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Fera Applications / Oscar_Nyman | Cliath | Ratkin
« Last post by Fahim on May 20, 2018, 11:21:21 PM »
Fera Application

1. What are the changing breeds?

Changing Breeds, they are shape-shifters, they are able to turn themselves into their desired breed, for an example, the Ratkin has the ability to turn into rats and is its natural animals. It's also created by Gaia as most shape-shifters are and they were all created in different processes such as the Bastet are were-cats and there are many other breeds that one can explore, but that's the basics.

The type of changing breed your character determines your forms that he can transform into such as the mokole are were-sharks, their forms revolve on shark-related abilities and features such as being faster in water and having incredible strength with their teeth.                                                                                                                   

Now, most of the changing breeds were wiped out by the Garou (werewolves), in the war of rage, It was a hostile attack on the /fera/ and many of the fera have become extinct due to them such as the Apis and many other breeds.

The remaining Ratkin that had escaped the Garou entered the umbra for a period of time and then came out and started committing mass breeding processes, this is what the Ratkin call the "Nest".

Overall the changing breed your character heavily impacts the culture and how he will most likely act due to his aspects relating and correlating to the changing breed you have chosen.

2. What is Gnosis?

Gnosis is the magic of shapeshifters in a sense, It's easier to think of it like that for new players.
It's basically the mystical power of Gaia herself.

Gnosis is used for gifts for the main part and other spiritual abilities involved and its power can vary from a tiny bit to a large portion of your power, due to the Ratkin having a decent amount of correlation to Gnosis, they mainly use rage and their speed due to their physical body and their prowess of gnosis equally.

Gnosis is also "renewable", It's meditated for and can be used to speak with spiritual beings and even bribe them in a sense, It's also unable for use in the Umbra in most cases.

Entering the umbra for one example is from the power of gnosis.

Ratkin does have the ability to enter the umbra.

3. What is Rage?

Rage is an essential role in the creation of a shape-shifter as without it they are unable to shift to their desired forms, It's like the power of the moon and It's granted by Luna itself. It's used for strength and is a reason why Garou frenzy easily.

Rage is very essential for many of the changing breeds as well.

Rage is also a key factor in your healing and revival process, If one were to get downed and injured heavily they are able to use rage to keep themselves active with a small portion of their health.

Due to Luna, the weaknesses of using her powers is the susceptibility of silver!

Ratkin is only susceptible to silver and not gold.

4. What's an Auspice? How is it determined for your changing breed?

An Auspice is the time place or moon phase your character was born on, there are various types of auspices for the Garou, It's determined by the moon-phases as a Galliard are born on waxing moons are known to be bards.

For the Ratkin however, they use aspects and it's a substitute for auspice for the race, It involves eight whole different aspects, four that are normal aspects as well as four that is freak aspects.

My character will have a normal aspect, known as Warrior, otherwise known as blade slaves in the lore books. Due to the aspect, he will start off with five rage.

5. What is a Breed?

Breeds, they're the state of when your character was born such as your character might have been born as a wolf or he might have been born as a human, the majority is starting off as a Homid as it's more common and more accepted over tribes.

For the Ratkin, there are three breeds, the ones are as stated: Homid, Metis, and Roden.

Homid: Born as humans and most likely have lived a regular life but more likely to have a lower class of lifestyle such as low intelligence and poor, they're very disrespected and are sometimes excluded due to lack of trust in them.

Metis: They're slightly more respected than the homid, they appear to be more deformed and they're born due to the breeding of two Ratkin.

Roden: These are the most common breed out of the ratkin and the most respectable as they were born and raised with rats, they are expected to be more experienced and valuable than a homid per say.

My character will be a Homid, resulting in the start of one gnosis at birth.

The breed may determine many aspects of your character such as your personality and gnosis.

6. Provide an overview of the Umbra and how does it have an effect on your changing breed?

Now, how I think of the umbra is a spiritual world that is allocated by the prowess of gnosis.

"Umbra" In Latin means "Shadow" and this is refers to the moon's shadow, the umbra theoretically is a different world than from the material word. It's the idea of a different world that many of the changing breeds can enter.

Ratkin do have the power to sidestep into the umbra but not in the presence of others, unless you have a merit "Gauntlet Runner" that is allowed for Ratkin.

The Umbra is another world and you may find other spirits and persons that has the prowess of gnosis., It is where many go to find quests and learn from spiritual beings inside the umbra.

The penumbra is another stage or otherwise known as level is where superficial acts happen, some magi has access to this part.

The deep umbra is a place of incredible spirits and creatures that is unknown and humans think of it as the space in a sense.

You may /see/ into the real world from the umbra by peering through it and this is a viable way to see how you can gather up Intel. 

7. What is the Triat and how is it viewed by your changing breed?

In changing breeds, the Triat refers to three entities, they are as listed the "Wyld", "Weaver" and the "Wyrm". It important for all changing breeds as they use it as a way of hierarchy in a sense.

"It's responsible for the creation, preservation, and destruction of all things."

We'll start off with the "Wyld" is the entity that has put things into place, it is said it is the creation of life and created matter. This is regarded as one of the most valued triat for most changing breeds and believes that it is the most important to Gaia.

Then comes the "Weaver", it is the entity that evolved the life the Wyld put into place and gave it form and shape. It made the people who they are and gave them functions. It is based on humanity and the idea of civilization and research in a peaceful manner.

The "Wyrm" is the entity that is involved in the idea of death and destruction for the most part of it.
Most of the changing breeds resent the wyrm and believe it's growing in power and that they must put a stop to it. It is also believed that the wyrm is needed for the new creatures of life and it is a role of nature itself.

These are the basics and premise of the triats.

8. Elaborate on the First and Second War of Rage and explain if it had an effect on your changing breed:

The first war of rage occurred due to the fact of jealousy and ignorance. The Garou attacked the fera due to the fact that they wanted to be seen as greater in the eyes of Gaia herself. Gaia created other shapeshifters that were called fera and there were many different types such as were-spiders and the corax. In this fighting, it left the wyrm spreading sadly and due to this war distracting the garou to fight among themselves over selfish reasons and pride.

The victims were the fera, the garou easily outnumbered them and they are the reason why most fera are low in numbers or extinct.

The second war of rage was related to the first one of course and happened in Americas to destroy the remaining fera residing there, the European tribes slaughtered them. The camazots were killed by the shadowlords.

My changing breed the Ratkin was affected drastically like most other fera. originally the ratkin was supposedly spread disease and control the human populace until the rage of war started and most of them were wiped out until they flocked to the umbra and over time they blended in with society and started mass breading once again.

They survived pretty well after the fact.


Name: Oscar Nyman
Age: 21
Changing Breed: Ratkin
Tribe: N/A
Breed: Homid
Auspice: Warrior (Blade Slave)
Rank: Cliath

Story (Min. 1500 words):

Sweden, 1977, August 7th.

A young baby boy was pulled out from his mother's womb, yet the boy was incredibly small even for a baby as the mother was very unhealthy and nurtured. The baby was kept at the hospital for a few weeks before it was allowed to leave the hospital. The baby had small hazel eyes and a bright white complexion that you could not miss, his name was Oscar Nyman. His mother wanted him to be a strong boy that will surpass whatever she couldn't ever do in her lifetime. His mother knew that she could not facilitate for him and was forced to give him up to a local orphanage, as his mother's tears landed on Oscar's face, this would only be the start for him..

Sweden -1990-

Oscar was still non-nurtured and a little adolescent that was incredibly shy and clumsy, the other kids in the orphanage did not take much of a liking to him and most likely didn't bother with him as he didn't speak much and was very bad with his words. He lacked much charisma in his youth but the only ones that would play with him were the small animals that lived in the orphanage. In school, he would barely speak and when he did his stuttering would be such a problem that others would laugh at him and the teacher would assume that he would be doing it purposely to avoid them.

He was too shy to speak up for himself and just accepted what would happen to him in most cases and would be a nice person, if he would see homeless people in the side of the street, he would hand him his juice bottle as a nice gesture and just walk off.

He'd spend most of his free time playing soccer and would be really good at since he was flexible and fast.

-Sweden 1994-

He would start feeling sad waking up and having no one he cared about, he was real lonely.

One day he walked into his high school bathroom and a few kids were gathered around passing a blunt, Oscar eyed them and then quickly spotted him and started saying-..

"He saw the blunt guys! he saw the blunt damn it!"

Quickly Oscar took a few steps back and they ran up to him and plead him to not tell the teachers and they even offered him the blunt, filled with cannabis. Oscar rose his hands up towards them and slightly said in a low tone "It-.. it's okay gu- (stuttering).. guys don't worry I won't tell anyone", as the kids were relieved and handed him the blunt and told them to take a hit. Oscar shook his head and then took a puff as he felt many emotions and felt a sense of peace he has not felt in a while.

In a few minutes, he asked for another puff and he got it, he then started getting addicted to cannabis, he slightly smiled and finally found something enjoyable he can feel in his life for once.

-Sweden 1995 -

Oscar would be saving his pocket money for a month to buy cannabis in mass amounts from dealers in the sides of the schools, it would be very easy for him to buy it and he became a daily user and was known by the dealers for being a junkie in a sense.

He raised the blunt as he placed it on his cold lips, he took out a black-colored lighter and lit it up as he stared out the window, taking puffs of the blunt every few seconds, he still could not replace the emptiness that his heart holds within him. He let out a few tears from his eyes as his face is stiff and wondered if there is anything that awaits him out there. He wanted someone to share his feelings with them and the orphanage did not truly care and just wanted the money from the government, it was in a pretty poor and ghetto area after all.

He shook his head and placed his feet on the windowsill and he looked down from two stories high, he contemplated suicide himself as the wind gushed to his face, he just wanted to take a leap off but he held himself back and kept his hope.

All he thought was the fact of why he couldn't make proper friends so he simply slept on his bed for the most part, unaware on what to do in his free time as he was too sore from playing soccer from the days before.

As he went to a man named Victor to buy his regular dose of cannabis, it appeared that he didn't have any more cannabis, as Oscar was outraged, Victor offered him a few pills of ecstasy instead but at double the rate of cannabis, unsure of what to do Oscar decided to take his chances and purchase it. He spent all of his pocket money for the month and would try one in a late night.

He'd take one down and truly felt /happy/ and let out a chuckle and started jumping on his bed intensely as he let out faint smiles with laughter as he nodded his head up and down and started running outside with a free mind and just kept running till the point of exhaustion as he lay'ed on the pitch of a soccer field, he fell asleep on the grass and woke up dazed and with a feeling of pleasure.

After a few days, he would've realized that he needed more pills and didn't have enough money to buy them, either way he went to Victor his dealer and asked him if he could pay off later for the pills, Victor knew that he was a daily user and just accepted his offer and let him take a few more pills without payment.

As his depression and conflicting feelings got worse, Oscar would keep on using all sorts of drugs as his debt to dealers got worse and worse just like his depression.

One day out of the blue, Victor appears at the orphanage and asked him where his money was and then Oscar was quickly put at a position of great stress and unease, and told him he would get it for him, don't worry.

Victor demanded that he gets his money by the week and Oscar just stuttered and nodded. "Yea-. Yes!"
Oscar already asked for too much money for the month, at least thrice and they would not give him more to pay off his debts, unable to do much-.. he was put in a corner as the week would've passed and him being unable to gather the sufficient funds to pay the dealer off, he started skipping school and voided the area all together.

A few weeks later, he was walking down an alley as a few guys seen him and approached him, they asked him "Are you fucking Oscar?" Oscar quickly stuttered and made no eye-contact and said "No-.. No whose that?", Then out of nowhere Victor approached from behind the thugs and said: "HEY THAT'S HIM!"

Oscar shoved the thugs back and made a dash for it in the middle of the night in the alleyways of the ghetto, he would be running at a pace of ten miles per hour and would be rushing as a thug would come out of nowhere with a bicycle  and others approaching him, his panting would be louder and louder as the sweat dripped from his nose to his lips as he felt the true intensity of almost even death.

He snapped and gritted his teeth as he stopped running out of nowhere as he faced the thugs that approached him in that dark and weary alleyway, he lost a sense of himself as he entered a thrusting stage of a berserk frenzy, this is where the first change happened for him, unable to control himself and vividly remember what was occurring-..

His body turned into a blackish gray as his eyes back bold and twice the sizes of his regular eyes as he gained a few feet of height as his arms were still thin as they were but his teeth were enlarged!

He turned into his crinos form and quickly dashed at the local thugs with bats and brass knuckles as he bit into their necks and slaughtered them feasting upon on them as the rats all squeaked in the alleyway as the blood scattered all through the alleyway, he inflicted reduced delirium on the witnesses as they all tried to run but they could not outrun the fast beast that appeared to them quickly as he bite into all of their necks and clawed into their feeble heads as the adrenaline in the Oscar was high and vast.

He broke his insecurities in this form and was able to truly fight back and be sure of himself and doesn't hesitate to do anything in this primal form.

Oscar awoke afterwards quickly confused as he looked around and saw the men dead with blood scattered everywhere, he realized that his clothes were bloodied and tattered as he was naked he rushed out of the alleyway and ran back to his orphanage as he was too overwhelmed on what has happened after he got dressed he fainted in his room from the stress and adrenaline.

He blacked out and he awoke in a hospital, the doctors informed the orphanage that he was on hardcore narcotics.

A few days after he returned to his orphanage with much hate from everyone there, he could not burden their anger on him that he decided to run away with his valuables such as a picture of his mother and sneaked out of the orphanage at midnight whilst everyone slept.

He took his time to figure out what he was and what he has truly become-..


Oscar would make his escape from the country due to the murders of the men on his conscience, he left and found himself in America through ships and boats of traveling and living a nomadic way of life almost.

He would be a full-fledged adult with brown slicked up hair and a dirty complexion on his face, still, on his narcotics he could not shrug off, trying to find himself in a town of red county where he wondered off to-..

little did he know of the true persons in the town that would be a manifest-ion of wyrm.

Thus was his story and he wishes to find his resolve and place in the world for all to see and he wishes to be accepted in a society where they would allow him to be.

1. Out of character

2. How are you going to portray your character?

I will portray my character as a independent Ratkin that is very unsure of himself and that is a deranged filled person that is addicted to hardcore illegal drugs such as meth and cocaine to cope with the conflicting feelings within him for the murders he has committed on innocents. All he needs is a few "friends" to ease him into a stable life that he wishes to have and brush off the drugs he has been doing since he was a adolescent.

He believes that he must also find his brethren to interact with them and must /prove/ himself to the nests scattered across the globe, since he's a homid it's very hard to be respected for him in his own community hence he keeps moving around due to the inability to find himself a proper place to call home.

He believes that he can make a difference in red county and wants to prove himself and establish himself.

He will be charismatic but he will have a lack of skills and is incredibly clumsy and of average intelligence.

3. What made you want to apply for this race?

It's the same reason for applying for my recent kindred, it's unique and I feel as if this is a character that fits my personality so I know it'd be very fun to roleplay a lower class member of the society trying to find his place in the society.

I can roleplay this character pretty easily.

I also deeply want to roleplay this fera.

4. Post a screenshot (embedded with code, no links) of your admin record and activity (include each personal account):

Spoiler for Hidden:

Spoiler for Hidden:

5. 3.Do you understand that by taking part of this race, you can be changed by the race moderators (or even admins) for the most simple reasons? If you are to apply and get accepted, you are to follow the race rules to the fullest extent. Have you read all of this and understood what's your part? Of course.
Character Profiles / Re: Southwank
« Last post by ognjenlo on May 20, 2018, 11:20:10 PM »
Dustin: The doc seems like he caught a mental illness recently, it's so sad, hope he gets rid of it soon.

Love the update

This is so sad, can we hit 5 likes.
Character Profiles / Re: Southwank
« Last post by Iron on May 20, 2018, 11:14:57 PM »
Dustin: The doc seems like he caught a mental illness recently, it's so sad, hope he gets rid of it soon.

Love the update
Character Profiles / Re: Southwank
« Last post by ognjenlo on May 20, 2018, 11:07:09 PM »
Added relationships, check 'em out.
Around Red County / GREELEY - I'm Dead
« Last post by Dwayne_Bentlys on May 20, 2018, 03:15:24 PM »
*As you drive along listening to the radio, you'd hear the radio host talk a little as he'd then introduce Andrew's newest single*

I'm a mess, mess fucked in the head,
I am nothing but dead flesh stuffed in some threads,
I am death, death, I am something you sense,
I am blood when it gushes from the cuts on your head,
I'm a mess, mess fucked in the head,
I am nothing but dead flesh stuffed in some threads,
I am death, death, I am something you sense,
I am love when it buckles and fucks with your head,

Yo what am I but a frame full of hateful waste,
Spit razors, sink blades and stick stainless in my veins,
I, think change but I dig aimless every six days like I'm in Hades ribcage,
And barely this is "What",
Torture of the mind add some water let it soak up and warp every corner of your blind box,
I'm stock,
Bored up and replenished, now I'm wiped off,   
Just winning and giving life till my time stops,
Hi God,
If you hear me could you answer?
If we ever met would you tell me pull my pants up?
I wish I had the answers,
I wish I knew your plans but I guess I'll never know so I'll settle for some cancer,
Dancing with the Galaxy cant stand within realitys grip,
I slip from balance beams
I guess I couldn't handle this shit,
I guess I couldn't right?
I tried my best though,
Less hope by the day I'm ashamed I let go,
Feel like I'm dying, every minute of the day
Inside anxiety is rising,
Like my finger in your face I hate the,
Stress of life and trying to blend in with the fakes,
Ever since I ditched the vice, It helps me get away I guess,
I got a lot of questions
I got a lot of mess and friends with bad intentions,
I am precious that of inside reflections
I am every mention of the past darkest segments,
Dont laugh at ending,
Past pretending,
Can't we end it?

My heads the best evidence,
Dead relatives tend to send messages,
Sent from deaths residence,
I, sense everything never been blind to the facts,
Third eyes open, connecting the lines through the gaps,
They tell me pop some pills, on the real it's better for ya,
Drop ten of these get some sleep and remember water,
I took a couple I was out for the day,
Relentless thoughts ever more I dont know how to escape,
It's like-..

I'm a mess, mess fucked in the head,
I am nothing but dead flesh stuffed in some threads,
I am death, death, I am something you sense,
I am blood when it gushes from the cuts on your head,
I'm a mess, mess fucked in the head,
I am nothing but dead flesh stuffed in some threads,
I am death, death, I am something you sense,
I am love when it buckles and fucks with your head,
I'm a mess,

Character Profiles / Re: Oliver 'Kid' Whitestone [WIP]
« Last post by Leon. on May 19, 2018, 11:41:19 PM »
i cant get over the fact that the faceclaim looks like felrow irl
Mage Applications / Dustin_Tusk | Arete 1 | Avatar Rating 5 | Orphan
« Last post by Iron on May 19, 2018, 10:04:32 PM »
Mage Application

General Knowledge:

1. What is a Mage? (100 words min)
A mage is a human being with additional abilities that were granted by an ulterior amount of understanding. Essentially, humans dabbling with the world and it’s understanding can manage to get benefits from it, and some have managed. A mage contains all the human flaws, merits and whatever comes in between, but he can control the universe through magick. This type of magick varies in a lot of different ways as each and every human has a different understanding of the world. So when it comes to mages, their control over the world is drastically different.
Each human in the world has a potential to awaken and become a mage but in order to do that they must /awaken/, and so with that name they are branded Sleepers as their code word. Once a sleeper becomes a mage, he or she can alter the world with their pure will, their motivation to succeed and place a mark on this world, higher than any mortal would ever dream of.

2. What is the awakening? (250 words min)
Now that we established what a mage is, we can continue to the process a sleeper (a human) becomes a mage. The awakening process is nothing physical, only mental. It is a pinpoint in that human’s life that makes him rise to tranquility, a better understanding of the world through other meanings of achievement. The said person who is awakening will now see everything different, with a more extreme point of view. As I said before, a mage is a human with all its flaws and merits in tact, as well as his or her point of view. With that in mind, the mage now will see the world in a certain /lense/ that fits his understanding. We call that his foci, his paradigm essentially pours the information of the /true world/ into his human mind and processes it in a way only he could understand. For example, the paradigm I went with “Everything is a illusion” will drive the now awakened human to believe that the world is a giant show. A facade sitting there, waiting to be plucked, twisted, shaped and turned into a different reality, something more real.
The process in which a human can awaken can vary, it can be very painful, unnatural and basically mind breaking, or it can be a good night’s sleep. A sleeper can be on his deathbed, with one thought replying in his mind “To not let her be alone in the world”, and just like that, with that pure motivation and willpower, the once sleeper can be triggered into a better understanding of the world. Although some can consider it a curse, it is still waking up the normal human (the sleeper) to a world that is sometimes covered in darkness.

3. What is an Avatar? (150 words min)
An avatar is a term used for the other ulterior guide of the mage. The avatar is the one “spilling the beans” for the human in the awakening process. It is the first face he sees once the curtin drops. The avatar is the guide for the human, and like any guide they can all vary. Some believe the avatar is the inner-genius of the mage, some believe it is a guardian angel sent from the heavens above to serve and protect the mage from all cruelty. No matter what you think, at the end of the day the avatar is there for you, and to help your processes this. Of course, in game terms the avatar also serves as a certain “fuel pod” for the mage, surging him with quintessence (The liquor of the world), helping the mage boost his world shaping abilities.
The type of “mentorship” you will get out of the avatar will change depending on how one awakens, personality of the mage, and what kind of motivation drives him to success.
We don’t all know what really drives us to succeed, but a mage can rely on his avatar to know about it. Some people need a bit more of a kick to it, a harsher driving motivation, while others learn by being fed with a silver spoon.

4. What is an Avatar's essence?
An avatar’s essence is what basically “runs” the avatar - Personality, goals, merits, flaws and so on. Although it is not human, it is still holds human traits. The avatar essence can be split into 4 groups, with each group containing a different type of mentorship, guidance and behavior of the avatar.

Questing - The questing avatar will drag the mage all over the world, to seek, to find, to discover it’s secrets! You can basically balance it out with an alter ego type of indiana jones, but in a more ephemeral way. He will chase your goals with you, guide you to them as you both venture off into the sunset. Although it may be tough at times, this type of avatar essence is usually stuck with the stereotype of the “road junkie”.

Primordial - Such an avatar essence is usually the “dark” one in the family, but it is not always true. The primodial avatar will try and take the mage to the core concept and understanding of the world, and yes, sometimes it involves doing unnatural and unfaithful things, but the core concept of this essence is not entire evil.

Dynamic - The dynamic essence is usually the common one, the “face” of the group, the extrovert going to parties and taking drugs in order to bring his mental capacity to the next level. The types of mages who bare this essence usually are more in tuned with their emotional feelings, making them drive forwards with them as they go on.

Pattern - The smart one. Well at least it tries to be smart. The avatar will mostly likely appear as hints, guideances that are more precise and carefully thought our, more apathetic but effective to the mage. Usually mages who bare this avatar essence are more closed with themselves, but almost always think they are better than most.

5. What is a Mage's Resonance?
A mage’s resonance is the left overs of the expelled magick that has been used. Each magickal ability has a certain key code implemented into it. A correspondence user will cast a barricade around him, and a different correspondence user will see that some “leftover” trail of magick in front of him. This is hidden to the sleepers, but it is also partially hidden to the mage who does not hold the knowledge of it yet. Each resonance has the same “template” of the avatar, basically splitting into 3 group, and within those groups they split again into the spheres.
Entropic - Destructive, usually tinted black and corrosive. This is usually held by Primordial avatar essence mages.
Dynamic - Active and vibrant colors, usually held by Questing and Dynamic essence users.
Pattern - Cold, stable, harmony, usually held by Pattern and Questing essence users.

6. What is the Paradox? Why does it exist?
Paradox is the “stop” sign for the mages. They have the ability to shape reality into something entirely different. To something colder, darker or event more vibrant and colorful. With each use of their abilities they are struck down with a force of nature, beyond the understanding of the mages, so they just named it paradox. This force, controls the balance between doing and achieving. A mage can attempt to bring down that building, but since he has done it in a unnatural way, a way that can’t be explained to the human sleeping eye, he will be struck down by paradox.
The paradox in the mechanics of the universe is usually divided into the understanding of when it happens. If you go around, casting perceptions, then essentially the only thing you changed is with yourself, so it wouldn’t affect the world, and so it has nothing to “correct”. If you go around burning bushes and making something think that bush is god, talking to them, then the world will strike you with a big “Stop that” as it were.
Of course we can get into coincidental and vulgar magick, as well as if the mage succeeds with witnesses, without, or botches his roll altogether. All of this is a mechanic that is explained in the book so I don’t want to go there.

7. What do you believe a Mage's purpose in the world is?
A mage is created for the sole reason of doing whatever they want. The mage after it is awakened can basically act like a god (if the paradox won’t strike him first) and go around wreaking havoc upon the world, but that isn’t usually the way it rolls. A mage is driven by his motivation, his end goal, his ascension. Now although no one knows for sure it exists, some still believe that driving to an endless goal like saving humanity will grant them a higher ranking in life, and possibly a second awakening.
A mage and his avatar will do whatever they deem worthy as their goal, and continue to pursue it with whatever they can to achieve it.

8. What would a Mage's hobbies be? Justify your answer. (150 words min)
As we established, a mage is a human being. Each and every human may have different kinds of hobbies like day drinking or chess, some mages can even take it further. Think of raising the stakes once you are out binge drinking from bar to bar with the ability to control your alcohol tolerance at free. A mage can essentially also keep it on a “cooler” side, and do as they deem worthy of their time. Sometimes, the hobbies change after the awakening and they are more driven to the avatar essence they now hold, so a pattern essence mage would most likely hold a more sense of “work is my hobby” type of situation, while a dynamic holder would be more of a party goer.
My character, Dustin, although he loves his work, and saving lives is his virtue, his true hobby is to play music. Anything to do with drums and guitars is more than enough to get him going. Playing music, listening to music, is his whole true world, and his truest desires usually come out after a long session of jamming.

9. Are Mages fighters or scholars? Why do you think so? (250 words justification)
A mage can be a fighter or a scholar or both. There is nothing tying him down to do only one thing. Of course a mage who doesn’t hold any type of “attacking” abilities will usually refrain from going into battle, but he can always be the strategist, making no fool to war, to being a fighter. A mage can also hold those fighting properties but decide that it is too much for him, and instead hold a book in his hand and study the wonders of ascension and how to get there in easy steps.

A  mage is a human being with all their merits and flaws. A mage does what a mage wants to do and nothing can hold him down. If the mage wants to become both a fighter and a scholar so be it, most abilities combine the two, and usually if you are missing one part you can always gather the other.

Dustin will be more of a scholar than a fighter. It would seem rather weird to send the medic into battle, but sometimes a pissed off medic can do the trick, and usually that is way more scary than your daily barbaric shouting his war cry as he mows down enemies with ephemeral axes.
Dustin will stay behind the lines of the battle and plan things ahead, he would be more of the politician, the face of whatever operation he deems to run. He will continue with his daily goals only to forever steer away from battle, as he deems it not necessary.

Name: Dustin Tusk
Age: 31
Starting Arete Rating*: 1
Affinity Sphere: Spirit
Starting Spheres (You may allocate up to Arete Ratingx2 dots at character creation): Life
Avatar Essence: Questing
Avatar Rating**: 5
Affiliation (Tradition, Technocratic Convention, Craft, Nephandi/Marauder): Craft - Orphan (No ties to anything else)
Paradigm: Everything’s an Illusion
Practices: Dominion, Medicine Work
Instruments (minimum 7 Instruments)***: Music, Meditation, Social Domination, Symbols, Prayers and Invocations, Thought-forms, Books and Periodicals, Animal Mask (Unique; Spirit).
Spoiler for Hidden:
Unique instrument -
Dustin was given an otter shaped mask by Takeshi once he joined forces with him. He wears that mask as a symbol of friendship, and a symbol that drives him to a goal only he can achieve, or so he thinks. The mask is a great leap in his understanding of the world, and it is the very essence that drives him forwards.
Character Story: (Min. 1000 words)

I always thought it was strange that Jeremy was attuned to a different channel per say. He used to tell me how he felt the tumor grow and move inside his body. But I only took that as a sign that his ticket was due.

When I moved to Red County I just thought about doing my job and just enjoying the time away from a Godspell my parents always threw my way. Only to discover I ever got closer to the maker. Once you touch theology, it will never leave your side is what my father always said, never believed him until that night.

The night before I met Takeshi I dreamt of Jeremy. He wasn't in his bed this time like he was usually. We were just sitting on a rock, watching the sunset, but something felt so surreal.
"It's nice you know? ... To know that there is where to go to after you pass.", I just nodded, feeling fine with the whole moment.
"We just phase through and through.. but Dustin, when you wake up, remember this moment. You have to promise me to never forget this instance.", I was going to say something, but it felt like a facade. But, as I /caught on/ I just woke up. I shook my head and continued my day. I then met Takeshi, he was intriguing back then, he really stood above everyone else, shining like a beacon. But, nevertheless, he was a very strange person at the time. And so time passed and eventually, he and I had a talk about theology. He showed me what he can do, what can be done and basically spilled the beans that god is no longer with us like the world is an abandoned museum of masterpieces gone wrong. And I truly believed him. But then I asked myself "what is it all worth then? What do mortals do here other than stand as an achievement of an otherworldly celestial being? Being put on a viewing cabinet in a lonely house, surrounded by other failed experiments."
I continued my life, ever pondering about our theological importance in the world. Heck, I even opened a blog about it to see if anyone has answers for some of my questions. A lot of atheists showed up, but no one gave a clear answer. And so I continued my search.

Time passed once more, and again I woke up to something strange. Stranger than my dead brother speaking as if he is alive. It was a human tall otter. To be honest, I can't even explain it. And lo and behold it spoke. "I know... An otter right? That is otterly mad..", I sighed. This must be of my own making. "Yes, this is your own making. I am not to blame that you made me look like a Star Wars character with the ability to throw puns. But you know what? For the sake of disbelief, just come grab a chair." As he said that, a chair appeared. And then a table, food, and candles. Somehow we changed from being near a lake into being in a log cabin, lit by candlelight, but at this point, I thought it was just a lucid dream so I went on with it.
He just sat there eating human-like, with a fork, a knife cutting into a steak (which begs the question what the hell was he eating?) but his facial expression was serious. "Dustin. Do you know what is going on here? And no this is not a lucid dream. Stop /going with the flow/ and actually think for a moment by yourself. Why on earth are you here.. With me… Eating steak?” For some reason, all I could think of is the talk with Jeremy, and how it felt very off.. very elusive. "Yes... thank God we are both smart.. and by God I mean the man who left us all to rot in this facade. Because we have no one else to thank for our intelligence", "So I am speaking to an otterly mad version of myself?". He chuckled, I must be crazy I deemed. "But aren't we all crazy? Isn't life as a concept such a crazy thing? It involves a mind well enough to think of things and make then a body that can move on its own, and a conscious decision whether or not to kill someone. To see the spiritual otherworldly side of it.
I chuckled. Not because it was funny, but because he was finishing my train of thought. "Yes, I am you. And you are me. But I am a version no one can see. Not even someone with enhanced abilities like your new found friends."
Huh... This is a strange feeling, my own consciousness has finally broken and began making sense of it all. We continued to sit and talk, but it felt forced. Fake. Illusive. The world itself though started feeling weird as it was going by.

These dreams kept pursuing me. Slowly ever growing frequent. Heck, I wasn't even tired, I just shut my eyes for a moment as I was working on a patient and he appeared again.
"So you named me yet? Otter-man? Really? I thought we could do better. Pain in the ass? Ok. you know what? That was almost insulting. But you know damn well why I am here... the world needs you? Oh no no no... it's you who needs to understand the world. Me, Otter-man, am here to guide you through a complex process.", The dreams were all basically like this. Otter-man speaking to himself because he kept reading into my thought process, but I got used to it.
"Life, the realms, your sweetheart maker Takeshi, are all connected to this false entity. The universe is a toybox as you know it. But did you know you could control it? This place. This being that you are can only mean one thing..."
"That I can become whatever I want?"
"With limits my dear new friend. See? I told you that I am not annoying."
"Well, you get my seal of approval..."
We both sighed, we are pun masters stuck in a fake realm.
"So what is real?" I asked.
"Whatever you want to believe in. Your choices, your own body, friends, theology. Although this is verging philosophy.."
So what do I do now? I thought to myself.
"Just. let go of your shell now. Be selfish, enjoy life. Give life, take life. Never be afraid. But most importantly is you need to /wake up/."

For a moment I felt like an out-of-body experience just rushed through me, as if I saw myself in a third perspective but I never understood it. As it ended, I just stood there in the middle of the forest. Have I slept walked all the way here? Could it be that weird feeling from before? I couldn't be certain, but it did feel strange. The trees. The air. Everything was different. I did miss Otterman, he was nice, he was real deal, but this forest now? This is a joke laughing at my face.
But the forest was odd, as I said. Various entities grew closer to me. They were ephemeral, as I could see through them. But I knew things aren't right, I did not get the same feelings of tranquility as I got in the dreams, so I did what any /sane/ person would do - I ran.

Since that moment, I could sometimes see and hear things that weren’t there. I went to investigate. I remembered the big trees I ran through from that dream, it was the forest on the edge of the town. Walking there I could sense those same ephemeral beings as before. Nothing too rash, but this was different. I kept going there every day, but it even pursued me at home. I came to the conclusion that I am no longer a proper human being. Although my anatomy has not changed, and my glorious sense of humor is still intact, my very process of thinking was changed. I am now more focused on the unseen rather than the things that are in front of me now. The whole realms Otterman was talking about was also with the same feeling of a facade. An illusion that is there, real enough to endure and see, but false enough to not sway me otherwise.

Imagine this, the dreams kept coming for the coming days, I learned much. The world Takeshi knows is one I know now. The abyssal plains are closer to our reality than anyone else knows. The wolves, the vampires, it is all connected. The life and un-life are what the Otterman kept talking about next. "What if there is a limit to the human body that can become limitless?"
"What do you mean? Should a human even pursue such a place? If the universe is already a toy box that is broken but hung as a prize, it would be best not to meddle with it.". He nodded, but he spoke once more. For some reason, we moved into a classroom and he was in a teacher's uniform. But at this point I can't question anything, it is my own mind playing these tricks in order for me to understand. "Life and un-life are all connected. the world Takeshi spoke of is one basic level before the plane we know and see now. As you see mortals, humans, and shifters, they are all possessing a simple form of a complex living plant. They have needs and wants, and whether or not they can control it, their vessel changes and adapts. Like Jeremy, some either fail to adapt or releasably, change for the better. Take a coal and sharpen it into a diamond as they say."
"How do I get from here, to there? Practice? Using the force?" I chuckled referencing to movies, but at this point me and my inner-genius were already friends (I mean, what is there not to like about yourself?), referencing anything to each other and already knowing where it came from and why. He nodded. "The force can be a good example, but I think it's more about getting the feel of it. Jeremy felt it. The tumor in his body, and so can you. You can perceive medically anything, a dying cell can be more than a guide, and soon, you can make it into a living one. With all our medical background, the one thing doctors in the human world do not understand is that this vessel goes beyond the natural understanding of the man. You need to see the world as it truly is, only by that means you can do it on your own."
He was right. I needed to try this on my own. To feel life, not as a doctor, not as a human, but as a newly awakened self.
I went to the edge of the forest, and I looked down on a newly formed sapling of a tree. At first, I couldn't see much of a change. I was still stuck in my own mental blockage. So I sat down near it, and I focused on its other form, it's ephemeral form. The spiritual form of the plant can sustain for its surrounding energy, although it is not a sentient being, it still works on that level of a plane, and so does life. I looked at the plant once more, this time with the understanding that it's on the same level of the rest. This soon-to-be tree will wither. For some reason I could see it's weakness, starting to spread. The bigger trees around it must be blocking its source of light, so it wouldn't grow anymore.
I dug up the sapling and eventually planted it in my backyard.

This is but some of my many to come adventures, but if I am guided by my inner-genius, I smile towards the future this time. The world might be fake, but I am real.

Out of Character:

1. Can you use any power in public?

Yes you can, but it always depends on the purpose of what you are using, and how much of it will “break the world”. Of course, an awakened mage wouldn’t want to curse another sleeper with the knowledge he bares, therefor he wouldn’t burn someone in broad daylight, breaking the illusion of their daily lives, but a mage can go around casting on himself a better perception that can help him control his abilities better. Or, he can go around discerning with Entropy who is a liar, and with life who is sick, and with time to always know what time it is. A mage can throw a fireball, but he doesn’t want to get more “heat” on himself than he already has. Living in the world of darkness as a mage is already dangerous, as many things are hunting you down, the last thing you want to do is to break that facade of being a normal human being, while someone else tries to hunt you down.

2. When and where is it safe to use your powers? (100 words min.)

Everywhere and anytime. But again, it depends on what you are doing and when. You can change the weather around you, making it storm and sending a hurricane towards your enemies, but you will have to take into account all the paradox that will come at you, and all the “bad guys” that will hunt you down for doing such a feat. The /best/ place and the /best/ time to do so is in your home and alone. The less witnesses around you the better, besides, who wants to show the world his botched attempts at lighting a candle with his forces sphere?
You can go around in your personal chantry, or laboratory and do it as well, making it a safe haven when you cast around your stuff without the paradox hanging over your head, but where is the fun in that?

3. What would drive a mage into using his powers? Justify your answer. (200 words min)

Depends on the situation. Sure the mage can use his powers to do some cool card tricks, masking the mind of the unknowing, lying to them about the current state of politics to get a better stance in his social circle. But a mage most usually bring out the “big guns” when he is fighting for his cause or for his life. If he sees his friends in danger, he would go out of his way to help them out, depending if it is a gun fight or just a argument on the streets. The mage would also go around protecting himself with barriers and other enchantments just so he is safe from the outside world.

It all depends on the mage, the scene, the mood, the faction, and sometimes the essence of the avatar. So if the mage is angry and just wants to punch a tree, and sometimes that tree is a harassing vampire going around being annoying, the mage will go and punch it if nothing stops him (like for example his avatar’s essence). A mage with pattern essence wouldn’t usually go around punching people if he doesn’t have to, as he would rarely be angry.

4. Why is it important for a Mage to keep his secret unrevealed? (100 words min.)

The mage alters the world, and within that world is not only the mage. There are others alike him, and those others might want to harm him or join him. Outside of the mages you have so many other races, including the sleepers, the normal human beings living their daily lives. A mage would naturally want to strive to keep the illusion covered for the human beings, as I said before, even if a human has the potential to awaken, sometimes it is best to do it in a dream rather than a fight on the streets that looks like it came out of a movie full of CGI.
A mage also strives to keep his identity safe for the sake of his own personal life, as I said, some people just want to hunt you down, and the best thing to stop that is to not show your true potential.

5. What would you do if someone found out about your secret? (Min 100 words)

I would mostly go around screaming in confusion because that is a big mistake. After it settles in, I would try and find a civil way to make that person think it was all an illusion or befriend them. If it were a supernatural being, that I could be friends with, then all is well. If it were a human being that was at the wrong place at the wrong time I would go about finding someone to erase that moment from their mind.
If all else fails I would keep the said person quiet. Since Dustin is a medic with an abundance of influence on people, he can tell the local psychiatrist to drive the human into a mental ward, never to be heard of again. Or if it were a supernatural that will do him harm, he would end his existence if need be.

6. What are the factions in the world of Mage: The Ascension? What role do they have in the Mage society?

So we have here basically 5 factions: The Traditions (council of nine), The technocracy, The nephandi, the marauders and the crafts. Each of these factions have their own goals and potentials, and depending on the storyline the game follows, so does their stance.
The traditions are perhaps always labeled as the “good guys”, those who strive to protect humanity from all harm and bring it to ascension with them by showing them the art of magick. They are very friendly and welcoming, and sometimes even the wiser choice than the rest. But depending on the situation so does their stance. The traditions are split into 9 sub-factions, each of them representing the seat of a sphere.

The technocracy are labeled as the “bad guys”, those who will wipe your mind of your past self and make you a soldier. Although they also want what is best for humanity, and they are also the bigger faction of the 5, they will tend to do things in a more strict way. Here as well we have sub-factions each of them having their own purpose in the company. Their main goal is to keep magic hidden away from humanity as best as they can, and eventually eradicate it. To them magic is just technology that isn’t accessible to the rest yet.

The nephandi are the more forceful bad mages that exist, trying to harm all and do all with vulgar abilities. Usually, they are tied to madness as if it is a close friend, but these mages are indeed powerful for their fearless mindset, truly finding each of the chaotic explanations of reality as it is.

The marauders are mages that have spent a lot of time doing so much magic, accumulating a lot of paradox that threw them into a constant state of quiet. A state each mage fears to endure as it is maddening. It is best to stay away from these beings.

The crafts are mages who are standing neutral from the rest, they want what is best for them. Of course you have sub-factions for this faction as well, but no one is pressuring you to join anything. A mage’s cause is his own in this world, pushing him into a “boy band” will not make him better.

7. Present the reason for why the Ascension War took place. (Min 300 words)

The war of the ascension is basically between the two major factions - The technocracy and the traditions. The technocrats want one thing and one thing only, to make magic disappear. There is no need for such a thing in our world as only technology is what will advance humanity in a harmonic and faithful way. Magic to them is something of past, something barbaric that can only bring harm to humanity. To add to all this the technocracy strive to have control over the world and its inhabitants.
On the other side of the ring we have the white knights, the opposition - The traditions.
These mages are the opposite of the technocracy, they strive to release magick for all of humanity in a well mannered way, making the “evolution” of mankind their way. They believe that in order to achieve that ascension all of humanity must be at least on the same “level” of awareness of the true reality. They also oppose the technocracy for the fact that they are being hunted down by them, killed and eradicated. They want to stop that madness before it spreads even more.

In a more general mannerism, the big fight between all 5 factions is indeed the opinions about everything, the disbelief about concepts that are sometimes hidden to the other, or they just simply do not want to accept it in any way. Imagine this, a bunch of political parties all striving to the same goal (to better your country) but all want to do it their way. One would want to be peaceful with everything around them while the other wants to erase them from the map, thinking it is the only solution to do so. That is how the technocracy and the traditions are. Although, the traditions are smaller in numbers, they still bare a blight on the technocracy, being their number 1 rule to hunt these said mages down wherever they can.

Player Information:

1. For how long have you been playing on Vampires, Werewolves and Humans roleplay? September 2014.

2. Make a list of your current and past characters.
Dustin_Tusk (Current) (Human) (Active)
Andrey_Stanislav (Human) (inactive)
Dex_Ember (Werewolf) (inactive)
Nick_Angus (Human) (inactive)
Suzume_Lee (Human) (inactive)
Roy_Smith (Werewolf) (inactive)
Dolev_Dangoor (Human) (inactive)
Solomon_Etheridge (Human) (inactive)
Andrew_Adam (Human) (inactive)
Kai_Rivera (Mage) (inactive)
Gabriel_Esben (Werewolf) (inactive)
Chris_Fisher (Werewolf) (inactive)

(Names in white can be checked, the rested were NCed).

3. Do you understand that you can be CK'd or race-changed at any time? Yes.

4. Post a screenshot (embedded with  code, no links) of your admin record and activity (include each personal account):
I included only acvitity for Dustin Tusk as it is my main account, the rest are inactive.
Spoiler for Hidden:

The month of 01/2018 I was having surgery done, so I was missing a few hours of actiivty there. But even without that I believe I have the sufficient amount to apply for this.
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