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  • Pretty sure that if you are watching a spell being cast you can identify what it does just by watching it with Mage sight. I don't have the book on me to look into it and verify though. If it's an active spell that is just sitting around for whatever reason, then yes it would be a Mystery....
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  • Yeah you can improvise any spell that you have high enough Arcana to cast, always. If it's not a Ruling Arcana, you have to spend 1 mana just to cast it, in addition to any other mana you might need to use.
    Seeing as you'll likely have low rating in non-Ruling Arcana, Rotes are pretty strong in them, but you don't have to have them....
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  • I misread it. You are correct....
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Sample Mysteries
    I understood that reference....
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  • It should be noted I haven't mentioned this to any of my players (all two of them) yet so there's nothing on the line for me. I was thinking about it and was wondering what others would think about it. I hadn't considered how it would affect a Time Mage, and having one feel like a God among men for being able to help the cabal cast more spells in a shorter time is likely a much better table payout than adding a new spell factor to consider.

    I agree with Inodiv that at lower Gnosis Reach is harder to get than dice are. However after reading the other comments I think I'll set this...
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  • When on of my Mages summoned an Abyssal I had it show up as a Doppelganger that went straight to one of the most unpleasant Mages in the city and challenged him to a duel after insulting him. It then spent the rest of it's time manifested just watching the unfolding chaos....
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Where to start ?
    Intruders: Encounters with the Abyss is amazing. The diversity of potential antagonists is really amazing. Makes you think about Abyssal entities in a way you wouldn't expect. For example one of them shows up as a screwdriver, or pocket calculator, or some other small useful tool that helps it's wielder creative impossible inventions, while another is a pathway that if you walk along it you get consumed by the Abyss....
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  • Accelerated Casting Time Feedback Request

    So we all know that you can extend the casting time of your rituals in order to gain a dice bonus on the casting roll. But what about those situations where you have time to prepare, but not as much time as you'd like. Should Mages be able to accelerate their rituals at the expense of a dice penalty? Just to get the conversation started I drew up some example numbers
    • 3/4's casting time : -2 Dice
    • 1/2 casting time : -4 Dice
    • 1/4 casting time : -6 Dice
    Personally I think anything less than that starts getting ridiculous. I also considered limiting it to 3/4's or 1/2. At this point it's just...
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to A Mage's First Dedicated Tool
    I would disagree with that because the implication would be that a Mage without a tutor (who never ends up joining an Order or Ministry) would never develop a dedicated tool, which doesn't agree with the description or the intent....
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Continual Light: How to?'
    I concur, a group of terrorism minded mages probably wouldn't make it very far before they got nuked and dumped by someone/thing watching for just that. I mean, it would certainly be easy enough to justify the Seers having a spy in just the right place to catch the mages before they get up to anything too crazy. As mentioned, that doesn't even broach the subject of the other supernaturals....
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Continual Light: How to?'
    Actually yeah, thinking more on it I agree with you. A basic understanding (read Highschool or maybe 1st year college) is helpful. Anything higher than that offers diminishing returns and you're right that most of the added understanding would have to get discarded in light of the rules for how magic works (specifically the idea of symbolic truth bearing more weight than real world truth). Sure your ST might allow for some creative work arounds, but again, diminishing returns....
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to A Mage's First Dedicated Tool
    Personally I've interpreted it to mean that the first dedicated tool a mage gets comes naturally as part of the awakening, or as mentioned above, as part of the process of choosing and establishing a Shadow Name. I've actually come to like the later option better after reading it. Either way, I doubt this is something that a mage could do 'accidentally', though I would consider it to be intuitive. They might not think of it right away, but even without a mentor I would expect any mage to figure out how to dedicate an item, and why they would want to. Remember, Mages don't understand the game mechanics...
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Storyteller Plot Idea
    I forgot about the possibility of Bound I'll admit. Though the cities population of mages is rather low, (small city and I like having a comprehensive caste list) so I can easily have it that there are not any there. On the other hand... potential for DOOM! Having them going to the Seers to ask advice on how to keep it's prison intact and solid could be rather amusing. Especially when the Guardians come knocking asking what they were doing talking to the enemy.

    The Seers themselves can't set foot in the city, but they are still using intermediaries, sleepwalkers, and Profane Urims...
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Storyteller Plot Idea
    My thought on that was a little more diabolical, because upon thinking more on it I came to this same conclusion. The entire world is united in one religion, so no religious bigotry or violence. Problem being the religion they are united under is an unpleasant one. Haven't decided on any yet but considering something ancient from South America (and the associated blood sacrifices to grease the wheels of creation) or even have it a straight up Abyssal entity being worshiped. Another option I thought of was that all the mages of this new world are Seers. Every single one of them. These sorts of...
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Continual Light: How to?'
    Seeing as it's right in the setting that Supernal laws supersede Fallen laws I consider it forgivable when they make scientific mistakes. I don't expect everyone to understand all the nuances of physics, I myself make mistakes and forget things rather frequently despite my Bachelor of Physics. That said I haven't found any unforgivable mistakes that I can recall, and mostly just little inconsistencies that can be easily ignored or dismissed under the premise of the first sentence of this paragraph.

    I do agree though, the more you know about physics the more you can get really creative....
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Continual Light: How to?'
    I think you could pull it off using Forces 4, according to the chart room temperature and a flashlight are equivalent, so you should be able to just turn the ambient heat in an area into light. Again, indefinite duration is a given. Lower than Forces 4 I'm not sure other than Forces 2 Control Light which would allow you to take a dim light source and make it much brighter. Depending on the situation that might be feasible....
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Essence bleed
    I'll be watching this thread as well as these are some interesting questions I hadn't considered....
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Storyteller Plot Idea
    Some fantastic ideas, and yeah sorry for not verifying the term, Hieromagus is the correct word. I've just been reading Practical Guide to Evil a lot and Hierophant is one of the characters. (I highly recommend that online book for WOD and Exalted fans as the Named in it remind me of Exalted levels of power)

    I love the idea of going the Annunaki route as I was a big fan of the Prince of a Thousand Leaves in the Boston book and used it in my first attempt at a Mage Chronicle.

    I should mention that the Seers were recently kicked out of the city due to the Hierach activating...
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  • TenguGrib
    replied to Storyteller Plot Idea
    Yeah definitely on both counts. Need a way for the players to identify what he's doing and roughly how. Maybe no specifics, but they should definitely be able to find clues as to what's happening. Same with his past, being able to get some clues as to who he is, who he was, and maybe some hints of something nefarious....
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  • TenguGrib
    started a topic Storyteller Plot Idea

    Storyteller Plot Idea

    So I've done some Storytelling over the last few years and am building a Mage campaign for some friends. I had an idea for a major plot villain and wanted some feedback on it.

    The Hierophant has been found. Or at least, that's what the Guardians are claiming. They are being secretive about it, and saying he will be arriving in Edmonton shortly. When the day comes, and he does arrive, he is able to demonstrate mastery over 5 different Arcana, specifically Forces, Matter, Spirit, Death, and Mind. In addition to this, his theoretical understanding of Arcana is unrivaled, he seemingly...
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