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  • Magicballz
    started a topic Are mage spells really flashY?

    Are mage spells really flashY?

    Do you think mage combat would look something like this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLaZKfACjYM

  • raygungoth
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    Originally posted by Master Aquatosic View Post


    Does the Nimbus flare trigger Paradox and/or Quiescence if they do it in front of Sleepers?
    "Once per scene a mage can force her immediate Nimbus to flare for a single turn without casting a spell by spending a Mana. In this case, roll the character’s Gnosis and use successes as the Nimbus’ potency and its resultant strength will be your full Gnosis level. Deliberate flares like this are visible even in the Fallen World and can therefore affect characters not using Mage Sight, although Sleepers will suffer Quiescence after the Tilt ends. Compare the Nimbus strength to any witness’s Resolve. If a character’s Resolve is equal to or lower than the Nimbus strength, the Tilt takes effect"

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  • Master Aquatosic
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    Originally posted by 2ptTakrill View Post
    A Mage can flair his Nimbus so that it is visible to Sleepers and Sleepwalkers, but it requires a conscious effort on his part, it doesn't just happen.

    Does the Nimbus flare trigger Paradox and/or Quiescence if they do it in front of Sleepers?

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  • 2ptTakrill
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    A Mage can flair his Nimbus so that it is visible to Sleepers and Sleepwalkers, but it requires a conscious effort on his part, it doesn't just happen.

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  • Master Aquatosic
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    Originally posted by Magicballz View Post
    So what would mage magic look like to humans?

    Mind-breaking awful stuff, then they forget it. For Sleepwalkers, I dunno though. I don't actually know if they see the Nimbus

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  • Tessie
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    Originally posted by Magicballz View Post
    So what would mage magic look like to humans?
    Basically everything we've mentioned except the Nimbus thingies.

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  • Magicballz
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    So what would mage magic look like to humans?

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  • Anachronistic Jam
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    Originally posted by Tessie View Post
    Nimbuses were brought up as another way spells can get flashy (for those who can see them), but they look the same regardless of what spell is cast so even though green embers lighting up around one of the mages is somewhat flashy it'll get boring really quick when that's repeated every three seconds or so.
    It's my understanding that a Mage's nimbus affects every visual element of their spellcasting, a kind of magical signature. So a mage with a nimbus of green embers would cast spells which visually incorporate that into their appearance, green fires swirling up into portals, a trail of green sparks lighting the way to a target, etc.

    Still visible though only to those with Mage Sight excluding special circumstances.

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  • Tessie
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    Most mage combat generally wouldn't be flashy unless they're showing it off à la Duel Arcane. Only aimed spells have a visual component to the actual spell. Otherwise it's going to look a more like gesturing (if using a Mudra with physical components), patting down Tools kept on ones person, and the spells' effects happening seemingly at random for any onlookers who don't understand how mage spellcasting works. The effects themselves can be flashy (one of the mages bursting into flames, the other suddenly trapped in a block of solidified air) but that's dependent on what the effects are rather than spellcasting by itself being flashy.
    Nimbuses were brought up as another way spells can get flashy (for those who can see them), but they look the same regardless of what spell is cast so even though green embers lighting up around one of the mages is somewhat flashy it'll get boring really quick when that's repeated every three seconds or so.

    That said, if you want flashy mage combat without going to aimed spells or Duel Arcane (which generally takes place in the effects of a Prime spell that shows the Imagos for everyone present) just flavour it as such. Have Yantras glow when they're used and/or the spell is cast. Gonna look sick seeing an Arrow posing and flexing with his fist glowing red right before the other mage gets sent flying from an invisible telekinetic punch. The other mage takes a turn to heal, causing her runic tattoos glow green while wounds close and mend themselves before your eyes.

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  • Margul
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    Yup. Book says that that aimed spells look like streaks of energy or force being shot. Also there is the duel arcane. This is interesting. If you dont have mage sight it just looks like two people staring intently at each other. If you have mage sight you see a pretty intense and probably very flashy fight happening in the supernal realms as both mages show what they could do to the other if paradox wasn't a thing. It's really all about creativity and mental fortitude/flexibility. Probably really fun to watch.

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  • 2ptTakrill
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    Mages have a Nimbus that is visible to other Mages when they cast, this would account for things like swirling shadows and glowing symbols or mandalas.
    Also, if it is an aimed spell then defense applies, meaning it can be dodged. That requires that some detectable phenomenon pass from the caster to the target.
    It doesn't have to be flashy, but it certainly could be and that would conserve the use of Yantras and Reach.

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