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  • Same answer. Cryptids run the gamut from bizarre to plain-but-famous, albeit with time they're bound to get a bit weird as the story picks up extra angles.

    Human imagination and anxiety mixed with the trend for spiritual power to correlate to Size and the Primordial Dream's ability to mess with a Horror's effective size for the purposes of navigating its own hunting grounds mean most Horrors will not actually be small — they're the same Size as their human counterparts, and even a Size 4 Small-Framed Horror is big enough to be menacing in its context — but Beasts can absolutely...
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  • I would say no, for much the same reason that a spell that temporarily turns a Grimoire into a Hallow would not be reasonable....
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  • My "toolbox argument" is that the tools Legacies provide in the larger toolbox of "powers available to mages" have the advantage of not being subject to the core problems spells have, chiefly the risk and unreliability presented by Paradox/Dissonance/Quiescence and the need to roll.

    Legacies are not a toolbox in this sense. Legacy Attainments are reliable tools that always work the same way instead of having to drag Truth across the chasm of impossibility with mnemonic aids to minimize the risk of the products of your enlightened imagination picking up weird glitches...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Cauthon's Homebrew Hub
    More "an initiate to the Legacy has not altered the shape of their soul enough for it to show while their soul is inside them, but any mage who is far enough into their Legacy to spread it can be identified."

    I will add that the mechanic for identifying Legacy Attainments comes from the bit in Left-Hand Path that has the same limitation:



    There's a sidebar on the page after that talking about how Legacy marks are subtle, which is also where the mechanic for spotting Legacies at the lower-level Attainments requiring the soul to be free-floating comes...
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  • Because I am a comparison freak, I'm just gonna go hop around the list re: how magic items work in other gamelines to put the concept in perspective as an additional set of notes:

    Right off the bat, the only splat that has "create a magical item" as part of their innate kit is the Unchained, and they manage that on account of being self-aware constructs of the occult ruleset they're imposing on the world. Flowers of Hell introduced a whole bunch of additions to the Installation system in a way that basically cemented Demon as the go-to game if you want to mess around with...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Cauthon's Homebrew Hub
    Remember that the Third Attainment in 2e is equivalent to the Second Attainment in 1e and that mages tend to rush up the Gnosis ladder compared to other splats' Supernatural Potency Traits. I'd put more money on "Soul Marks lets you identify the Legacy Attainment of a mage learned enough in its practices to initiate new members" as the intended reading than "Soul Marks can only identify the Legacies of Powerful Mages if it's not used on an unattached soul."...
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  • Seems like it, given that the three examples include a communication-based one, a non-communication-based one, and one that gives options that are both communication-based and non-communication-based, thought the three examples all include some facet of the technology that makes it more than a direct mechanical process — I'd say the gun misfiring is probably beyond the scope of the Facet, and depending on how the transmission works the truck might be out of scope as well.

    My reading is that while the outcomes can be non-communication-based, the mechanism by which the Facet works...
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  • Changing your sympathetic connection to someone won't make you love them or hate them or feel sad about them, but it will affect the degree of emotional investment you're likely to put in the relationship them one way or the other — drawing once again on the Contagion Chronicle guidelines, having Family Ties to a Beast gives you a Strong sympathetic connection to them and requires that the pair of you become close through significant shared association, the three stages of a vampiric blood bond directly increase the thrall's sympathy to the vampire in question and come with attendant levels...
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  • It doesn't change the specific emotional context of your relationship to them, but a sympathetic connection possessed by a feeling being manifests in its emotional relation to the subject of that connection.

    One of the examples of how altering sympathy works literally involves someone being given a bond to a nonliving object, 1e didn't have a description of the emotional effects of sympathetic links and specified that a mage and their familiar could feel each other's emotions, and the Contagion Chronicle's crossover mechanics specifically include "the sympathetic connections...
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  • You have Superhuman Strength 3. Monstrous Transformation is for activating multiple Variations at once as an Overt action, not for stacking Magnitude on Variations you already have by circumventing the "each instance of a Variation that can be taken more than once does a different thing" language common to those powers....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Homebrew: Tuplaic Awakening
    Important question with a lead-in:

    Gnosis is symbolized in the Adyton by the thing the character is striving/searching/questing for, and conclusive failure of one of its tests ends the Lustrum — if you came out of an Awakening without Gnosis, you haven't Awakened. Without Gnosis, the character doesn't have Obsessions or Mage Sight; the Rapt are consumed by their Obsessions to the point where it ruptures their Gnosis.

    How are these folks still considered mages?
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  • Cover is flawed; even without concrete glitches, long-term observation turns up clues as described in the system for investigating a Cover, to say nothing of kenning or the fact that spoofing relies on a roll with no common bonuses that can fail.

    Also, while 2e has rendered it a little more ambiguous, fetches whose Mask is complete enough to look totally physically human still occur and "meeting your fetch for the first time" is an extremely minor Clarity attack.

    What's more likely to give them problems, I'd imagine, is the Conditions they'd need to take to...
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  • Katsinam Suukya, from Summoners, beginning on page 195....
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  • It might be listed in other places as well, but I know it's listed in Book of Spirits on page 138....
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  • On the one hand, Centimani who'd changed their bodies with Pandoran Transmutations retained them in 1e. On the other hand, 2e models that with the Mutation Alembic's Persistent effect, which explicitly doesn't require you to retain the use of the Alembic to keep those changes.

    On the one hand, the entropic tilt of Flux is such that it would make sense for it to be possible for an adherent to the philosophy of the force that mutates things into uselessness to be able to permanently dedicate part of their metaphysical nature to powers built to serve that force's non-purposes. On the...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Homebrew: Acamoth Investments
    I don't know what you mean by this, given that acamoth Investments are not modeled in any of the books in 2e so far as I can find in my library. Please clarify?...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Homebrew Changeling Merits
    A benefit that you can apply once per scene to your choice of Contract is not identical to a derived effect making that benefit always active for a specific Contract, no.

    It is functionally identical to all or half of the minimum consequences of forging a new Court without completing five significant challenges in line with its patron in as many chapters, as described in OA&T. Literally all of the drawbacks of Sincerest Flattery are derived from that chart, because that is the primary point of reference we have for changelings bringing their identity in line with that of another...
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  • You can, for whatever ridiculous reason led to this circumstance, be considered a local bottom-rung member of the Order no matter which Caucus you're in, along with knowing your own Libraries and getting Informed about the local Order membership, being able to get in touch with any Order member you can get a sympathy Yantra for, and being able to benefit better from teamwork casting with other egregori. Possibly you never wanted to stop being an Acquisitor and weren't fussed about getting access to higher-level requisitions.

    Generally, though the fact that the second benefit of Egregore...
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  • Satchel
    replied to Homebrew Changeling Merits
    While I'm all for using Merits to facilitate characters developing their powers in a personalized direction, this is far too cheap, especially given what Kith and Kin has to say about Loopholes.

    Being able to treat someone else who you have a dramaturgical connection to as yourself for the purposes of Loopholes takes two three-dot Merits, four dots of Expression, and three dots of Subterfuge, and requires stuff that can be used for sympathetic magic; the Merit that gives concrete bonuses to Contracts further burns out the item's utility for this purpose after no more than three uses....
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  • Here's a thread I made asking a similar question a few years back, which got a couple of answers.

    I'd also add at this point that secrets, leverage, and secondary consequences (planned or unplanned) all go a long way toward figuring out what a scheme can hide in its explicit directions, particularly if you can double up on outcomes. Hard to pin the elder for infringing on your territory when all they did was ghoul a company VP's secretary and now they effectively run the business in the middle of your feeding grounds; easy to deny involvement in a spiritual catastrophe that you happened...
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