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  • Arcanist
    replied to Homebrew Sorcery Rites
    Still curious about your commentary, if you'd still like to critique them. Oh, and I've written another Closed Rite based off spells from the Greek Magical Papyri.

    Aphrodite’s Binding: Take river clay and mix it with a piece from your victim, such as hair or nail clippings, or blood, and make it into a small effigy that will be anointed with the blood of the one who desires the victim. Pierce the effigy with thirteen bronze needles in key mystical centers, like the eyes and the genitals, while praying to Aphrodite and Neith to bind those senses under cover of night, and keep it in...
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  • Ministry of Mammon: Gold (Imagine Dragons)
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  • Arcanist
    replied to Arcanist's Mage Homebrew Thread
    So I took another stab at the whole "reworking Imbued Items" thing. Dice pools are still abysmal for the non-Awakened unless the Imbued Item has a persistent spell enchanted within it, but given the dangers of Dissonance and Quiessence, it's probably safer that way.
    Modified Attainment- Imbue Item

    The mage can infuse an item with magic, creating an Imbued Item. The mage can imbue an item with any spell she is capable of casting. Imbued items retain their magic indefinitely; a spell cast using an imbued item might run out, but the imbued item itself does not. Attainments...
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    Last edited by Arcanist; 06-07-2018, 10:33 AM.

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  • Arcanist
    replied to Tinkering with Stigmatics
    That could work extremely well! Especially if you choose to pair different three-dot Supernatural Merits with a thematic Stigmata. That said, I'm still poking around the idea of a Merit based microtemplate based off the Stigmata Merit. Possibly adapting Demon-Blooded Merits to apply to everyone with the Stigmata Merit....
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  • I considered it, but since Satiety is supposed to be derived from Breaking Points and losing Integrity, it felt thematically wrong. On the other hand, it does give the really interesting image of the indomitable witch with rock solid Integrity, which synergizes pretty well with the rules for handling Ephemeral Beings.

    Master Aquatosic the idea was that Hags/witches need either absolutely spectacular Attributes to pull off Nightmares on the fly, or need all the ritual regalia they can muster. I'm reconsidering that decision now....
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  • Indeed. Attribute + Equipment Bonus...
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  • Vent0 I threw a little something together for Nightmare-wielding mortals.

    Hag (Supernatural Merit; •••)
    Effect: Your character is “hag-ridden”, plagued by nightmares. But the kiss of the Dark Mother allows them to harness their terror. Characters with this Merit may learn Nightmares for 4 Experiences each, and may activate High Satiety effects for a point of Willpower, and Satiety Expenditure effects by suffering a Breaking Point. If the amount of Satiety matters, for the effects of Nightmares, use 10- Integrity. Without the accumulated terror of Satiety, however, Hags are...
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  • Arcanist
    replied to Arcanist's Homebrew Hub
    So, that last post about how I'm extremely happy with Cults (As Violence Groups)? It appears as though I lied. There is always more editing that can be done. Unfortunately, as I'm updating the security stuff on my computer, and found out that my dad installed a keystroke logger without my permission, I'm not terribly comfortable logging in to my Google Docs to alter the documents at the moment, so I'm posting it here.

    Pyramid Play- Player Character Organizations

    Sometimes, your characters want to do more than just fight or join a Group of revolutionaries or Mystery Cultists,...
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    Last edited by Arcanist; 06-05-2018, 02:44 PM.

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  • Arcanist
    replied to Making Sorcery More Accessible
    Vent0 your suggestions about Traditions certainly work for me. Kind of reminds me of Exalted's style of Sorcery with its initiations and inherent rituals and such. I'll have to take a look at some folk magic here and there, see what turns up.

    Here's a first take on a "spellbook" merit.

    Black Book (to •••)
    Prerequisite:
    Ritual Sorcerer
    Effect: For each dot in this Merit the Sorcerer may learn one Rite, the knowledge of which is contained within the book's pages in the form of sigils and diagrams, incantations and blasphemous names. These Rites do...
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    Last edited by Arcanist; 05-31-2018, 03:25 PM.

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  • Arcanist
    replied to Homebrew Sorcery Rites
    Pardon for the thread necromancy, but here's a couple of Rites based off the Greek Magical Papyri that I put together last night.

    Blinding of Re: Taking the eye of a corpse that has died a violent death; the sorcerer crushes it in a mortar and pestle, mixing it with a scarab, unripe olive oil, and a rose. The sorcerer prepares the mixture at night, and at dawn spits out a ritualized threat to Re, demanding that the god turn his gaze away. Smearing the mixture on themselves, the sorcerer gains a +2 bonus to Stealth from dawn to dusk. Spending a point of Ab, the sorcerer removes the...
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  • Arcanist
    replied to Making Sorcery More Accessible
    Ah, thank-you for that! Hmm... such as using the Madness Condition to substitute the use of a ritual component of a Rite? Would the "Book of Spells" do something similar? Serving as a replacement ritual component for pre-selected Rites (to the tune of, say, one per Merit dot)? When you're talking about a group of similar Rites, are you thinking of a "magical tradition" type of collection? There is certainly a ton of inspiration for stuff like that in folklore. Though that might be better suited as a set of thematically related Rites than counting as a single Rite....
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  • Arcanist
    replied to Making Sorcery More Accessible
    I hammered this out in about twenty minutes, so mostly it's just tweaking the prerequisites for the Merit. But I'm currently in the process of writing some new Closed Rites. I'm currently blanking on Merits that scaffold off of Ritual Sorcerer but that's something I'm interested in.

    EDIT: Alright, now that I've had a chance to take a stab at this, here's my first Closed Rite. Criticism is welcomed.

    Calling the Daimon: Born out of a melting pot of cultures in Late Roman Egypt, the rite has elements of Coptic Christianity, Roman polytheism, and even Iremite Egyptian. The...
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  • Arcanist
    started a topic Making Sorcery More Accessible

    Making Sorcery More Accessible

    So, I absolutely love the idea of Sorcerers being absolute multidisciplinary geniuses, but that does tend to make it out of the reach of most starting characters and tends to restrict the development of characters planning to head in that direction. I took a quick stab at rewriting the Sorcerer microtemplate, but I'm having trouble thinking of Merits that scaffold off of Ritual Sorcerer like, say, the microtemplates in Hurt Locker have. I'm also thinking of converting some of the rituals from the Greek Magical Papyri, Kemetic magical texts, and the Picatrix into Closed Rites. (I'm also toying...
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  • Arcanist
    replied to Tinkering with Stigmatics
    Tiny bit of necromancy. Took another stab at the Stigmata Merit.

    Stigmata (• to •••••)
    Effect: Once per week, in a time of great stress or high drama (such as exposure to God-Machine phenomena) the stigmatic manifests their stigmata by suffering a point of resistant Lethal damage. They gain the 8-again quality to their next Supernatural Merit roll after the stigmata has manifested. Because of the intense, divinely-sourced experience of the stigmata, your character always starts a scene with at least as much Willpower equal to your Merit dots and their wounds heal twice as f...
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