Exalted: The Black Heart of the Isles

Welcome to your campaign!
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Wondering how to get started? Here are a few tips:

1. Invite your players

Invite them with either their email address or their Obsidian Portal username.

2. Edit your home page

Make a few changes to the home page and give people an idea of what your campaign is about. That will let people know you’re serious and not just playing with the system.

3. Choose a theme

If you want to set a specific mood for your campaign, we have several backgrounds to choose from. Accentuate it by creating a top banner image.

4. Create some NPCs

Characters form the core of every campaign, so take a few minutes to list out the major NPCs in your campaign.

A quick tip: The “+” icon in the top right of every section is how to add a new item, whether it’s a new character or adventure log post, or anything else.

5. Write your first Adventure Log post

The adventure log is where you list the sessions and adventures your party has been on, but for now, we suggest doing a very light “story so far” post. Just give a brief overview of what the party has done up to this point. After each future session, create a new post detailing that night’s adventures.

One final tip: Don’t stress about making your Obsidian Portal campaign look perfect. Instead, just make it work for you and your group. If everyone is having fun, then you’re using Obsidian Portal exactly as it was designed, even if your adventure log isn’t always up to date or your characters don’t all have portrait pictures.

That’s it! The rest is up to your and your players.

Rules Report: Session 2

Note: all these entries assume that the involved participants didn’t have ‘a thing’ I’m ignorant of that overrules the core mechanic.

Decisive Attack Damage
Weeping Boar’s Decisive Attack vs. the Karken-spawn

  • What we did: Weeping Boar’s Initiative value as dice pool (18) – the Kraken-spawn’s soak (9) for damage pool (9)
  • What we should have done: rolled Weeping Boar’s full initiative value (18) as the damage dice pool
  • Why: per “Resolving a Decisive Attack” on page 191 of the core rule book, there is no step where a target soak reduces the damage pool in Decisive Attacks. ( I caught this one by reading the Combat Example )

Initiative Break
Weeping Boar Initiative Crashing the Karken-spawn

  • What we did: granted Weeping Boar +initiative = Withering Attack damage done to cause the crash
  • What we should have done: grant Weeping Boar an extra +5 initiative for causing the crash
  • Why: per “Initiative Break” on page 194 of the core rule book, “When a character forces an opponent into Initiative Crash with an attack, he gains what is known as an Initiative Break bonus. An Initiative Break bonus is a +5 bonus to Initiative”
Rules Report: Session 3
Willpower & Excellencies


The devs agree that gaining willpower from stunting shouldn’t require walking around at WP-1 all the time.

From page 169 of the core rule book:
“Willpower points gained in certain ways can raise the total number of points in your character’s Willpower pool above his rating, to a maximum of 10.”

From page 170 of the core rule book:
“Performing a two-point stunt grants one point of Willpower, while performing a three point stunt grants two. These awards may exceed the character’s permanent Willpower rating.”


I didn’t realize this, but you get rather a lot of free Excellencies. I thought they were only obtained from buying Charms. As it turns out, it’s even easier!

From page 255 of the core rule book:
Gaining Excellencies: Solars automatically gain an Excellency for each Caste and Favored Ability in which they possess at least one dot, as well as any Ability for which they have learned at least one Charm.


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