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So, as you said there are several cases. Lets go through them in turn: As a GM, how should I handle stealth vs. a spirit or astral projection? There is some information on this on the Shadowrun FAQ (Under the Astral subheading), although it speaks only of dual-natured or projecting characters. For dual-natured characters, it is an opposed ...


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Stealth is applicable if there are plenty of astrally-interesting objects around. For example, if there are lots of plants, other people, etc., then an opposed test is reasonable (or if the spirit has a very large area to cover). Otherwise, no, if you're lit up like a torch, you can't really be "stealthy". Most things that a mage can do to a spirit (like ...


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Can't spirit lend dice to spell casters to help them cast spells? I'm sorry if this is wrong in SR4, but in the earlier editions that I actually played, you could summon a spirit, and say the spirit had a force of 4. One of that spirit's services could be to help you cast a spell, adding 4 dice to your pool, but only certain spirits could help with certain ...


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Dogs in the Vineyard DitV is great at handling escalation of conflict, especially with woogy demons. The process of conflict escalation can be mapped into spiritual conflict quite effectively. For that matter, most Lumpley's games can be mapped to this sort of subtle conflict. The video itself depicts stuff that I could trivally find in DitV, even the start ...


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The fact is, "Non astral" is not the concern for visibility in Astral Perception. The Astral Vision perceives Essence, which permeates most of the Living world. Plants and unawakend humans, dogs, whatever, all have an aura, however small. Mages (through Astral projection or otherwise), Spirits, Spells have a brighter aura for their magic nature. The ...


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Typically, I think the common answer would be yes, yes, and yes, with the primary issue being that spirits don't see what's going on with computers, so digital stuff is fine so long as there's not someone loitering suspiciously. This is sort of hit and miss, of course, based on spirit detection and whether or not it's been told to care, but probably all of ...


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The Dresden Files The fate-powered Dresden Files RPG has very good rules for summoning, containing, and controlling spirits / faeries / ghosts / demons. Each of those three tasks - summoning, containing, and controlling - is dealt with in sufficient detail to be flavorful, but like most of the dresden-files rules, you can skip the boring parts. Is your ...


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White Wolf's nWoD (particularly Werewolf: The Forsaken and Mage: The Awakening, afaik) has real extensive support for stories involving the spirit world(s) and spirits, well built rules that could easily be tweaked further to allow for homegrown settings independent of nWoD as well. (The old versions of these games would work great too, though the new one's ...


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A well-prepared "regular" fighter can actually be more effective than a mage, odd as that may sound. As others mentioned, "Immunity to normal weapons" is kind of a misnomer, and only acts as hardened armor for the spirit against all non-magical attacks. While many small arms don't do well against that, hardened weapon is very vulnerable to APDS ammo, ...


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Sadly, Spirits are Astral. It could Materialize, but even then it would have Immunity to Normal Weapons (as long as it is materialized). That immunity can be circumvented in several ways: This applies to all attacks that are not magical in nature; weapon foci, spells, and adept or critter powers function normally. If the critter also has the Allergy ...


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You seem to get some of the rules wrong: (Unless mentioned, page numbers refer to the Street Grimoire) Creating the Spirit Formula for a ally spirit is not a ritual and it requires a extended Arcana + Logic test (see p. 200f) and can be done by anyone (Provided (s)he knows Arcana of course). Ally Conjuration (p. 122) is a Ritual with the Minion ...


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A spirit can't Endow a power it doesn't actually have. No spirits have Immunity to Age and no spirit any sane metahuman would want to be involved with has Immunity to Normal Weapons. Materialization spirits only receive it when materialized; they don't have it naturally. Possession spirits don't grant it via any means. Inhabitation grants it via Hybrid ...


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By RAW, no on all counts. Channeling (Street Grimoire, p. 148) requires the summoner to forgo the spirit's Manifestation or Materialization power in exchange for treating it as if it had Possession, just with special rules. It dissipates when the services are used up. However, the choice to Channel has to be made at the time of summoning. An ally spirit is ...


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As spirits have immunity against normal weapons there is not much you can do. Your best option is to let your mage take on this task and support him in other ways. He can circumvent this immunity. You can of course try to shoot the spirit but the immunity will prevent it from taking smaller amounts of damage and you will need some rather huge damage values ...


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Shadowrunners work in a harsh world, but they do not work alone. This is typically the kind of situation where you would require the services of a shaman. I'm sure your local "community" has a few of them who would gladly help you in exchange for a stickful of nuyen...


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There is a 2nd Level Wizard spell called "See Invisible" which can be made Permanent through the Permanency Spell. To get this done at the earliest levels, you'd have to purchase two scrolls: A CL 10 Permanency Scroll: 1,250 gp A See Invisibility Scroll: 150 gp Diamond Dust Material Components: 5,000 gp Total: 6,400 gp You also need to be able to ...



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