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  • My understanding is that Conditions granted by a spell only grant Beats from their resolution if they're negative, and the exception described under Fate's Boons section is linking "you can grant positive Conditions with the standardized Fate spell mechanics," "unlike normal positive Conditions, where it is merely inadvisable to resolve them before getting a Beat from a negative Condition due to the per-scene limit, positive Conditions granted by spells do not provide Beats when resolved," and "if you roll an exceptional success on a spellcasting roll, you can apply a...
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  • The part where these are secretly-operating grand cults dealing with magical resources and societal cachet and Signs of Sorcery introduces an entire elaboration that lowers the effective Availability for a resource based on the Order's areas of focus, how long the character is willing to wait for the request to be fulfilled, and other mitigating circumstances like taking a less-popular resource or accepting Conditions. If you open up requisitioning at Status 1 for outsiders you open up requisitioning as a whole.

    There is no such thing as a one-dot Artifact, but also the things I just...
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  • A single dot of Order Status without requisition rights is what the system suggests as part of the "if your character works closely with a second Order" caveat to "Order status is usually limited to one Order."

    Being able to be treated as an honorary member of a second Order is more likely for the Status Merit benefits of that Order Status — you have access to Caucus facilities, benefit from the bonus die on the Status 0 rank-and-file, and can get a foot in the door to request meetings as though you were a ground-floor member of the Caucus in good standing instead...
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  • Redownload the file from DriveThruRPG....
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  • The fact that character creation says you must assign at least two of your three starting dots to Haunts your Burden has an affinity for, and the fact that the unique Haunts of each Burden are not mechanically distinguished in how they're learned aside from only being in-affinity for one Burden instead of two, collectively imply that yes, you can spend up to one of your starting Haunt dots on the signature Haunt of a different Burden....
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  • I would recommend using a different name for this one, because this is already the name of a Merit printed in the Changeling 2e corebook....
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  • One of the Bound who hit Synergy 3 at some point previously knows their geist's Touchstone, hits Synergy 0, and ritualistically destroys their geist's Touchstone to resolve the Flatlining Condition instead of resolving a Remembrance scene or dying for good. After that, the character has a dot of Tyranny, which is only mechanically different in that they always roll Tyranny + Intimidation to intercede in crisis points.

    Given that becoming Tyrannous makes you a Storyteller character, the implication that the same things that provide Synergy Beats allow these Bound to raise their Tyranny...
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  • My understanding would be that you form Oneiric Goetia relating to the concept once you're exposed to them, and those Oneiric Goetia in turn are the likely actors or raw material by which a Temenotic Goetia would affect changes through your presence in the Temenos.

    The interactions between the Astral layers from their native are currently not very explicitly defined, but just as I wouldn't assume Animal Masters cross the Omphalos to give rise to animal-headed gods in the Temenos, I wouldn't assume those animal-headed gods are crossing the second inversion to do the job of an individual's...
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  • Something's up, for which the individual character's situation should probably provide an explanation given that, as you observe peripherally, even mage societies that don't talk about Gold Laws still tend to favor recognizing mages for their mastery of the Arcana. As with putting a disproportionately high starting rating in other Traits, players should be expected to have an answer for where that comes from if it seems to produce weird results in a vacuum.

    Not on paper, but transmissible knowledge is certainly a useful currency to spend in the Order that has its own named economy...
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  • I feel like the contents of the "Souls of the Rapt" section on page 89 of SoS adequately covers the most likely initial consequences of this....
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  • Satchel
    replied to Thoughts on Barghests
    A mitigating factor on this bit in particular is the matter of targeting — if you don't have Death 2 and you aren't dealing with a perceptibly Manifested Barghest (or, by some awful turn of events, you're in the Underworld and working with the rare specimen that managed not to charge into the Rivers), your primary recourse with Life alone is going to be inferring that you're dealing with some sort of invisible nonliving animal and throwing up an Area-scale spell to affect whatever eligible Barghest happens to be in the area, because you can't directly target something (or hit it with an Aimed...
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  • I would read that as a reminder rather than an additional surcharge....
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  • They didn't in 1e either; 1e just made the note that regardless of the season there tends to be at least one variety of goblin fruit that can be found that's less rare and less efficacious than an amaranthine, whether it's blushberries, dream-a-drupe-murmurleaf, ertwen, or something else. Those varieties aren't prevented from existing just because there isn't an unattached note about them in the section on goblin fruits in 2e.

    Goblin Bounty didn't exist in 1e because 1e subdivided Harvest into categories that included Hedge Bounty instead of having Fair Harvest as a specifically emotional-harvest-boosting...
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  • 'Bout an hour and a half or so. Memorizing the names and Subtle/Overt status of the Core Variations was something I'd been doing since the Kickstarter launched while I was working retail, and like I said, it was a day for restless energy....
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  • The Imperatus Alembic's Persistent effect of reducing healing times wouldn't make much sense otherwise, and while the 2e corebook's got a section titled "Mortal Healing" it doesn't replicate Vampire's equivalent section's note that the Kindred don't heal over time.

    Prometheans aren't like vampires, who magically restore themselves to their pre-Embrace state through the power of Vitae — they eat and breathe and have some semblance of fluids running through their veins; they're explicitly alive, and they heal like living beings....
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  • I'm suddenly struck by the notion of the Shadows' Predatory Aura as having a Long-Term Nimbus-esque Weirdness Magnet effect as a more diffuse version of having a displaced chunk of your soul out to mess with you.


    Separately, ostensibly in a version of the game where the Masquerade has some sort of Exposure Mechanic to hook into I feel like the Mekhet having some complication hooked onto that would be neat....
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  • I mean that unless you go through an offscreen timeskip between sessions to change the character's starting template from the Newly Awakened Mage Template to the regular Mage Template, you do not get the things the full Mage Template gives you for free from joining an Order in play.

    It is a function of having a Tyrannic Awakening. Being able to get rid of it would defeat the purpose of a Tyrannic Awakening preventing you from completely getting rid of the mark of the Exarchs without Supernal symbol-surgery.

    Notice is Yantra usage, and if you don't buy more Seer Status...
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  • You gain Merit dots. You do not get refunded Experiences you never spent if you lose those Merit dots.
    Depends on the specific Merits and the circumstances of the change in Order. Defecting from the Seers probably won't let you keep your Mentor, but if you transfer from the Arrow to the Mysterium on good terms you can probably keep your Familiar for long enough to conceivably raise your Death/Mind/Spirit spirit enough to cast the spell yourself if it's dispelled.

    The Newly Awakened Mage Template is for representing newly Awakened mages in play or beginning a chronicle with a...
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  • Definitely stated rather than implied, unless you're talking about something other than the Dreamborn-Claimed helping anchor the Refrain in that Era....
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  • My impression has generally been that having at least one specific bane that is worse for them than it would be for a vampire with the same bane from a different clan gives the Shadows something personal to hide, which fits perfectly well with the clan's yen for secrecy and esoteric knowledge.
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