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  • KageMCS
    replied to Homebrew Mage Merits
    Double post, but this is definitely worth promoting. A complete style (Inodiv sure is better put-together than I am), and one about living sacrifices. Isn't it just a bit twisted blood sacrifices are part of the innate template and not just an add-on? I like how you start out improving tools, leading up to using the sacrifice for a truly powerful Yantra itself. Oh, you can get a potent Yantra relatively easily, but what will it cost you? Really brings up images of Aztec and Mayan sacrificial rites in my mind, especially the first two dots. I realize "magical tool" could be anything,...
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  • KageMCS
    replied to Homebrew Mage Merits
    I cannot recommend "Doing First Tongue Translations" thread enough. Among the First Tongue translations are some specifically Scelesti translations. So I made a request for a translation last thing before bed, and in the morning I found this waiting for me.



    I was all set to run with it, then I got a notification and found this.



    And now Adrasalieth is my personal hero, for putting all that additional time and energy into my little request, and for dropping in a connection to the Gate. Please forward all likes to the original post...
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    Last edited by KageMCS; 10-09-2018, 03:21 PM.

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  • Thank you! I blamed all the multiple offered translations on the vagaries of the language differences. And I will continue to do so. You wield the English language with care and precision more native speakers should aspire to. Brevity may be the soul of wit, but don't look down on loquaciousness!...
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  • Wow, is it my birthday? Thanks for putting that much extra effort into this, it will do quite handsomely. All that detail you always put in really helps a lot. I think I'll hang on to Thirik-Harmathakhdul if only because the description you included spoke so strongly to me, I'll come up with some justification. Maybe a Scelestus learned in Spirit uses it as a sort of formal categorization, shared only with carefully selected fellow specialists. As for Nakarim and Ubārim, they follow very logically, fit well into what I was thinking, and dropping the number of syllables below six is certainly...
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  • In a world with explicitly supernatural elements.

    All the rest?

    "Forsooth! I am slain in honourable combat by the better man. Had I but shuteth up, I would not be in such a plight."

    Happy? Now, on to the systems!...
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  • The whole World of Darkness, and by extension the Chronicles of Darkness, is a game of personal horror. It's precisely the reason for the whole game's very existence. And there is no horror more personal than torture. Some people are going to want to run games about that. Some people are going to want to run games where the players weigh the costs, pitfalls, and benefits, pick up that chance die and roll it. Some people will want some crunchy rules to model it.

    And Hurt Locker falls flat because it doesn't deliver any GOOD mechanics for that, so this thread exists. All the political...
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  • Oooh, both of those look useful. They have very nice implications built into them. I'm thinking I'll use Thirik-Harmathakhdul for most, while Yageken-Thun is used as a stealth insult to masters that hunt down students for beginning the Path of Befouling. Sort of a "digging yourself deeper" jab for those in the know. That's my thoughts right now anyways, I'll definitely be thinking it over more, maybe take more time to look over the dictionary more thoroughly. Thank you!...
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    Last edited by KageMCS; 10-08-2018, 09:56 AM.

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  • I've got a request for a translation: Pilgrim.

    Just for context, Moinen came up with an idea for a Mage style merit that's basically a diet Scelestus. No Befouling, just protection from their own released Paradox. I'm trying to come up with a term regular Scelesti can use to differentiate between Rabashakim and these guys who really aren't part of the ziggurat of antinomian magic. I'm leaning more towards "pilgrim" because it fits with the religious overtones of "cupbearer." And you just don't call potential recruits "marks" or "rubes."
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  • KageMCS
    replied to Homebrew Mage Merits
    Well, I can't take all the credit for that. Not originally my idea and all. Hopefully Moinen doesn't mind us playing around with his toy too much.

    Yeah, I like that "softer form of going Scelestus." I think it's what originally drew me. I'll adopt that as my platform.

    SCELESTUS-LITE, NOW WITH 0% BEFOULING, 100% "F*CK CONSEQUENCES."

    I'm thinking the style falls in a very grey area, not interacting with the mechanics for Befouling your spells. Not directly anyways. I'd imagine there being some old masters of Four Rules who have never Befouled...
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  • KageMCS
    replied to Homebrew Mage Merits
    Is it okay for me to bring this back up? The concept really got me excited, but then it dropped from the conversation. Hopefully Moinen will weigh the worthiness of my offering.

    I did like the offered drawback of more lasting Paradoxes from HerbertIsBestBert. But maybe it should be a more personal drawback, like penalizing the check for Wisdom loss? Perhaps the style imposes a penalty of half your merit dots (round up) when releasing Paradox into your spells? If so it could drive the mage to using their inured spells to circumvent the drawback, consequently drawing down more Paradox....
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    Last edited by KageMCS; 10-07-2018, 05:05 PM. Reason: Finally realized I didn't link the quote correctly. Or credit @HerbertIsBestBert. *facepalm* Hopefully I've fixed everything now.

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  • KageMCS
    replied to My CofD Blog!
    You know, now that I've been reminded Sophia is "up there," I just realized that no matter what is going on, there is a hierarchy to the Supernal. And I just don't see that flying with the Libertines. So for the Council of Free Assemblies to truly succeed in their metaphysical goals, they can't just overthrow the Exarchs. They need to also somehow overthrow Sophia, and replace her with... what exactly? A set of representatives, perhaps one for each Arcana and one for the Abyss? Gee, wonder what might become of that? If they spot the problem with that, I suppose...
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  • So enemies, rivals, allies, and mighty supporters of the big set pieces. Little known and possibly heretical side stories of the great myths that underpin the cosmology. And quite possibly just famous supernaturals, perhaps? I dig it.

    Vampire is so rich with mythology and might be true tales it's scary. Sister of the Crone, rendered down for a blasphemous working. What remained after even her ghost was used beyond its ability to recover? Childe of Dracula, he took his work in a heretical direction, becoming a monster among monsters that had to be eliminated. What terrible transmutations...
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  • Not sure if this is thread necromancy, but what the hell, it's Mummy.



    A thought I had (which may well be me being Captain Obvious) is that it could also be argued in the opposite direction, and thus tie into Mummy's central theme of identity. Aspirations can define your character's goals, what they want out of life. What does that say about a character whose Aspiration is supernaturally locked by their template? How much of your character is herself, and not something imposed by her Judge or the Rite, when even the goals set by the player are restricted? That said,...
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