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  • As others have said, Awakenings are generally disconnected from lineage. The important part about getting Sphere magick is to have a personal, mind-expanding revelation about the nature of Reality and what is possible. Anyone can have that.

    That said, many family lines pass on Linear magical power, as Sorcerers (or Psychics, etc). If a member of such bloodline became a Mage, the family is liable to see them as "particularly strong in the Gift". Whereas the children of Awakened family members may have high expectations placed on them, and/or being seen as a disappointment...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Sleepers Using Charms
    If the Imbued character thinks the bullets will work - really believes in their efficacy - they shouldn't have any problem using them.
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  • I would need to break out my Mage books to actually look up spirit Charms - and I've got my own project to work on today - but off the top of my head, here are some ideas for powers the Goddess of Liberty could employ.
    • The ability to open any lock and undo every binding. As an embodiment of freedom, she has the power to free the trapped from prison and the enslaved from bondage. With the Goddess of Liberty's blessing, the Mage cannot be tied or cuffed, nor do locked doors provide impediment to her movement.
    • Embolden the spirits of those enslaved. To truly shrug off the yoke of slavery, the
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  • Come to think of it, there is one other option: use it as an excuse to get together for a one on one game session. In between everyone else's game - where getting schedules to sync up is a pain - the ST and Black Hand player run a solo mission.


    Actually, there's yet another option: Black Hand members often come together to form temporary packs for missions. When that happens, have the other players make temporary Black Hand characters they can run during that mission. For a normally social-focused chronicle, it lets players branch out and do something different.
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  • Or else to bring the rest of the pack along as "assistants" to the Black Hand member's mission. But functionally, that makes it a Black Hand game, at least part of the time. So six of one, half a dozen of the other....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Strange New Tremere
    People often forget three important elements of Thaumaturgy Rituals: Access, Time, and Material Components.


    Access is what it sounds like: just because a Ritual exists, does not mean your PC can just learn it. The Tremere power structure was built, not just on blood bonds and obedience, but on hoarding magical knowledge. Dispensed, as needed, to those Tremere loyal and useful enough to their superiors to justify granting them greater magical power. If a player looks through the core books and sees a Ritual they want their PC to learn, the Storyteller is fully within their right...
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  • Well, if we're just imagining whatever we want now, why bother with buying the new books at all?

    Just because we aren't beholden to them, doesn't mean criticisms of a product are invalid....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Let's Talk Comics
    Likely so. It's happened so many times before, with the "Big Two". Younger, less popular characters - whether ill-formed from the start or merely not given proper development - are sacrificed in the moment for cheap pathos. Unlike the popular characters who get sacrificed, though, the unpopular rarely get the benefit of a resurrection. They tend to stay dead, forgotten and unmourned, save by those few who actually liked them.

    That this is likely to happen to an explicitly non-binary character is sort of the cherry on top of this BS sundae....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Let's Talk Comics
    Indeed. I, too, found the concept of "Internet Gas" to be a highly Golden Age or Silver Age conceit. But while we accept the Flash's origin, if for no other reason than because it got grandfathered in, it's harder to justify for a new character. Even the Golden Age Flash, whose origin involved drinking "heavy water", was retconned later as it triggering a latent metagene. The expectations of comic readers have shifted. A nebulous "internet gas" isn't necessarily going to fly anymore.

    A cloud of nanomachines would do it. It, also, is a handwave, but one...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Let's Talk Comics
    *Rubs bridge of his nose* Jesus Christ. Alright, let's do this.

    So Marvel Comics is launching another New Warriors series, and part of that story is having existing New Warriors heroes come together to mentor a set of "New New Warriors".

    Two of them are these characters: Safespace and Snowflake (who is non-binary).




    No, I am not making this up. This is not a prank from 4chan. This is actually a real thing Marvel Comics is presenting, wholly seriously, on their website.

    I am...I just...what?

    Predictably,...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to Kill Six Billion Demons
    Huh. I wasn't aware we had a dedicated Kill Six Billion Demons thread on this forum. I don't hang around the Exalted stuff.

    Been reading the comic for years, and I'm glad so many other people like it.


    Indeed, 10 Vigilant Gaze Purges The Horizon is packing a great deal of horse power....
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 101 DnD Character Ideas
    139) Sarnai the Scarlet Hope, Caretaker of Dragons [Human, Draconic Sorcerer]:
    In Sarnai's world, most folk scavenge the ruins and machines of fallen empires, taking refuge where they can between vast wastelands. In Sarnai's world, True Dragons have not been seen in living memory, and are thought to be extinct. The Wyrm Restoration Project was founded to reverse this process.

    Sarnai the Sorcerer was taken in at a young age, abandoned by a community that hated and feared those born with magical power (for was it not the Magicians and Artificers that left the world in such a sorry...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to What are you listening to right now?
    Been a while since I listened to Muse's album Drones. I forgot just how good every song on that album was. Currently listening to "Psycho".

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  • Bluecho
    replied to What kind of DM/ST/SG you are?
    I've had few enough chances to DM that I can't fully say I've figured out my style. But the way I've come to approach the game in my limited experience is a mix of Wizard and Ranger. I like to plan ahead, because having material on hand makes it easier in the moment. And I favor a sandbox style, where I plop the PCs down in a game world and let them find the adventure. I want to grant my players the freedom to choose their own path, but I also like to curate encounters.

    If there's one way I'm deficient as a Wizard, it's that while I do A LOT of lore building (I have literal months...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to What is your 'cover' in vtm?
    I'm now imagining a vampire cobbler, who has honed the craft of shoemaking over centuries. Other Kindred come to him to get hand-crafted shoes, because they're nostalgic and he's the only one who knows how to make shoes the way they like it. (Read: in a method that went extinct among mortals hundreds of years ago). Sure, plenty of old Kindred will settle for expensive designer shoes or, in a pinch, a cheap pair off the rack. But if given the option, they'd want a bespoke pair (or several of them) in styles made perfect in the Regency era or something.

    This also applies to non-vampiric...
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  • Bluecho
    replied to 1001 Interesting Quests/Dungeons
    14) Cow For Ransom [Fantasy RPG; short quest]:
    A religious holiday is coming up, and the local town has a ceremony where a healthy bull is sacrificed. This year in particular is an auspicious occasion, though, owing to a cosmic alignment that comes once every few decades. This calls for a more special sacrifice: a white bull, without blemish. It took a great deal of time and effort for the town to secure a suitable specimen, the accomplishment of it being a mark of pride for the local lord.

    Such a rare bull is worth a lot of money, especially to the town. Making it a coveted...
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