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  • [Homebrew] System For Overarching And Paradigm Shifting Obsessions

    This system is a formalized presentation of the Cabal's ultimate goal for transforming the Fallen World. This is known as a Pleroma, and works like an additional Obsession shared by the whole Cabal, which goes beyond the usual limits imposed by Gnosis. The members of the Cabal do not have to use the exact same phrasing for this Obsession. Each Mage is encouraged to handle a different aspect of the Obsession, since it is by definition vast in scope and magnitude. Once per Story, the ST can introduce one of the following scenarios if the Cabal is doing something noteworthy.

    If the Pleroma is running into major obstacles and complications that are putting the possibility of completion at risk, the Exarchs will attempt to use the Mages for an important plan that will prove helpful to their Pleroma, but they must obey the Exarchs' cryptic instructions until the completion of said plan. This is represented by the Mystery Commands Condition [Mage 2ed Core Page 317], which manifests as the Exarchs sending Ochema, Seers Of The Throne and other servants to control the Cabal's activities in non-lethal and indirect ways. This usually involves requests for cooperation with surface level operations whose rewards might seem worth it, but are always warped by the influence of the Exarchate sooner or later. Such operations and rewards depend on the context of the dynamics between the Pentacle and the Ministries.

    If the Pleroma is making significant progress and discoveries that are resulting in systemic changes to the Fallen World, then the Exarchs' interference will become hostile to the Cabal. However, if the Mages defeat or otherwise neutralize such threats, the ST provides an opportunity for them to discover an important piece of lore about the Supernal, which they can use to further the Pleroma under their own terms. Maybe they find a certain Artifact or equivalent Mystery in the wake of an Ochema, which can be deciphered to reveal information on unexplored vulnerabilities of the Exarchate. Maybe the Pylon of Seers is reassigned to a lower position on the Iron Pyramid for their failure, and the ensuing internal conflict to fill the power vacuum allows the Cabal to sabotage and subvert a project that the Pylon was supposed to administrate. This interference is initially represented by the Surveilled Condition, which uses the highest Wisdom among the members of the Cabal instead of Cover. When the Surveilled Condition is Resolved, it becomes the Hunted Condition, with a level of hostility proportional to how much the Cabal would alter the paradigm of the Fallen World if their Pleroma was completed. These Conditions can be found on Pages 119-120 of the Demon: The Descent Core Book.

    Depending on the symbolism of the Pleroma, it may attract the attention of a different Supernal Denizen who exists outside of the Exarchate, but has a comparable metaphysical influence. In any case, the ST is free to design Persistent Conditions other than Mystery Commands and Hunted in order to match the symbolism of the Supernal Denizen. Consider using the material provided in Chapter Four of the Mage Chronicler's Guide as a guideline and inspiration for Chronicles which focus on the Pleroma.
    Last edited by GibberingEloquence; 07-09-2020, 06:32 AM.


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    This is a facinating concept. Could you please give an example of one of the requests ?

    Does the positive effect imply a Xanathos Gambit by the Exarchs or at least an attempt to make fulfilling the goal into a Pyrrhic victory ?


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    • #3
      Originally posted by KaiserAfini View Post
      This is a facinating concept. Could you please give an example of one of the requests ?

      Does the positive effect imply a Xanathos Gambit by the Exarchs or at least an attempt to make fulfilling the goal into a Pyrrhic victory ?
      Do you mean an example of what the players can request if the result on the 1d10 matches the Pleroma Rating? That is heavily tied to the context of the Chronicle in question and the Pleroma therein, so I believe generalized statements in this regard are of limited use. However, I can assure you that whenever the Exarchs do decide to help someone, it is only because it will help themselves more in the long term. So it is something between those two tropes, yes. If such Exarchal assistance was completely benevolent, not only would the ST be portraying them incorrectly, but also providing a major advantage with no real downsides.


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      • #4
        Edited the original post to clarify some parts and give additional examples. Also changed what happens when the result on the 1d10 is equal to the Pleroma Rating.


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        • #5
          I might suggest at worst adding the possibility that the Exarchs are not interested in every such declaration and that it has to catch their attention for good or ill will, they have to care first.

          Overall, i find the idea interesting.

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