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  • This is not a reason to switch. If you want new content in the world you are already familiar with, generate it yourself. I wouldn't trade Ascension's Umbra for anything. I have played without dice or books when I lacked these things. I took a deck of cards, removed the jacks, kings and queens, shuffled it and used it to produce the die rolls. It was an excellent session. That was twenty years ago.

    I am currently running Ascension for two other people. I have considered getting into Awakening for the purpose of importing its best features into Ascension. One of my players...
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  • HorizonParty2021
    replied to M20 House Rules
    Maybe just a high Willpower cost. I want my players thinking mostly about what they alone can do with Magick, Conjunctional Magick being an infrequent but significant event....
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  • HorizonParty2021
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    Conjunctional Magick does not require casters to have any dots in the Spheres used by other participants. They cast as if they were a single Mage with Arete based on the average of all participants. They take on a Fused status, during which they cannot do individual casting as normal, making them more vulnerable. The Fused status lasts for three times as long as it takes to do the spell. Quiet can spread from a single participant to others. Intense Resonance can spread from one Mage to another while Fused. So, Conjunctional Magick isn't something you would want to do very often, but players...
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  • Emphasis on using a Proxy. Three possibilities present themselves.
    1. Killer for hire.
    2. A person previously drugged and subject to mental coercion in a mundane fashion.
    3. A person controlled via Mind 4.

    None of these proxy-killers would stand a great chance of sneaking up on the Awakened victim, who I need to define a bit.

    As for layering, here goes:

    1. Victim is a male Verbena Mage appearing to be in his late twenties. He is over 100 years old, having used Life Magick to extend his lifespan. Long ago, he built a house on property...
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  • HorizonParty2021
    replied to Pregnancy rules
    In my early days of WoD gaming, I often got into the same argument with a fellow storyteller. He emphasized that it's world of Darkness in which you are DOOMED hero doing their best and facing Personal Horror. I kept saying that it didn't have to be that, especially with Mage and that Constant Horror isn't scary, just oppressive, "Oh, my vampire frenzied and killed his true love - again.". The troupe kept getting larger until this one guy came along who was not a nice person to begin with and reveled in the personal horror aspect, more so for other characters and the players playing...
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  • I had previously considered a plot in which this Mage had become a Marauder with contagious Madness. She is a lawyer. She is attempting to safeguard a state government's environmental/forestry policy against corporate and Syndicate interests. The Syndicate floods the capitol with an army of sleeper and EC lobbyists using preemptive Anti-Magick to thwart her Spells (mechanically raising the difficulty to where she frequently botches), causing her Paradox. Since it involves the Mind Sphere, it is appropriate to rule that she incurs Quiet. Since she also uses Time (a Dynamic Sphere) in conjunction,...
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  • Using the risk of Quiet to enlist a Mage's allies "against" them

    In my head-cannon, the Technocracy and Traditions have an agreement where Marauders are concerned. They will suspend hostilities and work together, temporarily, to capture or kill a Marauder. A Mage can have a high degree of Temporary Quiet and not be considered a Marauder, whereas a Mage with a lower amount of Permanent Madness-Quiet is technically a Marauder, because they are incurable. So, framing someone as a Marauder as an espionage tactic would be considered very dangerous, because it undermines future cooperation when the threat is real.

    In my Chronicle, a Tradition NPC...
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  • Challenging murder investigations for Mages with Time2 and other Sphere Perceptions

    So, I know I could have a killer be a Mage with Corr2, Matter2 and just teleport a poison pellet into the victim's coffee from the other side of the world. That might be a little too hard to solve. One of my players has the Time Sphere. Even if I restrict access to the crime scene, she can see who went in or out of a place in the past. The killer could have the Time Sphere as well, but I already had a different NPC use a Time Ward to hide their participation in something nefarious. I'm not ruling out using it again if there's no better option.

    If you were building a Technocracy...
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  • HorizonParty2021
    replied to Pregnancy rules
    That is really callous.



    If you want to give someone new a chance to ST, you could use this as a guideline. It talks about Lines and Veils: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjG-YbG_Q1k



    Personally, I would just have the pregnancy (chosen by the player) happen during downtime when everyone is learning new Spheres....
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  • HorizonParty2021
    replied to Pregnancy rules
    The first question I would ask is whether miscarriage caused by violence should be avoided in the story altogether. That's something to discuss as a group if one of the players' characters is pregnant. It could be that both Traditions and the Technocracy have rules against harming a pregnant woman of the opposing faction.

    I would also look at how pregnancy affects Willpower recovery. Mages can recover WP in one of two ways. They can meditate. Are there symptoms of pregnancy that would prevent meditation deep enough to recover WP? The other way to recover WP is to act in accordance...
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  • HorizonParty2021
    replied to Pregnancy rules
    I can't remember which book I read this in. It may even have been an Onyx Path YouTube discussion. It was talking about storytelling awakenings or a player and ST coming up with awakening backstory for a female character. It advised Against using the character's experience of being pregnant as a trigger for awakening.

    The differentiation went something like:

    "Awakening is suddenly realizing that the *World Around You* is not what it seems. Being pregnant is an experience of connection between an expectant mother and the life *Inside* her."
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  • HorizonParty2021
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    I like Utopian Etherites. Make the world better. Are you a player or storyteller?...
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  • There is one thing I have not found the answer to. If a Mage has multiple ways of improving something, he should be able to improve it More than if he had only one way. A Mage with Prime 2 can enchant a car or an essential part like the engine. With Matter 3, you can improve it by refining its shape or density. With Matter 2 and Spirit 2, he can imbue it with ephemeral power. Rungoc's character has all of these. For the purpose of armoring the car, he should be able to use all three on the body of the car to make it practically impenetrable (in the case of Spirit, using that of a turtle)....
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  • For clarity, I will call the Technomancers participating in this operation Loop Team. There is serious disagreement between Technomancers in the region over what to do with the Tradition Mages occupying important territory. Loop Team are those who want the Traditions removed and are attempting to do that without killing rival Mages whose Chantry would retaliate.

    Loop Team first show the tape to those sleepers who they need to in the absence of Tradition Mages. They use the evidence to gain the help of key people. For sleepers, the evidence does not point to a hoax. The video...
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  • Does the Ventrue compete fairly and legally in business?...
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  • True. He is also the result of an alchemical ritual that turned him into a Mutant....
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  • I don't understand what this is meant to express. Are you saying that it is normal for Vampires to expect to be able to make ghouls? Are you saying I have an attitude suited for being a ghoul? I can't make out the meaning....
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  • Yes. He has Sign powers. They are limited to doing specific things, mostly related to killing monsters or human enemies. Igni sprays fire, for example. It's the Sorceresses who can do true, versatile and more powerful magic....
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  • Aard: Forces
    Igni: Forces
    Quen: Forces and Life
    Yrden: Time 3 (slows enemies down)
    Axii: Mind 3 for hypno/daze, 4 for puppetry, Spirit to affect Specters and such

    Potions: Life and Prime
    Bombs: Matter and Forces
    Oils: Life and Matter

    Combat abilities: Corr 1, Entropy 1 (automatically attacking the target that, by attacking, avoids attacks by other enemies)
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  • Could just alter the obsession so he does not try to control or possess her, instead being totally devoted. Vampires deserve to be made into Mages' bitches for constantly trying to blood-bond them. Mages on top!



    None of us in the replies have the benefit of being able to access the storyteller for this Chronicle. That's why I use language like, "It's likely the Ventrue who control local police there. ". It is within the power of Mezlabor's character to identify and study the actors and adapt any plan accordingly. What I suggested is good strategy when...
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