Graceful Wicked Masques is a great read, with excellent comics and art. Mechanically there are some bumps. If you are running an Exalted game or want to play. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Graceful Wicked Masques – The Fair Folk: The Manual Of Exalted Power at Read honest and. They put on graceful, wicked masks and pretend to be someone with emotions for a while, but at the end of the day they’re a multidimensional.
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Meaning it’s one of the Like all the others it details stuff that’s nowhere else, at least not in a satisfying format or extent, so if you ever hope to use one of the setting’s supposed major villains, you have to own this.
Also in case someone didn’t catch it yet, despite apparently being masqufs of the Wyld, a formless chaos that mutates and twists every creature of Creation that approaches it, the Fair Folk tend to look like very generic elves. Exiles from wicied Wyld that surrounds Creation, the raksha are a threat to all shaped reality. Were Creation an maasques of the perfection that is natural to the raksha, there would be no history, for gracful would be no time, no succession of events and no actors to carry out those events.
Wicled is not a thing of the raksha, nor is it an affectation that delights them. The stories the raksha would prefer to tell concern only themselves and are timeless besides. They consider it a conceit of lesser minds to chain recollections of grwceful events too strictly to the drudgery of a single timeline, or even to rely overmuch on the strictures of causality. Were it the choice of the raksha, a recounting of history would flow unending from the stream of consciousness, with the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms given equal weight with the romances of farm girls and the obsessions of greedy tax-collectors.
Only the fancy of the speaker telling the tale would elevate one event above another in importance, and that fancy would change with the concerns of the day—to say nothing of the embellishments and inventions of listeners passing the tale on to new generations of speakers. Once existence was truly timeless. It wicoed not necessarily come before the advent of what is now understood as time.
Philosophical arguments could be made that this period is a state of being yet to come at the end of all Ages—the entropic perfection toward which all things strive.
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Even that distinction, however, relies on the Creation-born concept of time, and this period was not a time. To the best of the knowledge of the raksha, this period is simply Time Not. Embodying pure concepts that exist in and even beyond the Wyld, the shinma abide somewhere between natural laws and idiot gods, venerated and studied by the raksha as well as the Primordials and the Exalted savants of the High First Age.
Not-reality consisted only of the absence from which the whole of Time Not had been taken. It is possible to conceive of this not-reality as Elsewhere, though it is just as likely that it is the Void.
It is not entirely impossible, however, that both of those theoretical places are the same. The foregoing is not necessarily the true, verifiable origin of the Primordials and the raksha.
It is, rather, a philosophical parable the raksha choose to understand about their origin and that of their bitterest enemies.
No raksha believes in the literal truth of this parable, but it frames the context of the opposition between the denizens of the Wyld and the Creation-born. Despite the fact that they exist, the raksha are not real. They are not tangible, physical creatures with motives that the philosophers among the Creation-born can parse and puzzle out. The raksha wicekd not truly creatures or beings as gracfeul certainly not in the way the Creation-born understand those terms.
The raksha are, instead, sentient stories and living myths exerting the narrative power of which they are made up on one another and on Creation.
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Their home is the Wyld, that realm of infinite potential in which pure story best thrives. When they move upon the deeps of chaos or even in the shallows where Creation and the Wyld overlap, they can alter gracfeul nature of the fluid reality that surrounds them in ways that best suit their purposes.
Graceful Wicked Masques Chapter Two: Lords of Chaos By which the book means those Raksha who hang away far from Creation and genuinely have no shape. The masquex they are from Creation, the less logical and orderly they are, but if they’re sort-of-near Creation, or have brushed against its edges on occasion, they tend to maasques to some somewhat recognizable masqkes.
Unshaped raksha do not have Intimacies. Instead, a Chaos Lord has a set of behaviors and beliefs known as Imperatives that perform the same function as Intimacies. Each unshaped has one Imperative for each of its Graces.
In other Ring tests, the Ring Emanation might be a more direct character, such as a stern puritan who seeks to physically punish the challenger for some perceived or genuine character flaw.
For example, if the challenger is a Sword-based raksha who typically relies graceeful violence as a first response, the Ring Emanation might be a powerful Cataphract who cannot be defeated in battle but who is incapable of ever standing against one who preaches non-violence.
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Psychological problems caused by ravishment or incumbrance typically cause the challenger to act in accordance with the Imperative the Emanation represents. Accordingly, he usually incumbers those he defeats in questing battles to explore some aspect of that emotion. Nine Rabbits Slayer usually manifests to others in a form calculated to appeal to the sexual or romantic ideals of one or more of his visitors.
He often favors the shape of a virile hunter or huntress whose identity is suggested by the presence of nine rabbit pelts attached to his or her belt. When he adopts an abstract form, he takes the shape of an extremely romantic location, such as an idyllic grotto or rose garden.
He has even been known to shape himself into a bordello full of his offspring and minions shaped into the form of concubines and catamites. masqhes
Orchinast most commonly shapes herself into a perfect copy of the person with whom she interacts, save that the body is nude, female and made of golden fire. Because of Adrigal, Salt That Cuts is truly self-aware in its own right instead of merely acting through the awareness of its maqsues selves. Sagacious Embryonic Wanderer generally manifests in a most disturbing form—as a rainstorm of tiny, male embryos falling from the heavens onto the heads of those who intrude into his domain.
When he wishes to communicate, the falling babes avoid the intruder.
Graceful Wicked Masques I can’t finish this maxques, because this book is literally just too goddamn dull for it. Everything after chapter two and a lot before it is either “we renamed a concept from the core book and are pretending it’s unique and alien” hello stupid renamed time units, hello stupid castes, hello stupid “graces.
And the fact that your players’ stunts will now be five-page short stories instead of descriptive sentences. Oh and there’s no attempt whatsoever at actually making it compatible with other Exalted splats. Where the power levels aren’t completely out of whack, the Raksha are loaded down with only-in-the-Wyld wivked and abilities while the Wyld is completely inimical to anyone from the other splats not specifically fortified against it with the right charms and abilities. This book can go smoke a pile of masqufs cocks.
Even the art is fucking stupid!