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  • Bluecho
    replied to Verbena ritual
    I hope they don't. I never liked Blood Treachery's rules. They felt draconian, and reinforced an interpretation of why Embraced mages lose their Avatars that I believe reduces the number of stories that could be told. (If the Avatar simply moves on, rather than being destroyed, it serves the same purpose, while also creating the situation where two incarnations of the same soul are running around simultaneously)....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1000 Mage Plots
    4) The Big Plan: The king of Brobdingnab - umbral Realm and home to the Bygones of the giant age - sired a child with a human. The huge progeny of that union has Awakened, and been charged by his father to pave the way for his giant brethren to march back into the material world.

    The Giant Son has multiple prongs to this endeavor. First, create or capture as many Nodes for his cause, so that giant Bygones may enter the world for a time without fading away. Second, to research and perfect methods - occult and scientific - to push against the natural (or unnatural) forces that hamper...
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  • The Fiend stood above the frightened mortal, bound and gagged to a chair. He raised his hand - each finger uniform in length - and ripped the gag away.

    "Gah!" the mortal gasped, sputtering. "Ah!" he cried, "w-what do you want?!"

    Bending forward, the vampire leaned on the back of the man's chair, so he bent over his captive. "Little fly...I am wondering what I shall do with you." He grabbed the man by his sweat-stained hair, and sniffed it. "Ah...life..."

    "I'll g-give you anything!" the man said,...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Questions...
    Indeed, that can be good, as far as it goes. But that sort of thing is Vulgar, and prone to attract attention besides (especially from Progenitors, who will take issue with such tomfooleries). I referred to the ability to control mundane insects that happen to be in the environment (or that you create with Prime). Alter some wasps or common spiders with Life 3 so they carry potent venom, and you can covertly take down most mortal foes. And despite the presence of Night Folk, one must never forget the threat of common folk. If nothing else, it is useful in driving away or distracting individuals,...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Questions...
    You could also use Life 2 + Prime 2 to create plants, or just use Life 3 to make existing ones bend to your will. Few vampires expect trees, vines, or thorns to snare them. You'd even be able to use woody vegetation to attempt a staking, though you'll need a fair few successes.

    I think that Matter 2 + Prime 2 is enough to direct corpses, because they're already built for movement from when they were alive. Prime is just filling them up with motive energy. To make a Golem (of rock, clay, or whatever material) walk around and act, you'd need Matter 3. That's the one that allows the...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1001 interesting character ideas
    38) Harmony was a university student, daughter of a wealthy visual designer. She studied philosophy, and engaged in fencing competitions, with aspirations to go pro when she graduated. Her life harbored little stress, so she dabbled in romance once or twice; she slept with one of her classmates, more for the ability to say she'd lost her virginity to her female peers. Still, she liked sex, and wouldn't be opposed to doing it again, though she had trouble opening up to people.

    All these things seemed to matter very little after her Junior year. She was studying Gnostic and Neo-Platonic...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Questions...
    Oh. That's...an interesting way to determine Arete. Can't say I've ever seen it before. To each their own, I guess.
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Questions...
    I...don't know what I'm looking at here. Beg pardon, but could you please explain what it all means?
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1000 Mage Plots
    2) Six Guys Just Hanging Out: In a major city, six men were discovered murdered one morning, all from slit throats. All six were suspended from ropes tied to one of their feet, their corpses arranged visually like the Hanged Man Arcana. In all cases, they were left in high locations, often on rooftops or top floor rooms; locations were all difficult or impossible to reach, much less carrying bodies. Each also had a number carved into their chests, from one to six. When the locations the bodies were found is plotted to a map of the city, and lines drawn in sequential order, it naturally forms a...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Questions...
    Big application? Elaborate....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Questions...
    Wait. That's eight Sphere dots.

    Just to make sure you understand, this does mean that you're spending all of your Freebie Points on Spheres, and none on raising your Arete above 1. Are you okay with this? Because if this is the case, you won't be able to use any magick above rank 1, which is mostly sensory effects. Are you okay with this?

    I mean, I suppose you could load yourself down with Flaws to make up for the cost, but that's a severe course to plot, if you know what I mean. Either that, or your Storyteller has given you more Freebie Points for whatever reason....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Embrace Mortals with numina
    To further illustrate my above point, lots of people are said to "have faith" in people or institutions. Things that verifiably exist. The faith of these people is in the goodness of the object of their faith. They believe that charismatic politicians can effect great change, and that their nations can avoid the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. They believe in the Revolution, or in Democracy, or the better nature of mankind.

    The existence of the subjects of these beliefs (a person, an institution, a revolution in the making, democratic processes, or human beings...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Embrace Mortals with numina
    I, too, don't think evidence and faith are incompatible. For my part, one must distinguish "knowing something exists" and "understanding that something".

    Our knowledge of the universe is and ever shall be finite. Creation - in all its complexities and minutia - is simply too large for us to comprehend in its entirety. How much greater, then, is the magnitude of an almighty, transcendent deity, boundless and infinite?

    It is said "God's ways are not man's ways". This gets to the crux of the matter: "We humans do not really understand anything,...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Questions...
    The City-Heart - the spirit of a metropolitan area - is going to be a pretty potent force within its area. I can't speak so much about them, as I'm not terribly well read in terms of Werewolf lore (where much of Umbral politics is laid out in detail)....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Questions...
    I don't think you'll get such dramatic results from awakening the spirits of things. The vital spiritual essence of an object may be awake, but that doesn't mean it's a very powerful spirit. What awakening objects CAN do, though, is make things easier or harder, depending on who is using them.

    The knife can't really stop someone from grabbing it and using it to cut. From a spiritual perspective, it may not even want to, as it is an object whose natural function is to cut. What it could do, though, is stay sharp longer (in the hands of someone it likes), or get dull faster (in the...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to How to create a chantry?
    I disagree, for one important reason: a Sanctum loses efficacy when the location is frequented by people of a different Paradigm. This is a basic aspect of Sancta, and why the books advise mages not to let just anyone come into their special place.

    Therefore, it's only practical to create a Sanctum in a place that the mage controls. Anywhere else, and the Sanctum is simply too fragile to be worth the effort of establishing. This is why mages don't drop everything to create one in every hotel room, public restroom, and taxi cab. People come and go all the time, and the character is...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to How to create a chantry?
    How a Sanctum is created in-universe is a point left deliberately vague. In the Revised era, you needed a minimum of 5 years of working in a space per dot in the Background in order to make that Sanctum. M20 didn't mention that rule, so it can assumed to be dropped as a requirement. It still shouldn't be easy, though, or else mages would create Sancta everywhere they go.

    I would rule it as the character needing to ritual consecrate the space to their magic, in whatever way makes sense to their Focus. This isn't a game mechanics task, but a roleplaying one. The Hermetic draws wards...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Embrace Mortals with numina
    Reading through World of Darkness: Sorcerer, it has rules for how Sorcery transfers over in the event of a change in splat.

    According to this book, Sorcerers cannot become Fera or Changelings. Not sure how accurate that is - it's possible for a person to learn Sorcery Paths before their First Change - but that's what it says. Presumably, Sorcery does not transfer to Gifts, even if the change happens, as Gifts come from spirits.

    For a Sorcerer who becomes a Vampire, they can either transfer dots in Sorcerer Paths directly to dots in blood magic Paths or Disciplines, or...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Setite Questions
    From what I understand, no.

    Sure, all Setites are expected to worship Set, but in practice many in the Clan only pay lip service to the cult. Ultimately being more concerned with their own interests than that of their Antedeluvian founder.

    A few actively rebel against the ethos - it's not a nice belief system, and I can see some childer getting put off by it all, for one reason or another. This last point is my own supposition - I don't like Clans being monolithic institutions as a rule - but I know there are those who reject the cult. The Clan likes to salve their egos...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1001 interesting character ideas
    [This one inspired by these pages from Girl Genius.]

    37) A student of the classics of high artifice, this Etherite's passion is automatons. Not the clunky, serviceable droids common among his more practical peers, but elegant clockwork figures that mesh Science with Art.

    Often belittled as a boy for his love of dolls, this son born to minor wealth discovered a life-sized doll at an auction, which sold the possessions of an eccentric recluse, claimed after his untimely demise. The young man bought the doll, along with the scores of documents that otherwise started bid...
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