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  • Satchel
    replied to Poll: Favorite 1e kiths?
    Airtouched, Antiquarian, Chimera, Chirurgeon, and Coldscale.
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  • Satchel
    replied to [2E] Slavic Covenants
    Small point of order: timeframe and Legio Mortuum tie-in aside, this covenant existed and was called the Gallows Post....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Prime and Yantras
    Notably, there's an example of this on the books, and it's a Reach effect for Superlative Luck that effectively replicates the modifiers of casting from a Grimoire....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Time Liches
    This is in a sentence that immediately follows from "The number of Yantras you can apply to a given spellcasting pool is limited by your Gnosis." It is a non-sequitur for "Using one ritual item in multiple ways counts each individual use as one Yantra" to be read as "one ritual component can be used in five different ways and only count as a single Yantra toward the limit" in that context.

    Please, do tell how the most potent Yantras being individual spell mnemonics keyed off of virtuoso skills, expressions of your personal occult identity, rare otherworldly...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mechanics of Delayed Paradox
    It is, in fact, actually impossible barring extremely consistent intruder totals, because that one circumstance can apply both bonuses and dice tricks to a roll whose total successes, as mentioned, matter significantly to the outcome of the spell.

    I'm still gonna stick with the one that doesn't require out-of-character precognition to use in a fashion that's consistent with the rest of the game mechanics....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Time Liches
    It's come up a lot....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mechanics of Delayed Paradox
    Here's the thing: Setting aside the fact that this reading produces a mechanical outcome that the book does not offer any actual support for, every time the phrase "the spell's duration" shows up throughout the book except for two instances, the word "duration" is written with a capital letter to signify that it is a proper noun referring to the spell factor. The two instances that it doesn't are the Sleeper section's mention of Stealing Fire and the passage under discussion.

    Demesnes — which are one of two things the section under discussion is talking about...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Time Liches
    This is by no means an uncontroversial reading of Exceptional Luck, for reasons that have been repeated in multiple other threads already, and is therefore not a remotely good basis for your claim....
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  • They're newly canonized....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mechanics of Delayed Paradox
    Wordcount is a thing, errors slip through errata passes, and if it was intended for Paradox rolls on spells to be able to occur after the fact then there would be more information on how to handle that situation than nothing at all, because the choice to contain or release a Paradox occurs before the spellcasting roll is made, the primary danger of releasing a Paradox is its impact on the spellcasting roll, and the limit of a spell's ability to go wildly wrong after casting is already represented by Dissonance....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Time Liches
    "Copper" is a limiting factor on Thyrsus Path tools, not an additional bonus; the runes go on the subject of the spell, not the instruments you're using to cast the spell; and this stopped being one Yantra the minute you opted to use it as a rod, a weapon, and an Order tool or to use the same blood as a sacrament, a sympathy bonus, and a Legacy tool. Best-case, this is a ritual item you can milk a +10 out of if you've got Gnosis 9....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Time Liches
    It's specifically the twenty that I'm taking issue with. You're already down one slot from using Temporal Sympathy, and specifying reusable Yantras bumps out one of the only categories that goes above +2. Mudras don't exceed +5, Personas barely stretch to +4, and the only other +3 on the books is increasingly unlikely to be viable the higher your Gnosis is. You're looking at +16 at best as far as Yantras go.

    Every subject of your spells has a magical connection to you and your Nimbus on it. This is a Master-level spell with hyper-limited safe Reach. There's a point past which the...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Time Liches
    Even if you've got a rote and a Shadow Name and a thematic cabal bent toward the specific benefit of time travel, you're not getting anything resembling twenty bonus dice on a sympathetic spell without peak Gnosis and burning out an Instrument or tapping into resources from mummies. You'd have better luck getting ahold of a like-minded apprentice and using Teamwork.

    "They go undetected from past to present" can plausibly mean "they get booted at some point in the intervening time as well," because unless your specific aim was to have those characters carry on as...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Time Liches
    "Character spends several subjective decades with the specific aims of either garnering minimal resources playing along with events they could have jumped in before or after or making sweeping changes to their life that set a running timer on their ability to not conduct themselves in absolute secrecy" is already an innately bonkers reason to use long-term Corridors. The Awakened generally have better things to do with their time and Making lets you get extra hours to work on without having to shake the foundations of history in the process anyway.

    In the hypothetical where...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mechanics of Delayed Paradox
    See "that's how Paradox rolls work."...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Mechanics of Delayed Paradox
    Context would suggest that "the spells duration" means "the time spent casting the spell," because that's how Paradox rolls work.

    If they're casting Shifting Sands in the Demesne then they're going back to wherever they were ten scenes ago regardless. That's leaving. Time magic doesn't cause you to teleport from your original frame of reference to wherever you were when you cast the spell.

    As above. The temporal impact of the spell is leaving regardless unless you're dealing with a situation where you rewind strictly within the time you were in the...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Time Liches
    The way Demesnes work means this results in a very dull state of affairs where they might as well have just gone with the Veil of Moments methodology or put themselves in a coma.

    Which is to say: Congratulations! You've invented no-consequence Astral travel or budget archmastery.

    You know that most high-level mages are likely to be at least passingly competent in more than one Arcanum, right?

    Considering the implicit hostage situation you're describing any long-scale time-traveler as having access to just by virtue of basic spell control is too unilateral...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Time Liches
    Worth pointing out: even a bare-bones casting of this sort puts you well into the range of Paradox — Indefinite Duration and Sensory Range on a five-dot spell see you contending with at least six dice of potential bugs to work out.

    If you're not an Acanthus, you'll need to have put the work in to developing a Praxis or formalizing a Rote for the spell to save on Mana available for avoiding Paradox; if you hold off on increasing your Gnosis to save on Paradox dice, you'll be leaning further into Yantra bonuses to offset the baseline -10 penalty you're eating to a Gnosis + 5 casting...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Morality questions.
    Humanity 2 or a bane, depending on how human-sociable he is in the course of getting to those three things.
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  • Satchel
    replied to Limits to the Wizened Blessing
    If you can work a sword, you can work it into diamond. That's a real material with a shape that exists. You're rolling Wits + Crafts as an instant action with a -5 penalty or an extended action with at least six required successes, either one of which calls for an amount of invested time set by the ST; if you're improvising the tools then it can only be the former, it costs Glamour, and it has a higher risk of backfiring besides

    What about it?

    The process being magical does not mean the result has any magical properties. A "sword of flame" that isn't just a...
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