By Nicky Rea, Phil Brucato, Teeuwynn

I'll Stand Beside You

Custos are boon partners, the acolytes, familiars, servants and sidekicks who stick with mages at the mystick ambitions. notwithstanding unversed within the arts of precise Magick, custos shape a beneficial a part of mage society. those fans are greater than easy "allies" - they ofter spell the adaptation among survival and damnation!

Though Heaven and Hell may well upward thrust opposed to Us!

The sourcebook for Mage: The Ascension explores the usually missed global of the mage's mortal companions. It includes:

particular principles, advantages and Flaws for Hedge Magic, Psychic Phenomena and unearthly abilities.
Mage/follower relationships, together with recruitment, rewards and punishments and custos long past rogue.
Storytelling tricks for acolytes, consors and familiars, a number of ready-made characters and more...

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Arnor had suffered relatively little within the struggle opposed to Sauron on the end of the second one Age, and the dominion must have prospered. even supposing the numbers of the Dunedain were lowered, they have been nonetheless nice. The weather of Arnor used to be light and the land was once fertile and freed from enemies. For a number of hundred years concerns went good, however the air of Eriador appeared unwholesome for the descendants of Numenor. Arnor fell into decline lengthy sooner than the land held any whisper of the shadow of Angmar. For purposes unknown the Dunedain deserted their capital of Annuminas upon the beaches of Lake Nennuial, and withdrew to the lesser fort urban of Fornost.

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The subsequent sixty years have been darkish ones for the Dunedain of the North. The Dunedain of Rhudaur have been pushed out by means of evil hillmen in league with Angmar and Argeleb was once slain in conflict. jointly Arthedain and Cardolan held the elements Hills opposed to Angmar. In 1409 T. A. the Witch King of Angmar published his deadliest attack. Amon Sul was once raised and burned and the Dunedain have been pressured to escape westward. Cardolan was once laid to waste. aid got here to the Dunedain from the Elves of the gray Havens, Rivendell, and Lorien. The armies of Angmar have been repelled from Fornost and the North Downs, and compelled to withdraw to Angmar. The shadow of the North was once contained for a time.

ANGMAR

The land of Angmar is likely one of the grimmest areas in all of Middle-earth. it isn't black and twisted like Mordor, yet heartbreakingly chilly and barren. It lies in a northern fork within the Western Misty Mountains, and within the jap Misty Mountains. Little task is established upon the barren undeniable among the fork within the mountains; the border shield of fellows is decided within the rolling hills upon the sting of the low plateau. those males watch the lengthy border street that runs from Carn Dûm to the southern tip of Angmar. The orcs favor the security of the tunnels within the mountains. within the East the Witch King has no border shield; the mountains bar access into Angmar from that path, other than to people who comprehend the orcish tunnels.

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The baptismal records are, remarkably, still intact and extend back to the mission’s founding in 1776. The larger stone church beside the mission was completed the same year. Originally consecrated in honor of the mission’s centennial, the first church annex collapsed in the ‘06 quake. Daily masses are held and confession heard here. Beneath the grassy grounds of the adjoining Mission Dolores cemetery lie the remains of the missionaries and early San Franciscans. More than 5,500 Indians, victims of the diseases of the Spaniards, are buried here alongside priests, soldiers, and pioneers of the Gold Rush.

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