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  • Tessie
    replied to Kindred and the God Machine
    Demon: The Descent Storyteller's Guide talks a bit about Kindred and Strix in relation to demons, angels and the God-Machine. It's only five pages or so, but it might be an interesting read (especially what's said about Strix) for this thread.
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  • As all spells it's cast on a subject. It can work for environmental Yantras (if big enough to cover the relevant area) as well as any physical Tool Yantras. For actions, I'd say the spell needs to be cast on whoever performs the action, and that you decide which action style Yantra you intend to affect when casting the spell....
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  • Tessie
    replied to how magic impacts mage society
    Anyone who takes a look with Mind Sight will see that they're under a supernatural effect falling under the purview of Mind, but, as Inodiv says, nothing about what it does without deeper studies.
    Also, the Imago is only visible to AMS during the casting of the spell. Once the spell is cast (and pings PMS), the Imago is already gone. The Immediate Nimbus will be visible for a few turns at most, but that doesn't say anything about the spell's effect or even who's the subject of it.
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  • Tessie
    replied to how magic impacts mage society
    If the spell is designed to ensure the creation of a ghost upon death, I would have it be Lasting as it's still the "mundane" act of dying that creates the ghost, unlike Create Ghost where it's the spell....
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  • Tessie
    replied to Platonic Form Reach option
    If it has to be of your own design, it's by definition no longer a platonic form. You don't design anything with Platonic Form. You give form to the idea of whatever you want to create....
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  • Tessie
    replied to Platonic Form Reach option
    More specifically, you need to spend Potency on Mana capacity (and then Mana to fill that capacity). For each action taken with the object as a tool, one Mana is spent, and if all Mana is spent the object disintegrates.
    You can get more than one roll per Potency if you use it for extended actions (since all rolls are part of a single action), or by refilling it with Mana through the Channel Mana spell.

    Edit: In a dogfight, however, each roll would be a Dodge roll, and thus an action. And you might not have a good opportunity to cast Channel Mana. So you're practically limited...
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  • "The Worlds of Flesh and Spirit hold more alien creatures than any run-of-the-mill vampires, mages, or Beasts. Can a pack include a ghost? A Strix totem? The answer ultimately depends on the story you want to tell, but as with the more common supernatural creatures, agency is key."

    Basically, if you want it in your game, it's quite possible to have non-ephemeral Totems....
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  • That's how you Dedicate a tool in the first place; using it as a Yantra for a month regardless of whether you gain a bonus or not.



    The Persona is a weird Yantra because it's something you would start doing the moment you go out to do mage stuff. When you're casting a spell you've either already adopted your Shadow Name and can use your own current behaviour as a Yantra (if it's applicable for the spell), or you're not in your mage Persona and can't use it regardless of whether it's relevant to the spell or not. You don't do anything extra to use it as a Yantra (unless...
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  • Yes. You can always use anything as a Yantra, but only gain the dice bonus if it's symbolic of the spell. Anytime you use a Dedicated Tool (even if it doesn't grant a dice bonus) you gain the Paradox reduction bonus....
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  • Tessie
    replied to [2E] Ordo Dracul Titles
    The original meaning of 'prince' was basically just ruler.
    The suggested Prince equivalent titles are Premier for the Carthians, Oracle for the Circle of the Crone, Tyrant for the Invictus, Archbishop for the Lancea et Sanctum, and Voivode for the Ordo Dracul.
    I'm pretty sure the Invictus would default to Prince 99% of the time, though, and the others should mostly depend on the local politics. A Carthian Prince in a domain where Carthians are dependent on politics to stay in power would likely keep the Prince title as to not imply the Covenant holds leadership rather than one of the...
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  • Tessie
    replied to Hunter The Vigil Resources
    Mortal Remains, Night Stalkers, Spirit Slayers, Tooth and Nail, and Witch Finders all fulfil the exact same role as the Night Horrors books does for the other games. The only difference is that they focus a lot more on content for the protagonists than the named Night Horrors books.

    Speaking of which, Tooth and Nail is missing from the list. I'd put it and Mortal Remains either in 1e (because they're written for first edition Hunter) or a "mixed edition" category. The same with any Dark Eras featuring hunters....
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  • Each dot of an Influence is generally worth a lot more than having additional Influences. Unless there's a reason to not have any Influences above 2 I'd recommend a third dot in one of them. I would also combine Passion and Sex into a single Lust Influence. That should also give you enough dots to branch out if you want a magath-like Totem.

    For the Bane I'd add a time requirement. A human who's been voluntarily celibate for a certain period of time.
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  • That's a perfect use of combined spells. Cast Supernal Veil on the very same subjects and with the same Duration as the spell you wish to Veil....
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  • Adamant Hand allows you to make a combat action involving the chosen Skill, and the same turn apply that action as a reflexive Yantra to a spell cast on subsequent turns. Just like all Yantras the combat action needs to be linked to the spell, but if you look at the weapon Tool Yantra you see that a weapon can symbolise a lot more than just doing harm. In that regard you could make a lunge with a sword and have that symbolise the direction of the spell you cast on the next turn. Just remember that Adamant Hand is an Order Yantra which gives +1. Many people misread it and think it adds as many...
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  • Tessie
    replied to Service Cults (Signs of Sorcery)
    I said shouldn't, not can't. And I said Mage-only Merits. If the cult amasses money that the mage can access, then Resources is a very valid Merit to take. If the cult doesn't teach or otherwise offer access to Broad Dedication (which a Sleeper/Sleepwalker cult wouldn't because it has no place or use within their teachings) then you shouldn't be able to take that Merit for being a member in that cult....
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  • Tessie
    replied to Service Cults (Signs of Sorcery)
    So you meant Mortal/Sleepwalker Merits, not Sleeper Merits.

    Regardless, you should not get Mage-only Merits because the Mystery Cult does not provide any basis for them. A mage in a Sleeper/Sleepwalker Mystery Cult should take alternate Merits that still reflect the Mystery Cult, not spend them on absolutely anything.
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  • Tessie
    replied to Service Cults (Signs of Sorcery)
    What Sleeper-only Merits would that be? Those are few and far between....
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  • It really depends on how you design the spell. You can perfect a corpse to preserve it or restore it (keeping it from becoming matter that no longer counts as a corpse), or you can perfect a corpse through the stages of death (pallor mortis, algor mortis, etc, and finally decomposition). Two different and opposite uses of the Perfecting Practice....
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  • To clarify: Dedicated Tools can be used as Order Tools, if they also fit as an Order Tool. Just being a Dedicated Tool does not qualify as an Order Tool. On the other hand all Order Tools (that are physical items) can be dedicated to become Dedicated Tools. If you have a more abstract Order Tool (such as a practice gained through Techné) then you need Broad Dedication.



    Yes. In addition to using your own soul stone, you can always dedicate someone else's soul stone as your Dedicated Tool without additional Merits.



    As long as the material aspect...
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    Last edited by Tessie; 09-08-2019, 05:18 PM.

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  • Soul stones, Techné and Order Tools are all mentioned as example Dedicated Tools. Path Tools are described as the most common Dedicated Tool. I believe that any Tool Yantra (though the only explicit limit is that it has to be an item) can theoretically be dedicated. Sacraments being a natural exception due to their nature. If it were just Path Tools, then Dedicated Tools would be a subheading in that section in the core book....
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