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The Daily Five

What exactly is this practice and why does it matter?

The daily 5 is a writing exercise wherein you spend 5 uninterrupted minutes writing every day. The point is to get your brain juices flowing to help with creativity.

But you know what else?  It makes you a better writer. Doing your daily 5 is like doing any other practice for any other skill. It refines technique and reveals the greater overarching concepts in your writing. Sometimes it’s themes or motifs; sometimes it’s just repeated grammatical errors. In any case, if you write in any capacity, doing 5 minutes per day will especially help. There are tons of prompts, ideas, and goal-oriented variations of the daily 5. Pick one and do it! Get writing!

And that’s my daily five. Stay tuned! Later today there’s a special video coming online that I’ll share here. And thenceforth, the paradigm shift will have begun!

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Mage: the Awakening

Is a table-top roleplaying game set in a modern fantasy. This game takes place in Ashville, NC. As an opportunity to practice writing, I will be chronicling my character’s exploits here in a weekly update. Here is his background info.

 


 

 

James (Code Name: CHASE) awakened during a covert strike mission targeting a Liberian Warlord. The warlord had an unknown informant within the CIA. The Warlord’s informant had detailed, first-hand knowledge of the assault and, as a result, the team never made it into the building. The wall they would have breached had been wired to several pounds extra of T4 explosive and all but James died. Of course, he would have, if the explosion hadn’t literally ripped him to shreds. At the moment of awakening, he was pulled from his mortal body and thrust into Pandemonium at the base of the Watchtower of the Iron Gauntlet. Upon climbing to the top, he saw all of the men and women he’d worked with for the secrets they’d kept from him. Most notably, he saw that the Warlord’s informant was his handler, Dominic. Dominic acted on orders from his superiors, whom James could not see. After returning to The Fallen World, he found Dominic, who was running the op, on the scene. Code Name: CHASE reported the event to his appointed psychiatrist who diagnosed him with PTSD. Transfered to Ashville, NC, CHASE thought he was here to retire but the GotV quickly recruited the Mastigos.

ST notes: CHASE currently resides in an extended-stay motel on the government’s pension (covers housing and food). He may have resided here and studied magic alone for a month or three. If anything details are missing, please ask!

 


For the nerdily inclined, here is the full sheet:

Shadowname: CHASE
Sleeper Name: James Alta
Concept: Recently Awakend Covert Operative
Virtue: Faith
Vice: Pride
Path: Mastigos
Order: Guardians of the Veil
Legacy: None

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ATTRIBUTES:
Mental
Intelligence: 4
Wits: 3
Resolve: 3

Physical
Strength: 1
Dexterity: 3
Stamina: 3

Social
Presence: 1
Manipulation: 3
Composure: 2

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SKILLS
Mental (-3 untrained)
Academics:
Computer: 1
Crafts: 2
Investigation: 3, CSI
Medicine: 2
Occult: 2
Politics: 2
Science:

Physical (-1 untrained)
Athletics:
Brawl:
Drive:
Firearms: 2
Larceny: 1
Stealth: 2, Hiding
Survival:
Weaponry:

Social (-1 untrained)
Animal Ken:
Empathy: 2
Expression: 1
Intimidation:
Persuasion: 2, Cutting a Deal
Socialize:
Streetwise: 2
Subterfuge: 2

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MERITS
High Speech 1
Status (Consilium) 1
Status (GotV) 1
Masque (Wounded Monk) 1

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ARCANA
Death:
Fate:
Forces:
Life:
Matter:
Mind: 2
Prime: 2
Space: 3
Spirit:
Time:

ROTES:
Remote Viewing, Intelligence + Investigation + Space, M:ta Core p235, Space 2

Forever Stranger, Wits + Subterfuge + Mind, M:ta Core p208, Mind 2

Rend the Weave, Composure + Occult + Prime, Prime 2

NIMBUS:
Vulgar only: 8 shadows as though he is a beacon of light. As casting progresses, shadows converge into one.

Covert Only: His shadow expands and contracts during casting. The motion is subtle enough not to be seen without scrutiny

OTHER TRAITS (FLAWS) :

EXPANDED MERITS
Masque – Wounded Monk
ST’s: I am unsure what character to assume under the guise of the masque… any suggestions?

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STATS
Defense: 2
Initiative: 5
Wisdom: 7
Size: 5
Speed: 9

Willpower: 5
Health: 7
Taint:

Gnosis: 2
Mana/Mana per turn:
7/2

EQUIPMENT

Spoiler
* denotes carried
** denotes black bag/mission gear

Weapons:
Glock 27 Machine Pistol, two 30 round magazines (60 total)*
Pocket knife*
.45 Glock + 2 spare magazines (21 rounds total)**
Bolt-action sniper rifle + 10 rounds**

Utility:
Zippo*
Mirrored Aviators (Dedicated Order Tool)*
Masque (TBD)*
lockpick set (+1 to relevant rolls)*
Field Medicine Kit including sutures**
Black Ops attire: Tactical harness, Night Vision Goggles, black on black cargo pants and shirt, combat boots (+1 stealth)**

Misc:
Pentacle (Reminder of faith in the system/patriotism to the order)*
Library Card (+1 Research)*
$1500 emergency fund
Surveillance gear: 2 parabolic mics, 1 laser mic
7 casual outfits (+1 blending into a crowd)
3 high-end suits + accessories (+1 persuasion)

BACKGROUND

Spoiler
James (Code Name: CHASE) awakened during a covert strike mission targeting a Liberian Warlord. The warlord had an unknown informant within the CIA. The Warlord’s informant had detailed, first-hand knowledge of the assault and, as a result, the team never made it into the building. The wall they would have breached had been wired to several pounds extra of T4 explosive and all but James died. Of course, he would have, if the explosion hadn’t literally ripped him to shreds. At the moment of awakening, he was pulled from his mortal body and thrust into Pandemonium at the base of the Watchtower of the Iron Gauntlet. Upon climbing to the top, he saw all of the men and women he’d worked with for the secrets they’d kept from him. Most notably, he saw that the Warlord’s informant was his handler, Dominic. Dominic acted on orders from his superiors, whom James could not see. After returning to The Fallen World, he found Dominic, who was running the op, on the scene. Code Name: CHASE reported the event to his appointed psychiatrist who diagnosed him with PTSD. Transfered to Ashville, NC, CHASE thought he was here to retire but the GotV quickly recruited the Mastigos.

ST notes: CHASE currently resides in an extended-stay motel on the government’s pension (covers housing and food). He may have resided here and studied magic alone for a month or three. If anything details are missing, please ask!

 

 

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