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Exalted – Lunars (Full Moon Caste)

May 18, 2010

As I said, the Lunar Castes are based on the phases of the moon, and the first of these are the Full Moon Lunars. Their Caste Attributes are Strength, Dexterity, and Stamina. As you may be able to guess, the Full Moons are the badasses.

The Full Moons are distinct from the Dawns in one important way. The Dawn Caste Solars excel at being generals and soldiers. Full Moons are warriors. They fight. Some of them learn to lead soldiers, but not all of them by any stretch, and none of them show the same affinity as the Dawns. However, while Dawns excel at leading soldiers, Full Moons excel at fighting.

When each Lunar is found by the Silver Pact (the social group of Lunars that provides the Caste-fixing tattoos), they are given a set of trials, sometimes officially and sometimes unofficially. The way the young Lunar handles the trials determines his Caste. Full Moons solve their problems by being stronger, faster, and tougher than the obstacles. They punch, wrestle, dodge, or endure their problems. Through sheer physical superiority, they earn their tattoos.

This is not to say that Full Moons can’t be clever or intelligent. They most certainly can. But at the end of the day, a Full Moon’s tool is his body, and he learns to use it well. Young Lunars tend to rely on brute skill to overcome their problems, while elder Lunars learn to adapt to their enemies’ weaknesses, using strength, speed, or endurance as necessary. But in the end, a Full Moon solves his problems through physical puissance.

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