History NightmareFuel / MageTheAwakening

9th Jan '16 1:53:53 AM WanderingBrowser
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* The Jnanamukti philosophy is a terrifying combination of TheFundamentalist and OmnicidalManiac wielded by a full-fledged RealityWarper. They're an order of fanatics dedicated to a philosophy built on FantasticRacism, [[TheMagocracy magocrats]] who blame the Fallen state of the world entirely on Sleepers and who want to restore the Supernal world. Which they figure can be achieved if they ''wipe out civilization as we know it'', drastically cull humanity's numbers, and annihilate all non-Mage supernaturals. They want their paradise so badly they're willing to completely destroy the world as we know it in hopes that this ''might'' give it back to them. And they ''could'' do it...
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* The Jnanamukti philosophy is a terrifying combination of TheFundamentalist and OmnicidalManiac wielded by a full-fledged RealityWarper. They're an order of fanatics dedicated to a philosophy built on FantasticRacism, [[TheMagocracy magocrats]] who blame the Fallen state of the world entirely on Sleepers and who want to restore the Supernal world. Which they figure can be achieved if they ''wipe out civilization as we know it'', drastically cull humanity's numbers, and annihilate all non-Mage supernaturals. They want their paradise so badly they're willing to completely destroy the world as we know it in hopes that this ''might'' give it back to them. And they ''could'' do it...it... * Really, mages themselves are scary beyond reason. They ''start'' as "mere" RealityWarpers, even at Gnosis 1, and they grow increasingly more powerful as they ascend. Archmages, although still constrained by some meaningful limitations, have gone beyond that title to the rank of PhysicalGod; for these mages, reality is so much putty they can play with as they like, even if it goes awry sometimes -- there's a passage in passing in ''Imperial Mysteries'', the Archmage splatbook, where one Archmage makes a comment implying that they made Christianity the dominant religion in Western civilization ''by accident''. They can't even enter the mortal world without risking causing ripples that could potentially unravel the world. Really, mages make a huge lie of the idea that HumansAreSpecial if you take ''Imperial Mysteries'' as canon; everything that generations {{Muggles}} have accomplished can be undone by the whim of just ''one'' Archmage. Just try to wrap your head around that kind of power... ** Making things worse is the underlying philosophies that ''Mage'' is built on; in essence, humanity ''should'' be a WitchSpecies, but the vast bulk of the species has been artificially blinded to the higher world around them. There's a subtle feeling of FantasticRacism when mages contemplate Sleepers, but looking at the difference between what both are capable of... there's a sinking feeling in the depths of your subconsciousness that mages are ''justified'' in it. Really, when one takes into account the abilities of even a moderately trained mage in contrast a Sleeper, one could quite believably justify mages believing that Sleepers ''aren't human'', they're just ''animals that look human'', and acting accordingly.
20th Nov '15 6:02:34 PM Cleaningcaptain
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** The recording itself has a pair of rotes on it that can be decoded with the [[{{Omniglot}} proper spell]]. One of these is a spell that lets a mage detect the presence of the Abyss' influence; Unfortunately, the way the caster perceives said influence is pure distilled NightmareFuel: Inhuman whispers, moans of suffering, and general feelings and images of pain and horror. The writeup on the spell says that a mage who uses it is unprepared the first time they use it, they could end up picking up a derangement. On top of all that, the spell is also in-universe ParanoiaFuel: Mages who use it regularly get too scared to go through life without it activated.
3rd Aug '15 7:48:58 PM WanderingBrowser
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* The Cult of the Doomsday Clock deserve special mention here. They're a Men in Black style doomsday cult that systematically finds disaffected, young Moros and twists them into time-manipulating monsters. They were spawned from the paradox of a battle between two archmasters of time, and are led by Abyssal monsters who are basically sentient, self perpetuating time paradoxes. The final attainment for the Legacy involves traveling to the past and killing yourself, becoming a living, Abyssal paradox manifestation of YOURSELF. Oh, and they have such control of time, that they can bounce back whenever they die, Prince of Persia-style, so to kill one, you have to make a situation so lethal that they die for each point of mana they have stored. They even have almost literal time bombs that annihilate things in the past, present and future, completely erasing them from the time stream, and their ultimate goal is to do that to the entire universe.
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* The Cult of the Doomsday Clock deserve special mention here. They're a Men in Black style doomsday cult that systematically finds disaffected, young Moros and twists them into time-manipulating monsters. They were spawned from the paradox of a battle between two archmasters of time, and are led by Abyssal monsters who are basically sentient, self perpetuating time paradoxes. The final attainment for the Legacy involves traveling to the past and killing yourself, becoming a living, Abyssal paradox manifestation of YOURSELF. Oh, and they have such control of time, that they can bounce back whenever they die, Prince of Persia-style, so to kill one, you have to make a situation so lethal that they die for each point of mana they have stored. They even have almost literal time bombs that annihilate things in the past, present and future, completely erasing them from the time stream, and their ultimate goal is to do that to the entire universe.universe. * The Jnanamukti philosophy is a terrifying combination of TheFundamentalist and OmnicidalManiac wielded by a full-fledged RealityWarper. They're an order of fanatics dedicated to a philosophy built on FantasticRacism, [[TheMagocracy magocrats]] who blame the Fallen state of the world entirely on Sleepers and who want to restore the Supernal world. Which they figure can be achieved if they ''wipe out civilization as we know it'', drastically cull humanity's numbers, and annihilate all non-Mage supernaturals. They want their paradise so badly they're willing to completely destroy the world as we know it in hopes that this ''might'' give it back to them. And they ''could'' do it...
11th May '15 2:41:07 AM Andreus
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** Perhaps the worst thing about the Hildebrandt Recording is that possessing it is actually sort of useful to the Awakened, because it eats Paradox, lessening its effect on the mage who possesses it; anything that does this is worth its weight in gold. The problem is that it doesn't actually quash Paradox, it just makes it go... somewhere else. So it's less that it stops Paradox so much as it [[PoweredByAForsakenChild makes it somebody else's problem]].
11th May '15 12:00:08 AM Vermiis
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* The Nemean - Boston's Heirarch - is so [[ItsAllAboutMe insanely self-obsessed]] that he's willing to ''kill his past self'' rather than risk the possibility of becoming a better person. It all happens in [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind his Oneiros]] as a [[ItMakesSenseInContext not-quite-punishment for something he did that isn't technically a crime]], but even so...
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* The Nemean - Boston's Heirarch - is so [[ItsAllAboutMe insanely self-obsessed]] that he's willing to ''kill his past self'' rather than risk the possibility of becoming a better person. It all happens in [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind his Oneiros]] as a [[ItMakesSenseInContext not-quite-punishment for something he did that isn't technically a crime]], but even so...so... * The Cult of the Doomsday Clock deserve special mention here. They're a Men in Black style doomsday cult that systematically finds disaffected, young Moros and twists them into time-manipulating monsters. They were spawned from the paradox of a battle between two archmasters of time, and are led by Abyssal monsters who are basically sentient, self perpetuating time paradoxes. The final attainment for the Legacy involves traveling to the past and killing yourself, becoming a living, Abyssal paradox manifestation of YOURSELF. Oh, and they have such control of time, that they can bounce back whenever they die, Prince of Persia-style, so to kill one, you have to make a situation so lethal that they die for each point of mana they have stored. They even have almost literal time bombs that annihilate things in the past, present and future, completely erasing them from the time stream, and their ultimate goal is to do that to the entire universe.
10th May '15 4:11:48 AM Andreus
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** The Whorl, in which things stop being merely ominous and start to get ''[[RealityIsOutToLunch plain weird]]''. The completion of a specific action - walking a mile, crafting a sword, reading a book - occurs [[SlidingScaleOfTurnRealism instananeously from all external perspectives]] (including the real world), while taking the expected amount of time from the perspective of the person undertaking it - and once you've started doing something, you can't stop until it's finished. If you're not careful, you can [[TimeAbyss accidentally end up living several subjective lifespans]]. Or... [[AndIMustScream significantly longer]], if you decided to do something stupid like "walk to the astral reflection of Alpha Centauri on foot". ** The Citadels of the Aeons. Some of them live in castles built to resemble a giant in the fetal position, dying of starvation. One is a braindead king with two dragons growing from his shoulders with a personality best described as "Satan". And then there's [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant the Other, Ambassador to the Abyss]]. There is something ''very wrong'' with the Other.
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** The Whorl, in which things stop being merely ominous and start to get ''[[RealityIsOutToLunch plain weird]]''. The completion of a specific action - walking a mile, crafting a sword, reading a book - occurs [[SlidingScaleOfTurnRealism instananeously from all external perspectives]] (including the real world), while taking the expected amount of time from the perspective of the person undertaking it - and once you've started doing something, you can't stop until it's finished. If you're not careful, you can [[TimeAbyss accidentally end up living several subjective lifespans]]. Or... [[AndIMustScream significantly longer]], if you decided to do something stupid like "walk to the astral reflection of Alpha Centauri on foot". foot." ** The Citadels of the Aeons. Some of them live in castles built to resemble a giant in the fetal position, dying of starvation. One is a braindead king with two dragons growing from his shoulders with a personality best described as "Satan". "Satan." And then there's [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant the Other, Ambassador to the Abyss]]. There is something ''very wrong'' with the Other.

*** it's actually somewhat confirmed that there are other insane and sociopathic mages out there. Cameron Mueller from World of Darkness: Asylum is essentially a serial killer who uses little paper fetishes to imprison the ghosts of his victims. The book implies rather strongly that he either is on the verge of, or has already Awakened.
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*** it's It's actually somewhat confirmed that there are other insane and sociopathic mages out there. Cameron Mueller from World of Darkness: Asylum is essentially a serial killer who uses little paper fetishes to imprison the ghosts of his victims. The book implies rather strongly that he either is on the verge of, or has already Awakened.Awakened. * The Nemean - Boston's Heirarch - is so [[ItsAllAboutMe insanely self-obsessed]] that he's willing to ''kill his past self'' rather than risk the possibility of becoming a better person. It all happens in [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind his Oneiros]] as a [[ItMakesSenseInContext not-quite-punishment for something he did that isn't technically a crime]], but even so...
26th Apr '15 4:54:30 PM Vermiis
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** While the Blood of the Lamb is terrifying, the worst thing about him is arguably what he represents. Apparently, being a totally, batshit insane sociopath with an obsession with cannibalism is absolutely NO barrier toward the kind of self knowledge and understanding that leads to Awakening. Imagine Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Ed Gein in the world of darkness, and imagine how many serial killers have awakened and slipped through the cracks? Imagine all the people out there who aren't Scelesti and in theory are tolerated by their Consilii? Joe Beal is scary, but the fact that people like him can and probably do exist, and almost certainly have achieved some truly god-teir reality warping powers is paranoia-fuel to the max.
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** While the Blood of the Lamb is terrifying, the worst thing about him is arguably what he represents. Apparently, being a totally, batshit insane sociopath with an obsession with cannibalism is absolutely NO barrier toward the kind of self knowledge and understanding that leads to Awakening. Imagine Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Ed Gein in the world of darkness, and imagine how many serial killers have awakened and slipped through the cracks? Imagine all the people out there who aren't Scelesti and in theory are tolerated by their Consilii? Joe Beal is scary, but the fact that people like him can and probably do exist, and almost certainly have achieved some truly god-teir reality warping powers is paranoia-fuel to the max.max. *** it's actually somewhat confirmed that there are other insane and sociopathic mages out there. Cameron Mueller from World of Darkness: Asylum is essentially a serial killer who uses little paper fetishes to imprison the ghosts of his victims. The book implies rather strongly that he either is on the verge of, or has already Awakened.
26th Apr '15 3:47:34 PM Vermiis
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* How about the very existence of Joe "Blood of the Lamb" Beal? How about we start with his ReligiousHorror Awakening, wherein he grew fascinated with his own cannibalistic BloodMagic orientated interpretation of Christian doctrine, perceiving ''Jesus Christ'' as a cannibalistic Apex Predator, which eventually prompted him into a dream in which he tortured and ate Jesus? A Thrysus who turned to Abyss-worship because he found the Thrysus philosophy too stifling, he uses Life magic to aid him in [[MindRape psychologically]] and [[BodyHorror physically]] torturing anyone who catches his eye. For no greater purpose than [[ForTheEvulz he believes all other life is weak, and so that makes them prey who he can do whatever the hell he wants to]]. He takes everything you could possibly imagine as terrifying about a SerialKiller, and then makes it worse by adding in mastery over the magic branch that allows him to physically shape and reshape himself or ''others'' in whatever fashion he desires, plus basic MindControl spells that target the most primal parts of the brain. Really, the fact he worships the Abyss is the ''least frightening thing about him''.
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* How about the very existence of Joe "Blood of the Lamb" Beal? How about we start with his ReligiousHorror Awakening, wherein he grew fascinated with his own cannibalistic BloodMagic orientated interpretation of Christian doctrine, perceiving ''Jesus Christ'' as a cannibalistic Apex Predator, which eventually prompted him into a dream in which he tortured and ate Jesus? A Thrysus who turned to Abyss-worship because he found the Thrysus philosophy too stifling, he uses Life magic to aid him in [[MindRape psychologically]] and [[BodyHorror physically]] torturing anyone who catches his eye. For no greater purpose than [[ForTheEvulz he believes all other life is weak, and so that makes them prey who he can do whatever the hell he wants to]]. He takes everything you could possibly imagine as terrifying about a SerialKiller, and then makes it worse by adding in mastery over the magic branch that allows him to physically shape and reshape himself or ''others'' in whatever fashion he desires, plus basic MindControl spells that target the most primal parts of the brain. Really, the fact he worships the Abyss is the ''least frightening thing about him''.him''. ** While the Blood of the Lamb is terrifying, the worst thing about him is arguably what he represents. Apparently, being a totally, batshit insane sociopath with an obsession with cannibalism is absolutely NO barrier toward the kind of self knowledge and understanding that leads to Awakening. Imagine Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Ed Gein in the world of darkness, and imagine how many serial killers have awakened and slipped through the cracks? Imagine all the people out there who aren't Scelesti and in theory are tolerated by their Consilii? Joe Beal is scary, but the fact that people like him can and probably do exist, and almost certainly have achieved some truly god-teir reality warping powers is paranoia-fuel to the max.
21st Apr '15 3:40:56 PM WanderingBrowser
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*** And worse? The wrongness happens ''in spite'' of him. As shown in ''Left-Hand Path'', the Other won't harm anyone, nor will he allow others to come to harm. He won't tempt people into following the Abyss, and he mocks the Scelesti who try to worship him in person. And he apparently genuinely ''regrets'' the nightmares he causes in others. There is something even more disturbing about that.
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*** And worse? The wrongness happens ''in spite'' of him. As shown in ''Left-Hand Path'', the Other won't harm anyone, nor will he allow others to come to harm. He won't tempt people into following the Abyss, and he mocks the Scelesti who try to worship him in person. And he apparently genuinely ''regrets'' the nightmares he causes in others. There is something even more disturbing about that.that. * How about the very existence of Joe "Blood of the Lamb" Beal? How about we start with his ReligiousHorror Awakening, wherein he grew fascinated with his own cannibalistic BloodMagic orientated interpretation of Christian doctrine, perceiving ''Jesus Christ'' as a cannibalistic Apex Predator, which eventually prompted him into a dream in which he tortured and ate Jesus? A Thrysus who turned to Abyss-worship because he found the Thrysus philosophy too stifling, he uses Life magic to aid him in [[MindRape psychologically]] and [[BodyHorror physically]] torturing anyone who catches his eye. For no greater purpose than [[ForTheEvulz he believes all other life is weak, and so that makes them prey who he can do whatever the hell he wants to]]. He takes everything you could possibly imagine as terrifying about a SerialKiller, and then makes it worse by adding in mastery over the magic branch that allows him to physically shape and reshape himself or ''others'' in whatever fashion he desires, plus basic MindControl spells that target the most primal parts of the brain. Really, the fact he worships the Abyss is the ''least frightening thing about him''.
3rd Jul '14 3:29:53 PM Leliel
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** The fate of the Hollow Ones is even worse - they were Sleepers (not Sleepwalkers, ''Sleepers'', utterly ordinary people) who were abducted by the [[PathOfInspiration Paternoster]] and thrown to the [[EldritchAbomination Custodian]], a being from the Lower Depths who ''[[HollowShell eats individuality]].'' The...''thing'' that is left over looks like a person, but is completely unable to retain memories or personality of its own without magic, and without regular infusions will rapidly degrade to a vapid husk once again. At least the Grigori can [[DyingAsYourself die knowing they're finally free]]. For the Hollow Ones, the self is...''gone.''
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** The fate of the Hollow Ones is even worse - they were Sleepers (not Sleepwalkers, ''Sleepers'', utterly ordinary people) who were abducted by the [[PathOfInspiration Paternoster]] and thrown to the [[EldritchAbomination Custodian]], a being from the Lower Depths who ''[[HollowShell ''[[FateWorseThanDeath eats individuality]].'' The...''thing'' ''[[EmptyShell thing]]'' that is left over looks like a person, but is completely unable to retain memories or personality of its own without magic, and without regular infusions will rapidly degrade to a vapid husk once again. At least the Grigori can [[DyingAsYourself die knowing they're finally free]]. For the Hollow Ones, the self is...''gone.''
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