December 4, 2020 at 11:50 pm #133edrobotParticipant
Yeah okay, I was bored and wanted to create a thread to discuss my character, and hammer out some of his details.
Here’s what I have so far.
Edgar Weiss is a Mastigos (Warlock) of the Silver Ladder, the pentacle order focused on the idea of mages as enlightened philosopher-kings. Furthermore, he’s a member of the Clavicularius, a Legacy focused on recognizing and mastering one’s inner demons, both figuratively and literally. He has taken the Shadow Name* of his mentor, Lord Brightshadow the First, who introduced him to Mage society and inducted him into the ways of the Clavicularii. This is because Lord Brightshadow I is in no condition to teach Edgar any further, as he was driven to madness thanks to a forbidden, abyss-tainted spell known as a “Goetic Inversion” to expel a “demon of virtue” from the Mage. With his Temperence gone, Brightshadow I was rendered unable to think of anything other than food or drink, so the retreated into his estate, where he endlessly gorges on foodstuffs while his closest friends and relatives try to keep his gluttony in check. The Silver Ladder in particular has a vested interest in his recovery, as Brightshadow I is not only the patriarch of a proximus*** dynasty, but he was well on the fast track to becoming a Magister, one of the highest positions in the Silver Ladder. For this reason, Edgar believes that Lord Brightshadow’s Inversion was not a self-inflicted act of hubris, but rather a deliberate act of sabotage, and Edgar swore to get to the bottom of this.
Edgar isn’t a very powerful mage, but he was chosen as an apprentice because Brightshadow saw potential in him, and there weren’t any awakened Proximi in his family at the time. For this reason, he’s not well-liked by Lord Brightshadow’s family, especially after taking his master’s title.
Edgar has got two secret shames, which are more embarrassing than dangerous. First, his awakening wasn’t particularly exciting. Sure, he fell through the Abyss and into Pandemonium where he signed his name upon the watchtower, but it all happened over the course of about five minutes rather than the lengthy, drawn-out Mystery Play that most other Mages experience.
Secondly, he was once beaten up by a “Magical Girl”. What happened is that he once used his powers to cheat a street vendor out of some free food, and someone not only saw him but also recognized what he was doing. Next thing he knew, he was on the ground with a bloody nose, while a college student in a sparkly leotard kicked his face in, and he blacked out shortly afterwards. To this day he doesn’t quite know what happened****, but since then he’s been much more careful. He also hasn’t told anyone about this. After all, who would believe him? And even if it was true, he’d be considered a laughingstock.
*A shadow name is basically a nickname used for one’s magical identity. Not all mages have them, but it’s helpful for sympathetic magic and in any case mages tend to be egotistical. After all, why go by something mundane like “Nancy Fritzsimmons” when you can be known as “The Ever-Burning Emerald Pyre”?
** The history of this spell is detailed in The Final Spell of Eli Ben-Menechem, a chapter in Intruders: Encounters from the Abyss, a sourcebook that I highly recommend.
*** Magic isn’t usually hereditary, but Proximi are people who have inherited minor Mage powers. They Awaken far more often than Sleepers do, and are usually Sleepwalkers at the very least Mages. Edgar was not a Proximus, but was friends with a few before awakening, which is how he met Lord Brightshadow.
**** If the fan-line Princess the Hopeful is canon in this setting, then it was a Princess. Otherwise, it was either a very eccentric Hunter or Hero, a Sleepwalker who was attending an Anime convention, or maybe even a Changeling with a chip on her shoulder.December 16, 2020 at 4:33 pm #137edrobotParticipant
Dedicated Spellcasting Tool: Librum de arte Tenebris (lit:”A Book About the Dark Art”)
Despite the pretentious name it’s really just Edgar’s journal. In it, he writes down his feelings in flowery prose, personifying his flaws and foibles as demons from the Ars Goetia, complete with crude, hand-drawn illustrations.
When he wishes to invoke goetic magics, he tears a page from the book and sets it alight, symbolically freeing the demon within. Likewise, he recalls the “demon” by sketching it’s likeness in the book, further sealing it away by describing it’s means of passage.
Here are a few examples of the goetic demons that Edgar may invoke, and for what purpose.
Bael: A hoarsely-voiced king with the head of a cat, toad, and a man. Has power over invisibility, garnering favor over others, matters of science and love.
Agares: An old man riding a crocodile, who teaches languages, retreives runaway persons, and causes earthquakes.
Vassago: Similar form to Agares. Tells magicians of past and future events, locates lost objects, and commands spirits.
Gamigin: Takes the form of a small horse before transforming into a hoarse-voiced human. Has powers over the dead.
Marbas: A great lion who can take the shape of a man. Cures and heals diseases, gives wisdom and knowledge in mechanicacal arts, and can change the formes of people.
Valefar: Helps thieves until they are caught in a trap. A lion with the head of a donkey.
Amon: A blue-skinned humanoid who reconsiles friends and foes.
Buer: Bestows good familiars, so he’s probably helpful for working with spririts.
Stolas: The crowned owl, with very long legs. Teaches astronomy, and is knowledgable about herbs, plants and precious stones, and also internet memes.
Astaroth: Seduces by means of laziness, self doubt, and rationalized philosophies. Also teaches mathmatics, and gives mortal beings power over serpants.
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