The Unconquered Sun is an Alternate Universe version of Lucifer.He's associated with light, he's the greatest of the Creator(s)'s servants, he betrayed his master(s)...about the only difference is that the Unconquered Sun won.
Solar Shard escape happened because it wasn't UCS:s turn in Go DAfter all, UCS wouldn't be as much of an absentee landlord, if he wasn't addicted to Go D. As mentioned in Glories, a Solar Exaltation counts as a successful prayer to UCS, so that explains why/how they can survive when they get a huge target painted on their foreheads, while knowing zero charms....
No Solars returnedActually, all of the apparent Solars Shards which didn't get corrupted into Abyssals are Infernal speeper agents, whom the Yozi will reclaim command over once they have defeated the Empire and taken over Creation.
The 'central antagonist' that John Morke said the Sidereals would have in Third Edition, is, in fact...an exiled Sidereal.
Chejop Kejak is actually a Solar.He orchestrated the deaths of all the others because There Can Be Only One.
The Solar Usurpation was faked by the Solars.As the tensions and rivalries among Solars reached their boiling point, the Deliberative decided that it would be best for creation to dissolve their government and persue their personal projects in private. To this end, they manipulated the Sidereals into a massive "extermination campaign" which removed the hundred or so least populat Solars (who would later be claimed by the Death Lords, and become Abyssals), and let the rest go into hiding. The Emissary of Nexus, the Perfect of Paragon, the Scarlet Empress, the Syndics, the Great Forks Trio, Tien Yu, Sessen Douji, The Bull of the North, Dukantha, and many others are all really Solars, still playing their game from the shadows of Creation. A handful have died over the years, resulting in the "returning" Solar Exalted.
The world of Golden Sun is the distant future of Creation.Alchemy is Exaltation, and its return to the world via the Elemental Lighthouses and the Golden Sun (!!!) is the last stage of a plan designed to grant its power equally to all mortals, rather than a small, powerful elite that would be tempted to abuse their power over un-Exalted mortals. The long period of being "sealed away" was to give new cultures completely independent of Exalted rulers a chance to develop—in other words, the Thousand Streams River, minus Lunar supervision. The dependence of Weyard upon Alchemy, and the absence of gods, is explained by the gods either having left to facilitate this plan, or having been absorbed into the mass of Exaltation before its being sealed away; this made Alchemy the only source of divine power left in the world, and explains why the world has been wasting away in its absence. The Imperial Mountain is, of course, Mount Aleph. Finally, the various elemental Adept tribes are the last remnants of Terrestrial Exaltation, which, as an inheritable trait, couldn't be completely removed from those bloodlines.
The World Of Darkness is actually a prehistory of Exalted.The World of Darkness is a very, very bad place to be a normal human, has many complex ways of making the existences of such humans constantly painful, and can be warped by someone with enough understanding of the rules, though all of that may be put on hold when the world seemingly ends, wiping out everything, then is remade in a new image - all traits ascribed to Creation under Primordial rule. When the Incarnae eventually rebel, they will reforge the World of Darkness into the far more human-friendly Creation.
Luna was an unshaped Fae.Her chosen servants are shape shifters. Without the outside help of mystical tattoos the Wyld causes them to start mutating (reverting?) into bizarre monstrosities even faster than everyone else does. She has many roles, many faces she shows the world, and her waxing and waning controls the tides of the Wyld against Creation. Clearly, Gaia found an Unshaped and dipped it in Moonsilver.
The world of Girl Genius is a distant future of creation.Sparks are exaltations altered to allow them to survive the colapse of creation. The Other is the one remaining Yozi.
The Games of Divinity are...
The Angelic Days-verse version of Kaworu is a Sidereal. Most likely, Chosen of Secrets.He's extremely manipulative and cryptic, and knows more about what's going on than anyone else, including the supposed "experts". He's always...not quite at the center, but more just out of the spotlight of nearly every major event. He seems to have issues with fate and inevitability, and he seemed rather resigned to losing his friends at the end, as if it had happened many times before. Obviously the Sidereals still haven't gotten rid of the Arcane Fate, and his vanishing from everyone's records and memories was caused by his resplendent destiny reaching its expiration date.
The Sea of Chaos and the Wyld are one and the same.Self-explanatory. Incidentally, this would make L-sama the true source of all Fair Folk. Lord of Nightmares, indeed...
The Breath of Fire setting exists in the future of ExaltedIt would explain all the half-human hybrids.
The Jade Pleasuredome is a psychic amplifierThe Jade Pleasuredome has special dream-projecting machines, that record, store, and replay the experiences of everyone in the dome. The Games of Divinity are actually some kind of fun but simple activity. When the Incarnae first tried it, the sheer orgasmic feedback channeled mixed with the high hopes of the Incarnae mixed, and the Games have been a legend of lies ever since.
Chejop Kejack was the original incarnation of Batman.Think about it. Bruce Wayne is one of the world's foremost martial arts masters, and as a Chosen of Secrets, Chejop had one of the keenest analytical minds in all existence. Batman is simply what Chejop would have been had he never exalted. He shares the same brooding and somewhat treacherous nature, doing what he believes is absolutely necessary. Much like Chejop, Batman carries plans and information on how to take out his own comrades if necessary, though he lacks the original's foresight that having the loom of fate granted.
The Great Curse is part of some Solar's ambition to overthrow the Unconquered Sun.The original Exaltation went to some psycho-Solar's head, deciding that if the Celestial Incarnae couldn't kill the Primordials that the Exalted could, the Exalted were better. However, the UCS is unbeatable in battle, so he decided to go by way of subversion, causing so much corruption and backbiting that the UCS would turn his head away from Creation in despair. Eventually, the eons would wear away his resolve and he would leave, allowing him to take over. He didn't exactly think the full ramifications out too well.
The nature of stuntsThe 2e Gods and Elemental describes will as the root of existence, the foundation of creation. Stunting works because you dare to spit in reality's eye, and impose your will instead of the world's. The Solar victory over the Primordials is a result of this, which is why Adorjan can't stop laughing about. Ditto with the Dragon-Blooded victory over the Solars. If a farm boy ever tried to kill a deathlord with a rusty sword, and didn't immediately exalt (thus evening the odds) , the deathlord would be permanently destroyed as reality buckled to the sheer ridiculousness of it.
The Games of Divinity is a sentient being, and has been manipulating everything.It manipulated the Primordials into making the gods, it manipulated the gods into making the Exalted, it manipulated the Sidereals into betraying the Solars, its manipulating the Solars into taking the Realm back...All of it. Evidence? Look at the initials. G.O.D. There is truly a supreme being/biggest fish, and it is the Glorious Golden Gameboy.
The Scarlet Empress is a Solar.Think about it: she's much older then the other Dragon-Blooded, and she's better then all of them. Perhaps she's a Solar that impersonates a Dragon-Blooded.
The title Glories of the Most High doesn't refer to the divinity or rank of the Incarnae.It refers to the fact that they are all hopelessly addicted to divine super-drugs. "Glories" could refer hallucinogenic visions or just a general narcotic haze, and as for "Most High"...do I even need to explain that one?
Regent Fokuf isn't as inept as he seemsAfter successfully maneuvering the great houses into giving him the throne, he realized that the only way he'd be allowed to keep it is if he pulls a Shojo Gambit on everyone. This possibility is acknowledged in Compass of Celestial Directions Part I: The Blessed Isle.
Autochton is PrimusHuge, planet sized guy, with robotic champions. And Unicron is Oblivion combined with all the Neverborn.
Exalted is Scientologist propagandaYOU TOO can have incredible cosmic power by awakening the soul-fragments of long-dead beings that attached to your own soul!
The Island is a Primordial that ran away during the warJacob and the Man in Black are probably two of its third-circle souls, but the Light at the Heart of the Island is probably its fetich, considering what happened when it was (temporarily) extinguished.
The Perfect of Paragon is a Sidereal.This would explain, among other things, why he hasn't Exalted as a Solar. And why he doesn't have an actual name.
Dace is actually Andy Parsons.Just look at a picture of Mr. Parsons. Their faces are almost identical. Just imagine Andy Parsons with massive pauldrons, and you've got Dace, right there. And have you ever seen them together in the same room?
The Discworld is located out in the Wyld somewhere.Great A'Tuin is the Primordial of Narrative, who realised that the Exalted were going to win the Primordial War and wandered off into the Wyld with a chunk of Creation to play out his stories in peace.
Autochthon is growing something.Autochthonia is filled with tubes containing nutrients that can support human life. But they don't seem to be for the benefit of humans. They don't have convenient outlets, so humans had to learn to tap them. And they're just as common in the uninhabited regions. Obviously all the nutrient lines are actually feeding something biological in the uncharted reaches.
Gaia doesn't love Luna.When your girlfriend heads off into the Wyld and doesn't come back for thousands of years, you should probably get the hint. Sure, Gaia's jouten is still around. But even Luna can tell that isn't actually her. Gaia just lost interest in Luna and took off, with a lie about the "Shining Answer" to soften the blow.
Gaia has a second set of Exalts, who are secretly watching, waiting for her to send a signal...The Terrestrial Exalts were created with her blessing, but she has a second, secret set of Exalts, waiting in the wings for her. There's a very small number of them - a hundred, like the Sidereal - divided into four Castes based on the four seasons (none exists for the Calibration). The four Castes are centered around Virtues, similar to the Fair Folk; they have subtler anima banners so that no one notices them in action. Whatever Gaia seeks out in the Wyld, she knows enough that she set the Gaian Exalts up to shield Creation from it. It's rumored that Luna is the only other person who knows about these Exalts as a collective, to keep Nara-O and the Celestial Order from finding out. Their special power relates to Geomancy, as the Sidereals' relates to Astrology and the Abyssals' to Necromancy
Raksha are Role-Players.When they take on a shape, they have created a PC. The mortals they interact with are NPCs. That's why raksha seem so alien to mortals; we live according to principles and rules they cannot ever understand, as they are fictional and are bound by rules of reality which are dependent on die-rolling. The raksha who turned themselves into Primordials are normal people who became the creators and writers of RPGs. The exalted are seen by the raksha as essentially NPCs who took the games the writers made and took them over (metaplot or simply NPCs who inject the setting with imagination and variety).
The 100 children at the end of Rot SE are the new SiderealsIn the comics, it isn't said if any Sidereals escaped or not; the book allows for some to have done so, but that was more for Sidereal characters. If all one hundred were murdered or fell in the final battle, the Maidens or Lytek could have easily pointed the remainder of the Empire and the Gods in the direction of the reincarnations of their Exaltations.
Little Beam will replace the Unconquered SunWhen the Ebon Dragon kills the UC, Little Beam will step up; he has the personality and virtue needed to become the new son. That's why Jupiter sealed all of his records - she couldn't risk anyone discovering his Destiny or how to alter it.
The Maiden of Wisdom is the Mother of the other MaidensThere are 15 other Maidens, each of which has 20 Exalts; they are, in turn, the children of the Maiden of Wisdom who sacrificed herself to stop the Three-Spheres Cataclysm from spreading. She will be born again (and again) by the Greater Astrology which bears her name.
Manosque Cyan will become the new Ebon DragonAfter she's knocked out during the inquisition on the Blessed Isle, she'll use her powers to escape, only to find that the Dragon is dead and now a Neverborn. She'll return to Malfeas and begin developing his powers, until she has developed his Cosmic Principle and replaced him.
The Ring will undergo a change after the Dragon diesThe Wedding Ring is forged from one of the Ebon Dragon's 3rd Circle Souls; when he dies, his souls fall with him and become Raitons. The Ring is STILL one of his souls, which means that, instead of giving the Ebon Dragon's Charms, it now gives the Charms of the Dragon That Was.
Whenever the Dragon (or any of the other Yozi who've undergone Fetich death) dies, the Neverborn will learn the ritual for making Akuma.The Neverborn never learned how to make Akuma; the Yozi developed the ritual for that AND the Exaltation inversion. They taught the latter to the Neverborn as part of the deal for the Solar Exaltations in the Jade Prison, but never gave them the techniques for making Akuma. After the Dragon (or one of the other Yozis who have been trapped in Malfeas) dies and becomes a Neverborn, he (or she, or it) will come with the knowledge as to how to make Akuma; with it, the Neverborn can corrupt non-Abyssals into Akuma.
A Solar can use their own personal warstrider to pilot the Sun in giant warstrider mode, which in turn can pilot Autochthon, who wields the sword of X Creation after piloting Mount MeruMainly because you can never have enough meta-,mecha. Plus this possibly happended before versus Malfeas.
All Solars become ghosts.We know plenty of Solars who have an exaltation that belonged to someone else, and they're casually referred to as "incarnations". But there's not a single mention of anyone who is the true reincarnation of a Solar, having received their hun soul at birth. The explanation is simple: the Solar exaltation selects for people bloody-minded enough to become ghosts after death, and none of them reincarnate. It's canonical that Solar po souls almost always form hungry ghosts, this is just the other side of the coin.
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The Primordials weren't evilThe Rebellion seems awfully similar to killing your parents to play on the X-box. The only bad things the game books say about the Empyreal Chaos's rule was that the gods were forced to work like slaves. Which isn't so bad in the light that now they neglect creation almost entirely, and the Celestial Bureaucracy is the most corrupt organization in existence. The only evil primordial was the Dragon's Shadow, who wouldn't appreciate other Primordials stealing his concept anyway. However, he got bored (being an evil overlord with no rebellion is awfully boring), and forced the Sun to wage war against the Primordials, and the other gods were only too happy to go along with it. However, the Sun being the Sun, he had to go and win. The Primordials imprisoned became evil because the Exalted mutilated their souls. Unfortunately, the Incarnae weren't as good as ruling as they hoped, and everything kinda went to hell.
The Unconquered Sun is the Ebon Dragon's HeartThe Heart soul is the soul that defines a primordial. It makes them what they are. They have power, but can't act without it. The Dragon's Shadow was so heartless that he literally had no heart. So he had nigh-unimaginable power, but no ability to express it. So, like any other primordial would he fashioned a heart for himself. There is no shadow without light to cast it, and there is no villany without good to contrast with it. Just as the Dragon embodies darkness, villainy, and failure so the UCS must embody light, heroism, and perfection. The Unconquered sun defines the Dragon through contrast.
The Well of the Void is the Shinma of AnnihilationThe Shinma are basically physical laws of overarching concepts that define The World of Exalted. Before the Exalted slew the Primordials, nothing was ever destroyed. When they did, the Slain Primordials became a paradox. Their essence couldn't be reabsorbed into Lethe, as that was designed for specifically for Creation's mortals. They couldn't be reabsorbed into the Wyld, because they were in Creation or Yu-Shan. So a new Shinma was introduced so the laws that govern The World of Exalted would still fit the reality. Perhaps the Shinma of separation recognized Destruction then.
They will make an Exalted videogameThat would be fucking awesome
At some point, the Ebon Dragon will drop the Villain Ball.Why? The Ebon Dragon represents betrayal, going against every virtue. He's Stupid Evil embodied. At some point, the Ebon Dragon will realise that, in an extremely twisted way, he's been loyal to something: his own nature as the embodiment of betrayal. Since not being a hypocrite is considered a good thing, the Ebon Dragon will go out of his way to be one by finally being pragmatic(an utter betrayal of his nature).
Lots of things.If something isn't prefixed with "inference point", then it's taken from canon as I recall it. Why is Autochthon dying? He needs the Wyld.
Why are the Neverborn permadead? Because they can't get to the Wyld.
Why are the Yozis defeated? Because they were forced into binding oaths never to unweave their defeat with the Wyld.
Raksha can change their narrative reality with the Wyld.
Raksha can unweave their death with the Wyld.
Raksha require the Wyld to live. Inference Point: Primordials function like Raksha with respect to the Wyld. It is not inimical to them, just as it is not inimical to the Raksha. The Primordials once created in a place known as Zen-Mu, but despaired.
They despaired because, though it ever grew and continued, it exhausted its capability for novelty.
After they despaired, they tried to find something called the shining answer, which would be something more powerful than despair.
Later, possibly in this quest, possibly after having abandoned it temporarily, the Primordials built Yu-Shan, and thence creation.
Yu-Shan is a place, but Creation resembles nothing so much as a jouten without a fetich.
Creation was created for the sake of Yu-Shan.
The primordials made Yu-Shan for the sake of the Games of Divinity. Inference Point: Creation was created for the sake of the Games of Divinity. When Yu-Shan was made, it affected the Shinma, and redefined the world.
Primordials are immaterial. Devas are immaterial. Gods are immaterial.
Raksha are not immaterial. Raksha and Primordials are related. Raksha and Primordials have similar properties.
Primordials have charms allowing them to act as both material and immaterial at once.
Raksha were not in Yu-Shan when it was formed. Inference Point: Conservation of complexity. Primordials were material. Devas were material. Gods were material. Raksha were material.
Inference Point: The Shinma pulled into Yu-Shan created and defined the concepts of Material/Immaterial by their absence.
Inference Point: In spiritual realms, the local Shinma are such that, as with the old Wyld, that distinction does not exist. [Canon veracit.] The Shining Answer is located at the furthest point from the Shinma.
Every moment of the world exists within the Shinma Advaita Iraivan.
Things in Elsewhere do not degrade with the passage of time, and can be called from any reference frame, to any location.
Gates of Auspicious Passage allowed instant travel from and to anywhere in Creation.
Elsewhere is not being consumed by the Wyld. Inference Point: Elsewhere is causally disconnected from Creation/Wyld.
Inference Point: It lacks the Shinmaic properties necessary to allow the Wyld to transform things.
Inference Point: It is in a part of Advaita Iraivan without Time and Space beyond what users impose on it. Yu-Shan and other "immaterial realms" are in pockets of Elsewhere.
Save for Autochthonia, these pockets can recieve resources from creation.
Autochthon is starving. Autchton recieves prayer.
Malfeas isn't starving. Malfeas recieves prayer.
Yozis can recieve prayer at any time of the year (See: Akuma).
Malfeas is connected to Cecylene. Cecylene connects to creation for five days every year.
Creation connects to the Wyld.
Autochthonia does not connect to the Wyld. Inference Point: Primordials need Wyld Essence to survive. The Primordials sealed Yu-Shan from the Wyld.
Autochthon sealed himself from everything. Inference Point: The primordials could have sealed creation from the Wyld.
Inference Point: They didn't because creation can transmit essence to Yu-Shan.
Inference Point: Including Wyld Essense. The Games of Divinity are addicting.
The Wyld is addicting.
The Wyld has no negative effects on primordials.
The Wyld can have severe negative effects on gods (See: Xaos).
The Games of Divinity are something that the Unconquered Sun, who is Perfect, can fail at without compromising his potential by surpressing his Virtues.
The Wyld can realize infinite potential.
Within the set of infinite potential outcomes is an outcome where perfection fails. Inference Point: The Games of Divinity require the Wyld to function.
Inference Point: The Celestial Incarna are Wyld tainted and Wyld addicted.
Inference Point: The purpose of the Games of Divinity may be completely off-the-books. The Games of Divinity are not played on boards: they have controls.
Jouten can move in the Wyld.
The shining answer was said to be impossibly distant.
At no point was it ever said that the primordials stopped searching.
It was only said that they were weary of constant war with the unshaped. Inference Point: Yu-Shan and Creation exist as a solution to that weariness.
Inference Point: The Gods were weapons designed to emulate a Primordials Devas as Creations was an emulation of a Jouten.
Inference Point: The Gods were made far stronger than Devas because the Jouten was stillborn by design. It lacked agency. It lacked identity. Unlike the primordials it could not assert itself against chaos as a natural process.
Inference Point: The Games of Divinity are a way of moving Creation through the Wyld. Even Ignis Divine has but one soul. Some primordials had hundreds. Inference Point: The Gods have no concept of this. It is likely that they cannot understand why the search for the Shining Answer is necessary. It is possible that they cannot understand what the Shining Answer even is. Luna has consumed and internalised every alternative version of herself.
Luna is defined as the impossible made real. Inference Point: Luna alone may be able to understand. The Games of Divinity inspire supreme joy in the player.
The Primordials were suffering from despair. Inference Point: The Games of Divinity were designed that the player "in the lead" (the player controlling the course of Creation) would not be suceptible to despair preventing them from guiding the universe towards The Shining Answer. Creation and Yu-Shan are linked via Elswhere. Inference Point: Creation moves, Yu-shan does not.
Inference Point: Creation does not move away from Yu-Shan (elsewhere is infinitely close to and far from all points). Creation moves itself closer to the Shining Answer. When it arrives, the primordial need only take a single step. Gaia has not played a single turn in the Games since the victory of the Gods over the primordials. Inference Point: The Gods won't let her. After the conclusion of the Primordial War, and the defeat of her brothers and sisters, Gaia left Creation.
She took with her the comet Gnosis, which had been in Creation since the creation of Creation. Inference Point: Gnosis is a device like the Daystar or the Silver Chair.
Inference Point: Gnosis did not need to be moved when the primordials reigned in Yu-Shan because Creation outmoded it.
Inference Point: This is no longer true. The Gods are not capable of using the Go D for their purpose.
Inference Point: Gaia left for this reason, and now uses Gnosis for the same.
Autochthon framed Nox. The Adamant Caste of the Alchemical Exalted is hidden, to the point of rewriting memories. Their analogue, the Nocturnal Exalted, are also hidden, to the point of being erased from Fate (and canon). Makes sense, right? Wrong. Consider that the Alchemicals were made as the prototypes of the Celestial Exalted. Also consider that Nox was imprisoned well after the prototypes were made, and that the Heralds were not secret before that. Conclusion: Autochthon knew ahead of time that the Nocturnals would be hidden. Since the Heralds could not easily fulfill their function if no one knew about them, he would not have built that feature into the Adamant Caste unless he knew that Nox would be forced to hide himself from Fate. Of course, the easiest way for Autochthon to know that would be if he had planned to have Nox imprisoned in the Loom.