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  • #16
    My obsession would be creating a world in which magic was a publicly recognized phenomenon, where the supernatural could freely walk the streets without having to hide from mortal society. The first step to doing so would be to remove the sleeping curse, which the Silver Ladder might be able to assist me with. After that, it would probably be a matter of establishing diplomatic relations with the other splats, and helping the newly enlightened mortals cope with the changes. Before they descend into frothing, angry mobs and try to kill us all on sight.

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    • #17
      I don't feel I have enough self-knowledge to be a Mage, but I could see my struggle to overcome my twin fears of death (mostly physical, bit also just how everything ends eventually) and change culminating in an Awakening as a Moros.

      Order: Probably Free Council. I have a lot of sympathy for the meritocratic ideals of the Silver Ladder. But I believe the right to lead (never to rule) comes from wisdom, not power and must be continually proven instead of granted in the moment of Awakening. Plus, the Free Council get Techne and I would love using strange magical paradigms and making it work. That said, the Free Council might be wary of me, as I'd still try to be friendly with the Silver Ladder.

      Legacy: don't know enough about Mage to choose one. But one dedicated to creating something that will outlast me as long as possible or, alternatively, to understanding how the other magic of the Fallen World.

      Arcana: Matter 2, Death 1, Prime 2, Space 1, then pick up enough Life and Mind to give me the time, energy and intelligence to achieve my goals as I go

      Obessions: I'm not sure I get how these work, but I'll give two and you tell me which one fits better. I'd like to think that I wouldn't search for eternal life, but I'd obsess over creating a truly invulnerable perfect materials. That, or I'd focus on understanding Sleepwalkers as a transitional state and why fallen world magic keep you stuck there
      Last edited by Master Aquatosic; 08-31-2017, 08:47 AM.


      A god is just a monster you kneel to. - ArcaneArts, Quoting "Fall of Gods"

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      • #18
        Obsession? Assuming I can control my hermetic nature and cynicism, pursuit of immortality or transcending the fallen world.

        I'd either want to become everlasting and retain my sentience or take part in a Nirvana-esque ascension where I become one with an infinite force (the supernal, probably.)

        I might settle for a combination of the two where I essentially become a supernal entity.



        If I'm too hermetic and cynical I'd probably go Mad. So that does sort of temper me a bit.

        A more approachable obsession would be something like trying to help facilitate a cohesive mage society. Being Awakened is a miraculous thing so deterring meaningless squabbles and unnecessary bloodshed would be cool. I'd probably do it within the framework of the Guardians of the Veil - but I could also do good as a Silver Ladder.

        Compromise, above all else. We're Awakened, damn it. We should be able to co-exist and be chill! There are more pressing horrors encroaching in the darkness around us.




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        • #19
          I love these! Whoever thought of these should receive a pat on the back! Edit: Added Shadow Name


          Shadow Name: Ásynja

          Reason: I would, at first, want either Xion or Xia since that's an alias I've used since I was 9 (Originating from the character from Bloody Roar)... but that's entirely why that'd be less than useless as a Shadow Name.

          So I'd prolly go for "Ásynja" though the reason is not strait forward at all. Long ago I learned to write in and memorized the old Germanic alphabet runes called "the Elder Futhark" because the custom script from my favorite game (Blood Omen) was based mostly on the Elder Futhark. Since then, I write nearly everything not meant for communication in the Elder Futhark.

          Years pass and, in an attempt to Lucid Dream for the first time, I was told that I could write the letter "A" (for Awake) on the back of my hand so that each time I see it I can ask myself "Am I Awake or Asleep?". But instead, I wrote the Elder Futhark rune "Ansuz" or "" which makes the "Ah" sound which is similar. This technique worked.

          Years later Still, I continued to write the Ansuz (but moved it to my wrist) but the meaning morphed to "Am I awake? Am I Aware? Am I paying Attention?". It's become a very personal thing I do. I'll even be getting it Tattooed within the next few months.

          Well etymologically the word Ansuz (for the letter) is takes it's name from the proto-germanic ǫ́ss which is the singular form of Æsir (the pantheon of ancient proto-germanic gods). Which would mean "god" (or more accurately "a god of the Æsir"). The Futhark Rune of Ansuz (ǫ́ss) was used only once I think) in a poem to indirectly reference the Priciple god of the Æsir and the principle god of the Æsir is Odin.

          However, it has been pointed out to me that Shadow Names start tieing magic around the name so I might lose an eye with a name like Odin. So instead, since the origin of Ansuz arrives from ǫ́ss which is the singular of Æsir, then the feminine form of ǫ́ss would be Ásynja.

          And that's why the Shadow Name of Ásynja.

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          Path: Mastigos

          Reason: This was hard because I am so close to Acanthus as well and the journey to Awakening are similarly likely between both Watchtowers. Ultimately however, it is likely that I would hit something that twinged an obsession and I'd dig deeper and deeper maybe a bit unhealthily and end up Awakening through introspection.

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          Arcana: The Mastigos specialties of Space and Mind would definitely be focuses. However, I find many things interesting and become passionate about too many things. I would likely study Mind and especially space but I would research and practice many of the others being unable to really focus. It would likely take my Mentor's hand to force me to focus a bit rather than to bounce between one thing to be passionate about to the next. The ones that would intrigue me the most are the wonky and complex ones like Time and Space.

          Space - Space would interest me a lot with most of my focus being on how two spaces could technically touch while never really touching or vice versa. Little tricks like that and the subtleties would be what I focus on. Things like making two doorways leading to one another, spacial mazes out of hallways, and things like that. Because of this, it's likely the only one I get to Disciple level though I would still try to learn more.

          Time - I would study Time almost as passionately as Space for almost the exact same reasons and would rather be just a facet of it. All the twists and turns and little things. I don't think I'd get all the way to disciple w/o some interference from my mentor so I'd say I'd get to Apprentice pretty easily while trying for Disciple.

          Mind - Mind for me is more about introspection and less about those around me, though I'd use mind to see things in others to learn more and more about myself. I would pretty easily get to Apprentice level but not because of continuous study and more through the course of how I would operate my life.

          Fate, Death, Prime, Forces - I am notorious for hyper focusing on an interest and then changing that focus the next week. These four would fascinate me and I'd study them when I can and prolly even get to initiate in each (maybe not all of them but boy would I try). My mentor would either find that infuriating or good depending i'd guess.


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          Order: Mysterium

          Reason: My body would tear me apart at trying to decide which Order to join (and I would join. The temptation to learn from them is not small). My Heart would urge me to join the Free Council as a lot of the philosophies would resonate highly with me. My brain would force me to join the Silver Ladder as the ambition and leadership roles are high in my passions. I would feel it in my bones to join the perceived adventure of either the Guardians of the Veil or the Adamantine Arrow. But my Soul would demand the Mysterium. Sealing the deal would be knowing that i'd find adventure, leadership, and groups of like minded Willworkers in the Mysterium. I cannot stop myself from joining the Order that is as passionate and more about learning as much as possible as I am.


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          Legacy: Sphinx

          Reason: There is a few that I'd be close to joining, the Unforgotten Scions being one of them. But ultimately the draw to uncover forgotten anythings would be too strong and I'd likely devote much of my time toward that cause. The final nail in the coffin is my eternal love of linguistics. It's a natural fit.

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          Daily Business: This is interesting and I'd have a few different things that could happen. There is a possibility of my experimentation with especially Space could get me killed. But I can be especially cautious as long as I know to be cautious. So write out of the gate I'd start experimenting. Seeing what all I can do. Immediately after I'd try and use what I've learned to make myself a better anything. I'd try to take advantage of normal everyday life and make it better with magic.

          Inevitably I would join the Mysterium, promise the Concillium that I'd be better after my recklessness and pledge myself to a Mentor. I would then spend my time trying to Learn as much as possible and best serve my mentor as penance (and in the hope that the better I serve the more I'm taught). I would spend free time experimenting likely with the goals of the Mysterium (locally anyways) and ask my Mentor if they'd find a way for me to be in a Cabal that I would also basically pledge myself to (loyalties are pretty strong to me).

          Dedicated Magical Tool: Ansuz necklace.

          This should be obvious why, it fits in perfectly with the Nimbus.

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          Nimbus: Language, Characters, Darkness, Conflict

          Immediate Nimbus: My Immediate Nimbus would likely incorporate an eclectic and ever shifting and pulsing set of characters from various writing systems but each one never appearing for long. This would likely be combined with a darkened lighting (slightly) and a slight breeze-less breeze.

          This would likely come from my fascination with languages and writing systems and would incorporate both my fears and my eclectic shifting focuses.

          Not sure what kind of tilt would be inflicted. Likely one that would either add confusion to others or mass forgetfulness (especially for words).

          Signature Nimbus: Would likely appear similar to to the Immediate Nimbus but more static. The shifting letters/runes/characters would hover over the mind affect by my magic. Shifting darkened characters outlining the portals made. Floating symbols that shift in chronological/anti-chronological order appearing in the air faintly after use of some Time Magic.

          That kind of thing.

          Long-Term Nimbus: A warping of languages around me and possible conflicts and obstacles in my way.

          My Path is very introspective focused with heavy doses of navel gazing in a quasi-Buddhist sense. Since the Long-Term Nimbus has a lot to do with the Path as well as things like habits and the Shadow Name and by nature it shifts things around me, I think that the Long-Term Nimbus would incorporate conflict and struggle (benefiting my connection to Pandæmonium and my Shadow Name of Ásynja (a female member of the Æsir, who were the, often war-like, clan of gods of the sky (as opposed to the peace driven gods of the earth the Vanir)).

          I'm pretty sure language would factor into it somehow but I'm not sure how.


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          Archmage: I find it unlikely that I'd become an Archmage. There is so much to learn out there and the path to becoming an Archmage is fraught with side-steps rather than straightforward steps. Becoming an Archmage is like ascending a flight of hidden stairs even while not seeing and experiencing everything else on the lower Learning all the things is different from the path to Archmastery. All the same, if I did (and if I got close I'd definitely attempt it... I'm just saying it may never get close due to being too focused on learning all the things on this level), me as an Archmage would look vaguely similar to me as a Mage... just on a meta level. Imagine a child sorting their toys in a toy box and learning everything about them, I as an Archmage would be like the Adult that would sort and resort the toy boxes. If that makes sense.


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          Edit 2: Changed Shadow Name from Odin to Ásynja.

          Edit 3: Added Nimbuses
          Last edited by xiongrey; 09-07-2017, 06:06 PM.



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          • #20
            I think my obsession would be to try and integrate magic into our modern world somehow, to allow it to help people in general. Make some sort of technology that can use magic to help others, without being conspicuous. Magically hack corrupt politicians to reveal their dealings, help crack down on child pornography. And to create better and better ways to do this.

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            • #21
              Honestly nobody would be a seer? I personally would hope to end up as a mastigos seer of the panopticon. Without the fear of being caught by sleeper authorities i would abuse the hell out of magic for personal gain badly and end up like all those celebs who crash and burn.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by totalgit View Post
                Honestly nobody would be a seer? I personally would hope to end up as a mastigos seer of the panopticon. Without the fear of being caught by sleeper authorities i would abuse the hell out of magic for personal gain badly and end up like all those celebs who crash and burn.
                Would your Shadow Name be "The Total Git"?

                Speaking of which, what your Shadow Name would be is another good question.

                I'm thinking Amox, after a minor Enochian angel that is good at finding metals and precious stones


                A god is just a monster you kneel to. - ArcaneArts, Quoting "Fall of Gods"

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                • #23
                  Completely forgot about Shadow Name!

                  Hmm, I'd prolly want to either be Xion or Xia since that's an alias I've used since I was 9... but that's entirely why that'd be less than useless as a Shadow Name.

                  Likely then I'd go for "Odin". Is there a girl version of the name Odin? Ah it prolly doesn't matter, so yeah prolly Odin.

                  Reason: the reason would be rather wonky and not strait forward at all. Long ago I learned to write in and memorized the old Germanic alphabet runes called "the Elder Futhark" because I found out that the custom scrip in my favorite game of the time (Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain) was based off of it. Years later, in an attempt to be able to lucid dream for the first time, I was told to write an "A" on the back of my hand so that if my eye catches it I can think "AM I Awake?" (A for Awake). Me being me, I decided to use the Futhark Ansuz (which makes... kinda... the Ah sound) instead.

                  This became habit, the back of the hand became the wrist, and the Ansuz now stands for "am I awake? Am I paying attention? Am I aware?". I've been doing this for a decade now and will be tattooing the Ansuz in about a month or so.

                  I recently found out that in some circles that attribute a magical meaning to the runes (I was always fascinated by the pure linguistic value rather than the mystic), the Ansuz means "Wotan" or "Odin".

                  And that's why the Shadow Name of Odin.



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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by xiongrey View Post
                    Completely forgot about Shadow Name!

                    Hmm, I'd prolly want to either be Xion or Xia since that's an alias I've used since I was 9... but that's entirely why that'd be less than useless as a Shadow Name.

                    Likely then I'd go for "Odin". Is there a girl version of the name Odin? Ah it prolly doesn't matter, so yeah prolly Odin.

                    Reason: the reason would be rather wonky and not strait forward at all. Long ago I learned to write in and memorized the old Germanic alphabet runes called "the Elder Futhark" because I found out that the custom scrip in my favorite game of the time (Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain) was based off of it. Years later, in an attempt to be able to lucid dream for the first time, I was told to write an "A" on the back of my hand so that if my eye catches it I can think "AM I Awake?" (A for Awake). Me being me, I decided to use the Futhark Ansuz (which makes... kinda... the Ah sound) instead.

                    This became habit, the back of the hand became the wrist, and the Ansuz now stands for "am I awake? Am I paying attention? Am I aware?". I've been doing this for a decade now and will be tattooing the Ansuz in about a month or so.

                    I recently found out that in some circles that attribute a magical meaning to the runes (I was always fascinated by the pure linguistic value rather than the mystic), the Ansuz means "Wotan" or "Odin".

                    And that's why the Shadow Name of Odin.
                    I think taking Shadow Name Odin and subsequently more or less inevitably losing an eye was mentioned as an example of the power of Shadow Name symbolism, so...

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Prometheus View Post
                      I think taking Shadow Name Odin and subsequently more or less inevitably losing an eye was mentioned as an example of the power of Shadow Name symbolism, so...
                      Oh... >.>

                      Is that kind of thing common knowledge? If not than poor fictional me D:



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                      • #26
                        Still a cool way to arrive at a Shadow name though. That's probably the only thing I've enjoyed reading on this thread yet.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by xiongrey View Post
                          Oh... >.>

                          Is that kind of thing common knowledge? If not than poor fictional me D:
                          As far as I know, yeah, it's common knowledge. It won't always and necessarily happen, it depends on how seriously you take the Shadow persona (mechanically represented mostly by how many dots you invested in the Name), but it's a definitive risk.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Prometheus View Post
                            As far as I know, yeah, it's common knowledge. It won't always and necessarily happen, it depends on how seriously you take the Shadow persona (mechanically represented mostly by how many dots you invested in the Name), but it's a definitive risk.
                            Hmm, well in that case it would be either Óss or the more likely Ásynja.Óss is the likely original name of Ansuz (the letter) and is the singular form of Æsir. In a single poem the rune (and there for the word Óss) is used to indirectly refer to Odin but only indirectly as the word would just be the singular god of the pantheon. The singular feminine form of Óss is Ásynja. ​

                            It's vague, obscure, and hides my True Name so I think this may work better if it's common knowledge ^.^



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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by xiongrey View Post
                              Hmm, well in that case it would be either Óss or the more likely Ásynja.Óss is the likely original name of Ansuz (the letter) and is the singular form of Æsir. In a single poem the rune (and there for the word Óss) is used to indirectly refer to Odin but only indirectly as the word would just be the singular god of the pantheon. The singular feminine form of Óss is Ásynja. ​

                              It's vague, obscure, and hides my True Name so I think this may work better if it's common knowledge ^.^
                              That is all kinds of cool! Thanks for sharing that!

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                              • #30
                                Shadow Name is really, really hard. If I were the confident Obrimos of my dreams it would be Het-Heru, but that's not me; I think the journey of introspection and rebirth is more suited to an Azar, cut into pieces and made whole through it.

                                And if that leads me into trouble with the Arisen, even better


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