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  • Aleph
    replied to is this rote rule official?
    ​Thanks for answering, your name was thrown left and right here, hence I tought it was reasonable to call you (since you're part of the comunity).



    Glad to hear.

    Revised "rules" of Rotes stated in no uncertain terms that they sometimes don't follow regular Sphere rules. I kinda like that small "anti-rule". I would use such a rule to explain many ways in which rotes differ from the general rules, like when a rote causes more damage than normal or last less than normal, or when it uses other spheres - To craft a hard rule about all of that...
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  • Aleph
    replied to The Problem With Hollow Ones
    I think that's a fitting comparison. After all, in Mage, research IT'S a way to magick. And a mage's life it's more or less dedicated to magick. However, I think that to say that "magick it's the new normal", "I don't get a kick using magick anymore" it's undestating the value and depth of this activity - even when it IS the new normal, in a sense.

    Now, Magick it's hard work, to be sure, I agree on that, but it's very rewarding - it has to be because otherwise you won't get to the point of bending reality with your will. Imagine not your average PhD researcher,...
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  • Aleph
    replied to The Problem With Hollow Ones
    I've readed the Tradition Book. It does TELL you that Hollowers are "older than you think" and that they're totally not the Goth/Nihilistic Tradition, that they're about Romanticism, that they're a street level Tradition that cares about sleepers, they even provide characters to play that way...but the majority of the book it's nihilistic anb goth characters doing nihilistic and goth stuff. The opening fiction it's a guy Awakening to the fact that life it's meaningless and then finding meaning in a Goth party.

    I think that there's a lot of stuff in that book that seems like...
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  • Most likely kill on sight. No Wyrm taint doesn't equal being OK with Gaia, you're still a corpse that walks, an aberration. Also, you're a vampire, Garou are told that vampires are bad. In the same vein having Wyrm taint it's worriesome but not "kill on sight", even Garou get to smell like that from time to time.

    I would say that being a vampire and smelling like Wyrm it's marginaly worse than just being a vampire, but being a vampire it's bad enough.

    Also, magic isn't always reliable, perhaps you are masking your "odor" with some supernatural pow...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Reworking soak powers.
    Don't sell Fortitude THAT low. It's the only way to defend yourself from Vampiric traditional banes. This is a BIG deal. Most powers out there don't allow that, and soaking those automatically it's very rare and powerful.

    For instance: Sunlight only does 3 aggravate per turn (with the whole body exposed), so, theoretically, your vampires would be walking in the beach, basking in sunlight at Fortitude 3, permanently, no problem at all.

    That's insane. I would NEVER allow such a thing.

    On the other hand, if you need to spend 1 blood point to get full soack,...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Reworking soak powers.
    I think that the latest iteration of Fortitude does soak levels...if you expend blood (I think it was 1 point, like when activating Potence). If it doesn't, then yeah, it should. But not for free - you don't get extra actions without expending blood with Celerity, and now Potence full power is not free either. I think that giving a handfull of dice "pasively" and then removing levels of damage when used "actively" (i.e: expending one blood point) it's balanced and good. Apart from that, adding extra powers like soaking Agg with Stamina would umbalance it with the other Physical...
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  • Aleph
    replied to concerning Ascension
    Wasn't there a novel that said something about the Tenth Sphere joining with the others and dissolving the universe into the First Age?.

    If this Ascencion it's Armageddon - like the book suggests - , well, I doubt there's a place to stay after it happens. I also don't think *this* Ascencion it's voluntary - surely Voormas didn't believed so, that's why he wanted to blow up the Tenth Sphere, stop the wheel of time/Armaggedon and all that....
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  • And why do they "keep mortal appearance" if they're an example of how monarchies don't care about what inferior beings think? Are mortals superior to Neonates? . More likely the know that fucking up with mortals it's a bad idea and they shut their royal asses instead of proclaim their superiority to the four winds.

    Even better, how does the Sabbat keeps the Masquerade even when they say that they shouldn't be keeping it?. If only Humanity folowers can hide what they are, then the Sabat shouldn't function - they just woudln't understand the need to cleanse witnesses after...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Keeping the Game Lines Separate
    You aren't including Dark Ages and Cruzade in your analysis - Where Euthanatos are but a footnote because the action focuses on Europe - aka OoH. Also, I see plenty of mentions of the OoH in the 2nd edition section of your link, they did pretty important things (Doissettep, Janissary - their doings happens to be very important - more than Amanda sad story, that's for sure).

    Let's talk about Metaplot: The Plot it's what you do in your table as ST. The Metaplot, as it's name indicates, it's all of Mage's history that influences the world where you build the plot. Everything that was...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Keeping the Game Lines Separate
    On the Order of Hermes.

    No ,really, it's on the Order of Hermes, those few paragraphs you mentioned aren't representative of the entire Mage Metaplot.

    The Technocracy formed with them. Gilgul was invented by them (see Heyel to see why this is important). Half the Traditions feelt pushed to the side because they are a bunch of dicks. Porthos was the narrator of the Fragile Path AND the one that started the fight against House Heleakar (Horizon Stronghold of Hope), by exposing their corruption to the Council (with the help of a young Hermetic) and forcing the Euthanatos...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Cryptocurrency and the VAs
    The Syndicate wants a cashless world with purely virtual transactions. However, I see in this thread that everyone seems to believe that they don't want these transactions to be "controled". I disagree:

    Remember that they are all about Crowdfunding but against individual creators (or groups of creators). It's in their book, independant creators in the internet are the bane of the Syndicate, no matter how marketable they may become. The Syndicate WANTS to control Utility, free creators are untapped utility but Crowdfunding can be easily followed and controled by an institution...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Other Mage20 books?
    I think there was going to be a guide about rich magicians, too...Don't remember the title, something about Filthy/Stinkin Rich guide.
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  • Aleph
    replied to Keeping the Game Lines Separate
    Indeed, Werewolves may be a bunch of murderous, even delusional, fanatics, but that's largely irrelevant to the underlying cosmology of the game.

    Werewolves may be wrong about many things. Perhaps Gaia isn't greater than the Triat. Perhaps they aren't the ones choosen to stop the Wyrm. Perhaps the Wyrm has to be released in order to restore balance. But the cosmic importance of the Wyrm, the spirit world, Apocalypse - these are never questioned. because that's the underlying theme of the game as much as the Jyhad it's the underlying theme of vampire.

    To say that Were...
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  • Aleph
    replied to 4th Nephandi faction?
    Well, but why don't kill the intermediary?. If you serve the Neverborn, why not address them directly?

    Who knows?, The Book of the Fallen may adress them.

    Personally, I don't like ALL Nephandi being divided between whom they serve. Many Paradigms aren't about serving spirits and such. At the same time, some mages don't know Spirit/DimSci. It stands to reason that some fallen mages wouldn't have the inclination nor the means to contact "patrons" - particularly in the Technocracy.

    It makes sense for Nephandi to make deals with potent cosmic (or not so cosmic)...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Keeping the Game Lines Separate
    That's the deal with Mage...It doesn't "negate" stuff. It relativizes stuff.
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  • Aleph
    replied to 4th Nephandi faction?
    Possibly, but in WoD (and in the Mythos too, btw), cosmic horrors were "created" eons ago. Possibly before humanity. At least some seem to be the nightmares of the Neverborn (which may have been asleep from the beguinning of Creation), while others are a total mystery.

    Hence, yes, there's "equivilant to the likes of yog-sothoth" in China, it's just that the folklore and legens don't speak about them (Just like they don't speak about them in Europe nor in America)

    Or, to put it other way: Why do you think that Occident can have yog-sothoth cults that...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Vulgar Effects
    Well, I would interpret the "higher consciousness" as allowing to break the boundaries of reality. If I visualize myself on home trough a drug trip or meditation I can reach that place on a single step, right trough the illusion of "distance". If I'm angry physics bend to my Ire, I can scream with a force that would shatter bones or burn trough my touch. Consciousness it's always consciousness of "something", and that thing it's what you can "grab", so to speak, to warp reality. If you're more conscious of the bullets of your enemies, who says you can't...
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  • Aleph
    replied to Vulgar Effects
    It depends...

    An Euthanatos could be as capable of catching bullets as an Akashic, as many do use martial arts. Other may shout a curse that kills the enemy on the spot. A really powerful Euthanatos invokes Kali and transforms his/her body into an avatar of the godess...

    You shouldn't think on terms of Traditions but on terms of Paradigm, which varies within Tradition. There's no hard limits to "their stuff". Bring me a Paradigm complete with foci (or a Focus, to use M20 words) and I can elaborate on the vulgar effects I imagine such belief can bring forth.
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