So, looking at the antagonists section of the book I have a question.

The "Urban Shamanic Musician" has "Arete 3 or 4" and "Spheres: Forces 2, Prime 1, Spirit 3, Time 2". That's 9 dots of Spheres, for those counting.

The "Awakened Hacktivist" has "Arete 3 or 4" and "Spheres: Correspondence/ Data 3, Forces 2, Mind 2, Time or Entropy 2". Also 9.

And the "Black Suit" has "Arete 4 or 5" and "All Enlightened Black Suits have at least Mind 2, plus two to four other Spheres between Ranks 2 and 4. Typically, these Spheres are Forces, Prime, Time, or Entropy, occasionally Life or Correspondence/ Data."

The sample Maradeur has

The closest character in terms of power to a starting PC is a bloody Nephandus, with Arete 3 and 6 sphere dots. Is this intentional? Are PCs supposed to be freshly made apprentices well below the power level of the "real" mages? If not, then why are the sample antagonists so damn powerful?

The "Urban Shamanic Musician" has "Arete 3 or 4" and "Spheres: Forces 2, Prime 1, Spirit 3, Time 2". That's 9 dots of Spheres, for those counting.

The "Awakened Hacktivist" has "Arete 3 or 4" and "Spheres: Correspondence/ Data 3, Forces 2, Mind 2, Time or Entropy 2". Also 9.

And the "Black Suit" has "Arete 4 or 5" and "All Enlightened Black Suits have at least Mind 2, plus two to four other Spheres between Ranks 2 and 4. Typically, these Spheres are Forces, Prime, Time, or Entropy, occasionally Life or Correspondence/ Data."

The sample Maradeur has

*Arete 6*and "Spheres: Correspondence 4, Entropy 3, Forces 2, Mind 4, Prime 2, Spirit 4".The closest character in terms of power to a starting PC is a bloody Nephandus, with Arete 3 and 6 sphere dots. Is this intentional? Are PCs supposed to be freshly made apprentices well below the power level of the "real" mages? If not, then why are the sample antagonists so damn powerful?

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