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  • ajf115
    replied to Creating BtP Horrors
    Not exactly. It's more like the way in which Cyclopean Strength allows you to lift heavy stuff without the other bonuses that would come with real super-strength. It's about what the Horror can do more than anything else....
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  • ajf115
    replied to Creating BtP Horrors
    In other words, Horrors - in my eyes - aren't 'intelligent' so much as some of them 'have the ability to outwit you' or 'have the ability to perceive your weaknesses and twist their words like knives'.
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  • ajf115
    replied to Creating BtP Horrors
    Personally, I would say that Horrors run the full gamut of 'intelligence' from mindless beasts to Smaug to Skynet, but that it's not really intelligence so much as it is the appearance of intelligence. They can be cunning, but their cunning is solely for the sake of demonstrating that it can outthink you. Ultimately, a Horror's appearance of intelligence is much like it's appearance of having claws: They're just a mask, a way to express its essential fear.

    In a way, it's kind of like the Thinker-type powers from the web serial Worm. They don't really make their users more intelligent,...
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  • ajf115
    started a topic Jotunn [Devouring Fiction]

    Jotunn [Devouring Fiction]

    Alright, so I had an idea, as I've been lurking on the Spacebattles forums for a while now, about a fic where Taylor Hebert (from the web serial Worm) is Devoured as a Beast, an Anakim Tyrant, specifically. So I wrote out a beginning, and then it occurred to me that what I'd written would be a passable Devouring for anyone (or at least I thought so) so I'm posting it here. Enjoy.
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    Taylor Hebert lay in the hospital bed. The rhythmic beep...beep...beep… of the heart monitor hooked up to her arm filled her head, jostling for space with the muted grumble of the engines...
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    Last edited by ajf115; 03-25-2017, 08:55 AM.

  • ajf115
    replied to Homebrew Beast Merits
    Sub-Merits


    Cursed Words (OOO)
    Prerequisites: Primordial Sorcery, Composure 4, Occult 4
    Effect: Through your knowledge of the primordial Dream and of the movements of the heavens, you are able to 'hang' a spell upon certain words, so that it does not take effect until you speak them. This could allow a sorcerer to 'store' a curse or use it as a threat which can be brought to bear much more quickly that would otherwise be possible. Only one spell can be stored like this.
    The lengthy ritual in order to cast the spell must still be completed though. In the case
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  • ajf115
    replied to Homebrew Beast Merits
    Talking of which, I might as well repost this here, being as it is essentially a set of Merits. I'll take it down if people think I'm being too pushy with it, or if the post is too big.

    Credit to Deionscribe for the Dark Sage, Harrowed Mystic, Nightmare Sanction and Totema Merits, as wel as for the mechanics for the Sorcerer Incarnate.

    Primordial Sorcerer (O-OOOOO+)

    Prerequisites:Beast or Hero or Unseen Sense (Primordial Dream) or Unseen Sense (Astral), Occult 2+, Resolve and Composure 2

    Effect: You know the power of myth, of legend, of dreams....
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  • ajf115
    replied to Homebrew Beast Merits
    Sounds interesting. Would you model the powers as Supernatural Merits? Or make the merit a Style-type, with climbing benefits as the level rises? Perhaps the supernatural powers could be modelled as 'Specialties', of a sort, or a dice pool that allows the mortal to mimic an Atavism or something, but those dice are one-use until the mortal 'feeds' again? So the mortal's feeding gets them a pool of 'satiety dice' which they can put towards any given use of a power? Is it just the Beast that buys the Merit, or does the Beast buy the Merit to allow them to bestow the powers while the mortals have...
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  • ajf115
    replied to Homebrew Embeds and Exploits
    Ah. Sorry about that. I thought it only applied to the demon themselves, not a vehicle or other stuff....
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  • ajf115
    replied to Homebrew Embeds and Exploits
    Catch!

    The demon throws a small object towards someone and on a success they are forced to catch it, dropping whatever they are holding and providing a momentary distraction. On a Dramatic Failure, the demon himself is compelled to catch the object, possibly even diving to the floor.
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  • ajf115
    replied to Homebrew Embeds and Exploits
    Just an idea: Just Scratched

    An embed which allows a demon to perform pretty much any kind of driving stunt and come out with a car/truck/motorbike that's 'just scratched'. Just like the movies.
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  • ajf115
    replied to How do you kill a Sin-Eater?
    That's a very elegant and thematic solution. I like it....
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  • ajf115
    replied to Softening Mummy
    This made me smile. You made me smile at the Judges and the God-Machine. WHAT SORCERY IS THIS!? ...
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  • They're still capable of fear, it's just that they don't have nightmares anymore. When they 'dream', they see through the Horror's eyes in their Lair or, if it's hungry, out in the Temenos, hunting down prey....
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  • ajf115
    replied to Environmental Immunity
    Maybe if you're already having a Clash of Wills it gives you a bonus or something?...
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  • ajf115
    replied to Softening Mummy
    I think a variation of the latter might work, from what I've read. Perhaps you can use Utterances of any tier, but you need to spend a number of points from whatever Pillar that tier is based on equal to the 'level' of the tier (e.g. if you wanted to use the 3rd tier of Blessed Is The God-King, you'd need to spend 5 points of your Defining Pillar), like you're powering it more from the sheer strength of your soul than you are drawing upon the latent super concentration of life-force within you. Then again, as I said, I'm not all that experienced with Mummy either. And as the good Azahul said earlier,...
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  • ajf115
    replied to Softening Mummy
    Fair enough. As I say, I have read most of the Mummy stuff, but I haven't had the books for very long, and I haven't re-read everything to make sure that I got it all....
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  • ajf115
    replied to Homebrew Beast Merits
    I like these, But I can't help but feel that each of them have some serious problems, not counting the descriptions:

    Astral Armoury

    So, does this give the Beast the ability to manifest any kind of object by spending Satiety? Including Astral artefacts? That's hellishly powerful. It might be better to have each instance of the Merit bound to a particular object (e.g. a giant sword).

    Astral Familiar

    I have no particular problems with this, except for the lack of flavour text.

    Burrows

    This might want a different name, for...
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  • ajf115
    replied to Softening Mummy
    I don't see why you should, in-universe. Do the people who've dedicated your lives to you all of a sudden stop believing? Sure, it's a bit harder to wow them with overt superhuman feats, but you've still got Affinities, Relics, the lower levels of Utterances and so on. You'd need to do some clever theologians ("I received a vision, and the Judges are false!") and you'd probably want to cut ties with other mummies' cults for fear of persecution, but I don't think the Cult just up and vanishes....
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  • ajf115
    replied to Beast: Character Idea Thread
    Dreams. The 'You Are Meat' and 'All Your Teeth Are Falling Out' Nightmares. The Looming Presence Atavism. Horrors work on dream-logic. It's only when they reach into the more physical realms that they become more limited by their laws. Atavisms and Nightmares are mutable, and can represent many things. It says in the book that Nightmares can easily be reskinned. AYTAFO could easily represent shrinking, or age, or degenerative disease, or a crippling weakness that falls upon one like a tidal wave....
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  • 1) Geists are a subset of Rank 3+ ghosts.

    2) Don't know on that front....
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