Old World of Darkness: Mage the Ascension*
I am currently seeking more (3 at most) players for an ongoing Mage game to be played either in IRC, IM or post. This game started as a one on one session and we are looking to expand it and further flesh out the ongoing events. The game itself has a large overarching theme and storyline with many subplots and minor events supporting the major event. As players join and we work out the placement in the story there will be more of these that tie into characters’ past, past lives, and future.
Any new players seeking to learn a new system are more than welcome. I will help you design, create, and find a place within the events that are unfolding so that you can become part of the story and not just an onlooker.
*Disclaimer: It is Mage, but with many house or stylistic rules in place. The first and foremost rule is that I will always willingly sacrifice an in print rule for the story. If it seems like it should work a certain way I will, and often do change rules on the fly. In my games, magic is often easier to pull off. It is a double edged sword, as well because, while magic may be easier, and become progressively easier the more descriptive you become, it is not without its risk. Paradox is far harsher than ever before. Even one point of backlash can be detrimental. Set someone on fire with forces and you might get to feel all the pain you inflicted as instant karma. This rule is flexible; it changes with how devious I am feeling.
A note on paradox: All paradox backlashes cause a flaw of some sort that is fitting for the ‘crime’ against reality that has been committed. Damage will never be the result of a paradox backlash, there will always be a flaw or other storyteller induced malady. Set someone on fire with forces and you might get to feel all the pain you inflicted as instant karma. This rule does change with how devious I am feeling, and seldom is it as easy as the one mentioned. That being said, there are ways to mitigate such flaws.
Standard template (7/5/3, 13/9/5, 7 background, 6 spheres, 1 Aręte, 15 freebies, Aręte cannot be raised at this time without an in-depth background. Aręte is given free throughout the game after certain events or extreme character growth.)
I would like to gently discourage Virtual Adepts and Sons of Ether but a good character concept would be wonderful.
There is no need to post a character sheet and I would like to encourage the sheets to remain private to encourage role-play and character development. After the character is generated there will need to be a small sit down session where we go over the points and talk about the character’s past and how they learned those skills. Then after that we will go through a personalized awakening process.
That said, character sheets can be found at:http://download.white-wolf.com/download/download.php?file_id=272
Metaplot: I Dream of Fire
There is a storm brewing in the spirit world, dark clouds are gathering on the horizon. They are looming over the landscape foretelling of a great turmoil that is only in its infancy. The very spirits are nervous and many have already started going into hiding. The spirits that are cornered have to be coerced to even speak of it and even then they are reluctant to speak on it at great length. The awakened mages have noticed that this storm does not exist only in the spiritual world. Everywhere more and more people are being awakened and while it is usually a time of great celebration, resources are already at a premium.
The incumbent mages have had to split their resources in not only finding and training these new additions to their family, but also in investigating the root cause of the turmoil. So far the details have been scarce. Those that have the gift of seeing into the future are haunted with dreams of fire raining from the skies, of blood rising from the surface and joining with the clouds and then going insane before they can finish retelling the dream.
The shadow of this storm reaches far indeed and the real world has felt its black wind. People are far more nervous than usual, It is like they are all acting on an instinct to dig deep within themselves and their homes and only come out in the light of day. Something is on the horizon and it can be felt everywhere.
Current Side Plots:
I Dream of Wings: (Caitlin’s side plot)
The newly awakened mage is plagued by several winged spirits. They have so far denied identifying themselves to any of the present elder mages. So far one seems benevolent while the other that has taken an interest in her has less than pure motives. How long will they remain content with remaining in the spirit world and subtly changing her dreams? What does their presence mean? How are they not affected by the storm?
I Dream of Footsteps: (Caitlin’s side plot)
Newly awakened, Caitlin searches for her place in the world. She continues to look for a tradition that fits her lifestyle. The elder mages have so far not been forthcoming with their ways or the precise way to do magic. Distrust and suspicion abounds with her strong connection with these new found spirits.
I Dream of Rain: (Unexplored)
There is a drought that has hit the city. It is one of the worst in years. The electric grid is all but tapped out as everyone is huddling around their air conditioners trying to seek some sort of relief from the heat. Even in the dead of night the city is all but cooking. Tempers are starting to boil over and the growing spiritual storm has everyone on edge.
I Dream of Lines: (Unexplored)
The spiritual storm is not the only problem that plagues the city. The great pressure should not be enough to move the lines that have been entrenched for as long as the mages can remember. Now they are slowly starting to crawl and reshape themselves causing many well springs and junctures to shift and move. These places have always been hot beds of activity and the resultant change has caused tension in the growing communities.
I Dream of New Life: (Unexplored)
All of the hospitals are reporting that there is an increase in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. What was thought to be extremely rare, now is occurring in one out of every two children that are born in the hospitals. Many expectant mothers are avoiding the hospital at all cost. Some have even left the city itself relying on the rural hospitals for a better chance at life for their children.
These are just the current active side plots. More will be spun as they develop and characters begin to discover the deeper reasoning that lurks under the surface.
Any who are interested in joining the game or would like further information please PM me as the rest of this thread will be reserved for In Character journal entries about the events that transpire during the game.