Shamen tended to interperate the Great Spitit - passing down teachings, rituals and knowledge the stuff of life for the tribe - or the believers.. They would be able to link into the spirit and perform spirit type magics with a big leaning towards their totem
Hermetics have tended to be free thinkers - choosing their own style and therefore having greater access to the gamut of spells that are available...
Spells.. well there is a spell for virtually everything - If you can do it then a spell can mimic it - If you cant do it then the spell probably could... to a certain extent a spell can do anything you can imagine...
Skills - well a lot of the early needed skills of the tribes were taught to the peoples so they could stay alive. Though how 'launch weaponry 6' could be justified is beyond me... it may well be percieved as as neccessary as 'catch fish' but....
I am of the opinion that spells ought to be an effect that the caster can impose on their surroundings - could this replace stadard training? I hope not because the street sammy is still alive and kicking
One big concideration is skillchips - 100-000 yen for a top-notch skill. Many would say that that is just sooo cheap for a corp to provide to each and every one of their employees - they become like the clone troopers in star wars - mass produced and therefore cheap! Compared to having to learn a skill which takes a huge amount of karma to get to a professsional standard Then compare this to a spell
There ought to be equivalent processes in all of the other doctrines - Fly for example is a useful spell - or paying for a helicopter trip - or the ability to pilot one..
There will be areas where the overlaps are not obvious and we have to work on them
Can you open a maglock with a spell - or is your illusion actually entertaining if you have no idea about media studies? Do you need the skill in the first place?
My thought is that if you scratch too deeply then you will always uncover problems - if everything is perfectly balanced then why have different 'classes'? So there will always be the idea of each calling being profficient at one or other areas.
Flavour - that is what ought to define SR
It has been argued before that there ought to be some kind of rating to define your char ability.. a reputation - personally I like the idea of you defining your own abilities and providing your own flavour too !
Post by Pelch Gobwit on Nov 4, 2008 3:11:58 GMT -5
For the past week I have been going over the Redemption Scenario. I am getting ready to start making character updates. I will post out here what characters have been updated as I complete them. A further warning to Quick. If you have not completed the revision of your character sheet by the time I have completed all the updates, your old character will be dead. I will save your update for last so you still have time. I wouldn't delay if I were you.
On an additional note, unless I hear from Krondax or Headcrack. They will be dropped from the scenario. The Mao character, unless I hear from him, will become an NPC.
Pelch: Has been updated. Headcrack: Has been updated. Widow: Has been updated. Mao: Is being worked. Freddy: Is being worked. Quick: Is being saved for Last.
Freddy sets up the Snake-Oil Shop again - a seafront curio which has been closed for nearly a year. He reinstates the lodge in the underground garage and works on creating a few defense systems for the place. It is not supposed to be a fortress - but it will not allow access to just anyone.
They used to sell all manner of talismongering gear from here - before Meg took on the Alchemy role - making enough to get by on. Cash was a means to an end and not what Freddy wanted any more. His end was to link closer with Snake and whatever it took then that was what he would be doing.
The big underground carpark area had already been dug down to bedrock- good wholesome Mother Earth stripped of the crete caking most of her face in the city. He built up the lodge again and invited Yellowbird the spirit he had rescued to dwell there. The kids helped out tuning into their favourites - wanting other attachments that could link into citylife.
The ground floor above had been the shop dispensing geegaws - and the levels above that their living quarters. If he was to keep the shop as a place to dispense magics from then it would have to remain much the same but he would need help. The neon signs outside were renewed along with the licence to dispense - Plas-crete cavity fill strengthened the walls and sealed the carport with an armoured layer - He chased up the metallic wiring throughout the place with fiberoptics for his own use - 10,000 got the place looking attractive and secure.
He had never been one for skimping on things but drew the line on ordering the autobots at 25000 apiece - even though he could get a 20% knockdown - Freddy might not have many friends but he had fewer enemies. The Waterboys - the gang on this strip of the docks - had a couple of their girls running a legit biz from the Snake-Oil Shop - it was easy to get a few to slink and swagger to run the business side again. They sold their own 'supplies' too which probably made far more profit...
He called up Gottall who was reluctant to deal with Freddy - and passed him onto his area agent. Freddy read into this that Meg was of far more importance to Aztecnology now. He and Meg understood each other - they both had their paths to follow... now he began to forge his own . He had drifted enough.
Freddy linked into Meg's ..mentor? Illiya - the woman fronted thr Fortean Times a paper on mysterious events - hogwash two generations ago but now a well respected sideline research journal. He needed guidance and she wanted recruits. Both of a highly specialised nature. With the lodge set up he followed Illiya's path unlocking what he had only glimpsed when catapulted into the metaplanes.
Maybe it was that which set him aside from most practitioners- that he had glimpsed for himself without the channelling without the symbolism - he had encountered a pure truth. The initiate steps were easy to follow- tiresome even, as he had encountered in the flesh what was being scratched out before him. But he nodded in the right places lit and read and scribed - being able to see ahead of the ceremonies into what he had been called by...
Illiya needed soldiers to stamp out the leeches threatening humanity at this dangerous stage of develpoment - Freddy saw the Fortean Times as a vehicle - the exchange of knowledge was very interesting - very interesting indeed.. Freddy saw possibilities.
Freddy now had his rock to crawl under... he had connected to the planes and had begun to learn. Snake liked it - Yellowbird liked it - Meg liked it too and so did the kids..
He constructed the lodge with the help of Yellowbird and Snig the one providing spiritual giudance the other performing the electricals... by the end of two weeks of intricate tuning connecting and assembly they could pick up virtually all electronic transmissions in Seattle. Strips of screens snaked around the walls and ceiling of the garage displaying a myriad of vid and trid channells ranging from commercial through pirate and enforcement.. older radio high and low bands were filtered for informative messaging - and the sattelite stations were monitored. If it was transmitted then Freddy was in receipt. Soooo much information - the corps had hundreds if not thousands employed in filtering through the storm of information in order to link into titbits and snippetts which could prove valuable.. Freddy was able to home in on it with greater and greater ease and efficiency as the lodge took shape..
Closer and closer to Snake - closer and closer to the secrets of the City. It was not a case of knowing everything - it was being able to zero in on a topic.. and there were quite a few being transmitted between the millions in Seattle. He closed his eyes to concentrate and found that the membranes flicked across - leaving a translucent lid covering them rather than the blackness of human eyelids..
He had been studying the sketched designs - pamphlettes and the rest of the sources of help whiich Illiya had provided in order to provide a path for him. Looking at the pictures prints and philosophies they all provided inklings of insight - intended to point a student towards the deeper mysteries - Freddy picked out themes he could recognise and sorted others out because they seemed to 'fit' correctly.. go with the flow.. jigsaw pieces from hundreds of jigsaws.. noone said it was going to be easy..
He assembled his own portfolio and added to some of the designs others had provided. Set the security and caught public transport to the Fortean Times offices. She would be back in two hours so Freddy waited. He scrolled through some of the back editions and read a number of the early paper productions noting that a number of the audio translations of the typed script were incorrect.. He flashed through the back catalogue using the audio and script running as fast as he could - searching for inconsistancies and leaving a tag. It wasnt long before the 2000 or so back-issues were replaced by digital. You jus' runnin the 'sheen to keep warm - or jus enjoy wastin' electric? came the windies drawl from over his shoulder.. Freddy explained to Jeremy - Jez what he had been looking at. By the disbelief on his face Jez had not been convinced - so Freddy took him to the markers to show him his efforts..
Illiya later confirmed that it all sat easily with the Snake totem - knowledge learning assimilation as well as certain physical changes that could be expected.. Snake was reknown for medical knowledge and rebirth too. An Earth totem linked closely with the Mother. They agreed a date to confirm his acceptance into the organisation..
Illiya seemed well clued up on what initiates required - but did not register as a mage to his astral sweep. The offices were over-cluttered with paper files and oddoments that filled the shelves - mant of which gave off a residual magical glow. State of the art decks and a constant stream of callers requesting advice information and help with a very - very wide range of topics - all that while Freddy browsed the paper files.
you seem to have a knack for information Mr Fredericks - sifting that back catalogue would take a novice months double checking the meanings of many anachronisms contained in those rudimentary papers... We try to follow the example.. keeping it a little obscure..
Deeper understanding arcane knowledge - I think you have already seen and sampled that if I am not mistaken. And if I am not mistaken you would use our organisation as a vehicle to access that power with a little help here and there - neh? I am not averse to this - however In return I would like to point out our requirements...
This is unusual - mainly as it would be a seeker of power who we might discover and we would contact - they would usually be fully accepting of our 'ways' our restrictions. Now that you know what our aims are - would you be willing to comply?
Here, let me explain a few things about the Times.. we have been running since the late 1900's a niche paper publication concentrating on unexplained phenomenom - described as a good yarn and preposterous claptrap in the same breath - but with the opening of the rift and the changes there are now an awful lot who now hold our journal in high regard. We are recognised globally and have to tread a neutural path for the most part. You know the aim of the paper -- to report on the strange and unexplained - not to interfere with politics or acts of inhumanity - we do however step in where there is something feeding on us. We had two reporters in Chicago who went in with a strong team, we have the reports but none returned. Yes all heresay, but someone has to dig and discover otherwise these festering sores will rise and bubble to the surface.
Men have their own checks and balances in place where dissatisfaction or greed have pushed people too far - we are respected by most nations in not taking sides in being able to investigate where many other outsiders are barred because of their political leanings so we are allowed access wher others are denied.. does that interest you Mr Fredericks?
Access to information - the first hint of a secret and the ability to dig deeper.. that ought to intregue you. And everyone is afraid of the leeches who prey on us - glad to have them removed - most of the time..
Back to the 'path' though.. having others to rely on for help support and occasional 'favours' is an excellent method of premoting confidence. There are many who draw closer to their calling by themselves - difficult without the backup and support of others as more power is required to forge their own path.. You have ambition - I can see it - and support will allow you to distribute your power more .... efficiently
It may benefit you to meet with some other members in order to exchange views - to set your mind at rest...
Four days later after attending the dinner-dance invitation - Freddy agreed with Illiya that he wanted to persue the initiate course.. explaining that he knew there had to be more and he wanted to connect to Snake better..
Why - you are already there Dear... you must have made the connection months ago but have been waiting for confirmation - look, you have a good reputation on the streets - you are trusted - but it seems that you have been at a crossroads for a long time - unwilling to make a choice. Now there is a purpose - you can begin to make choices. Contact Snake in your own way - get closer to her through a linking of power - which is a two-way contract remember... both She and you will benefit
He completed the lodge in the basement carpark under the SnakeOil shop by the end of the second week.. wearily he fitted the last cables to the wall sat dishes pointing into the city from inside the lodge.. electronics pickups and information. Freddy smiled. (and it wasnt pretty)
his last unscheduled trip into the Metaplanes had been unplanned and chaotic - he had passed through all of the regions detailled on the cheap photocopy he held. It showed the circles of adversity - problems to overcome prior to gaining the still centre - the aim of the questor.. In his case he had recognised the place as a library - somewhere that information is stored - a very academic viewpoint...
the indications were that a well planned journey would be more 'fruitful' than a chaotic blast through the landscape - focus in on what he and Snig wanted and weigh that up with the potential opposition that they may or rather would encounter... but that was a questing - a search for something in particular, spells names procedures .. in reality (!) a linking into the processes of majack
Freddy's aim was straightforward - he wanted to connect to Snake while completing the final touches to the lodge.. With the Times' oath of allegiance formost in his mind he thrust forward with Snig - he needed to be different from his current status so chose the path of similitude - quietening his spirit to be 'same' or 'similar' to most others... the contract was already understood by Snake who wrapped herself around him removing the difference from his aura..
She enjoyed his offering of power - knowing that the oath would concentrate his thoughts made it eassier.. in return the closer linking helped the manipulation of magicssss.
Freddy was able to access the deeper mysteries with a knowledge of where why and how - Snake was a guide - loving to uncover those secrets.. he planned for the next foray.. he had to make sure the lights wer out - everywhere - as he had not yet got used to being unable to blink his eyelids.. the horizontal translucent lids protected and moisturised his eyes but he could still see through them while he was asleep..
After a week Freddy realised that rather than denying this gift he experimented with sleeping in the lodge with the screens and data relays on so he still registered what was happening while his brain slept..
Meg would be back at the end of the week so he decided to pay her a visit - taking the train north then connecting to the bus - discovering an hours walk at the end of the route was a bummer but.. it was the hummm of engines on the water that attracted his attention - he had been listening out for a truck or any kind of transport so the engines drew his attention - what in Gawd's Name were armoured Hovvers doing lurking in the river basin close to where Meg was camped up?
well to cut a long story.. he did meet up with her although briefly - well that was a while back...
He spent the next weeks in the lodge digging into deeper possibilities and bringing them into reality. A main aim had been to get in touch with powerful spells - it was difficult to get what was regarded as a dangerous spell formula through ordinary channells so going directly to source in the 'library' had its big advantages..
Freddy wants to link to Snake as initiate with Illiya as a 'sponsor' group. This reduces the cost in the long run - and he is looking to improve his initiate status a few times..
initiate + oath to dig out 'parasites' and gain the metamagic technique of masking - altering his aura - Freddy is taking this a step further as he can already alter his aura this allows him to adjust his aura - an astral camaflauge which he can adjust
he has built his lodge so he can bask in the light of information from the city - something akin to a 'listening post'
future plans involve - better spells - and more forays into the regions. This goes alongside further metamagics
The cost for all of this.. the cash for his lodge which gives him a window into the city the karma for initiate future karma cost will be very high for spells and further initiate levels
Last Edit: Dec 1, 2008 6:41:44 GMT -5 by wolflet59
greetings. as i told pelch already, i have not had net since septembre. the nick card blew out on my computer and i was doing a lot of extra training with the military. i just now got a new computer for iraq and im actually at burger king to get online (my how far i have fallen)
Pelch, if im dropped fro the run i understand completely and will not be offended. it is your run and i have been gone for a while now.
ttfn and i will try and check up when i can. i wont have net in march or april because i will be doing mobilization training and probably wont have internet access
this is easyer to get one here than a regular job, hahah...Wait I'm might gonna have to do the drek job!. Frag me dammit." - Four Eyes
One look could kill, your pain, my thrill. You wanna love me but you better not touch, you wanna hold me but your senses tell you to stop, you want to kiss me but you want it too much, you want to taste me but my lips are venomous poison