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  • Here's the problem: It's not just a system for spectacular failure. It's a system for dynamically picking up flaws and weaknesses in the same vein as Anathema for Beast or Scars for Deviant, and, like in those games, there are incentives to let a consequence stick; Beast makes having one Anathema prevent any new ones from settling until you clear it, Deviant requires a certain amount of Scar Magnitude on a character to balance out their Variations, and in Mage's case putting up with a Paradox Condition lets you get Arcane Beats to spend on more Gnosis, Wisdom, Arcana, or Praxes.

    The...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Where I Read: Mummy the Curse 2e
    With the caveat that I don't know how some of this may have changed yet:

    The Shan'iatu — or at least the temakh at their cores — were the left hands to the Judges' right; they were what Mage might describe as sub-souls of the greater cosmic beings they served, which was precisely why their scheme ultimately failed — the Judges could not meaningfully relinquish their posts to their would-be usurpers, because their usurpers were essentially themselves.

    The Iremite gods are sort of a mix of things; Sutekh was sibling to the Judges, born at the culmination of Creation's frantic...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Summoning and Abyssal Intrusion
    Third bullet point under "The Summoning," same page....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Torpor and vitae
    You lose a point of Vitae every time you awaken, which is part of why the Strix don't lose Vitae with the mere passage of time.

    At that point, the only thing the remaining Vitae in your system is doing is adding an extra step to any would-be diablerist's job....
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  • I agree with the general sentiment this is going into, but I have to point out that the line of progression from "There was a pre-Bronze Age civilization near what would become Ancient Egypt that made these characters that are tailor-made for historical games" to "there's a distributed arcane machine-consciousness that turns the world with a mysterious agenda and its disconnected agents do espionage in the name of achieving their own goals" to "there have been, historically, a lot of different loosely-affiliated shitty conspiracies that want to take advantage of the various...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mummy: the Curse 2e Kickstarter
    The most enduring parts of the Underworld's topography are streams of loss and tears forming Rivers of mystery and death forming an Ocean of fragments and dissolution. There is an Admiral who commands Ferrymen who crew vessels across the Rivers. There are port towns with fishing nets and fugu dishes. The most dangerous creatures there in general resemble marine life that track ectoplasm behind them when they cross the land. The passage of time has a direct impact on the inhabitants because if they can't or won't spend their point of Essence then they get absorbed into the walls a la the more reluctant...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Which abilities are "auras"?
    Supernatural Bulwark, p183 of Demon Core....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mummy: the Curse 2e Kickstarter
    Duat is a "place" where souls go. A ghost is a different beast.

    No, and also that's not how geists work. A geist is a ghost that has drunk from the Rivers of Death, the first dead or buried at a site of deathly resonance to rise with its Avernian Gate, or a necromancer whose deathly power in life has translated through death into a broken mask and detachment from the singular concerns of Anchors. The Judges are cosmic forces that salt the earth and turn seas to blood with their scrutiny.

    It is, in practice, closest to the Inferno as far as the cosmology goes,...
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  • Effective Rank caps the level at which you can access your Remembrance Traits and your geist's Rank still sets the level of Influence it has in its innate Key(s), which is nothing to sneeze at in the jump from 3 to 4....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Which abilities are "auras"?
    Beasts reveal their Horror to anyone with supernatural senses any time they make use of an Atavism, and while it's much lower-utility for specimens that aren't especially potent or desperate, the demonic ability to use Primum as Supernatural Tolerance while under Cover fills a similar revelatory niche....
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  • Canaan's at the bare minimum directly between Egypt and Mesopotamia, so I'm not sure where you get off escalating the comparison that far....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Origins of Theban Sorcery?
    Surely this is the agenda of the gameline in general. It absolutely has nothing to do with the fact After The Fall is a Demon-focused Dark Era that happens to include the historical figure the literary Dracula was inspired by. Definitely not. There's a conspiracy afoot....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mummy: the Curse 2e Kickstarter
    They and ghosts make up the majority of the membership by virtue of how geists and the Bound work. Sin-Eaters are distinguished by having innate access to a number of mid- to high-dot Ceremonies, including Krewe Binding; since the Esotery of a krewe caps its membership's dots in MCI, this means that for most of the early life of a krewe, the Bound are going to be the ones to call upon for inducting new members, bestowing the mystical mantles of its philosophy, channeling the dead, or laying spirits to rest, barring individual members who've learned those Ceremonies beyond the provisions of their...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mummy: the Curse 2e Kickstarter
    Every member of a krewe with dots in that krewe's Mystery Cult Initiation Merit can perform every Ceremony available to that krewe with a dot rating of up to their MCI rating without having to learn the Ceremony separately; Ceremonies in general notably don't depend on any special connection to the Underworld and can be performed by anyone who's learned the necessary steps because they're just part of the way the world operates....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mummy: the Curse 2e Kickstarter
    It's a little thing, but I really enjoy the Judges having (for the most part) Biblical Commandment-esque header quotes rendered in all caps, particularly with the strong picks for the predominant seven. (Of course the Final Judge gets its slot, and the Flame was already described as "foundational," but the Eater of Entrails was a surprising pick and I have to say that the clarification of what the First Judge does lends a great bit of extra context for its obvious inclusion in the set.)

    Apotheosis was metaphorically named for the same concept in 1e, the way the Judges operate...
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  • Bearing in mind that spoofing doesn't stop people from thinking you're acting suspicious any more than Liar's Tongue compels them to believe you, yes....
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  • There is no prewritten Numen that accomplishes the thing that a demonic form power establishes there are angels explicitly built with among the explicit diversity of powers angels can be built to have as Numina that might trigger the demonic ability to pass for human that specifically can be made to stop working against angels, no. This is not the same thing as there being no room for such a Numen to exist in the setting despite its being directly implied.

    Sense the Angelic works on the same principles that Plugged In's recognition alludes to and those aren't given mechanical emphasis,...
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    Last edited by Satchel; 11-04-2019, 10:04 PM.

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  • Spoofing lets you register as the thing that your Cover is to supernatural scrutiny, whether that's directly or by implication. Angels don't have a consistent means of detecting Aether like demons and cryptids do, but demonic form powers like Aura Sight come from angelic powers like Numina and more prosaic sources of information — Plugged In makes the note that you don't have to spoof angels in the same sentence where it points out that you can't because you register as an angel to them....
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  • On the one hand, "Oneiroi" is (as I understand it) the proper Greek plural of the word. On the other hand, it's been stated that the plural form of e.g. the names of each Paths is the same as their singular names. Suffice it to be said that I don't think anybody's going to give you any trouble for using either one as long as you're consistent....
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  • We have multiple examples of angels in outer space and the Machine's point of origin is as ambiguous as it ever was.

    Occult matrices do not require humans to form them, the Machine's temporal extension goes a long way back in cosmic history, and developer discussion on these boards has highlighted the fact that the Machine uses human systems is not an imitative effort on its part. (It also explicitly prefers to avoid making new tools if the ones it has will do the job just as well, and there is no reason to assume this only applies to cults and the postal system.)

    The...
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