Randan Chronicle: Aoki Sanrei, Twilight

With the release of the Exalted 3e Kickstarter backer PDF, I’ve persuaded my D&D group to try the game for a while. One of my fellow players is also an Exalted fan, and he’s going to run a game set in the Western port of Randan. Last Wednesday we met for initial play discussion and character creation, and we should have our first session this Sunday.

The other PCs are Von Der’harr, a Night Caste smuggler with greater ambitions; and Blood on the Petals, a weirdly neomah-like Eclipse Caste courtesan. My own PC, the warrior-artisan Aoki Sanrei, is detailed below. Aside from the utility of seeing other players’ initial stat blocks, I hope Exalted fans will be happy to see a glimpse of one of the many new spots on the map that we didn’t have room to write up in the core book.


ATTRIBUTES
Strength 2
Dexterity 4
Stamina 3

Charisma 2
Manipulation 2
Appearance 4

Perception 4
Intelligence 4
Wits 3

ABILITIES
Archery 0
Athletics 2
Awareness 3
Brawl 1
Bureaucracy 1
Craft (Pottery) 5
Dodge 3
Integrity 2
Investigation 1
Larceny 0
Linguistics 1
Lore 2
Martial Arts 4
Medicine 0
Melee 0
Occult 4
Performance 1
Presence 3
Resistance 2
Ride 0
Sail 1
Socialize 2
Stealth 1
Survival 0
Thrown 0
War 0

SPECIALTIES
Awareness (Ambushes)
Bureaucracy (Evaluate Goods)
Martial Arts (One-on-One)
Occult (Sorcery)

MERITS
Familiar (Neph-Chebar, the Hellwind) •••
Language (Old Realm) •
Martial Arts ••••
Retainer (Kumanni, an adopted cousin) ••

INTIMACIES
Defining Tie: The One-Eyed Man (Hate)
Defining Tie: The Yueh Family (Hate)
Major Tie: Her husband (Feelings of betrayal)
Major Tie: Her young son (Fear for his safety)
Major Tie: Kumanni (Trust)
Major Principle: “Making beautiful things brings me joy.”
Minor Tie: Von Der’harr (Wary Respect)
Minor Principle: “The Potter’s Lodge is my birthright.”
Minor Principle: “I will make my enemies suffer.”

CHARMS
Sensory Acuity Prana
Surprise Anticipation Method

Craftsman Needs No Tools
Durability-Enhancing Technique
Flawless Handiwork Method [x2]
Supreme Masterwork Focus

Terrestrial Circle Sorcery

Harmonious Presence Meditation
Tiger’s Dread Symmetry

Durability of Oak Meditation
Ox-Body Technique

Gathering Light Concentration
Shining Starfall Execution

SORCERY
Initiation: The Talisman of Ten Thousand Eyes

Spells: Death of Obsidian Butterflies [control], Demon of the First Circle

OTHER ATTRIBUTES
WILLPOWER 6
ESSENCE 1

Personal: 13
Peripheral: 26 (max 33)
Committed: 7 (Harmonious Presence Meditation)

BACKGROUND
Raised in the Potter’s Lodge of the warrior-artisan aristocracy of Randan, Aoki Sanrei barely escaped the assassins that invaded the Aoki clan manor and slaughtered her kin. She only knows that the one-eyed man who led the assassins works for her mother-in-law, the head of the Yueh clan, with whom Sanrei’s husband and son were staying during the attack.

Fleeing the massacre, Sanrei and her adoptive cousin Kumanni sought refuge with family friends, only to barely escape yet another ambush—a trap set for survivors of the first. Trusting no one, the two fled by sea. As Sanrei swore a blood oath to the setting sun that she would be the architect of the Yueh clan’s doom, she Exalted. Months later, she has returned to Randan incognito to fulfill her vow.

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