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Mage: The Ascension is a roleplaying game based in the World of Darkness. Mage explores modern-day willworkers shaping reality in a world where most of humanity doesn't believe in magic.

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Does magic that quickens healing help with damage dealt by Heart's blood

Heart's Blood rote reads as such. An initiate of Prime can easily sense the flow of Quintessence through his own body — his life energy. This energy flows from the Tellurian, through the Life Pattern ...
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Without Avatar, can I spend Quintessence in any way to cast spells?

I'm reading Mage: The Ascension (I believe it's second edition). The description of the Avatar background says that "the rank of Avatar also represents the limit of Quintessence points that a ...
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Passing through solid objects

What Spheres are required to emulate Kitty Pride powers from X-Men (Marvel) or Flash ability to "vibrate through" from Justice League (DC)? Context: my virtual adept is built to be a perfect ...
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What level of supplemental Sphere is required for the effect?

Mage the Ascension 20th Anniversary Rulebook has a lot of inconsistency when it comes to required Sphere Levels in Sphere effect descriptions. Sometimes it's: add Mind X to that Effect ...which is ...
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Required spheres for a Mages to survive a point blank nuclear blast

The story teller and I had a disagreement on how or if a mage could survive a nuclear explosion at ground zero. They can see a countdown and know when the detonation will occur. They have 10 minutes. ...
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Are there any known methods for a Mage to strengthen their avatar?

I remember the person who introduced me to Mage The Ascension mentioning "It is a symbiotic relationship between the mage and the avatar. As the mage grows in strength, so does the avatar." ...
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How does Mage travel between different realms?

I'm interested in strictly mechanical procedure on how to "planar travel" pretty much everywhere across Tellurian. What spheres and on what level are needed to travel? If those differ ...
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What happens when a Co-Location copy is harmed or dies?

I want to start using the Correspondence 4 effect to Co-Locate myself. As described in rulebook, it also requires Mind 1 for basic effect (each copy doing the same thing) or Mind 1 + Life 2 for ...
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Need some help with spell and ritual rules (taking time to cast, cast retry...)

I'm using the M20 version of Mage, but I find that it sometimes lacks some examples. And I have a doubt about my understanding of two rule points in particular: taking several rounds to cast a spell, ...
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Does using magick to reversing aging accrue permanent paradox?

Reversing aging is a vulgar effect(Page 509 MtA 20th Anniversary Edition) and it has a permanent effect. Considering both of these is similar to using enhancement to get an attribute past five dots, ...
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What are prerequisites for casting a buff spell with on/off functionality?

As in title: I would like to cast a long duration spell (let's say a simple "luck" buff using Entropy Sphere or a simple illusion changing my appearance using Forces Sphere) with at-will on/...
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Are there any records of a child born from Mages possessing strange quirks or mystical powers?

To clarify. I am aware that being a Mage is not genetic and biologically speaking Mages are no different from humans(At least they aren't unless they modified their bodies. ) but Mages inflict their ...
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Do you have to finish a ritual in one sitting?

I encountered this issue while looking for ways to be able to cast spells requiring many successes in just one turn (in danger basically, not necessarily combat). While the most common ways are: ...
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How to play Son of Ether without turning it into a comic relief?

According to the White Wolf Wiki: Key to the Sons' paradigm is Science (the word is always capitalised to distinguish it from the science of sleepers). Exotic theories of orgone fields, ...
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How do I get access to the Space Mirrors?

It's well established in World of Darkness, that the technocracy has an array of space mirrors, not too dissimilar from Icarus from James Bond: Die Another Day. There is one very prominent use of this ...
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When it comes to rotes, are we limited in how many?

I'm new to Mage and we're doing a Mage 20th game. I'm wondering if we're limited in how many rotes we have in any way or any how, just to make sure I'm doing stuff right.
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Are there any mechanical differences between how tradition mages and technocratic mages use magick?

I haven't been able to find anything to indicate mechanical differences between the two(Though Technocrats seem to lean more heavily on gadget usage rather than spontaneous magic.) but I seem to ...
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Can created creatures awaken?

In Mage The Ascension it is possible for technocrats to create androids via a mix of life and mind as per the rote AI (Artificial Intelligence): With this rote, a Technomage can create a full ...
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What spheres would be needed in order to create a layer of reality in a specific location that exists simultaneously with regular reality?

I have been reading Demon: The Fallen, and one of the concepts there that really piqued my interest was reality being multilayered with the same thing reflecting differently on different layers. For ...
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Can people generate quintessence through prayer?

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....
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What happens to a spirit that crosses a portal from the umbra into the material world?

Say a mage with Spirit 4 creates a gateway between the Umbra and the Material World. What happens when a spirit in the Umbra crosses that gateway into the Material World? A relevant quote about ...
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Do 1s cancel successes on damage and soak rolls?

Mage - The Ascension - 20th Anniversary Edition, main book, page 393: Game-wise, every 1 you roll takes away one success from your roll. Think of this as “the rule of one.” If your 1s cancel out your ...
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Where do the symbols for the Spheres in Mage: the Ascension come from?

The Mage: the Ascension line has adopted symbols that represent each Sphere. My question is where they are from? Not in-world - I am interested what is the real world source of these. I would also ...
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How do you abort an action in M20 if there is no declaration phase?

In other editions of the old world of darkness games, there is a declaration phase during combat rounds, where every participant declares what he intends to do in the next turn, from lowest to highest ...
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Are there any spirits dealing with oaths in world of darkness

I want the spirit to function as a kolyarut to enforce a contract since I don't have entropy 5 there is always homebrew but I want to know if one already exists
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How can a mage gain quintessence besides gathering at a node?

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 ...
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Detecting Magick use by using the Prime Sphere

I have a Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition game running and one of the players played a game of Mage the Ascension Second Edition before that with a different Storyteller. In that ...
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At which point does growing plants require quintessence?

In Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition, you need quintessence to create things from nothing. With the life sphere 3 dots (+ prime 2 dots), you can create simple life (including plants) with a ...
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Werewolves in space?

We all know Werewolves are badass, that they can rip apart puny humans and mages and everything. They travel around the world on moon-bridges and through the Penumbra, ripping apart Pentax, Wyrm and ...
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How can I enforce a low-power level in Mage: The Ascension?

I'm preparing for a Mage:The Ascension game as a storyteller. While my players and I enjoy many aspects of Mage and World of Darkness in general, we would like a much lower power level than seems ...
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What level of Prime is required to use Tass?

I'm confused about what level of Prime is required to use Tass in the Mage 20th Anniversary Edition rules. In the main rulebook the following statements are made: M20 Rulebook: p 332: "To absorb ...
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Are there any supplements for chinese mages in dark ages?

I was thinking of trying running a one shot for Mage taking place in China during 13th century however I seem unable to find any supplement describing mages that were at China. I do not wish to use ...
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What decides who awake?

I have had a discussion that Hikikomori (modern day hermits that have no psychological disorder and do not leave the house of there parents because they do not want to face society and there ...
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Do Avatars need to have the same personality as their Mage?

We have a new player which is very unsatisfied with the available avatar options because they absolutely do not fit his character concept. Because of this he want to put no background in Avatar so ...
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Non-Master Technocrat Minion Creation?

So, one of the main "aesthetic points" of the Technocratic Union is their wide use of minions that they create through superscience, ranging from the relatively expendable Men in Black clones to the ...
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What spheres would a mage need to provide an endless supply of blood to a vampire?

What spheres would a mage need to be able to indefinitely provide an unlimited supply of blood to a vampire?
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Character creation for more experienced mages

What is the rule to create more experienced mages in Mage: The Ascension? How many points do you have to create an elder mage?
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Invisibility by Correspondence

How do you do that specifies (page 34) that a mage could become invisible by using a Forces 2 effect. I would like to know if it is possible (and better if referenced in any source) to use ...
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Any spells that would allow a mage to breathe while buried alive?

If a mage were buried alive for whatever reason - whether deliberate as some part of a gambit of sorts or not so deliberately via accident or attack - does there exist any specific magic or uses of ...
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Is the Maison Liban continuing to hide in the modern era necessary?

There is apparently an underground hidden faction of mortals magic-users in Mage the Assension, that is titled the "Maison Liban". Them having the following origins: An underground mystical ...
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What spheres are required to turn a living person's health into a point of usable Tass or Quintessence? [closed]

I believe Mage: the Ascension has artifacts that can be used as weapons. Each level of health destroyed by these knives is converted into a point of Quintessence. If a group of mages were to use some ...
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How does unweaving work?

I only have the basic rulebook and the How do you do that sourcebook, and I'm playing Mage the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition. Yesterday I had a player hit with a Life/Correspondence effect that ...
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Wonder item: Pipe of Pied Piper of Hamelin

I am about to start a new Mage 20 campaign. I have never done a campaign of Mage before and while I have been storyteller of Vampire for a few years I am a bit doubtful on how to calculate the spheres ...
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What happens when I fail the dice roll for spellcasting?

I am reading Mage 20 Aniversary edition and I am a little bit confused in what happens when you fail the dice roll for spellcasting (not enough successes as needed for the effect). Let's say I want ...
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Do I need to pay experience for merits and background?

In Mage: The Ascension, if I create a wonder or complete a task for someone who will pay me fifty thousand dollars while I have zero dots in resources, do I need to spend experience in order to ...
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Does a mage need Spirit sphere along with Forces sphere to create sunlight against a vampire?

From what I understand, the fact that the sun burns vampires comes from the religious significance of the sun, as intense light does not actually damage vampires beyond sending them into a frenzy. So ...
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Where do I put my focus on my character sheet?

I'm making my first character for a World of Darkness (20th anniversary) campaign and right after backgrounds, I've gotten to a step where it says "Define Focus (paradigm, practice, instruments)" ...
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How can a mage implement a hammerspace?

A mage belonging to the Akashic brotherhood likes to carry his sword around, but that usually caters a lot of unwanted attention, and sometimes it is also unwieldy. So, he wants to create some ...
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Did Ahl-i-Batin expect a mage of status to have several wives?

According to my knowledge, back in the Middle Ages, as Muslims rose in rank they were expected to have more wives with, kings being expected to have a total of four wives. Was there a similar case ...
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Chantry management

A group of mages push technocracy out of Shelbyville and create their own Chantry there near a node. What would be the rules of managing the Chantry, or does it simply rely on dots in Chantry ...
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