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  • Sorry about how long this one took to come out. We actually had the session over two weeks ago, but due to real life things getting in the way, I didn’t have the time to write it up properly.
    Considering that and how lengthy the previous post was, I'm going to try and make an effort to make these accounts a bit more brief.

    Session 22

    Cast List
    Lydia: Moon Witch
    Alfred Camlan: Excalibur Mage
    Sean “Sam” Heath: Templar Knight
    Helen Walter: Hermetic Spy
    Joe Hanson: Noir Detective
    Aaron Gibson: Punk Hacker

    Notable...
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  • Saikou
    replied to Is the Syndicate evil?
    Not to be dismissive, but "well-intentioned but misguided" can be used to describe pretty much every faction in this game who isn't outright insane.

    Generally speaking, it's usually only said of those we personally disagree with. The ones we agree with tend to just be "right"....
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  • Saikou
    replied to Spirits
    Adding to this list, Book of the Wyld, Book of the Weaver, and Book of the Wyrm for all your Dynamic, Static, and Entropic spirit needs.

    Infinite Tapestry also has a good collection of adaptable spirits.
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  • It would really suck for Damian if some Nephandi higher ups catch wind of how noncomital he actually is towards descent. If a gilladean catches wind of this, they may start testing him. Either he'll step in line, or become a pawn in another's game....
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  • Been doing one in modern day London and it's been a great deal of fun. Using real locations that we've all been to and superimposing Mage and Technocratic features on to them seems to resonate with a lot of my players and adds a level of realism and gravitas to the stuff they do.

    Having London as a Technocratic stronghold allows for a permenent state of paranoia that anything the mages do can draw attention to them if they are not careful. But it also means my mages are more willing to do magic to communicate with one another rather than just using phones and laptops since the Technocracy...
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  • Which is why M20 cross references so many of the older books?...
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  • Saikou
    replied to Separating OOC and IC
    Check out the Tradition Books, each one has an account of how they view each of the nine spheres, and how they fit together.

    For example, the Verbena think of the spheres as part of an eternal cycle with each sphere representing a different time of year, with Prime at the centre providing the energy for all things.
    While the Chorus consider each sphere a different manifestation of The One's divine will, each one requiring a different set of prayers, songs, or devout offerings in order to have such power lent....
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  • Not really too unbelievable. Theirs is a society built on the knowledge that nothing is offlimits. This means that only the truly powerful will be in control, as everyone else will either follow them for safety or defy them and be made an example.

    The nephandi aren't stupid. Unlike the traditions, they only have themselves on their side, and while disharmony is very much their thing, self preservation is still important. You know your superiors are capable of doing anything, unbound by morality, so keeping them happy to avoid getting the brunt end of their wrath is a powerful incentive....
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  • Saikou
    replied to Separating OOC and IC
    I usually determine what my player's characters are able to talk about based on there stats. If, for example, they having nothing in occult, no amount of having read the Order of Hermes book would allow their character to know, much less utilise this information.

    Similarly, knowledge of other Splats is almost always limited to rumours, heresay, or isolated incedents. Vampires make a point of staying hidden, while the Garou, Fae, and Wraiths tend to be much more umbrabound and so most Mages will never encounter them.
    There are exceptions, of course, but unless your mage has had...
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  • Saikou
    replied to Guardian Angel Stats
    Spirit wise: There are a few Angel stats in Book of Worlds, and all the Patronage stuff with the muses in Infinite Tapestry can really easily be converted over to whatever mythology and lore you prefer.
    Forged By Dragon's Fire has a few Angel bound Fetishes which give you some Angel stats.
    Other than that, there's probably something in the old Book of Madness, though I can't confirm.

    However, I think guardian angels would fit better as someone's interpretation of their Avatar.
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  • A world where no one has to suffer because feeling is impossible.
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  • Saikou
    replied to Fetish information
    Well, if you really want to be difficult about this, by all means interpret it that way.
    I rather think that the message implies that these Totem spirits and Naturae are the kind of spirits that are more specific to the Dreamspeakers and the Verbena, while the other traditions would be more at home with entities in the Astral Realm.

    That being said, Book of Worlds, Infinite Tapestry, and Book of Madness all suggest that one may be many and many may be one. For example, the Norns described in Axis Mundi. This is how they appear in the Spirit realm, but nothing says that we can't...
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  • Saikou
    replied to Fetish information
    Yeah... Let's ignore that entire side bar on Page 15 that literally says "Using this book with Mage: The Ascension"....
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  • Saikou
    replied to Fetish information
    Take a look at Forged by Dragons Fire. It talks about Hermetic Fetishes and how that works with Angels. No Prime required.

    As for Wraiths, I'd argue that you'd probably be able to use their Fetters as some form of Fetish. Only really applicable to wraiths with physical mobile objects as fetters. Also, Wraiths are not really useful spirits to keep around, because of their shadows they are much less predictable than standard spirits.

    Yeah, Fetish's aren't tools, they're more like speed dial. At any point (unless you use Spirit 4) a spirit can decide you're broken whatever...
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  • Saikou
    replied to Fetish information
    Read Axis Mundi for how Chiminage works. Literally any spirit can chose to bind themselves to a fetish....
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  • The Keepers started setting up their shrine near the trees away from any path at Regents Park. Upon the shrine they had placed two candles, several bottles of wine, cider, and mead, a number of apples, and a few reefs of wheat. Alfred could see that the shrine had quite a few empty spaces, as though they had intended for more, but had not the time to prepare. Vivian approached Alfred with a sorrowful look in her eye.

    Alfred: High priestess?
    Vivian: There is a part of the ritual that Boris normally enacts, though as you know he will not be present today. I was wondering if you...
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  • Session 21

    This one was a really roleplay heavy session; especially at the beginning when Alfred’s player didn’t arrive until a few hours in and I ended up stalling for time until he got here. There was a lot of talking between the characters, and so I may have muddled a few of the events or combined several segmented conversations into one. However, I’m very certain about Who said What with Whom, even if When and Where isn’t exactly in the right place.

    Also, full cast.

    Cast List
    Lydia: Moon Witch
    Alfred Camlan: Excalibur Mage
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  • Saikou
    replied to Fetish information
    That's a good point. You need Spirit 2 to even reach across the Gauntlet, the same sphere rating required to perform chiminage (you know, for talking). So if you need Soirit 2 to interact with spirits with Prime, why then would you use Prime 4 to bind them when you could just talk to them?
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  • Saikou
    replied to Fetish information
    It's unnecessary. It means that Spirit mages would be required to have Prime 4 if they wanted to have constant spirit companions.
    This is new to M20 and should be quite promptly ignored....
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  • Saikou
    replied to Data and Primal Utility
    In the same way that Virtual Adepts can capitalise on Data. Surely members of House Fortunae would have a number of algorithms which would mimic a few of Primal Unity's effects.
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