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Playing a mage in Shadowrun who was created with a Synaptic Booster, which lowers essence (and therefore MAG). He was also created with an exceptional attribute of MAG too, so the MAG attribute currently reads 7 (6).

My question is, since he technically already had the potential for MAG 7, can I just spend Karma to raise this back, or do I need to Initiate first and always be one behind the max rating?

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For every point (or fraction thereof) of Essence lost, both your current Magic Attribute and your maximum Magic Rating are reduced by one. - SR5, p 278

If a character loses Essence, it loses both current and maximum Magic rating. If it was one point below its maximum before installing an implant, it is still one point below it afterwards. You can buy that one point, but the maximum is lower, too.

If the character was already at maximum, it is still at maximum, and that maximum is now lower.


As an aside, your nomenclature is unclear. If you're trying to say his Magic is 7, modified to 6, that is not correct. It is 6 - the lost Magic point is gone.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks! That cleared up a lot. I agree the nomenclature of 7 (6) is unclear, but that's what the GM gave us (generated with Chummer 5 I think). \$\endgroup\$ – Mrshll1001 Sep 4 '16 at 16:33

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