I have been thinking about various quintessence sources and I was thinking on how a mage could reliably generate quintessence on a weekly basis without a node. The idea I came up with was a pastorship.

In MtA the idea of belief being power is emphasized quite a bit.

So what I want to ask is: Is it possible to make use of people's prayers in order to generate quintessence(or tass) and which spheres would be involved in such a quintessence production?


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Drawing quintessence from the ambient environment calls for Prime ••••, and the prayers of the faithful could make a fine paradigmatic reason for that to work — and flavor the resonance appropriately. (This is detailed in "Tapping the Wellspring" in M20's How Do You DO That?, page 43, but all versions of Mage: the Ascension allow for drawing quint from "nothing" at this level of Prime.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ So the answer is "yeah, sure, whatever"? Like it could be a church service, but could equally well be a weekly D&D game. Using prayer gives no advantage here -- it's just one of many acceptable fluff reasons. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 27 at 3:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ I mean, yes, but sincerely. If you were a mage whose paradigm centered on the idea that other worlds were accessible through imagining them through roleplay, the process might be similar. In Mage, the notion that tools and practices are a lens through which your will is focused is key to the setting. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jadasc
    Jan 27 at 3:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Depending on the nature of the prayer, you could also potentially draw Quintessence from prayer with a lower Prime score, if the prayer involves some form of sacrifice or mortification of the flesh. \$\endgroup\$
    – nick012000
    Jan 27 at 8:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nick012000 That's certainly true. There's more on that here: rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/183612/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Jadasc
    Jan 27 at 13:07

So long as that prayer includes sacrifices

See "How Do You Do That?" p.50

With matter 2 and prime 2 you can burn valuable objects for their quintessence. One can imagine a church that demands poverty, and makes people burn objects of great value at the behest of the church during service to fuel their head mage to grant the mage lots of power.

Prime 3 allows you to tap willing blood sacrifices. You can take a small amount of life force from willing victims, including church goers, granting yourself a regular supply of power.


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