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@Obscene SymphonyIf you want to, sure.
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@Dead Cruiser Another question! What are the technical details of casting in this world? Does a Sorcerer just will it to be and thua ut happens or are their incantations, glyphs, sigils, etc? I'm really just curious for future descriptions!
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@Achronum A good question, but one that requires a complex answer. Spellcasting can take a variety of forms on Ea, but most of those are what Photepi Sorcerers would refer to dismissively as "witchcraft." Incantations, summoning circles, sacrifices, that sort of thing.

What differentiates Sorcery as our characters understand it is that it uses similar theoretical components, but they exist solely within the Sorcerer's mind. Sorcerers use their will and focus to direct and transmute aetheric energy, and so for them, "spells" resemble formulas or programs that they must perform mentally in order to manifest magical power. This requires considerable mental and physical discipline, somewhat akin to one who practices Yoga as part of their religion. However, these are the basic tenets of Sorcery. You need to be able to do this competently in order to even be considered for induction into the Cults of Heka.

The practices and research that more experienced and powerful Sorcerers engage in are more complex. They frequently study the effect that external influences have on spellcasting; the interplay of the cosmos, Ea, and the Aether. They train vigorously to be able to draw and control more energy from the Aether without overwhelming themselves. They condition their senses to gain more insight into the tides and tempests of the Aether, and what can be learned from their patterns. Larger and more complex spellcraft requires the tools of "witchcraft," but in much more sophisticated forms. Glyphs are designed as aetheric conduits or focusing tools, and can be large and ornate enough to have entire buildings as part of their geometric structure. Incantations are most often used as a means of coordinating the spellcasting efforts of multiple Sorcerers pooling their power for a group ritual. Sacrifices... are the domain of Demonologists, and so are not the concern of bright young Novitiates such as yourselves.
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@Dead Cruiser so if we're all to be inducted into different cults, how do we interact? Will there be a period at the start where none of us have been inducted yet for us to get to know each other? Do the cults have overlap with Novitiates? I know we're not required to be secretive or anything, but if we're all sequestered in different pyramids learning our craft, how do we communicate?
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@Obscene Symphony I don't plan for you to be spread across more than maybe two Cults, and there will be opportunities to interact in greater Photep.
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Okay @Dead Cruiser Here is an updated version of my CS so far! Still doing some cleaning up on it though.


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@Dead Cruiser I have a couple of animal ideas for a Tutelary for my Sorcerer, somewhat based on old Egyptian artifacts in appearance for a fun spin, may i run them by you here and see what you think? :O
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@Crusader Lord If you would like, or you could PM me with them.
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@Dead Cruiser PM sent! :D
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Interested, I'll see about throwing something in after the weekend hopefully
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@Dead Cruiser I've some questions about the nature of tutelaries.

So they're summoned from the Aether, and I know rookie sorcerers can lose control of them so obviously they have a will of their own. How exactly are they controlled? Is it like a contract where they do as we tell them, but might end up monkey's pawing us? Or are they like bound to our will and they do what we want regardless of how we phrase it?

Do they hate us?

Can they die? Is it possible/common for a sorcerer to have more than one tutelary in their career. Not at the same time, but by necessity.

Conversely, is it possible that my tutelary has served sorcerer's before me? Can they lend magical knowledge from past indentures?
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although i haven't fully read the op, i am interested. hope there still are some spots left

edit: read the op, def interested.
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@Dead Cruiser Added a question I had the other night to the PM i sent! :D
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I am also interested and hope there are still spots open.
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Had a long day at work, but I am Logged TF On™ for the night, and ready to take care of your concerns.

A quick heads up is that I think we'll be good to have the OOC up shortly, perhaps tonight, maybe tomorrow. It won't really have any new information besides what is already in the OP of this thread, but it'll essentially be the staging ground for people to submit and finalize their characters sheets. If you want a place in the game, I'm not putting a hard cap on players just yet, but I recommend getting a sheet written.

Now then. To business.

@Gisk A "successful" summoning of a Tutelary involves the creation of a telepathic and empathic bond between the summoner and the Tutelary. The Tutelary receives access to the summoner's knowledge and memory, but can also have the summoner's willpower and spells directly channeled through them. Most Tutelaries are deferential to their masters enough to do their bidding merely by command, but if needed they can have their will subsumed by the sorcerer's to ensure that their commands are followed. A Tutelary that does not form this link, or is too willful or indifferent toward their summoner, or one that is too powerful for the summoner to fully command, would be considered a "failed" summoning, and such a being would be promptly banished.

The relationships that Tutelaries develop with their masters over time can become quite complex, but those summoned by Novitiates are normally quite fond of their masters. Depending on the nature of the Tutelary, they can take on a demeanor not unlike a parent or older sibling toward their young master. The act of summoning them into our dimension is considered a tremendous gift, as beings as weak as them are typically at the bottom of the "food chain" within the Aether. It is a chaotic dimension and far from all beings within it are benevolent.

Sufficient damage to their physical form will banish a Tutelary back to the Aether. Sorcerers that have had their Tutelary banished by some means have been known to summon another, but the bond between a Sorcerer and their original Tutelary is nearly impossible to replace. For that reason, some Sorcerers that lose their Tutelary go without one from that point on. Attempting to summon the same Tutelary again after they've been banished is the ultimate game of needle in a needle stack. It's like trying to retrieve exactly the same cup of water that one just dumped into the ocean.

Most Tutelaries summoned by Novitiates have never been in our dimension before, or any dimension other than the Aether. The Tutelary of, say, a dead Sorcerer that has returned to the Aether would be a different type of consciousness than one freshly-summoned. More powerful by dint of their time spent in our dimension studying magic, a more powerful form of consciousness. That makes it unlikely that a Novitiate would "successfully" (see above) summon such a Tutelary. However, if such a Tutelary wished to return to our dimension, for whatever strange reason they may have, and sought out the summoning of a Novitiate for that purpose, that would be the most likely scenario for such an occurrence.
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@Dead Cruiser Responded in the PM again!
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@Dead Cruiser Splendid! I'm saying this from mobile due to the lateness of the night for me at this moment, but sent one last response in the PM for the night as well.
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