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  • It depends. With a sacred hunt, Essence is split among pack members. A Rank 0 spirit has a max of 5 Essence. That could be one Essence per packmate, one member getting 5 and others getting 0. The more powerful the spirit the more Essence (unless it's been used up) and the more you can spread it around.

    The book says, 'doing so is usually a breaking point toward Spirit and is seen as disrespectful if done without good reason.' It's up to you to decide if 'I was hungry' is a good reason....
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  • nofather
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    Was Octopath Traveler good? Reviews seem mixed, good idea but done fairly blandly.
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  • nofather
    replied to [2E] How to get Essence?
    You most often get them via loci, then sacred hunts or eating flesh.
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  • nofather
    replied to Let's Talk Comics
    That happened in Stealth, too. Following up on that, apparently there's a TvTropes page about the magical abilities of lightning in fiction....
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  • Probably. While they do say things won't be referenced in later supplements, the Nosferatu clan book describes something a lot like it.

    From p16, 'Then, they came, in search of the divine blood. A hunting party of five — a coterie we only now know as the Brothers Worm. They were dead men, yes, but men just the same; five brothers playing the same Requiem, hungry for blood, hungry for power. You know the legends — they were true then as they are now. Drink the blood of an ancient creature and you may know secret power. Drizzle the blood of a lycanthrope on a sponge of milk cake...
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  • nofather
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Nazis, of course. Apparently some are jumping to 'accelerationism' by exacerbating situations like we're in right now.
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  • nofather
    replied to Range of Hunter's Aspect
    'When inflicting her hunter’s aspect on a victim every single sense can identify one Uratha to another, as the man, the wolf, and the spirit all carry a prominent, forceful aura. The hunter’s aspect forces her aura on her prey. The Uratha lets loose her predatory bearing, in order to confront and cow an onlooker.'

    I take this to mean there must be a reasonable amount of interaction. Similar to Lashing Out, the prey must 'get the message' somehow. But I'd allow for it to be done more impersonally, like Godfather's horse head, finding a car despoiled in some particularly inhuman...
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  • nofather
    replied to Games Discussion/What Are You Playing?
    Enjoying Nioh 2, more than 1. I definitely prefer the 'your own protagonist' thing more than the 'you are William of Rivia' thing. Probably hard to balance that out since some need a more defined character as protagonist.
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  • I think the thing is that the Mask is specifically called out as being penetrated by supernaturals. 'Fae beings and other supernatural creatures with mystical senses can see through the Mask.'
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  • nofather
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Unfortunately there's a lot of people who prey on the disinformed and they basically stay in power by keeping people as disinformed as possible. Right now there's a Senator, Burr, for instance, who was the Intelligence Chairman. He's an elected official, and knew about the seriousness of the coronavirus. So before the economic downturn he sold a lot of stock, warned some wealthy fundraisers that it was going to be serious, then went and reassured the rest of his constituents that it was no big deal....
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  • nofather
    replied to Let's Talk Comics
    Meanwhile in Catwoman, Snowflame is going to pop up in June.



    I'm imagining he's old and haggard now, or one of those CEO-types who strictly does the purest of meth....
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  • nofather
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    That 'maybe if we act as racist as we usually act people will be distracted from tanking the economy and complete unpreparedness' is a political strategy that works. Also, blaming millennials.
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  • nofather
    replied to Let's Talk Comics
    I think people who are claiming Marvel is out of touch due to two characters in New Warriors have not paid attention to Marvel for the last at least twenty years, or even New Warriors. Writers now are almost always going to be adults, and so they're almost always going to be out of touch with kids. But I don't think it's pandering, comics have always torn from pop culture, and it's almost always in a roughshod manner. Look at Dwayne McDuffie's pitch for the Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers, basically satire inspired by Night Thrasher of New Warriors.

    Basically, they're not trying to...
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  • nofather
    replied to Spirit Ecology in WtF
    I'm glad to hear that and yeah you and Tessie absolutely have a point, a bigger spirit isn't going to need to glut on tiny Rank 1s every day and might be seeking out a more steady source of Essence like a locus. And the higher Rank spirits having more Influences to pull from really helps them in their feeding.

    Offhand, I figure 'civilized' areas are more likely to negotiate and work off tithes than the wild. Like a sheltered spirit-area allowing spirits of emotion and activity hang around them providing they bring people and Essence in. While wild spirits keeping it more akin to their...
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  • nofather
    replied to Spirit Ecology in WtF
    A few books in first edition really got into it, most notably the Book of Spirits, and for werewolf in particular, Predators. Though they never get into the complete top-down details from a Shadow Prince all the way down to its lowest minions.

    I have it pretty populous, and pretty predatory, but I've noted that when I have described that people instantly respond with the description of it as a hellscape battle royale, so this is probably a good place to elaborate. It would be populous the way the area it reflects is. The Hisil reflection of a forest is not animal spirits constantly...
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  • nofather
    replied to Nameless and Accursed on DTRPG!
    I haven't gotten to their section in N&A but in first edition a driving force among the Tremere was finding new kinds of reapers and absorbing their legacies into them. Our story had someone who seemed to be acting like a new kind of reaper and the Tremere (and another House) were arriving to steal their secrets just as the players were.
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  • I think Hunter was sort of unique in that it had a ton of compacts and conspiracies that a lot of people really took to heart, and I was a bit surprised they decided to deal with some of them at all, rather than leave it blank or name-drop them in more positive or at least ambiguous ways. Like, even without being mentioned no one thinks the z-splats from other games in first edition were killed off just because they weren't mentioned or given full write-ups. Still, I have to agree with Ian Watson that it doesn't seem like its 'embraced metaplot' solely due to actually dealing with that. It shows...
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  • nofather
    replied to Vampires and Spirits?
    There's also this supplement, Spectral Hunger, which expands on interactions with ephemerals (mostly spirits and ghosts) and strix.
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  • nofather
    replied to NPC Gnosis and Arcanum
    I really liked her but she definitely puts the Big in Big Bad.

    The kind of antagonist that makes you want to up your game tier just to get them to fit in....
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  • It's been a busy two weeks, but I apologize, I read it and meant to come back but didn't.

    For Aspiration I'm torn between a more neutral 'Identify a bad actor online' and a more progressive 'Identify supernatural activity online.'

    I think the focus could use a little tightening up, maybe starting with Digital Eye. Like going without Transhumanism is fine, but are they just hunting the exposure of supernatural acts? What is the totem all about? Bringing it through the filter of 'this is a cult of magical entities' might help a lot. Weird them up a bit.
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