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    Particularly twisted mages kill animals and murder humans for the magical power. The surest way to kill a powerful enemy with magic is to sacrifice something close to him — a beloved pet, or a family member.

    Effect: Most sacraments grant a +1 bonus. If the mage has to spend significant effort to find the right item or component, the bonus increases to +2, or +3 if the item comes from somewhere other than the material realm.
    The above is from page 152 of Mage: the Awakening, and roughly implies that blood sacrifice as a Yantra nets you a +1 or +2. It's alright, but nothing particularly grand.

    What follows is from the dev diary 'A lever and a firm place to stand', and would result in similar Yantra bonuses, save for the case of human sacrifice, which would grant very large bonuses for semiotically compatible spells.
    Particularly twisted mages kill animals and murder humans for the magical power. The surest way to kill a powerful enemy with magic is to sacrifice something close to him — a beloved pet, or a family member.

    Effect: Most sacraments grant a single die bonus. If the mage has to spend significant effort to find the right item or component, the bonus increases to +2, or +3 if the item comes from a realm other than the physical world. Using a blood sacrifice as a Yantra gives bonus dice equal to the amount of mana otherwise gained.
    Does anyone know if there have been any statements about whether or not this was cut for space, or if it was a design decision?

    If it was the latter, how would the homebrewers among you design a Merit that allowed the bonus to scale upwards? A style with various benefits based on sacrifice? A simple merit with a static rating?

  • #2
    But does the blood sacrifice need to be ritualized (requires a specific rite and ritual time) ? So lets say a mage becomes unhinged, by losing everything due to the actions of hunters. If this mage wanted to eliminate them and he knew how to handle the combat, could he kill a few of them, get mana back, use that and the deaths as yantras to keep momentum ? If so, it might make for a good way to conclude an NPC's tragic journey to become one of the Mad.


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    • #3
      Originally posted by KaiserAfini View Post
      But does the blood sacrifice need to be ritualized
      Blood Sacrifices are described in the Mana section, and I think that's the idea, yes - though the book isn't particularly clear on this.

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      • #4
        I'm inclined to agree that blood sacrifice must be performed ritualistically.

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