The most prestigious member of the Winding Path has spent centuries building the Delzahn Empire into a working society. A number of situations can lead to one Steward owing a blood-debt to another. Other Lunars would consider it bad form, for example, for a witty and sophisticated Changing Moon to require a brutish Full Moon challenger to defeat the Changing Moon in a contest of epic poetry writing. The Bronze Faction includes the very same Sidereals who orchestrated the Usurpation. Go into the Wyld, find something bigger than you are, kill it and bring back its head to any member of the faction. Our grading system is listed below for your perusal.
The novice Lunars hear tales of the Old Realm, where Solars and Lunars ruled Creation as mates, Lawgiver and Steward—tales subtly augmented with the supernatural charisma of a Lunar storyteller. Other tales say how the castes were fixed—subversive, almost heretical tales that sprout up every now and then among young Casteless and some of the more lucid chimerae. Members of the Society, beyond expanding their knowledge of sorcery, also seek to gain influence over the rest of the Silver Pact, primarily by making themselves indispensable. Three hundred miles south of Rathess, for instance, a No Moon savant called Blue Kachina seeks to blend the characteristics of humans and army ants to create a collective intelligence in which each individual literally is a part of the entire society. Old allies among the No Moons, loathe to put down such a peerless warrior, captured her and worked to restore her mind, even as they forced the tattoos upon her.
While deciding what their next step would be the Lunars moved to the edges of Creation, avoiding their Dragon-Blooded pursuers and often living in the Wyld. Unlike Solar Castes, Lunars are separated into three major groups and a fourth that exists outside the Silver Pact. Chapter Four: Traits This chapter describes the traits unique to Lunar Exalted characters, as well as how existing traits may be applied to Lunar characters. Even though much of Lunar sorcery is an oral tradition, the Crossroads Society still values literacy, including fluency in Old Realm. While the Winding Path elders who know about the Silver Faction still do not entirely trust it, the benefits of expanded connections within Yu-Shan made the alliance worth the risk. By that time, most Lunars were quite young relatively speaking , while most real power in Lunar society lay with the elders, each of whom was more than a match for even a handful of young Lunars.
Then, they hoped for revenge. Centuries ago, the two attended the Great Gathering together. Then, after the Lawgivers went mad with power and their Dragon-Blooded troops rose up to slay them, the Lunars retreated to the edges of Creation, biding their L U N A R S time and massing their forces to one day bring down the hated Realm. Of course, such Casteless do not gain the advantages of formalized caste membership or any of the benefits from joining the Silver Pact that come with it, but some Casteless think the versatility of a shifting caste outweigh its drawbacks. After three slashes like an asterisk , the debt is fulfilled. In time, small tribes and villages of Wyldtainted mortals grew, each with a Lunar sponsor.
Once a horoscope predicts where someone might Exalt, the astrologer sends a magical message to the nearest Lunar whom she considers competent enough to retrieve the Unblooded. Even these incursions were brief, as Sidereal astrology in those days seemed able to direct the Wyld Hunt against a Lunar within days of entering Creation. Not many experimental packs have formed; most Lunars find it too difficult to agree on the subtleties of the Thousand Streams River ever to share power over an experiment. Remove the Solars, and utopia becomes hell. And then, Ingosh Silverclaws passed from this life. Only in exile did the Lunars fully experience the soul-searing power of the Fair Folk.
But, be aware that many of the Knacks just allow for a narrow variant on shapeshifting. Even worse, the longer a Lunar spent without a caste, the more prone she became to uncontrolled shapeshifting and even madness. Despite her youth, Raksi was a prodigy among the No Moons. In addition to a variety of cool ideas, brief but useful support for playing in different regions is provided. Likewise, the Sidereals who once sponsored the Wyld Hunt now considered the Fair Folk a much greater threat and focused their power on mopping up the remaining raksha forces.
Seneschal mentors encourage their fosterlings to think of themselves as one-half of a whole being, with their respective mates essential to becoming complete. There is a significant social penalty, however, for becoming an oath-breaker. Nevertheless, Luna may have a method to this apparent madness. Furthermore, the Lunar also became completely immune not only to Wyld-shaping effects but to all transformative magical effects which targeted her body. A few of the Changing Moons have even formed tentative alliances with Fair Folk who fear their unshaped brethren from deeper in the Wyld. Once the Solars were eliminated along with the most loyal Seneschal mates , the Lunars quickly realized that they were next on the list, regardless of any aid to or assurances from the Sidereals. The great feast that served as a cover for the initial sneak attack was not open to Lunars; perhaps the plotters thought killing the assembled Solars would be hard enough without fighting an equal number of Lunars at the same time.
Some Charms, notably Deadly Beastman Transformation, allow a Lunar to select appropriate Mutations as special powers granted by a new form. The Lunars, while still free to reincarnate, instead faced death by attrition followed by an eternity of rebirth as ignorant pups, helpless before the Wyld Hunt. For example, nothing prevents a mighty Full Moon warrior who fights against the Wyld as a Sword of Luna from also studying sorcery with the Crossroads Society. May the Lady save us all! Whether the Lunar uses that name exclusively or continues to use her birth name is totally within her discretion. Chapter One: The Silver Pact This chapter tells the history of the Lunar Exalted from the war against the Primordials to the present. Ma-Ha-Suchi leads this sub-faction of the Wardens and continually makes elaborate plans to lead his armies across Creation in a swath of destruction. Unfortunately, their greatest strength is also their greatest frustration.
The philosophers of the various factions also agreed on a universal code of conduct by which Lunar society would judge individual members. While the Charms are diverse the real powerhouse Charms are the Excellencies which comes in three forms — add dice to an Attribute roll, add Successes to an Attribute roll, and re-roll an Attribute roll. Conquest packs move around from target to target, and they may raise barbarian armies to sack the cities of Creation. A Mother or Father has successfully bred one or more beastmen, Wyld mutants or intelligent animals capable of breeding true. The second trial, tutelage, begins once the student masters basic academics, as only then can master and student discuss the intricacies of sorcery.
They just become close friends. They did, unfortunately, trace the leak to the Bureau of Nature. For a quote, we'll need to know what you have, and the condition wear, markings, completeness, etc. Another Moonchild might simply wish to return to the tribe or city that birthed him, settle old scores and take over. Outside the lorekeepers of the Lunar Exalted, almost no one knows the names of even one Lunar hero who died giving the Scarlet Empress the chance to save the world. Rather than retreating to the Wyld, the Swords watched as the rest of the Silver Pact came to them. Finally, only Solar Exalted officially gain the benefit of being mated with a Lunar.