In M20 there doesn't appear to be many given methods for recharging quintessence beyond finding a wellspring or finding some tass. (Unless you are at prime 5 in which case you can just make nodes whenever you need quintessence) So I wanted to ask. How can a mage gain quintessence other than wellsprings or nodes?

Things I came up with. (Not sure how viable they are so I would appreciate debunking or confirmation.)

Forces 3+Prime 3 to convert energy to quintessence. (Like electricity)

Life 3+Prime 3 to convert life into quintessence(Like flowers or moss)


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This can be found in the Sacrifice section of How Do You DO That? The most common is Heart's Blood, which used to be called "burning your Pattern" in older editions. With Prime 1, you can deal yourself a level of damage to add a point of Quintessence to your Pattern. This damage is unhealable by any means that aren't mundane. (How Do You DO That?, p.50) Prime 2 + and Matter 2 let you sacrifice significant objects, and Prime 3 + Life 3 let you do it to living things.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you. Could you also confirm if force 2 and prime 2(Or 3) could be used to generate quintessence from electricity? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 3, 2021 at 23:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MaikoChikyu No. Drawing Quintessence from Forces requires Prime 4. (M20, p.521) It's easier to pull from Patterns, which hold Quintessence naturally, than from Forces or Ephemera. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jadasc
    Apr 3, 2021 at 23:27

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