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  • Extra senses, which Sphere(s) needed?

    Greetings,

    I am curious as to what sphere(s) and the rating needed to get extra senses, in this example seeing infrared. My ideas were:
    1. Forces 1 alone to perceive infrared.
    2. Forces 1 and Life 2. Because you are affecting yourself and need Life 2 for that.
    3. Forces 1 and Life 3. Because you are altering yourself and need Life 3 for that.
    4. Life 3. To copy the vision/senses of the Bullfrog or the Pit Viper.
    5. Life 3 and Forces 1. To be able to copy the vision/senses of the Bullfrog or the Pit Viper.
    6. Life 3. To modify (somehow) your eyeballs and brain and see infrared.
    7. Life 3 and Forces 1. To able to modify (somehow) your eyeballs and brain and see infrared.
    Which option, if any, is correct?
    Last edited by lbeaumanior; 12-09-2020, 12:51 AM.

  • #2
    Forces 1 alone lets you sense heat. Life 3 alone lets you modify your body to have animal traits. Everything else is a Sphere tax, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

    Which you prefer depends on what Sphere dots your character has at the time.


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    • #3
      There is often more than one way to do things, just remember to always use the lowest sphere combination you can think of for each way. Only options 1 and 6 qualify, and if you are only determining sphere cost by results rather than process, only option 1.


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      • #4
        6 and 1.
        1 To see infrared.
        6 Some animals can see infrared, and you can copy animal senses with Life 3.

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        • #5
          1, 4/6, or 7:

          1) You don't need to modify your body to modify your senses, you can just use Forces, even with PBD.

          4/6) You don't need Forces to give yourself existing real animal features, but there are limitations to what naturally occurring infrared senses can do compared to what Forces can accomplish. These two options are fundamentally the same, pick whichever fits your Focus.

          7) If you don't want to stick to Life (higher levels of Life can exceed Life 3's limitations). The reason to pick this over #1 is to avoid the difficulty increase for juggling multiple effects. This is ST dependent because when effects count towards juggling or not is largely a ST call with little solid guidance.

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          • #6
            Any sphere 1.

            Every sphere allows you to "Sense" things related to that sphere outside your normal senses as long as your paradigm allows it. For example: Correspondence gives you a 360 degree awareness around yourself that could apply to sight, sound, taste, etc, or could be an entirely alien sense that makes you aware of that area somehow. The only thing defining this is your mage's paradigm.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Heavy Arms View Post
              1, 4/6, or 7:

              1) You don't need to modify your body to modify your senses, you can just use Forces, even with PBD.

              4/6) You don't need Forces to give yourself existing real animal features, but there are limitations to what naturally occurring infrared senses can do compared to what Forces can accomplish. These two options are fundamentally the same, pick whichever fits your Focus.

              7) If you don't want to stick to Life (higher levels of Life can exceed Life 3's limitations). The reason to pick this over #1 is to avoid the difficulty increase for juggling multiple effects. This is ST dependent because when effects count towards juggling or not is largely a ST call with little solid guidance.

              Huh, somehow I missed 4. Yes, that would work too.


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