suggest on putting emphasis if one were to design a Chosen of Nir Netari, the Underworld Sun?
Assuming we get a chance to discuss Nir-Netari in later canonical material, she's intended to be a ghost, so she couldn't have any Exigents. If you want her to be a god with an Exigent in your game, you probably have a clearer idea of what to do with her than I would.

Originally posted by LostLight View Post
Another Exigent related question- the Realm details that Fokuf had ambitions and potential, but lost all interest after failing to Exalt. If some god were to suggest him a (probably illicit) Exigence- would he be open for the possibility of such Exaltation?
I suspect he'd be thrilled to have a way out of his current situation, where he has a Sword of Damocles hanging over his head for the rest of his probably short life.

Originally posted by LostLight View Post
How would the Great Houses react?
That's tricky. On the one hand, Exigents are inauspicious; on the other hand, rejecting the Regent would further destabilize the Realm (a replacement seems unlikely at this stage) and would accelerate the slide toward civil war if not triggering it outright. Likely the houses best positioned to go for the throne would use this as an excuse to push their candidates, while those in weaker positions would back Fokuf to maintain the status quo. This could be good material for a civil war scenario at your table!

Originally posted by LostLight View Post
Moving to the subject of the Great House- with House Peleps's plans on separating itself and establishing a Western Empire, how much it would damage House Ragara, considering that they would probably not return their loans? Would it make sense for House Peleps to actually ask for as much loans as possible from Ragara before the separation, just to bring it to ruin once they separate?
If you come at the king, you'd best not miss. A clumsy effort in this regard will just tip off House Ragara (which isn't an ATM compelled to dispense money), and in any case will be ledger accounts rather than hard currency. House Ragara doesn't need money, and a single debtor defaulting won't hurt it; the only real risk is of cascading into widespread rejection of Ragara economic authority throughout the Realm. Outright reneging on debts to Ragara without collapsing its control of Realm finance would hurt Peleps far more than Ragara, as other sources of funding would be pressured to cut Peleps off.

Originally posted by LostLight View Post
And one finale question about the coming civil war- as we have Gloam and the strange power which corrupts Dragon Blooded in it, would it use the opportunity to expand beyond the city's limits and infect more Terrestrials, or is it constrained to Gloam's limits for some reason?
We currently have no plans to explore Gloam in published material, so that's entirely up to the Storyteller.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/25/2019
Originally posted by SamuraiMujuru View Post
What on earth is the One-Mind Plague and will it get a write-up?
It's a thing that's happened in the vast world that is Creation.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/25/2019
Originally posted by Flare View Post
What is the Speed Bonus of an Auroch?
As they have none listed, I assume +0.

[#][F] The Demented One - 5/25/2019
Originally posted by glamourweaver