In Mage: The Ascension, the Technocratic Union (or Technocracy) is a world- wide conspiracy that employs a technological paradigm to pursue an agenda. Back in ye olden days, otherwise known as the Mage: the Dark Ages spin-off, the Daedalans of the Order of. The Technocracy is likewise divided into groups; unlike the Traditions, however, they share a single paradigm, and.
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At high levels, storms and explosions can be conjured. Yes, this being World of Darkness, Taftani defend horrific ideologies that kill people over bullshit if it makes their own lives comfortable. This is easiest by having the artifact the leader of the Void Engineers gave you merge with his staff, destroying both and leaving him helpless to achieve his purpose. The new game features some of the same game mechanics but uses a substantially different premise and setting. In addition to using Enlightened Sciencethe Technocracy makes use of hypertechor technology that is not yet accepted by the Masses and is therefore subject to Paradox.
At low levels, a person can sense magical forces like telling if someone is a Mage, a spell was just casted, or if something has magical power within. They’re forced to fit their newfound powers into methodologies and tdchnocracy systems that help them rationalize what they’re able to do.
Back in ye olden days, otherwise known as the Mage: While many Technocrats being members of the Technocracy rather than pawns controlled technlcracy it use magicfew accept that their actions are anything other than the successful application of a little-known scientific principle. They master the sphere of Forces. Arrogant Chinese mystics, they got blinded by their hubris and had their asses kicked during the War For Drugs the Opium Wars and the Cultural Revolution pretty much broke them.
Tight with the Order of Hermes, so tight in fact that some of them recently went to join the Order as a new House. You could go back and count posts indicating preference for one faction or the other, but it’s possible that one faction is notably more vigorous in posting simply because they’re a vocal minority.
They won the support of Sleepers by developing the useful arts of manufacturingeconomicswayfaringand medicine. As more and more sleepers began to use the Order’s discoveries in their everyday lives, Reason and rationality came to govern their beliefs, and the old ways came to be regarded as misguided superstition. For example, you can create a whole human being by combining Prime with Life, Mind, and Spirit.
Due to game mechanics, it is simpler to travel forward in time than backwards.
Mage: The Ascension
Practitioners of traditional high ritual magic in Classical Africa. Fuck yeah, Taftaniof course, if you can stomach them supporting the Iranian “Revolution” and Taliban just because the fucking mountain yokels or the fucking Besij believe in mystical bullshit like Djinni can live in technocracyy or Allah watches you fap.
For example, an alchemical paradigm might describe the act of wood burning as the wood “releasing its essence of elemental Fire,” while modern science would describe fire as “combustion resulting from a complex chemical reaction. Back when I was dumb enough to engage in Ascension vs. Their sphere, Entropy is all about influencing luck, fate, and decay, which is good because “luck” doesn’t necessarily ding the oppressive system of Consensus quite as overtly as some of the others.
I adore the black hats and mirrorshades.
Yes, the real deal. The only one left is the leader of the Void Engineers, in the cloned body of a young boy, who explains things to the PCs, claiming that he and the rest of his faction are buzzing off to a new universe they’ve discovered, rather than engage in any kind of transhuman ascension like that of his former peers.
Summon ,age planes out of thin air? While other mages may be callous or cruel, the Nephandi are kage inverted and spiritually mutilated. Iteration X make a point of painting the Technocracy in a very positive light, arguably overcompensating for the bad reputation the Union had previously had. Even the most devout of esoteric mystics and magicians don’t have a beef with the idea of how a match works, y’know?
While having your character be a member of a Tradition discussed below helps with figuring a lot of this out, you more often end up with people tossing aside interesting characters to just play easy-to-make Neo-Pagans.
Both sides called a truce in their struggle to assess their new situation, especially since these events implied that Armageddon was soon at hand.
When a mage performs an act of magic that does not seriously violate this commonsense version of reality, in game techncracy this is called coincidental magic.
Then, everyone hopefully gears up to get ready for full Ascension. Simply, this allows the mage to heal herself or transform simple life-forms at lower levels, working up to healing others and controlling more complex life at higher levels.
It’s just that after a decade of war and 25 years of post-Cold War triumphalism ascribed to rational economic victory, the culture has swung to the right. Correspondence magic allows powers such as teleportation, seeing into distant areas, and at higher levels the Mage may also co-locate herself or even stack different spaces within amge other.
The Technocracy – Old WoD Mage
Control over all inanimate matter. In the game, Mages have always existed, though there are legends of the Pure Ones who were shards of the original, divine One. Magic that deviates wildly from consensus is called vulgar or dynamic magic.
One of the plot hooks that the second edition books put forth were persistent rumors of a “tenth sphere”. Time can be used to install delays into spells, view the past or future, and even pull people and objects out of linear progression.
Mages are urged to become powerful bankers and money brokers. Some of their members, called barabbihail from the Technocracy and Traditions, but all Nephandi have experienced the Rebirth, wherein they embrace the antithesis of everything they know to be right, and are physically and spiritually torn apart and reassembled.
So, she’s started healing the sick and lame. Welcome to early White Wolf, you poor sap.