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The new RPG from Monte Cook. A game of surrealistic fantasy, secrets, and magic played both at the table--and away from it.
A roleplaying game of surrealistic fantasy, secrets, and magic played both at the table—and away from it.
A roleplaying game of surrealistic fantasy, secrets, and magic played both at the table—and away from it.
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Apostates

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Apostates are excommunicated members of the Invisible Church (the formal magical orders), though sometimes that so-called excommunication is self-imposed. They reject the other orders and even the idea of orders, existing outside those structures. Individualists, rebels, introverts, and castoffs, they find their own way by using bits of magic from each of the other orders, plus new discoveries they make. Sometimes while making rude gestures.

Apostates follow no single path. Rather, each Apostate has their own path—their own focus, specialization, and areas of expertise. They are explorers who eschew maps, blazing new trails, mostly for their own edification.

Likewise, obviously, Apostates have no organization or hierarchy. They are often quite unaware of each other. That is not to say, however, that Apostates are always loners, don’t have friends, or cannot learn to respect other vislae, even those who work within the system of magical orders.

Players who don’t want their character tied to any kind of organized structure might be interested in an Apostate. They lose access to some of the proprietary knowledge that the orders hold, but they gain the freedom to explore literally any sort of magic, or even invent their own.

 

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    1. Gregory Morris on August 28, 2016

      This is fascinating for characters but it sounds like a mechanical nightmare from a gameplay standpoint. I look forward to hearing more about how this is actually going to work given that other characters seem to have a lot of physical game components to their magic abilities.

    2. Oliver Peltier
      Superbacker
      on August 28, 2016

      After finding out a little bit more about the Apostates, I'm finding them more interesting.

    3. RH
      Superbacker
      on August 28, 2016

      Could create a Full Metal Alchemist type character that follows the Apostate (or doesn't follow so to speak) path. Though thinking again, Scar may be more of that type.

    4. William Bidlack
      Superbacker
      on August 28, 2016

      Huh, I was wondering if I would be drawn more to the Apostates than any other group and I was right. It's kind of interesting being an iconoclast.

    5. Matthew Dimalanta
      Superbacker
      on August 27, 2016

      Are Apostates hunted by the orders?