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Mage.png CharGen: Guidelines

Starting Out

Before you begin with CharGen, here are a few helpful guidelines about creating a mage on Revelations.

  • All characters start with 35 XP.
  • Bonus XP:
    • Special bonuses for joining a cabal.
    • -5 for starting age below 26.
    • -5 for originating outside the target area (Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Faroe Islands).
  • Characters cannot have been in Edinburgh's Awakened community within the last 5 years. Awakened mages native to Edinburgh may train elsewhere and be returning now.
  • Preludes are completely acceptable. Storytellers will run pre-Awakening or post-Awakening scenarios as availability allows, and we encourage other players to flesh out the character.


Characters must be the age of eighteen and look of legal age. No character may Awaken younger than 18. In Caledonia, "young" Awakenings are comparatively rare. Most mages Awaken between 25 and 45, and the average age for a Gnosis 2 mage is 35.


Most of new, less experienced mages are coming from four Consilii allied to Edinburgh: the Celtic isle of Anglesey, the Norse-flavoured stronghold of Bergen, the bitter Roman rival of Londinium or the wild, chaotic state of Texas. Staff strongly advises basing your concept here for great roleplaying ties, an active stake in the fate of Edinburgh, and built-in connections to other characters from those areas. You might have shared or rival mentors.

Concepts should provide substantive ties to Edinburgh and a reason for the mage to remain for an extended period of time. Admins can help ground a character in the setting. Cookie cutter concepts without any attachment to the MU* or Scottish influence will be rejected.

Our concept guide has suggestions by path and order.

  • Good: Pete came to Edinburgh from Anglesey to study hauntings in the city's ancient cemeteries. His Invisible College mentor studied with Urien and hopes Pete can receive the same instruction.
  • Needs Work: Pete is a grad student, and researches ghosts.

Path and Order

A Path connects a mage to one of the five Supernal Realms and allows her to channel magic. Orders are large societies of mages united by common philosophical views and history stretching back to the first Awakened mages.

  • Path and Order are selected first.


Attributes are divided into mental, physical, and social categories that measure your capabilities in different fields.

  • Standard 5/4/3 point spread to spend.
  • Favoured attribute by Path added after CharGen.
    • Acanthus: Composure
    • Mastigos: Resolve
    • Moros: Composure
    • Obrimos: Resolve
    • Thyrsus: Composure
  • A dot of Resolve or Composure is added based on your Path. This dot cannot raise your Attribute1 to 5 or 6.
  • Min-maxing Attributes will result in rejection. You may raise a single dot from 1 with bonus XP.
  • One Attribute at 1 after CharGen permitted. The stat may not be raised for two months to avoid XP min-maxing.
Attributes Chart:
Description Example
Poor. Inept, incompetent, unpracticed. Klutz
Average. Occasional effort. Average Person
Good. Regular practice and effort. Club goer
Exceptional. Tested and honed. Prima ballerina
Outstanding. Peak of human ability. Olympic fencer

1: The fifth dot of an Attribute costs 2 points, not one. The Path bonus only grants a single dot. Attributes cannot exceed 5 dots below Gnosis 6.


Skills are divided into mental, physical, and social categories that represent a broad spectrum of applications.

  • Standard 11/7/4 point spread to spend.
  • Min-maxing Skills will result in rejection. You should have a balanced spread with at least one dot in each Order rote skill.
  • Combat pools should be lower than 6 (7 for Steel Legionnaires).
  • Specializations need to be narrow. For example, suitable Occult specialties are Pictish Traditions or Goetia, not Magic.
  • Order Rote Skills:
    • Guardians of the Veil: Investigation, Stealth, Subterfuge
    • Invisible College: Academics, Athletics, Expression
    • Lumen Society: Crafts, Larceny, Persuasion
    • Silver Ladder: Politics, Socialize, Survival
    • Steel Legion: Drive, Intimidation, Medicine
Skills Chart:
Description Example
Trained. Basic knowledge or techniques. High school. Linux User
Practitioner. Solid working knowledge. College or work. System Admin
Professional. Broad, detailed knowledge. Postgraduate. Comp Sci Professor
Expert. Exceptional depth of knowledge, a leader in the field. Linus Torvalds
Master. Unsurpassed, a worldwide leader or Olympian. Alan Turing


Merits are divided into mental, physical, social, and Mage categories that encompass background traits or special resources. Mental merits grant augmented senses or mental tricks; Physical merits enhance physical capabilities; and Social merits provide a network or connections. Mage Merits define acquisition of power and knowledge. Custom merits are available.

  • Merits begin with 7 dots to assign.
  • You get a dot of Status (Order) and Language (High Speech) for free.
  • Merits taken at 4-5 dots require justification.

Gnosis and Wisdom

Gnosis measures a mage's magical will and capacity to change reality. Wisdom is the ability to balance the needs of this world with a yearning for the higher world. Mages command great power, but frequently fall prey to sins of Hubris.

  • Starting Gnosis is capped at 2.
  • You may drop Wisdom twice for experience points, and roll for Derangements. Wisdom loss must be described in your background.


The ten Arcana are the divisions of reality, each originating from one of the five Supernal Realms. Five gross Arcana influence physical objects and forces, such as animals or fire. Five subtle Arcana manipulate intangible or entirely supernatural forces or ideas, like fortune and spirits or ghosts.

  • Arcana begin with 6 dots to assign.
  • At least 3 dots must be assigned between your two Ruling Arcana.
  • No more than 2 dots may be placed in any Arcana.
  • Arcana are limited to a total of 7 dots at approval.


Rotes are codified spells which use structured formulas differing between Orders. Rotes incur less chance of Paradox and can be more easily cast than improvised spells.

  • Rotes begin with 6 dots to assign.
  • Rotes can only be purchased for Arcana you have.
  • Rotes are limited to a total of 10 dots at approval.

  • Equipment requests are submitted via +request.
  • You may choose magical tools for your Path or Order. Tools with significant value should match your Resources score.
  • Artifacts, imbued items, and enhanced items are subject to approval.
    • See the Equipment house rules for more information.

Finishing Touches
  • Set your description of your character.
  • Set your background.
  • Select your Virtue and Vice and magic tools.
  • Choose a shadow name, the alias used in Mage society to hide your real identity.
  • Note your Mentor and origin Consilium, if applicable.
  • Spend your bonus XP. Note, bonus XP cannot be saved for after CharGen.
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