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  • Faradn
    replied to Scientology
    A quasi-technomantic Craft, if it's anything other than what it is in real life.
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  • Faradn
    started a topic The subjectivity of social reality

    The subjectivity of social reality

    I found this article very Magey. It's about how people's individual differences and perceptions, often subtle ones, can lead to vastly different experiences of the world. For instance how some Americans have never knowingly met a young-Earth creationist despite 46% of Americans being young-Earth creationist, and how some women in tech fields find that environment to be universally welcoming while others get harassed often and across various workplaces.
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  • Faradn
    replied to Nephandi
    I like Ander Wood's idea about the Nephandi and Deep Umbral entities--that more often than not, the Nephandi have the upper hand in the relationship. The fallen Mages have more access to Earth, more understanding of humans, and more understanding of how reality works here. Also in a game that makes a big deal of human potential, the potential of an Awakened human for evil is probably higher even than that of a dark god.
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  • Faradn
    replied to Nephandi
    Earlier in the same comment you say:Exactly. Their end goal is destruction of the whole world. That makes them very different from Hermetics who like fire, and is a major reason most factions agree that they need to be stopped.

    As to two of my suggestions for possible Nephandi motivations being wrong--and in response to Bluecho's preference for Nephandi being just evil--I have an analogy. Major actions in Mage are like political parties. Political parties, to be viably large, need to take a "big tent" approach that includes a lot of people with different priorities. Someone...
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  • Faradn
    replied to Nephandi
    I can understand the frustration with the Nephandi being portrayed as exemplars of absolute evil. After all, the Technocracy went from being exemplars of absolute oppression to something more nuanced as the editions advanced and more supplemental material came out. It is a world defined by subjectivity. That's why I think "evil" is--while largely accurate--not the best way to describe the Nephandi. "Destructive" is a more useful concept that goes past subjective judgment. It also leaves room for more complexity, because they need to have reasons for why they want to destroy....
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