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  • Axelgear
    replied to On infiltrations
    There is one such merit in the preview, yeah. There's another that lets you know if it's something you've sensed before.
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  • At the very least, I hear demons dwell there and that there is a thriving banshee community.

    More seriously, Planetary Courts are probably the Places-That-Aren't type locales in the Shadow; not corresponding to any real place. Pathways to those realms probably exist in certain places at certain times when their resonance is strongest. The Court of Mars might be reached on a battlefield when Mars is overhead; Jupiter, through the entrance to a famed lawhouse when Jove looms above. Stonehenge, as mentioned, probably has pathways to Helios and Luna....
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  • Axelgear
    replied to On infiltrations
    His stats are in the 1e corebook. As for hiding, hide the spell from Peripheral Sight....
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  • Axelgear
    replied to On infiltrations
    I am aware. Nemean has Prime 3, so he could hide it with a Veiling spell.
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  • Axelgear
    replied to On infiltrations
    This cuts both ways. The person answering the door doesn't know if the person they're looking at is really them, but the person standing at the door doesn't know if the person they're looking at is a liar in disguise either. Mind-reading magic to confirm their identity could just be secretly a method to confirm treason. Far safer for everyone if they don't use spells and rely on subtle recognition of one another's behaviour....
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  • Axelgear
    replied to Examples of Patron Tools
    Harder-to-acquire yantras usually get extra dice, yeah. Alternatively, you can borrow the rule about Mythic Places from Dark Eras and give a Mana reward for using places that are so grandly symbolic.
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  • Axelgear
    replied to On infiltrations
    When your friend meets you at the door, do you ask to see their ID? Theoretically possible doesn't mean likely. You could, theoretically, disguise a tank as a car and hide the disguise under a Prime Veiling spell, but every Mage in the land isn't thinking "HMMM, BETTER MAKE SURE THAT HONDA CIVIC ISN'T AN ABRAMS".

    People look for what they expect to see. No spy in history has ever had a foolproof plan to hide their activities; they've survived by evading suspicion in the first place.
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  • Axelgear
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    Disguises work for for hiding your physical appearance. Acting works for hiding your mannerisms. If you're in the extreme case where you need to even hide your memories, lock them away in your Oneiros so that even you don't remember them.

    In the end, your average Mage expects spells and magical deception but without the red flag of Mage Sight, they're really not much better than mortals at spotting mundane ones.
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  • Axelgear
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    There's a lot of openness to interpretation in the rules. Mages are always aware when their spells are Clashed but Mage Sight is not a spell; a Clash tells you something resisted you, but you don't know if you succeeded or failed, etc.

    As for dropping spells when entering a sanctum, that feels like good manners, yeah. Natural courtesy.

    As far as infiltration goes, though, there's lots of methods to do so without a spell. Spells are shortcuts, that's all.
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  • Axelgear
    replied to Examples of Patron Tools
    Patron tools are the incorporation of symbolic resonance for the person's Exarchial/Abyssal/whatever patron. Physical objects are one form they can take, but they might also include a prepared environment or symbolic act.

    So, for example, a monitor set to observe feeds from security cameras would definitely count as a Patron tool of the Eye. Likewise, a Seer sworn to the Paternoster might stand in a high vestibule, listening to the chanting of parishioners below, praying to a false god and murmuring useless prayers, and use that to empower a spell as well....
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  • Axelgear
    replied to How paranoid are your mages?
    My kind of jam.

    I've got stories of the other side of that, too; how a Mage being able to tell people what they are doesn't alleviate that deep, crushing sense of loneliness that comes from not being able to trust someone.

    Being a Mage is a delightful and special kind of hell; the kind you'd never give up....
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  • Axelgear
    replied to How paranoid are your mages?
    I've got a PC cabal in my Ausgame that didn't have one character with it until recently. Even then, he couldn't really afford to cover all the spells everyone might have up all the time. Not without risking Paradox.

    Edit: I'd say hiding a Spirit spell from Mage Sight is way more the dominion of Prime, because the part you're hiding isn't any element of the Spirit arcanum. You're hiding that it's magic at all.
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  • Axelgear
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    "Easy peasy" if you have Prime 2+. Most Mages do not.
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  • Something worth considering in this is that trauma affects people's behaviours. The brain compensates for exposure to traumatic situations by trying to assess ways in which to prevent that trauma in future and can, if the behaviour becomes maladaptive, lead to pathologies.

    That sort of response can be healthy if the person works through it properly and comes to a more realistic perspective. Taking more care to be observant when driving, for example, is a healthy reaction to a car crash. Refusing to near a vehicle is not.

    Mages, of course, are obsessive loons whose pursuit...
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  • Axelgear
    replied to How paranoid are your mages?
    How paranoid PCs are seems to follow a natural arc, from not paranoid at all (new to the game) to extreme panic paranoia (still learning the system) to the subtler and more insidious form of paranoia (familiarity).

    Remember, a Mage who walks around with active spells on them shines like a Christmas tree. Walking down a crowded street without them, another Mage won't likely notice you, but if you are wandering with active spells, it attracts notice.

    The truth is, there isn't much point keeping up spells like that constantly, especially given how much trouble it might...
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  • Stepping into the faulty memory arena, I remember there being the exact opposite conversation, where Dave stepped in and said that a Ward or a Ban just sitting there and not blocking anything still makes your crazy wizard bullshit radar go ping. I went checking the archives, though, and cannot find anything on it for the life of me.

    Also, yeah, Mages are rare and capable of massive reprisals that make them killing one another - even sworn enemies like the Pentacle and Seers - rare and important events. PCs being PCs will see such events more often than most Mages ever will, but the...
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  • Axelgear
    replied to Alternate rules for Wisdom
    Why not just not call Changeling Arcadia "Faerie"?
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  • Axelgear
    replied to Alternate rules for Wisdom
    Say it with me now: Mage Arcadia is not Changeling Arcadia.
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  • Axelgear
    replied to Signs of Sorcery Release date?
    "Burdened" seems like a curious word choice. I imagine Dave took the project because he was interested in it, not because it was assigned.
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  • It's been good to have, yeah; keeps the cabal from getting into fights when everyone has an agreed-upon mechanism of dispute resolution.

    Incidentally, Goodfeather's player is something of an artist and has decided to try drawing the cabal, starting with Goodfeather.



    There's actually a note in Goodfeather's sheet which reads "Voiced by Christopher Lee", if that helps inform your image of the man....
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