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  • All the justification you need. Reapers are the cool kids who break the rules and do donuts in the parking lot. Just straight up cheat and give them the ability to steal souls and harvest them using Prime/Mind at the same level as the equivalent Death spells. Cloud Infinite is #disruptive anyway....
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  • Caladriu
    replied to Chronicle Help
    It's a perfectly fine Free Council character. Generally if a player wants to be in an Order, they've got all the justification they need already. If he wanted, he could take Techne to draw on the art and science of criminal investigation itself as a magical tool, but even that's not necessary.
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  • Session 1, scene 1: someone with authority over all of the PCs informs them that they have been assigned some shared responsibility. "The three of you are my deputies for enforcing [policy that will lead to interesting trouble.] You can pursue it how you want, here's a starting lead, check back in with my people once you've got something." Try to spend at least the first chapter or two with all of the PCs in the same scene as much as possible, don't spotlight their personal stuff until they've had some shared group experiences and built a rapport in-character.

    The cool thing...
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  • Caladriu
    replied to The Anthroplogy of Magic
    I'm a big fan of the "Exarchs aren't real" interpretation and I run with it in all my games, to the extent that it comes up. At least by having NPCs advocate the idea. I really, really like a setting where characters believe and act on things that just aren't true.

    After playing the new Persona, I think it would be cool to have the Exarchs not actually as Supernal gods, but very powerful Temenos goetia that emerged from humanity's desire to be ruled, shaped and named by the belief system of the Seers. They do have real power in addition to the service of powerful mages,...
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  • Caladriu
    replied to Finding Keys
    When I've run and played Demon with my group, "a scene involving demons" implies NPCs qua demons. Or maybe some question or task specific to the demonic condition. It's not just "any scene with the PCs in it."

    Slightly aside from that, my players were vocally really happy with the idea of getting Primum 4 and completing the Cipher after just two or three stories. Fast early advancement isn't necessarily a negative, especially if the game isn't expected to run that long.
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  • Grab bag of ideas to deal with this Essence storm situation:
    • Death/Prime/Spirit: study it with Mage Sight to see what's happening
    • Time: Postcognition to study the scene when the cloud formed and see what caused it, possibly with Mage Sight or a ghost/spirit seeing spell active if it was something invisible
    • Mind: Psychic Domination to make the swarming spirits and ghosts destroy each other and discorporate, or just send them away before the Essence dries up
    • Spirit or Death: Cap the Well to keep the spirits from feeding on the Essence, maybe Shadow Walk (or Prime, Supernal Veil) to keep
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  • Moonstone
    Peripheral Sight | Spells: none
    Conditions: Divergent (Active), Guilty, Triumphant, Informed (Rumors) [-1 Strength]
    Health:
    OOOOOO | Willpower: 2/8 | Mana: 10/10 | Beats: 4/5 | Arcane Beats: 1/5

    The ghosts raise their arms in worship, and Moonstone matches them, raising his hands to the sky, his breath catching in his throat. The subtle body of his familiar flies out and feeds and restores him through their bond, and it all seems to make sense. He takes the Cloak of Night out of his bag and raises it reverently over his bowed head, imbuing its...
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  • I don't mean to trivialize a real tragedy by comparing it to fiction, but I was reading this article about a crime and false confession and it made me think of Promethean. It's a lengthy read, but I think you'll see what I mean if you stick it out....
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  • How viable is a chronicle set mainly in the Astral?

    I'm sketching out ideas for a short Mage chronicle, probably just one or two stories long. My basic pitch is I want the players to be responsible for a Temenos realm representing some idea that they cherish, probably an "ideal city" designed with their input, and they have to improve it and defend it against a siege by enemies (Seers, goetia, Acamoth, etc) who oppose that ideal and want to subvert or destroy the city. I really want to lean into the Mage themes of using your power and changing the world based on your ideals and Obsessions, using the setting of a literal besieged city....
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  • Moonstone
    Peripheral Sight | Spells: none
    Conditions: Divergent (Active), Guilty, Triumphant, Informed (Rumors), Obsessed (Reach the Essence Cloud), Deprived [-1 Strength]
    Health:
    OOOOOO | Willpower: 2/8 | Mana: 5/10 | Beats: 4/5 | Arcane Beats: 0/5

    Well, that's enough of that. Moonstone lets the half-formed Imago dwindle away in his mind, and returns to sprinting towards where all the ghosts are going. No time to look back for the rest of the cabal now. They'll see the Cloud soon enough!...
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  • Earth
    Conditions: Patient, Watched, Connected (Winnipeg Ramble), Informed (Cuprum), Atavistic
    Alembics: Verto (3), Stereo Humor (0), Arc (0)
    Health: OOOOOOOOOO | Willpower: 5/5 | Pyros: 9/12 | Beats: 3/5 | Vitriol Beats: 2/5


    gurgle.

    The Earth-creature digs under the bushes with misshapen shovelhands, one of them still more twisted than the other. Some instinct is saying to burrow into the dirt.

    A fly is buzzing in its brain. Spiderfly? That's it. It won't be good if the spider sees it like this. Better keep digging.

    ...
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  • Moonstone
    Peripheral Sight | Spells: none
    Conditions: Divergent (Active), Guilty, Triumphant, Informed (Rumors), Obsessed (Reach the Essence Cloud) [-1 Strength]
    Health:
    OOOOOO | Willpower: 2/8 | Mana: 6/10 | Beats: 4/5 | Arcane Beats: 4/5


    So nice to stop worrying for a change. Oh look, there are more flowers here, practically covering the lawn. How queer! Well, back to the Cloud...

    His eyebrow twitches. As he's running, his hand grips around his mirror. Turning the familiar shape and weight over in his hand helps clear his mind.

    ...
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  • The first time I took an undergraduate class on Hinduism, I frequently thought "hey, I know these words from Mage!"
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  • Maybe aim for something between utopian intentional communities and states where a fringe philosophy or religion is mandated by the authorities. I imagine living in an Ordo domain as a deeply strange and confusing experience where official titles are used in place of names, no one speaks plainly, and historic havens are annexed and repurposed as laboratories and meditation chambers. Loudspeakers play faded tapes of meditative chanting and white noise at Elysium, just loud enough that you can't shut it out. Stylized poster portraits of the Prince with seductive hypnotist eyes go up everywhere,...
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  • Hope I wasn't holding us up. On to Plot!
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  • Earth
    Conditions: Patient, Watched, Connected (Winnipeg Ramble), Informed (Cuprum)
    Alembics: Verto (0), Stereo Humor (0), Arc (0)
    Health: OOOOOOOOOO | Willpower: 5/5 | Pyros: 12/12 | Beats: 2/5 | Vitriol Beats: 2/5


    Earth is laying by the riverbank. A line from the constant internal narration that Vivid Dreaming brings is playing over and over in her mind: That is the nature of the Red.

    It's a very pretty thought. It reminds Earth of the embodied Azoth-figure from the Elpis visions. It's a fatalistic view, maybe, but the river flows where it flows....
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  • Moonstone
    Peripheral Sight | Spells: none
    Conditions: Divergent (Active), Guilty, Triumphant, Informed (Rumors), Obsessed (Reach the Essence Cloud) [-1 Strength]
    Health:
    OOOOOO | Willpower: 2/8 | Mana: 6/10 | Beats: 4/5 | Arcane Beats: 4/5

    So cold on his skin, it's like being touched by a corpse-

    Oh. Oh. His breath catches in his throat. Now he understands. The dark cloud, that's where it's all been leading. Won't it feel incredible to stand at the eye of the Essence storm and rise up to heaven on a column of cold wind? Maybe he would have...
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  • I'd rather steer clear of anything from Kamoshida's Palace. I'm holding out for Satanael :P

    Thanks for the spell clarification rwknoll, Pathfinder is a good model. Asking a question like that seemed to be in the purview of Space, but I do remember you ruled against a similar spell for seeing where Alux would manifest in the previous chapter. Chalk it up to Moonstone not knowing what his magic is capable of. How about this:



    I knew I should have cast Mental Shield on everyone, I almost did, but I figured "oh no, waste of a spell slot, we won't need it."...
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  • Moonstone
    Active Sight (Mind, Space) | Spells: none
    Conditions: Divergent (Active), Guilty, Triumphant, Informed (Rumors) [-1 Strength]
    Health:
    OOOOOO | Willpower: 2/8 | Mana: 6/10 | Beats: 4/5 | Arcane Beats: 4/5


    Moonstone's eyes are dilated. Through his Sight, the little girl on the bike becomes a captive bound on an altar, and the smoke rising from the sacrifice of her Mind is a divinatory omen about possible futures. The captive can't speak, but her thoughts spill past the chains if he listens closely. He smiles sweetly at her. "Don't worry. I'm...
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  • Playing Persona has got me really excited about having a goetic familiar, I'll probably invest in a more permanent and less weird one in the future. Here's the stats I'm using for Moonstone's Fear, I can change stuff if needed:



    I'm trying to think of other cool Mastigos stuff I can do to weaponize Moonstone's complexes and issues. As I'm re-reading the Path description, I really like the idea of not denying your passions and Vices, but mastering them and using them for power. Maybe some kind of ritual that gives him an additional benefit when he fulfills an Aspiration,...
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