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  • Irioth
    replied to Hermetics without ritual or tools
    As a rule, I prefer to minimize the use of physical objects as tools as much as possible, and even more so slow, complex rituals. Small, portable, easy to use or hide physical tools are reluctantly allowed, but they'd better be secondary in the character's foci system. So something like a wand, dice, cards, or jewelry might be acceptable like 10% of the time, but absolutely not if they were to be used all the time as in Harry Potter's world. The desired standard for my mage characters is they may be thrown naked in an empty cell, and they retain 90% of their magickal power if they are not also...
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  • Irioth
    replied to What is your favorite Kith?
    If mindset is the deciding issue, then Eshu are most preferred and Satyrs are second best. If powers are the gauge, then Trolls, Redcaps, and Autumn Sidhe are the ones I really fancy in this rough order of preference.
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  • As others have said, there are plenty of rules that support multiple Covenant membership, if that's the path you want the character to take. There is a cap to Covenant Status in such a case, but you can subscribe to up to four different Covenants by it. A Merit (Right of Return) allows to ignore Carthian Status for the purpose of the cap. Another one (Twilight Judge) can effectively make yourself or anyone you support above Ordo Dracul law, including the rules on membership, learning Mysteries, or forbidden lore. Yet other Merits (Casual User, Chorister, One Foot in the Door, Laity, Independent...
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  • Irioth
    replied to Hermetics without ritual or tools
    I can't. The so-called Laws of Magic piss me off into ragequitting. I absolutely cannot stand a setting where fundamentalist Judeo-Christian morality, anti-magic prejudice, and fantastic racism are written into cosmic law, characters are threatened all the time with summary execution or descent into madness if they indulge in normal PC activities such as using lethal magic, body transformation, mind-reading, mental control, or necromancy w/o any concern for circumstances like self-defence, necessity, or consent, and mortals are the chosen race that is possessed of free will and deserving of protection...
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  • Irioth
    replied to Archmages Vs Other Supernaturals
    As a matter of fact, the Pax does not absolutely stop an Archmage from making significant changes with Imperial magic to the templates of other supernaturals, either individually or for the whole spat. It only forbids them from doing so w/o the approval of the godlike patrons of the splat. One would suppose such approval may be obtained by divine bargaining. And as usual, this does not concern Imperium rites.
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  • Irioth
    started a topic Hermetics without ritual or tools

    Hermetics without ritual or tools

    There are several things I am fond of and admire about the way the OoH does things, including their vision of metaphysics that puts humanity and human Will front and center, their inclusive, practical, and meritocratic attitude towards membership and mysticism (elitism is OK as long as it is earned), and their uncompromising drive for self-empowerment and self-improvement. On the other hand, I absolutely cannot contemplate playing a mage whose foci system is significantly based on cumbersome physical trappings and tools, or slow and complex rituals. I'm not any fond of mechanistic paradigms (or...
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  • Irioth
    replied to Book of Secrets on DTRPG
    Yep, I kick myself for having failed to notice this issue before the errata period was over. I assume the wording in all likelihood was supposed to say that. At least between the two of us we puzzled out its likely meaning....
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  • Irioth
    replied to Book of Secrets on DTRPG
    I see your argument and the gist of it sure makes sense conceptwise (make no mistake this Flaw's fluff works nicely and the Flaw is excellent for certain concepts) but the RAW still makes no sense and your argument fails to justify it. Sure, in this case the Avatar is what fuels the mage's rage and it is an integral, 'internal' part of the mage. But we have several examples in the WoD of supernatural splats that face very similar circumstances and in no case their triggers for frenzy work remotely like this. And it outlandish to argue that a vampire's Beast is any less integral and 'internal'...
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  • Irioth
    replied to Book of Secrets on DTRPG
    Much as I expected, I found most of BoS of high quality and rather interesting and useful as the de facto second volume of the M20 corebook, especially the updated compilation of Merits and Flaws and the expanded foci chapter which got most of my attention and interest. The main issue I found with BoS is a continuation of the author's unfortunate tendency to use M20 books as a soapbox to preach about his pet peeves and twist setting and rules to fulfill them, which sometimes grows rather annoying for people with their own reasons to disagree, including yours truly.

    I'm generally very...
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    Last edited by Irioth; 08-01-2017, 09:06 PM.

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