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  • Ah, my bad, I should have clarified that you need conjunctional Life to phase through a living being. The rewrite makes sense, using the same baseline as Shaping....
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  • Thank you, glad you liked it. I thought it could add to the ghostly feel of the Moros, while having some fun espionage applications....
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  • I think I see why it would look like Weaving, but this spell is actually a variation of Shaping. But rather than targeting the object to do complex changes, you keep the alteration magic close to a person, doing minimal distortions on nearby objects to let them move as they please. When they are done, it puts things back how they were, leaving no evidence of their passing. It doesn't change the properties of matter, it simply moves it unnaturally.

    What effects did you mean should be a Reach effect ? The immobilization one ? That was just an observation on a fun application you could...
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  • Heinzelmann's Trods (Matter ••)
    Practice: Ruling
    Primary Factor: Duration
    Withstand: N/A
    Suggested Rote Skills: Athletics, Stealth, Survival

    This wraps a target in a thin layer of magic that distorts and moves matter around them, allowing them to traverse it without disturbing it. They can swim up buildings, dangle down from ceilings, "phase" through doors and even dive through the earth.

    Should duration expire while they are moving through matter, the target becomes harmlessly stuck. Some mages take advantage of this effect by casting...
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  • Considering how the scope of magic is, well, infinite, I find it admirable how clearly and concisely that was translated both mechanically and thematically. Its a lot easier to understand than first edition, fascinating in many ways, such as how it uses yantras to give benefit for good roleplaying or how Wisdom de-incentivizes murderhobos while seeding plot hooks via Acts of Hubris and Paradox.

    As much as I really enjoy MtAs, there was certainly an entry barrier trying to wrap your head around your personal paradigm (I need to see if this is still the case in recent editions) and...
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  • You were probably thinking about Weight of Years. The core book covers aging things into dust, how to use it in combat to cause exhaustion and some Life spells cover rapid aging. But, to me, one of the first things that came to mind was using a blast of aging to speed up things that don't need sentient input. It can both be used for stylistic flare and general utility, so I thought it would be helpful to make one.

    RobinCoyote One theory is that Rigor Mortis is within its purview. Another one is that, since ectoplasm is 3D and shadows are 2D, you are applying the properties of one...
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  • Very cool arcana combination and theme. Their philosophy sounds like a more focused version of the Tamers of Rivers.

    Where some people perceive their thoughts as music or different things, they seem to perceive them as a sea. Ideas flow, to be focused is to be submerged in it, passions are its tides, the subconscious lies in its depths.

    Since they have no Watchtower, I feel they would see their Gnosis as a monument raising out of the ocean of conciousness, forged by transforming the water into materials. Early on they forge pillars, as they gain experience they melt those...
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  • KaiserAfini
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    Pretty much, its the reason why the Free Council advovate for techne, Sleeper symbolism reinforcing Supernal Truth. So if you are a programmer, you double down on high tech tools. The mitigating factor is that its only a +1 per yantra, the plus side is that you get them consistently for focusing on your character's themes. If the cabal learn it and they also have it as a cabal theme, then it can become quite potent indeed.

    This is not only how you make the Virtual Adepts or Sons of Ether in MtAw, but every single Tradition. Its a cool merit that shows how diverse the Free Council...
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  • But how do we justify it being a Compelling rather than a Ruling ? The good thing is that Fate can detect their intent to communicate. How about Fate 1 and Mind 2 Veiling ? It detects the intent to communicate and veils the information in the corresponding part of language processing.

    I really want to find a Fate based solution, if possible.
    I'm trying to come up with new types of Acanthus shenanigans....
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  • I think the main problem is not having something solid to step on or having a way to alter the forces to make up for it. That being said, I think this could be done with Matter. By using Ruling to levitate the subject's clothes and subsequently them. Although something like a diving suit or jump suit would be best if they need to move upside down.

    Alternatively, you could use a Weaving of Matter to solidify the air around a target's feet (and in response to certain hand commands), which I believe is closest to what you are seeking....
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  • Silence of Harpocrates (Fate ••, Mind ••)
    Practice: Veiling
    Primary Factor: Duration
    Withstand: Composure
    Suggested Rote Skills: Medicine, Stealth, Subterfuge

    Sometimes all that is needed to guarantee an operation's success is for key witnesses to keep quiet. This curses the target to be unable to communicate. Sometimes they will lose their voice or bite their tongue, other times their hands will shake, rendering them unable to write or type, sometimes the idea or the specific words/signs simply "slip their mind". It is said this was originally...
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  • Speaking of which, would a shielding of Mind be sufficient to spare them the Fog of Eternity? Would one of Fate be enough to protect them from that aspect of the curse ? Would you need to use both ? Or would you need Death and Mind to stop the entropic decay of nemory ? Would Veil of Moments also work ?
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  • Time for a complex spell, inspired by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe:

    Valdemar's Gaol (Fate •••••, Time •••••)
    Cost: 1 mana
    Practice: Making
    Primary Factor: Duration
    Withstand: Composure
    Suggested Rote Skills: Academics, Occult, Science

    This suspends the target in a state of quantum uncertainty, both alive and dead (or broken and unbroken for objects). The caster can then name up to [Potency] keys that resolve this state in a given way, ending the spell. For example, at Potency 3, the keys could be: solving a given riddle returns them alive,...
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  • I followed that approach on my first design for the spell. But it would then require taking the original time the task needs, then figuring out what X value of Potency would be necessary for a new process completion interval of Y:

    Y = (original value in some time unit, hours, for example) / (2 ^ X)

    It would need enough Duration for the whole interval, and starts at Potency 1, so it requires yantras to be more useful.

    The intent behind it can be expressed as "the caster wants to complete something that doesn't involve a living being (such as growing...
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  • Feast of Goibnui (Time •••)
    Practice: Perfecting
    Primary Factor: Potency
    Withstand: N/A
    Suggested Rote Skills: Crafts, Medicine, Science

    Speeding up time for something as complex as a living being is difficult, but doing so to complete a predictable procedure is far easier. This allows any autonomous process on a non-living target to be sped up by up to [Potency] days. Images that would take days to process forensically can be completed instantly, food that must spend hours in an oven can be done in moments, medicine that takes days to synthesize can be made...
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  • A ghost mage would need someone or something he obsesses about strongly enough to want to remain after death.

    There is also fear. They know that after death the Psychopomp will probably go out of its way to bleach their soul, reset them to square zero and reincarmate them as Sleepers. Losing a lifetime of knowledge, being powerless again and being very vulnerable to Reapers, horrors of the Lower Depths, etc. That could scare a mage into making a backup ghost, or tethering their soul into a soul stone or locale. Of course, that also means lots of countermeasures and a certain desperation...
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  • Exactly, which is why the Mysterium setup the guanxi system and its other protocols, to make it more likely for members to find their path unimpeded....
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  • KaiserAfini
    replied to Magic crafting speciality
    Ah, right. Fixed it, thanks....
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  • KaiserAfini
    replied to Magic crafting speciality
    I think I see the issue, there is a mix up between enhanced and imbued items. An enhanced item is one that has been altered by magic. Flying cars, bags of holding, lucky guns, a wristwatch that creates full body armor, etc. They are wondrous, but can be created by any mage with the right Arcana.

    Imbued item and its variations are all about making gadgets. Storing spells for others to use, specializing them, etc. So why is this good ? Firstly because you can hand them to a Sleepwalker (or Sleeper if you are discrete or don't mind the Breaking Points) to use.

    In addition,...
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  • Ah, ok. In that case, I second Errol's recommendation and also add the Silver Ladder book, managing things is their specialty. They invented the Consilia, and the more I think analyze it, the more it sounds like a brilliant way to keep mages organized against their foes and away from each other's throats.

    In general I go by the rule that using any kind of magical manipulation is viewed by other mages as unacceptable, so you would need to be extremely careful to conceal it with Prime and even then discretion would be advised. Unless you are using it defensively to conceal your own...
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