Molding of the Lesser Mind
Cost: Ritual, 3wp
Lawgivers are the mighty warriors and priests of old, given dominion over all of Creation. They use their might and their words to sway history, but sometimes those they seek to influence manage to shake off the words of the wise. Molding of the Lesser Mind is one of the tools the sorcerer can use to correct that.
The sorcerer must have a piece of material of value to the target, whether that be a scrap of clothing, a cherished book, or even a lock of hair. During the course of the spell, which takes 8 hours to complete, the sorcerer subsumes the item completely with his Essence. Once this is complete, the sorcerer must roll (Essence + Manipulation) and can then implant a number of memories into the subject’s mind equal to the number of successes on the roll.
The implanted memories have an effect one of the subject’s Intimacies. The target difficulty for affecting a minor Intimacy is 2, 3 for a major Intimacy, and 4 for a defining Intimacy. Memories used in this way can only change an Intimacy by one level.
Alternatively, the sorcerer can attempt to implant memories which create a new Intimacy. Newly created Intimacies are at the minor level. The target difficulty for this is 2.
If the spell fails, it cannot be attempted again on the same target for a year and a day.
A sorcerer with this as his control spell needs only to have attempted a Social Influence action against the subject within (Essence) months in order to cast the spell, eschewing the normal required materials.
Piercing the Veil of Flame
Cost: 7sm, 1wp
Duration: One Scene
Sitting close to any fire that is the size of a campfire or larger, the sorcerer draws his face to within twelve inches of the flame, staring intently into the fire. Entering a trance, he searches through the ever-shifting tongues of flame to project his senses into any other fire in Creation. At first, he glimpses seemingly random images and locations, but he may focus his attention with a successful (Wits + Occult) roll with a difficulty dependent upon the distance his desired target is from his current location.
If the target is within a day’s journey, the difficulty is 1. Beyond that, if the target is within the same cardinal direction (or if both sorcerer and target are on the Blessed Isle), the difficulty is 3. If the target is located in a different cardinal direction, the difficulty is 5. If the target is simply nowhere near a fire during the time of attempted scrying (at Storyteller discretion), then there is no chance of success. The sorcerer will instead cast his senses to the nearest fire to that target, which can be quite random.
A sorcerer with this as his control spell may make a (Presence + Occult) roll with a difficulty equal to that of the original roll to find his target in order to cause the fire on the other end of the spell to grow suddenly larger, potentially setting structures, objects, and people on fire nearby.
Distortion (Goal number: 7): Distorting this spell allows the opposing sorcerer to cause the origin fire to grow suddenly larger, certainly setting the casting sorcerer on fire, and perhaps other objects or structures nearby as well.
The Liar’s Tell Tale
Cost: 10sm, 1wp
The sorcerer chants a mantra of the righteousness of truth as he reaches out his hands towards a target at short range. Dark ink swirls through the air and into the target’s skin, leaving behind no trace. The sorcerous ink carries with it the force of the mantra, however, and enforces a powerful curse that prevents the target from being able to tell a secret lie. The casting sorcerer must make a successful (Intelligence + Occult) roll against the target’s Resolve in order for this curse to take effect. If this roll fails, the sorcerous ink instead just splashes against the target’s body, leaving skin, clothing, and hair stained with ink until the target can wash it off.
A person who has been successfully cursed by this spell finds it very inconvenient to tell lies. Each time the target attempts to lie or bend the truth, the lie appears somewhere on her visible flesh as a permanent tattoo, merely describing the content of the lie, not the truth that was concealed. The only way for the tattoo to be removed is for the target to confess the truth and to admit that she had previously lied. Then the ink will be absorbed back into the skin. These tattoos will always move around on the target’s body to remain visible, even if the target tries to cover them up with clothing. If the target tries to cover her entire body with clothing to conceal the the ink, then that it is own sort of punishment.
A sorcerer who knows The Liar’s Tell Tale as his control spell may cast it on himself instead, suffering all of the above effects. He may then pass the curse off to another through mere physical contact. This contact can take the form of a handshake, a light touch, or an unarmed attack that manages to contact his opponent’s skin. The (Intelligence + Occult) roll needs to be made at the time of contact.
Distortion (Goal Number: 10): Distorting this curse allows the victim to cover up the liar’s tattoo with an article of clothing for a single scene. At the end of the scene, the ink shifts to be visible again.
Concept: Right Hand to the Prince
Seed: You come across a land in your travels that seems to have all but wasted away into insignificance. Through some arcane discovery, however, or through careful use of your power, you are able to rekindle a dying economy and infrastructure. Rather than take the reigns of the rebuilt kingdom yourself, though, you ensconces yourself into the renewed nobility and become the right hand to the prince, controlling the kingdom from the sidelines and the shadows.
Sample Character: Jareth
After his exaltation, Jareth wandered creation, trying to find his place in it all. That’s when he found the village of Solstice, nestled between two large, snow-capped mountains. It was a small farming village, boasting a population of no more than thirty, but that wasn’t what drew him. The ancient walls of Fort Solstice stood abutted against the western-most mountain, built into the side of the rock and scree.
Jareth spent severals days exploring its depths: a standard layout for a frontier fort, but with a series of winding tunnels leading to various places within the heart of the mountain. He suspected that he had stumbled upon an ancient manse, and he felt something calling him from deep within. He eventually located the hearthstone in a secret chamber, and once he attuned himself to it, he felt the warm flow of Essence as it immediately began transforming the lands around the manse.
The harvest that year was unlike any other. Within the next two years, Solstice had grown from thirty inhabitants to more than a hundred and fifty. Jareth felt he finally knew what he was meant to do. Through a series of subtleties and maneuvering, he convinced the people of the valley to elect a king, which they gladly did, albeit according to his will. He then insinuated himself into the royal household as a seneschal – a high-level advisor. Under his guidance, Solstice today wields a growing amount of power in the region, but with power comes envy, and every day Jareth tries to stay ahead of those that would see this power be used for ill gain.
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Concept: Forsaken Idol
Seed: Prior to exaltation, you were an influential person in your homeland. Then, in a dramatic moment, sudden exaltation allows you to save many lives, and your fame and honor among the people reaches the heights of near-worship. At this point, the government in the land turns on you and disowns or forsakes you. Now banished, but not forgotten, you accrue a following among your former people, and they set you as ruler over themselves, forcing a direct conflict with their kin.
Sample Character: General Jun Wu
General Jun Wu was the most decorated military officer in his nation’s history. His reputation among his men was almost divine. He had never lost a single battle. Ten years ago, he had even led his forces to victory against a fair folk incursion at their nation’s border – something that had never been accomplished by any Remiran militia since the founding of the city-state. But on the 13th of Ascending Air in RY 767, Remirak’s greatest mortal general was elevated above his own mortality into the ranks of gods and legends.
Remirak has no ties with the Scarlet Empire, but the Immaculate Philosophy holds a powerful sway over many lands that the Ten Thousand Dragons would never be able to control directly. General Jun Wu was branded an anathema, stripped of his rank, and exiled from his homeland as soon as word of his mighty deeds reached the reigning prince’s ears. His men would not allow him to retreat quietly, though. A full five hundred of his best soldiers followed him as he walked the road east out of Remirak, their families and possessions borne with them, bound to whatever fate the Unconquered Sun had laid on Jun Wu’s shoulders.
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Concept: Abused Weaponsmith
Seed: Once a highly-skilled iron worker toiling away as an under- appreciated slave for a wealthy family, you were brought to a point of crisis one evening when the master sought to punish you viciously for an embarrassment caused by one of your creations. The Unconquered Sun’s exaltation was bestowed on you at the very moment when you would be maimed or killed by the wrath of the master. Choices made in that moment have defined you ever since.
Sample Character: Kamasai “Kama” The Soul Forged in Living Flame
Kamasai’s eyes were opened by an exaltation into the Twilight Caste, and he immediately was able to see through eyes of essence. What he noticed first was that the magical flame that had burned in the heart of his forge was in actuality a bound fire elemental. Instinctively, and without conscious thought, he reached out to it with the newly granted power of his solar anima and bound it instead to his will.
After fleeing his former master and the rest of the household, Kamasai and his new fire elemental friend Arrack spent some time in the wilderness, trying to survive. Arrack taught Kama the rudiments of manipulating essence, to which he was a quick study. Now they are ready to make their mark on the world together after two lifetimes of servitude.
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In the Onyx Path Monday Meeting Notes this week, the title of the upcoming Lunars book has finally been revealed. The new book will be called, Lunars: Fangs at the Gate. We don’t know much else about it at this point, except that it is in the First Draft stage.
We have the utmost confidence in Vance and Minton that this version of the Lunars will be the best yet! And if they can pull that off, then the new Lunars book may very well be the greatest RPG book ever published!
Here’s to my spider sorcerer that murdered his own twin sister (which he was madly in love with) just so he could wear her skin! May he live again in Third Edition!