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    Geniuses in general 

Tropes applying to all Geniuses

  • All Theories Are True: Geniuses literally have the ability to force this trope on reality. As long as they have a theory to base their invention on, they can make said invention work, even if the theory doesn't make any sense.
  • Blessed with Suck: Geniuses are capable of bending science to their will in order to create marvelous inventions that would be impossible to create with normal science. However, this ability comes with a growing insanity, they become unable to do real science, and any attempt they would make to explain to normal people how their inventions work will have disastrous consequences. Becoming a Genius is pretty much the worst thing that could happen to an actual scientist.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Deep Inspiration allows a Genius to tap into Mania he doesn't have, meaning he can use his ability even if his Mania pool is empty. However, doing so exposes him to the risk of losing control of his madness and becoming an Unmada.
  • Foil: To Mages. Magic Versus Science aside, Mages work on the idea all of reality is a Lie and they awakened in a way allowing them to see the truth. Geniuses work on the idea they are insane and bend reality to their own perception, meaning none of what they do is entirely real. Predictably, they usually have a hard time getting along, though the Scholastics have managed to reach an agreement with the Free Council.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The Genius' main ability is to create marvelous inventions known as Wonders.
  • Just Between You and Me: Justified; A Genius can invoke this trope when he has an unwilling person captured or resrained in order to recover Mania.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Any Genius that's actually built a Wonder becomes one - when a Genius dies, all their intact Wonders either blow up or become Orphans. Killing a Genius in the middle of their lab is a risky prospect, especially if the lab itself is a Wonder.
  • Mad Scientist: The entire concept of Geniuses was to adapt this trope to the New World of Darkness.
  • Magic-Powered Pseudoscience: There has to be some science behind a genius's wonder, but said science actually making sense or working according to the laws of physics is optional. A genius makes his wonders work by bending reality to correspond with their insane theories, not experimenting until they find an insane theory that corresponds to reality.
  • The Power of Creation: Mania, the Mana-like energy they use to power their abilities, is more or less described as the raw creativity of their mind made into energy- though even they don't really know for sure what it is.
  • Power Born of Madness: In the end, Geniuses all get their powers from being deeply, supernaturally mad.
  • Science Cannot Comprehend Phlebotinum: A major theme of the story is that the "Mad Science" Geniuses use is fundamentally antithetical to real science. Attempting to actually derive consistent rules or repeatable principles from the functioning of Wonders at best won't work, and more likely will cause the Wonders to break down in all kinds of disastrous ways.
  • Squishy Wizard: Much like Mages, Geniuses are physically completely humans unless they chose to alter themselves, so for all the incredible things they are capable of creating and using, they can be killed as easily as any regular mortal if you make sure they don't have access to their Wonders.
  • The Spark of Genius: Inspiration essentially grant people the ability to enforce this trope on reality, allowing Geniuses to bend the law of physics with their inventions.
  • Super-Intelligence: All Geniuses develop an increase in mental capacity at their Breakthrough, granting them a bonus dot in mental attributes. In addition, they can also spend Mania to temporarily boost further their mental attributes.
  • Techno Babble: The Geniuses' main weakness, Jabir, which is also sometimes actually called this trope. As a Genius' Inspiration grow, not only will he lose the ability to do real science and perform regular experiments, but his attempt to communicate his ideas to others will only result in nonsensical gibberish they can't possibly understand.
  • Technopath: To an extent. Geniuses can use Mania not only to use and activate their Wonders, but also to power, understand, enhance or dismantle regular technology.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Actually adressed. The rulebook points out that since Geniuses need more space, supplies, electricity and equipment to experiment and build Wonders, they tend to have more need for the Ressources Merit than any other Template. To reflect this, the lack of this Merit at a high enough level results in penalties when trying to create Wonders. The book also offers complementary rules to the merit with various options to explain how a Genius gets the money he needs, each with its own advantages and drawbacks.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Geniuses are quite literally mad scientists, and they are at risk of losing their contact with reality if they try channeling too much Mania.


Grimm, the Catalyst of Fury

"I am nanometers from perfection and no longer answer to any mortal authority. They weren't there for me and I won't waste time helping them as I rise asymptotically toward the ultimate virtue. Every corpse I leave should be one less investigation to make, instead of one more open case. But I'm not here for human justice any more. When you see the Paolenti penthouse burn with white fire and the dreams of serpents, you'll know that, and so will every other man-mask-wearing machine-demon in this city. They'll never love me for the things I've done, but I never asked for love. Only for perfection."

Nickname:: Asuras
Traditional Planet: Mars

Defined by anger and a need for vengeance, justice, and/or the need to just plain vent. Naturally, they're the best at building weapons of every kind. They're also prone to being irrational and generally flying off the handle. As one might expect, they tend to take a very... direct approach to problem-solving.

  • The Berserker: They are defined by their anger and their fury; some are rampaging madmen while others are righteous vigilantes, but Grimms always are terrifying in their wrath.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: Well, they aren't necessarly villains, but Grimms almost always get their Breakthrough in violence. Countries suffering war, revolutions or other similarly violent events are very likely to give birth to Grimms.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Their chief derangement lends itself to this.
  • Death Ray: Pretty much their signature feature; Katastrofi is about destroying, and no Wonder does this better than a ray gun.
  • Genius Bruiser: Because of their inclination for violence and destruction, they tend to have pretty good physical attributes and skills compared to other Geniuses. They are still Mad Scientists capable of building destructive inventions.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Grimm are mostly known for being driven by their anger and their temper, meaning they are very likely to be impulsive and easily irritable.
  • No Social Skills: They usually aren't quite as good as other Geniuises when it comes to social skills. It's not exactly easy to socialize when you are perpetually angry. In fact, many actually prefer the company of wild animals and avoid interactions with human beings.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A lot of them are driven by a desire for vengeance or justice, so you can fully expect to use their newfound abilities to wreak havoc or whoever they believe have wronged them.
  • Tranquil Fury: Some of them, particularly those of military origins, do manage to contain their anger through a life of discipline and service. Even then however, their rage keeps burning beneath the surface.
  • Vigilante Man: Some of them try to temper their anger with a sense of justice, and as such deliver their wrath on bad people and the atrocities happening in the world.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Their main Axiom, Katastrofi, serves to create Wonders that are meant to destroy things... and that's pretty much it. While most Catalysts have main Axioms granting them a wide array of abilities, Katastrofi is primarly about building gradually more powerful weapons. That said, said weapons are almost ridiculously good at it; by the time a Grimm reach 3 dots in Katastrofi, he will be able to build swords and guns capable of inflicting aggravated damages (which stay there no matter the supernatural entity involved and are much more troublesome to cure) and disintegrating people.


Hoffnung, the Catalyst of Vision

"You've seen it on the billboards and the trash-strewn alleys, amidst the halls of the powerful and in the tenements of the desperate: the Change. It's coming, and soon everything will be different. Our world will transform itself in fire, if necessary, in blood, certainly, and be reborn, fresh and new, to gaze out on the universe with innocent and wondering eyes. And I am the herald of that Change. So forgive me if I cannot hear your words or your screams. They are too small. Do you hear the mayflies screaming tonight? Neither do I."

Nickname: Principalities
Traditional planet: Jupiter

Defined by hope and ambition, Hoffnungs seek to change the world. While this may seem like a good thing on the surface, many of them have a definite consequentialist mentality or unusual ideas of what a better world looks like. Good at change and transformation. They also have a marked tendency to be extremely arrogant. Since they frequently have more contact with Muggles than the other Catalysts, they know better than anyone else what effects mere mortals fiddling with their inventions can have.

  • Bigger on the Inside: The final level of Metaptropi can be used to manipulate dimensions, granting the ability to create places like this.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Narcissism is their signature derangement. It doesn't matter how nice and humble they are at the beginning- deep down, every Hoffnung is utterly convinced he is right about everything, and this can very easily cause them to turn into egomaniacs.
  • The Determinator: Nothing stops them from trying to achieve their dreams.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: A variant. The final level of Metaptropi can be used to turn themselves into an elemental-like form based not on the four elements, but on the three states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) or a combination of all of them.
  • Equivalent Exchange: One of the abilities granted by level 2 of Metaptropi is to fiddle with biology, allowing to slightly reconfigurate someone's body. Gameplay-wise, this translates by this principle, allowing to increase one of the target's physical Attributes at the cost of reducing another one.
  • Intangible Man: Starting with level 5 of Metaptropi, a Genius can create a device allowing to "phase", becoming intangible in the process.
  • The Leader: Seeing how they are ambitious and driven by their desire to change the world, they frequently end up getting or trying to get in positions of leadership.
  • Master of Disguise: Metaptropi grants them both the ability to shapeshift and produce illusions, making them really good at disguising themselves.
  • Master of Illusion: One of the very first abilities granted by Metaptropi is to produce illusions.
  • Shapeshifting: Their main Axiom, Metaptropi, specializes in everything related to transformations and reshaping the world.
  • Sizeshifter: Starting with level 3 of Metaptropi, they become capable of altering someone's size.
  • The Social Expert: As much as a Genius can be anyway. Hoffnungs tend to put an emphasis on social attributes, frequently trying to get in positions of powers like politicians so they can get the influence required to change the world. Out of all the Geniuses, they have the least problems with creating regular devices or interacting with normal people.
  • Take Up My Sword: Out of all the Catalysts, Hoffnung are the most likely to have received deliberate training from another Genius. Many are heirs of an entire Legacy of Inspired, sometimes pursuing the dreams of their mentors.
  • Transforming Mecha: Level 3 of Metaptropi can be used to create Wonders capable of switching between two forms, allowing to create this.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Every Hoffnung wants to realize his/her own utopia, and such utopia always justifies the means.
  • Visionary Villain: When they go bad. Hoffnung are ambitious, and not necessarly in a good way.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In theory, wanting to make the world better is a pretty nice goal. Unfortunately, a Hoffnung's definition of better can very well be horrible by normal people's standards, such as replacing everyone considered as "undesirable" with robotic slaves.


Klagen, the Catalyst of Loss

"When I was in high school my teacher told me that there are more people alive today than have ever lived. Don't worry: she lied, then got cancer. (Not my fault.) We live atop a mountain of corpses. The Earth is swimming in humans, above and below the ground, so when I see you trying to raise the dead, I'm torn. On the one hand, I recognize your despair. On the other hand, do you really want to spend the rest of the week fending off a zombie apocalypse as the Earth vomits up her dead? AGAIN? Come on, man, think this through: every time you try this, we end up fighting zombies. I hate zombies. Just put the syringe down."

Nickname: Cassandras
Traditional planet: Venus

Defined by sorrow, loss and regret at some personal tragedy, Klagens are often called Cassandras for their tendency to see further tragedy in the offing and seek to prevent it. Sadly, having all the credibility of MAD scientists, they often live up to the name. They make excellent doctors and repairmen, but perhaps understandably have a tendency towards depression. They also tend to be the most down to earth and sensible of the Catalysts (at least, insofar as the term "sensible" applies to mad scientists), and often serve as the voice of reason in the collaboratives they join. This makes it all the more unfortunate that they are the least common Catalyst.

  • The Atoner: A frequent motivation for them. Many Klagen are trying so hard to prevent new tragedies because they seek to undo the damages they have caused.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All Klagens went through some form of tragic event during their Breakthrough. Unlike Grimms, this is rarely a violent one, but it's always sad and reveals how cruel the world can be.
  • Cassandra Truth: There is a reason they are nicknamed after the Trope Namer. Klagen typically do realize when something will go bad, and do everything they can to prevent it, but since like all Geniuses they are unable to attempt that without looking mad, people rarely believe them.
  • The Eeyore: They are motivated by personal tragedies, and their efforts to prevent new ones tend to be ignored, so it's no surprise that they often end up depressive, or even fatalistic. Their derangement even is depression.
  • Ignored Expert: Comes with being the Only Sane Man around lots of mad scientists who just can't wait to start tampering in god's domain.
  • Mad Doctor: Their favored Axiom is Exelixi, which allows them to heal and improve living beings... whether they want it or not. In addition, because of the amount of suffering and loss a doctor will see over the course of their career, many Klagen come from the medical profession.
  • Long-Lived: Exelixi automatically prolongates their lifespan, so they tend to live longer than the average human. A Klagen with sufficient mastery of the Axiom can survive over a century after his Breakthrough.
  • The Medic: They have a very strong tendency to practice medicine, as this is a work where tragedies are very likely to happen (such as failing to save a patient in time). Even those who weren't doctors before their Breakthrough can experience a desire to study the profession. Moreover, their main Axiom, Exelixi, focuses in part on repairing things, including healing living beings.
  • My Greatest Failure: A frequent origin for them. A Klagen can easily be responsible of the very tragedy that caused his Breakthrough, and blame himself for it.
  • Only Sane Man: By Genius standards, anyway. They're often the closest thing to a voice of reason that Geniuses have.
  • Transhuman: Not all of them are, but Exelixi gives them an affinity for building Wonders meant to enhance a person's physical abilities, making it possible for them to become this.


Neid, the Catalyst of Banishment

"First let me tell you that human beings without mathematical souls are transparent to God and thus mean nothing to Him. So you ask, why does God (who is the Equation) care about window-souls? He doesn't, but the Devil, whom I define as our negative thoughts, does, and directs window-soul humans at us to destroy us. These humans think they think and feel, but they are without the highest Number and their feelings are only our self-doubt. Destroy your self-doubt, be free of their hatred. Or destroy them, and be free of your self-doubt. Vengeance is time- and space-symmetrical, like any good equation."

Nickname: Wyrms
Traditional planet: Saturn

Defined by jealousy and bitterness, Neids are driven by the need to "show them all!" When a developing Genius feels rejected by his peers, when he blames his failures on "the man" keeping him down, that's when a Neid is born. They're good at mind control and apparently "psychic" powers—the more "out there" fields of mad science in terms of credibility and morality, in other words—and have a frankly unsurprising tendency to be paranoid and untrusting. Not without good reason, of course; many of them seem like magnets for mockery.

  • The Aloner: A core part of their Catalyst is that they get their Breakthrough through bitterness from being treated as outcasts.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Neids are unshakably loyal to people who earn their trust. Good luck doing that with the paranoid wrecks they are, though.
  • Brain Upload: The final level of Epikrato can be used to transfer your mind into a new body. This can allow the Genius to swap bodies with someone, upload his mind into a robot or computer, and so on.
  • Brainwashed: The final level of Epikrato grants the ability to flat-out rewrite a person's entire memories, skills and personality.
  • Driven by Envy: They are defined by jealousy and bitterness. Most Neids are motivated by their jealousy toward those who can have the credibility and reputation forbidden to them.
  • Grand Theft Me: The final level of Epikrato gives them the ability to transfert their conciousness into someone else's body.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The reason a Neid is a Neid is because their jealousy overwhelmed them moreso than any of the other four possible catalysts. Most never come down from this, and a Neid who decides to finally settle old scores can be a force of incalculable destruction.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Epikrato's first level allows them to hack and take control of electronic devices.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: A frequent motivation for their attitude. Many Neids want so hard to demonstrate the truth and worth of their convictions because they are really insecure about it. Those who started out as mediocre scientists, for example, are trying to prove how Inspiration has transformed them.
  • Mind-Control Device: They specialize in building this using Epikrato. Since people won't listen to Neids, they try to forcefully make them listen, and nothing does that better than the ability to control minds.
  • Mind over Matter: The second level of Epikrato allows to control gravity and space in order to reproduce Telekinesis.
  • No Social Skills: Their arrogance and inclination to paranoia tend to make them rather asocial. Unlike Grimms however, they usually are pretty good at Subterfuge, and tend to have plenty of social merits through old contacts and owed favours.
  • People Puppet: Level 2 of Epikrato grants them the ability to control people's body like puppets.
  • Perception Filter: Epikrato can be used to control a person's perception, granting this ability.
  • Properly Paranoid: They tend to be convinced everyone around them is either trying to mock them or steal their research out of jealousy. While their paranoia plays a big role in giving them this point of view, Geniuses in general do easily get a lot of hatred and jealousy from mortals, so you see where they are coming from. In fact, their paranoia make them more likely than any other Catalyst to notice spies and enemies, since it gets directed more often at real than imagined threats.
  • Psychic Powers: Their main Axiom, Epikrato, specializes in simulating psychic-like abilities.
  • The Resenter: Neids are very likely to resent people who get credit when they don't.
  • They Called Me Mad!: Their typical attitude toward mortals. Like all Geniuses, Jabir makes it difficult for them to expose their research to the public without looking like insane people, and they are by nature paranoid on the topic, so they end convinced everyone see them as crazy and get obsessed with "showing them all".
  • Weather-Control Machine: Starting with level four of Epikrato, Neid stop being limited to controlling physical things, and can now control phenomenons, allowing to create devices capable of controlling the weather itself.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change!: The fourth level of Epikrato can be used to control probability itself.


Staunen, the Catalyst of Curiosity

"I'm afraid I don't see things like you do. I mean it: I'm afraid. What if the things I find beautiful drive you mad? What if they hollow you out like clever little squirrels getting nuts for the winter, except the nuts are your eyes, and winter is, I don't know, maybe the Rapture or something? And I'm just smiling while your face gets ripped apart because I think it's beautiful? These things worry me sometimes, when I'm not looking at the night sky. So I spend a lot of time looking at the night sky, and not looking at your face and thinking about squirrels."

Nickname: Grigori
Traditional planet: Mercury

Defined by curiosity, wonder, and awe, Staunens simply love learning about the universe. They want to know more, they NEED to know more... even about those things that no sane person wants to think about, much less meet in person. As one might expect, they are very good at building scanners and communicators, and prone to fixation and obsession. Of all the Catalysts, they're the most interested in occult matters.

  • Bold Explorer: Many of them are explorers who wish to discover new horizons and new places, exploring the world for his own sake.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The weirdest Catalyst. With their interest in clearly non-scientific matters like occult, their tendency to obsess over strange questions for years and their adventurous nature, Staunen are frequently seen as out of touch with reality even compared to other Geniuses.
  • Comm Links: Apokalypsi can be used to build communication devices and remote control for other Wonders. Communication does rely on sensing, after all.
  • Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: When you mix Mad Science with mad curiosity, anything is possible.
  • Everything Sensor: Their main Axiom, Apokalypsi, focuses in part on creating scanners and sensors meant to analyze anything.
  • Forgets to Eat: Considering how obsessive they are, this happens a lot. Their peers usually have to drag them out of this.
  • For Science!: They only want to learn... and learning justifies the means.
  • Mundane Utility: In addition of the ability to sense and scan practically everything, Apokalypsi scannners often have bright video screen or holograms, making them very efficient as flashlights.
  • Occult Detective: In addition to frequently being detectives and investigators, Staunen are fascinated with everything alien and extraordinary, making them the most likely to get interested in the occult. Their main Axiom actually includes a scanner to detect supernatural creatures.
  • Seeker Archetype: They are, above all, motivated by the desire to learn more, and as such, actively seek new secrets to uncover. Many were investigators, journalists or explorers before their Breakthrough.
  • Surveillance Drone: Apokalypsi covers everything related to sensing and scanning- including cameras and other devices meant to watch over people from a distance.
  • Telepathy: Since reading mind and talking through them is a form of communication, some Wonders of Apokalypsi allows to simulate this ability.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Part of what makes them so terrifying is that they won't let that trope get in the way of their curiosity. It doesn't matter if it's something no sane person would want to know, they will still obsess over it.

Catalysts introduced in 2nd edition


Befreit, the Catalyst of Liberation

Nickname: Icaruses
Traditional planet: Uranus

Every genius has trouble fitting in with normal human society, but the Befreit are defined by it, they reject all forms of limitation and try to overcome them through mad science.

  • The Aloner: Many Befreit prefer to leave civilization and be alone.
  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: A distinct possibility for Befreit who want to free society.
  • Commander Contrarian: Befreit like disagreeing with others for the sake of disagreeing.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: How they think of themselves.
  • For the Evulz: Or rather "For the madz", Befreit desire for freedom means they'll likely commit Transgressions just because they're not allowed to do so.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Their main motivation.
  • It Amused Me: Some Befreit have poor impulse control and tend to cause trouble just to make things more exciting.
  • La Résistance: Icaruses want to break chains and set people free. The best of them focus on freeing people from very real tyranny.
  • Idle Rich: Some Befreit used to be this before losing their lifestyle caused them to go through their Breakthrough.
  • Shout-Out: Some of the examples of things that Befreit do to challenge societies norms bring The Joker and Jigsaw to mind.
  • The Social Expert: Paradoxically, the Befreit's antics tend to cause the public to get used to strange things which lowers tensions between them and geniuses.


Furcht, the Catalyst of Fear

"I'll keep you safe. Forever."

Nickname: Fravashis (Dominations; men only, outdated. Cherubim; women only, outdated)
Traditional Planet: The Moon

Furchts are Geniuses motivated by their fears, both real and imagined, whether for their own safety or someone they care about.

  • Crazy-Prepared: Whatever they're afraid of, they'll spend their time preparing for it.
  • Control Freak: The ones that are afraid for their loved ones safety tend to be overprotective in the extreme.
  • Cowardly Lion: Just because they're motivated by fear doesn't mean they won't use mad science to fight back.
  • Knight Templar Parent: A common manifestation.
  • Mars and Venus Gender Contrast: Averted. Geniuses in universe used to think that male and female Furcht were seperate catalysts. Fravashis worrying about physical threats can behave very different to Furcht worrying about social threats but the split was never linked to gender.
  • Motivated by Fear: Their basic premise.


Wollen, the Catalyst of Desire

"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game!"

Nickname: Mides
Traditional Planet: Pluto

Mides are Geniuses motivated by their desire for various things

Foundations, Baramins and Programms

The Peerage

    The Peerage in general 

The "good guys" (in theory), they were originally founded to fight evil snake-people ruling from Lemuria. The Peerage is an alliance between five factions known as "Foundations".

  • Anti-Hero: The book makes it very clear the Peerage only are the "good guys" in loosest sense of the term, because they actually try to limit the damage they would do to humanity, in contrast to Lemuria. Objectively, they still have little concern with helping humanity, and plenty of the Foundations such as the Directors and the Progenitors, while not as Axe-Crazy as Lemurians, still are pretty shady.
  • Changing of the Guard: All the foundations are undergoing or have recently undergone massive cultural shifts, from an old generation that favored conservationism and large structures to a fast moving, dynamic, even radical younger generation. This shift began when the old generation intentionally dismantled the large social structures of the Peerage. They were being corrupted by power and so they destroyed their own power. For all it's faults the Peerage is dedicated to helping Mad Scientists avoid the perils of their own insanity.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Subverted, the Peerage do believe that the Inspiration comes with responsibility. Responsibility to stay low, keep quiet, and try not to do anything too crazy.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm... a Mad Scientist: The Peerage encourages its members to distance themselves for humanity; in their view a mad scientist trying to help is just a disaster waiting to happen.
  • Mad Hatter: Their insanity allows them to make Wonders, after all.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: For older (or old-fashioned) Peers being truthful is Serious Business. The Scholastics do this the most note .

    The International Union of Artifice 

The International Union of Artifice

"Good, fast, and cheap: you get all three. And if you talk like that to my people again, you're going to wake up as a collection of spare parts."

Originally quiet reclusive Geniuses who just wanted to be left in peace to build their Wonders. They have since radicalized with younger Artificers emphasize a punk DIY ethos as a way to remain free from, or oppose, "The Man". Artificers give players a chance to play the mad scientist who builds awesome stuff and represent the fear that we will have to adapt for new technology whether or not we want it to.

  • Bungling Inventor:They can slap Wonders together faster than any other Geniuses, but unless they spend an hour testing it out, they won't know what the persistent fault is. This can cause problems.
  • MacGyvering: Due to the simple problem that building anything takes money or resources (bought with money), many Artificers take the Dumpster Diver trait, which lets them cobble together amazing inventions from trash. Even those that don't are capable of building things like power armour and time machines with stuff you can buy from stores.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Artificers come from all walks of life, but the younger ones tend to be, shall we say, "unpolished".
  • Weird Trade Union: Some of them take that "union" bit literally.

    Fellowship for Manifest Direction 

Fellowship for Manifest Direction

"Like even the strongest iron bar, every man has a weak point, and it can be found."

Created as a Fellowship to organise the Peerage in the invisible war, the Directors grew to become the Peerage's social and organisational experts. Charismatic, skilled and as brilliant as any other Genius they are nevertheless corrupted by naked ambition. Directors let the players be bond villain style masterminds and represent the fear that "the elite" will step on the little guy for their own benefit.

  • The Beast Master: As part of their Diabolical Mastermind theme, many of them prefer to let Beholden or robots do their dirty work while they stay comfortably inside their base.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: The younger Directors accuse their elders of this.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: A not-entirely-inaccurate stereotype of the foundation. Thematically, they are designed to represent the James Bond Villain archetype, being charismatic Geniuses with social affinities and often a lot of minions.
  • The Face: Often in player parties. This is important, since a Genius' ever worsening Science-Related Memetic Disorder causes Jabir, which makes talking to normal humans rather difficult.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Fellowship was explicitly founded to provide the kind of organized leadership Lemuria had. Almost immediately, the Directors became every bit as corrupt, racist, and fanatical as the leaders of Lemuria. The Foundation was extensively reformed in the early twentieth century, but things were looking bad for a while.
  • Guile Hero: When they're not outright Manipulative Bastards.
  • Manipulative Bastard: They are designed to represent the James Bond Villain archetype, being charismatic Geniuses with social affinities.
  • The Minion Master: As part of their Diabolical Mastermind theme, many of them prefer to let Beholden or robots do their dirty work while they stay comfortably inside their base. Fittingly, one of their favored Axioms is Automata, the Axiom related to building artificial beings.
  • Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Older Directors love this trope.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Briefly, they were every bit as racist and politically incorrect as Lemuria. They've cleaned up their act.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: The most socially powerful Foundation.

    Center for Circumferential Navigation 

Center for Circumferential Navigation

"I've seen things you wouldn't believe. Hell, I've seen things I don't believe."

The Navigators were formally part of Lemuria, there they faced discrimination for their race and ended doing maintenance, transportation and front line combat for their so called betters. After abandoning Lemuria they eventually joined up with the Peerage, after the invisible war was over. For a while the Navigators were known for being practically a military, but the old generation has given way to rugged independent explorers. The Navigators exist to give players the opportunity to play adventurers and Science Heroes, to saner individuals they represent the fear of being caught in the crossfire of the powerful.

  • Appropriated Appellation: The name Navigator is intentionally humble in defiance of people who used to see them as second class Geniuses. The attitude is gone, but the name remains.
  • Badass Army: Their function is to serve as the Peerage's army and scouts, and given most of them are explorers equipped with Powered Armors, it's safe to say they fill this function well.
  • Badass Bookworm or Genius Bruiser: They can use Mania to enhance their physical abilities.
  • Defector from Decadence: They didn't leave Lemuria because it was full of evil people who oppress them. They left because it was full of Obstructive Bureaucrats and Insufferable Geniuses who couldn't even do Armageddon right.
  • The Drifter: Many of them spend their time travelling from city to city, saving people before moving to a new location.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Their favored Axioms are Katastrofi and Skafoi, meaning they're very good at moving fast and hitting hard.
  • Fantastic Racism: An interesting aversion; most templates and factions in the New World of Darkness usually have somewhat negative stereotypes toward other types of supernaturals. The Navigators don't; instead, their stereotype has them praise supernaturals for being "good in a fight", and "usually a lot more reasonable than people make them out to be".
  • Mildly Military: While still possessed of military trappings, formal organization and protocol have been relaxed in recent years.
  • Powered Armor: They make a tradition of building and wearing their Wonders as either armors or equipments intended to make them fly and improve their fighting skills.
  • Travel Cool: As they specialize in exploration, many feel that getting there should be just as amazing or moreso than what you find when you arrive.

    Reformed Society of Progenitors 

Reformed Society of Progenitors (formerly Children of Demiurge)

"It'll work this time, I promise. It won't hurt anyone."

Mad biologists and transhumanists, who recently had to purge their ranks after most of them went insane (more than usual). Playing a Progenitor lets you be the archetypal mad scientist who creates and reshapes life, while to everyone else they represent the fear of humanity as we know it being replaced by something else.

  • Evilutionary Biologist: The "Evil" part is downplayed after the purge, but Progenitors do have an interest in mad biology and creating new, better living beings.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: The absolute best at making implanted wonders, and they don't shy away from doing it. Worth mentioning that their implants aren't necessarly mechanicals; they do plenty of biological implants as well.
  • Mad Doctor: The original generation were insane biologists who would perform dangerous experiments on humans and animals, eventually leading to their purge. The new generation are transhumanists who happily experiments on themselves in an effort to improve themselves.
  • Professor Guinea Pig: While the original Progenitors would gladly experiments on animals and human beings to further their research, the new iteration focuses on upgrading themselves with their Wonders, an attitude that somewhat disturbs other Geniuses.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: The original Progenitors used to be considered the most impressive, skilled of the Foundations until they went completely insane, leading to the purge. Nowadays, this has left such a big impact the current generation still has problems shaking off the bad reputation they got because of this.
  • Transhuman: The current incarnation's hat. Since the first generation was infamously wiped out after it was discovered they had no qualm experimenting on unwilling humans, their successors decided to go around that problem by experimenting on themselves. Out of all the Foundations, they probably are the ones to include the most Manes.
  • Transhuman Treachery: The new generation Progenitors' increasing interest for transhuman practices has caused a lot of concern among other Foundations, who fear they might turn out like this. While there probably are some cases, not all of them are subjects to it.

    College of Scholastic Theory 

College of Scholastic Theory

"If it's true, someone wrote it down, even if just to refute it."

Respectable, neat academics who believe it is important to manage their own insanity with a dedication to logic and truth. Or at least they used to, older members unraveled mysteries to uncover the truth. Younger members create mysteries and delight in bizarre non-linear thought. Playing a Scholastic is an opportunity to be the mad scientist who knows strange secrets, while to everyone else they represent the fear of things man was not meant to know and the people who publish them.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: A little Schliemannian globetrotting is much more exciting than hitting the books.
  • Badass Bookworm: By far the most intellectual and academics of the Geniuses. They also happen to be the oldest Foundation, and the ones who have been fighting Lemuria the longest.
  • Master of Illusion: A prerequisite for any would-be conqueror of the human mind.
  • Non-Action Guy: Older Scholastics are often content to stay inside and theorize.
  • Odd Friendship: The ancient, methodical College of Scholastic Theory gets along pretty decently with the modern, revolutionary Free Council. Well, better than Mages and Geniuses usually do, anyway.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Because puckishness just isn't the same without the odd couplet here and there.
  • The Smart Guy: They are described as the "brains" of their collaboratives.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They started out as a small philosophy cult who really liked truth and objected to Lemuria's historical revisionism. Now they're the most influential organization of Mad Scientists in the world, led a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits to overthrow the Ancient Conspiracy that controlled mankind since the beginning of history, and all Inspired culture (even Lemurian) has been heavily influenced by them.

Foundations introduced in 2nd edition

    The New American Artisans 


"I made it out of mom, baseball, and apple pie.".

A movement of Geniuses in North America who arose in the guided age to simultaneously claim the benefits of new technology without allowing progress to change cultures or ways of life. Inevitably they failed, but were influential for a hundred years or so. They were a society of Mad Artisans.

  • Affirmative-Action Legacy: After the Fellowship gave up on its competing visions of America there was a short lived movement to find a replacement, it was much more diverse in class, ethnicity, and politics.
  • Gossipy Hens: The Mary Annes look like a society of housewives who spend all day gossiping on the telephone, but their gossip amounted to an claundestine information network that puts the NSA to shame.
  • Kid Hero: Some were members, other members were mentors to kid heroes. Naturally of the All American Boy veriety.
  • Know When to Fold Them: Senior Artisans deliberately set the Foundation's death in motion to prevent a civil war or worse, the group becoming Lemurians.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Far from the majority, but some ex-Artisans can be found in the Mechanists and Witnesses. Given that the Artisans started to preserve their rural way of life from the effects of mass production this is unsuprising, if they weren't such comitted enemies of Lemuria the defection would be much larger.
  • Not So Extinct: Their space colonies might still be around.
  • Settling the Frontier: They had space colonies, nobody knows what happened to them.
  • Standard '50s Father: Artisans like this started to appear in the 40s and 50s.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Subverted. One of their subfactions, the Mary Annes specialised in domestic technology as well as communications technology and cryptography; so they ran national communication networks from their kitchens.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: They were well integrated into society and had the attitudes and values you'd expect for middle class white Americans living in 1870s to 1950s.

    The Cartographic Order of St Christopher the Undecieved 


"Beyond that horizon lies fame, fortune, and the glory of battle! Hoist the sails!".

An order of dashing swashbucklers sailing the high seas in search of adventure and fortune. Unfortunately for everyone around them Cartographers seem unable to recognise the risks of starting fights or delving into trap filled tombs, and as dangerous as they are to themselves they're more dangerous to people around them. Cartographers were generalist mad explorers but late in the foundation's life some focus on mad physics emerged.

  • Blood Knight: They love fighting, but its because they think war is just fun and games.
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Unlike the Navigators, Cartographers tend to come from the upper crust.
  • Magnetic Hero: They were famous for their charisma and ability to get others to share in their adventures.
  • Privilege Makes You Evil: Downplayed. Cartographers are no more evil than any other group of mad scientists, but their particular flaw is how their privilege blinds them to how their actions hurt people.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Downplayed but they are ones to the Navigators. While the groups have quite distinct personalities both served as the Peerage's explorers and fighters. Its mentioned you can find Cartographers who behave like Navigators, and Navigators who behave like Cartographers.
  • Swashbuckler: They're dashing sailors with a winning smile and boisterous personality.
  • The Captain: Most Cartographers built and captained their own ship.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: They wanted fame and fortune, but once they got rich they found actually managing their finances to be indescribably boring. The Foundation eventually fell apart because it got too rich and its mad scientists left to avoid the paperwork.


    Lemuria in general 

The "bad guys"... sort of. They believe that humanity needs to be "fixed," to be put back on track, and will do anything to achieve this goal. The original Lemuria actually was a Bardos populated by the Third Race, a powerful civilization of snake people Manes, until they accidentally erased their own home from existence by messing with the timeline through Time Travel. They eventually created a new Lemuria in the form of a Ancient Conspiracy manipulating history all over the world, recruiting and using Inspired humans as their servants, with the goal of developping humanity over a century toward a future that would result in the rebirth of their Bardos. However, Geniuses grew in number over time and became harder to control for them; eventually, the independant Inspired formed the Peerage and defeated the surviving members of the Third Race, putting an end to their agenda. Their human servants persisted however, and still operate what remains of the Conspiracy, under the belief history took a wrong path and needs to be fixed.

The factions making up Lemuria are known as Baramins.

  • Animal Motif: Snakes, due to their origins as servants of ancient Snake People.
  • Anti-Villain: They want to use their knowledge and inventions to help the world and improve it. Problem is, they completely fail to realize they are insane and would just spread Havoc.
    • In other words, they all have wonderous ideas and the means to implement them but, as a rule, have no connection to baseline human social norms due to zero Obligation.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Lemurians believe that the Inspired have a moral duty to set humanity back on track. Pity a different trope is in play.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: By definition all Lemurians believe that human development took a wrong turn at some point, such as the replacement of Platonic philosophy with Aristotle.
  • Evil Counterpart: To the Peerage. They also act as a rather less sympathetic spiritual successor to the Traditions in many thematic respects.
  • They Reject Our Reality: And substitute their own.
  • Insane Equals Violent: It's pointed out that not all Lemurians do evil, but their insanity makes it so easy.
  • Reality Warper: They can warp reality according to their vision of it.
  • Reptilian Conspiracy: The original Lemuria was founded and led by shapeshifting snake-men Manes who were manipulating humanity from behind the scenes. Nowadays however, most of them have been exterminated, and the current incarnation of Lemuria is controlled by human Geniuses.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Unlike the Peerage, they don't know that they are insane. They believe that everyone else is.

    The Atomics Supervision Board 


"There was so much potential. So much promise. So much that failed us, all those years ago. But not this time."

Atomists represent the idea that technology can solve human, social or political problems. They tend to be utterly dismissive of (if not outright hostile to) the proposition that the human element is important or in any way greater than just another number on their spreadsheet. Their specialty is Mad Science and Technology Studies.

  • Determinators: They are the best at warding off Havoc, which is reflected by their Grant allowing them to add their Resolve to Havoc rolls. Of course, it happens sooner or later, but maybe next time...
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: While they all believe that technology can create a paradise, some have very disturbing ideas on what that paradise would look like. (For instance, one might think being slaves to immortal machine overlords sounds like the ideal human condition.)
  • Expy: Of the Technocracy. They're also based on some hardcore fans of Robert Heinlein, Larry Niven, and Ayn Rand.
  • Flunky Boss: A very likely fighting style for them; their favorite Axioms are Automata, which allows them to create armies of robots, zombies or other creatures, and Apokalypsi, which they can use to deliver them instruction from distance or control remotely, so it's easy for them to rely on their minions to do the job while they stay safely in their lab.
  • I Want My Jetpack: Or Hovercar/Invisible Zeppelin/Robotic Spider/Horde of Gorilla Cyborgs.
  • Raygun Gothic: They're still bitter the world didn't turn out like this, and seek to "fix" things so that it will.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: All they ever wanted was to bring us into the future — not that they ever cared about the people who would have to live in it.
  • Zeerust: Not a defining trope, but certainly not uncommon. As they were formally founded in the 50s at the dawn of the Nuclear age, many of their elders have a pre-apocalypse Fallout-type style to their Mad Science.

    The Institute for Etheric Sciences 


"Now if you look here, you'll see that this is how things really work. Actually, really, positively work. But ignore that, that part is still being corrected."

Etherites believe that a single unified theory can explain everything. (Though what that theory is differs from Etherite to Etherite). In general, they care more about "proving" their pet theories than actual science, mixed in with some of the worse cultural attitudes from the Victorian era. Their specialty is Mad Physics or Mad Conspiracy Theory.

  • Berserk Button: Question their theories. We dare you.
  • The Brute: The Etherites form the backbone of Lemuria's armed forces, using their ray guns and particle cannons to rain death on their enemies.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Etherites believe that their theories are so obviously true only an idiot couldn't see it, so only a grand conspiracy can explain why its not the scientific consensus.
  • Deconstruction: They're Mage: the Ascension's Sons of Ether, if they actually were the kind of people who thought the scientific community was a conspiracy, and if they actually thought like Victorians.
  • Expy: Of the Sons of Ether.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Their favourite Axioms are Katastrofi and Skafoi, respectively focusing on destructive weapons and transportation, meaning they can easily build tank-like vehicles and jets with powerful cannons or equip themselves with a combination of Jetpacks and Death Rays. This is the primary reason they make up most of Lemuria's army.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Conspiracy theory and prejudice go hand in hand, and that's on top of the fact their culture is somewhat stuck in the Victorian era.
  • The Fundamentalist: About their scientific theories.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: They believe science (or more accurately their own theories on science) can explain everything in the universe. Unfortunately for them, the setting they live in is the New World of Darkness, where inexplicable supernatural phenomenons are legion.

    The Consorted Guilds of Master Mechanists 


"We're all just cogs in the Great Machine. Whatever we think we choose was actually predestined, part of the process. Part of the Plan."

The Mechanists believe that the universe, and everything within it, follows simple laws and theories, to the degree that they become fatalists who take no responsibility for their actions. Word of God says they don't have any overarching theme, they are merely cool. Their specialty is Mad Craftsmanship.

In the second edition Mechanist have been given a stronger ideology as anti-industrialists who believe that mass produced technology is fundamentally inferior to hand crafted tools and even harmful to its users and society.

Tropes applying to both editions:

  • Clock Punk: A favourite aesthetic, given their belief that the universe, and even the people, are just clocks following slightly more complicated routines.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Sorta. Geniuses espousing what is now modern Mechanist philosophy have always been around, but the Baramin itself officially formed after a schism in the International Union of Artifice.
  • Steampunk: Another favorite aesthetic of theirs, as it uses a lot of orderly gears and mechanisms, fitting their "everything falls into place" mindset.

Tropes applying to the first edition:

  • Expy: Fatalistic and grim, with a focus on destiny, similar to the Euthanatos.
  • The Fatalist: They reject the idea of free-will and consequentially the idea of responsibility.
  • Never My Fault: Because they don't believe in free will, they never acknowledge that anything might be their fault— as far as they are concerned, it's always part of some higher mechanism the world works on.
  • Stone Wall: While they are not necessarly weak in the attack department, Mechanists not only have Prostasia (which focuses on armors and forcefield) as one of their favourite Axioms (the other one being Automata), but their Grant confers a Durability bonus to their Wonders, as well as to their Armors' Core Modifier, meaning they can build more resilient robots and stronger armors.

Tropes applying to the second edition:

  • Evil Luddite: They only oppose mass produced technology (which makes them closer to the original luddites) but they don't care about the consequences of destroying technology society relies on.
  • Ludd Was Right: They certainly think so.
  • Good Old Ways: From the Mechanist's point of view they want a world where skilled craftsmen are rewarded for their honest toil and respected for their skills, not exploited by their employers.
  • Handmade Is Better: They are absolute fundamentalists for this idea.
  • Privilege Makes You Evil: The usual way to become a mechanist is to be successful, fail to adapt to new technology, and go mad from the resulting loss of prestige and wealth.
  • The Perfectionist: They believe that hand crafted tools are superior to mass produced tools, and work very hard to make sure their crafts prove the point.

    The Hallowed Order of Numerologists (called Oracles in 1 E) 


"I understand your confusion, my son. When the scales first fell from my own eyes, I could hardly believe the Truth that was laid bare before them. But the signs and portents are all there, just as foretold. All you have to do is find the clues within the lacunae and make the logical connections; that will show you which apocrypha should never have been excluded from the canon. With the complete text at hand, follow the gematria in the context of the Papal ex cathedra decrees, sedevacantist of course, and behold His plan! It's a lot to take in but the truth of the scripture cannot be denied. Now, hand me that brimstone, we have our parts to play in His work."

The Numerologists believe that within the holy texts of various religions lies encoded the formula for perfect morality. Their specialty is Mad Theology.

  • Always Someone Better: To the Numinologists and the 2e Oracles (Otherwise known as The Oracular Daughters of Ecstatic Revelation), they were better organised than the former and better at long term planning than the latter.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: An inevitable consequence of being fundamentalist, religious, and unmada.
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: Twisted. On the one hand they believe whatever their holy books say is literally true even when it leads to nonsensical conclusions like geocentricism or a young Earth creationism. On the other hand they're still geniuses and make very intelligent theologians.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: An Aesthetic popular among them; seeing how they have a more mystical approach of Mad Science, they tend to dress as mages rather than scientists.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: Much like the Oracles.
  • Expy: In keeping with Lemuria's Tradition parallels, the Oracles resemble some of the less sympathetic portrayals of the Celestial Chorus.
  • Instant Expert: In the first edition this was their Grant: if it's scientific or academic, they can spend a point of Mania to know it.
  • Mad Mathematician: They use numerology for divination to find hidden messages in holy scripture. This is why they're called Numerologists.
  • Numerological Motif: Many members use numerological symbolism as keys to find hidden messages in holy books.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Their wonders are works of alchemy, sorcery, or theology. But they're the intellectual kind of theologian who approach scripture through study and reason.
  • Tautological Templar: They believe they're following God's plan (or something else equally unquestionable) and thus whatever immoral things they do must be justified. Of course, they're just insane and the great plan only exists in their heads.
  • The Fundamentalist: They believe in absolutes and are incapable of seeing a middle ground. This, combined with their religious tendencies, make them textbook religious fanatics.
  • The Philosopher: Most Numerologists are theologians, but not all of them. Philosophers can be found in their ranks, even agnostic or aethiest philosophers. They're as fundamentalist as the rest of them.
  • Propaganda Machine: For Lemuria.
  • Religion is Magic: They use the same game mechanics as mad scientists. However they're mad theologians, their wonders resemble Kabbalistic Numerology, Islamic Astronomy or Taoist alchemy more than science.

    The Munich School of Post-Empirical Phenomenological Theory 


"Hmm. That's an interesting point, but is there really any kind of absolute truth out there? Anything that is immutable?"

The Phenomenologists believe that there is no universal reality. Consiquently they choose to live in whatever reality suits them best and act appropriately, even if it's outright harmful to those around them. They are a reference to post modernists and the Science Wars in particular. Their specialty is "Mad Critique.

  • Believing Their Own Lies: They can lie so well because they believe in what they're saying... at that moment, anyway.
  • Consummate Liar: They can spend a point of Mania to gain a exceptional success on a subterfuge roll. This is because they aren't actually lying, they genuinely believe anything they say.
  • I Reject Your Reality: Even more so than other Unmada. Phenomenologists will reject their own reality when it suits them.
  • The Spymaster: Their area of expertise; not only does their Grant make them Consummate Liars thanks to denial of an universal reality, but their favourite Axioms, Apokalipsi and Epikrato, focus respectively on observation and control, meaning they can easily build cameras and scanners to monitor everyone, brainwash people to serve as sleeper agents or modify their memories as they wish.
  • Surveillance as the Plot Demands: They're in charge of Lemuria's intelligence operations.

    The Eluciated Court of Dharmists 


The now extinct old rulers of Lemuria, Dharmist were the closest to the Third Race back when they were still the masters, helping them control other Inspired. As such, they were masters of manipulating creating related to Mania. Most of them were exterminated or forced to recant after Lemuria's origin defeat at the hand of the Peerage. Their specialty is Mad Philosophy.

  • Foil: To the Scholastics:
    • Both were the closest things to leaders of their respective factions.
    • Both were specalists in mad philosophy with a tendency to see ideas as more real than material reality. However Scholastics have a habit of retreating into solipsim to live in their own ideas, Dharmists policed other people's ideas.
    • Both had a strong interest in the study of history, but Schoalstics were determined to understand history as it really happeend, Dharmists tried to fit events into a grand historical narrative with no basis in reality.
    • Scholastics led a revolution to free mankind's from intellectual restraints. The Dharmists mission was to enforce intellectual restraints.
    • Finally the Dharmists originate from Hindu theologians while the Scholastics started as a Zoroastrian philosophy cult, echoing the historical rivalry between those two faiths.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The suppliment set in Medieval Europe says outright that if a Dharmist turns up any zany mad science hijinks should cease and the tone should turn serious and horrific.
  • Industrialized Evil: Their elegent mystical wonders look like the furthest thing from industry, but their methods fell squarely into this trope.
  • Les Collaborateurs: All of Lemuria served the Third Race back then, but the Dharmist were by far their closest servants, and were devoted to them.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Unlike the Directors, these guys were only good at manipulating beings touched by Inspiration— but they were very good at it.
  • Posthumous Character: Their Baranim has been utterly destroyed by the time the game takes place. The Peerage made absolutely sure of that.
  • The Dreaded: Their specalty was in manipulating or mind controlling other Inspired, consiquentually the peerage were 'terrified' of them. Even now there are whole areas of research that mad scientists consider tainted by association.

    The Forum for Digital Numerics 

Numericals (ascendant)

"Ordinary people cannot handle the internet. Without the intellect to participate in real debates they retreat into echo-chambers and pollute society with their cancerous ignorance. On social media highschool never ends. No longer do cheerleaders and football captains corner victims in the locker room, now our children willingly present themselves so society may devour their self esteem. People that asssert wrong information with confidence are upvoted past correct messages. This can go on no longer! The elite must rise up against the ignorant masses and take back the internet. Once we are free from the meatheaded mob we shall put aside such petty concerns as race, religion, and emotions to create a world where intelligence and reason are the true measure of a man!

September shall end!"

With the arrival of Eternal September, many Geniuses saw their dreams of an internet where the intelligent ruled a virtual world overrun by housewives posting cat pictures and businessmen buying golf shoes. The Numericals hate how the internet has become as stupid as meatspace, and seek to reform it into what it should have been. Their specialty is Mad Computer Science.

Numerericals are not the only group who think the internet has gone wrong. There is a second Web 2.0 generation that believes the tech industry has allowed demogogery and mob rule to thrive, and the experts must be put back at the heart of online discourse. This group is not yet organised, but their focus on the internet means they regularly clash with (and are sometimes recurited by) Numerericals. They tend to study Mad Communication Theory which has even fed back into the Numerericals.

  • Cassette Futurism: Their most common aesthetic, representing the point where the internet existed but before normal people ruined it.
  • Computer Equals Tapedrive: This retro aesthetic is popular with Numerericals.
  • Democracy Is Flawed: A common view among the Web 2.0 generation, who are upset that social media let demagogues win power.
  • Expy: Less overt than some of the other Baramins, but their retro computer shtick pretty well mirrors the Virtual Adepts.
  • Hacker Cave: Their laboratories tend to look like this.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Any Genius can do this, but they're explicitly the best at it. Mechanically they gain two extra dice to all hacking rolls.
  • It's All About Me: To the Numericals, only the "right" people should use the Internet. Their definition of "the right people" coincidentally is exactly the same as the requirements to join them. Even better: each half of the Baramin divide have structured their definition of "the right people" explicitly to exclude the other half.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: In-universe, this is how they feel about the Internet.
  • Instant Expert: Their grant lets them use intelligence in place of any skill, fitting for a group that think intelligence is the only measure of a man.
  • Insufferable Genius: The heart of Numerical beliefs is that smart people should be respected and in charge, and of course that they are the smart people. Their focus on the internet is a consiquence of this, they thought that in online text only chats intelligence would be king and still wish to make it so.
  • Newbie Boom: In-universe, they want to bring Eternal September, which brought a lot of new users to the Internet, to an end. If this sounds good to you, bear in mind that their definition of "newbie" in this scenario includes literally everyone who isn't a computer programmer (or electrical engineer, if they're feeling generous).
  • Serious Business: They have very strict beliefs about the Internet, and they are a very real danger to people who troll them on the web.
  • Techno Wizard: As mad computer scientists they're naturally very good with computers.
  • Too Much Alike: The old computer science generation and the new communication theory generation both think the internet has been ruined by the wrong people getting online. Both of them think the other group are those wrong people.
  • Troll: They justify their elitist ideology by the presence of online jerks; this may lead to a case of He Who Fights Monsters.

Baramins introduced in 2nd edition

    The Iconoclastic Revolutionary Army 


''"The most dangerous moment for any revolution is the cusp of victory. The sight of transformative fires and violence wakes the counter-revolutionary memeplex the elite hammed into the cultural psyche. Pressing through this critical period requires even greater commitment and yes, blood. We must be resolute, if we withstand the last gasp of the power brokers, the klepto-plutocrats, the old men who live on theft and hate, and the so called moderates who would rather bow to tyranny than get their hands dirty, our rebellion shall become Revolution. The capitalist order shall be swept away and the New Utopian Man shall arise to build a world of liberty, comradery, and equality.

Sent from my iPhone"''.

A bunch of revolutionaries that believe the only way to get history back on track is to create a revolution to tear down the current political order and create a Utopia. Their specialty is Mad Political Science.

  • Agent Provocateur: One of their jobs for Lemuria was infiltrating both Genius and mortal political movements that posed a threat and create chaos.
  • Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: They're not all anarchists, but Iconoclasts of any political persuasion tend to behave like this.
  • Blood Knight: Iconoclastics really enjoy hurting people, much of their political theorising is just an elaborate justification for why they should punch someone's face in.
  • Manifesto-Making Malcontent: When they're not fighting Iconoclastics spend a lot of time making and debating manifestos. They are still geniuses, creating things is in their nature.
  • Missing Steps Plan: Step one: Lots of violence. Step two: ??? Step three: Utopia. Its not that Iconoclasts haven't thought it through, its that they use their genius to justify why they don't need a better plan.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: They believe that their goals can only be accomplished through violent revolution.
  • Uriah Gambit: One of the means Lemuria used to keep them in line.
  • Working-Class Hero: Invoked but also averted. Iconoclasts like to portray themselves as working class, but rarely are.

    The Society of Learned Leviathans 


A Baramin that believes that the world should be ruled by a benevolent Autocracy. Like the Iconoclasts their specialty is Mad Political Science.

  • Dirty Coward: Leviathans want a strong autocrat because they fear anything less will allow chaos and civil war. And they want someone else to be the autocrat because it's dangerous to be on top.
  • Hobbes Was Right: Their core philosophy. They're even named after Hobbes' book.
  • The Chains of Commanding: They are big fans of social contract theory and think rulership comes with obligations to protect society.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Leviathans avoid being rulers themselves but they are happy to advise their superiors, however see Puppet King below.
  • The Philosopher King: Leviathans believe such people should be in charge of society.
  • Puppet King: Played with, while middle management Leviathans do manipulate their superiors into doing what they want they would never resort to mind control or making their superior a Beholden as that goes against their philosophy.
  • Villainous Legacy: They're no longer around, but they've influenced a lot of active Inspried groups and some say the Witnesses are an evolution of the society.

    The Oracular Daughters of Ecstatic Revelation 


A more mystical branch of Lemuria, Oracles tend to believe that what they do is mystical and spiritual instead of mad science and had one of the most unique methods. Instead of researching or experimenting to design their wonders they entered trance states and awoke with new knowledge. Their Specialty is Mad Mysticism though many say trying to assign them a speciality at all misunderstands what they were.

  • Chaotic Stupid: Their greatest weakness. In their altered states of consciousness the Ecstatics were prone to all sorts of irrational and self destructive behaviour. Even when they were lucid they rarely saw this to be a problem.
    • To give you an idea, they were the first owners of Daedalus's Labyrinth and used it to gain inspiration by running through the monster and deathtrap filled maze while out of their mind on drugs with predictably fatal results.
  • Don't Think, Feel: One of the most extreme examples in fiction. Oracles would discover things like nuclear physics back in ancient Greece by getting so drunk they couldn't think at all.
  • Low Culture, High Tech: The culture: A half naked guy in the woods licking mushrooms and howling at the moon. The technology: Magic-Powered Pseudoscience.
  • Mad Oracle: Intentionally so. Oracles would expose themselves to hallucinogenics, traumatising experiences, and stranger things to open their third eye.
  • Motive Decay: A cyclical issue. Their revelations would give them a clear goal, to accomplish that goal they'll induce another revelation, which would give them a new goal. An optional mechanic allows them to regularly change their Magnum Opus.

    The Gathering of High Numinologists 


A baramin of Antinihilists who want to give life meaning through mad science. Their specialty is Mad Anthropology.

  • The Anti-Nihilist: Their philosophy is that life is a chaotic mess and that science can't answer the important "meaning of life" type questions, but they think that mad science can yet create a means of answering them.
  • Control Freak: Their motivation stems from the fact that they see the world as uncontrolable and want to impose some form of order on the chaos.
  • Deity of Mortal Creation: Much like the Engwithans from Pillars of Eternity they decided the only way to give life meaning is to create deities of their own.
  • Foil: Their philosophy is the inverse of the Phenomenologists.
  • Not So Extinct: As far as anyone knows there aren't any of them left on earth. However, there are clues they may have left for other planets or pocket dimensions.

    The Witness Weekly Periodical 


Part Baramin, part mad science tabloid, they believe the reason society went off track is due to liberalism inevitably leading to moral decay. Their specialty is Mad Sociology.

  • Evil Reactionary: Witnesses generally act this way.
  • Family-Values Villain: A common trait.
  • Foil: They and the Atomists have opposite philosophies regarding the relationship between human society and technology.
  • Good Old Ways: Witnesses believe in these.
  • Hypocrite: Some Witnesses claim to support democracy and freedom of the press but it is obvious they would hollow them out given the chance.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Deep down most Witnesses just want a community with shared values and traditions to belong to.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The special edition of the tabloid that turned them into a large faction of Inspired was filled with rants against Jewish film producers, African American jazz musicians, and similar. While the details change with the time, modern witnesses are no more politically correct than their forebears.
  • Stepford Suburbia: Expect them to build places like this.
  • The Evils of Free Will: Their fundamental flaw. Witnesses want to create societies built on values of community and shared values rather than individualism. Given a choice many people would like that, but Witnesses fundamnetally cannot accept the idea of people having a choice.
  • Outdated Hero vs. Improved Society: The more moral Witnesses are these
  • Villainous Ethics Decay: Another Witness belief.

The Alumni For Harmonious Coexistence

    The Alumni in general 

An alliance of East Asian geniuses opposed to Lemuria.

  • Enemy Mine: They're long term allies but they have such radically different visions for Asia's future after Lemura is gone that they might fall into civil war without a common enemy.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Deliberately so. The Alumni is not only a pan-Asian organisation, it has an explicit goal of pan-Asian unity. The implausibility of pan-Asian unity has caused them real problems.

    The People’s Alternative Healing Movement 

The People’s Alternative Healing Movement

"Forward, young people! Forward, honoured elders! Respect the ancestors and expel the foreign barbarians! Gird yourselves for battle with the armour of Tradition and the sword of Innovation!"

A young student led movement that draws on traditional practices to appeal to the rural and conservative and as a statement of their belief in purging Asia from foreign influences. Healers represent the fear of uncontrollable social forces shaping society, no matter what the people actually think. Their focus is Mad Traditional Medicine.

  • Appeal to Tradition: A core of their political platform.
  • Black-and-White Insanity: They believe that every social issue is caused by foreigners or their Asian collaborators.
  • Enemy Mine: Their xenophobia is the exact opposite of the Systemists' love of western political and social ideas.
  • Master Poisoner: They specalize in traditional medicine and have ample opportunities to use their creations against Lemurians.
  • Oxymoronic Being: They're simultaneously a radical political movement of the young and educated, and of the rural, elderly, and traditionalist.

    Conference for Systemic Advancement 

Conference for Systemic Advancement

"If you review the legal code closely, you’ll find that an Imperial authorization to gather medicinal herbs does count as a grant of land-usage rights, even if the paperwork dates from the Ming Dynasty. Now hand over the deed, if you please."

An alliance of academic legal theorists and lawyers who caught Inspiration from Lemurians they battled in court. The Systemists now use Mad Jurisprudence to continue their fight against Lemuria and to promote their ideal of copying or adapting Western liberal and progressive ideas into Asia. Systemists represent the fear that your leader's and elite do not share the people's values and will force the population to abandon their traditions and beliefs. A charge they accept with pride.

  • Amoral Attorney: They may be on the right side of Asia's invisible war, but they still specialize in manipulating the law for their own interests.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: Whether its a Roman Senator or a Victorain parliamentarian, they often base their aesthetic on historical democracies.
  • Enemy Mine: Their love of western political and social ideas is the exact opposite of the Populists' xenophobia.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: They see western political theories as the source of progress, they want to learn from them and use them to enrich their homes.
  • Hidden Depths: They study how systems of laws and rules affect what they govern, and not just legal laws. They're shockingly good at AI research.
  • Insult Backfire: Systemists are accused of being elitist globalists with no loyalty to their culture. They're quite proud of this, seeing Western values as superior ideals that should replace traditions.
  • Prevent the War: Their origin story was weaponising the legal system to suppress warmongering ideas in their universities.
  • The Social Darwinist: In a unique lawyerly way. Their idea of testing their theories is to sue another member for going against their new idea and see if they can make the charges stick.

    Federations of Pragmatic Heritage 

Federations of Pragmatic Heritage

"Well, well, well. The fact that you were able to locate this penthouse proves you aren't amateurs, and getting past my security drones shows you have a knack for getting things others don't want you to have… Would you be interested in a new job?"

The inheritors are an almost feudal organisation of executives and businessmen whose love of profit is tempered by their love of their cultures and nations. Their modern culture, which perhaps not-coincidentally they see as business friendly. Inheritors used to study Mad Management Science but have shifted to Mad Marketing Science along with a more general shift from industrial to the service economy.

  • Corporate Samurai: An invoked trope. They intentionally play to cyberpunk aesthetics, including using samurai themes for their muscle.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: As cyberpunk corpos this is a given.
  • Cyberpunk: Their general aesthetic.
  • Japan Takes Over the World: While it hasn't quite happened, they like the idea an emphasise (with a Pan-Asian flavour) it in their cyberpunk aesthetic.
  • MegaCorp: Not to the extent of cyberpunk corporations, but they're organised into powerful corporations, play loosely to the law, and generally trying their hardest to live up to this trope.
  • Music Is Politics: They use their influence in the music (and other entertainment) industries to spread anti-Lemurian propaganda to Asia and Asian culture to the West.
  • Noble Demon: They may be cyberpunk corpos, but as a rule they honour their contracts. Particularly mad Inheritors are unable to even conceive of breaking a contract.
  • Patriotic Fervor: You wouldn't expect it from a society of cyberpunk executives but the Inheritors are genuinely proud of their cultures and like their countries just the way they are. This is mostly because they believe those cultures are business friendly and profitable, but the feelings are genuine.
  • Record Producer: They focus on making cultural products so naturally they have plenty of record producers, and usually fit all the worst stereotypes.

    Isekai Generation's Gallery 

Isekai Generation's Gallery

"Hang on, gotta do meatspace stuff for a minute. Pretty sure my mom just accidentally tripped my security system. AGAIN."

A society of geeks, nerds, and shut-ins most of whom have burned out of regular society. They'd like to use their Inspiration to make and play video games, watch anime, and chat about the former on the internet. However the threat from Lemuria compels them to direct their skills in Mad Electrical Engineering towards war.

  • Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: How their insanity tends to manifest, which is why they often manage their condition with a strict media diet.
  • Hikikomori: Most of their members fit the description.
  • Fearless Fool: Isekai often start to believe they're the main character of an anime or a light novel and thus they have plot armour. They do not.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Any genius can do this, but the Isekai are explicitly superior, behind only the Numerericals.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: All the other conglomerates have ideological motivations to oppose Lemuria and a vision for Asia after the war. The Isekai are only fighting Lemuria out of self defence.
  • Odd Friendship: The disciplined, feudal, and ambitious Inheritors often employ the chaotic, unambitious Isekai.
  • Sham Supernatural: They are legitimately supernatural mad scientists, but many pretend to be wizards, magical girls, or other anime staples.
  • The Hedonist: Left to their own devices they'd spend their lives playing video games and watching anime, and that's if they don't drill a wire into the brain's pleasure centres and bliss out.
  • Token Good Teammate: The other Conglomerates are quite mad and want to remake society in their own image. The Isekai are quite mad and want to stay at home playing video games. This makes them the least dangerous group of mad scientists there is, but even so they're still dangerous.
  • Transhuman: The Gallery has a rich tradition of applying electrical engineering to their own bodies. If members aren't retreating into anime they're usually upgrading themselves until they can go on anime adventures in real life.

    Railway Engineering Corps Veterans 

Railway Engineering Corps Veterans

"When I had your job I could drive a rivet through a centimetre of steel in one motion. If you’re late again I’ll do the same to your forehead!"

A group born in the Japanese occupied Manchuko in response to a Lemurian pogrom against native geniuses. ENGINCOR are mentally stuck in the WWII period, a time of great empires in conflict that demands any nation unite behind its army and its leaders for a war of conqueror or conquered. Their speciality is Mad Civil Engineering.

  • Boring, but Practical: Unusually for mad scientists they favour proven and reliable technology over experimental devices, though the do like to use magnetic technology.
  • Clock King: They are obsessed with logistics, planning, and scheduling, which turns out to be rather useful in an invisible war.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: A necessity when fighting Lumeria's superior numbers and resources. They use mad civil engineering to build hidden tunnels and bunkers to fight a guerilla war.
  • The Paranoiac: Their flavour of madness, and specifically focused on geopolitics. Members see the world as powder-keg of warmongers and revolutionaries, as though it was still the 1930s.
  • Rail Enthusiast: What with being a rail road company with mad science.
  • Token Evil Teammate: No mad scientist organisation is good, but ENGINCOR can be outright fascist.
  • Transforming Mecha: They like to disguise their war machines as construction equipment then transform them when its time for battle.
  • Repressive, but Efficient: Unlike historical fascists or the Nazis in Genius: the Transgression, ENGINCOR make the trains run on time. Literally, they were originally employees of a rail road company and are obsessed with timetables and logistics.
  • With Us or Against Us: They believe Asia is in, or about to be in, a war of survival and anyone who isn't working to defend it is a weak link who could doom the nation and must be dealt with appropraitely.

Programs of Note

Programs is the term used for independant Inspired factions who side neither with the Peerage, nor Lemuria.


Formalists (Ten Thousand Fans)

The independent Geniuses of Asia. Rebelling against Lemurian hegemony, they have risen to prominence as Lemuria grew weak. Today, the Fans are a united organization as powerful as any one of the Five Foundations.

  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: If they didn't know it already, their Exelixi can make it so.
  • Appropriated Appellation: "Ten Thousand Fans" was originally a Lemurian catch-all term for any non-Lemurian Program in Asia, as the dissenters fanned the flames of heterodoxy. The independent Geniuses of Asia apparently decided not to let such an unintentionally awesome epithet go to waste.
  • Asian and Nerdy: They are Asian Mad Scientists after all.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: For about a minute per point of Mania expended. Mania is kind of like air, right?
  • Bollywood Nerd: Fewer, because of the Lemurian presence in India, but they do study ancient Indian mathematics.
  • Far East: They are the Peerage equivalent of this zone.
  • Implacable Man: Their Grant and specialization in Exelixi makes this a definite possibility.
  • La Résistance: Asia is principally Lemurian territory. These guys are a minority, but they're still fighting.
  • Sixth Ranger: Members of the Peerage who know of the Ten Thousand Fans look at them with interest as a potential sixth Foundation.

    Thule Society 

Thule Society (Revanchists)

A faction of Nazi Geniuses, Sorcerers and Manes created following the fall of the Third Reich. Most of them hide in the Hollow Earth, trying to prepare for a new invasion on the surface when they are ready.

  • All Germans Are Nazis: Neatly averted, since Manes in this universe are created when the theory they were based on is discredited; if the majority of Germans really had faith in Nazi ideology, then these Manes wouldn't exist.
  • Clone Army: Their armies primarily consist of cloned Beholden genetically engineered by their Geniuses through Automata and Exelixi.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Their science runs on it; their main way to recover Mania is by capturing and torturing people, to the point they have "Atrocity Halls" dedicated to it. It's such a major part of their work that the "Atrocity Halls" are actually their Grant.
  • Fascist, but Inefficient: Being mad scientists makes the Revanchists even more divided and inefficent than the historical Nazis.
  • Ghostapo: While primarily consisting in Mad Scientists, they do include occultists in their ranks.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: One of their two favourite Axioms is Exelixi, meant to heal and fix things. They primarily use it to experiment on living subjects and torture people.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: They're nazi, so this is a given.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: As noted above, they regain Mania by torturing people.
  • The Social Darwinist: Obviously comes with being Nazis; Ubermenshen practice selective breeding to make sure all their specimen will be beautiful and in perfect health, killing all the ones who don't fit these criteria at birth.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: To be specific, they are a supernaturally created Nazi "species" born from brute Mania who practice Mad Science and Sorcery. Not only that, but they also happens to hide under the surface of the Earth in an ecosystem populated with dinosaurs.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Pretty much the definition of this group, as they are designed to follow most of the cliche associated with Nazis.
  • Ubermenschen: They don't fit the trope, but like the mundane Nazis, they inaccurately cite Nietzsche's work and call themselves Ubermenschen.

Programs introduced in 2nd edition

    Quelli dell'artistico Domiziano 


"Mayor, your grants have put a crimp in the quality of art. Unfortunately, it would be imprudent of us to allow that situation to continue unresolved.".

A Program in two halves. The inner circle is an alliance of seven crime families dedicated to making money from art themed crimes, and more importantly, ensuring that mortal society understands what is and what isn't fine art. The outer circle is a loose network of artists with a passion for the good life. Both are mad artists.

  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: They truly believe they are artists, not scientists, therefore they can only do mad art. This is an enormous weakness compared to any other group of Inspired.
  • Clock Punk: If they have wonders that aren't built on mad art they'll probably look like something Leonardo Da Vinici might build.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Slightly more than other mad scientists, their grant pushes them towards a Soap Opera like life of melodrama.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The inner circle are a ruthless criminal organisation, but they hold themselves to strict standards of decorum. They will also never create what they consider to be bad art.
  • Mad Artist: What they are.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: In the mundane world of art or organised crime they're big players. But when compared to the Peerage or Lemuria they're strictly small fry, they're not even the best at making Inspired art.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The outer circle work for the inner circle. The inner circle get the mania they need to keep the program running and lots of good art they can 'encourage' art schools to teach. The outer circle get money, all that fine wine is expensive.
  • Serious Business: Art. The inner circle will stop at nothing to ensure humanity is taught to tell good art from bad art.
  • The Don: The seven patriarchs leading the program have reluctantly accepted they will for evermore be known as godfathers.
  • The Hedonist: The outer circle spend most of their time enjoying good food, fine wine, and art.

    The Red Menace 


After the Iron Curtain fell soviet propaganda and McCarthyite fears were, disproved the Red Menace appeared to continue the long against capitalism.

Manes and Bardos

    Manes as a whole 
Mania, the energy used by Geniuses to fuel their powers, is raw creative energy; whenever a new idea or theory is born, this usually creates a large amount of it. Similarly, whenever it dies, either because it's discredited or because people who believe in it died, all the Mania has to go somewhere, and it ends up giving birth to creatures, objects of even entire areas matching the intended theory — meaning, paradoxically, that an idea becomes "true" the very moment it is proven false by the Community. Such creatures are called "Manes", while the places created this way are referred as "Bardos". In either case, they are entirely kept together by Mania, essentially making them natural-born Wonders, and as such they need to feed on Mania on regular basis in order to survive, either by sticking inside Bardos or finding it from other sources (a Genius, an Unmada field...). Like Wonders, they cause Havoc when interacting with mortals.

Artificially-born Manes also exist, usually as sentient Wonders created by Geniuses or Geniuses who used their abilities to enhance themselves.

  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Manes are incarnations of all the ideas, beliefs or theories that were proven false or otherwise discredited.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Downplayed; Manes can have sex just fine inside their native Bardos, between themselves and with Geniuses or other supernatural creatures; having sex with regular mortals outside their Bardos, on the other hand, triggers Havoc, meaning they can turn insane as a result.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Inverted; Manes and Bardos are born when people stop believing in something, causing all the discarded Mania contained to escape and take form.
  • Eldritch Location: Bardos are essentially this— areas created from discarded theories, in which said theories are actually real despite how this contradicts the actual facts.
  • Mana Drain: All Manes naturally possess the "Calculus Vampire" ability, allowing them to drain Mania from someone in order to maintain themselves alive outside a Bardos. This is their primary means to survive, as they cannot produce Mania of their own.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Fractal Elves are diminutive Manes born from failed equations, and are often found in laboratories and other research facilities. They're not too bright, but most aren't truly malicious.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Paper Goblins are Manes created by the desire for a truly paperless society. There are several different subspecies formed from various printed media, such as newspaper goblins, handwritten goblins, and fiction goblins. They're quite intelligent, and are willing to work with Geniuses for the right price. For whatever reason, they're mostly culturally Hispanic.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: Since the are based on every single theory or belief that was proven false, Manes can end up being pretty much everything, from completely human-looking to dinosaurs and classic scifi aliens, along with some Starfish Aliens and weirder for good measure. Their purpose story-wise pretty much is to allow you to include whatever weird creature you wish to have in your Chronicle.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: Manes are prone for causing this trope in the Inspired community; the reason Geniuses have a hard time dealing with other supernatural beings is because they never know for sure which ones are Manes and which ones are from a different source. It doesn't help that there are Manes based on different depictions of already-existing creatures in the New World of Darkness (such as angel and demon Manes who have nothing to do with the Unchained and the God-Machine's minions).
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The main reason hostile Manes like the Ubermenschen or the Martian Empire have been unable to invade the mortal world yet, aside from the Geniuses keeping them in check; Manes need regular rations of Mania in order to survive outside their Bardos, and just being assaulted by regular mortals can trigger Havoc, either weakening them or driving them insane unless they spend Willpower to contain the effect. The Martian Empire lost the wide majority of their invading forces to Havoc the first time they tried to invade Earth, forcing them to sign a truce with the Inspired.

    The Martian Empire 
A powerful alien civilization from a Bardos on Mars, created when it was proved their planet had no life on it. They almost immediately tried to take over Earth, but were defeated by both the Inspired community and their limitations as Manes. Since then, they have established an uneasy truce with Geniuses, hoping to better study Earth and its technology in order to one day invade Earth once again. The Empire actually covers three different castes: the Overlord, their highly intelligent rulers; the Technikers, the formers' Slave Race; and the Throgs, barbarians from outside cities.
  • Alien Invasion: They tried that when their Bardos first was created, but were defeated by Geniuses; they still hope to succeed one day, though at the moment they have resigned to a truce.
  • Benevolent Alien Invasion: One of the possible futures you can visit using Time Travel has the Martian Empire actually succeeding in invading Earth, their Bardos having absorbed enough Mania to become fully real. Surprisingly, they actually end up doing a lot of good, colonizing the entire system along with Earth and starting a Golden Age of commerce and philosophy.
  • Expy: Each Martian caste is based on a classic style of aliens:
  • Friendly Enemy: Make no mistake, the Overlords still intend to conquer Earth — but right now, they want to learn about the planet and its technology, in particular Mad Science, so they tend to be rather polite and welcoming to any Genius who comes to visit them.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Throgs are described as barbarian tribes living in Mars' deserts and warring against each other.
  • Slave Race: Technikers are believed to have been created by the Overlords to be their servants, primarily as infiltrators and spies.
  • Steampunk: They're escribed as frequently having this aesthetic to their technology, when they don't go for Crystal Spires and Togas.
  • Tripod Terror: The Overlord, being based on the Martians from The War of the World, tend to walk around in Tripod-inspired three-legged Skafoi vehicles.

    The Third Race 
The natives of the original Lemuria and founders of the second one. Also known as Ophidians, the Third Race was an advanced civilization of snake-like Manes who once tried to control and shape history in a way to restore their native Bardos, which was destroyed after they messed with Time Travel. They are currently extinct, although a few survivors still hide among humans in some places.
  • Anti-Villain: Debatably; the current survivors are described as cruel, cold and incapable of passion, but in the end, all they wanted was to recover their destroyed home.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Towards the end of their reign, the few members of the Third Race that had survived the long ages chose to shed their physical bodies to become godlike beings of pure information.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: They are described as having distinctly "inhuman black eyes".
  • Dying Race: Currently, their home Bardos and civilization no longer exist, their Inspired human servants have either rebelled against them or started a group of their own, and the few ones of them who remain are scattered everywhere with no leaders. Even in their glory days, their natures as Manes stranded outside of their lost Bardos meant that they could not reproduce, and slowly dwindled away in numbers. Some of them still hope to overthrow human Geniuses and reclaim their domination over the world, but their chance of success are slim, to say the least.
  • Emotionless Reptile: They are described as having been cold, passionless, calculating and cruel. When they shed their physical bodies to become beings of pure information, they lost what little emotion and compassion they had had to begin with.
  • Fantastic Racism: They despise human Geniuses of all factions, resenting the Peerage for overthrowing them while seeing Lemurians as traitors and cowards. They do not quite hate normal humans as much, but still see them as pawn to use, and eagerly use Beholden, cultists or madmen to their own ends.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Ophidians once ruled a powerful Ancient Conspiracy working to manipulate the world from behind the scene and essentially had most, if not all, Inspired humans as their servants. Now, the few remaining ones hide deep in flooded tunnels beneath their ruined homeland's remains or in wastelands of the human world, surviving on scraps of Mania and reduced to stealing tech from the Peerage and Lemuria in order to fix whatever broken Wonders they recover from their own people.
  • Humanshifting: As usual with Reptilian Conspiracies, although, unlike most incarnations, this isn't a natural ability; they use Metaptropi hologram technology to accomplish it.
  • Predecessor Villain: To the current incarnation of Lemuria; they were the ones who founded it in the first place, and the ones the Peerage was created to defeat during the Invisible War.
  • Reptilian Conspiracy: They were a race of snake people who used shapeshifting to manipulate mankind from behind the scene.
  • Snake People: Elder members of the species are described as having serpentine bodies with no legs, but nowadays the younger generation has fully humanoid bodies.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: Being Manes, they have no relation to Cryptid Reptilians.

    Santa Claus 
The single most powerful mane on record, Santa wreaks literal Havok each Cristmas forcing geniuses to stop his jolly rampages.
  • Obliviously Evil: He thinks and acts like you would expect Santa to act, but his efforts to reform Geniuses on the naughty list make them Illuminated and his toys cause Havok. That said, as long as you aren't on the naughty list you can ask for a present and you will usually get it.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Even if the Ebenezer Scrooge Chair of Christmasology does kill him, he just comes back the following Christmas.
  • Santabomination: He looks like a typical Santa, but he's a super powerful Mane.


    Elders of the Third Law 

Elders of the Third Law

Followers of Leonardo da Vinci.

  • Clock Punk: Their favored aesthetic, based off the works of da Vinci himself. They range from clockwork brains and spring-loaded swords to ornithopters and dirigibles.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: They may look primitive, but they're also passionate hunters of the Illuminated.
  • New Technology Is Evil: Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, and leery of the trappings of modern technology. They consider steam power to be newfangled devil technology. They like gunpowder, though.
  • Team Switzerland: They're one of the only Fellowships that accepts both Lemurians and Peers as members, preferring to focus on threats like the Illuminated rather than ideological struggles.

    Hermetic Order of the 28 Spheres 

Hermetic Order of the 28 Spheres

Post-modern Geniuses who style their Wonders as magic, challenging people to prove them wrong.

  • Clarke's Third Law: They have fun with this idea.
  • Elemental Powers: Those who join this Foundation choose from one of six elements to specialize in. These grant bonuses to creating Wonders of certain Axioms.

    Phantom Foundation 

Phantom Foundation

Ghost-hunting Geniuses. The Foundation was once part of a bigger independent Program, but is now just a Fellowship. Nonetheless, their resources and cultural resonance have allowed them to survive and even prosper.

    Perfected Vision Institute 

Perfected Vision Institute

  • Psychic Powers: The Institute started out researching telepathy but have expanded into other areas of this trope.

    Iridium Sentinels 

Iridium Sentinels

A Fellowship of do-gooders seeking to safeguard the innocent and fight crime, the Iridium Sentinels' trademark is their formidable suits of Powered Armor.

    Malcolm T. Washington Fellowship 

Malcolm T. Washington Fellowship

A Fellowship made up of African-American and African-Canadian Geniuses who specialize in the creation of giant insects.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The main theme of their Wonders.
  • Black and Nerdy: To be accepted into this Fellowship, one must be an American or Canadian mad scientist of African descent who specializes in creating giant insects. Despite the narrowness of the requirements, there are quite a lot of members— turns out there are a lot of black mad scientists who like working with giant bugs. Or grant money.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Moochava stated that this Fellowship is based off of college scholarships with ridiculously specific qualifications—in this case, being an African-American entomologist.

    Nine Vertex Devils Club 

Nine Vertex Devils Club

A Fellowship dedicated to creating and racing vehicles.

    Resurrection Consortium 

Resurrection Consortium

A consortium dealing with resurrection.

Fellowships introduced in 2nd edition

    The Brotherhood of All Locks 

The Brotherhood of All Locks

A Fellowship dedicated to containing or imprisoning entities to indestructible, risky or scientifically interesting to kill

    The Ebenezer Chair of Christmasology 

The Ebenezer Chair of Christmasology

My research is conclusive, the only thing special about Christmas is the annual mania storm. That is why I devised this new recipe for mince pies. If we want Christmas magic we have to make our own. Come on, I invented enough for everyone!

A fellowship dedicated to stopping Santa's yearly christmas rampage.

  • The Anti-Grinch: Sort of, they want to make the holidays better but to do that they have to stop Santa Claus from causing a global catastrophe each year, usually by killing him, he gets better.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The aesthetic of the ones responsible for fighting Santa can be summed up as "What if Ebenezer Scrooge wanted to destroy Christmas and had victorian steampunk tech?", they're still the good guys, due to the Shoot the Dog thing below some of them use it ironically while others end up Becoming the Mask.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Hard to get good publicity when your enemies with Santa.
  • Saving Christmas: Double subverted, they're saving christmas from Santa.
  • Shoot the Dog: They have to kill Santa Claus each year and it is made painfully clear how much that sucks.
  • Subbing for Santa: The ones that aren't responsible for killing Santa try to steal his gift bag and hand out the safe, non Havok causing presents.

    Et Horologium Animae 

Et Horologium Animae

Don't blame yourself

A Lemurian Fellowship (or Tablinum as they call it) that believes in that free will doesn't actually exist.

  • Expy: to the first edition Mechanistis
  • The Fatalist: They reject the idea of free-will and consequentially the idea of responsibility.
  • Never My Fault: Because they don't believe in free will, they never acknowledge that anything might be their fault— as far as they are concerned, it's always part of some higher mechanism the world works on.

    Kidz Club 

Kidz Club

A fellowship for Wesley's

    The Caucus Of The Colossus 

The Caucus Of The Colossus

Some things you can't fight. Acts of God. You see a hurricane coming, you have to get out of the way. But when you're in a mech, suddenly, you can fight the hurricane. You can win.

A fellowship dedicated to building giant robots.

  • Compensating for Something: Explicitly. A genius' is smart enough to know how small one man is. So they make themselves feel big by building a giant robot. This works well enough to make members more mentally stable.
  • Gladiator Games: They host regular gladiator battles to test their robots or settle arguments.
  • Serious Business: They use very expensive war machines to settle debates over anime and aesthetics.

    The Wat of the Waifu 

The Wat of the Waifu

Mecha-meido-chan is the perfect woman: Intelligent enough to be a psychiatric nurse. Kind enough to be a true friend. Strong willed enough to handle a Genius. And packing enough firepower to stand against a meteorblitzkrieg.

A fellowship that builds robots to provide geniuses with psychological support or handle domestic chores.

  • Animesque: The fellowship tends towards animesque designs. Most favour realistic anime (think the live action portrayal of Alita but some make living two dimensional cartoons.
  • Robot Buddy: Their speciality.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: They are the only people who can build Automatons capable of serving as touchstones, and they get the extra touchstone merit for free.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: Their robots are designed to provide psychiatric support, cooking, cleaning, earn money, or other mundane tasks. That doesn't stop the Wat building in plasma cannons.

    The Masters of Spite 

The Masters of Spite

Revenge is not an art. It's a science.

A fellowship dedicated to getting revenge on those that mocked them

Historical Geniuses of Note

    Leonardo di ser Piero 

Leonardo di ser Piero

Leonardo DaVinci himself, one of the most well-known Geniuses.

    Nikola Tesla 

Nikola Tesla

The archetypical Mad Scientist.

  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: He is Nikola Tesla in a game about Mad Science, so this was to be expected.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: He was a member of Lemuria. Back then, it was a choice between joining them or having no resources at all. And it must have been nice to have found a group that actually appreciated his ideas.

    Robert Hooke 

Robert Hooke

Seattle of Tomorrow

    Dr. Vienna 

Dr. Vienna/Yancy Wolfgang Borcowitz

The leader of Seattle's Peerage, Dr. Vienna catalyzed at the age of eighteen and headed for Seattle, where an encounter with Megiddo's electronic minions pushed him into forming "Those Fools at the Institute" with Gracie Calabash, Screaming Sam Paluxy, and several other Geniuses to fight against the mad supercomputer's forces. Today, he is synonymous with the New Peers of Seattle, and a respected figure.

  • Big Good: Dr. Vienna is respected by the Peers of Seattle as an artist, theorist, and implacable foe of Atomic Lemuria and Megiddo's machine empire.
  • Creepy Crows: He owns a maliciously literal-minded corvid automaton.
  • Non-Action Guy: Much to Sam's disgust, Dr. Vienna prefers to keep his hands clean and stay out of direct confrontation. While it keeps his Obligation high, his approach appears to be costing the New Peers ground.
  • Reality Warper: Unknown to most, the good doctor has recently gone Unmada. He tries to combat this by using logic... which, since he's a Genius, doesn't work.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In the process of mental decay, sadly.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm, logical, non-combative Blue to Screaming Sam Paluxy's Red.
  • Steampunk: Dr. Vienna favors this aesthetic, and dresses like a Victorian gentleman to match.

    Gracie Calabash 

Gracie Calabash

One of the three founders of Those Fools at the Institute, Calabash now manages the New Peers as Dr. Vienna slips even further into his fantasy world.

  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Calabash has the unenviable job of sorting out disputes between the various clashing factions of Seattle's Inspired community.
  • Big Good: In some ways she might be closer to this trope than the now increasingly-addled Dr. Vienna.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The most stable of the senior New Peers, Calabash takes the Peerage's duty to help others out seriously. She is most likely the first powerful Genius a new mad scientist meets in Seattle.

    Sam Paluxy 

Screaming Sam Paluxy

A rocker Genius and one of the three founders of Those Fools at the Institute, Screaming Sam has a love-hate relationship with Dr. Vienna.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: His unceasingly unstable love/hate feelings with Dr. Vienna might not be romantic, but if they are Sam is in for a long wait. Dr. Vienna is mentioned to have previously been in a fifteen year heterosexual relationship, and there are no hints that he could be bisexual.
  • Instrument of Murder: One of his Wonders is an electric guitar that lets him fire off blasts of destructive sound.
  • Love Potion: One of his Wonders, appropriately called the "Fuck Switch", does this to the user. Its actual purpose, though, is people puppetry.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The passionate, aggressive Red to Dr. Vienna's Blue.
  • Really Gets Around: He goes through college-age boyfriends every few weeks or so.

    Captain Calazzi 

Captain Joe Calazzi

A racist Genius who appeared in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks and quickly established a following, he is now leader of a vigilante army opposing the Pacific Gauntlet.

    Devon Ogura 

Devon Ogura

A man in his early 60s, Ogura is the leader of the Pacific Gauntlet, an Inspired criminal syndicate from Asia. He is also a Machinist who views everyone, including himself, as tools for a goal.

  • Cool Sub: The "Sea Monkey", his personal ride. It's shaped like a giant metal monkey.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Devon Ogura views the entire Gauntlet, including himself, as a tool to be used for maximum financial gain.
  • Cyberpunk: In sharp contrast to the Gauntlet's Clock Punk look, Ogura's favored aesthetic is "Digital Chrome", which involves a lot of cool neon hues, white plastic, and titanium.
  • The Don: He's a respected (and dreaded) leader of the Pacific Gauntlet.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ogura grew up as The Unfavorite, knowing his destiny was to become a faceless mook. Not hard to see why he snapped.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He was originally slated to become Beholden.
  • Red Baron: They call him the Ogre.

    Melantha C. Dranias 

Melantha C. Dranias

Ogura's right hand, and a dangerous Genius in her own right. Is also so creepy she was rejected by the Children of the Demiurge, and gave the Oracles misgivings, which is quite a feat.

    Erin Out-Of-Time 

Erin Out-Of-Time

The last survivor of an alternate timeline, Erin now resides in Seattle and keeps her head low, fearing the rogue Time Police that killed off the rest of her kind.

    Detective Alice Gotti 

Detective Alice Gotti

A Beholden working for Dr. Vienna.

  • Hollywood Atheist: Subverted; she didn't lose her faith because of her many hardships, she just can't sustain religious convictions as a Beholden.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Let's see... through bad luck, she lost her shot at the Ivy League, and her parents want nothing to do with her. She recovered from that and became a police officer. Then she got pregnant and her husband abandoned her. Then she discovered that her superiors were on the Pacific Gauntlet's payroll. Then she was made into a Beholden by Dr. Vienna. Life has not been kind to Detective Gotti, but she's taken everything it's thrown at her.


Hook-Man/David Islington Whittlesworth

A superhero who likes using hooks as weapons.



A super powerful computer dedicated to amassing even more power.

    Argentine St. Croix 

Argentine St. Croix

A powerful and dangerous Genius who is nonetheless on her way out.

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The leader of Atomic Lemuria loves her sons.
  • Humiliation Conga: First she's caught having an affair, has to see her lover killed in front of her, and is driven out of her home. Then one of her sons falls into a coma, and she not only has no idea how to bring him out of it, she has the terrifying suspicion he's transforming into something she can't predict. Then her other son defects to join the Peerage, leaving a video behind that tears into her so harshly even the other Peerage Geniuses think he went too far.
  • Jerkass Woobie: As her bio says:
    St. Croix is a bitter, tired woman, touched by sadness at the disappointments in her life. While insane and, when the mood takes her, tremendously cruel, hers is the small, weak kind of human cruelty that encourages as much pity as loathing.
  • Tragic Dream: She wants to create a utopia. Normally this would be hard enough. The fact she genuinely believe a "fascist police state governed by all-seeing technology" would be utopia makes her dream fundamentally unachievable.
  • Raygun Gothic: Her favored aesthetic. A statue of her in Atomic Lemuria's HQ shows her with the skin-tight suit and fishbowl helmet of [50s] sci-fi.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: In-universe, St. Croix is a Genius of somewhat low importance, despite her family name.

    Belinda Czdenk 

Belinda Czdenk

A disrespected Neid Genius.

    Erwin Tycho 

Erwin Tycho

A relatively sane member of the Klondike Geniuses, Tycho is one of the most prominent critics of the New Peers, whom he views as intruders.

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Tycho is a member of the Klondikes, a faction of Geniuses who scavenge for orphaned Wonders, Larvae, and other wondrous things in the Seattle of Tomorrow.
  • Hellish Horse: Given his "Western Gothic" aesthetic, it's probably safe to infer that his Skafoi Wonder "Bony Tess" looks like a skeletal horse.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of the Klondikes, he's much less paranoid and territorial.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Mikey and Randolph, the two Beholden that accompany him on his expeditions. They think their adventures are way cooler than playing video games or fixing up cars.

Individual NPCS


Rapata/"Mr. Shark"

A Genius dedicated to preserving the timeline.

  • Carry a Big Stick: His "Taiaha of Temporal Distortion", which causes objects he hits to disintegrate.
  • Cigar Chomper: If his current temporal position allows it, he will be chewing on a cigar.
  • Da Chief: One of the last people in a position of authority in the Guardians of Forever, who will do whatever is necessary to hold things together.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Averted most of the time: he actually prefers to dress as befits the time period he's in. If he's in a hurry, though, he'll just appear, brandishing his big club and bellowing the names of whoever's pissed him off.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's abrasive and demanding, and not above intimidating Geniuses into working for him, but it's all for the sake of preserving the timeline.
  • Power Tattoo: He has a couple of them: the "Transformation Ta Moko" lets him shapeshift, and the "Titan Ta Moko" allows him to grow to a giant size.
  • Time Police: Like Erin Out-of-Time, he's one of the Guardians of Forever who remained loyal when the Terminals disappeared.

    Prof. Partridge Crown 

Prof. Partridge Crown

A Genius who believes he is essentially Satan. He's not, but he is one of the few Illuminated to be able to hold a Mask of Sanity.

  • A God Am I: More like A Godlike Devil Am I.
  • Assimilation Plot: As the Self-Eating Fire, he believes it's his duty to destroy things and integrate them with himself.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: Believes he's the "Self-Eating Fire", opposing the Crystal Dragon Jesus figure called the "Metal Peacock God".
  • Kill and Replace: He's steadily removing members of the campus faculty and replacing them with homunculi of his own design. This is the weakness of his plan, however - his creations have No Sense of Humor, and this along with other flaws is making the university board realize something's wrong.
  • Mask of Sanity: Most people don't realize that he's Illuminated because unlike most of them, who are raving madmen, he can hold one of these.
  • Reality Warper: Like any unmada, the world seems slightly off around him. He's an example of a Genius who fell to Illumination through losing control of his unmada state.
  • Robot Me: Built so he could ignore his job, and human interaction in general.
  • The Unfettered: Like all the Illuminated, he doesn't believe in fetters.

    Arturo Banger 

Arturo Banger

A Genius descended from a long line of cranks, Arturo seemed perfectly fine until he began switched majors and began writing about how modern medicine and the germ theory of disease was false. At some point, either before, after, or during his mind cracking, he signed on with the Etherites, where he's a weirdo even by their standards.

  • Conspiracy Theorist: Arturo believes the germ theory of disease to be incorrect and a scam, and that he knows the truth about medicine.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: His theories mingle racist conspiracy theories with paranoid fantasies of ancient "germ scholars" and persecutory beliefs. Per his sample quote:
    "The germ theory of disease is a lie propagated by International Jewry and Afrocentrists at UCLA. Of course, everyone knows this. What people don't know is how the Freemasons and College Football are in league to hide the truth of the metabio fields."

    Dr. Keiko Takamori 

Dr. Keiko Takamori

A tattooed Genius with serious depression issues. She empathizes with the Cold Ones who live after the heat death of the universe, and works for them.

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her introduction to the world of Geniuses was when she became Beholden to a real asshole of a Genius, and that was one of the high points in her existence.
  • Power Tattoo: It makes her skin bulletproof. She was forced to get them during her time as a Beholden, and after she catalyzed she "upgraded" them by incorporating an Orphan.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Has had a miserable life. Wants to timeshift the Cold Ones to this reality, uncaring of what kind of weird shit this would cause.

    Dr. Ilsa Hauser 

Dr. Ilsa Hauser

One of the current primary leaders of the Thule Society.
  • The Baroness: Hauser is a tall, striking woman with an iron will, a sadistic streak, and an absolute dedication to the principles of the Thule Society.
  • Fight Like a Normal: While she is technically both a Mane and Genius, her description mentions her Inspired abilities aren't particularly impressive, so she usually prefers to rely on her human skills and her connections.
  • It Runs in the Family: Her entire family has been leading the Ubermenschen, and in fact her grandparents led the ones who went into hiding in the Hollow Earth.
  • The Mole: She has been infiltrating the Directors for a while in an attempt to prepare the Thule Society's plan.
  • Xanatos Gambit: She currently is planning to infiltrate higher education so she can use it to restore the Ubermensch philosophy. If she succeeds, the Thule Society will insidiously gain influence over the surface; if she fails, the resulting Maniac Storm is likely to make the entire Society grow stronger, effectively giving them more of an army to take the surface by force.

    Walking-Man, Peripatetic Dreamkiller 

Walking-Man, Peripatetic Dreamkiller

One of the few forces that all Geniuses fear, known for brainwashed cults and all-around invulnerability.

  • Carry a Big Stick: His walking stick.
  • The Dreaded: Just the rumor of his arrival is enough to cause most Geniuses to flee the area, as Walking-Man destroys any community he sets foot in.
  • Evil Luddite: He doesn't believe in any technology, and doesn't care about the human costs of destroying it.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Possibly. He's described as "less a person now than an elementary force."
  • Hypocrite: Walking-Man hates all technology, yet carries a rifle and has contacts with Lemuria.
  • Lean and Mean: Lean and frighteningly mean.
  • Made of Iron: Even putting aside his immunity to technological weapons, he is ridiculously resilient, with a Health of 10, a Stamina of 5, and the Quick Healer Merit on top of it, which allows him to heal faster than the average human. Even a vampire or a werewolf could potentially have a hard time taking him down.
  • Mass Hypnosis: If you want to fight him, you'll have to get past his entire cult first.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: As noted above, he is very lean and skinny. Yet not only is he Made of Iron, he has a Strength of 4, which is twice as strong as the average human.
  • Narcissist: One of Walking-Man's derangements is narcissism.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: He's immune to all non-natural weapons, including clubs, rocks, and fire.
  • Science Is Bad: He really, really believes it.
  • Sinister Minister: Has disguised himself as a Protestant preacher, a Catholic priest, and even a New Age cult leader.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: He usually induces this among local townsfolk.
  • Villain Team-Up: He may or may not work with the Phenomenologists.
  • Walking Techbane: Walking-Man is this for wonders, manes and any technology produced since about 1850.