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    Given the nature of living perfected materials, what sort of effect could happen if, say, a heart or other organ was perfected before being transplanted? Or, leaning more towards magic than surgery, an appendage or limb was separated, perfected, and reattached? Granted, for best effect, the spells should be cast well in advance and hung with conditional triggers, but still...

  • #2
    Some possibilities include:

    1- It becomes perfectly accepted by the receiver or perfectly rejected due to the Supernal purity. Afterwards, it just becomes mundane.

    2- Its so perfected that it can recover from anything and tries to take over the recepient, like a cancer that receates the original donor.

    3- It forces the organism into frantic mutations as the pattern tries and fails to adapt to it, transforming them into cryptids. For example, a perfected werewolf liver might make the recipient become a wendigo.

    4- It imbalances the infrastructure the soul needs to function. At best it creates ephemeral entities with the soul fragments, at worst the receiver becomes a Deviant.

    5- It works perfectly, even gives you some kind of super ability. But it also becomes a beacon for Paradox. The next time you are exposed to or contain one, it becomes an Invader, which will feed to develop. From there you can either find a replacement or simply try to gain its cooperation by joining the Legion Legacy.
    Last edited by KaiserAfini; 07-25-2020, 07:49 PM.


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    • #3
      Based on what I've read about organ and tissue transplant, those organs that are viable for transplant are the subject of Life, not Matter. The same is true of many (but not all) tissues. "You" (ie the organism as a whole) may be dead but the cells of the organ (and tissues which are defined cells rather than a cell-less structure of collagen, calcium or other material used as to make lattices outside of cells) being transplanted are alive. If the cells are also dead they don't suddenly come alive in the recipient).

      Now don't get me wrong, there is science being done about removing cells from organs to reduce them to a non-living collagen structure so stem cells from the future transplant receiver can be introduced so that it grows an organ which is essentially the receiver's so that it won't ever be rejected. Matter magic on that non-living sructure before it becomes homes of cells might cause some interesting effects. The organ I am referencing in this case for the real life research is the heart. Now Arcanum dealing Supernal Truths which transcend the presumptions of western scientific materialism (which necessarily are predicated upon the Lie, its the only thing mundane scientists can observe after all) so tinkering with magic in this way may discover a Mystery about the human condition where magically messing with the Heart in ways outside of Life or Death magic has metaphysical consequence which may be unforeseen.

      Maybe irrevocable "hardening" or "softening" of the subject's heart in a figurative sense happens.

      Perhaps the person's heart becomes a Lynchpin in a God Machine's horrible machinations, basically a bit of Infrastructure foreseen to exist and when that person finally dies scores of God Machine's Angels are summon into the world.

      Perhaps the person's Fate becomes intertwined with some True Fae with a Clockwork heart, and anyone they love are abducted to become changelings.

      Perhaps the person who receives such a transplanted heart are tied to Stygia via the Matter magic and near death of the operation and now has special relationship with ghost and the dead.

      Perhaps the person's heart develop's a Shadow reflection because it is now partially an object, and the recipient's emotion cause Essence which slowly feeds it until it become awake, and starts Influencing the recipient. Talk about being ruled by your heart.

      But what we're talking about is more than mere magic then transplant in the case of the heart or other whole organ, it is a bit past cutting edge science + magic + transplant.

      Unless I totally miss something and you're talking about Perfected Life, but non-instantaneous Life magic has limited duration is my understanding.
      Last edited by Pale_Crusader; 07-25-2020, 10:28 PM.


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      • #4
        Huh, I hadn't considered individual organs before. I've been thinking along the lines of treating each whole living being as a single metaphysical material based on species. Humans in specific going from "omnivorous tool-using persistence pack hunters that are good at throwing" to some combination of
        -can eat anything that fits in their mouth
        -unending endurance
        -supernatural tracking of prey
        -no untrained penalty for when using tools
        -enhanced teamwork
        -being able to throw and hit targets at arbitrary ranges unless the target has supernatural defenses

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        • #5
          Well, according to Signs of Sorcery, organic materials are considered alive until removed from their host creature for a minute or two. If enchanted with 'Hone the Perfected Form' within that time frame, they gain a number of benefits, including being effectively 'alive'. Perfecting an entire human body would involve separating, enchanting, and reattaching any number of individual pieces, and I don't know if perfecting a composite portion of a body (like, say, an entire hand) would work the same as skin or blood. Then again, wood can be perfected, and that's basically an appendage, so who knows?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by shkspr1048 View Post
            Well, according to Signs of Sorcery, organic materials are considered alive until removed from their host creature for a minute or two. If enchanted with 'Hone the Perfected Form' within that time frame, they gain a number of benefits, including being effectively 'alive'. Perfecting an entire human body would involve separating, enchanting, and reattaching any number of individual pieces, and I don't know if perfecting a composite portion of a body (like, say, an entire hand) would work the same as skin or blood. Then again, wood can be perfected, and that's basically an appendage, so who knows?

            Technically they can simply use a Weaving of Life to make the subject grow the limb to be discarded painlessly, like growing fruit, but with more nightmare fuel.

            This can probably be fine tuned to make them grow customized parts that make for great grimmoires. For example, have them grow one that looks like a book, but the cover is a roach exoskeleton (defense, extreme heat and radiation protection), the pages emit vaporized tetradotoxin (aka the fugu fish neurotoxin). Plus they have an eye and a more fine tuned version of a chameleon's skin. That way the grimmoire can record all readers and use the chameleon skin to alter the text displayed on the fly, or even show a picture of the reader.

            Once you perfect this amalgamation, you will have a living grimmoire with some pretty powerful natural defenses, which some spirit magic could make even more effective by having a knowledge spirit Claim it. Thyrsus can create some very scary stuff when they are in an inventive mood.
            Last edited by KaiserAfini; 07-28-2020, 08:05 AM.


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