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  • Isn't that the problem VA Always have?

    In general I see VA are more engineers than scientists. They did and do a lot of research on the IT and maths side, but their mojo it's usually diferentiated from other IT/math wizards by how they take all this technology to a practical end.

    Like how they tend to be described as Anarchists - note that Etherites have no such generalizations about HOW they use the science. For VA this "how" it's very important (in a sense that makes them akin to the Euthanatos, that could easily be Verbena if it wasn't for a different approach...
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  • Penelope:

    Yeah. I, too, have written posts that afterwards didn't feel to be charming (so to speak). And got likes.

    But I try not to think much of likes, one can't be sure of what they mean other than a vague sense of agreement. You think your rationale was wrong, maybe they think it's rigth. But it could also be that they're agreeing with your feeling (they like Kickstarter, hard to see anything wrong about that). There could be other reasons.
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  • Aleph
    replied to New Horizon
    The chinese Dalou'laoshi were the first mages in known history to discover and inhabit the Realm, but they didn't "make" it. Autochtonia has a lot of potentially contradictory canon going for it, but one thing it's certain: It wasn't made by humans

    Autochtonia:

    *It's the Shenti of Statism (the Umbral Realm that represents the very concept of that cosmic force).
    *It's a gigantic manifestation of the Weaver, protected by armies of Geomids and such.
    *It's the dead body of the Titan Autochton, lying there until the "strange eons where even Death...
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  • Aleph
    replied to I want to play a spider so what?
    Mage:

    Life 5. Perfectly transform into a spider (with lvl 5 you don't risk losing your "humanity"). You could buy this as a lvl5 Talisman.
    I think, at ST discretion, could also be the effect of a curse

    Alternatively: Play the spider Familiar of a mage, using the creation rules rules from Forged by Dragon's Fire (or maybe Gods & Monsters)
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  • Aleph
    replied to Feeding Gnosis to spirits
    Bringing Tass it's probably the best solution. If there's none at hand, Prime 3/Spirit 2 it's an easy way to channel energy from the wizard or the Caern to the spirit

    An artifact to store and release energy can be made at Prime 4.

    Creating it from thin air with Prime 5, however tempting, it's not going to be a lasting solution because it's very, very, Vulgar (I think it's one of the few things that it's Vulgar regardless of where the Effect it's casted - Always Vulgar).
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  • Yeah, I can see that point.

    Some stuff to make Traditions unique were always atempted, but (other than Do) never explored. Like how Choristers were supposed to be able to work together with almost any paradigm, or how Extatics had an easier time jugling many magical perceptions, Hermetic True Name thing....etc.

    I think one could streamline those advantages taking this approach instead of the, sometmes bizarre, bonuses that were in those books (I.E : DO could be replaced by a Teaching bonus on "martial arts" related stuff). Everyone has more or less the same...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Feeding Gnosis to spirits
    It depends on what do you mean by Gnosis.

    In Mage, I think that term exists solely as a Werewolf legacy in Spirit character sheets (as in Gnosis 8 Rage 10 Willpower 8, you know, Spirit Traits). But due to the wording, and the mentioning of Caerns, I imagine you mean the "fuel" trait Garou use for some Gifts and such. And as far as I know such a thing doesn't exist in Mage - well, not outside the realm of ST fiat, at least.

    I think it's pertinent to ask: What's the intended result?.

    If it would be to replenish or increase the Spirit's Essence, then...
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  • With how M20 decouples Faction, Affinity Sphere and Focus, I would be tempted about decoupling these mechanics from the factions too.

    Like, Manifest Will could be a Teaching of "Might Makes Rigth". Hermetics teach that Practice, so it would be effectively a Hermetic teaching, but it wouldn't be the only Teaching of the Hermetics

    On the other hand, maybe you would think a downside that other factions (or Orphans) can potentially have the same teachings. I think flexibility it's a good thing in Mage, but maybe you want something that reinforces explicitly the...
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  • Like most things on this thread, this is largely unknown.

    It's said that Avatars have to go trough the Wheel of Souls (in the high umbra) to purify before reincarnating, this migth take a while. In the Himalayan Wars, however, it seems like Avatars of the slain would quickly return to get vengeance.

    I would say that in some cases it could take a while, in others it could be instant. Perhaps depending on the Avatar, it's own baggage and agendas, and those of their previous life.



    It does seem to be more common among mages that believe in reincarnation....
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  • Aleph
    replied to New Horizon
    It's not 100% sure what happened because a good part of the Avatar Storm drama it's that eartly mages lost contact. But most likely it was the Storm.

    Horizon War/Doissetep explosion destroyed or damaged Realms that were either connected trough portals or near. A good example it's what happened in the Digital Web (Virtual Adepts had placed "backdoors" to spy on Doissetep from the Web, when the chantry exploded the whole Net exerienced a "crash" of sorts - don't remember the name - that lasted a few seconds and was only midly anoying for mortals that were unable...
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  • Aleph
    replied to New Blood Magic Book
    Yeah.

    I wouldn't like to see magic bloat like in the past, but V5 version of blood magic it's different enough that a - single- good book diving into its particulars could be neat
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  • Aleph
    replied to Youngest Mage to Awaken
    Yes, of course. That whole section is a tribute to those ideas.

    Another reason of why I'm more inclined to go with Heavy Arms version now, preferring it to my own previous proposition...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Youngest Mage to Awaken
    But those handful that you mention are the ones that cause problems with this whole idea (and perhaps also Dream, Arcane...supernatural stuff that require little to no world interaction).

    A babie could have a Mentor, too, but who cares?...I care more about Avatar stuff, the capabilities, Backgrounds, Merits and Defects that come with having one of these wide Awake. Because this has 0 to do with development and all to do with being Awakened. A mage being an adult, a child or a babie would have rougly the same soul, wouldn't it?. And when that comes with stuff like Echoes 5 (to put...
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  • It's quite mind-bending, and that's why most of the people here chalk it as a Foundation.

    Albeit the foundation wouldn't be so much "gravity", the scientific theory you need a PhD to understand, but "gravity" the phenomena of falling and hurting your butt. If you get what I'm saying.

    The idea it's to keep fundamental things that everyone would believe on as independant, to have a credible setting, while being vague in the particulars to leave some doors half-open for the bizarre. Like how flat-earthers don't dismiss the force of gravity altogether...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Youngest Mage to Awaken
    If I may give a couple of suggestions for your explorations:


    Don't just gloss over Heavy Arm's argument about how common are fetuses/babies/small children vs mages. This is important because a LOT of the Mage setting it's bassed uppon how rare it's the Awakened state. Lot's of small things put together can mean a lot.


    Unless you're intending the make a *third* Awakened state (one for the Aware, one for the Mage and a third one for the infant), you have to aknowledge that the mechanics of the Awakened babies are going to be the same as those of the...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Youngest Mage to Awaken
    Having said this:



    I feel like I have to add that I won't accept an appelation to the Consensus to diminish the chance or potency of Wild Magic and other bizarre Awakened shenanigans.

    The reason why I won't accept that it's that mages Arete wielders are supposed to be able to act against the Consensus. All their kit it's supposed to be able to do so, with consequences. That's why magick (and the supernatural) exists. And, let's face it, pregnancies are complicated enough without adding Orphan Wild Magic Paradoxes......
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  • Aleph
    replied to Youngest Mage to Awaken
    I see, I was missing the point by quite a lot.

    I'm OK with that position. That does answer all my objections satisfactorily.

    Humm...even in RZs there probably aren't so many pregnancies as to make rare issues like babies possesed by Past Lives, or fetuses wielding Wild Magic, a serious problem (unless some crazy mage starts to try my "mass production of mages" schemes - and then, well, that mage will reap what he sow).

    Now I imagine those philosophers ain't fond of the Technocratic reality. And also that, if faced with such romantic notions, the...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Youngest Mage to Awaken
    That doesn't apply to ANY of my objections.

    No Focus = No Sphere Magick.

    It doesn't preclude Backgrounds, Merits and Defects or Wild Magick. The core of my objections it's that *being a mage* can come with a lot of baggage that has nothing to do with actually casting spells.

    And let's keep in mind that something "being rare" means very little with the amount of babies there are in the world.

    And about the more or less handwavey stuff:



    Adults get to be "special" in supernatural ways the Consensus...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Youngest Mage to Awaken
    My main consideration would be: What's the advantage of saying all fetuses are functionaly mages?

    I could see it in a mystical setting, where some babies are born with the strength of Heracles, others are taken by their Manifest Avatars, some have wisdom beyond their age...etc.

    But if one starts by looking all the more or less handwavey excuses to stomp any and all Mage weirdness out of the babies...

    ...I fail to see the advantage over saying Awakened (as in, Arete wielding) babies are rare, but exist. And perhaps babies and little kids tend to be very Aware...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Youngest Mage to Awaken
    Agreed. Adult Awakenings being a messy, traumatic, business (for countless supernatural reasons usualy tied to the Avatar) it's not that rare.

    As said, there are SO MANY Awakened if you count all fetuses, that even extemely rare supernatural problems would be more common among them than among regular mages - even if the chance it's lowered significatively. You would have to reduce the chance of these problems of Awakening to almost non-existence to justify this not being a serious issue.

    One could invent "Avatars crashing barriers" and whatnot to explain why...
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