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    Hi everyone, this time I bringing a legacy reboot, the Forge Masters, which I find the Alchemist Moros could find appealing. The lore was extracted from the Legacies: The Sublime book, but the attainment where reworked. I'm quite confident with the first four, but the Prime one of the Fifth Attainment... I feel it ended quite overpowered in some aspects... so, as always, any corrections or suggestions are welcome...
    Forge Masters
    At the dawn of known civilization, when Atlantis had long since passed into legend, Sleepers still knew that some men worked miracles. They chained the storm-wind in their bellows to send it roaring into the furnace. Kissed by the fire’s ardor, dull ore sweated drops of shining metal. The smith shaped this metal with hammer and tongs, and then quenched it in water. A hundred useful things came from the forge: barrel-hoops and buckles, pins and plowshares. The smith knew the secrets of shining silver and heart-gladdening gold, the soft service of copper, tin and lead and the resilience of bronze. Most of all, though, he knew the secrets of iron. Not a pretty metal, but a strong one; the perfect metal for the swords and armor that made one man master over his fellows — and it fell from the sky.

    Around the world, therefore, common folk and kings saw the smith as a figure of magic — because, of course, he was. Long before Egypt, Sumer or China, the mages of Atlantis wrought wonders in their forges of power. Smith-gods such as Greek Hephaistos, Celtic Goibniu or Yoruban Ogoun preserve a faint memory of their deeds. The mortal smiths remembered, too. They knew their Art revealed a sacred, Supernal truth: in creating tools, the smith did more than change the substance or shape of matter. He imbued matter with purpose, making it an extension of human thought and human will. This metaphysical change was at least as great and wonderful a miracle as the production of metal from ore.

    In the modern age of factories and mass production, most people forget the awe that once surrounded the Masters of Metal. The miracles have become too commonplace. A few people keep the old ways and the old secrets, though — sometimes in the very heart of the industrial world that seems to have surpassed the wonder-smiths of yore. These Awakened few know that humanity has not yet laid bare all the secrets of metal. Indeed, some of these Forge Masters believe the golden age of their Legacy has not yet come.

    Initiating a new Forge Master is the Legacy’s most elaborate ritual. The tutor builds a special furnace of stone and clay, using no magic whatsoever and no tools he did not forge himself. A hollow in the furnace floor holds a cup of the tutor’s own blood and as much tass as he can collect.

    The apprentice climbs into the furnace. He carries a nail of siderite. The tutor fires the furnace with Mana, using the Prime spells “Celestial Flame” and “Channel Mana”, and seals the apprentice inside. The spell-fire is modulated to cause pain but not serious damage. The apprentice drives the siderite nail through one wrist and lets his blood fall into the spell-fire to mingle with his tutor’s blood. Then he meditates as his tutor channels the spell-fire into his body and soul, until the pupil absorbs all the Mana he can, charged with the resonance of blood, iron and fire.

    The tutor breaks open the furnace. The pupil steps forth, glowing with spell-fire, and the Forge Master strikes the pupil with a phantasmal hammer of Mana imbued with the pupil’s own soul-pattern. The Powersmith literally hammers his apprentice’s soul into a new form. At the end, the pupil leaps into a waiting bath of cold water and lets the Mana flood out of him in a rush. Thus does he temper his own soul and lock it into the Legacy’s pattern. When he emerges, the siderite nail is gone — consumed along with the tass. The tutor destroys the furnace and may even disintegrate its stones, so it shall never be used for any purpose less sacred.

    Parentage: Moros.

    Requisites: Prime 2, Crafts 3, one of the following skills at 2 or more: Athletics, Occult, Expression.

    Ruling Arcana: Prime.

    Yantras: Tending carefully the forge fire without magic (+2), forge a tool for your own use without magic (+2), carefully arrange the tools of your workshop (+1), using your own designs when forging or creating it (+1).

    Oblations: Smelting your own metal from ore you dug yourself. Using that metal to make a tool or weapon for a client, in one day. Forging a small item and quench it in blood. Melting down scrap metal to make something both useful and beautiful. Repairing a weapon or armor that was damaged in battle so it’s as good as new.


    First: The Eye Pierces Through
    Prerequisites: Initiation. The Craftsman is able right after the Initiation to discern any magical qualities of the materials he sees. Enchantments hold no secrets to him, and they unravel their mysteries as requested. This attainment works as the Supernal Vision spell, but limited to objects. Reach is spent on Instant Casting and Sensory Range.

    Optional: Matter 1.
    Obviously, the objective of any tool the Blacksmith may lay his hands into, is immediately revealed to him. No tool is unknown to him, and every tool bows to him, revealing its secrets. This attainment works as the Craftsman’s Eye, with reach spent on Instant Casting.

    Second: The Hammer Commands
    Prerequisites: Prime 2, Occult 3.
    When the Forge Master commands, any imbued or enchanted item, even Artifacts, they answer to his will. This attainment works as the Word of Command spell, with Reach spent for Instant Casting and Sensory Range.

    Optional: Matter 2.
    The mere touch of the Craftsman lets any tool to perform to its fullest. After spending one hour carefully assessing the balance and weight of the tool, this attainment works as the Find the Balance spell, with Reach spent on Advanced Duration.

    Third: The Hand Shapes
    Prerequisites: Prime 3, Expression 3.
    One of the main usages of Prime for the Forge Masters is to shape Mana around a weapon so it can deal damage to any kind of spiritual entity. To this end, this attainment works as the Ephemeral Enchantment but can only be applied to weapons and armor. Reach is spent on Advanced Duration.

    Optional: Matter 3.
    Prototyping before actually making any tool is quite important, and an skilled Blacksmith is able to do it with ease by means of this attainment. By spending one hour carefully examining the base material at hand, this attainment replicates the Shaping spell, with Reach spent on Advanced Duration, and to alter the shapes of solid substances.

    Fourth: The Anvil Stands Strong
    Prerequisites: Prime 4, Athletics 3.
    In order to shape and imbue objects, the Forge Master must be able to interact with the Mana, store it, and use it as any of his beloved tools. This attainment replicates the Channel Mana spell, with Reach spent on Instant Casting, and to ignore his Mana per turn limit.

    Optional: Matter 4.
    The tools of a true Craftsman must stand strong against all the odds. No matter how many times the anvil is used to hammer on it, it must stand as strong as the day it came out of the forge. By spending one hour assessing for potential weak points on the target object, this attainment replicates the Alter Integrity spell, but can only improve objects. Reach are spent to ignore the Withstand rating, and to make the effect Lasting.

    Fifth: And the True Form is Revealed
    Prerequisites: Prime 5, Crafts 5, Occult 4, Athletics 4.
    The pinnacle of any Forge Master is when he is able to fully integrate magic itself in his creations. Made to last and outclass any other mundane counterparts this attainment is what makes a Forge Master truly a master. This attainment requires the Blacksmith to meditate over a previously made design, who must have been done by him, for a full 24 hours; then this attainment replicates Platonic Form but with a few key differences. First, he is able to create any kind of object, of any complexity up to a size 5 plus his points in Matter. For every size point above 5, he must spend 1 additional Mana. If the design includes electronics, then the Forge Master needs to include Forces 3. If it is a tool, when the last point of mana is spent, it does not crumble into dust, but instead goes dormant and refuses to work any more until it is feed 1 point of Mana. Additionally, Reach are spent to make it Lasting, and if it’s a tool, benefits from 8-again when used.

    Optional: Matter 5.
    Every Forge Master need assistants, and when they are not available, the Craftsman may create his own. After meditating for one hour over a human-like statue made by him, this attainment works as the Golem spell, with Reach spent on Advanced Duration.
    Last edited by Eleizel; 12-01-2018, 07:28 AM. Reason: Formatting

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    With Ephemeral Enchantment only being able to be used on Armors and Weapons I think it would be fine to let the attainment have another Reach for Instant Activation.

    Advanced Duration doesn't really do anything for you on Shaping, so you could spend that Reach on Instant as well.

    Ignoring your mana per turn limit on Channel Mana is going to net you very little considering how it goes up as your Gnosis increases and at Gnosis 10 is actually better going by your natural per turn limit than via the Potency of the attainment. I'd recommend setting the attainment to Sensory instead.

    For Alter Integrity, and for any spell you can't spend Reach to ignore Withstand. As it turns out with Alter Integrity you don't have the Reach to do that anyway because you need to pay 2 Reach to get the Lasting effect. On the bright side, anything you touch will have a solid 5 Durability at minimum.

    For the fifth attainment, I'm kind of iffy on that. For one, Platonic Form doesn't have a Lasting option and probably shouldn't. You specify that if the item runs out of mana it will refuse to work, but that leads to weird cases like trying to use a Platonic Hammer is that not going to work? You could rationalize it, but eh...I'd either remove the Lasting part and spend the Reach on other useful things (This probably also removes the need to meditate for 24 hours), or have a different attainment altogether. For instance I don't think it would be out of bounds to let a Forge Master treat their dots in Prime as extra spell control slots for the purpose of imbuing items which will make you the guy that always has a magical doodad on hand. If you did decide to keep Platonic Form then with the Reach reassignment you could instead be the guy that can whip out whatever tool is needed at the time with an Instant action for a point of mana. Platonic Form would also let you essentially carry around mana potions.

    You get one more free Reach on Golem so feel free to make it Instant if you want.