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  • The real reason? Because 1st ed Mage drew a lot of its cosmology, especially regarding things like Entropy and The Marauders from 1st ed Werewolf's Triat. 2nd ed moved away from that, establishing its own separate-but-similar metaphysics, but a lot of artifacts, especially the idea of the Euthanatoi and their signature sphere being "tainted", continued to pop up.

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  • I will just mention Nathaniel Hawthorne as the other writer alongside Lovecraft and King in the New England trinity....
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  • I have always found that the Chorus seem to make more sense if you look at them as essentially Gnostic* heretics who pretend to be practitioners of other monotheistic and quasi-monotheistic faiths, and use those real world faiths as "gateways" to The One the same way the Akashics use real world fighting styles and philosophies as gateways to Do. But that's just me.

    *(Not literal real world historical Gnostics, but the same basic concept of having secret knowledge and truths only available to the properly initiated.)...
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  • I think the "we know what is really going on" aspect is a natural outgrowth of the Awakened understanding certain underpinnings of reality (or at least believing they understand it) combined with the game's themes of hubris (it's not the only theme, but it is one of them). Mages are all just a bit full of themselves to one degree or another, and naturally think they understand their own cultures or undertakings better than any of "The Masses". Not that they should necessarily be right though....
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  • Geographically, probably the Indian subcontinent and its vampire population.

    More generally, what vampires do for entertainment, which gets into issues of Elysium, the Rack, and other parts of the game which weren't fleshed out as much as they could've been.

    What happens when vampires have the Fame background, how this impacts their standing in Kindred and mortal society, all the Masquerade issues which crop up, issues of feeding/Herds, Resources, fame vs infamy, and so on....
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  • They Came From The Grindhouse. The PCs are the protagonists of sleazy 70s exploitation flix. Inner city street hustlers, women in prison, redneck racecar drivers, and other assorted weirdos.

    Obviously this has potential for crossover with Classified (some of the stranger ends of the Bondsploitation genre) and Beyond the Grave (stuff like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and other grindhouse horror), as well as expansion into things like Japanese yakuza and delinquent films.
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  • There is a book by Orson Scott Card, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, in which a group of time travelers go back to the 1490s to change the events of European contact with the Americas. At one point, they discover that the timeline we are familiar with is the result of another group of time travelers having gone back to prevent Columbus from being the leader of a Christian crusade against the Ottoman Empire by having him become an explorer instead.
    I could easily see various groups of would be do-gooders tripping all over each other trying to "fix" the earlier...
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  • Alaska and the Yukon. Cuba. The lost world dinosaur plateau in Venezuela. The Empire of Brazil. Argentina. South Africa. The Congo. Ethiopia. Egypt. The Ottoman Empire. Vienna. Prague. Transylvania. Fictional German or Italian principalities which didn't get absorbed by unification. Siam. The Kingdom of Hawaii. The Hollow Earth. The ruins of Atlantis. The Moon.
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  • My general thinking is that these are aspects/incarnations that have been corrupted by the three main Titans, and that the pantheon as a whole is in serious danger of falling to its Titans (which is something I don't think we have seen yet with any of the existing pantheons, IIRC).

    I'm also poking at the idea of a cult of sorcerers called the Wizards of Menlo Park....
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  • I will mention that some of the gods have developed Titanic mantels, such as Uncle Sam as Uncle Sugar (an antagonistic figure to many of the pantheons of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as others), or the Everyman as The Mob (as in torches and pitchforks, not organized crime).
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  • So, a brief update/expansion of sorts.

    Primordials

    The American Dream
    The Founding Fathers

    The American Dream has no Scions, but probably inspires Saints. The Founding Fathers may or may not have Scions, I'm not sure yet. (If they did, the Callings would probably be Leader, Sage, and Shepherd.)


    Major Gods

    America (Tripple Goddess)
    • Columbia - Guardian, Leader, Shepherd
    • Lady Liberty - Guardian, Healer, Leader
    • Lady Justice - Guardian, Judge, Sage
    Uncle Sam - Guardian, Leader, Warrior

    Other Gods (partial...
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