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Infernals: Willows Ikselam DeathBySurfeit BoXP
CrunchRelay Fiction

Hey, okay, welcome to my page.

Welcome? Hm, maybe not. Hello, you are on my page. Hi. I rant and stuff here, and also link to those things on the wiki what are good. Not the other stuff. It's a resource to help you discover things!

I used to keep a Charm Count, but it went well in excess of 500 and there just isn't a point anymore. It feels sort of exhibitionistic.

People to Visit

There was a time when I'd read nearly everything on the Wiki because it was, for the most part, cool new content that explored the game in surprising ways.

Lately the posters that used to do that don't do it anymore or have stopped posting; I maintain this section in their memory. Thanks, guys. I miss you.

Balthasar
The original ExMod guy.
Charlequin
runs SolInvictus (the game); an excellent fellow.
Dissolvegirl
wrote great Hearthstones and is currently an excellent photographer.
Ikselam
also wrote great Hearthstones, though too many of them are of the "one use" variety.
Quendalon
was one of the few of us brave enough to write SiderealMartialArts, and one of the fewer who crafts them well. His gods and demons are creative, beautiful, and generally awesome.

Stuff I Wrote

Over the years I have accumulated a lot of stuff on the Wiki. Much of it is crap, and some of it is excellent, and in between there is some so-so stuff. Here's it all (plus whatever's in the Relays.)

Cosmology and Mythology

Creatures/APanoplyOfDragons
A compendium of the dragons and dragonlike creatures of Creation.
Creatures/ATaxonomyOfMadness
A project to populate Malfeas.
Creatures/HeirsOfSeaAndFire
More population fun, this time for the lesser elementals.
Creatures/IdentifyingBeings
What is it?
CrunchRelay
Ikselam's second excellent collaboration-game idea, this has produced (in my opinion) some of the very best Charms on the Wiki, and a wealth of brilliant Artifacts, Hearthstones, and other things.
Lexicon of Elder Days
A collaborative, constrained writing exercise.
FourWillowsWeeping/TheCharmSky
Some thoughts on how the sky works, very non-canon.
FourWillowsWeeping/WhoTheIncarnaeReallyAre
More thoughts.
WillowsInfernal
This is different enough from IkselamInfernal that I've made a different page for it, though I owe him (and, more recently, DeathBySurfeit) a large debt of gratitude for giving me the inspiration and zanshin to work on this. This project and my MartialArts represent the massive majority of the Charms I have written.
WhirlwindBrushMethod
Ikselam started this collaborative fiction project; it is vachement chouette. I'm writing for it! Yay!

Rules & Ideas

FourWillowsWeeping/BrawlAndMartialArts
A way you could, in theory, differentiate the two.
FourWillowsWeeping/CasteMarks
I think that, canonically, castemarks are a little dull.
FourWillowsWeeping/CraftEtAl
A unification for 'panoply' skills like Craft, Linguistics, and Melee.
FourWillowsWeeping/ExaltationBackground
To simulate the "blaze of glory" at Exaltation.
ExaltedNobilis
Exalted using the Nobilis diceless system.
ExaltedPokemon
A system for "monster trainer" games.
FairFolk/RainwaterJaguars
A shaped society.
FairFolk/ShapedSociety
Using the MF as Fair Folk.
FiveMagicalGeometries
Why 5MM Artifacts are shaped as they are.
IndependentActions
A definition of Independent Action Charms and the manner in which they Combo.
NewSiderealCharms
Houserules for creating new Sidereal Charms.
FourWillowsWeeping/FiveMagicalMaterials
A counterpart for PassengerPigeon/AnimaPowers.
PerfectionOfPaoC
What happens when you learn 40 styles, anyway?
FourWillowsWeeping/Stunts
Stunting rethought.
TheCastelessAbility
Making MA really, really universal.

Charms

A note on designing Charms: After you're written a Charm, read it and think about what the Charm Text says. Don't think about what you want it to mean. Just read the words. Change the words until they match the meaning that you were looking for. Designing Charms in this manner will result in better, clearer texts; if you think about them carefully enough, and realize what the consequences of a particular mechanic are too, then you may learn a thing or two about Charm balance in the process.

Relay Archives

SolarRelay/Willows
Solar Charms I made for the CharmRelay.
DragonBloodedRelay/Willows
DB Charms I made for the CharmRelay.
SiderealRelay/Willows
Sidereal Charms I made for the CharmRelay.
SpiritRelay/Willows
Spiritual, demonic, and elemental Charms I made for the CharmRelay.
AbyssalRelay/Willows
Abyssal Charms I made for the CharmRelay.
LunarRelay/Willows
Lunar Charms I made for the CharmRelay.

Martial Arts

I make a practice of designing structurally weird or experimental Martial Arts, following the precedent of the Prismatic Arangement of Creation Style. The vast majority of the Styles that follow are, among other things, meditations on the sheer possibility that characterizes Exalted Martial Arts, without stepping beyond the bounds of mystical combat technique.

Ex2 Celestial

MartialArts2/SingingImageOfFire
A very fire style, all red jade, mobility, theatrics and swords.
MartialArts2/VermillionSpiderStyle
Uh, a conversion.

Ex2 Sidereal

MartialArts2/DancingHandOfMercy
Kung fu Buddhist ballet.

Celestial

MartialArts/ArgentScorpionOfOppositionStyle
This is an experimental Martial Art, intended as an argument that Styles with abnormally long Essence spans are not as good as cherry-picking an equally large selection of Charms from multiple Styles. I am not sure that it worked out that way!
MartialArts/BitterFlowerStyle
This is an attempt to give Martial Arts a more videogamey feel, with Charms that can be chained together and made, with arbitrary flexibility, into virtual comboes.
MartialArts/CrimsonPanoplyOfVictoryStyle1
Working off notes by Balthasar.
MartialArts/CrimsonPentacleBladeStyleW
A reenvisioning. Numerological.
MartialArts/GravenButterflyStyle
A style that uses paired staffs.
MartialArts/HeroesLanternStyle
An answer to an informal challence from Telgar, this Style is designed to be used with Essence weaponry.
MartialArts/HouseOfBattlesStyle
An essay on how I create a Style, complete with my third House of Heaven art.
MartialArts/HouseOfEndingsStyle
A style for astrologers. Kinda wacky.
MartialArts/HouseOfJourneysStyle2
A third style for astrologers. Less wacky than the others, but includes generous Easter eggs for the Chosen of Mercury.
MartialArts/HouseOfLeisureStyle
Well then.
MartialArts/HouseOfSecretsStyle
A second style for astrologers. Very wacky!
MartialArts/InfiniteViridianRadianceStyle
A style with some funky pseudo-Buddhist imagery.
MartialArts/IronPhoenixStyle
In progress.
MartialArts/PersimmonOceanOfJoyStyle
A style with some aikido-inspired thoughts.
MartialArts/SerpentOceanStyle
A revision of the MartialArtsRelay exercise.
MartialArts/StormCrowStyle
A Melee tree in the spirit of MartialArts.
MartialArts/TreadingOnDiamondsStyle
A style for show-off Sidereals and so on.
MartialArts/WhiteSwordOfSummerStyle
A martial shaping art!
MartialArts/VermillionSpiderStyle
A Celestial precursor for the Charcoal March.

Sidereal

MartialArts/RoilingVernalTempestStyle
My first attempt at a Sidereal Martial Art. It is intended to be wholly scary, and harmonize nicely with Persimmon Ocean.
MartialArts/AmberHawkInFlamesStyle
Another Siddy MA, this one features a parametric Form, and combines unhealthily well with Soul-Fire Shaper Form.

Initiations

MartialArts/KirinsClawInitiation
A Terrestrial initiation.
MartialArts/WraptInCrystalInitiation
A Solar initiation.

Other Charms

SolarAthletics/FourWillowsWeeping
Only a few Charms so far.
SolarDodge/FourWillowsWeeping
Dodge!
SolarLore/FourWillowsWeeping
Some extensions of self-sufficient effects.
SolarMelee/FourWillowsWeeping
These are predominantly Charms that improve the quality of attacks rather than their effectiveness, based on the fact that (other than Excellent Strike) such Charms are rare in the canon, which strikes me as odd.
SolarSurvival/FourWillowsWeeping
Uh, armour is dumb.
FairFolkCharms/FourWillowsWeeping
This is just a beginning.
Charms/WillowsSolarCaste
Based on the idea that there is a division between "enhance my Abilities" magic and "fulfil my Caste role" magic.
Charms/WillowsLunarShapechanging
I don't like the asymmetry of Lunar capabilities canonically. So, new Charms.
Willows/GCChimera
for Colapso

Other Crunch

Artifacts/FourWillowsWeeping
Duh.

Characters

Willows/Birds-Of-Trinity
For Sol Invictus.
Willows/Ixullanu
For Forbidden Places.
Willows/Zhumaydan
For Task Force Creation.

Games

ScrollAndSwordCircle
Four Sidereals battle the forces nibbling at the edges of Creation while trying to have interesting and meaningful lives.

Miscellaneous

Willows/IdeaPile: This is where I keep stuff that's hardly even in progress yet. If you have an idea to throw at me, just past a couple of lines in there; I'm not a layout nazi there like I am at most pages.

FourWillowsWeeping/IdeaPile2
FourWillowsWeeping/SiderealsHouseRules
For my to-be-started game.
FourWillowsWeeping/SoapBox
This is where I bitch about stuff. I will be glad to discuss my bitch with others, but generally this is matter-of-opinion stuff and it's not really productive to debate it.
My Website
This is where I post my game-design stuff; I have a little Exalted page here too.
Comments

Willows, I'm interested in creating a 2nd and 1st circle demon under Persine. If its not cool let me know and I'll take it down.
StalkerofShadows

I'm seeking permission to use some of your work in an artifacts book. Please check it out. - Wordman

willows/Archive

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