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  • I mentioned Pillars from other foundations, which is one of the ways you might have Dark Ages 'archmaster' (someone who is on the cusp of realizing a proto-Sphere theory of magic basically, and perhaps has a way to cross-pollinate between diffrent fellowships). I did consider page 91's 'new pillar creation' sidebar but that carried more of the usual 'ST can do this but it's bad because its twink powergaming' discouragement that you get sprinkled throughout ST system games (including in other places in Dark Ages mage). The clear implication is that whilst you can do it, its not considered the 'right'...
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    Last edited by Mister_Dunpeal; 03-29-2020, 01:01 AM.

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  • I was always fond of Mummy as being one of the most 'different' (first was okay, second was better.. third was the most developed narratively but there were elements - like the Cabiri - I missed in MtR even though I really liked how they developed the Capocha and the Wu Tian) On the other hand I'm not sure it was ever popular enough to merit the kind of growth other lines (Even Demon) got because in alot of ways it was always an adjunct to VtM more than anything (I don't think they did much to tie it to Mage or Werewolf apart from name dropping.) And given that MtR came out at the time the...
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  • It could be a consensual reality thing that becomes a sort of 'static' consequence because its prevalent enough in popular belief. Especially if you include all the different flavors of numina (True Faith and the Celestia Chorus approach to dynamic magic have a number of options for how they correlate, for example. Nevermind things like theurgy) There's various ways numina could be 'tied' to bloodlines (or belief could tie them to bloodlines) and out of that you might have a True mage arise (think 'struggling awake' merit in Sorcerer Revised). As Aleph notes the other traditions could...
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  • Honestly one thing I've toyed with for disciplines is having the 'major' physical and mental ones (the ones that aren't specialized like the original/V20 Obtenebration, chimestry, etc. which were considered 'magical' IIRC) be associatd with an attribute the same way Potence was (and IIRC V20 associated celerity with dexterity.) That would be one option/path whilst the other would be having associated powers tied with it (that *IS* one thing I liked about V5) The physical ones are pretty obvious. For social ones I thought of (Dominate/Obfuscate = Manipulation, Presence = Charisma, Protean...
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  • My interpretation of the material is that being a really powerful mage isn't just having enough dots on the chart (Arete, spheres, whatever) but also having the mind (knowledge, imagination, wits, experience, etc.) to use their powers effectively/efficiently (maximum results for minimum effort and consequences) - which is in line with what Aleph mentioned (use of Talismans, rituals, influence, etc.) Think along the lines of a memetic 'always have a countermeasure' Batman....
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  • The implications of what Aleph mentions also illustrate that the Foundation/Pillar system is distinctly different (mechanically and not just flavor) from the sphere system which also can be a factor. Someone who might be exceptional enough to reach the level of 'Magister Mundi' might also be exceptional enough that they could learn the pillars/foundations of another mage and gain power a 'different' way. Since Foundation/Pillar rules allow you to use magic even if your Foundation is lower than your Pillar (at the cost of quintessence) you could see someone who might achieve alot of power in...
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    replied to Dark Ages Settings...
    VtM always feels like it runs more on the european side of things maybe the Napoleonic era (sort of the ends of empire and the rise of America). It also feels like you could parallel victorian age vampire with civil war if you wanted to have some of it in America as well. The age of european colonization might also be an interesting timeframe.

    And just for shits and giggles how about Vampire: The Golden Age of Piracy?...
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  • The other thing about Tome of Secrets is: What qualifies as 'legendary?' I mean are we talking a really famous archmage or something like the Wyck or Lilith (they could be 'legendary' mages too I think?) which to me kinda just reinforces the 'its optional' phrasing implied in that.

    Besides as another recent thread mentioned not everyone may like/agree with the Archsphere idea from Masters of the Art given that Horizon gave a similar/different approach. If you went the Horizon path and paired that with, say, Sorcerer revised and their approach to paths (also capping at ~6 dots...
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  • Mister_Dunpeal
    replied to Becoming a reversed Imbued?
    Any or all of the above probably qualify by that definition, I guess it depends on how strict a comparison to the imbued you want to make (much less a Dark Ages Inquisitor.. who in some ways might be more powerful/versatile than the imbued.)



    That might be because, by DtF's system, imbued have significantly more Faith than your average person:



    Your 'average' human might be around 1, usually 2 faith:



    Mechanics wise the Storyteller Companion lists the Hunter with a Faith of 7-10 so thats 'approximately' true and fits...
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