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MortonStromgal
07-23-2008, 01:04 PM
I thought I would post campaign logs, player character journals stuff like that. So that those who care can read them :D

We started out cira 246 BC the beginning of the first punic war. I have 2 mages and 2 vampires.

We the following changes to make it feel more Rome

Choose a Virtue from the following list: Dignitas (dignity), Gravitas (seriousness, honor), Pietas (duty, loyalty), Prudentia (prudence), Temperantia (temperance). Choose a Vice from the following list: Avaritia (greed), Cupido (lust), Ignavia (sloth), Ingluvies (gluttony) Invidia (envy), Ira (wrath), Superbia (pride), Timiditas (cowardice).


Path
A mageís path is similar to an astrological sign; it is not something that can be selected, controlled for, or predicted, but it is something that shapes their personality. Mage characters do not consciously choose the path they follow. Rather, mages of a certain personality type are unconsciously drawn to a particular path, defined by their ruling planet.

There are seven paths available for mage characters. These are derived from the seven planets of classical astronomy, which are the celestial bodies that, in ancient cosmology, were thought to revolve around the Earth. Each planet is representative over various domains.

Path Domain
The Sun Light, warmth, the sky; the ego, personal power, and authority; god Apolloís domain
The Moon Emotions, the unconscious mind; fertility and motherhood; goddess Dianaís domain
Mercury Communication, travel, trade; domain of the god Mercury
Venus Harmony, beauty, balance, love, sex and sensuality; the domain of goddess Venus
Mars Confidence, aggression, energy, strength, ambition, courage, war; god Marsí domain
Jupiter Growth, expansion, prosperity, justice, morality; domain of the god Jupiter
Saturn Limitations, restrictions, boundaries, and practicality; domain of the god Saturn

The Paths and their associated Arcana are as follows:
Path = Ruling Arcana: Inferior Arcanum
The Sun = Forces & Life: Death
The Moon = Life & Mind: Fate
Mercury = Space & Fate: Mind
Venus = Matter & Space: Forces
Mars = Forces & Death: Life
Jupiter = Prime & Matter: Spirit
Saturn = Time & Spirit: Matter

Order
A mageís Path determines who they are, but a mageís Order determines what they believe. Most mages during Roman times belonged to an order dedicated to one of the major Roman gods. There are five most common orders in Roman society. Three of the five orders are represented by the gods of the Capitoline Triad, which are considered the most important gods of the ancient Roman pantheon. The three gods are Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva. One path is also tied to Mars, the Roman god of war, and the most prominent of the military gods. The final path is associated to the Messenger god, Mercury.

God Domain
Juno Goddess of women and childbirth; protectress of the Roman state; Queen of the gods
Jupiter God of the sky, thunder and lightning; patron god of Rome; King of the gods
Mars God of war, agriculture, terror, anger, revenge, courage, honor, and valor
Mercury God of trade, profit, merchants and travelers; Messenger of the gods
Minerva Goddess of wisdom, learning, the arts, sciences, medicine, crafts, trade, and war

Additional non-Roman orders do in fact exist; however, their prevalence among the Awakened in Roman society is smaller, and knowledge about these Orders may be limited.

MortonStromgal
07-23-2008, 01:05 PM
The Journal of Secundus Horatius Janii


VI Nones[DC1] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_1) , Maius, the 1394th year in the Age of Aries[DC2] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_2) , Rome:
Woe is me. Today the Gods have truly forsaken me, I am cast out of beautiful Rome and condemned to travel to Gods forsaken Illyria of all places. Not even Greece, where I might have to dodge buggers, but could at least count on the rudiments of civilization. But, no, I am bound for Illyria. Illyria, with its ignorant, dirty barbarians. Illyria, where I am reliably informed there is not a decent bath house in the entire bloody country.

What have I done to deserve this fate? Have I not honored my pater familias? Have I not honored the gods? Am I not a loyal and dutiful citizen of the republic?

I should record how this came to pass, so that when I die from ill hygiene in a pimple on the ass of the world, those who read my journal will at least know the course of the foul wind that blew me into the rocks of despair. I have not uncovered the source of that wind, but I fear it is but the arse of the bloody minded gods, whoís divine wind breaking has upset the ship of my life.

Yesterday, Kalends Maius[DC3] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_3) , my Uncle Priam Horatius[DC4] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_4) , the pater familias, called upon me to attend him. I had just finished the Rites of Opening for the month of Maius[DC5] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_5) , and was recovering from the exertion with a relaxing bath. The baths of Minerva have recently acquired a new bath slave, an Egyptian girl of most striking beauty, and I was in the process of enjoying her company when I was most rudely interrupted by one of the junior acolytes.
Had I not been in such a relaxed state I think I might have thrashed the lad for disturbing my bath. However, as things happened, I was as civil as can be expected from a man interrupted during his leisure. After much sputtering and stammering the lad finally spat out his message: my uncle requested my presence.
Of course I departed to meet him with great haste, stopping only to rinse off in the Frigidarium, and to beat a plebe who had the temerity to delay me by standing in the bloody doorway. I confess I was so focused on reaching my uncle that I didnít even give him a decent thrashing. Barely a love tap, though youíd hardly know it from the way he carried on. Bloody plebes.
In due course I called upon my uncle at his home. My family home is a grand thing, as befits one of the oldest and grandest families in the republic. These days I dwell in the priests quarters at the temple, meager [DC6] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_6) though they be, but I always enjoy the opportunity to return to my home. Sadly, I had no time to dawdle and enjoy the atrium, I pressed on to meet my uncle in his chambers.
When I arrived he greeted me warmly, bade me sit, and summoned a slave with food. Truly home cooked food always tastes better. While my uncle was nothing but warmth and familial love, I could sense a dark cloud hanging in the room. This was no premonition from the gods, but simply the knowledge gained by knowing a man for many years. My uncle clearly had something on his mind.
After lunch and pleasantries my uncle delivered the bad news: I was bound for Illyria. His allies in the senate aim to establish a colony or trading post in Illyria, to try and reopen trade closed by rampaging Carthaginians. I, along with a small contingent of soldiers, and a pair of Kindred[DC7] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_7) are to set sail two months hence and set things right among the barbarians.
As you can imagine, I was crushed. I loathe visiting the country house, and now I am banished all the way to darkest Illyria. There was no question that I would abide by the wishes of my pater familias, but I must confess I begged him to know why I was so punished? Uncle assured me that this was no punishment, and insisted it was an opportunity. I balked at this, an opportunity to get dirty and catch a horrible disease perhaps, but what other opportunity awaits me in Illyria?
He then revealed the real reason: the senate. There are a group of senators lead by MATTís PATRONíS NAME GOES HERE who wish to restore trade with Illyria. They want a priest along on this expedition, they need a representative of the Gods to ensure the mission is well blessed (and truly, who can blame them on that account). Uncle needs the vote of these senators on another issue. So a bargain was struck: my health and comfort for senate votes.
I am no dunce, but I confess I do not have a head for politics. But I know my duty: the family calls, and I answer. I have spoken to the head of the temple[DC8] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_8) , and he says they will somehow manage without me. I confess that I think the place will fall to pieces without me. The head priest is competent enough, but heís a jumped up plebe. He knows his place well enough, but he clearly has aspirations beyond his birth. Ahh well, perhaps without my presence it will fall apart and Iíll be recalled early. A man can dream.
Tomorrow I will meet the Kindred who will join me on this journey into darkness. The day after I am to move back into the family home, at least my last two months in Rome will be lived in comfort.

III Nones, Maius, the 1394th year in the Age of Aries, Rome:
Today the enormity of my predicament begins to settle in. It could be years before I am free to return to this beautiful city. Years of dirty barbarian peasants. Years where the best conversation for miles around is an olive tree or a goat. Years without the services of a decently trained courtesan. I must try not to dwell on it, lest I fall to despair.
I met my fellow exiles today, they seemed decent enough. There are two of them, a man and a woman, and they are at least acquainted with each other. The man is a good fellow, very Roman. Heís tough, weathered, apparently he spent some time in the legion. A good man to have when youíre trekking off to the ends of the earth. He seems very familiar to me, but I cannot figure out where I recognize him from. I talked the matter over with him and he said he had the same impression. Curious, I wonder where I know him from.
The woman is Greek, though she seems to be the better class of Greek. Educated, cultured, and not interested in sticking things in my rectum. Being Greek, she speaks the language of the barbarians weíre aiming to civilize, a trait I am sure will come in handy.
The Kindred are always slightly creepy to me. Nothing I can put my finger on, but they always seem a bit off. However, they are good Romans, and I certainly cannot hold my prejudices against them. In truth, I find myself looking forward to spending more time in these fellows company, though I do wish the circumstances were better.
Two months to plan for this trip. Two months to say goodbye to all Iíve ever known.

VI Kalends, Sextilis, [DC9] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_9) the 1394th year in the Age of Aries, Rome:
Oh gods will this boat ever stop rocking. Iíve long suspected sailors of being catamites, but I didnít realize they were also madmen. To voluntarily subject yourself to this torture, it beggars belief. Though I suppose if you can endure this, sodomy is no big deal. Still, Iíd rather live without either.

I Kalends, Sextilis, [DC10] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msocom_10) the 1394th year in the Age of Aries, Rome:
Land. Thank god Iím back on dry land.

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[DC1] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_1)2nd of Maius


[DC2] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_2)The astrological age of Aries rand from 1658 BC to. AD 498. Astrological ages are used to record the year in Ars Magica, and Iím totally stealing that. Because the roman system of tracking years is the product of a diseased mind.


[DC3] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_3)The first day of Maius, which falls in late winter/early spring this year (roughly march 15th, 264 BCE.


[DC4] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_4)Pete what name did you pick again?


[DC5] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_5)Made up Religious rites for the priest of Janus associated with the beginning of the month. As the god of Beginnings and endings, Janus could very well have had rites associated with the beginning and end of a month. He most certainly had such rites for the start and end of a year.


[DC6] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_6)The priests quarters are in no way meager. Unless youíre a spoiled noble. Even then, theyíve not that meager.


[DC7] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_7)Do romans use a different word for vampires?


[DC8] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_8)The temple of Janus


[DC9] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_9)The 24th of Quintilis, roughly the end of May, 264 BCE


[DC10] (http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/#_msoanchor_10)The 29th of Quintilis, roughly the beginning of June, 264 BCE

boulet
07-24-2008, 01:40 PM
Great story you guys have there, makes me envious ! Who wrote the PC log ? Is it the player or you ? I really hope the game will go on and more of the story will be posted, both because of the game and the quality of the text.

Funny enough I had started working on an alternative path system using... astrology :) Except I was far from completion and I wanted to push the system a little more into complexity. But as usual my concept hasn't developed beyond the basic draft stage :p I assume both of us aren't really in love with the paths in Mage the Awakening.

MortonStromgal
07-24-2008, 04:23 PM
Being an oWOD player/GM I'm really bothered by the 5x5... They should have just gone with whatever number fits that line.

Its one of the Mage players, I'm trying to get the other PCs to do the same. I'll post whatever they write. It may be inconsistent and I'll try to fill in the gaps.

My pre-game notes: PCs are ordered to go start up a trade route

What happened (may be a bit out of order): The Mage did some scrying and found a good spot they set up camp and scouted out the area finding a sacked town and a clump of rocks. They explored the rocks and found a big iron box after loosing a legionare to some make shift primitive traps. Inside was a Vampire who doesnt speak their language. They also found some bodies and Mage stuff. The town talked of butcherings from the gods, the PCs believe some necromancers tied up the vampire and used the people in sacrifices before the barbarian attack.

boulet
07-24-2008, 04:44 PM
The fetish of the five is one thing. Yeah it's quite limited and feels claustrophobic. But it's not the issue for me... It's just that neither Ascension traditions nor Awakening paths rocked my boat. It just never crossed the rubicon of verisimilitude for me. And framing NPCs in those empty shells are a big turn off to me. Now my problem with astrology : it's quite occidental flavor. I mean astrology existed in a form or another all around the world, but the typical Greek names for planet plus zodiac is hardly universal. But I would deal with that rather than WW paths, any day.

MortonStromgal
07-24-2008, 04:53 PM
Setting it in the Roman Republic made our work with the new paths and orders easier + its got just a little hint of the "what sign were you born under thing" that I've always loved in the Elder Scrolls video games.

Have you played Ars Magica? You might like their take on Mage orders better.