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  • Nexus

    Thronging like a mass of anthills, the city [[The City of Nexus | Nexus]] sprawls at the juncture of the Yellow and Gray Rivers where they feed the swollen Yanaze. Built on, around and under the ruins of a city older than the Exalted, the modern and …

  • Home Page

    h2. The First and Final Days p. It has been said that Creation is doomed. The world was raised from chaos, and one day it will fall just the same, returning to the chaos that birthed it. All the works of men and gods and all the spirits of Creation …

  • Council of Entities

    [[Nexus | Nexus]] is rules by the Council of Entities, a group shrouded in mystery. Theirs is the power to add and modify the Civilities of the [[The Incunabulum | Incunabulum]]. Their edicts are enforced by the mercenaries of the city and the mysterious …

  • Solar Exalted

    Known also as the Lawgivers, the Solar Exalted are the champions of the Unconquered Sun and the most powerful of all the Exalted. Once the masters of Creation, the Solars were betrayed and usurped by their trusted advisors and soldiers, the Dragon-Blooded …

  • Unconquered Sun

    Mightiest of the Celestial Incarna, architect of the Primordial War, the Unconquered Sun is the supreme God of Creation in Exalted. The Unconquered Sun is the patron of the Solar Exalted. After the war's end, the Unconquered Sun continued to advise his …

  • Usurpation

    The Usurpation refers to a period near the end of the First Age when the Terrestrial Exalted and Sidereal Exalted conspired to overthrow the Solar Exalted. The origin of the Usurpation lies in the Great Curse which caused the Celestial Exalted to be …

  • First Age

    The First Age is, as the name implies, the first age of the Wheel of Ages. It was the Golden Age after the Exalted defeated the Primordials, when wonders and magic undreamed of in the Second Age were commonplace. The First Age is commonly considered to …

  • Sidereal Exalted

    The Sidereals are the champions of the Five Maidens. The Chosen of the Maidens are the savants and astrologers of the Exalted, as well as matchless martial artists. It was the Great Prophecy of the Sidereals that led to the murder and usurpation of the …

  • Five Maidens

    The Five Maidens These five Celestial Incarna are second in power only to the Unconquered Sun, though Luna is rightly considered an equal. Their duty is the maintenance and administration of Fate in Creation. Each Maiden has a specific portfolio and …

  • Great Prophecy

    The Great Prophecy was a prediction made by a conclave of all the Sidereal Exalted that set the course of the Solar Exalted's murder at the hands of the Dragon-Blooded. Concerned with the Solars' increasingly erratic behavior, the Sidereals prophesied …

  • Yu-Shan

    Yu-Shan is a pocket dimension comprising a city the size of the Blessed Isle; Yu-Shan is the exact size of the Blessed Isle and follows the Isle's contours exactly. Yu-Shan is a completely enclosed environment, surrounded by walls on all sides and …

  • Great Curse

    The Great Curse is a curse leveled by the Primordials on the Exalted as they died. The Curse was elaborate and vast, but its core was that the Exalted would forever be cursed with the hate, immoderation and treachery they'd shown in the Primordials' …

  • Calibration

    In the calendars of Exalted, Calibration is a period of 5 intercalary days which belong to no time in the rest of the calendar. Calibration is generally regarded as a time of ill omen, and many tragic events from the beginning of the [[Usurpation | …

  • The Jade Prison

    The Jade Prison is a massive artifact designed by the Sidereal Exalted to hold the departed Essences of the dead Solar Exalted. The Exaltations of Celestial Exalted are too potent to pass to their descendants, instead there are a finite number of Solar …

  • Essence

    The most basic building block of [[Creation | Creation]], Essence is the energy that unites all things and from which all magic springs. To channel Essence is to work miracles, and the might of the [[Exalted | Exalted]] comes from their ability to do so. …

  • Wyld

    "The world is a thin shell over an underlying sea of chaos. Beneath the veil of reality is the roiling primal energy of creation, the endless potential of the unformed. In the time before history, Creation was raised from this ocean of madness, trapping …

  • Fair Folk

    "The Fair Folk are born of the chaos beyond the world—ravenous, beautiful, and immortal. They stride boldly into Creation, taking whatever they please by force or seduction. Also known as the raksha, they seem similar to men and women, but aren’t human …

  • Elemental Pole

    An elemental pole is one of the five cardinal points of [[Creation | Creation]]. In the North is the Elemental Pole of Air, in the East is the Elemental Pole of Wood, in the South is the Elemental Pole of Fire, and in the West is the Elemental Pole of …

  • Realm

    The Realm is the empire of the Dragon-Blooded and the most powerful government in the Age of Sorrows. h3. History The Realm claims continuity with the Old Realm and does not look kindly upon those who imply a difference. As a result, it claims to be …

  • Scarlet Empress

    The Scarlet Empress is the founder and sole ruler of the Realm. During the Great Contagion, it was she who braved the Imperial Manse and used its control of the Realm's ancient magical defenses to save Creation from the invading Fair Folk. She then …

  • Celestial Incarna

    In the Age of Sorrows, the Celestial Incarna are the [[Gods | Gods]] who organized the war against the [[Primordial | Primordials]] and took over [[Creation | Creation]]. Only the Celestial Incarna (composed of the Unconquered Sun, Luna, the Five Maidens …

  • Primordial War

    Primordial War was the great conflict which felled the Primordials, begun the First Age, and placed the Gods as the rulers of Heaven. h4. Overview The conflict was led by the Gods who hated their masters, but were forbidden from raising their hands …

  • Gods

    A god is any one of the countless beings composed entirely of Essence in the universe of Exalted. They were created by the Primordials to tend to the running of Creation and are potentially infinite in number - representing, serving, embodying or ruling …

  • Blessed Isle

    The Blessed Isle is the continent-sized (approximately 2000 by 3000 miles) island located at the center of Creation. Surrounded by the Inland Sea and weeks distant from the closest Threshold port, the Blessed Isle is the center of the Realm and the …

  • Luna

    Luna is a many-faced trickster god, appearing equally male and female. Luna is the consort of Gaia, is a ferocious warrior nearly the equal of the Unconquered Sun, and is the mother and patron of the Lunar Exalted. It is known that Luna is not a true …

  • Primordial

    Primordial is the term applied to those who came before the gods and first wrenched Creation from the chaotic stuff of the Wyld. h4. Overview The Primordials originally lived in Yu-Shan with the gods managing affairs from the Blessed Isle, until the …

  • Exalted

    Exalted, also called the Chosen, are the champions of [[Gods | The Gods]], who were given power to stand up to the Primordials during the Primordial War. h4. Organization In [[First Age | The First Age of Man]], each Exalted had a role, defined in …

  • Creation

    Creation is a term of Exalted that represents the world. Being a highly magical environment, however, the Creation is very different from a planet. h4. Overview Creation is basically a gigantic artifact constructed by the [[Primordial | Primordials …

  • Terrestrial Exalted (Dragon-Blooded)

    The Terrestrial Exalted, also called the Dragon-Blooded, are the champions of the five Elemental Dragons. For the last millennium and a half, they were the unquestioned rulers of Creation itself. Despite being the weakest Exalted in terms of raw power, …

  • Wyld Hunt

    The Wyld Hunt is the term used in Realm for the parties of experienced Dragon-Blooded who are tasked with hunting down and destroying Anathema. Such parties usually contain at least one member of the Immaculate Order trained in the Order's powerful …

  • Abyssal Exalted

    Abyssal Exalted, also called deathknights, are the champions of the Deathlords and their Neverborn masters. The Abyssal Exalted have only recently appeared, and appear to be dark reflections of the returned Solar Exalted, with twisted mockeries of the …

  • Great Nexus Fire

    Fire is an ever-present problem for the city of Nexus. The combination of poor climate, tinderbox architecture and the lawlessness of its populace mean that, according to the workers at the Bureau of Numbers, there are on average 2.7 fires raging on any …

  • Autocthon

    Along with Gaia Autochthon sided with the [[Gods | gods]] in their rebellion against the other [[Primordial | Primordials]] and, like Gaia, he is one of the survivors of that conflict. Autochthon invented Exaltation and gave this secret to the gods, …

  • Exaltation

    Exaltation is the process by which mortals (usually humans, but sometimes Beastmen or Wyld Mutants) are granted a portion of godly power, and become [[Exalted | Exalted.]] The manner in which Exaltation occurs varies, depending on the type of Exalt. …

  • Great Contagion

    The Great Contagion is a plague which struck Creation at the end of the First Age of Man; the plague was so virulent that it killed 90% of the infected population. The Contagion was engineered by the Deathlords, particularly the Dowager of the Irreverent …

  • Gaia

    Gaia is a survivor of the [[Primordial War | Primordial War]] and the only free Primordial existent in [[Creation | Creation]] - in fact, Gaia's body technically is Creation. As with the other Primordials, Gaia is a creature of incalculable power, so …

  • Elemental Dragons

    The offspring of [[Gaia | Gaia]], the Elemental Dragons are the lords of the Terrestrial Bureaucracy, responsible for overseeing its hierarchy of spirits. Like most gods, the Dragons have become decadent and self-absorbed in the time since the end of the …

  • Lunar Exalted

    The savage, warlike Lunar Exalted are the champions of [[Luna | Luna]]. The Lunars were once the mates of the [[Solar Exalted | Solar Exalted]], as well as their bodyguards and commanders of their armies. The Lunar Exalts either fled to the hinterlands of …

  • Rivergate Scandal

    The say that in [[Nexus | Nexus]], you can't walk down an alley without passing a paranoid conspiracy freak. Each has his or her own theory: one asserts that the Guild secretly kidnapped the [[Scarlet Empress | Scarlet Empress]] and is using her like a …

  • The Emissary

    The Emissary stands around 6’ 3” and for the most part resembles an athletic, possibly even idealized human male. He always dresses in a grey tunic, beige pants, grey boots with silver buckles, intricate silver bracers inlaid with ivory, a pale grey cloak …

  • Death in Creation

    "All mortal men know death, but few truly understand it. It is almost universally understood that souls reincarnate. The Immaculate Philosophy teaches that souls are weighed by Heaven according to their deeds in life and rewarded or punished— …

  • Ghosts

    "The cycle of reincarnation is imperfect. Some souls linger, refusing to pass on, chained to the living world by unresolved passions. Sometimes they’re held back by bonds of dark magic. Sometimes they’re simply caught on the fractured boundary of the land …

  • The Underworld

    The Underworld is a great confluence of dead waterways. It teems with oceans of void and rivers of darkness, flowing ever away from Creation, carrying souls and memories into its depths… perhaps to reincarnation, but all too often, simply away. These …

  • Shadowlands

    "Perhaps there was once a time when death was the only means of passage between the lands of the living and the dead. If so, that time was long ago; the Underworld resides close by Creation in the Second Age, and where too many souls have passed into the …

  • Shogunate

    The [[Terrestrial Exalted (Dragon-Blooded) | Dragon-Blooded]] Shogunate was the government instituted by the Dragon-Blooded and the Sidereals after the collapse of the Solar Deliberative during the [[Usurpation | Usurpation]]. Little information is …

  • Solar Deliberative

    The Solar Deliberative was the government of the [[First Age | First Age]]. Little is actually known about the Deliberative. The Deliberative was presumably located in Meru. The Deliberative appeared to be a theocratic government, with a central …