Larhas
 member, 10 posts
Mon 11 Nov 2019
at 00:27
Exalted, Infernal themes.
Because everyone loves to hate exalted.
I have a character concept I never had the chance to try in an Exalted game - probably because I'm kind of lacking in groups that won't run away screaming at the first mention of the system. I'm fine with playing both second (2.5E, please) edition and the fan conversion for third (I'm pretty sure there's at least one in a playable state).

Anyway, here's the pitch: a Fiend - possibly even somewhat a decent person at heart - off to play a very political (and ridiculously large-scale) game - things like:
 - Currying favor with the courts of elemental and terrestrial gods to expand the scope of the Fiend's diplomatic immunity. And from there, who knows - maybe to Heaven itself.
 - Fight improbable legal battles in favor of (at least) first circle demons to give them rights and protections more similar to a summoned Elemental - and on the other end forge world-shaking compacts to start bringing lesser forms of Elemental summoning into the purview of Infernal Sorcery
 - Play things closer to home and 'simply' cajole more Yozi into opening their charmsets to the Infernal Host, with bonus 'super hard' achievements involving travels to weird what-if dimension to unlock powers that could have been (Theion) or Bigger and Weirder names like Gaia, Autochton and the assorted Neverborn (a completely different problem for a completely different moment involves finding out if 'I have robocancer' and 'I'm stuck in a tomb and can feel only pain' are actual parts of the charmsets of the latter two and what to do about it)

They're all ideas we can tinker with, and any of them can by itself form the basis of an entire campaign - but it clearly has to be a campaign where it's at least POSSIBLE to do that kind of thing through sheer awesome politicking, not 'make your own version of Shinmaic Calibration and spam that until the world is in your image, pleb'.

Multi-splats and other characters: I have nothing against multi-splat games, and in fact I feel this particular one would only have to gain from it. Characters don't even have to be an actual Circle - just to have aims not particularly at odds with each other and the willingness to call up a supposed enemy from time to time for some reciprocal back-scratching. We have all read and/or watched Good Omens.
Though you're a bad person if you only watched it.

Even then, Exalts are larger-than-life characters, and with the right GM I feel they play better if they have interlocked-but-separated adventures. But this is a matter for after I do get an interested GM.

About high-Essence stuff: well, the Fiend anima power is probably going to be pretty central to this character (No, not the ability to pick Principle of Motion - the other part of the anima power), so I don't see him rushing for Devil Tiger.

On the other hand, the whole 'I have a Soul Pantheon now' part of the Devil-Tiger set (WHY is it locked behind Devil-Tiger, damn it!?), along with the 'Maybe I won't actually die at 100 even if TED is a dick' bits are really cool, so... we'll worry about it if the game A)Starts and B)Gets to that point.

About homebrew material: I'd like to see these AT LEAST not hard-noped, both for developing our own custom stuff and for access to some of the awesome things you can find on the internet.

This message was last edited by the user at 07:58, Sun 12 July.

Ekorren
 member, 135 posts
Mon 11 Nov 2019
at 14:27
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
Larhas:
I'm kind of lacking in groups that won't run away screaming at the first mention of the system.

It's a great system. Those are bad people.
Larhas
 member, 11 posts
Mon 11 Nov 2019
at 18:16
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
In reply to Ekorren (msg # 2):

Hey, it's already hard enough to manage to find some not of the "Give me Pathfinder of give me death" crowd around here, I can't be too picky!
Larhas
 member, 14 posts
Fri 22 Nov 2019
at 18:59
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
Still around and still looking!
Just to add extra info, I can join Adult games, and I probably wouldn't try to cram the game at levels below Mature - but I'm open to ideas.
Larhas
 member, 16 posts
Mon 23 Dec 2019
at 14:23
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
Still here and still looking.
You know, between one instance of 'OH MY GOD I'M DROWNING IN WORK' and the other.
Larhas
 member, 27 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 07:59
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
It's summer, and free time is once again in the list of things that exist!
As such, I'm curious to see what happens if I pick this pitch up once again, brush some dust off, fancy-up some of the formatting and toss it out in the wild once again.
MrSerious
 member, 10 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 09:27
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
I'd love to actually play an Infernal for once... pretty much every Exalted GM has run away screaming at the mention of an Infernal PC.
Larhas
 member, 28 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 10:16
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
Prejudices and propaganda, I swear!
TMTO
 member, 10 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 11:16
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
Surely a Fiend would need backup! Especially if it's a rules lawyering Cecelyne/SWLIHN infernal helpfully supplying one trillion obscure bylaws that the gods are possibly bound by as fuel for our antihero's arguments.
MrSerious
 member, 11 posts
Sun 12 Jul 2020
at 20:41
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
You wont get far in Creation without the help of mortals. They all have their own wants and needs. So easy to ensnare, so easy to gain their love just by giving them their hearts' desire.
starryGrail
 member, 1 post
Sat 25 Jul 2020
at 09:06
Exalted, Infernal themes.
In reply to Larhas (msg # 1):

I love Infernals and to ST. I will be available Fri-Sat, evenings CST. From 7pm on. I have actually written fanfic and stuff about this... I think my favorite thing about Infernals is the twin themes of failure and rock star excess. You screwed up but you have the chance to double down or make things right. You can contain multitudes or serve. You can burn bright and die young or build smart and beat the system that has been set up in ways that hurt you.
The world is broken. But that's why you're here.
MrSerious
 member, 13 posts
Sat 25 Jul 2020
at 12:10
Exalted, Infernal themes.
In reply to starryGrail (msg # 11):

Is your fanfic stuff online?

EDIT: AFAIK rpol is focused on play by post, not so much play on a discord server together (I am happy to be corrected).

This message was last edited by the user at 12:11, Sat 25 July.

MrSerious
 member, 14 posts
Sun 26 Jul 2020
at 02:59
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
starryGrail:
The world is broken. But that's why you're here.


To remake it in our own image.
TMTO
 member, 12 posts
Mon 27 Jul 2020
at 08:48
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
MrSerious:
starryGrail:
The world is broken. But that's why you're here.


To remake it in our own image.


"Creation, made by the Primordials, with all their flaws. We will do better."
MrSerious
 member, 15 posts
Thu 30 Jul 2020
at 08:39
Re: Exalted, Infernal themes.
In reply to TMTO (msg # 14):

Must be a GM out there willing to run this :D