Yep. I think most Exalts would have fragmentary memories of the First Age, so he'd remember how much a part spirits and elementals were of the whole infrastructure. They could be again. And from his own thoughts and nature, willing partner is going to be a better one than someone being forced into it. Being enslaved by the Fair Folk and the Guild may have had something to do with that particular line of thought :)
For memories of the First Age, I would think that rather than actual memories
, he would instead have a more intuitive sense of "wait, why aren't
they part of it?" An instinct, if you will. I'm incredibly reluctant to have anything beyond the vaguest impressions of the First Age, at least initially.
That's close enough to make trading viable.
Oh, yeah, absolutely. We'll have to figure out what it trades in, but I imagine that there are some fairly valuable things going back and forth.
A lot of the spirits he would deal with would tend to be locational, so (relatively) easy to find if he wanted to speak to them. Elementals, as I understand it, are more mobile, particularly the more powerful ones. Getting deep into the earth or high into the air to speak with an appropriate elemental is going to be tricky without some kind of sorcerous aid .. having a formed elemental carry a request for a meeting is going to work better.
Not sure that elementals are always
more mobile, but even those that are tend to be the sorts who you wouldn't need to negotiate with in particular - ifrit, for example, or garda birds. And I would imagine actually that many of the more powerful elementals hold courts in various places. Also, keep in mind that you're an Eclipse, so you might be able to learn charms to ascend to cloud-castles to speak with elemental lords of Air, and to find your way into the depths of the earth to bargain with ancient elemental kings.
Plus after reading over it, I prefer the 2nd ed version. I think the idea of creating an elemental .. it just doesn't work for me. I think it's much better that the spell summons an existing elemental. That way the sorcerer also has the ability to build a relationship with a particular elemental, the same way they could with another spirit.
I hear what you're saying, yeah. It does make it somewhat harder to deal with elementals... but I also think I know why the choice was made. Well, there are a couple reasons that I can see, at any rate. Firstly, when you had it in 2e, there was (with later supplements) the potential to summon an elemental and piss off whomever they owed loyalty to. While it's true it allowed for a line of negotiation with whatever that particular being was, it also contributed to the image of the Solars as being disruptive to what little functioning Celestial Hierarchy there was. Secondly, it allowed for easy communication across vast
distances. Like, from Dun-lat to Nexus distances. This was even stated to be a canonical occurrence, and some elemental courts made bargains with sorcerers solely
for this purpose. This contributed to the feeling of Creation being rather smaller than it was. But I would like you to trust me here - even though you won't be able to communicate with elementals as
trivially, if you feel the need to communicate with them, you will
be able to do so. Instead of just casting a single spell and chatting with whatever appears, though, it'll be a journey as you attempt to gain notice of a given elemental, comprising of the entire circle, so that when you finally meet with them, it will feel like a triumph in and of itself. This is sort of the design philosophy of 3e, that I've noticed. No longer will spells and charms skip stories that have the potential to be interesting, but rather enable them.
Finally, it's important to remember that if you have summoned a created elemental in 3e, there's a chance that it will continue to exist long after it has been created, allowing you to establish that same amount of relationship to a spirit as you might have had before.
Well, if he has set up a power base, then in his mind it's no longer Immaculate territory
is certainly legitimate.
Depending on how *ahem* interesting ... the situation had become .. possibly. There's a nice example to illustrate things in this story I was doing
and you can also get an idea of how the character operates. Wandering vagabonds don't tend to converse with powerful spirits as apparent equals :)
Depends on the wandering vagabond, actually... See page 62 sidebar (63 in pdf) about how potent individuals appear to most mortal eyes. That said, that's a pretty excellent story. I like how he's operating there.