Exalted Essence one shot

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This is going to be a relatively short and straightforward one shot, just to get a feel for the rules and see how they play. Wandering adventurers, village of pitiful peasants, danger .. you know the drill :)

Allowed Exalt types: Solars, Lunars
Considered on a case by case basis: Dragonbloods, Sidereals, Getimian, Liminal, Exigents
Not allowed: Abyssals, Infernals, Alchemicals

I'm looking to keep things fairly simple and straightforward for an initial test of the system, so limiting the available types this time around. I'd prefer the majority of the group be Solars, since this fits the story best, but am open to a minority of other Exalts.

Anyone game to give it a go?


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Why, oh why must I ever and always find it tempting to slip into the mind of a vice ridden Night Caste gambler whenever I see the word Exalted?

HairyHeretic

I'm sure the Bureau of Destiny could answer that for you :)
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ShadowFox89

I really want to join, but at the same time I'm not sure if I entirely have the time or energy to. Tentatively planting a flag down, maybe digging up my full moon idea.
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Quote from: Rashol on September 02, 2023, 12:30:07 AM
Tentatively interested.

Cool. Any thoughts on a character?

Quote from: ShadowFox89 on September 02, 2023, 06:53:28 AM
I really want to join, but at the same time I'm not sure if I entirely have the time or energy to. Tentatively planting a flag down, maybe digging up my full moon idea.

Understandable. We've all had times like that. You know you'll be welcome if you reckon you can play.
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Zaer Darkwail

So, Exigents are exalted by exigence which is the energy Sol gives to a god or goddess who pleads to create a champion of their own correct?

I would be curious to try out creating such an exalt, but we need to establish a strong story for the origin of such a character and more so god or goddess who created the champion and make it sound relevant to be in the group.

I am leaning towards that whatever pitiful village the exalts are saving, the said village god (before the rest of the cast appears) begged Sol for salvation for the village and succeeded in getting exigence and turned one locals into a champion of said god or goddess (even go so far as god or goddess entirely extinguish themselves in the process).

Rashol

I'm leaning towards an Eclipse exalt, but I am flexible.  I'm concerned she won't actually be much use, but want to play her anyway.

ShadowFox89

 Exigent might be a bit beyond a one-shot.

Hairy, would you be open to a Getimian? Was thinking using my Lookshy ranger idea, going with the concept that she was part of the first force rangers, exalting during a dangerous operation against an anathema that nearly failed. When she came to, she awoke with the memory of a world where she did exalt... A world where she had risen in the ranks of the Lookshy army to the point of being one of it's greatest generals. The knowledge that she could have lived that life made her determined to use her newly gained power to carve a piece of glory for herself in the world.
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Rashol

To be fair myq eclipse is probably beyond a one shot. But we'll see what happens.

AndyZ

Shadowfox’s idea might well make a Dawn superfluous, but I could make a Twilight instead.
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Dawn passive power is different enough from a summer that there shouldn't be conflict. Dawn get Combat heavy abilities while the Summer one leans more to social stuff. She's going to fit between a Dawn and Eclipse.
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Rashol

Probably makes me irrelevant for a one shot then ;) . Combat si much more important.

ShadowFox89

I dunno man, I surprised the ST in a campaign I'm in during a 1 shot by managing to finish it out without rolling a single attack. The Dawn ability to just terrorize something that shouldn't be able to be scared is probably their most useful power.
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Rashol

Can still argue that's a combat power.. ^^

HairyHeretic

If people want to keep going beyond the one shot, I'm sure we can find a few adventures to run :)

I will reply properly to the earlier posts in a bit.
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Infinite Sky - Twilight

Finesse 4 Force 3 Fortitude 2

Athletics 3 Awareness 4 Craft 2 Integrity 3 Physique 3 Presence 2 Ranged Combat 1 Sagacity 5

Excellencies: Awareness, Craft, Sagacity
Glorious Exalted Bolt
Dazzling Flare

Major Virtue: Wonder - Minor Virtue: Discipline
Major Intimacy: Knowledge - Minor Intimacy: Celestial Exalts - Minor Intimacy: ?

Primary Merit: Gem of Omens
Secondary Merit: ?
Tertiary Merit: Resources

Hairy, if you'll allow it.  I'd like to take the 2e Great Curse and Trigger of Heart of Flint.  It's the one I've always played, my personal favorite, and I won't have to worry about forgetting about it the way I will if I try to take a new one.  Presumably the duration would change to Session in accordance with the others, but I'll repost the text of the old one for you.

QuoteHeart of Flint
The character’s heart hardens to all emotion. He feels and expresses no emotions: not robotic, but lacking all empathy and feeling. The character considers only efficiency in choosing his course of action, and his reduced tact imposes a two-die penalty on all Social rolls involving face-to-face interactions.
Partial Control: The character’s emotions are significantly muted but still present. She suffers a two-die penalty to Social rolls involving face-to-face interaction, and her primary motivation is still efficiency, but she will avoid doing anything to which she has a strong emotional aversion.
Duration: One full day
Limit Break Condition: The character is frustrated by the intemperate or childish nature of the world around him.

Not completely done yet, but that's what I'm looking at.  I still need the last Virtue and Merit.
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Man.. looking at Infinite Sky makes me want to give up. I'm impressed you could make it so quickly.  I look at the book and my brain fuses together. Congrats

Even when I know it's a terrible idea, I still can't help using character background as a basis for design. My character is absolutely useless in combat and is going to die so fast.

AndyZ

Don’t give up.  Focus on Charms and Merits first, and that’ll help give your character a skeleton.  Then you can build on that when you have a glimpse or two of what the character will be like.

Let me suggest Greatness-Inspiring Aura and Cat’s Puffed Tail, along with a relevant Excellency, and then you can use those to Inspire to Build Power in others’ attacks.  That would make you very useful in combat.
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That was useful thanks. And builds into what she would be doing anyway.

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Malara

I am tentatively interested!  I have an Eclipse I haven’t gotten to play in forever who could be fun. She was described by others (IC) as “a diplomat, a bureaucrat, a psychotic wild-eyed howling she-demon of terror, and quite an adept ballroom dancer.”

HairyHeretic

Ok, I think we have enough interest now to get this one moving. It's late here so I'll open an OOC thread tomorrow, and reply properly to all the posts then.
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Depending on the people, it may be worth it to make a Discord.
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Quote from: Malara on September 02, 2023, 07:47:53 PM
I am tentatively interested!  I have an Eclipse I haven’t gotten to play in forever who could be fun. She was described by others (IC) as “a diplomat, a bureaucrat, a psychotic wild-eyed howling she-demon of terror, and quite an adept ballroom dancer.”

I had wanted to play an Eclipse. Maybe we can see a place where our characters and concepts can work together.

Please see my concept below. I was just starting on the mechanical details.

Name: Mira
Caste: Eclipse
Gender: Female
Appearance: Full and soft, Mira has long red hair done into long braids. She wears quality light armour and a concerned, worried expression.  An unexalted Dragonblood, she recently gave birth to her cousins twins.  The children were stolen from the house, and in spite of the danger, she went to negotiate for her childrens release.  They had been kidnapped by a lunar exalt, who called herself The Raging in Calm Water and on the verge of Mira's debasement, the unconquered sun touched her, and filled Mira's mind.

Raging was once called Yredrasta and she had called upon Luna to be able to breed children with Mira.  She had taken the children as part of a promise long forgotten.

Mira made a new deal, promising that for her children's safe return, she would lie with the Lunar once a year until she was pregnant with their children once more.

Yredrasta agreed, and took their first coupling that night. Once it was over, Mira carried her cousins children to where their father would find them, and fled.

She was anathema now, and no emotional ties would delay the Wyld Hunt.

ShadowFox89

Reminder that you can have two people of the same caste and they could be entirely different mechanically because of ability and charm picks. This isn't dnd.
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Name: Karal Torinai
Gender: Female
Pronouns: She/her
Exalt Type/Caste: Getimian Summer
Anima Banner: An armored warrior wielding a spear

History: There once was a maiden. Born to one of the great powerful families of Lookshy, she had a bright future ahead of her. Though she did not exalt, this woman proved her worth time and time again within the legions. Eventually joining the prestigious first recon force of Lookshy, this woman led many campaigns against the enemies of her people. Her battles were great, her accolades many. Despite never being graced by the dragons themselves, she took a dragon-blooded husband and was granted her own small household. It was a good, glorious life.

There once was a maiden, maybe. But the agents of Heaven felt this maiden could cause dangerous changes in Creation. So in their wisdom, they decided this maiden would not be. The destiny weaved around her life was to be discarded, excised from ever existing. But someone saved it from the wastebin of fate.

There once was a maiden. She awoke beneath a great blossoming cherry tree, pink petals blowing around her as she took her first breaths within Creation. Memories filled of a life that never was, a world that did not come to be. Grabbing up her spear, determination in her eyes, she set to work.
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HairyHeretic

OOC thread is up. Feel free to move the discussions over there. I'll do one last post here to answer the questions I haven't got to yet.
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Quote from: Zaer Darkwail on September 02, 2023, 10:07:57 AM
So, Exigents are exalted by exigence which is the energy Sol gives to a god or goddess who pleads to create a champion of their own correct?

I would be curious to try out creating such an exalt, but we need to establish a strong story for the origin of such a character and more so god or goddess who created the champion and make it sound relevant to be in the group.

I am leaning towards that whatever pitiful village the exalts are saving, the said village god (before the rest of the cast appears) begged Sol for salvation for the village and succeeded in getting exigence and turned one locals into a champion of said god or goddess (even go so far as god or goddess entirely extinguish themselves in the process).

The book says this

As an Exigent, you were chosen by a lesser god who petitioned the Unconquered Sun for the Flame of Exigence in response to a great crisis. That god may still exist, gravely weakened, or they may have perished to empower your Exaltation. That exigent need, and the god’s power and purviews, are what define your own power and purpose. You have been Exalted less than five years.

As we discussed elsewhere, I'd prefer we not use the god of this village as the source.

Quote from: ShadowFox89 on September 02, 2023, 11:04:37 AM
Hairy, would you be open to a Getimian? Was thinking using my Lookshy ranger idea, going with the concept that she was part of the first force rangers, exalting during a dangerous operation against an anathema that nearly failed. When she came to, she awoke with the memory of a world where she did exalt... A world where she had risen in the ranks of the Lookshy army to the point of being one of it's greatest generals. The knowledge that she could have lived that life made her determined to use her newly gained power to carve a piece of glory for herself in the world.

No issues with a Getimian. I'm kinda curious about those myself.

Quote from: AndyZ on September 02, 2023, 04:09:37 PM
Hairy, if you'll allow it.  I'd like to take the 2e Great Curse and Trigger of Heart of Flint.  It's the one I've always played, my personal favorite, and I won't have to worry about forgetting about it the way I will if I try to take a new one.  Presumably the duration would change to Session in accordance with the others, but I'll repost the text of the old one for you.

That's fine.

Quote from: Rashol on September 02, 2023, 04:32:31 PM
Even when I know it's a terrible idea, I still can't help using character background as a basis for design. My character is absolutely useless in combat and is going to die so fast.

There's nothing wrong in that. I've created characters that were less than optimal, for RP reasons, and they're as much fun to play as Minmaximus :P

Quote from: AndyZ on September 02, 2023, 08:21:21 PM
Depending on the people, it may be worth it to make a Discord.

We can discuss that in the OOC thread and see if people want to do that or just use the OOC thread
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Reading the new book.

Thoughts of an Alchemical assassin I once played flit in my mind.

Focusing on the gambler.

Making him a 'social' bounty hunter.

Gets in good with a target. Gets them drunk. Spins wild tales of a den of iniquity they would love. Walks them right to the authorities.

He's not going to be a combat beast by any stretch of the means, but he'll survive long enough to disengage or for backup to arrive.

HairyHeretic

I'm not looking for Alchemicals for a first run. Would the concept transfer to a different Exalt type?
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Oh I'm not making the Alchemical. I just got... distracted.

I'm making a Night Caste. He's coming together well.

HairyHeretic

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 Could there be room for a Lunar that often changes form and gender?
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I haven't looked much at the Lunar's shapeshifting rules yet, but I imagine so :)
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 There's a single charm that lunars have that cover that- Many-Faced Moon Transformation. Lets you alter physical characteristics on yourself including sexual characteristics.
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Thanks for that info, guys!  I will see if I can get a character up and in the correct thread.  I hadn't realized this one was actually closed.  :-[
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Not exactly closed, since people can find us here, but yeah, the discussion is ongoing in the OOC thread now
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