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  • #46
    149) Seer Story hook. Congrats you did it! The local Pentacle is all but decimated, and your pylon is top dog among the Seers. You can't sleep. Try as you might each night as you go to bed you have nightmares that make Pandemonium look good by comparison. The question is whose doing it. The local Pentacle is all but gone, and any mage who has the kind of juice to get through your mental defenses you made sure that they died screaming. That doesn't rule out other supernatural beings, but of the ones in town your pylon has always had exceptionally good relations with the ruling vampires, and while you have skinned a few werewolves they sure as hell don't have the ability to do jack shit given the shadow that exists in the wake of the Wizards war you just ended. No one has seen the local Changelings in a couple of years, and the Sin Eaters generally know if they step up they get cut down. The Beasts might be pissed if any of them had family ties, but as far as you know none of them have the power to inflict anything on a mage of your power. Its starting to become a problem you know if the other Seers smell blood in the water you are a dead man. Same with the other supernatural beings. Who is doing this? Why? Better find out.

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    • #47
      150) Falling Star
      One night, Awakened astronomers observed an incoming object, possibly a meteor streaking close to Earth. Until it shifted course and impacted nearby. Checking the news and comparing with Sleeper fellow astronomers, it became clear that it was invisible to those still shrouded by the Lie. You have ventured (or were sent) out to investigate the impact site. The area shows less damage than an object of that size and speed should have inflicted. At the center, buried under the recently fallen impact ejecta you find what can only be described as a ruined space-ship. Bristling with all manner of Supernal energies and items. Is this a remnant of the Time "Before"? Some creation by modern Mages, kept secret somehow? Or is there alien life out there also versed in the Supernal?

      A) Those questions, and deeper investigation, will have to wait. Other forces are also in the area, seeking to claim the secrets and treasures for themselves. (These could be Hunter groups, other supernaturals, Seers, Pentacle Mages if the PCs are Seers, etc.)

      B) Someone else already seems to have gotten here first. The local black market has listed pieces of "alien technology" on auction. There is no telling what havoc letting these magic items fall into the wrong hands may bring.

      C) When you finally find a way to the entrance of the ship, you see tracks leading out. Some are clearly not human. Whatever was in there has escaped, and may now be stalking the area. Or you.

      D) When you manage to breach the hull and gain entry, you find a message, scrawled in High Speech: "They are coming!"

      E) While most of the ship is ruined, some parts are obviously still functional. Like the intruder detection and countermeasures, which have now activated and are very much trying to kill and/or keep you imprisoned.

      [I'm sure more people can some up with additional hooks, variant details/backstory, etc. I'm just going to stop here to prevent bloat, and to work on some of the devices that might be aboard.]


      Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
      Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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      • #48
        151) What's my name again?

        A new mage ( possibly one of the players) Attempts to use their sympathetic name as a yantra to cast a spell only to find it fails. The reason being that it isn't their real sympathetic name. This is not unheared of in cases of adoptions or foundlings (see sidebar on page 172 for why). Sometimes a child is abandoned after they acquire their sympathetic name and grow up thinking of themselves by a different one. The problem here is that it is proving almost impossible to find out what their real sympathetic name is as a result. Records either don't exist or claim the child's birth name to be what they previously thought it was. Time magic fails to locate the person earlier then their adoption.
        Not knowing their own sympathetic name could be an added protection. But the fact remains that something is shrouding their origins. Who or what is responsible? Do they seek their own name out?

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        • #49
          152) Something has been going on in the area - spells almost feel as if they want to escape their casters, being automatically Relinquished (Unsafely) without cost, unless the Mage spends a Willpower point to keep them under their Spell Control. The local Mysterium is claiming this is proof that Magic Is Alive. The local Guardians of the Veil are apoplectic at the dangers this causes. Other Mages are merely annoyed that it feels like their spell casting is being taxed. There seems to be no other consequences beyond the automatic Relinquishment - spells still expire and decay as they normally do. Few Mages bother at longer Durations than a few days, so long term decay effects aren't thoroughly studied.

          But what exactly is happening and what could be causing it?


          Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
          Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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          • #50
            153) [Seer or incautious Mage only] You Must Construct Recruit Additional Pylons
            You have been struck by a wave of dreams, visions, and Mystery Commands. An Exarch is commanding you to step up Seer recruitment in the area and is "encouraging" you to monitor certain people who may Awaken soon, and bring them together into a new Pylon. You've even "found" an Artifact to aid in this... when you next returned to your Sanctum (if if you don't already have one, you "stumble" across one sometime soon).

            (optional additions)
            A) [Non-Seer only] Except you aren't a Seer and you don't worship the Exarchs. So why did one of them pick you? How do you tell "no" to a Supernal Mage-God that can find you anywhere and seems very interested in you, specifically, doing this thing?
            B) [Seer only] Except, by all that you can figure out, this Exarch is one from a different Ministry. Why has a rival chosen you? How would your own master or peers react if they found out? Are you able to plead "conflicts of interest"?
            C) The Exarch seems to be a new one (for what that is worth to timeless Supernal Mage-Gods), and recruiting Pylons is the first step in their new Ministry.


            Malkydel: "And the Machine dictated; let there be adequate illumination."
            Yossarian: "And lo, it was optimal."

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            • #51
              154) Cell phones all over the area start to register as Mysteries -- big ones! Turns out a popular guided meditation app is loaded with Supernal messages. Is it a scheme to encourage mass Awakenings, or is the app's developer in the middle of their own mystery play? Or is there something else far darker at work?

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