Exalted: Modern – Electronic Media

June 22, 2011

So, in a discussion with one of my players today, the topic of UMI transmitted through electronic media came up, quite naturally.  Initially, I had dismissed that.  Of course UMI can be transmitted through electronic media.  Why wouldn’t it be?  It’s entirely too awesome to just discard: an Exalted presidential candidate brainwashing entire nations through their television sets confirms entirely too many conspiracy theories to be scoffed off.  The mere thought made me giddy.

And yet, with further consideration, I have come to wonder if that might not be too powerful to be readily available to any jackass with an unnatural mental influence effect.  That seems to me that it might actually benefit from a speedbump, much as I normally hate them.  While I don’t have a final decision made, yet, my current plan is to prohibit UMI from functioning through electronic media.  Fortunately, I also have a way around said prohibition:

Words-as-Wavelength Meditation
Cost: None; Mins: Essence 3, Performance 5; Type: Permanent
Keywords: Mirror (Inescapable Haunting Frequency)
Duration: Permanent
Prerequisites: Respect-Commanding Attitude
When the Solar speaks, his words reverberate not merely through the air, but through the very fabric of reality, carrying their power to anyone who can hear them, regardless of medium.  This Charm allows all the Solar’s UMI effects to function normally through electronic media.  The Abyssal mirror functions identically, save that it has Morbid Fascination Style as a prerequisite.  Lunar Exalted have a similar Charm called Harmonious Digital Cacophony, which has either a Charisma or Manipulation Excellency as a prerequisite.  Alchemicals have a similar Charm called the Immaculate Broadcast Synthesizer, which requires either a Charisma or Manipulation Augmentation.  Infernals have not yet produced an equivalent version of this Charm, though that is merely because the Yozis have not seen fit to do so.

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