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  • Seeking inspiration for time based paradox manifestation

    One of my PCs caused a rather massive 6+ successes paradox with a time spell while manipulating forces greater than he could normally (story related reasons)

    What would be some interesting manifestations that could occur?

    Subtle longer term things are generally preferable to the immediately obvious.

  • #2
    Whenever thry travel to or view the past they find a body of water that seems to be doing nothing, but that can dissolve Temporal Sympathy. A childhood toy thrown into it dissolves along with any experiences associated with it that the person had. Like the Ocean Orouboros or the Ocean of Fragments the Ocean of Moments doesn’t seem actively destructive, but it threatens complete dissolution if abused. Sometimes things from impossible timelines washes up in its shore.

    For now only the Mage who caused the manifestation see this new ocean, but anyone who views or visits that Mage’s past starts to see it as well.


    • #3
      It's best when the Paradox somehow matches or twists the spell in some horrifically perverted and ironic way.

      Any context you can provide can only help.


      • #4
        I have a Paradox condition for my game called "Poor time management" it works sort of like the merit except it doubles the time on extended action rolls.


        • #5
          Write down all the details, put in a vaguely threaten event or visual, maybe foreshadow a little, and then do absolutely nothing. It's a time based paradox, have it unstuck in time. Make a miniboss. It doesn't have to be a abyssal entity. It could be a lost hero trailing a abyssal taint or villain a little bit crazy everyone thought was dead but jumped in a rift in time -the players' 6+ dice paradox- to reappear later.

          Be on the look for a place in the future -or when scrying the past- the slip the miniboss in, have in wink, and try to run away.


          Every few turns the parties perceptions slow down to a crawl. A moment later have some strange mage/entity show up moving really fast. Maybe it's a abyssal intrusion manipulating time to unmake a cause and affect. Maybe it's another temporal mage investigating the massive paradox. Spin it any way you like, maybe it's both. Play up the tapestry has been ripped, and something on the other side every now and then is poking it's eye through that rip now and then.


          • #6
            Mages also think time is flexible. Make the Condition turns the next Divination (or similar spell) bad, and lock that destiny in place. They can't escape it, rewind time to avoid it, etc. It become inevitable. (The Paradox Condition resolves once its Doom happens)

            Lesson: Don't play so casually with time.

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


            • #7
              The player's son comes looking for revenge for his mom & him being abandoned.

              Kid's real. Mom's real. She remembers him. That's all verifiable. Mage probably even remembers her, but the part where they never even messed around confuses things. Bonus points if he always wanted to do more and she's that one who got away.

              Grump, grouse, and/or gripe.


              • #8
                The Abyss does not necessarily need to give out a bad manifestation, it could randomly dish out a good thing that makes you a target. Here is an example (adapted from HunterXHunter):

                The Ghost Writer: You have a spirit of prophecy attached to you, and it can accurately predict the future of anyone but yourself. The target must hand write his name (aliases and handles count), full date of birth, and blood type on the piece of paper on which the prediction will be written. A picture of the target's face is necessary if he isn't present. When using this power, the spirit takes over, you become unconscious for a few moment as it uses your arm to write down the prophecy.

                Fortunes take the form of a poem with four or five quatrains of four lines each. Each verse represents a week of the current month, and typically events referenced in the poem are present as metaphors. Inauspicious fortunes always contain advice, and misfortune can be avoided if warnings are heeded.

                Sample fortunes:

                Forever set, a precious moon is lost.
                the others mourn him, with ceremony grand.
                Rising up to heaven, the mighty moon of frost
                with a melody from the mourning band

                With eyes of red, a customer comes to call
                half of him an angel, the other death.
                secrets of the moons, go ahead, tell him all
                those of the frost moon, he awaits with bated breath

                Even just one call, you must not make
                when needed most it wont connect
                to answer your phone is another mistake
                one time in three, the reaper calls collect

                Perfect prediction, perfect advice of how to change the future for the better (if you can puzzle it out), a perfect way to validate the past. Sounds awesome, right ? Not so much when you get known because of it. Any mage would kill for that kind of power, or trap your soul in a painting, or reprogram you, and those would be the least creative ones. Can you use it to raise your cabal's name ? Sure you can, if you can figure out what it mean, watch out for ambiguous ones thought. Beware of over reliance, you could be in a critical junction and POOF, its gone. Its also a spirit, it needs to eat, better get cracking on that resonance, or do you want to risk a random Seer or Banisher or lupine seeing its resting form ? Worst yet, a spirit making it a meal. No one said that high Rank spirits would not want to secure it for their use.

                It can lead to the same kind of troubles for messing with powers beyond your ken, but its very tempting to use nonetheless.
                Last edited by KaiserAfini; 10-01-2018, 10:02 PM.

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