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  • I think Goetia should be able to help, but that at least lower rank Goetia should be more specific than just Writer, and thus their help more limited and specific. What kind of writer? A Best Selling Author? A Starving Artist? The Critically Acclaimed Reclusive Genius or The Prolific Purveyor of Schlock? A Genre Author or a Literary Fiction one?
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  • EW-Matias
    replied to Help with Time
    Constant Presence doesn't counter the time travel as a whole, just the changes to the subject's personal timeline. It's intended effect is breaking down causality and creating time paradoxes.
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  • EW-Matias
    replied to Running a game for my kids
    Many adults have troubles with the spellcasting in this game. It would have to be simplified for kids, and I'm not really sure where to start. As people mentioned above, maybe it would be better to play with people with supernatural Merits. I haven't read the unofficial update of Second Sight, but the first edition might give you some inspiration for how to play un-awakened thaumaturges.

    That being said, I think Chronicles of Darkness is a great choice of system.
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  • I don't really see the symbolism there. That's just the High Speech Yantra. Or it could be related to a Techné focus. But and example of something similar I've discussed with one of my players is that since his Shadow Name is Fudo, and Fuos is sometimes depicted with a lasso, maybe he could use one as a symbol of restraining or binding in a ritual as a way of using his Shadow Name for such a spell....
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  • Well, that's not an interpretation, that's just how it works. We are discussing how "using" the yantra looks like in the fiction.
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  • In my current game I told players I expect them to embody their Shadow Name to a level we all agree appropriate to their dot rating. One of my players has 3 dot Shadow Name Santa Claus, and while I don't expect him to be in costume 24/7, we agreed he should carry a hat and beard at all times to put on in case of magical emergencies, and he should be in full costume if he knows he will be among Mages. And I do the same with the NPCs. So, they don't have to say their name, although that might be a part of it for some characters, but they have to embody their Shadow Name, especially during rituals....
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  • EW-Matias
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    Now, I agree some people are maybe too cynical about this. I don't think Mages are monsters. I think of them as hyper-human. For good and ill.

    In my current game solidarity is big among the Free Council, but I still use the guidelines for requesting favors with Order Status. It's a friendly system, people will help you out... but reciprocity is expected and there are limits. Asking someone to cast an Unmaking spell for you is still a big ask.
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  • EW-Matias
    replied to Help with Time
    As people have already said, you overestimate how much Mages care for one another. They will mobilize to hunt down a common threat (like a banisher) but effectively bringing someone back from the dead is way too much trouble for most Mages to bother with.

    Just for reference, check out in Signs of Sorcery the guidelines for using Status to get a Spell cast. Yeah, maybe sometimes they would do it, but those would be stand out moments...
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  • That requires a Combined Spell, and I feel that complication is intentional.
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  • If it's meant to be temporary, then doing this seems like a very round about way of veiling many spells with a single spell slot, which could be done with a higher Scale once all the spells are cast. If it's supposed to be work around some special case where you can't do that, then using the spell from Signs of Sorcery to Imbue Supernal Veil temporarily into the Yantra would be better in my opinion. If it's meant yo be permanent, then I would just make the Imbued Item.
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  • This is flat out better than Supernal Veil. I would handle this same idea by Imbuing the Yantra with Supernal Veil....
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  • Shaping needs a Reach to affect solid objects and definitely doesn't allow you to "phase" through a door. The effect might be localized, but the changes aren't small at all. To accomplish what you describe, like phasing and diving into the Earth, you are not just displacing Matter. You need to seriously alter the either substances' or your own body's physical properties, and to me that makes it a Weaving effect.

    A Shaping-like effect may allow you to burrow like a mole, leaving tunnels, handholds and holes behind. But making the objects reconfigure themselves to be undisturbed...
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  • Mostly a balance call. Your ways of replenishing Willpower are usually limited and require dramatic actions or developments, or many days without spending more. Healing bashing damage is trivial and even a few lethal may not bother you at all before healing naturally....
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  • Seems like a Weaving effect to me. I would also probably try to start from a simpler base and get to this point by adding Reach,...
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  • EW-Matias
    replied to Lex Magica Questions
    If the hermit is my Mentor, and you come into my Consilium, and if I have any credibility at all, I will tell everyone what you did, and at the very least that would be an issue you would have to deal with. I don't imagine any Consilium taking someone breaking a Gold Law lightly, even if outside of their jurisdiction. I do see some rationalizing it away and letting you off with a slap on the wrist if you have enough political capital and a veneer of extenuating circumstances, but they would at least go through the motions of Doing Something.

    The reason I think they are not enumerated...
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  • I do believe those Shadow spells were a big mistake, because as you say they do muddy things in a big way. But also believe it is there where the problem begins and ends, so as I said, you can treat them as exceptions and let that be.

    I do not believe the Practices to be so vague, though. They are actually quite specific. We do have a lot of discussions about the metaphysics the game implies, but usually revolves more around the different natures of the different Arcana than around the Practices themselves. But more importantly, that is by design. If the book gave you all the answers...
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  • Where does it say zombies can be healed by Death alone?
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  • You can modifies a subject's properties with Weaving, but not all subjects have all properties. Solidity/tangibility is a property of Matter. You can't make "Space" more solid because Space has no "solidity" to begin with. That's why Shrink and Grow and Wonderful Machine are listed as Matter spells, even if they allow a Life conjunctional effect to affect living beings, the properties they modify are Material properties, and thus the purview of Matter.

    Now, I admit the shadow spells under Death throw a wrench in this. But they are clear outliers, and at points...
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  • I was so sure there must have already be a spell like this in the core book I went to look it up to see what was different, and lo and behold, there wasn't. Glad I can refer to this one from now on....
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  • A Sleeper Mystery Cult shouldn't offer you Mage only merits.
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