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  • Dave Brookshaw
    replied to Mutapan Empire!
    One of Malcolm's friends happens to have her doctorate in African history - she helped us a bit with To The Strongest, and a lot with Princes of the Conquered Land. Like calling the people of the time "Shona" despite them not, technically, being Shona as the modern world knows them. Eric, Malcolm, and I are really indebted to her.
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  • Dave Brookshaw
    replied to Mutapan Empire!
    They were the closest allies among any Pentacle Orders. At least until the Free Council fucked it up. And that only happened in America.
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  • Dave Brookshaw
    replied to Mutapan Empire!
    It's a typically... I don't know exactly what it is, but there's a big honking assumption that the "Western" mages conquered other Awakened with blood and attack spells. If India, Arabia, and Northern Africa count as Western in your assumptions, because the native mages of those places were Diamond a couple of centuries earlier than, say, Britain, but that's a digression.

    Is it because of Mage: The Ascension, which linked the movements of its factions to colonialism as a process and tried to link its based-on-90s-club-subcultures factions to "losing sides" in history...
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  • When we were writing Mutapa, we realized that Geist would be perfect for it, so while it's not a three-way crossover the Bound get mentioned in it beyond the standard all-in sidebar
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  • TotP will go into first drafts once Signs is in editing. Mage has one more approved book after that, but it's not been announced.
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  • Deviant's not a burden. It's a priviledge. What I'm not paid for is being here and responding to threads like this. That's something I'm perfectly happy to do given time, but understand that my priorities are elsewhere right now.
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  • The Mutapa one is so explicit it has 3000 words of mechanics notes about what Arcana you need to detect/manipulate Pillars, how Mummy's 1e rules interact with 2e ghosts, that kind of thing....
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  • What he needs is what the character in the comics needed - Luke Cage as a best friend. Just like Matt didn't properly become Daredevil until the end of his first season, Danny takes the entire 13 episodes to start acting like his 616 self. Origin stories suck, that way.

    But hey, Oliver Queen took four years to call himself Green Arrow on his show and still acts nothing like it.
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  • I don't think Pale_Crusader meant "when did a timeline change occur", but rather "when did the last major change to this thing happen" - like, say, finding out the exact date of someone's Awakening by using Time magic to check for when their temporal sympathy drops off a cliff.

    And the answer, I think, is yes. Seems reasonable to me. It will only detect the last major change, though, but you could use another Arcanum to search for a specific change. The Moros Eleventh Question in my chronicle uses a Death 1 Time 1 Praxis called "Time of Death" to get...
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  • Stunned is facet of taking damage, not the damage's source. Unless you're immune to it, you take it.
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  • Dave Brookshaw
    replied to Oneiros questions
    1. It doesn't have one, except that...

    2. What a person is currently thinking plays out in the central realm within their Oneiros. For mages meditating into their own souls, this looks like a stilled, quiet reflection of their own concept of "arrival", because that's what they're thinking about while meditating. Go into someone else's Oneiros, though, and it'll reflect whatever's going on with them at the present moment, in real time. Their thoughts when they're awake, and their dreams when they're dreaming.

    3. Kill a thought, and the thought will die. Summon...
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  • It's written perfectly clearly. You may use a Mudra Yantra when you've memorized a rote (and as Tessie points out, not when you're just borrowing a Grimoire.) You don't have to.

    You usually will, though, because as Yantras go Mudra is exceptionally effiicient. 1-5 dice for a few seconds' Tutting....
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  • Oh, yeah - Pantechnicon are still active. Don't know where you got the impression they weren't.

    Bear in mind that I worked for a bank for five years, and then at a mobile phone provider for eight.

    Everyone's a tool of the Seers in some way. It's the Lie for you.
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  • Pantechnicon are based on oppression through making the masses reliant on technology they cannot maintain or control - they're the assholes patenting drugs, walled-gardening devices, and putting the interests of a few creators ahead of the populace. That's the Chancellor's symbology.

    Part of their problem is that Mammon, the Ministry of making people only care about the material, is also the Chancellor's symbology, and the Exarch appears to prefer Mammon. As much as the Exarch appears to prefer anything. How much of Mammon's success compared to them is because Pantechnicon have every...
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  • Dave Brookshaw
    replied to The Lie and The Vigil
    Unfortunately, mundane means non-supernatural, not just non-Supernal.
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  • Geists are a subset of Rank 3+ ghosts. It's as simple as a Geist is a ghost that has the Bargain Manifestation, whether or not she's used it.

    Kerberoi are Rank 5+ ghosts, so only the minor ones ever have game stats (greater Kerberoi, being Rank 6, are beyond the Storytelling system). They have some modifications to the basic ghost rules, some obvious (they treat their Dominion as an Anchor) some not.
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  • Dave Brookshaw
    replied to The Lie and The Vigil
    "Or give them the Sleepwalker Merit"...
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  • Dave Brookshaw
    replied to The Lie and The Vigil
    Why do you hate your players?...
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  • Voicing a "critique" does not give you the right to have your conplaints agreed with, much much much less "patched"....
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  • Yeah, so a dice pool of 3 represents succeeding about half the time in a stressful enough situation to require rolling. That means 2 in an Attribute and 1 in a Skill - or the other way around - is a "normal" dice pool for the Storytelling system. More than that, either in Attribute or Skill, means you're above average.
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