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Black, John W. Carter, Robert N. Findley, James D. Terra, Jason U. Wallace, Donovan Winch, Hank Woon. Internet: www. Through this we gain a better understanding of our province, the forces that shape it, and the—at times enigmatic—magic around us.

Personal accounts from adepts inform us of their journey and the Paths they take. They are mysterious by their very nature, jealously guarding their secrets from outsiders. The similarities between different Paths is often lost because of this secrecy. Paths share numerous commonalities despite their obvious differences, just like Disciplines themselves. They hypothesize that if a Path grows large enough, diverse enough, the tent accommodating enough perspectives, it outgrows the original intent and becomes something else.

That something else is naturally a Discipline. Perfectly understood and immutable once in the box. No one has presented solid evidence Disciplines have True Patterns.

If they do, and that is a mighty if, they are too vast and complex for even the most learned to comprehend. However, one Path in particular, the Brothers of Stone, is unique in their. They began as a group pattern with a purpose that grew over time, outlasting their founding members.

As the group pattern grew and further developed its purpose, rituals, and traditions, it became something more—it became a Path as we understand it. To further the notion of how much is supposition and inference versus some objective truth, we can contrast what we know of the Brothers of Stone with the Outcasts.

They have no organization and it is difficult to attribute them with a purpose from the outside. There seems to be no formal initiation process among the followers, nor advancement.

However, understanding them yields their unique shared honor that gives them purpose and a ritual that sets them on their Path. As noted previously, the most important trait Paths have in common is purpose. They do not arise from nothing with no reason to exist. Not all have a common drive or ties that bind them together, but the followers are still bound and recognize it, perhaps even lament it.

Along with this are their shared history and traditions. The tradition and rituals reinforce the pattern, each is an affirmation of the past and future, a continuation of threads stretching in both directions. With these rituals and traditions come secrets and power to those who follow a Path. While I cannot speak for all, my Path, while ever prone to share information at the drop of a hat, is unwilling to divulge our secrets to the uninitiated.

It extends beyond an unwillingness—part of our blood oath as Scholars means we are forbidden from sharing them.

If we shared them, my Path loses cohesion, our purpose snags, the rituals are no longer shared, and it unravels. Paths also change their followers at a fundamental level; change how their followers see and practice their Discipline. Sometimes it is almost undetectable, such as a Swordmaster who follows the Tail Dancer path or a Wizard who follows the path of the Scholar.

Those who you can convince to share their Karma Ritual—something deeply personal and I recommend you never approach a troll with such a query—note how it changed after they initiated into their Path, took on characteristics symbolic of their new Path. Paths represent an avenue of growth for adepts who find them on their journey. As a group of powerful adepts bound by a shared purpose, their actions shape our world by advancing their goals. They also are an opportunity to perhaps understand more of our magic, though often leave more questions than they provide answers.

The Legend Point cost to learn the knack and weave the thread is provided with the Path Knack descriptions starting on page The initiation ritual replaces the normal time required to learn the knack and Path talent, and weaving the thread is a Standard Action if the Thread Weaving test fails, it can be repeated without penalty, though there may be some good-natured ribbing.

The Thread Weaving talent used for this process is important and indicates the Discipline joined to the Path. The details of the process are unique to each Path; the more formal the organization, the more formal the initiation process. The details change for each Path, and the Legend Point cost for improving the Path talent and the maximum Path talent rank is listed in each Path.

Like initiation, the advancement ritual replaces the typical time required to improve a talent and weaving the thread is a Standard Action which can be repeated without penalty if failed. Each Path rank allows the adept to purchase a talent from the Path talent options list. Each list indicates the minimum required Path rank to learn the talents and the Legend Point cost to learn and improve the talents. Path talent options are not limited by the maximum Path talent rank, this maximum only affects the Path talent.

Adepts can spend Karma on Path talent options. Beispiel is a Messenger rank 5 and can learn up to five Messenger talent options.

All five talent options can be from the rank 1 list, but no more than one can be from the rank 5 list. The follower can learn talent options as part of the meditation to increase their Path rank, or from a teacher later. This can be simple for members of more organized Paths, but problematic for members of less organized Paths where followers are dispersed or completely unorganized in the case of Outcasts.

Improving Path rank can also give the follower characteristic bonuses; these are not cumulative e. As per the rules, only the highest bonus applies. Only the highest of these bonuses from all their Disciplines apply. These knacks are learned as normal if all requirements and a restriction are met. As with all knacks, if the adept no longer meets the requirements and the restriction used to purchase the knack, it cannot be used. Some knacks can be learned by anyone, though the Path typically gives earlier access through the restriction.

Some knacks give the Path follower access to new spells. While not required, spell matrices are recommended. If in crisis, the follower loses access to their Path talent and thread, and all associated half-magic, characteristic bonuses, talent options, and knacks where the Path talent was used to fulfill the restriction. If severed, the loss is permanent. Some Paths also convene councils to determine if followers have broken the spirit of the Path or to confirm the Path crisis, severing them in the same fashion.

This is never undertaken lightly, but Paths are serious about policing their membership. Adepts in crisis must atone for their transgressions by completing an appropriate ordeal. This is handled much like ordeals for increasing Path rank and may be assigned by a governing council or undertaken as a personal quest, depending on the structure of the Path.

Ordeals for atonement should be appropriate to the original transgression and the adept may have to report to their council, or find their connection automatically restored after completion. Paths and Versatility Paths have a different relationship with their talents than Disciplines; they often represent a secret knowledge that reflects their purpose and perspective required to gain admittance. Beyond this social expectation, Paths also include prohibitions against sharing secrets with outsiders as part of the blood oath.

Violating this puts the thread to all associated talents and knacks in crisis, where they no longer function until the adept atones. Talents and knacks in crisis cannot be taught to anyone which naturally prevents learning such talents and knacks by outsiders. T he Scourge changed all things. If those countless volumes of tomes compiled in your mighty Library before, during, and after the dark days of the Horrors taught us nothing, it is this. Even decades after civilization returned to the surface world, there are more tragedies coming to light.

Particularly those we thought impossible, like the sanctity of Liferocks dotting the land. My journey of discovery started just as the Scourge came to its inevitable end, but its seeds were sown hundreds of years before. As the rest of Barsaive prepared for the coming terrors, my brothers sought shelter by returning to our Liferock. Within the Dreaming, however, was a desire to experience the coming trial Namegivers would face first hand.

Myself and two others were selected for this great task, and found sanctuary in the kaer of a nearby village. Though we protected ourselves well as the Horrors tested our defenses, a devastating attack eventually claimed the lives of several citizens, including one of my brothers.

I considered the experience unique to our circumstances and found solace in the hope our brotherhood survived these terrors. Once the surface was again safe, we returned to our Liferock and discovered its fate. What we found still pains me to discuss even to this day.

Suffice it to say, the two of us who made it out of that kaer are the only brothers from our Liferock known to escape the Scourge alive. From then on, we traveled from one end of Barsaive to the other, following up on stories of shattered Liferocks gathered in broken circles and tainted elementals ravaging the countryside.

We discovered the corruption of Horrors continues to linger across our lands longer than any suspected. From that time, I see Horrors as not only a threat to my kin, but to the Earth itself.

And I discovered the atrocities of greed and the bodies left in the dust. It is these sincere and heartbreaking discoveries I seek to share with you and those who turn to your research for guidance so they might know I did what must be done. These are the truths that form the foundation of the Brothers of Stone.

Our Past and Our Path In the bygone days before the Scourge, the Brothers of Stone were an affiliation of obsidimen who sought out the bond of brotherhood with members of other Liferocks. We built upon our communal respect for the Earth and came to understand supporting one obsidiman was no different from supporting another.

From there we formed a new brotherhood, one beyond a single Liferock, and swore to protect the land from any who would exploit its natural bounty. There were eleven Brothers from seven Liferocks in the beginning who found purpose in their decision to defend the Earth above all else.

Studying the Earth meant honing our ability to tap into its very essence. We created magic to communicate with earth elementals, travel through the earth, learn from the soil, and commune with our Liferocks over any distance.

We bonded with the Earth and earth elementals. On many occasions, I have ridden on the backs of earth elementals and listened to the lessons they taught me about the Core, the very essence from which True earth flows through our world; from the veins of minerals winding through the rock to the grains of sand washed on every shore. It was this bond that lead to the great lesson that is the Core, our very understanding of what makes us so intertwined with the Earth.


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Black, John W. Carter, Robert N. Findley, James D. Terra, Jason U. Wallace, Donovan Winch, Hank Woon. Internet: www. Through this we gain a better understanding of our province, the forces that shape it, and the—at times enigmatic—magic around us.

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