. . . Blake’s House Rules for Mage . . .
Direct and Indirect:Direct
magick uses an appropriate sphere to alter, harm or influence the target. Direct magick is resisted by the target's Willpower (difficulty8) with each success reducing the intensity of the effect by 1. The subject of a Direct magickal effect can choose not to resist if she is awarethat the effect is about to occur. Otherwise, resistance is instinctive for any being with a Willpower score.Direct Damage = 3 x Intensity in HL and is not soaked.Resisted by: Willpower (difficulty 8).Examples of Direct effects would include: transforming an opponent using Life magick, reading a subject's mind, slowing down an attacker with Time magick, and using Prime magick to 'disintegrate' a pattern.
magick alters the environment around the target. Though not resisted by Willpower, indirect effects can almost always be resisted insome way - those that do damage can be soaked, others might be dodged or resisted with strength.Indirect Damage = Sphere Level x Intensity in dice.Forces effects have +1 Intensity for damage purposes.Indirect Damage can be soaked.Examples would be spawning forces to blast an enemy, using Matter magick to create bindings to hold a victim fast, or conjuring a spirit toattack an opponent.
Direct Effects that do Indirect damage
: Some direct effects, like flooding a pattern with entropy or causing a heart attack, cause damageindirectly. Any direct attack that might fail because of the toughness of the victim is probably doing indirect damage. Direct use of Entropicmagick always causes damage indirectly, though it does do so very effectively.Indirect Damage = Sphere Level x Intensity in dice.Entropic Damage = Entropy Sphere Level x Intensity in HL.Intensity is resisted with Willpower (diff 8).Damage can be soaked.Examples of Direct effects that do Indirect damage include: using Mind magick to scare a victim 'to death,' Entropic effects like Slay Machine,Dim Mak, and Wither Life, using Forces to induce hypothermia, transforming non-living portions of a life pattern (like hair) into a dangeroussubstance, using InfluenceLife (see appendix) to give a victim a heart attack, and attacking a Hit Mark with System Havoc.
Direct Magick Table:Direct Direct doing Indirect Damage
Sphere Normal Stun Normal Stun
Correspondence -- -- -- --Entropy -- -- 1 5Forces -- -- -- --Life 4 3 3 --Matter -- -- -- --Mind -- 2 3 --Prime 5 2 -- --Spirit -- -- -- --Time -- -- 3 3