Érebos (Sunaj Shadow Mage)

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Érebos (Sunaj Shadow Mage)

Postby Érebos » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:23 am

Player Name: Ryan
G-Mail: ryanlee@72@gmail.com

Character Name: Érebos (birth name Melakratos Anathasios)
Alias: Often uses the alias "Nicodemus Obelius" as his identity when he does not want his real name known. Goes by the code name "Shroud" as well, when secrecy is paramount for missions.
Race: True Atlantean, Aerihman
O.C.C.: Sunaj Shadow Mage (presents himself as a spellcaster of an extremely rare and lost tradition)
Alignment: Aberrant
XP Level: 1
XP Points: 0
Next Level @ XP: 2401
Sentiments/Non-Humans: Has no quarrel with non-humans persay, provided they are not vampires - which he tends to destroy on sight (unless the odds are hopelessly against him). Despises the Splugorth and their minions as well, but necessarily keeps his anti-Splugorth sentiments in check when acting as Sunaj.
Sentiments/Atlantis: Reclaiming Atlantis for the Aerihman and other True Atlantean clans is an overriding motivation that guides almost everything he does, as it is for all Sunaj. Wants True Atlanteans to rise to their full potential.
Sentiments: Splugorth: The old proverb, "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" applies. He is keenly aware that there are times one can do more damage to one's enemies from the inside.
Disposition: Quietly confident in his own abilities. Is secretive, cautious, and distrusting of others. Often plays his cards close to his chest - a notable exception being his feelings on Atlantis and vampires. Absolutely ruthless to his enemies. Never suffers vampires to exist, and subverts the Splugorth and their minions when opportunities present themselves. Is a "True Atlantean supremacist" of sorts (like all Aerihman), but mostly keeps it to himself. After True Atlanteans, likes humans nearly as much. 100% loyal to the Sunaj cause, though his "double life" as a member is kept hidden. To the vast majority of beings he meets, Érebos presents himself as a sorcerer dedicated to a lost tradition and leaves it at that, only performing his Sunaj activities away from prying eyes.
Insanity: None.

I.Q.: 21
M.E.: 24
M.A.: 17
P.S.: 27 (Augmented)
P.P.: 25
P.E.: 25
P.B.: 14
Speed: 31 ( runs at 620 meters per minute, 155 meters per melee round, 23mph! Can run at half that speed for up to 12 miles before fatigue, or 1/3 that at full speed before collapsing)

P.P.E.: 175
H.P.: 24
S.D.C.: 84

Age: 46
Sex: Male
Height: 6'2" (rather short by True Atlantean standards)
Weight: 220 pounds (all muscle)
Description: A muscular yet well-proportioned man who appears to be in his early 20s. Érebos' dark green eyes gleam with intelligence. He looks to be in the physical prime of his life, and always wears dark clothing that tends to cover his extremities. He never wears the signature Sunaj combat armor that the Sunaj Assassins are famous for, but often wears black body armor with a hooded cloak, and sometimes a helmet or mask when he wants to conceal his identity (which is always, when performing under the auspices of a Sunaj mission).

Racial Abilities
  • Horror Factor of 12: Monsters fear all Atlanteans, and humans tend to be awestruck when they realize they stand with or against a True Atlantean.
  • Marks of Heritage (magic tattoos): All True Atlanteans, from ditch diggers to the elite Undead Slayers, bear the Marks of Heritage - a pair of magic tattoos (protection from vampires and a flaming sword) given to them at a young age.
  • Increased Life Span & Healing: Life span 10-15 times longer (500 year average), heals 2d6+10 HP/S.D.C/M.D.C. per 24 hour period of normal rest and recovery, and 1d6 per hour of meditation at a ley line or nexus point (but see Special Abilities below).
  • Ley Line Phasing: All Atlanteans are taught how to Ley Line Phase. This is exactly like the Ley Line Walker's ability. It takes a full melee round to Ley Line Phase and cannot be used during battle.
  • Operate Dimensional Pyramids: All True Atlanteans of teenage years and above know how to operate the Stone Pyramids created by Atlantean Stone Masters and the Minions of the Splugorth for the purpose of healing, communication, and teleportation (dimensional or otherwise). 25% + 5% per level of experience.
  • Recognize Vampires by Appearance: 10% per level of experience. +10% bonus to recognize Secondary Vampires, +30% bonus to recognize Wild Vampires, -30% to recognize Master Vampires unless openly flaunting its power and demonic nature.
  • P.P.E. Recovery: 10 points per hour of rest or sleep, 15 per hour of meditation (but see O.C.C. Special Abilities, below)
Impervious to Shape-Changing/Metamorphosis
True Atlanteans altered their genetic structure in such a way as to prevent themselves from being physically transformed by any means, including (but not limited to) metamorphosis potions and spells, magic rituals, vampire transformation, petrification growth or reduction magic, or via Bio-Wizardry, microbes, parasites and symbiotic organisms, or any other form of magic or supernatural transformation including curses, wishes or other forms of enchantment. Atlanteans may still be scarred and disfigured. Consider this an automatic save against transformative magics and effects. Healing, restorative and resurrection magic works because it repairs the original body, rather than making it something non-Atlantean.

Sense Rifts and Ley Lines
As dimensional travelers for thousands of years, True Atlanteans are able to sense the presence of ley lines up to 5 miles away, nexus point up to 10 miles, and sense an open/active Rift up to 20 miles away. They can tell when there is more than one ley line or nexus within their sensing range, but are unable to pinpoint the exact location. They know the general direction and whether it is closer or farther away, weak or powerful, and if a Rift is opened.

Natural Abilities
Perception Bonus: 50% (+3%) and see modifiers here -->
+10% in darkness or shadow, and +5% when pertaining to hiding, escape, Shadow Magic, Shadow beings, vampires and the undead (recognizing clues to their presence, servants, victims, etc.).
+15% to recognize the arcane.
-10% to perception rolls while directly in bright artificial light or sunlight.
Perception has a base skill rating of 15%, adding 3% per level each additional level of experience beyond first level.
Perception does not replace the Detect Concealment or Detect Ambush skills, nor does it replace Read Sensory Equipment or Optics Systems for use with technological sensors to perceive.
Like Detect Ambush, Detect Concealment, and other skills, Perception is an opposed skill check.
As with all % skill checks, a natural roll of 96-00 is a critical fail and a natural roll of 01-05 is a critical success.

Charm/Impress: 20%
Invoke Trust/Intimidate: 45%
Max. Encumbrance: 132 pounds
Max. Carrying Weight: 540 pounds
Max. Lifting Weight: 1080 pounds (up to 75 seconds)
Max. Jumping Ability: 29 feet length, 13.5 feet height

Special Abilities
  • Magic Tattoos Denote Heritage: On his right wrist, a heart impaled by a wooden stake (protection from vampires) magic tattoo. On his left wrist, a longsword enveloped in black flames with a silver cross for the hilt (weapon covered in flames). The cross is an elaborate tattoo in silver and black with the words "Iuguolo Mortuuson" (roughly "kill all the dead") inscribed on the horizontal section of the cross. This tattoo design originated during the Vampire Crusades of antiquity, in which the Aerihman clan played a crucial role (even creating the first of the famous Undead Slayer tattooed warriors). On the palm of his left hand is a tattoo consisting of two superimposed stars (explosion), which he rarely reveals to anyone (only other Sunaj will know what this tattoo means).
  • The Sunaj Shadow Mage can draw P.P.E. from ley lines and nexus points, up to 20 P.P.E. per round for a magic tattoo or to cast a spell or power/use a magic device.
  • [b]Increased P.P.E. Recovery: The Shadow Mage replenishes P.P.E. at the rate of 20 per hour of meditation, rest, or sleep, when done within a shadow larger than the mage or in a completely dark area. In bright artificial light, overcast sunlight, or bright sunlight, the Shadow Mage only recovers 5 P.P.E. per hour. Darkness is always a welcomed friend.
  • Mastery of Shadow Magic: Nobody knows Shadow Magic better than the Shadow Mage (other than the Shadow Lords). Their affinity for shadows and darkness means they can cast ALL Shadow Magic spells at half the listed P.P.E. cost (rounded up), and the normal duration is doubled! The reduced cost of these Shadow Magic spells is already shown in the spell list below.
  • Learning New Spells: For each new level of experience, the Shadow Mage learns two additional Shadow Magic spells from levels 1-6, or one standard Invocation equal to his level or lower. At level 7 and above, he can select two new Shadow Magic spells from any level (1-15), or one standard Invocation from a level equal to or lower than his own. From time to time, the Shadow Mage may be taught one additional Shadow Magic or standard Invocation spell as a reward for outstanding service to the Sunaj, the Aerihman clan, or one of its leaders.
  • Spell Strength: + 1 to Spell Strength at levels 3, 7, 11 and 15. -2 Spell Strength when casting in bright artificial light or sunlight (but not while in a shadow). When under the influence of a ley line, spell range and duration increase by 50%, and at a nexus, 100% (doubled).
  • Friend of the Shadows: Denizens of the Shadow Realm see the Shadow Mage as one of their own, and will not attack him unless directly commanded to do so by a Shadow Wraith or Shadow Lord (or unless the Mage attacks them first).
  • O.C.C Bonuses:+1 to save vs. all types of magic at levels 5, 10, and 15
  • Bonuses while in Shadow or Darkness: +2 to Perception Rolls; +1 to Strike, Parry and Dodge; +3 to save vs. Shadow Magic spells; impervious to insanities involving darkness, shadows, or the denizens of the Shadow Dimension; and is never afraid of any kind of darkness (feels at home and safe in darkness). Heals injuries at 1d6 per hour of rest or meditation.
  • Penalties and Vulnerabilities: -2 Spell Strength when cast in areas of bright artificial light or sunlight (with no shadow to cast in), and all spell effects, range, damage, duration etc. of Shadow Magic are reduced by half. -2 to Perception Rolls and initiative, -5% on skill performance when in daylight, overcast (without shadows), or exposed to bright artificial light. Vulnerable to silver! Any kind of silver blade or bullet does double damage. Over time, some Shadow Mages (5% chance per level- not allergic @ level 1, roll again next level!) become allergic to sunlight and suffer from headaches and nausea when exposed to it for more than one hour (-15% to skill performance, reduce speed 20%, -1 melee attack and -1 on all combat bonuses).

Spell Knowledge
Spell Strength: 12

Notes: -2 Spell Strength when cast in areas of bright artificial light or sunlight (with no shadow to cast in), and all spell effects, range, damage, duration etc. of Shadow Magic are reduced by half.
Spells marked in this color are Shadow Magic, and subject to the Mastery of Shadow Magic special ability. Other spells are standard Invocations, unless otherwise specified. Also see following posts for spell descriptions and notes on Shadow Magic, Shadow beings, and how light affects them.

    Level 1
  • Animate Shadow (3)
  • Lengthen Shadows (2)
  • Shadowcast (3)
  • Shadow Mask (2)

    Level 2
  • Aura of Darkness (3)
  • Befuddle (6)
  • Shadow Walk (3)
  • Whispered Voice (Communication) (3)

    Level 3
  • Invisibility: Simple (6)
  • Shadow Bolt (3)
  • Shadow Skin (4)

    Level 4
  • Shadow Meld (5)
  • Wall of Darkness (8)

    Level 5
  • Shadow Senses (8)
  • Shadow Shift (8)

    Level 6

    Level 7
  • Ethereal in Shadow (13)
  • Fly as the Eagle (25)
  • Shadow Puppet (Twin) (12)

    Level 8
  • Shadow Clone (15)
  • Shadow Tentacles (5 or 9)

    Level 9
  • Shadow Stalker (20)

    Level 10
  • Cloud Shadow (50)

    Level 11

    Level 12

    Level 13

    Level 14
  • Summon Denizens of the Shadow Dimension (240)

    Level 15

Racial Skills Note: -5% on skill performance when in daylight, overcast (without shadows), or exposed to bright artificial light
Meditation -- 87% (+2%)
Lore: Dimensions -- 37% (+5%)
    Description -->
    The study of various dimensions.
    Those knowledgeable in this skill will have studied several
    different dimensions and will know such things as Hades is the
    home to demons and what demons live there, Wormwood is referred
    to as the Living Planet, and Phase World resides in the Three
    Galaxies where the Naruni and Splugorth are known to trade,
    among other odd tidbits as they relate to various dimensions.
    Extremely alien dimensions may impose anywhere from a -15% to -50%
    skill penalty, while places the character has personally visited
    on three or more occasions provide a +15% skill bonus.

O.C.C. Skills Note: -5% on skill performance when in daylight, overcast (without shadows), or exposed to bright artificial light
Concealment -- 36% (+4%)
Land Navigation -- 57% (+4%)
Language and Literacy: Greek -- 106% (+1%)
Language and Literacy: Dragonese/Elf -- 106% (+1%)
Language and Literacy: Trade Four (American equivalent) -- 106% (+1%)
Language: Whisper (the language of the Shadow Beasts and Shadow Lords) -- 87% (+2%)
Language: Trade One -- 75% (+3%)
Language: Demongogian -- 75% (+3%)
Literacy: Trade One -- 62% (+5%)
Lore: Demons & Monsters -- 57% (+5%)
Lore: Magic:
    --General Knowledge: -- 52% (+5%)
    --Recognize Magic Circles, Runes, etc: -- 47% (+5%)
    --Recognize Enchantment 36% -- (+4%)
Lore: Galactic Aliens -- 47% (+5%)
Mathematics: Basic -- 97% (+5%)
Horsemanship: Exotic Animals -- 52%/42% (+5%)
W.P. Sword -- +1 to strike at levels 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15. +1 to parry at levels 2, 4, 7, 10, and 13. +1 to strike when thrown at levels 4, 8, and 12; not designed for throwing.
W.P. Energy Rifle
    +1 to strike at levels 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14.
Hand to Hand: Ninjitsu/Tai-Jutsu

O.C.C. Related Skills Note: -5% on skill performance when in daylight, overcast (without shadows), or exposed to bright artificial light
+1 new O.C.C. Related skill at level 3, 6, 9, 12, 15
Prowl -- 52% (+5%)
Intelligence -- 53% (+4%)
Optic Systems -- 42% (+5%)
Computer Operation -- 62% (+5%)
W.P. Paired Weapons (see RUE p. 327) gained via Hand to Hand skill
Pilot: Spacecraft Advanced 51% (+4%)
W.P. Blunt - +1 to strike and parry at levels 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12. +1 to strike when thrown at levels 5, 10, and 15; not designed for throwing.
Field Armorer & Munitions Expert 49% (+5%)
    -- Sense of Balance -- 60% (+3%)
    -- Work parallel bars & rings -- 70% (+3%)
    -- Back Flip -- 79% (+2%)
    -- Climb ability -- 32%
    -- Climb Rope/Rappel -- 60% (+2%)

Secondary Skills Note: -5% on skill performance when in daylight, overcast (without shadows), or exposed to bright artificial light
+2 new Secondary skills at levels 3, 6, 9, 12, 15
W.P. Energy Pistol
    +1 to strike at levels 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15.
Combat Data
HTH Type: Ninjitsu/Tai-Jutsu
Number of Attacks: 5
Initiative Bonus: +2, (-2 when directly under bright artificial light or sunlight)
Strike Bonus: +5, +6 in darkness/shadow
Parry Bonus: +8, +9 in darkness/shadow
Dodge Bonus: +9, +10 in darkness/shadow
HTH Damage Bonus: +12
Bonus to Roll w/Punch: +3
Bonus to Pull a Punch: +4
Bonus to Disarm: N/A
Power Punch deals 1 point of M.D.!
Special Techniques:
snap kick (lD6 damage),knife hand (2D4 damage)
Maintain balance, back flip, body block/tackle, body
flip/throw, holds, drop kick, kick attack (2D4 damage), knee and elbow strikes (lD6 damage),
paired weapons, and the usual strike, parry and dodge.
Automatic knockout on Natural 20 for 1d6 rounds
Kick Attack (2d4 damage - Gymnastics)

Weapon Proficiencies
Aimed Shots: +3 to Strike Bonus (costs 2 actions)
Burst Shots: +1 to Strike Bonus
Called/Aimed Shots: +3 to Strike Bonus, 12+ Strike Roll Required (costs 3 actions)
Melee Called Shots: No bonus to Strike, No extra action cost

W.P. Sword: +1 to strike
W.P. Energy Pistol: +1 to strike
W.P. Energy Rifle: N/A +2 on Called or Aimed Shot (sniper)

Saving Throw Bonuses
Coma/Death: +20%
Magic (varies): +7, or +10 to save vs. Shadow Magic spells
Disease: +2
Lethal Poison (14+): +5
Non-Lethal Poison (16+): +5
Insanity (12+): +7, and impervious to insanities involving darkness, shadows, or the denizens of the Shadow Dimension
Psionics (varies): +5
Horror Factor (varies): +7
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Re: Érebos, Sunaj Shadow Mage (WIP)

Postby Érebos » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:24 am


Carried/In Hand
duffel bag

Worn on Person
Dark clothes, hooded cloak, black leather gloves
pocket knife (1d4SDC)
gold cross (on chain, kept under shirt)
satchel (digital pocket computer with camera inside)
NE-3 Slim-Line "Gambler" Revolver - appendix carry concealed
NEMA Liberator Multi-Rifle (including fully charged e-canister and 6 Incendiary Gun pellets + 6 Absolute Zero pellets loaded magazines (1 mag of each) inserted) - slung over shoulder

CAF Elite Corps Load-Bearing Chest Rig (Patron Item)
• 12 attachment points
• Integrated IRMSS: 20,000 credits to recharge (R:UE, p.263)
Attachment points can be utilized to carry 1 each of the following item types: sidearm, magazine, E-clip, grenade, canteen, food ration pack, minor items or individual tools.

• Attachment: NE-4 Plasma Cartridge Pistol (w/ fully loaded 10 cartridge magazine)
• Attachment: extra loaded 10 cartridge magazine for NE-4 Plasma Cartridge Pistol
• Attachment: extra loaded 10 cartridge magazine for NE-4 Plasma Cartridge Pistol
• Attachment: extra loaded 10 cartridge magazine for NE-4 Plasma Cartridge Pistol
• Attachment: air filter
• Attachment: silver plated knife (1d6)
• Attachment: vibro-knife (1d6 M.D.C.)
• Attachment: wooden cross with sharpened end (can use as a stake)
• Attachment: speed loader with 3 rounds of NE-001PC plasma cartridges loaded (can load NE-3 in one melee action)
• Attachment: tinted goggles
• Attachment: communicator/radio
• Attachment:

The backpack is padded, sealable, and lightly armored. Internal space can be utilized to carry a variety of items. Internal capacity is 30" long, 18" wide, and 6" deep. Items larger than a grenade will require more than one space.
• Space: pocket mirror, 2 pens, notebook
• Space: stored gems
• Space: 4 small sacks, folded
• Space: 2 medium sacks, folded
• Space: box of "standard" NE-003PC plasma cartridges (96)
• Space: box of "light" NE-001PC plasma cartridges (96)
• Space: 30 feet of rope
• Space: utility belt
• Space: sleeping bag
• Space: E-clip powered lantern

duffel bag: holding NE-CW20 Camouflage Variable Armor

13,700 Universal credits - stored on card and hung on chain around neck with golden cross 11/23/18 ~Consumer
7000 in gems - stored in

Gear Stats

NEMA Liberator Multi-Rifle (Patron Item)
The incredible experimental gun looks very much like a cross between a grenade launcher and a particle beam rifle. It fires either a powerful particle beam or grenade-sized gel pellets that explode with the force of energy within them - exotic particles that freeze or flash burn. Only a five hundred were made for NEMA Special Forces due to their incredible cost. The people who sold them were quite unhelpful when it came to revealing their source. Technically A.R.C.H.I.E.-3 has the design specs for this weapon, but it is flagged as a failed weapon experiment.
• Range:
• • Particle Beam: 2,500'
• • Absolute Zero: 300'
• • Incendiary Gun: 300'
• Damage & RoF:
• • § Particle Beam: Single shot: 5d6, 3-shot burst: 2d4x10
• • ※ Absolute Zero: 7d6 plus save
• • † Incendiary Gun: 6D6 for impact and initial rupture plus 3D6 damage per each round thereafter until it bums out!
• Payload:
• • Particle Beam: 50 shots per canister E-clip
• • Absolute Zero: 6 pellets per magazine
• • Incendiary Gun: 6 pellets per magazine
• Modifiers: +1 to initiative, +2 to strike; two-handed weapon
• Features:
☞ Custom Grip
☞ Laser Targeting
§ Disintegration: When rolling a twenty-sided die to strike a target, the normal rules are modified. On a natural 5-10, the base damage is halved; on a natural 11-17 the target receives full damage; critical strike on a natural 18-20; if a natural critical strike is landed on a called shot, the called location is disintegrated regardless of the location's damage capacity. (Not applicable to main body.)
† On impact a pellet ruptures to spread a flaming gel that covers a 10' area which sticks to most surfaces and burns incredibly hot for 1d4 melees.
※ Each time a character takes damage from this cold blast, he must save vs non-lethal poison. A failed save means the location struck goes numb from the cold. Combat bonuses are reduced by 10% with each successful strike.
Further details from p. 173 of AU here -->
Freezing Damage: Combat bonuses and/or speed may be reduced 10-60% depending on the amount of impairment. A character that loses all S.D.C. from freezing weapon damage or has all limbs, including head and chest, frozen, lapses into a frozen state, even if she still has hit points left. She can often be revived in a cryo-stasis facility or with even heat within 3d4 minutes and with little or no side effects. Those who lose S.D.C. and hit points are +25% to save vs. coma and get 3d4 hit points back when revived.

Note: Incendiary and flash-freeze pellets of this design must be custom made by highly skilled weapons shops and have a base cost of 1000 credits per pellet.

NE-4 Plasma Cartridge Pistol
• Range: 500'
• Damage: 1D4x10 M.D.
• Rate of Fire: Single shots only
• Payload: 10 rounds per magazine
• Modifiers: Characters with a P.S. of 17 or less are -2 to strike even on an aimed shot.

NE-3 Slim-Line "Gambler" Revolver
• Range: 200'
• Damage: 3D6 M.D.
• Rate of fire: Each shot counts as one melee attack
• Payload: 3 shots cylinder, reloading takes one melee action per cartridge or one melee action to reload all 3 if a speed loader is used
• Modifiers: +1 to Strike on an aimed shot

• Designed for easy hiding (+20% to Concealment rolls)

NE-CW20 Camouflage Variable Armor
M.D.C. by Location:
• Helmet: 40
• Arms: 20 each
• Legs: 30 each
• Main Body: 80
Modifiers: -5% to acrobatics/gymnastics, -20% for others to detect, +5% to prowl skill
Special Features
• Masks infrared and thermal emissions, only 21% chance to be detected by such devices.

Wilk's Integrated Optics Gun-Sight
  • M.D.C.: 5
  • Telescopic magnification: 3,000'
  • Passive night vision: 3,000'
  • FLIR Thermal-Imaging: 1,600'
  • Laser range-finder and aiming system: 5,000'
  • Weight: 2 lbs.
  • Modifiers: +2 to strike on aimed shots

Night Sight Goggles
  • Weight: 1.43 lbs
  • Amplifies existing light to provide a visible picture. Does not work in pitch black, only low-light conditions.
  • Vision Range: 1,600'

Wilk's FLIR Distancing & Recording Binoculars
  • Weight: 2 Ibs.
  • M.D.C.: 1
  • Range: 2.5 miles
  • Notes: It is a passive, thermal-imaging system that uses ambient infrared radiation which means that, unlike with traditional IR binocs, these binoculars do not emit any infrared light that can be tracked back to the user. The binoculars also feature a laser distancing module with digital display that provides an accurate digital readout of the distance, within two centimeters, and the estimated rate of the target's travel (96% accurate) if it is moving. Moreover, this device has an integrated recording module that can be used to record visual images on a standard one inch disc. Each disc can record up to four hours of images.
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Re: Érebos, Sunaj Shadow Mage (WIP)

Postby Érebos » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:25 am

Background Story

Ever since I was old enough to think, I knew there was something different about me. Even from a young age, I shied away from bright light - my eyes were more sensitive than the other kids' eyes. Later, I would discover this was related to my natural affinity for darkness... but I digress. At that age, I just knew things were different.

My father, a Tattooed Defender, taught me in the arts of war as soon as I was able to hold a weapon. Training was intense, and included instruction in a rare and exotic martial art form he had picked up during his position as an escort to elite Aerihman squads, as well as extensive physical and marksmanship training. He didn't talk much about what they did - it was all very "hush-hush" - but my father was proud of his role in securing the future of the Aerihman clan. He always told me, "Never apologize for your heritage. We Atlanteans were at the height of our power and influence when we were in Atlantis, and we can rise to that height again - it is only a matter of time. We will reclaim Atlantis and fulfill out destiny!" I distinctly remember seeing the resolve and feeling of pride in his eyes when he returned from his missions. I wanted that feeling, too.

My mother was an instructor at one of the Aerihman clan magic schools. It was her job to assess various students' capabilities and recommend them for a branch of study, such as Ley Line magic, Temporal magic, and the lesser known arts of elemental (Warlock) magic or even diabolism and circle magic, rare as those are. I took an affinity toward the mystic arts from an early age as well, and spent years learning the martial and mystical arts side by side - taking up nearly all of my training time.

One day, as I was practicing my spellcraft at home and learning how to channel P.P.E., my father and mother pulled me aside and into a private room. "You have been doing well in your studies. We think we have just the thing for you..." my father said in a cryptic tone. My mother nodded and said, "We've noticed you have an affinity for darkness and staying unseen, and you seem to be gifted with natural talent in the mystic arts. Tell me... what have you heard of Shadow Magic?" she asked intently with a twinkle in her eye...
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Re: Érebos, Sunaj Shadow Mage (WIP for PW)

Postby Érebos » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:25 am

Shadow Magic

Notes on Shadow Magic, Shadow beings, and how light spells and effects impact both

Shadow Magic is an arcane form of spell casting that originated in the Shadow Dimension. Many insist Shadow Magic is inherently evil and that you can feel the darkness as you learn the magic and every time you cast a spell. According to some legends and rumors, Shadow Magic slowly corrupts the soul of its user, turning it black and her heart cold. Other tales claim the use of this dark magic leads to destruction, especially for those who call upon the creatures of the Shadow Dimension.
Whether any of this is true or not, Shadow Magic does seem to be used for nefarious purposes, such as frightening and intimidating others, spying, stealing, ambush, and murder. Even among societies where it is not forgotten, it is often outlawed and practiced by the most dangerous and wicked sorcerers. For these reasons, most civilized people consider Shadow Magic to be one of the dark arts like Soulmancy, Necromancy, and Bio-Wizardry, and it is shunned by most practitioners of magic. The Sunaj making use of this magic only adds to the unsavory reputation of this mystic art.

Light Weakens Shadow Magic!
Penalties from casting in bright artificial light, sunlight (including overcast - no shadows), or without a shadow large enough to be completely covered in shade: Range, damage, duration, penalties, bonuses, etc. are all reduced by HALF when the user/spellcaster does not have a dark place from which to cast the spell.

Magic that creates bright light can either help (creates shadows) or hinder (dispels shadows and exposes the Shadow Magic caster to bright light).

The following spells and effects have an influence on Shadow Magic and Shadow beings:
  • Blinding Flash: There is not much of a discernible impact, since the spell is a quick flash of light and has the usual effect of blinding the individual. Increase the duration by 50% when used on denizens of the Shadow Dimension (Shadow Beasts, Shadow Lords, etc.) note: unless the Shadow Mage is also a "denizen of the Shadow Dimension", this does not apply to her
  • Call Lightning and other electrical attacks: Lightning and electricity inflict full damage to Shadow Mages, Shadow Assassins and creatures of the Shadow Dimension, even when they are Ethereal in Shadow or in darkness!
  • Charismatic Aura: This spell does not function on anyone hiding in shadow, because the recipient needs to be seen in order for this spell to have effect upon those who would see her. Of course, it works fine when the recipient of the spell steps out of the darkness to deliver an appeal or speech.
  • Chromatic Protection: This spell envelops the recipient in a "faint blue light" that is visible in darkness and thus would negate any attempts to hide in shadows or darkness. If a Shadow Mage or Shadow creature attacks someone or something that has Chromatic Protection, the effects are the same as those of a Blinding Flash as outlined above, but double the duration of the spell's effects.
  • Glove of Daylight: Light is problematic for Shadow Magic. If there is a powerful enough light source (e.g. sunlight, strong artificial light, or a Globe of Daylight, there will be no place for an Ethereal (or otherwise obscured) Shadow Mage to hide. She is revealed for all to see and, without a large enough shadow to step into, is no longer Ethereal and effectively vulnerable until the light source is turned off or masked (or until the mage finds a shadow to hide in). All of the above is relevant in wide open spaces, HOWEVER the environment dictates the effective outcome for the use of a Globe of Daylight spell or bright light source. If there are large objects such as furniture, boulders, debris, trees, structures, etc. - even people - the light source creates strong light AND shadows. This means that a Globe of Daylight could create plenty of shadows for a Shadow Magic user or Shadow being to hide in, escape through, or from which to launch attacks. A caster of the Globe can move it to "chase" the Shadow Mage or creature, but if Mage or creature can move as well, it is not an "automatic win". If the Shadow Mage/being moves with the shadows, it remains at full power and hidden.
  • Lantern Light: The small orb of light created by this spell is not as powerful or effective as a Globe of Daylight, and has no effect on Shadow Beasts or Shadow Mages unless the light is cranked up to maximum intensity and the Shadow Mage/being is within 10 feet of it. Also subject to the same rules as Globe of Daylight above with respect to creating shadows for the Shadow Mage/being to utilize.
  • Lasers and Light Blasts: Lasers inflict half damage to Shadow Mages and Shadow Beings even when they are Ethereal in Shadows or in darkness! These same attacks do full damage to those exposed and weakened by sunlight or bright artificial light.
  • Lightblade: This spell does not give off enough light to impact the environment or cast shadows, but does full damage to Shadow Mages, Shadow Assassins, and Shadow beings even when they are in shadows/darkness or protected by the Ethereal spell. Moreover, when a Lightblade makes contact with a shadow weapon, such as a Night Stick or Shadesword, they negate/destroy each other and both disappear. A Lightblade can also be used to parry a Shadow Barrage and Shadow Tendril Bolts. The target to parry is equal to the saving throw for each spell. Finally, a Lightblade does 50% more damage to Shadow Skin and Shade Armor.
  • Light Target: This spell surrounds its victim in an aura of bright light and makes it impossible for them to hide in shadows or darkness. If cast against a Denizen of the Shadow Dimension, it also has the effect of bathing them in strong artificial light, resulting in the penalties listed above. Against a Shadow Mage or Shadow Assassin, the light only prevents them from hiding in shadows and darkness or becoming Ethereal.
  • See in Magic Darkness: This spell is ideal for penetrating shadows and darkness, and those using it can see clearly into both ordinary shadows and discover Shadow beings or any one else lurking inside. This spell also makes it possible to see in most magical darkness, but not all.
  • Shadow Vision: This Shadow Magic spell is the ultimate way to see what lurks in the shadows and Shadow Magic created darkness and effects such as Shadow Mask, Shadow Pool, and Shadow Pit.
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Re: Érebos, Sunaj Shadow Mage (WIP for PW)

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Spell List Note: channels 5 P.P.E. per level, per action/attack for all Shadow Magic spells

Level 1
    Shadow Magic
  • Animate Shadow
    Range: 100 feet (30.5m) + 10 feet (3m) per level of experience.
    Duration: Ten minutes per level (Shadow Mage).
    Limitation: The spellcaster can animate one specific shadow per casting, with the shadow repeating its animated sequence (opening and closing, pointing, dancing, shaking its fist, waving its arms, reaching for someone, etc.) over and over for the full duration. If the spellcaster remains within 100 feet of the Animated Shadow, she can change the animation to make the shadow move and perform in other ways. Before she leaves, the mage can set it to repeat one particular animated sequence up to two minutes long per level of experience.
    Saving Throw: Standard.
    P.P.E.: Three (Shadow Mage)
    The spellcaster is able to make any shadow come to life like a two-dimensional animated silhouette on the wall, the ground, or another surface. The shadow must already be present; the magic simply alters and animates it. The caster can make the shadow on the side of a building open to reveal a gaping silhouette maw lined with jagged teeth that snaps at all who pass or walk up to the door; the shadow of a pole may bend and wave or dance in place; shadows of vines or wires might writhe like snakes; a shadow from a tree branch may form into a hand with long, bony fingers that points the way or waves people off, or becomes a shaking fist. Shadows that move or mouth words, etc. are scary and bizarre.
    Roll to save vs. magic: Roll to save vs. magic for each new Animated Shadow encountered. Ordinary people who witness such strange occurrences and fail to save vs. magic are likely to pause and turn/walk away or flee for their lives. The average person is not likely to enter a door that is covered by a scary animated shadow that resembles a hulking wolf, an angry skeleton or monster, or that turns into a giant fanged mouth, angry pair of eyes, or is covered by one or more ghostly silhouettes.
    Heroes and adventurers are a different story. In their case, a failed roll to save vs. magic has the same effect as failing to save vs. Horror Factor. The character is momentarily frozen with fear by the Animated Shadow. She loses one melee attack, loses initiative for that melee round, and cannot defend against the first attack leveled at her. Fortunately, she snaps out of this stupor quickly and is able to engage in combat after that first attack for the remainder of the round and beyond.
    Note: See the Give Shadows Sound spell for increased penalties when combined with Animate Shadow.
  • Lengthen Shadows
    Range: Self or object that casts a long shadow, or lengthens an existing shadow 10 feet (3m) per level of experience.
    Duration: Eight minutes per level of experience (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: None
    P.P.E.: Two (Shadow Mage)
    The spellcaster can cause any person or object, including herself, to cast a long, dark shadow in any direction she desires, regardless of other existing light sources. This unnatural shadow can be used for dramatic effect to intimidate or startle others, but is more often created to assist Sunaj operatives. The creation of a long shadow can create a bridge from one shadow to another or give assassins and Shadow Mages a path to travel unseen, or a dark place within which to hide, vanish, or become Ethereal, and similar uses.
  • Shadowcast
    Range: Two objects per level of experience.
    Duration: Four minutes per level of experience (Shadow Mage).
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Three (Shadow Mage)
    This simple spell creates a temporary shadow over a small area about the size of an 8 foot (2.4m) table. Any item or person remaining motionless is concealed by the shadow cast over them. The shadow seems natural and is dark enough that unless someone comes within five feet (1.5m) of the item or unmoving person, they go unnoticed. This is used to conceal and protect. The shadow is stationary, and any living creature covered by it must remain still to remain concealed.
  • Shadow Mask
    Range: Self or one other by touch
    Duration: Twenty minutes per level (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: Standard (if resisted)
    P.P.E.: Two (Shadow Mage)
    This magic creates a shadowy haze that covers and conceals the person’s head and facial features. Even in light, the face appears as if a dark nylon stocking is pulled over the head. In shadow or darkness, the face appears to be completely obscured by a dark shadow, revealing no features at all – just a black silhouette.
Level 2
    Shadow Magic
  • Aura of Darkness
    Range: Self or one other by touch. Creates an aura of darkness that radiates 2 feet(0.6m) around the affected individual.
    Duration: Ten minutes per level of experience (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Three (Shadow Mage)
    This cloaking spell is ideal in darkness for hiding, escape, and setting up an ambush (+10% to Prowl). This magic cloaks the spellcaster in a form-fitting aura or field of darkness that follows her everywhere, making her a hazy black silhouette. The mage can see perfectly from within the haze of darkness, but those outside the radius of magic cannot see into it. At night, it renders the cloaked individual virtually invisible, although she can still be detected by infrared, thermal, motion detectors, and similar sensor systems. Furthermore, the Aura of Darkness may noticeably obscure a particular part of the background or area around her, making it obvious to visual detection in especially well-lit areas, or when bathed in light – the magic darkness cannot be dispelled by the ordinary light, but stands out like a sore thumb.
    In combat, opponents who attack a character cloaked in darkness from any distance are -2 to strike due to the fact that they cannot see exactly where her head, face, heart, etc. is located unless guided by thermos-optics or similar heat-based optic systems, and even then, they are -1 to strike. Likewise, skills like Pick Pockets and Palming (trying to plant something on the obscured character) are performed against the black blur at half proficiency because their target is obscured in the equivalent of a black cloud.
  • Shadow Walk
    Range: Self, or self and one other by touch.
    Duration: Eight minutes per level of experience (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Three (Shadow Mage)
    This spell enables the spellcaster to cast a long shadow in front of herself. When walking in her own shadow, as well as other natural shadows around her, the target of the spell leaves no footprints, even when walking on dry leaves, gravel, sand, mud, or snow. Nor do her footsteps leave a heat signature. All traces of her passage are swallowed by the shadows.
    Moreover, if the spellcaster directs her shadow to go up the side of a wall or building, the mage can “walk up” the shadow covered surface, defying gravity and the laws of physics. Thus, Shadow Walk can be used to reach windows, ledges, and rooftops.
    Note: Shadow Walk requires a walking pace up to a slow jog, never a full run (maximum Speed of 10).
  • Whispered Voice (Communication)
    Range: Self and teammates. Range of transmission is 500 feet (152m) plus 100 feet (30m) per additional level of experience. For the magic to work, ALL those with whom the Whispered Voice is to be applied (10 maximum per spell) MUST be clustered together and touching when the spell is first cast. Anyone left out is NOT part of the communication circle.
    Duration: 20 Minutes per level of the spellcaster (Shadow Mage).
    Saving Throw: None
    P.P.E.: Three (Shadow Mage)
    This enchantment has two effects. One, it enables those affected to understand Whisper (the language of the Shadow Lords and the denizens of the Shadow Dimension).
    Two, it also connects them through shadows. It enables the spellcaster and her teammates to communicate by whispering into a shadow or dark area and have their words heard by that individual as if the person was standing and speaking right next to her. To deliver the message, the recipient's name must be spoken first, followed by the message. "Tom, I'm at the north corner. All is clear." As long as the person speaking and the individual meant to receive the message are both in shadow or darkness, they can communicate back and forth like a two-way radio transmission. They just need to always say the person's name first. Words spoken in the heat of the moment without the name said first are NOT transmitted through the shadows and remain unheard.
    Limitations and Problems: Though a group of people may be part of the magical communication, only one, named person can receive a message at a time. Also, any Shadow Lords or other shadow creatures within the radius of transmission also hear the message (all of them).

  • Befuddle
    Range: 100 feet (30.5m).
    Duration: Two minutes (8 melees) per level of experience.
    Saving Throw: Standard.
    P.P.E.: Six
    An enchantment that temporarily causes its victim to become confused
    and disoriented. Concentration and reactions are impaired. Those
    affected are - 2 to strike, parry and dodge; attacks per melee are reduced
    by half and all skills suffer a penalty of - 20%. Each invocation
    affects only one individual each time it is cast. A successful save vs
    magic means the intended victim suffers no impairment.
Level 3
    Shadow Magic
  • Shadow Bolt
    Range: 50 feet (15.2m) per level of experience.
    Duration: Instant
    Damage: 2d4 M.D. plus 1d4 per level of experience.
    Saving Throw: The target may dodge if she sees the bolt coming, but is -5 to do so when it is cast in darkness.
    P.P.E.: Three (Shadow Mage)
    The spellcaster fires an inky black ray of dark energy from any part of her body she chooses – fingers, eyes, mouth, etc. This spell does not require specific gesturing of any kind. Add +2d4 M.D. when cast at a ley line, and +4d4 M.D. when cast at a nexus point.
  • Shadow Skin
    Range: Self or self and one other by touch.
    Duration: Twenty minutes per level of experience or until destroyed. (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: Standard if resisted.
    P.P.E.: Four (Shadow Mage)
    This spell creates a skin-tight, soft, flexible black suit that feels like thin rubber. The primary purpose of the suit is stealth and concealment. Consequently, the Shadow Skin covers the wearer from head to toe, like a body suit with a pull-over mask that completely covers the head and face. If she is wearing clothing or other armor, they are covered in the inky darkness of the Shadow Skin as if it were an outer covering. The face, hands, and everything else are covered by the rubbery shadow suit which means the wearer leaves no fingerprints, palm prints, or footprints with any discernable features. The recipient of the spell can breathe and see through the Shadow Skin as if it were not there. Movement is unimpaired.
    Shadow Skin only provides minimal protection: 6 M.D.C. per level of experience (S.D.C. and an AR of 12 on S.D.C. worlds).
    Bonuses: The Shadow Skin[/i] adds a +10% bonus to Prowl or provides a base skill level of 33%, and a 10% bonus to the Chameleon spell if it is cast after the [i]Shadow Skin is put into place. Shadow Skin also keeps the wearer cool and comfortable up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.5C), and prevents leaving behind any forensic evidence such as hair, fibers, DNA, finger or palm prints, etc.
  • Invisibility: Simple
    Range: Self only (includes clothes and articles on one' s person).
    Duration: Three minutes (12 melees) per level of experience.
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Six
    The spell caster and anything he is wearing or carrying at the time of the invocation are turned completely invisible. Any object picked up after the character has become invisible remains visible. Likewise, any item on his person that is dropped becomes visible. Neither normal nor nightvision can detect invisibility; only beings who can naturally, psionic ally or magically "see the invisible" are able to see an invisible person. Infrared and heat detectors can also pinpoint an invisible character. Although the invisible character is imperceptible to the eye, he still retains physical mass. This means he can not go through walls nor can weapons pass harmlessly through him. The character still makes noise, leaves footprints, and physical and magical contact/attacks still affect him as usual. While invisible, the mage can talk, weave spells, walk, climb, run, open doors, carry objects, and perform other acts of physical exertion, including combat, and remain invisible. The invisibility is terminated when the magic' s duration time elapses or the mage cancels the spell.
    Note: If cut, only the blood is visible, and so is anything sprayed on the character.
Level 4
    Shadow Magic
  • Shadow Meld
    Range: Self.
    Duration: Four minutes (16 melees) per level of experience (Shadow Mage).
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Five (Shadow Mage)
    This unique magic enables the spellcaster to step into shadows, becoming totally invisible, even to a See the Invisible spell. The shadow must be at least five feet (1.5m) tall or long to become an effective hiding place. The shadow serves as a superior means of hiding or moving unseen. The mage can move, walk, or run through the length of the shadow, or from shadow to shadow. While in shadow/darkness, the character Prowls at a 60% efficiency (or at +15% to normal skill, whichever is higher).
    Intense light will dispel the shadow, leaving the mage revealed. Of course, sanctuary can be found by fleeing into another shadow. Feeble light (no more than 10 torches or 300 watts) will only create more shadows.
    While hidden in shadow, the character is still susceptible to magic, psionic, and physical attacks, although attackers are -5 to strike her (because they cannot see her). Area affect magic does not suffer any penalty. Infrared/thermo-optics are the only means to see this character in shadows.
  • Wall of Darkness
    Range:Covers a 20 foot (6m) area plus 10 feet (3m) per level of experience.
    Duration: Twenty minutes per level of experience (Shadow Mage)
    Damage: Special
    Saving Throw: Standard.
    P.P.E.: Eight (Shadow Mage)
    This magic creates a towering wall of pure, magical darkness. No light can pass through it, nor can one see what is on the other side of it. Anyone who comes into contact with the wall must save vs. magic or be magically paralyzed for one melee round. The effects of this paralysis are identical to those of Paralysis: Lesser. Should a hand or arm be paralyzed, that person cannot pick up or hold objects, write, or use that hand or arm in any way for 15 seconds. Likewise, a paralyzed leg makes standing difficult, walking a real challenge, and running flat-out impossible. Those with a paralyzed leg have their Speed reduced by 80%, and they are at -2 to parry and dodge. If one’s entire body is paralyzed, she falls down and lies perfectly still. She can still breathe, and the heart will not stop, but otherwise, the person is entirely helpless. Those who fall into the Wall of Darkness will remain paralyzed for the full duration of the spell, recovering only when the wall disappears or someone else somehow gets them out.
Level 5
    Shadow Magic
  • Shadow Senses
    Range: Self or one other by touch.
    Duration: Eight minutes per level of the spellcaster (Shadow Mage).
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Eight (Shadow Mage)
    This enchantment works only in darkness and shadow, imparting the recipient(s) with special senses:
    1) Shadow Vision: The mage is able to see in total darkness as if he had the See in Magic Darkness spell and Nightvision; range: 1,000 feet (305m).
    2) Hear Night Sounds: Applicable only when in a dark environment or a connecting shadow. Hearing is enhanced and amplified, enabling the spell recipient to hear and locate sounds at three times the normal level of hearing. She can hear and follow footsteps or the sound of the wind, rushing water, a running motor, voices, a muffled gunshot, etc., to help her navigate in darkness or to eavesdrop on people in the dead of night or from shadows. Ambushing a character using Shadow Senses is difficult because she can hear sounds as slight as a whisper up to 300 feet (91.4m) away. Anyone trying to sneak up on somebody using Shadow Senses while she is in darkness is -20% to Prowl and does NOT get a critical strike from any attack from behind. The Shadow Senses alert her to the incoming attack and enable her to move just enough to avoid the Critical Strike (does normal damage instead).
    3) Perception Bonuses: +2 on Perception Rolls related to detecting likely ambush locations, noticing a person hiding in shadow, all things Shadow Magic, finding shadows/darkness, making shadows, and noticing the presence of Shadow Beasts and other denizens of the Shadow Realm.
    4) Sense Shadows: This magic helps the character sense and locate the presence of shadows and dark places within a 200 foot (61m) radius. It also enables the enchanted individual to sense the presence of Shadow creatures such as Shadow Beasts and other denizens of the Shadow Realm within that radius. She cannot tell what the creature is nor pinpoint its exact location with this sense, but she knows if there is one, a few, or many, and if it/they are near or farther away within the sensing radius. Shadow Mages and Shadow Assassins do NOT register.
    Penalty: With Shadow Senses activated, the recipient is vulnerable to bright lights and is -3 to save vs. light spells such as Blinding Flash and Globe of Daylight[/i], both of which are painful and cause temporary blindness (-10 to strike, parry and dodge). Moreover, daylight and artificial light brighter than 60 watts reduces the character to seeing through squinted eyes with a range of merely 15 feet (4.6m). The duration of blindness caused by Blinding Flash[i]. flash grenades, or any sudden exposure to bright light is doubled. Retreating back into comforting darkness or a shadow reduces the duration of light blindness by half.
  • Shadow Shift
    [b]Range: Self, or self and as many as one other by touch. The “shift” can be made up to 50 feet (15.2m) away per level of the spellcaster. Line of sight and shadows required.
    Duration: Instant and counts as one melee attack/action.
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Eight (Shadow Mage)
    Note: Each “relocation” counts as one spell and one melee attack.
    This spell is great as a fast escape or an instant, nearby relocation. It enables the spellcaster to enter one shadow and appear at another up to 50 feet (15.2m) away per level of experience. The shadows do not need to be connected, but do have to be large enough to cover a man, and the distant shadow must be visible from wherever the spellcaster is standing. The spell has less to do with teleportation than it does a form of dimensional shifting from one shadow location to another one within the same reality. The shadow must be no smaller than five feet (1.5m) squared, or in diameter.
    Whenever the spellcaster enters a massive shadow that is 20 feet (6.1m) to hundreds of feet, he may disappear and reappear anywhere within that same shadow, provided the “relocation” does not exceed the 50 foot (15.2m) range per level. If the shadow reaches a rooftop, bridge, or ledge, then its location is accessible via Shadow Shift. Trying to shift onto a moving vehicle that passes under or through a shadowy location is possible, but risky: 50% chance of success. Staying on top of a fast-moving vehicle is likely to to require additional effort and skill or combat rolls. Also remember that each [i]Shadow Shift requires casting of the spell and uses up one melee action.
Level 6

Level 7
    Shadow Magic
  • Ethereal In Shadow
    Range: Self only.
    Duration: Two minutes per level of experience (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Thirteen (Shadow Mage)
    One of the most powerful spells in any Shadow Mage’s arsenal is the ability to become as insubstantial as a shadow. This includes clothing and any items carried on her person, including those inside a backpack as well as items in pockets, pouches, holsters, or held in the mage’s hands when the invocation is cast – all turn into shadow along with the mage herself. Note: This also means that if the character was handcuffed or bound before becoming Ethereal, she remains bond as an Ethereal shadow; the bonds to not fall away but become shadow as well.
    When Ethereal, the mage appears as a featureless dark shadow without an apparent owner. The transition from physical to insubstantial shadow requires first stepping into a shadow large enough to cover her entire body. The transition takes three seconds and uses up one melee attack.
    As an Ethereal shadow, the caster is immune to most physical attacks: bullets, rail gun rounds, arrows, blades, explosive force, cold, heat, fire, and most energy attacks pass right through her without harm. Only lasers (made of light) hurt, but inflict half their usual damage to an Ethereal shadow. Lightning and electrical attacks inflict full damage. The character does not register on most sensors either, including infrared or heat sensors. Motion detectors have a 50% chance of registering a fast-moving Ethereal shadow, but not a slow one (speed 7 or lower), or a character using Prowl while Ethereal. As a “shadow”, the character moves in complete silence, enjoying a base Prowl of 45% or +15% if she has the Prowl skill (most do). The bonus applies even in a lighted area. When she steps into a shadow large enough to conceal her, the Ethereal mage seems to vanish and is unlikely to be seen at all: +20% Prowl in shadows and darkness; +30% when standing motionless or trying to hide within the darkness. Only when someone is deliberately looking hard for the motionless interloper and comes within 3 feet (1m) of her is the Ethereal shadow noticeable. When running down a street lit by lampposts, the Ethereal mage will seem to appear as an animated shadow when she runs under the light, only to vanish again when she steps back into darkness.
    The mage also has a Horror Factor of 11 while Ethereal.
    The Ethereal effect imbued by this magic is very particular, so the mage cannot pass through solid walls, doors, sealed windows, or people, but can squeeze through the bars of a jail cell or fencing, including chicken wire, cyclone fencing, and barbed wire.
    To pick up an object, operate machinery, or touch someone (or something), the Ethereal mage must cancel the magic and become her normal self again. Once cancelled, the spell is over and must be cast again if the mage wishes to become Ethereal once more.
    1) An area of darkness or shadow large enough for the spellcaster to step into and be completely covered by is required to cast this spell. Without it, the spell cannot be cast. Like any other magic, this spell can be cancelled by the caster at any time.
    2) While Ethereal, the Shadow Mage can still run, Prowl, and dodge as usual. She has the same bonuses and number of attacks/actions per melee round, except being Ethereal, she cannot actually strike anyone or interact physically with anything. She is a walking shadow with no weight or physical tangibility. Likewise, she can perform skills that require the mind, such as reading or tracking, but no physical skills which require weight or a corporeal body. This makes her a wonderful spy who can hide in shadows or darkness and listen to what is going on around her, unseen and nearly undetectable.
    3) Cannot speak! The living shadow can see, hear and smell, but cannot touch or speak while Ethereal. Characters with psionic abilities may use them while Ethereal, but at double the usual I.S.P. cost and the ability functions at half power, duration, range, damage, etc. Spellcasting and verbal communication are not possible while ethereal.
    4) Light is trouble for Shadow Magic. If there is a powerful enough light source (e.g. sunlight, strong artificial light, or a Globe of Daylight, there will be no place for an Ethereal spellcaster to hide. She is revealed for all to see and, without a large enough shadow to step into, is no longer Ethereal and effectively vulnerable until the light source is turned off or masked. She must either dive into a nearby shadow, or someplace dark, to regain her Ethereal status. Without a large enough shadow to step into, the mage cannot turn Ethereal again, but she can cast other magic, including creating a magical area of darkness.
    The Ethereal spellcaster remains vulnerable to light-based spells, lasers, electricity and psionics while Ethereal. Even though fire emits light, heat and flames, it has no effect on the Ethereal spellcaster while in darkness. Neither does cold, or toxic gases. Water is an unusual peril: an Ethereal individual sinks when dropped into deep water. As a shadow, she cannot swim, so she must resume physical form to swim, or sink and begin to drown (unless she has an air supply).
  • Shadow Puppet (Twin)
    Range: Self only.
    Duration: Four melee rounds (60 seconds, 1 minute) per character level (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Twelve (Shadow Mage)
    The spellcaster becomes enveloped by a dark haze, as if she were in a shadowy cocoon. At the same time, a second, identical shadowy figure appears that looks exactly the same, also cloaked in hazy darkness. Unlike the Multiple Image spell, the twin is not an illusion, but an actual, solid, shadow manifestation!
    The duplicate follows every move of the spellcaster; in combat, the two fight as one, both battling the same opponent or two separate foes in close proximity, making the exact same moves. The Shadow Puppet automatically strikes out at any opponent who comes within range. This spell is ideal for close-quarters combat or to create confusion as to which is the “real” Shadow Mage and which is the fake, because the features of both are identical and blurry.
    When the spellcaster speaks, so does the Shadow Puppet, in the exact same words, tone, and volume, as if the two are reciting or singing in a duet. If another spell is cast, it is impossible to tell which one cast it (only the actual mage can cast the spell, but the Puppet copies her actions and words). The Shadow Puppet attacks with the same strength, abilities, and bonuses as the mage it mimics.
    This odd double-threat gives the Shadow Mage an edge in close combat that provides her and her Puppet with the following bonuses: +1 on initiative, and to strike, parry, and disarm.
    The Shadow Puppet has 10 M.D.C. per level of the spellcaster, and takes half damage from normal weapons, full damage from magic weapons and light attacks, and double damage from silver weapons.

  • Fly as the Eagle
    Range: Self or two others by touch, or cast upon one up to 100 feet (30.5m) away.
    Duration: 20 minutes per level of the spell caster.
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Twenty-Five
    The power of flight is bestowed upon the spell caster or person(s) it is cast upon. It is especially effective outdoors, and in large, open areas. Maximum Speed : 50 mph (80 km). Bonuses: + 1 to parry, +2 to dodge and +2 to damage on a diving attack. Bonuses apply only when in flight.
Level 8
    Shadow Magic
  • Shadow Clone
    Range: Self only.
    Duration: Twenty minutes per level of the caster (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: None.
    P.P.E.: Fifteen (Shadow Mage)
    The spellcaster is able to transform her shadow and use it like a puppet or robot. The shadow seemingly detaches from the mage, turns into a 3D shadow, and temporarily becomes solid – an exact replica of the spellcaster – in order to interact with the physical world. Well, not quite an exact duplicate – the Shadow Clone[/i] looks just like the spellcaster, but her skin seems a bit ashen (something most people will not recognize) and her body, while solid, is not alive and not made of flesh and blood. For those who check, the [i]Shadow Clone does not have a heat signature.
    For the duration of the spell and the Clone’s existence, the real Shadow Mage falls into a trance, so she should be hidden someplace safe and/or protected. The caster sees through the eyes of her Clone, and controls it as if it were her own body. The solid shadow can hide in, and Prowl through, shadows at 88%. Its physical attributes are the same, but the Shadow Clone is limited to 100 M.D.C. + 10 M.D.C. per level of the caster.
    The physical Shadow is vulnerable to all weapons, but takes only 10% of the normal damage caused. Lasers and magic inflict full damage, Silver S.D.C. weapons do the equivalent damage in M.D.C.
    The spellcaster cannot cast spells through the Clone because it is not a living body. Nor can the Clone channel and use ley line energy to cast its own spells. The Shadow Mage can, however, speak through it and use it to spy, fight, etc. without fear of being killed or captured herself. If the Shadow Clone is captured, the mage can cancel the magic and her Clone[/i] will melt into a two-dimensional shadow and fade away. If the [i]Shadow Clone is destroyed, the mage suffers a shock to her system, temporarily losing 1d6+2 Hit Points (or M.D.C. as the case may be) and 20 P.P.E., but is otherwise fine. Her consciousness returns to her body, and the lost Hit Points/M.D.C. and P.P.E. return at the normal rate. Of course, the caster can cancel the spell and return to her own body at any time.
  • Shadow Tentacles
    Range: Up to 600 feet (183m) away but requires a shadow or area of darkness to rise out of. The tentacles’ reach is 10 feet (3m) + 1 foot (0.3m) per level of experience.
    Duration: Two melee rounds per level of experience (Shadow Mage).
    Saving Throw: As per parry or dodge at -2.
    P.P.E.: Five for S.D.C. Tentacles (12 per level of experience) or nine for M.D.C. (10 per level of experience) (Shadow Mage)
    The spellcaster can create one large tentacle for each level of experience. A shadow is required for the tentacle to form. One tentacle can rise out of a shadow as small as two feet (0.6m) in diameter. In a large area of darkness or shadow, the mage can create one tentacle for each level of experience. The tentacles are solid manifestations that can be clustered closely together or spread out across the large shadow from which they grow. The tentacles rise up out of the darkness and begin to flail about, seeking victims. Depending on where the shadow is located, tentacles may rise up from the ground, hand down from the ceiling, or protrude from the side of a wall, vehicle, or tree.
    The tentacles are quick but not intelligent. They are not controlled by the mage, but seem to somehow sense when a target is near and lash out at it. Each tentacle is +1 on initiative and +3 to strike or entangle. Each has three attacks per melee (+1 attack per melee at levels 5, 10 and 15 of the caster). They do not dodge and vanish when their S./M.D.C. is reduced to zero.
    Methods of Tentacle Attack: The spellcaster can pick one of three types of attack by the tentacles. Once the spell is cast, she can leave the area and let the tenteacles do their work.
    1) Striking: The tentacles flail about, striking anything – people, animals, vehicles, etc. that comes within reach. Damage: 2d6 S./M.D.C. per strike.
    2) Entangling: Rather than attack to harm or kill, the tentacles grab and hold their victim. They may lash around an arm, leg, or angle, and snake around their victim(s) to hold them tight and prevent movement or pursuit. The tentacles pull their victim to them and cocoon around them to pin legs and arms to the side for the duration of the spell, and does not let go even if the victim stops moving. Only when the tentacle is destroyed, the spell duration ends, or the caster cancels the spell will a tentacle release its victim and disappear back into the shadow it came from.
    3) Crushing: In this case, one or more tentacles lash around an arm, leg, or angle, and each snakes around its victim(s) with the purpose of crushing her like a boa constrictor crushes its prey. Damage: 2d6 per attack (S.D.C./M.D.C.)
    Tentacle strength is supernatural and has a P.S. of 20 + 2/level of experience of the caster. To forcibly pull a Shadow Tentacle off a victim requires a combined supernatural strength of 50% greater than the tentacle’s, or triple that if non-supernatural strength is put to the task. Exposing the tentacle to sunlight (Globe of Daylight is one method) will turn the tentacle’s strength into ordinary and makes it vulnerable to ordinary weapons, allowing them to inflict half their full damage.
    Shadow Tentacles can be destroyed, but while in shadow or darkness, they are impervious to most weapons. Only lasers, magical light, and magic weapons do full damage; silver does double damage. The caster can cancel this spell at any time.
Level 9
    Shadow Magic
  • Shadow Stalker
    Range: Self only.
    Duration: Up to 30 minutes per level of experience (Shadow Mage).
    Saving Throw: -1 to save.
    P.P.E.: Twenty (Shadow Mage).
    This powerful enchantment is ideal for tailing and spying on a specific foe or target, and for smuggling oneself into places with tight security. The invocation enables the the spellcaster to step into another person’s shadow and disappear into it without a trace. Undetectable by sensors, magic, or psionics, the person inside the shadow goes along for the ride inside the shadow of the other person, like an invisible hitchhiker. Conditions must be right: the target being stalked must cast a decent sized shadow big enough for the mage to step into. Then, the target must remain in an environment where she continues to cast a shadow or walks through darkness. As soon as the person being stalked enters a brightly lit area where the shadows are tiny or directly underneath them, the stowaway mage is instantly forced out and revealed, appearing only a few inches from the individual whose shadow she had been hiding inside of. Such a sudden reveal is likely to create instant alarm if the other individual was not expecting it to occur. Shadow mages who are smart and paying attention make sure they “jump out” and into darkness or another shadow BEFORE being forced out due to bright light. Likewise, a Globe of Daylight and other magical or conventional light may reveal the hitchhiker riding along, provided it is overhead and close enough to eliminate or minimize that person’s shadow.
    Riding along inside another person’s shadow is rather like riding along in a car while being tucked on the floor between the backseat and the front seats – the driver cannot see you and does not know you are there. From that vantage point, the person hidden on the floor can clearly hear everything the driver and passengers are saying and doing, as well as any other ambient sounds or people they stop to speak with. However, the concealed backseat passenger only gets slight glimpses of where they are going and the people the driver talks to along the way. It is the same for the mage hidden in another person’s shadow: she hears everything the person she is hitched to says, and what is said to her. She may recognize voices and other sounds and smells, but only catches fleeting glimpses of the streets and locations they pass by on their travels. It may or may not be enough to inform her of where she is, where she has been, and where they are going. Nor may she actually see the people the “driver” is speaking with, though their conversation may offer clues to their identity and the stowaway mage may recognize the voice if familiar with that person already, or recognize the voice when/if they meet and hear the person speak later. While not entirely flawless, it is still valuable reconnaissance and perfect concealment.
    Making an exit. The mage concealed within another person’s shadow can tell when they are in darkness, passing through shadows, or about to enter bright light. Likewise, she’ll know if there are people around or not. This helps her make a calculated and unnoticed exit. She can step out of the shadow at any point, but the most ideal moment is to exit into darkness when no one is likely to notice another person appear in a crowd. Only someone looking directly at the person whose shadow she is hitching a ride in or someone immediately behind that person is likely to notice the mage stepping out of the person’s shadow.
    Sunaj Shadow Mages and Shadow Assassins often use this spell to launch surprise attacks. In so doing, they seem to appear out of thin air to either attack that individual or someone she is meeting with.
    Being discovered in the shadow: Every five miles (8km) traveled, or 10 minutes of time that elapses (whichever comes first), there is a chance the person being stalked realizes something is amiss. Roll to save vs. magic with a -2 penalty for the victim. If the save is successful, she cannot shake the feeling that something is wrong and she is being watched or followed. As a result, most people get paranoid and err on the side of caution, keeping their mouths shut, eyes open, staying away from contacts and partners, cancelling or avoiding any pre-arranged meetings or criminal activities, and engaging in nothing that would draw attention to themselves and their plans. Victims familiar with Shadow Magic, such as Shadow Mages or any Sunaj, may suspect they are a victim of this enchantment and deliberately go to a brightly lit environment to be ready for the reveal, either prepared to capture or kill her!
Level 10
    Shadow Magic
  • Cloud Shadow
    Range: Area effect, 100 foot (30.5m) diameter per level of experience.
    Duration: Two minutes per level of experience (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: -2 to save, but does not apply to Shadow Mages.
    P.P.E.: Fifty (Shadow Mage)
    This spell creates a giant, ominous shadow: a large, dark shadow spreads across an area as if cast by a dense storm cloud overhead – only there is no actual cloud. Inside the Cloud Shadow, the darkness seems unnatural. The light is very low, like the moment the sun drops below the horizon. While enough light remains to see, fine details cannot be made out unless close (within 2 feet/0.6m), and artificial light seems filtered and functions at half strength/intensity. Even Nightvision is reduced by half, and the temperature inside the Cloud Shadow is 30% cooler than outside of it.
    There are sounds of unintelligible whispers, low rumbling, and deep guttural growls inside the large shadow. From the corner of your eye, there is movement – something rising up from the darkness, preparing to lunge at you – but when you turn to get a better look, nothing is there. This makes everyone inside the Cloud Shadow nervous and jumpy. The sights and sounds are distracting and wear on the nerves of those inside the darkness, other than the spellcaster and her allies (which may be lurking inside).
    Everyone else inside the massive shadow must roll to save vs. magic: a failed roll means fear takes hold. Civilians are likely to panic and run away to find shelter behind locked doors and shuttered windows. Most hide and cower, covering their faces and too afraid to look out and see what might be coming. Heroes, warriors, adventurers, and those experienced with magic and the supernatural are able to hold their ground and force down the fear creeping up their spine; however, those who fail their saves inside the giant and ominous Cloud Shadow lose initiative and find their combat bonuses reduced to zero – unmodified rolls only – while trapped within, and all skills suffer a -20% penalty. These penalties remain in place as long as the characters remain within the Cloud Shadow. The penalties are immediatel gone when a character steps outside the shadow, but instantly return upon reentry.
    Since the Cloud Shadow is an area effect invocation; once it is cast, the caster is free to move about unaffected by it and to take action, cast other spells, engage in combat, etc.
    Shadow Magic or other spells and enchantments that require darkness all work inside this magical shadow, and beings who are Ethereal or invisible in darkness all reap the benefits of such powers or magic. Likewise, any Shadow beings, Shadow Assassin and Shadow Mages are at full strength while inside, even if the Cloud Shadow is created during broad daylight. This is where the real danger lies, because a Cloud Shadow can serve as a battlefield or playground for Shadow Mages and Shadow Assassins, as well as denizens of the Shadow Realm.
    The size and shape of the Cloud Shadow can vary. A Shadow Mage can stretch it to run down the length of a street, or make it more circular or oblong like the shadow from a real cloud, only darker. This spell is ideal whenever a large shadow is needed to cover an entire block, building, stadium, or part of a neighborhood!
Level 11

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Level 14
    Shadow Magic
  • Summon Denizens of the Shadow Dimension
    Range: Immediate area up to 20 feet (6.1m) away, but requires a shadow or area of darkness large enough for the monster to climb through.
    Duration: For straight up combat, ten minutes per level of experience. Ten hours per level for labor or other tasks, or until the mission is finished or it is destroyed. (Shadow Mage)
    Saving Throw: The Shadow Creatures summoned by Ritual can only save with a natural 19 or 20. A Shadow Lord can be summoned by this spell, but cannot be controlled.
    A successful save means the Shadow being is not under control of the mage, and does not have to obey her. It can instantly vanish back to the Shadow Dimension, or it may elect to stay in the world of mortals to reap mayhem. A duplicitous and wicked creature such as a Shadow Beast or Shadow Wraith may pretend to be under the spellcaster’s control, or it may choose to follow her commands if it finds the one who summoned it amusing or rewarding, such as slaughtering heroes or innocent people.
    P.P.E.: Two hundred forty (Shadow Mage)
    The advantage of this spell is that the sorcerer can summon the exact shadow creature desired and it does not open a Shadow Door or Rift – the creature magically appears. The spellcaster has two options when summoning: she can perform a ritual, in which case the summoned being is almost certainly to be instantly under her control (provided it does not roll a natural 19 or 20), or she may use it as an instant spell summoning, in which the creature gets a reduced saving throw (must roll a 12 or greater to save). If the beast saves, the spellcaster has no power over it and she can only hope it listens and will hear her out. A Shadow Lord cannot be summoned unless the ritual version is cast.
    The ritual takes 1d4x10 minutes to perform during daylight, but only 3d6 minutes at night. In all cases, regardless of the time of day or whether cast as an instant invocation or as a ritual, the shadow required to summon the creature must be larger than the creature itself.
    The Sunaj Shadow Mage can summon and command one Shadow Behemoth or Shade Hunter per level of experience, one Shadow Beast for every 2 levels of experience, or one Shadow Wraith for every four levels of experience. When trying to summon a Shadow Lord, no other denizens may be summoned at the same time. Chance of success to summon a Shadow Lord is 15% per level of experience (a 7th level or higher Shadow Mage is guaranteed success). The mage had better have a compelling speech ready and be willing to serve the Shadow Lord in some important way to secure its cooperation – anger the creature, and it will likely try to destroy you.
    The summoning of a Shadow Lord is always to make a deal, and barter for either help, services, or knowledge. Creatures of Chaos and Darkness, Shadow Lords are most likely to help evil or conniving Shadow Mages who appeal to the monster’s darker nature. As it is with most Demon Lords, Shadow Lords enjoy helping mortals cause other mortals suffering and destruction. They understand emotions like hate, revenge, envy, and lust for power, and they know how to use them to create greater chaos and pain. A Shadow Lord may remain for as long as it desires, and can return to the Shadow Realm at any time it wishes. It should be noted that a Shadow Lord cannot enter the world of mortals unless it is summoned and allowed into their world.
    Shadow Lords are unpredictable: Game Masters may roll or pick the desired result, or choose a reaction of their own:
    1-10%: If angered, the creature may destroy the mage on the spot, or carry her back to the Shadow Dimension;
    11-20%: Or, if angry, may destroy all the summoner’s companions and henchmen, beat or torture her, and humble the mage before leaving her trembling and injured (but alive);
    21-40%: If annoyed, the Shadow Lord may simply vanish from whence it came, or;
    41-80%: Agrees to help, perhaps even to stay, to cause death and destruction, especially if it involves conquest, winning worshippers and minions, or crushing an old enemy or rival, or Champion of Light. However, the Shadow Lord serves no man – it has agreed to “help”, not “serve” the mage who summoned it, because it amuses or appeals to the monster’s dark nature to do so. The mage should never treat the Shadow Lord as a henchman nor as a partner, but as a benevolent god who has granted her favor- for now.
    81-90%: The Shadow Lord stays in the moral realm to do as it desires, but it forces the summoning mage and teammates to serve it or die, using the mage as an advisor/native guide or minion. The Shadow Mage’s only release from this forced servitude is to trick the Shadow Lord into going back to the Shadow Dimension without her, destroy the monster, or kill herself.
    91-100%: Ignores the summoning sorcerer entirely, and goes off to do as it pleases – one more Demon Lord unleased onto an already troubled world!
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Re: Érebos (Sunaj Shadow Mage)

Postby Érebos » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:10 am

Deeper Character Development (WIP)

  • What emotion best describes your character? Find one primary emotion your character expresses. Try to use a colorful, specific word to describe it. For instance, instead of “angry” you might say “vengeful” or “raging,” or instead of happy you might say “cheerful” or “exhalting.”
  • What emotion does your character evoke in others? How do others react to you? Do you impress, scare, calm, excite, or perhaps annoy? Again try to find the most specific term you can. Is this reaction different between friends and enemies?
  • What does your character need most? If your character had everything he or she needed, why go on an adventure? Most people’s needs are fairly universal, although they can change over time. Common needs are survival, security, companionship, esteem, romance, family, or wisdom. Consider what your character’s starting needs are, and where you want them to be by the end of the adventure or campaign. It helps to establish this need with the GM, to ensure it fits with the themes of the game.
  • What is your character’s goal in life? This should be the principle, underlying motivation for everything your character thinks, says, and does. If your character were lying on the brink of death, what makes him or her cling to life? What could your character lose that he or she would consider worse than death? This goal is often broad, and sometimes unachievable. Whatever the nature of the goal, it should be something your character can strive for his or her entire life. The best goals are ones that can be threatened, as they will help create more compelling adventures. Ideas include justice, revenge, protecting loved ones, redeeming one’s self, or gaining some kind of power. When you think of something, ask yourself “why?” to make sure it isn’t because of some larger, more important goal.
  • How does your character believe this goal can be accomplished? Because the goal can often be ideological, the method to achieving it is sometimes equally insubstantial. Your character’s methods should be strongly tied to beliefs (or lack of beliefs), and primarily be a decision of lifestyle. A character bent on revenge might consider perfecting a fighting discipline, while a character devoted to a cause might consider a religious or philosophical doctrine.
  • Where did your character come from? Consider your character’s initial roots, before he or she was a teenager. These times are what shape your character the most. Who were your parents? Where did you live? What was your family’s economic and social status? How were you educated? What were the three most important lessons you learned?
  • When did you grow up? Everyone begins taking responsability for their own lives at different times and in different ways. Describe the events related to when your character started taking care of him- or herself.
  • What values does your character hold? Name three things your character considers sacred, and three things he or she is idealogically opposed to. These things will usually stem from a combination of your goals and your personal history. Consider especially where the values came from. Was your character taught these values? Did they develop as a reaction to something your character considered noble or diabolical? Establish lines that your character will not cross in pursuit of his or her goal to add challenge to playing your character.
  • How does your character dress? Start generally with an overall statement of the quality of your character’s appearance, such as projected social status, trade, common activities, or how groomed or slovenly your character is. Begin to hone in on telling details, especially those things that most people take for granted. How exactly does your character style his or her hair? What decorative articles does your character wear, such as jewelry, decorated buttons or buckles, a belt, gloves, etc.?One especially telling detail is footwear. Describe in detail what your character wears on his or her feet, including cut, tightness or looseness, heel height, sole hardness or softness, lacing/buckling/tying or lack thereof, toe shape (square, round, pointed…?), color, material, shininess, cleanliness, repair or disrepair, and any other details you can think of.
  • What are your character’s means? Consider all the resources your character has. This should include material resources such as money and property, social resources such as friends and allies, and personal resources such as skill, courage, strength, wits, etc. It might help to make a list of all your character’s resources that he or she might use to overcome adversity. Consider challenges like fights, puzzles, traveling, persuading (and being persuaded), and any others.
  • What are your character’s personal tastes? Name at least three things your character enjoys for no reason other than personal preference. A good place to start is with each of the five senses. Consider a sound, smell, taste, feeling, or sight that is uniquely pleasing to your character. Also consider activities such as hobbies or habits. Name three things your character dislikes, as well.
  • What are your character’s opinions? Decide upon at least three major aspects of local society and your character’s opinion on them. This could be generalizations such as rich or poor people, more specific areas like a particular political or religious group, or very specific things like a prominent individual or an aspect of the character’s job. Check with your GM for relevant things in the campaign to have opinions about.
  • What is your character’s comfort zone? What environment, activity, or mindset puts your character at ease? This can add a lot of color to your character during stressful moments, as he or she will have a place to go or a thing to do at these times. It helps to have a comfort zone broken up into the above parts so at least some of it is portable.
  • Who has had the biggest impact on your character’s life? Name and briefly describe at least one person who had a significant impact on how your character perceives the world today. You can name more than one, but they should each reflect different aspects of your character’s beliefs. Use this as a reference point when your character has to make difficult decisions (i.e., “What would so-and-so do?”).
  • What are some of your character’s unexpected quirks? Name three things that are unexpected about the way your character behaves, such as things that go against his or her normal social status, age, or trade. How about three unexpected talents or abilities like being able to sing, or knowing some trivial knowledge, or being good at math? Three things your character can’t do that most other people can such as whistling, swimming, or reading well? How about three things your character fears, such as heights, dogs, or insects?
  • What kind of story does your character belong in? Who are the characters your character interacts with? What settings does he or she inhabit? What themes are important? What conflicts does your character face? These things are important to understand so your GM can create adventures that will engage your character, and so you will have a better chance at getting along with your fellow players’ characters.
  • What role does your character fill? Roleplaying is all about the ensemble cast. Make sure you fill a unique role in the party, and you aren’t stepping on anyone else’s toes. Consider your role in the interpersonal relations of the party, your role in combat, what skills your character is best at, and what thematic note your character hits.
  • What should the other players know about your character? These should be major thematic points, your character’s general emotion (if it isn’t secret), potential surprises or areas that might be difficult, and any other pertinent information. Also start sketching out potential interactions, such as another character you might go to for help (or who might go to you for help), or someone you’ll probably butt heads with. Getting these things out in the open is important to ensure there aren’t unpleasant surprises.
  • What is your play style? Do you like heavy character immersion, or attention to detail in the rules, or perhaps you’re especially goal-oriented? Maybe you’re a bit competitive. Do you prefer lots of colorful descriptions, or a quicker framework understanding of situations? Do you speak in your character’s voice? You may not even be aware of your own play style. Keep this in mind as you play so you can better communicate with your fellow players about the direction of the party as a whole, and the course of the adventure. This also helps your GM understand your personal needs at the gaming table.
  • How do you want your character to die? Your character won’t live forever, although you might not play him or her to the end. If you had your choice of deaths for your character, what would it be? Death of old age, having survived through all his or her trials? Perhaps a bloody, violent death? A noble sacrifice? Happenstance? It can also provide an unusual layer of texture to your roleplaying, as you have a better understanding of your character’s fate. It will also tell you if your character is a tragic or heroic one. Finally, it can help your GM in resolving conflicts in-game if he or she has an idea of your comfort zone with threats to your character’s life.
Current Status
S.D.C.: 91/91
Hit Points: 24/24
P.P.E.: 175/175

Armor: NE-CW20 Camouflage Variable Armor: 80/80 M.D.C.
Modifiers: -5% to acrobatics/gymnastics, -20% for others to detect, +5% to prowl skill, only 21% chance to be detected by thermal/infrared, non-environmental

Current Conditions:

Always On
  • Horror Factor of 12
  • Recognize Vampires by Appearance: 10% per level of experience. +10% bonus to recognize Secondary Vampires, +30% bonus to recognize Wild Vampires, -30% to recognize Master Vampires unless openly flaunting its power and demonic nature.
  • Friend of the Shadows: Denizens of the Shadow Realm see the Shadow Mage as one of their own, and will not attack him unless directly commanded to do so by a Shadow Wraith or Shadow Lord (or unless the Mage attacks them first).
  • Impervious to Shape-Changing/Metamorphosis
  • Can sense the presence of ley lines up to 5 miles away, nexus point up to 10 miles, and sense an open/active Rift up to 20 miles away. Can tell when there is more than one ley line or nexus within their sensing range, but are unable to pinpoint the exact location. They know the general direction and whether it is closer or farther away, weak or powerful, and if a Rift is opened.

Saving Throws, Bonuses, and other handy information
  • Bonuses while in Shadow or Darkness: +2 to Perception Rolls; +1 to Strike, Parry and Dodge; +3 to save vs. Shadow Magic spells; impervious to insanities involving darkness, shadows, or the denizens of the Shadow Dimension; and is never afraid of any kind of darkness (feels at home and safe in darkness). Heals injuries at 1d6 per hour of rest or meditation.
  • Penalties and Vulnerabilities: -2 Spell Strength when cast in areas of bright artificial light or sunlight (with no shadow to cast in), and all spell effects, range, damage, duration etc. of Shadow Magic are reduced by half. -2 to Perception Rolls and initiative, -5% on skill performance when in daylight, overcast (without shadows), or exposed to bright artificial light. Vulnerable to silver! Any kind of silver blade or bullet does double damage. Over time, some Shadow Mages (5% chance per level- not allergic @ level 1, roll again next level!) become allergic to sunlight and suffer from headaches and nausea when exposed to it for more than one hour (-15% to skill performance, reduce speed 20%, -1 melee attack and -1 on all combat bonuses).
  • Speed: Érebos runs at 700 meters per minute, 175 meters per melee round, 26mph! Can run at half that speed for up to 12 miles before fatigue, or 1/3 that at full speed before collapsing.
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