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TheNephandiText
by:D.J.Babb
(withthankstoFrancesca,yetagain.Nexttime,youbringthesnacksandIbringthemovies.I
apologizeformisspellingyourname,andyouWERErightabouteverything)
WARNING:Thefollowingcontainsideas,words,andconceptsthatsomemayfindoffensive.These
pagesdealwithmaturethemesandsomeWILLfindthemtobeupsetting.Thoseseekingtrulygood
Nephandi(asopposedtoneededorsympatheticNephandi),donottrulyunderstandwhataNephandi
isandwill(mostlikely)bedisappointedbythefollowing.Inaddition,I'veignoredsomeaspectsof
WorldofDarknessmaterial.
Again,Irepeat,thisdealswithMATUREconcepts.Insomeinstancestheeventsandgroupsarebased
onREALeventsandREALgroups.Also,Idonotcondonerape,childabuse,racism(ofanysort),
religiousintolerance,oranyotherofnumerousthingsturnedinto"recreationalgamingmaterial"
withinthesepages.
You'vebeenwarned.

"Whatislightwithoutdark?
Iamapartofyouall.
Youcanneverdefeatme;
wearebrotherseternal."
Darkness,"Legend"

TheNephandi.Darkmagessymbolizingallthatiscorrupt,destructive,andevil.TheTechnocracy
saysthattheyhavebanishedDarkOnestobeyondtheGauntlet(theNephandiknowthetruth).The
TraditionsthinkthatavoidanceandconflictaretheonlywaystobesafefromtheDarkOnes(the
Nephandiknowthetruth).EventheMarauders,atleastthosewhopondertheDarkOnesatall,feel
safeintheirmadness(theNephandiknowthetruth).It'sextremelyironicthatinordertodefend
themselvesfromdeceptionanddeceit,theotherfactionscreatemoredeceptionanddeceitasashield.
AjoketheNephandirelishin.

MOTIVATIONS
ManymageswonderwhyNephandiexist,iftheydon'thavesomehighergoalorpurposeinthegrand
scheme.PerhapstheNephandihavethebestanswers:rebuildthecosmosbytearingitdown,andto
provideasourceofcontrastagainstthe"lightofpurity".But,byfar,thelargestgrouparethosewho
simplyrelishtheevilandpaintheyspread.
ManyNephandisupportandbelieveintheTriatoftheWyld,Weaver,andWyrm.TheseNephandi
(usually,butnotalways,Malfean)believethattheWyrmservesavitalfunctioninthecosmos,by
providingabalance(albeitabalancebasedondestruction)betweentheWeaverandtheWyld.The
current"madnessoftheWyrm"(assomanyliketocallit)istheresultofsomeotherfaction.It'sbeen
saidthattheWeaverwentmadandtriedtocaptureeverythinginanintricatepatternthatdrovethe
Wyrminsane.And,asanystudentoftheTriatwilladmit,whatothersourceformadnesscouldexist
butthatoftheWyld?TheWyrmistrulyinnocent,entrappedinaflawedTapestrytryingtocreatea
balanceinahideouslyflawedandchaoticcosmoswhichtheycallthe"FlawedDesign".
ThosewhoservetheWeaverandWyldaredupes,helpingtoprotectandpromotethegrowthofthe
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FlawedDesign.TheyseektoexistinaTapestrywithoutbalance,withoutpurposeorreason.A
Tapestrythatflipflopsbetweenorderandchaos,wherebalancecanneverhopetocatchupandlevel
thetwoout.NephandiwhosupporttheFlawedDesignseekonlytomaketheTapestryabetterplace.
Butthisisonlyhalfthetruth.
PerhapstheTapestrytrulyisflawed,perhapstheseNephandiaretrulyservingabetterpurpose,but
theydon'tcareeitherway.Theyrapeandmurderto,asonescholarofNephandiputit,"send'emall
downthehole".Theyspreadpainandanguish,seektounleashtheirNephandiLords,seekanendto
hopeandjoy,alltofurtherspeedthedestructionoftheTapestry.ButwhatmakestheseNephandi
trulyvileisthattheyENJOYwhattheydo.ANephandimightthinkthathe'srapingawomanto
shatterherwilltolive,tospreadfearamongthosewhowillhearthestory,tobroadenthegapbetween
menandwomen,butinfacttheNephandijustgetsoffonfeelingmorepowerfulthanthewoman,
takingwhathewants,andmakingherhurt.Despitehisloftyidealsandwords,heknowsheisjust
evil.ManyotherfactionsandbeingsbelieveinandsupporttheFlawedDesignbytryingtotearit
down,buttheydon'tenjoywhattheyhavetodo.ItisthisfactorthatseparatestheNephandifrom
others.
ButalargepercentageNephandiscoffattheideaoftheWyrmandtheTriat,andperceivetheirroles
differently.TheyfindtheideaoftheTriattobetooconfining,too"neat",tobetrulyapplicabletoall
ofreality.Instead,theyseethemselvesservingentropyanddestructioninsomeformoranother(with
onlythenameoftheircausetrulydiffering).
SomefewNephandiclaimthattheyprovidea"Shadow"forgoodness.Theygivemankindasourceof
conflictandstruggletofurtherstrengthentheentirerace.ManyWidderslaintesliketoclaimthatsince
theywerebornevil,thePowersthatBe(TheOne,ThePureOnes,TheTriat,etc.)madethemthat
wayforapurpose,andbybeingeviltheyarefulfillingthatpurpose.Theyclaimthatfulfillingthat
purpose(whetherasakilleroravictim)isthegreatestgoodthatcanbedone,asitcomplieswithwhat
thePowersthatBewant.
TheShadowsconstantlytestandchallengethegoodnessofothers,temptingtheminathousandways
tosuccumbtosomeformofdarknessoranother.AndshouldtheShadowbedefeatedbythegood,
thanthatisalsowilled.But,ShadowsaresomeofthemostvileandrelentlessofNephandi,asthey
neverquestiontheiractions:theyweremadeevil,andsoeviltheywillbe.Noactistoohorrible,no
actisquestionedforevenasecond.Shadowswouldrapetheirowngrandmothersaspartofaritualto
condemnhersoultooblivionandsaythatitwasa"goodthingtodo".
Finally,thevastmajorityofNephandijustliketodowhatevertheywant.Theyclaimthatthey,unlike
others,havetruefreedom.Theycandowhatevertheywantandnotfeelhamperedwithguiltorother
emotions.Theycallthemselves"Daimons",andclaimnonoblepurposeorreasonforwhattheydo.
Theystrivetobeasvileastheycan,alwaysseekingtoprovethattheydeservethetitle"Nephandus".
WhenDaimonsorganizeagroupofblackMuslimstopreachaboutheavenbeingaplacewherewhite
babiesarekilledbythethousandstheyaren'ttryingtouniteandorganizepeople,theyjustwantto
driveawedgebetweenbothracesandpromotehomicide,hatred,anddistrust.SomeNephandimay
actuallymeanwellincasessuchasthese,buteventhentheirinfluencecanleadonlytoruinationfor
thosetheytrytoaid.However,thepathoftheDaimonisultimatelyoneofhedonism,andnot
enlightenment(eventhetwistedenlightenmenttheseNephandipursue).AmeagerfewDescendthis
way,butthemajoritybecomeentrappedwithintheirownsadisticpleasures.
Itshouldalsobepointedoutthatsomemagesarelabeled"Nephandi",wheninfacttheyarenot.The
EuthanatoshavealonghistoryofbeingbrandedasNephandi,andtheCelestialChorushavelabeled
thoseofotherTraditionsasbeingInfernalfromtimetotime.However,justbecauseamagecalls
anothermageNephandusdoesnottrulymeananything.Thefalselyaccusedmagewillnotbecome
moreevilforinstance.However,theaccusedNephandusmayturntotrueNephandiforthesakeof
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survival,asformeralliesandfriendstrytohunthimdown.

DEVIANTSVS.DIABOLICALS
Beforegoinganyfurther,oneshouldunderstandacrucialdifferencebetweenthetwolargest
"behaviorpatterns"amongNephandi,theDeviants(whodealoutthemorepersonalandsmallscale
manipulationsandpain)andtheDiabolicals(whoactinhugeschemesaffectingentirecities,nations,
andsometimestheworld).
Perhapsthebestwaytoillustratethisschismiswithachildraping.ADeviantNephanduswouldrape
achildtoshatterthechild'sheart,breakhiswill,andforcehimtoliveinfearandshamefortherestof
hislife.TheDeviantknowsthathisactions,despitetheirsmallscalewillnotonlyhaveanimmediate
effect,butwillalsoripplethroughouttheentirechild'slifeandthelivesofthosehecomesintocontact
with.Asthechildgrowshemaybecomeemotionallydisturbed,andmayturntorapingchildren
himself,orabusehiswife,oranyofadozenotherevils.
ADiabolicalNephanduswillapproachachildrapingfromadifferentangle,seekingtospreadthe
mostharmtothegreatestnumberofpeople.Typically,thechildrapingwillbeonlypartofagrander
scheme,withacombinationofotherevils,disguises,andmanipulations,thatculminateinahuge
reworkingoftheentiresocialparadigm.Thischangemaytakedecadestofullyrealize,andcanbe
stoppedearlyon,buttheamountofdamageitdoesintheendfarexceedsthe"smallscale"tacticsofa
Deviants.Tofurthertheexample,perhapstheDiabolicalrapedthechildwhiledisguisedasadevout
Catholicpriest.TheDiabolicalsthenduplicatethisrapewithsimilarrapingsacrossthecountry,
leadingtoanevergrowingdistrustoftheChurch,andanabandonmentofthesocialunityandhopeit
mightprovide.
ButdespitethescaleoftheNephandi'sgoals,hemustalwayskeepinmindhisultimategoal:Descent.
WhenaNephandikillsaman,rapesawoman,orsellscracktochildren,hemustbecareful.Ifhekills
forpleasure,rapesforlust,orsellsformoney,hehaslefttheroadtoDescentandinsteadmerely
fulfillshismundaneurges.Butifhekills,rapes,andsellsoutofadesirefordestruction,andnotjust
hisownpleasure,thenhemaysomedayDescend.Justasanyothermage,aNephandimustmake
enlightenment(inwhateverformhechooses)hisfirstpriority.

METHODSOFOPERATION
TheNephandiaremuchlikeothermagesinthattheywilldoanythinginordertofurthertheirgoals.
However,whileotherTraditionsseektosavetheworld,theNephandiseekitsdestruction.
TheNephandihavenumerousstrengthsovertheotherfactionsintheAscensionWar.Theyuse
MythicThreadstopromoteallmannersofevilanddarkness.Ouijaboardsareusedascoincidental
meanstopossessothers,pornographyallowstheNephanditoturnapersonintoasexcrazedrapist
andtormentorofwomen,"carbonated,fastfood,cheapmunchies"allowaNephanditotargeta
personwithallmannersofcancer,alcoholallowsfordrunkenmurders,andsoonForsome
interestingexamplesofMythicThreadsemployedbyNephandiagoodexampleisthe"Midnight
Cabaret"(byme).
ButwhateveraNephandidoes,heultimatelyseeksthedestructionofallthroughthespreadingof
corruptionanddestruction.Hatred,fear,violence,selfishness,andeveryother"sin"spreadthrough
everyman,woman,andchildisthegoal.ANephandiwon'tjusthaveamanrapeawomanorchild,
he'llhaveawhitemanrapeablackwomanoraHispanicchild(oranyofahundredotherethnic
combinations)inordertopromoteracialhatredandterroramongbothcommunities(usuallyby
having"retaliatorycrimes"committedbythevictimizedgroup).Oncethecyclestarts,theNephandi
needdonothingmore.Therippleshestartedwithhisevilwillspreadandcontinueontheirown.
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Pain,suffering,andlossareothergoalstheNephandiseek,tofurtherdetachpeoplefromtheir
concernsormorals.Peoplefindithardertocareaboutanythingoranyonewhentheyfeelthatthey
havenoreasonlefttolive.Whetherit'sbyhugenaturaldisasters(suchasvolcanoesandhurricanes),
ormorepersonalones(suchasamurderorabrutalgangrape),theNephandispreadsthepainand
lossand(mostimportantly)thefeelingthattheworldisNOTjust.Oncepeoplestartthinkinginthese
termstheyareeasypreyfortheNephandi'sothermanipulations.ManyaSleeperhasbeennearly
killedbyaNephandi'sattacks,Awakened,andsubsequentlyjoinedtheNephandiduetofeelingsof
angerandindifferencetowardstheworld.

FACTIONS
ThereareperhapsfiveknowntypesoffactionsamongNephandi:Infernalists,Malfeans,Outsiders,
K'llasshaa,andUnclaimed.Eachfactionisdifferentfromtheothers,pursuingdifferent(andyet
similar)goals.
TheInfernalistsmakepactswithdemons,offeringtheirsouls(andthesoulsofothers)inexchangefor
power.Theyusuallyhaveanintimateunderstandingofdemonichierarchiesandpowerstructures.
Theyseektospreadmoralcorruptionandevil,andtoappeasetheirmasters.Thesoulsofthegood,
andthesoulsoftheinnocentaretheirgreatestofferingstotheirdemonicoverlords.Infernalistsdonot
usuallyworshiptheirmasters,insteadfeigningdevotioninreturnforfavoritismandpower.Many
Infernalistsgrowtofeartheirmastersastheirtimedrawscloseandtheirsoulssoonbecomeforfeit,
butbythentheyhaveusuallycommittedsomuchevilthattheyrefusetoletthemselvescareandcan't
reclaimtheirsoulsanyway.
MalfeansareaspecializedgroupofcorruptersanddestroyersservingtheIncarnaofMalfeas.They
seektospreadbothspiritualandworldlypollution,destroyingandruiningeverythingforever.Their
greatestdreamisofaworldbathedintheatomicglowofamillionnuclearexplosions,leaving
nothingbutadeadlumpofrock,andthentheyplottoputouttheverystars.Thepowertheirmasters
offerthemisgreat,butcorruptive,causingthosewhoarerewardedwithitimmensepainand
disfigurement.UnlikeInfernalistshowever,MalfeansservetheWyrmina(comparatively)freeand
individualisticmanner.Theirservitudeisfairlychaoticandrandom,asthemadnessoftheWyrmfills
theirmindsandsouls.
TheOutsidersworshipalienbeings,beyondthecomprehensionofhumanity.WhileotherNephandi
servebeingsthatcouldbeconsideredtobespiritualrepresentationsofhumanevil,theOutsiderscan
makenosuchclaimtheirmastershavenoconnectionwithhumanity.Itistheutterlyaliennatureof
thesemastersthatdrivesmanyOutsiderstomadness.WhattheOutsidersseekisuncertain,some
claimthatbydestroyingalloftheTapestrytheirmasterswillbesetfree,othersclaimthattheir
mastersseekonlythefleshandsoulsofhumanitytofeedupon.Whileotherfactionsplotagainst(and
occasionallyassassinate)oneanother,theOutsiderareactivelyengagedinan"unholywar"amongst
themselves,witheachcabalofOutsidertryingtokillalltheother"unbelievers".However,Outsiders
differfromotherNephandinotonlyintheirworshipofforcesfrombeyondbutalsotheir
(comparatively)genuinedevotiontotheirmasters.WhereasanInfernalistservesMolochforpower
alone,anOutsiderservesZidrosforpowerandZidros'"love".
TheUnclaimedareaninterestinglot.Theyclaimnomaster(andinreturnarenotclaimed
themselves),andworkfortheirownreasonsandgoals.Whiletheycannotcalluponthepowerand
resourcesofamaster,liketheotherfactionscan,theycantrulyclaimtheirsoulastheirown.Many
Nephandistartoutthisway(onlytojoinanotherfactionlater,andbecome"claimed"),whileothers
defectfromtheirmastersandtrytogosolo(foranexample,seetheJadeDemon,inthe"Bookof
Chantries").However,eventhosethatdefectfromtheirmastersusuallyfindtheirsoulsforfeit(asin
thecaseoftheJadeDemon).
TheK'llasshaaareafascinatinggroupofNephandi,fortheyarealsoMarauders.Evenamongthe
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Nephandi,therearesomemageswhoaretoounstable,toodynamic,tootouchedinthehead,tobe
JUSTaNephandi.WhiletheOutsidersandMalfeanshavethelargestnumbersofK'llasshaa(most
likelyduetotheutterlyaliennatureoftheOutsiders'mastersandtheWyrm),thesemadDarkOnes
existineveryfaction.K'llasshaaInfernalists,Malfeans,Outsiders,andUnclaimedallexist.Immune
toParadoxandutterlyinsane,theK'llasshaastandoutevenamongotherNephandi,andarethesource
ofatleastsome(butnotall)oftheterrorandevilothermagesattributetoMaraudersasawhole.One
exampleofaK'llasshaawouldbeExcratakali(see"TheMarauderPapers"byme).
Itiscertainthatothergroupsexist,butdetailsofsuchremainsketchy.Severalreportsindicatea
factionservingOblivion,butmostagreethatsuchmageswouldjustbeOutsidersandnottheirown
uniquefaction.

SYNDICATEPENTEXLINK
Theshadowy,giganticcorporationknownas"Pentex"(see"BookoftheWyrm").Thissingle
companycontrolsvastnumbersofbusinesses,organizations,and(inafewcases,suchasinSouth
AmericaandAfrica)nationalgovernments.Theybuy,sell,andcontrolanyaspectofanindustryoran
economytheywant.AndtheSyndicateletsthemgetawaywithitall.
Sortof.
WhiletheSyndicatehadbeenmonitoringtheentiregrowthanddevelopmentofPentex,the
Technocracywasplanningtoinstallacommuniststateacrosstheworld.TheSyndicate,forreasons
notfullyunderstood,unitedinangeragainsttheotherConventionsandallowedPentex'spowerto
growunchallenged.Then,justastheNewWorldOrderbegantoinstallaseriesofeventsleadingtoa
worldwidecommuniststate,theSyndicaterevealed"thePentexnestofhornets",andwarnedthata
communistsocietywouldanger"thePentexnest"andsend"thehornetsonarampage".
TheSyndicateclaimedthatPentexhadusedmembersoftheirAwakenedalliesaswellasNephandi
spieswithintheSyndicate(actually,procommunistSyndicatemages)tohidetheirspreadandpower.
TheTechnocracy,distrustfuloftheSyndicatebutnotknowingwhattodo,turnedtothe
Economancersforadvice.Theiradvice:supportCommunismwhereithadalreadybeenestablished
(whichwasjusttheUSSRandChinaandafewsmallercountriesbesides),butwaituntilPentexcould
bestoppedtoallowCommunismtospread.Withacapitalisteconomy,Pentexcouldbewatched,
controlled,andeventuallyeradicated.
TheTechnocracyagreed,andbeganplottingthedownfallofPentex.Butbythen,thedamagewas
done.TheSyndicatewasastoundedbythesizeandpowerthatPentexhadaccumulated,andthe
effectivenessthatPentexkeptitsholdings.WhatwasevenmoreterrifyingwasthenumberofREAL
NephandiwithintheSyndicateitself.Asecret"selfpurging"beganastheSyndicatetriedtoremove
alltheNephandiwithinitsranks,withoutlettingtheotherConventionsknowwhatwasgoingon.As
thepurgecontinued,theSyndicatewasunabletodevoteit'senergiestowardsdefeatingPentex,and
theWyrmCorporationcontinuedtogrow.
BythetimetheSyndicatewasabletorecover,thedamagehadbeendone.

THETECHNOCRACYPENTEXCOVERUP
Pentexcontrolledvastamountsoftheworld'seconomyandindustry,andtheirfomoriandcorruption
werethreateningtoengulftheglobe.TheTechnocracyhadfailedintheirdutyofprotectingmankind.
Andsotheytriedtocorrectthesituation.
TheheadsoftheSyndicate,responsibleforallowingPentextogrow,wereinterrogated(andworse)
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forinformation.Asthefullpicturebegantoform,manyamongtheSyndicatefledfortheirverylives.
Noneescaped.TheTechnocracyacknowledgedthatthetimewasn'trightforcommunism,butthe
Syndicatehadgonetoofar.Thedamagehadbeendonethough',andtheSyndicatewassparedtotal
destructioninordertocompetewithPentex.But,anewproblemwasrevealed.
Pentexhadgrownsobigandabsorbedsomanycompanies(andsmallgovernments)thatifitwere
simplydestroyedinone(huge)battle,theentireeconomyoftheworldmightcollapse,plungingthe
planetintoastateofchaosandanarchythatwouldallowtheNephandi(andMarauders)aneven
GREATERholdontheplanet.And,asPentexgrewanditscorruptionspread,thenumberof
Nephandibeingencounteredincreased.Pentexwasneededtosupporttheverysocial/economic
structureoftheplanet.So,inordertopreventthedestructionofsociety,theTechnocracydecidedto
wagethewarinadifferentway.
TheysenttheTraditionsafterPentexandtheNephandi.
Bysubtlyplantingcluesandcomments,theTechnocracymanipulatedTraditionmagestochallenge
theNephandi.Ifthemagefails,mostlikelytheNephandiwillstillbesoftenedupand/orhisresources
spent,givingthefreshTechnocracyforcesachancetodefeattheDarkOnes.AndiftheTradition
magesucceeds,sendhimagainstmoreNephandiandrepeatthecycle.
Also,theSyndicate(believedtobecleansedofNephandinow)wagesanoccultcorporatewar,
buying,absorbing,orevenstealingenemyheldcorporationsinwhateverwaytheycan.Already,the
SyndicatehasdiscoveredmuchofPentex's"OmegaPlan"(butnotallofit),andmanagedtoreclaim
vastamountsofbusinessesandgovernments.TheSyndicatehopestosoonbeabletotacklePentex's
BoardofDirectorswithtaxfraudanddissolvetheirvariousassets(aswellasmore...shadowy
attacks).
TheNewWorldOrderiscompilinglistsofmembersoforganizationsandgovernmentsthatare
supportedbyPentexandinterrogatingthemforinformation,whileplantingundercoveragents(with
cosmeticalterationsandspecialtraining)toimpersonatetheNephandisympathizersandgainfurther
information.IterationXandtheVoidEngineersworktogethertooffsetPentex'ssubliminalmessages,
communicationsnetwork,andeventheICSitself.TheProgenitorsworkinfindingcuresforPentex
corruptions,andarecurrentlyusingcapturedPentexfomoritocreateaviralorganismthat"rewrites"
theDNAoffomoritoreturnthemtoahumanstate(sofar,allsuchexperimentshaveprovenfatalfor
thetestsubjects).
However,thisfanaticalapproachtoPentexandnottowardsotherNephandiisquitesimpletoexplain:
PentexisastainintheimageoftheTechnocracy,andwhetherornotothermagefactionsknowof
theirfailureisn'timportantbecausetheTechnocracyknows.WhiletheTechnocracyiseverybitas
vehementtowardsotherNephandi,theyseePentexasapriorityduetotheirselfblame(andthefact
thatPentexISthelargestandmostpowerfulmanifestationofNephandi/Wyrmontheplanet).

THEOTHERS
TheNephandidonotfighttheirbattlesalone.TheyhavemanyalliesamongtheAwakened.Fomori
arefound(andcreated)asexpendableassistants,BlackSpiralDancersarebroughtinfortheirpower,
SabbatandotherKindredareviewedasusefulaids,UnseeliefaeandthoseoftheShadowCourt
occasionallyassistaNephandi'splans,andevenSpectreshavetheiruses.However,thereisNOTa
happyunitybetweenthesedifferinggroups.Eachwouldjustassoonseealltheothersdestroyedas
helpthem.Andyet,fromtimetotime,theydounite.AndthenallofHellthreatenstobustforth.

FOMORI
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ThephysicallyandspirituallywarpedandtwistedservantsoftheWyrm,theFomoriwereonce
humanswhohavesincebeenexposedtodarkforcesandbeenturnedintosuperhumanfreaks,
condemnedtoahellishexistence.Twomethodsareknowntoturnapersonintoafomori:Bane
possession,orMindandQlippothicLifemagicks.
Banepossessionisdetailedatlengthin"FreakLegion",butonefurtheradditionshouldbemade.
CertainNephandihavebeenknowntosummonBanesand(throughMindandSpiritmagicks)weaken
aperson'swillsothatthepersonbecomesaneasytargetfortheBanetopossess.SuchFomoriare
usuallytorninagreatinnerbattleasthepersonloathestheNephandiforthisviolation,whilethe
Banefeelsgreatgratitude(andgivesitshostagonyforrefusingtoobeytheNephandi).
ThesecondmethodofMind,andQlippothicLife,isverysimilartoBanepossession,andyettotally
different.ByusingQlippothicLife,theNephandialtersthetarget'sbodyinvarioushorriblewaysof
theNephandi'schoice.Mindmagicksareusedfor"mental"powersandflaws(andtoensurethatthe
FomoricreatediscontrollablebytheNephandi).However,foreveryPowertheNephandimakes,he
mustalsochooseaTaintforthetarget,duetothedarknatureoftheQlippothicmagick.Fomori
createdinthismannerareusuallychosenfortheirloyaltytotheNephandi,andseenasbeing
expendablebythesameNephandi.WhileFomoricreatedinthismannerareexemptfromParadox
(forreasonsunknownevenbyNephandi),theyarealsomorefreewilledthanotherFomori,andtheir
NephandicreatorsoftenmakethemaddictedtosomesubstanceonlytheNephandicanprovideorelse
usepowerfulMindmagicksaswell.
FomoricanbefoundservingeveryfactionofNephandi.Demonpossessedhumansamongthe
Infernalists,BanepossessedamongMalfeans,allmannerofFomoriamongUnclaimed,and...entity
possessedamongOutsiders(asasidenote,OutsiderFomoriareoften"gifted"withthemosthorrible
andbizarrePowersandTaints).K'llasshaaFomoriarerumoredtoexist,butsuchcreaturesare
consideredthestuffofnightmaresandnotreal,evenbytheNephandithemselves.
[SystemsNote:WhendesigningFomoricreatedbyQlippothicLifeonlyphysicalPowersandTaints
maybegiven(like"StomachPumper"and"SecondHead".PowerfulMindmagickscanbeusedto
creatementalPowersandTaints(suchas"NightmareCommand"and"Brainwashing").Spiritual
PowersandFlaws(like"UmbralPassage","GarouGifts",and"theFading")arenotnormally
available,asFomoriwithsuchpowersrequirespiritualpossession.]

BLACKSPIRALDANCERS
TheGarouknownasBlackSpiralDancers(orBSDs)seektofurtherthecauseoftheWyrmandthe
forcesofMalfeas.Whatthismeansisthatthesewerewolveswillserveanyforceifitwillfurtherthe
causeofthemasters.Ofcourse,theBSDsareinsaneanddon'tfullyunderstandwhattheWyrmwants,
andsoarecapableofdoinganything.
ManyBSDshavebecomeFomoriovertheyears.Infact,everytimetheywalktheBlackSpiral,they
becomemoreandmoredeformedandempowered(a"blessing"fromtheWyrm).However,noBSD
Fomorihaseverbeen"Doomed".Garouscholarsbelievethat(inthisonecase)theWyrmprotectsit
own,notwantingtoseesuchausefulservantbedestroyedquickly.Thetruereasonremains
unknown,andeventheBSDsdon'tknow(buttheybelieveit'sbecausetheyarethe"Favored
Children"oftheWyrm).
BSDshavebeenfoundworkingwithSpectresintheUnderworldandinGaia(andelsewhere).
They'velongbeenknowntoworkwiththeSabbat(afewbecomingAbominations,aprocessthatonly
nonFomoriGaroucanhopetosucceedat).EvendemonshavebeenseenwithDancers.AfewBSDs
haveevenbeenseenservingNephandias"muscle"and"shamanisticassistance".Thedarkfaeriesare
usuallyseenasuseless,butsomeBSDtheurgesandragabashesknowbetter.Ofcourse,suchalliances
aretenuousatbest,astheDancermaydecideatanymomentthatitsalliesareactuallyenemies.
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NephandifindBSDsasbruteforceandguides.Nephandiseethemselvesasbeingbetterabletodeal
withspiritsandBanes,butacknowledgetheamountofskilltheseGarouhavewithcraftingdark
fetishesandtheirknowledgeoftheUmbra.NephandiwilloccasionallybesoughtoutbyBSDsfor
somesortofoccultaid,oratthecommandsoftheircorruptedspirits(ofcourse,suchmagesare
almostalwaysMalfeans).

SPECTRES
TherearethoseamongtheRestlessDeadwhoserveaforceknownasOblivion,seekingnothingless
thanthedestructionofall.Theyrelishinthesharingoftheirpain,enjoyingthetormentandanguish
theyspread.Theywillserveanycausethatseekstoobliterateanddestroyothers.
WhileSpectreFomoridonotexist,therearecreaturesknownas"Veezgom"(seebelow),aBane
Spectrehybridofimmenseevil.Also,SpectrescanNOTpossessFomori(themortal"car"onlyseats
onedriverinthiscase).
Spectresseektofurtherdestructionofall,andaidanywhowoulddestroy.Sometimes,theaidis
unknown,astheSpectrehelpssecretlyandfromtheUnderworld.OthertimetheSpectretakesamore
activerole,possessingindividualsandforcingthemtodoasitanditsallieswill.WhileSpectreswill
workwithBlackSpiralDancers,theyareverycautious,fearingentrapmentinaDancerfetish(and
theyarerighttofearsuch).However,theywillaidDancersandDemonsandevenNephandiinreturn
fortheirowndestruction(aftersomeserviceisperformed,theSpectreisdestroyed).
Nephandi(especiallyEuthanatosbarabbi)findSpectrestobefascinatingallies.Theirburninghatred
forallofcreationisnearlyuniqueamongallsupernaturals.WhileEuthanatosbarabbihavethemost
knowledgeofSpectres,manyNephandistudytheseRestlessDead,learningwaystocontroland
empowerthem.Infact,someNephandiclaimcreditforcreatingthefirstVeezgom(butmanyrefuse
tobelievetheseclaims).SpectresseethepowertheseDarkOneswieldasbeingperfectforthe
destructionofall,andwilloftendoanythingaNephandirequests,knowingthatthemage'sultimate
goalisthedestructionofeverything.

SABBATANDOTHERKINDRED
TheSabbatdon'tactivelypromotedestructionandevil,claimingonlytodesirepowerandfreedom.
But,theSabbatisalsosecretlyledbyfollowersof"ThePathofEvilRevelations",andmanycommon
Sabbatmembersturntothedarknessforincreasedpowerandfreedom.WhilenotalloftheSabbat
wouldservetheforcesofdarknessandentropy,manydononetheless.
Sabbatfomoriarerare,butgrowinginnumberasmoreSabbatseedemonic/Banepossessionasan
"easypowerfix".ManySabbatalsohavetieswithBlackSpiralDancers,callingonthemforaidin
theirwarsagainsttheCamarillaandotherenemies.SabbattendtoavoidSpectres(exceptforthose
SabbatonthePathofDeaththeSoul),butSpectresseetheiranticsasworthyofsupport.ManySabbat
(mainlyamongthePathofEvilRevelations)dealwithdemonsinexchangeforfurtherpower.
Unseeliefaeareseenassomethingofkindredsouls(nopunintended),andoccasionallybothfactions
willworktogether.However,allSabbatwhoseekorreceiveaidfromoneofthesesourcesislikelyto
comeunderattackbytheSabbat'sInquisitors,whodesperatelytrytostopthespreadofevilamongthe
sect.
OtherKindredtendtoavoidtheforcesofdarkness,anddenouncethosewhodo.However,the
Giovannihaveextensivedealingswith,andknowledgeof,Spectres.TheTremerearerumoredtohave
countlessritualsandPathsdealingwithdemonsanddemonology.Setitesactivelyseekallianceswith
Fomori,Spectres,Demons,andthelike.Andevenothermembersoftheclanshavebeenknownto
fallintodarknessmanyaMalkavianhasbeenfoundtobeBaneriddenasanyFomori,andmanya
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Ventruehassoldhissoulinreturnforfleetingpower.
NephandiviewKindredasusefulallies.Manyhavevastamountsofoccultmaterialsandknowledge,
aswellasnumerouscontactsandinfluenceamongSleepers.DespitetheSabbat'smore"assertive"
philosophy,NephandiarejustaslikelytoseekassistanceamongtheCamarillaaswell.Setitesand
thoseonthePathofEvilRevelationsareoftensoughtoutbyNephandi(andviceversa)whenthe
DarkOneshaveneedforvampiricaid.KindredalsoseeinNephandithesamething,thesemagesare
agreatsourceforincreasedpowerandoccultinformation.

UNSEELIEFAEANDTHESHADOWCOURT
TheUnseeliefaearethedarksideoftheDreaming.Theyembodynightmaresandfearofthedark.
TheirShadowCourtteachesthatRavagingtheGlamourofamortal,rapingthemortal'simagination
forquickpower,isacceptableandthatthedestructionofanother'screationsforthesamequick
Glamourfixisequallyapproved.AndtheplotsoftheShadowCourtareevendarker....
Whilesomefae(mainlythoseoftheShadowCourt)willoccasionallyworkwithFomori,eventhe
majorityofthesedarkChangelingsviewthesedamnedsoulsasthreatstobeavoided.Similarto
FomoriintheopinionoftheUnseelie,BSDsareseenasevengreaterthreats,bothintermsofbrute
formandintermsofmysticalmight.SabbatareseenasbrothersbytheUnseelie,andgroupsofboth
willofteninteractwitheachotherandworktogether.WhilesomeUnseelieknowofSpectres,most
findthedamnedsoulsofthedeadtobeabittoo...intenseforthedarkfae(ofcourse,theShadow
Courthavedifferentviewsoftheirown).
TheNephandioccasionallytakeonUnseelieallies,especiallythoseUnseeliewhoseektheutter
destructionoftheDreaming.Unseelieviewtheirmagickasbeingaquickandeasywaytogain
Glamour(providedtheycangettheNephanditocooperate),whileNephandiviewtheUnseelieand
ShadowCourtas(relatively)stableallieswithmoreusethansomeoftheotherDarkAwakened.

ENTITIES
Thebeingsknownas"entities"areavast,andpoorlyunderstood,legionofevillurkinginthedepths
oftheUmbraandevenonGaia.Demons,Banes,Spectres,andvileUmbroodbeingsallformthe
massesofentities.Noonetrulyknowswhatentitiesare,iftheyarespiritbeingsfrombeyond,or
manifestationsofhumanevils,orsomemanifestationofacorruptedsoul.
Whatisknownaboutentitiesisthattheyareuniversal.Everyculturehassomeformofentity.Many
arebasedontheactionsofGarou,Kindred,Wraiths,Mages,andothers,butstilltherearebeingsthat
defysuchasimpleexplanation.ThemostpowerfulgroupingsofentitiesarethoseoftheWesternand
EasternInfernalCourts.ThenumberofdemonsamongtheEuropeanandChineseculturesistruly
staggering,almostasstaggeringasthebuearacraciesthesebeingsusetocoordinatetheiractions.
Nephanditendtoeitherviewentitiesasallies(usuallyminorbeings,withminimumtomoderate
amountsofpower)orasmasters(theverypowerfulandthosethatarenearlyequaltoagod).
However,Nephandiwillalwaystrytousurpthepoweroftheentityforthemselves(inoneformor
another).ManyNephandiwhohavejustdiscovereddarknesswillserveaminorentityinexchangefor
somepowerortuition.AstheNephandigrowsinpower,hebecomesresentfulofhisservitudeand
willtrytoeitherclaimfreedomorelsecontroltheentitythatheonceserved.Thestakesthatboth
sidesdealwithcanraiseveryhigh,veryquickly,asneithersidewillgiveway.

FAMILIARS/ACOLYTES/CONSORS
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ManyNephandikeepsomesortoffamiliararound.Suchcreaturesarealwaysareflectionofthe
factionthemageserves:Malfeanshaveoozingblobsofacidicevil,Infernalistskeepimpsfor
company,K'llasshaahavebeingsimpossibletodescribeeatingtheirParadox.Nephandifamiliarstend
tobehighlyloyaltotheirmasters,afactthatsurprisesmanyamongthevariousothermagefactions.
But,thisisactuallyquitelogical,asNephandioftenbindtheirfamiliar'sfatetotheirowninaoneway
manner,sothatwhilethefamiliarmayliveordietheNephandiissafe,butiftheNephandidiesso
doesthefamiliar,hisessencescatteredacrosstheTapestry.
NephandioftenhaveAcolytesservingtheminseveralways.WhiletheirDupesandSlaves(see
"Ascension'sRightHand")furthertheirplansandservetheirmundaneneeds.ManyNephandialso
haveAcolytesknownas"Greedies",Sleeperswithlargeamountsofpowerandinfluenceamong
Sleepers,who(likeDupes)workfortheNephandi.ButGreediesknowinglytrytochangethestatic
paradigmtobettersuittheNephandi,inexchangeforpersonalpower,andunlikeDupes,Greedies
havetheconnections,thepower,andthedrivetodoso.ManyGreediesaremadeintoConsors,or
evenAwaken.
ConsorsofNephandiaretypicallydrawnfromamongNephandiAcolytesorelseare"found"bythe
DarkOneandagreetoservehim.NephandiAcolytesareoftengiftedwithsupernaturalpower,
occasionallybecomingFomori,butusuallyjustamoderategifting(suchasaarmoredcarapace
hiddenundertheskin,orincreasedphysicalabilities).Also,Nephandiwillrecruitpsychicsandhedge
magicianswithpromisesofpowerandwealthandanythingelsedesired,inexchangeforloyalty.
Ofcourse,aNephandiwillsacrificeany"friend"ithasifitfeelstheneed(ordesire).

NEPHANDILORDS
Most,butnotall,Nephandiservesomehigherpower.Malfeansservethepowersthatresideinthefar
offrealmknownasMalfeas.Infernalistsserveone(ormore)DemonLords.Outsidersserveoneofthe
(possiblycountless)ThingsFromBeyond.EventheUnclaimedwilloffertheirservices(onaone
shot,ortrialbasis),inreturnforlimitedpower(thefullrewardsoftheDarkLordsaresavedforthose
whoservefully).
ThisservitudegrantstheNephandisomelevelofpower.WhileallNephandiwanttoservethe
greatestlords(andreceivethemostpower),theyknowthatthegreatestlordsonlywantthemost
powerfulmagestoservethem(someNephandiDiscipleshavebeenapproachedbysomeofthemost
powerfuloftheNephandiLords,butsuchDisciplesalwayshadgreatDestiniestofulfill).So,the
Nephandiwilloftenpledgeallegiancetothebestoffertheycanget,andthenstartlookingforways
out.ItisthisawarenessthatkeepsmanyamongtheUnclaimedfromlookingforaLordtoserve.
Instead,theUnclaimedwillapproachaLordandoffersomeminorservice(suchastheassassination
ofadevoutpriesttryingtostopSatanisticcults,orasimilar"problemcase"),inreturnforaTalisman,
orsomepieceofinformation.
However,wheneveraNephandi"approaches"aDarkLord,heactuallywillgothroughaseriesof
underlings(usually)andnotgodirectlytotheLordhimself.Themorepowerfulandimportantthe
Nephandi,themoreinfluentialtheunderlinghedealswith.Forexample,aNephandiInfernalistwho
knowszilchwillcontactaImporevenadamnedsoul,whowillsendtheNephandi'srequesttohis
superior,whowillsendittohissuperior,andsoon,untiltherequestisignored,oritreachessome
superiorwhoapprovesitandsendstheNephandiaid(aVERYlengthyandslowprocesswhether
successfulornot).ApowerfulandimportantMalfeanontheotherhand,makeshisrequestsdirectly
toMaeljinIncarnaofPain,LadyAife,andsheimmediatelyeitheraidshimordoesnot.
Ofcourse,intheend,itistheNephandiwhogivesalltohisLord.AnyboonstheLordgrantsare
minortrinkets,andthecostforthemishardlyeverworthtaking.Nephandifindtheirlives,theirwills,
andofcoursetheirsoulstobeforfeitedtotheirLords.Suchisthepriceofdamnation.
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THEGREATSCHISM
Moresothanotherfactionofmages(evenMarauders),theNephandiareatwarwiththemselves.
WhiletheConventionsoftheTechnocracydistrustandresentoneanother,theystandunited
nonetheless.ThenumerousparadigmsoftheTraditionswillsomedayprovetobeitsdownfall,butfor
nowtheycooperate(moreorless).AndeventheMaraudersareabletoletoneanotherlivewithout
conflict(ofcourse,theirarealwaysexceptionswheneveraMarauderisgeneralized).
TheNephandiaren'tlikethat.Notabit.
MalfeansfightInfernalistsfortherighttocorruptanimportantleader.Outsiderswarendlesslyagainst
"falsebelievers",insupportoftheirLords.Unclaimedworkforwhoeverintereststhemthemost.And
K'llasshaa...K'llasshaadowhatevertheywanttowhoevergetsintheirway.
TheNephandiasawholeisalmostasdisunitedandindividualisticastheMarauders.Thevarious
Nephandifactionswaragainstoneanother,againstotherfollowersoftheWyrm,andoccasionally
againsttheirnoncorruptedenemies.Perhapstheonlythingsavingtheworldfromtotalannihilationis
theschismwithintheNephandi.SomeamongtheNephandirealizethisandseektoforgesomesortof
unity,buttheyareasmallminority.MostNephandicraveindividualpleasuresandpower,and
wouldn'tcareathingfortheAscensionWarifitwasn'tfortheinterestsoftheirLords.Andsothe
Nephandifighton,andtheothermagesseektodestroythemall.

REDEMPTION
Nephandiareevil,vileandthoroughlywithoutremorse.Andyet,itdoeshappenthataNephandiwill
haveachangeofheart.WhilemanyNephandiseektoescapetheclutchesofthosetheyserve,arare
fewwillactuallyseektoamendthehorribledamagetheyhavecaused.Theyseeandunderstandwhat
theyhavedoneandwhattheyare,andtheyfoundthemselvesshamed.
Buthowdoyouturnbackonalifetimeofcausingpainandspreadingdestruction?Nephandiwho
seeksalvationalsoseekawaytoeitheratonefortheirpast,orelseescapeit(usuallyescapeissought
beforeatonement).Theymayblotouttheirmemoriesofwhatthey'vedone,theymayworktostop
othersfromrepeatingtheirmistakes,theymaydoathousanddifferentthings.Everydaythey
remembereveryacttheyevercommitted,andtheirinnerguiltwon'tbeeasilysilenced.Butmany
Nephandihavelivedforcenturies,andtheyhaveaLOTtomakeupfor.
ButmanyTechnomancers,Traditionals,andMaraudersbelieve"onceNephandi,alwaysNephandi."
Suchmagesdon'tcarethattheNephandiistryingtoredeemhimself,alltheycareistoendthe"threat
hecauses".WhentheNephandustriestoexplainhimselfandhissinceredesireforsalvation,other
merelyscoffandtrytodestroyhim,fearingadeceptionorattemptatcorruption(andinmanycases
theNephandiISonlyclaiminganinterestinsalvationsoastocorruptotherswhotrytoaidhim).
Combinethiswiththechallengeofredeemingoneself,andthefactthatonlytheirfellowNephandi
acceptthemandwhatthey'vedone,andyouhavemanyNephandidreamingofsalvationand
redemption,butfewactivelypursuingit.

FINALNOTES
NotallevilmagesareNephandi,butallNephandiareevil.EventhosefewNephandisincerely
seekingtoatonefortheirpast,nottoescapetheirbondstotheirLordsbutasasincere"awakening"of
whatthey'vedone,arenotTRUENephandi.And,despitewhatmayhavebeensaidabove,even
Nephandican'tbestereotypedsoeasily.Whiletheyareallevil,theirmotivations,behavior,
personality,andeveryotherfactoroftheirexistenceshouldbeunique.
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QLIPPOTHICSPHEREOFLIFE
"Youcan'tfeelit,butit'sthere.It'satumorgrowinginsideyourhead.It'spressingyourbrains
againstthesidesofyourskull.It'scurrentlygrowinginsideyourTemporalLobe.Prettysoonyou
won'tbeabletothinkacoherentthough,andbelittlemorethanavegetable.Ofcourse,beforethat
theothertumorswillhavetakenyourvision,yourspeech,evenyouremotions.Bythetimetheirdone,
youwon'tevencaretheyexist.Andthen,ifyou'rereallylucky,you'lldie.Butdon'tworry,Icanstop
thatallfromhappening,ifyoudomealittlefavor."
Specialties:Cancer,Fomoricreation,Viruses,destroyingLifepatterns
WhilethetraditionalsphereofLifeallowsforthecreation,healing,andevendestructionoflife,the
Qlippothicreflectionismorelimitedandyetmorepowerfulwithinthoselimitations.QlippothicLife
(hereafterreferredtoasQL)dealsexclusivelywiththedarkeraspectsoflife.Discipleslearntodetect
thingssuchastumors,andtoaltersimplecreaturesanddominordamage,Adeptsdiscoverthemeans
tocreategreaterchangesandeffecthumans,andMastersgainimmensepowerstotwistanddestroy
life.
QLisalsousedbyNephanditocreateFomori(asdescribedabove),andathighlevelscaneventurn
mortalsintovampires.ButQLisnotabeneficialsphere.Whileitmaygivegreatstrengthtoatarget,
italsotwistsandwarpshisbodyinhideousways.Andwhileitcancreatenewlifeforms,suchlife
formslivesolelytodestroyandcorrupt(suchasdiseases).EvennormallifecanbecreatedwithQL,
butthecreationsarealwaystwistedanddeformed(suchasinsectswhichthriveoffofhumanbone
marrowandareabletoemitpoisonousgas).
*

SENSELIFE
ATTACKSIMPLEPATTERNS

TheNephanduscansensephysicalcorruptionandailmentswithinanindividual.Hecantellifatarget
isaFomoriandthenatureofit'sabilities,orifatarget'savampireorghoul.WhiletheNephanduscan
sensecancerandthelike,hecannotusethisasa"lifedetector".ItWILLsensethosewhoare
"diseased"(likeFomoriandKindred,andAIDSvictims),butitwon'tdetectatargetunlessithas(or
is)somesortofdestructivemanifestationoflife.
Also,asQLfocusesonthedestructive,warpingaspectsofLifemagicks,theNephandusbegins
experimentswiththesedestructiveeffectsandcancausedamagetosimplepatterns.However,this
damageisn'tadisease(seebelow)butmoreamatterofLifepatterndestruction.
MUTATESIMPLEPATTERNS
** CREATESIMPLEDISEASES
ATTACKCOMPLEXPATTERNS
TheNephandusmayturnplantsandsimpleanimals(uptoinvertebrates)intoFomori(again,as
describedabove).Themoresuccessfulthemagick,themorethealterationstheNephandimaymake
toitstarget.
Also,atthisstage,theNephandusmaymakelimiteddiseasesandinfusethemintoatarget.Such
diseasesareneverfatalorverycontagious,butcanleavescarsandreduceatargettoseveraldaysof
bedrestandphysicaldiscomfort.
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Finally,theNephandusmayattackcomplexpatternsusingQL,usingthesameguidelinesasgiven
above.

***

MUTATECOMPLEXPATTERNS
CREATECOMPLEXDISEASES
CREATESIMPLEMUTANTPATTERNS
TRANSFORMSIMPLEMUTANTPATTERNS

TheNephandusmaymutatemorecomplexformsoflife,evenincludinghumans,turningtheminto
Fomori.NephanditurningindividualsintoFomorithisway,allowsthetargettoescapeParadox,but
MUSTbegivenTaintstobalanceoutthePowers.Ofcourse,theNephandimaygiveatargetJUST
FomoriTaintsandnoPowers,iftheNephandussodesires.
Also,atthisstageofpower,theNephandusmaycreatemorepowerfuldiseases,thatwhilenotdirectly
fatal,canbequitecripplingandcontagious.Whilethesediseasescandriveatargetblind,givehim
severeasthma,ordestroypartsofhismotorcontrolsystem,thesediseasescanbetreatedifcaught
early.
Inaddition,theNephandicanuseQLandPrime2tocreatesimplemutantpatternssuchasgiant
rottingbeetles,andcarnivorouspoisonedvines.
Finally,theNephandusmayusethisstageofpowertocreatesimplemutantpatternsfromMatteror
Forcespatterns,orturnsuchpatternsintoForcesorMatterpatterns(eithereffectrequiresForcesor
Matterofcourse).
CREATECOMPLEXMUTANTPATTERNS
**** TRANSFORMCOMPLEXMUTANTPATTERNS
CREATESUPERIORDISEASESPATTERNS
AtthisstageofpowertheNephandusmaycreatemorecomplexmutantpatterns(withPrime2).
Rabidcaninesbristlingwithtentacles,catsabletospitcorrosivebile,andnumerousothercreatures
arepossible.
Also,atthislevelofpowertheNephandusmaytransformcomplexmutantpatternsashewould
simplemutantpatternsabove.
Finally,theNephandusmayusethisleveltocreatehighlycontagiousanddifficulttotreat(perhaps
evenincurable)diseases,suchasAIDSanddiseasesthatattackthenervoussystem.However,despite
theimmensepowerofthesediseases,theyarestillplausiblewithintherealmofmedicinetoexist.
PERFECTMUTATION
***** CREATEULTIMATEDISEASES
Thisfinal,andgreatestmanifestationofQlippothicLife(atleastamongnonAswid)isgreatlyfeared
anddesired.
Itgrantstheusertocreatemonstrouspredatoriallifeformsimmunetoparadox,suchasVampires,
fromotherLifePatterns.WhileVampiresarethemostcommonexample,othercreatures(suchasthe
Bolga,below)havebeencreatedbytheuseofthissphere.
Also,thislevelofQLallowstheusertocreatetrulyhorriblediseasesofanykind.Evendiseases
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unthinkabletomodernsciencecanbecreated,suchasairbornrabiesanddiseasesthatutterly
consumetheirhosts.

ROTES
TheHeart'sSeduction(Correspondence5,Entropy5,Life1,orCorrespondence2,Entropy5,
Life5)
Thisroteallowsthecastertoremovetheheartfromatarget,whilekeepingbothheartandtargetalive.
Shouldtheheartbedestroyed,sotoisthetarget,instantlyandwithoutanyattempttoresist.Theheart,
onceremoved,iskeptinacopperjarcoveredinfaintNephandirunes.Therunesarecarvedintothe
surfaceofthejar,andthenpaintedoverwiththebloodofanunbaptisedbaby.Oncetheheartis
placedinthejar,thetargetslowlybecomesenrapturedwiththejarholder,andbeginstomimichis
evilsandtakeonhispersonalityasthetarget'smindisslowlycorruptedtoacceptandembracethe
waysofhistormentor.
[Thisroteconsistsoftwoparts,theremovaloftheheartandthecorruptionoftheheart.Inorderto
removetheheart,thecasterrollshisAreteagainstatargetnumberof8.Thetargetmayresistwith
countermagick,butshouldthecastersucceedtheheartisremovedfromthetarget.
Then,onceremoved,theheartisexposedtoNephandicinfluencesonaconstantbasis,duetothejar.
Attheendofeveryday,rollthecaster'sAreteagainstadifficultyequaltothetarget'sWillpower.
Whileonlyonesuccesscanbeearnedinaday,andthetargetmayresistwithaWillpowerroll,once
thejarearnsatotalof10successes,thetargetiscorruptedtothewaysofthecaster(ifthecasteris
anOutsiderpriestofZidros,thetargetbecomesanOutsiderworshipperofZidrosaswell).
Shouldtherolltostealtheheartbotch,thejarshatters.Iftherolltocorrupttheheartbotches,thejar
losesallsuccessesithadpreviouslyearnedandmuststartagain.Mostmageswiththeirhearts
removedwilldoanythingtogainitback,afacttheNephandicasterisalltoowellawareof.]
CreateFomori(QlippothicLife2or3,orSpirit4,andusuallyatleastMind2)
ThisroteisusedbyNephanditocreateFomoriservants.Itcanalsobeusedtofurtherempower
existingNephandi,oreven(indesperatecircumstances)themselves.However,nomatterwhatkindof
Nephandicreated,itwillhavesomesortofproblemsandusuallyashortlifespan.
[QlippothicLife2(forsimplepatterns)or3(forcomplexpatterns)canbeusedtocreateFomoriofa
"fleshy"nature(i.e..normalpeoplewhohaveabnormalbodies).Also,Spirit4canbeusedtobind
Banespiritsintoatarget,turninghimintoaFomoriaswell.However,mostNephandiwilluseat
leastMind2magickstogainsomesortofcontrolovertheircreations.Also,anyNephandicreated
willhaveatleastasmanyTaintsastheyhavePowers(sometimestheywillbecursedwithevenmore
TaintsthanPowers(see"FreakLegion"formoredetails)).
ByrollingAreteagainstadifficulty(asdeterminedbySphereused),thisrotecreatesaFomori.The
NephandimayselectspecificPowersandTaints(TongueoftheWyrm,Rotting)bygainingthree
successes,orjustageneraltype(combat,stealth,mental),orjustcreatearandomFomoriwithonly
onesuccess.]
TheCrawlingBelly(Correspondence2,Prime2,QlippothicLife5)
ThishideousrotewascreatedbyaNephandiknownastheHarvesterofRats.Itcreatesafewdozen
"zygotes"withinatarget.Thezygotesattachthemselvestotheintestinesofthehost,andbegin
feedingfromthehost'sbloodvessels.Withinamatterofafewdaysthezygotesgrowintoskinless
ratsthesizeofaquarter.
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Bythispointthehostisrackedwithunbelievablepainsandisusuallyhospitalized.Doctorswill
noticesmall"tumorlike"growths,butbeunabletodoanything.Aftertwoweekstheratsgrowto
maturity,burstingfreeofthehostbyeatingtheirwayoutofhisbowels.Theskinlessratssoonflee
intotheUmbra,leavingnothingbutahorriblymauledcorpseandterrifiedphysicians.
[ByrollingAreteagainstadifficultyof9,thecasterinfectsthetargetwiththezygotes.Thetargetmay
resistwithstaminaorcountermagick,butoncethezygotesareimplanted,onlyaCorrespondence2,
Life1ritualcanremovethem.]
TheEmbrace(Mind5,Spirit5)
ThisroteisalmostlegendaryamongtheCelestialChorus.Createdinthe12thcenturybyadevout
CatholicChorister,thisrotewasdevelopedtotestthesincerityofaNephandiwhoclaimedtodesire
redemptionandsalvation.TheChorusclaimsthatittransportsthesoulofthetargetto"thehomeof
theOne",andtheOnejudgesthehonestyofthesoul'sdesiretobesaved.Thosewhoreturnscreaming
andcursingwerefoundunworthyandareeitherrepelledordestroyed,whilethosewhoreturn
retchingandcryingattheirpastarehelpedalongthepathofredemption.
However,thesecretsofthisCelestialChorusareallbutlost,andonlythreeChoristersstillknowhow
tocastit.Also,inorderforthisrotetobecast,allthreemustcooperateinaweeklongritualwiththe
target,whomustbewillingtoundergothe(emotionallypainful)ritual.Butdespite(orperhaps
becauseof)itsrarity,thisroteis100%accurate.Andwhilethosewhoaresavedmayscoffattheidea
thatitwastrulytheOne,eventheyconfesstothepowerandloveofthebeingandfindthislovetobe
agreataidontheirpathtoredemption.
[Firstofall,therearenorulesforthisspell.EithertheNephandiisfoundworthy,orheisfound
damned.However,evenworthyNephandimuststillfindsalvation,andwhilethisrotemakesthepath
easierbutitdoesnotcompleteit.
Secondly,thereisNOwayfor"theOne"ortheChoristerscastingthisrotetobedeceived.Duringall
attemptsatanydeception,theNephandiinvolvedhasalwaysbeenrevealedafterexposureto"the
One",andisbanished.IftheNephanditriestoseekretributionagainsttheChoristersinvolved,itwill
betargetedfordestroyedforthebettermentofall(theChoristersdislikethistask,butseeitasaduty
theymustperform).
Thirdly,whileyoucanplayitdifferentlyifyouwant,"theOne"thatiscontactedisquitelikelynotthe
trueOne,butitisalsonotanAntediluvian,Aswid,orWyrmIncarnaindisguise.Whateveritisitisa
TRUEforceofgoodnessandlove.EvenintheWorldofDarkness,inthevastspacesoftheUmbra,
thereisboundtobesomesourceoftrueloveandcompassion,abletoseethroughthedeceptionsof
meremortalmages.]
TheLongDays(Correspondence5,Entropy5,Life4,Spirit5,Time5andoccasionallyMind4)
ThispowerfulroteisusedbyNephandimasters(andsomewhisperothermagesaswell)asaformof
immensepunishment.Thosewhohavesufferedthisrotehaveinevitablybeenturnedintoscreaming,
gibberingwrecks,theirmindsshatteredacrossamillenniaofmadness.
[Spirit5isusedtotemporarily"remove"theAvatarofthetarget,sothathemaynotcastany
magickaleffects(inawaysimilartoGilgul).Then,Correspondenceisusedtobanishthetargetto
deepwithintheearth,entombedinsolidstone.Timeisusedtocompresstheinstantthetargetspends
intomillennia,andLifeisusedtokeepthetargetaliveoverthemillennia.Entropyisusedtowhittle
awayeventhestrongestofwills(combinethiswiththeremovaloftheAvatar,andthemageisleft
defenseless).
Attheendoftherote'sdurationthetargetreturnstohisstartingpointwithhisAvatarreturnedintact,
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andnophysicalharm.
Thisroteisalwayscastasaritual,with10successesneededperdotofAvatarthetargetpossesses.
Thetargetwillbeabletosensethatpowerfulmagicksarebeingworkedagainstastheritualstarts,
butwillnotbeabletosensetheexactsource(hecanguesswithin10miles).Iftheritualcanbe
disruptedbeforecompletionitwillberuined.Also,thetargetmaytrytocountertheattackwith
countermagick.
SomeNephandiwilluseMindmagicksaswell,tostrengthenthewillpowerofthetarget,inorderto
allowhimtowithstandtheimprisonmentwithoutgoinginsane.Nephandidothissothatoncethe
rote'sdurationends,thetargetismorewillingtoentertheCaulandberebornasaNephandi,or
complywithanyotherrequesttheNephandimightmake.]
LustfulGlance(Mind3,andoccasionallyLife4)
ThisroteallowstheNephanditoforceatargettoexperienceaveryrealandvividrape.Nephanditend
tousethisonindividualssurroundedbycrowds,toforcethemtoexperiencetherapeandthefeeling
ofutterhelplessness.OccasionallyLife4isusedaswelltocreatephysicalmanifestationsoftherape
aswell.
[Thisvulgarroteallowsthecastertoforceboththetarget(asavictim)andthecaster(asarapist)to
experiencearape.Suchrapingsshouldberoleplayedasiftheywerereal,onlyaftertheexperience
hasendedisitrevealedtohavebeenamomentaryillusion.Thetargetcanresisttherotewith
Willpower,whichmanifestsasstrugglesagainsttherapist.]

TALISMANS
TheFunWagon***(Arete4,Quintessence20)
ThisgreenvanwascreatedbyanOrphanwidderslaintetoaidhimwithhisspreeofserialrape,
murder,andterror.Thevanwasgiftedwithseveralminorpowers,alldesignedtobetterconcealand
protecttheNephandusfromdetection.TheOrphan'sfavoritetacticistokidnapawomanassheis
leavingwork,throwherintothevan,andrapeherintheparkinglot.Usuallyinacrowdedarealikea
mallornearacity's"clubscene."Currently,avanmatchingthedescriptionoftheFunWagonwas
seenprowlingthestreetsofSeattle.
[Thevanhasafewpowers,allofwhicharecoincidental.Firstly,itissoundproofed,sothatnomatter
howloudthingsget,noonecanhear(Forces2).Thewindowsarenaturallytinteddarkenoughto
blockanyattemptstolookinside.Also,thevancancreateanymusictheownerdesires(Forces3,
Prime2,again,coincidental).TheNephandusenjoysplaying"MySharona"whileengagingin
sodomisticrape.Finally,itcanboostthestrengthofitsowner,whilehe's"busy"inthevan(Life3).]
TheKeyholes???(Arete??,Quintessence??)
ThislegendaryNephandiTalisman(Artifact?)wascreatedbyanunknownAswid.Similartothe
tattoosoftheAkashicBrotherhood,ortheCyberneticsofIterationX,theKeyholesareapairofliteral
keyholes"implanted"withinaperson'seyesthekeyholesreplacetheperson'spupils,andslightly
altertheshapeofhisirisaswell.Byplacingakey(anykeywilldo)ineachoftheeyes,thepowerof
theKeyholesisactivated.Whilenooneknowsexactlywhatthekeyholescando,itisknownthat
anyone(evenaSleeper)canactivatetheKeyholes.Also,whileakeymustbeinsertedintoeacheyeto
activatetheTalisman,nodamageoccurstothe"implantee"(however,hestillexperiences
excruciatingpainandprofusebleedingfromhiseyes).
[TheactualpoweroftheKeyholesisgreat.TheKeyholescanbeusedtosummonallmannerof
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devastationanddestruction.Earthquakes,floods,famine,pestilence,volcanoes,andallotherformsof
destructionoccurastheverypatternofGaiaitselfisattacked.TheexacteffectsoftheKeyholesvary
fromusetouse,butarealwayscatastrophic.
TheKeyholesalso"gift"theownerwithsupernaturalabilitiesofsurvival.]
TheRingoftheRooster**(Arete3,Quintessence15)
CreatedbyaCultofEcstasymageturnedK'llasshaa,thisringiswornonamage'sfinger.Itgrantsits
ownerthepowertoimpregnatewomenwithFomorizygotes,buttheexactnatureofsuchFomoriis
purelyrandom.Also,theringmaynotbeusedbywomen,onlymencanactivateitspowers.
[TheringcreatesFomorizygoteswithaQlippothicLife3,Prime2effect.Thiseffectisalmostalways
vulgar(certaininbredfamiliesandthoselivingneartoxicwasteallowexceptions).Note,themage
doesnotactuallyhavetohavesexwiththetarget,justbeabletomakeeyecontact.]
TheTomeofWhispers***(Arete6,Quintessence30)
Thisancientbookpossessesonepower,butitistrulygreat.Createdinthe327BC,thisGreektome
numbersonly12pagesinlength.Butwhenreadaloudfrombeginningtoendinonesetting,thisbook
willtransformallSpiritsintheareaintodarkandtwistedparodiesoftheirformerselves.
[TheTomecanreformtheveryessenceofnearbyspirits(Spirit5).ThemoretimestheTomeisread
inagivenarea,thedarkertheSpiritsbecomeandthelargertheareaeffectedbythemagicks.Also,
thosereadingthebookwillfinditquiteeasy,eveniftheyknownothingofGreek(2additionaldiceof
Language(Greek)forreadingtheTome).]
Slika***(Arete7,Quintessence35)
ThisdaggerwascreatedbyaDreamspeakerbarabbiduringtheAmerican/Indianconflicts.Giventoa
smallbandofCherokee,thedagger,namedSlika,wasabletograntanysoldierthepowerof
"vengefulspirits."Ofcourse,whilethemenweregiftedwithgreatpower,theysoonfellillanddied.
[ThisdaggerusesvulgarmagickstoturnwillingindividualsintoNephandi.Itinfusesthetargetwith
aBaneSpirit(Spirit4),turninghimintoaNephandiwithheavycombatPowersaswellasdamaging
Taintstoinsureashortlifeexpectancy.]
TheLeftHandofDestiny***(Arete5,Quintessence25)
Thisnecklaceconsistsofathinstrandofsilver,supportingasmalldesiccated"hand"ofsomesort
(perhapsthehandofababymonkey,perhapsactuallyjustahighlyskilledpieceofleatherwork).
CraftedbyaforgottenInfernalistduringtheMythicAge,thenecklaceenhancedtheattractivenessof
itswearer,gavetheusertheabilitytoensorcerothers,anditallowedtheusertoescapetheangerof
thoseshehaddeceived.
[Thenecklacewarnsitsownerofplotsagainstherwithvaguefeelingsofdanger(coincidentalTime
2).Italsoallowshertorewritethetarget'smindwithfeelingsofabsolutelovefortheowner(Mind4).
Finally,itenhancesthewearersAppearance(Life3).]

"CURSEDOBJECTS"
WithintherealmofNephandiFetishesexistsaspecialsubcategoryofsorts,thatofCursedObjects.
CursedObjectsarespecialFetishesdesignedtospreadmiseryandsufferingamongSleepers,andas
suchcanbeusedbythem.AllCursedObjectshaveasmallnumberofpowerstoseduceaSleeper
with.InallcasestheObjectwilleitherrequiretheusertocommitsomeactofevil(suchasmurder)or
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corrupttheusersmind(withfeelingsofmegalomaniaforinstance)everytimethepowersofthe
Objectareused.
Ingamemechanics,everytimetheObjectisusedtheitemrollsit'sAreteagainstthetarget's
Willpowerinaresistedroll(difficulty6).IftheObjectwinstheuseriscorruptedonestepfurther,if
thetargetresistshemaytrytodiscardtheObjectaltogetherofcourse,someObjectsreactviolently
whentheirtargettriestodiscardthem.Asifthiswasn'tenough,everytimetheobjectruinsalife,its
Quintessencepoolisrechargedtooriginalcapacity(listedwitheachobject).
Pentexmakesgreatuseofcursedobjects,massproducingmanyofthemoreminoronesandselling
themtoaworldwidemarket.However,whilePentex'sCursedObjectsoftentargetonlyoneperson,
oronefamily,atatime,theCursedObjectsofNephandiare(usually)designedtoeffectvastnumbers
ofpeople.
HellpingNeedle**(Arete3,Quintessence15)
Thislittlehypodermicneedleappearsnormalatfirstglance,butithastheabilitytocureanyailment,
evenAIDSandAlzheimers.Allittakesistofilltheneedlewithfreshlydrawn"heart'sblood"(i.e..
blooddrawnfromtheheartofadyingperson).Oncetheneedleisfilled(onepersonwillfillthe
needle),thebloodischangedtoanycureneeded.However,thecureonlylastsfor48hoursbeforethe
ailmentreturns,withavengeance.Everytimetheneedle"cures"anailment,itreturnswithdoubleits
normaleffect,andthedamageoftheailmentdoublesagainafterasecondinjection,andsoon.
ThecurrentowneroftheneedleisamanwithAlzheimerswhoattackshomelesspeoplewithout
remorse.Hecanfeelhismindbeingrestoredbytheneedle,onlytoquicklyslideaway,leadingtoa
cycleofmurderandmadness.
[TheHellpingNeedlehastwoabilities.Itcaninformits"owner"withtheknowledgethatitcancure
anyailmentwith"heart'sblood"(Mind2).Italsocancreatea"recessiveversion"ofanyuser's
ailment(QlippothicLife4).Thisdiseaseisidenticaltotheoriginalexceptfortwothings:first,itis
MUCHmorepainfulthantheoriginalproblem,andsecondly,itgoesintoremissionwheneveranew
injectionofheart'sbloodisintroducedintothehost.The"cure"theneedlecreatesisjustadelayed
superversionoftheoriginalproblem.]
SevenPiecesofGold****(Arete6,Quintessence30)
Thisbookofshortstoriesaboutpirateswasprintedin1890inasingleprint.Afterbeingprinted,the
authorofthebookwasarrestedforrapeandrobberywhileinprison,theauthorpoisonedhimself
withtheinkfromadeckofplayingcards.Itssecondowneralsocommittedaseriesofrapesand
burglariesbeforealsokillinghimself.Sincethenithaspassedfromrarebookcollectortocollector,as
storiesofit's"curse"increasetheinterestofpotentialbuyers.Thatandthestoriesofmadness.
[Oncethebookhasfoundanewtarget,itseducesthetargetwithitsstoriesofpiracy,bloodshed,and
rape,pushingthetargettorecreatetheescapadesofthepirates(Mind2).Asthetargetcomesto
acceptthewhisperingsofthebook,thebookfurtheraidshim,changinghisformandclothingtothat
ofapirate,completewithsaber(Life4,Matter4,Prime2).Finally,whenthetargetisfully
corrupted,thebookcallsuponthosewhohavesuccumbedtoitinthepastforaid,assemblingasmall
hordeofpirates(Spirit2).]
TheDummy*****(Arete8,Quintessence40)
Thenumberofstoriesandversionsofthismarionetteseemendless,butmanyNephandischolars
agreethatTHISdummy,craftedin1905,wasthesourceoftheidea.CreatedbyPeyotrIvanschenko,
theDummy(affectionatelyreferredtoIgorbyhiscreator)resemblesahideouslydeformedman,with
eyesofsilverandhairofcopperwire,wearinganexquisiteblacksuit(completewithjeweledlapel
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pin).IvanschenkooriginallywantedtokeeptheDummy,butitwasstolenduringadaringraidby
rivalNephandi.OverthedecadestheDummyhasruinedscoresoflives.
It'smostthrillingmomentcamewithashowitandits"keeper"weredoingontheTitanic.Inthe
middleofaventriloquistactthecallwassoundedforeveryonetoevacuatetheship.Aspeoplebegan
topanic,theDummyleaptfromthestageandbeganslaughteringpeoplebythedozens.Withthe
sinkingoftheTitanic,itwashopedthattheDummywasgoneforever,butsuchhopesweresoon
dashedafteramurderspreeinNewYork.
[TheDummyisoneofthemostvilecreationsevermadebyanyNephandi.Itseeksnothingbutto
spreadterroranddestruction,itwillgrowattachedtosomeoneandpretendtobeadollora
ventriloquist'sdummy.Afterlearningthetarget'sweaknessesanddreams,theDummywillthentryto
destroyhim.Itcangrowclawsandfangsatwill(Matter4),repairdamagetoitself(Matter4),seein
thedark(Forces1),andteleportnearitschosenhost(Correspondence3).Itisalsoimmunetofire
andheat(Forces2)andcanalsocreateflamesatwill(Forces3,Prime2).
Asifthiswasn'tenough,theDummyisalsoapowerfulphysicalspecimen,withstatsgivenbelow,
underNPCs.]

CABALS
GreenfieldEstates
TheGreenfieldEstatesarearetirement/resthomeinthesouthernpartofVirginia.Consistingofa
threestorymansionandsurroundedbyasmallforest,theEstatesarehiddenawayfromcivilization.
52"residents"areservedby12ResidentAssistants(RAs),alloverseenbyDr.ElizahCrowe.
However,theEstatesarelittlemorethanalivinghell.Theresidentsaresubjectedtothemost
inhumanlivingconditionsimaginabletheRAsareselectedfromamongstthemostdepravedand
criminalpeoplethatCrowecanfind.Crowemaintainstheirsufferingandtheirlives,harvestingtheir
pain(intheformofQuintessence)tofuelhisHorizonRealm,TheDefiledEye.
AsElizahputsit,"downthehall,inroom134,wehaveMrs.Lane.Herdaughterbroughtherinhere
in1986,andhasn'tevencalledsince.LasttimeoneoftheRAscheckedonher,hefoundherlyingon
herbed,tooweaktomove.Herstarvedframewassowitheredandwasted,shecouldn'tevenshoo
awaytheflies.TheRAwasgoingto"relieve"himselfwithher,untilhenoticedthemaggotscrawling
inhervagina.Thatwasthreeweeksago.IwonderhowMrs.Laneisdoingnow?"
TheDefiledEyeisrumoredtobeevenworse,formedfromthepainandanguishoftheresidentsof
theEstates.SomeRAssuspectthatElizahhasbecomesocorruptedhecan'tevenbeconsidered
humananymoreotherssayheneverwas.
TheBrotherhoodofAtonementandSalvation
ThiscabalofCelestialChorusmagesseekstoaidNephandiincompletingtheirquestsforsalvation
(atleastthosewhoclaimtoseek).TheBrotherhoodmakeseveryeffortpossibletoredeemthesoulsof
thecorrupted.Surprisingly,theBrotherhoodhashadanastoundingrateofsuccess.Perhapsthatis
becausetheBrotherhoodisactuallyaNephandiLabyrinth.
TheBrotherhoodisanOutsidercultthatseekstoredeemNephandi,toturnthemawayfromthedark,
andthenofferthemasasacrificetoKlagondal,DukeofBetrayal.Theyfeelthatthebestofferingthey
canmaketotheirmasteristhatofaNephanditheyhave"corrupted"intofollowingthelight,onlyto
sacrificehimoncehehastrulycometoembracethelightheoncesought.Corruption,betrayal,and
ritualisticsacrificearethegiftstheBrotherhoodgivetotheirDuke.
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VanguardofZidros
ThisEuropeangroupofK'llasshaaseektospreadthepowerandinfluenceofthemaster,Zidrosthe
ButterflyGod.Numberinganimpressivethreemages,1Eilondoi,5Blessed,7Acolytes,and15
Sleepers,andtheVanguardisrapidlyundergoingapatternofgrowthastheyconvertdozensof
homelesspeople(mainlyyoungrunaways)totheworshipofZidrosinexchangeforfoodandshelter.
TheVanguardhasalreadybeguncreatingplansforsplintercultsinAmericaandAsia,aswellas
contactingthosefollowersofZidrosinEuropeaswell.TheVanguardisentirelyvegetarian,promote
massorgies,andaviolentreactiontootherreligions(theyhavealreadybeeninvolvedinthe
destructionoftwoarsonattacksonprominentchurches).
InthepresenceoftheVanguard,astrangespeciesofcarnivorousbutterflyappears.And,thelonger
theVanguardstaysinasingleareathemoreofthesebutterfliesthatstarttoappear.Eventuallythesky
isfilledwiththeinsects,andthebugsdescendasiftheywerelocusts,devouringallplantandinsect
lifetheycanfind(thebugsareharmlesstolargeranimals).Bythenhowever,theVanguardwillhave
movedonandthebugswilldiewithinadayortwo.
WangBaiGui(Kings/BastardsoftheWhiteDemons)
ThisLabyrinthofChinesemagesis(in)famousfortheirknowledgeoftheAsiandemonsandthe
EasternInfernalCourts.TheWangBaiGuiisalsorenownedfortheirlongevity,despiterelentless
attacksfromAkashicBrothers,Hermeticsseeking"exoticknowledge",andChoristerpilgrims,this
Labyrinthhassurvivedforalmost2000years.
Thereasonsforthissurvivalaremanyandvaried.TheWanghaveperfectedanalchemicalelixirof
immortality,they'vemanagedtomakemanypactswithprominentrulersoftheEasterndemons,and
theytakenodirectroleintheAscensionWar.TheWangarescholarsmainly,researchingmagickal
anddemoniclore,testingoutnewmethodsandprocedureson"herds"ofSleeperslaves(aprocess
somesaytheChinesebranchoftheNewWorldOrderduplicatedusingAmericanPOWsduringthe
VietnamWar).
Asifthiswasn'tenough,despitetheirvastknowledgeoftheirmasters,theWangarehighlyrespected
andvaluedbytheEasternInfernalCourt.Assuch,theyareprotectedmorevigorouslythanother,
moreaggressive,NephandiLabyrinths.Inreturn,theWangpracticeastrictformofservitudeand
loyaltytotheirdemoniclords.
WhiletheWangAREevil,anddoengageinexperimentsonhumanprisoners,itshouldalsobe
pointedoutthatarenomoreevilorviolentthananaverageHermeticorEuthanatos,andtheir
experimentsareequalinscopetothoseoftheProgenitorsandNewWorldOrder.TheWangare,
comparativelyspeaking,evensociable.Theyaren'tinterestedincorruptinganddestroyingeverything,
theyjustseekknowledgewithwhichtogivetotheirmastersamongtheEasternInfernalCourt.Asfar
asNephandigo,theWangareratherpeaceable.Untiltheydecideotherwisethatis.
S.A.A.M.S.(Seperatist,AfricanAmericanMuslimSociety)
Formedinthe1960's,thisAmericangroupofAfricanAmericansoriginallysoughtequalityand
culturalawarenesswithinAmericansociety.Then,inthe1969,theLigathjoinedthegroup(inthe
formofKareemMustafah)andbeginteachingitsmembersadifferentmessage.
CurrentlytheLigath/Mustafahspeaksacrossthenation(andworld)abouttheneedforAfrican
Americanstoachievebettermentofthemselvesandcommunities,andspreadsa(twisted)versionof
Islamaswell.However,oncethecrowdshaveachievedanalmostzealousfervor,hethendelivers
messagesofantisemeticism,foundationofaseparatenationwiththeUnitedStates,statements
attackingtheAmericangovernmentandpromotingforeigncountrieshostiletotheU.S.,andsoforth.
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Insomeareas,evenmoreradicalchaptersofS.A.A.M.S.preachopenhostilitytowardsotherraces,
sayingthatheavenis"aplacewherewhitebabiesarekilledeveryday",orthatthetimeforthe
enslavementofwhites,Hispanics,andothersissoon.KareemMustafah'snoblemessagesof
bettermentandselfimprovementhideandsupporttheLigath'smegalomaniaandhatred.Andthe
S.A.A.M.S.growsstrongereveryday.
FiveStarFilms
FiveStarFilmsspecializesinhardcorepornographyandviolence.Runbyasmallcabalofcorrupt
VirtualAdepts(withBlackSpiralDancertheurges),FiveStarisknowninblackmarketsworldwide
forit'spornography.Bosnian"snuffporn"madeintherapingcamps,secrettapesofsexualtorturesin
AfricanandSouthAmericanprisons,andmore"common"formsofpornographyarealldistributed
worldwide.
FiveStaralreadyhasastrongpresenceontheinternet,andhopestoeventuallygainalion'sshareof
phonesexlines.ButwhateverFiveStarmakes,theytakeeverysteppossibletomaketheirproducts
asaddictiveaspossible.TheVAsunderlayeverythingwithsubliminalimpulsesinfilmsandphone
sex,andtheirinternetpagesareconstructedusinggraphicscontaininghiddenrandomdotstereograms
usingthesameeffectassubliminalimpulses.Asifthiswasn'tenough,theBSDsalsoaddWyrm
Baneswheneverpossible,toincreasetheaddictionandinstill"urges"inthosewhoareexposedtoit.
TheyevenoccasionallyplantBanestoformsomeofthemore"kinky"Fomori.

NPCS
"WellIwasbornanoriginalsinner,
Iwasbornfromoriginalsin.
AndifIhadadollarbillforallthethingsI'vedone,
there'dbeamountainofmoneypiledundermychin.

"MissionaryMan",Eurythmics

Davis
Tradition

Faction

Essence

N/A
Unknown N/A
Nature Demeanor
Loner

Survivor

STR 3 CHA 1 PER 2


DEX 2 MAN 1 INT 2
STA 3 APP 2 WIT 2
Talents:Alertness3,Brawl2,Dodge2
Skills:Drive2,Repair3,Stealth2,Survival2
Knowledges:NephandiLore3
Backgrounds:Arcane2,Dream3,Talisman??(TheKeyholes)
Willpower:6
Quote:"Itallseemedsorightatthetime.Thepower,theobligation,tomakethemallpay.(bitter
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chuckle)AndnowthatIcanmakethemallpay,I'mscaredshitlessbytheveryidea."
Image:Davisisanormal,ifcreepy,lookingmanwithoily,blackhairandaperpetual3weeksof
facialhairgrowth.Healwaysseemstoneedalongbathandcleanclothes,duetohisneverending
wanderingsontheroad.However,thestrangestfeatureofDavisisthekeyholeshehasinplaceofhis
eyepupils.
Background:Sometimesallittakesisamomentofweaknesstochangeone'slifeforever.Davisis
suchacase.
Whoheis,orwherehecomesfromisforgottentohim.Hisparents,hishometown,allofitisa
blank.Allheremembersisthemanwhopromisedtohelphim,thepainthemangavehim,andthe
manleavinghimhowlinginfrightandpain.
Occasionally,Daviswakesupscreaminginthemiddleofthenight,shoutingnamesofpeopleand
placeshecanvaguelyrememberfromthedream.Butsuchplacesandpeoplehaveneverbeenheard
ofbyothers,andDavissoonforgetsthem.
Davisspendshisdayswalkingfromtowntotown,hitchhikingwhenpossible,withnopurposeor
drivinggoal.However,severalcultsofOutsidersworshippingOblivionhaveheardofhim,andhave
comeseekingoutthisnewBeareroftheKeyholes.
RolePlayingNotes:Bitter,jealous,whiny,you'relittlemorethanahumanrodent.Everyonehasit
betterthanyou,everyonethinksthey'resomuchbetterthanyou.Butyou'llshowthemallsomeday,
andmakethempay.
SpecialNotes:TheKeyholeshavechangedDavis'innumerousways.Sofar,davishasdiscovered
thathenolongerfeelstheneedtoeat,drink,orsleep,andthatdoinganyoftheabovemakeshim
nauseous.Also,hisangerseemsintensifiedandoutofhiscontrol(butevenheadmitsthatitmayjust
beangerathisstateandnothingdirectlycausedbythekeyholes).Finally,heseemsabletoregenerate
fromanywoundDavisfoundthisoutafterblowinghisbrainsoutwithashotgunandhealing
completelyinamatterofminutes.

TheShadowMuse
Tradition

Faction

Essence

Orphan
Malfean
Pattern
Nature Demeanor
Architect Caregiver
STR 2 CHA 5 PER 5
DEX 3 MAN 5 INT 5
STA 3 APP 5 WIT 4
Talents:Alertness3,Awareness3,Brawl1,Dodge3,Expression5,Seduction4,Subterfuge4
Skills:Meditation3,Stealth3
Knowledges:Cosmology3,Culture4,Enigmas4,NephandiLore3,WyrmLore4
Backgrounds:Avatar3,Destiny4,Familiar3
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Spheres:Correspondence2,Entropy5,Forces3,Life4,Mind4,Prime2,Spirit5,Time2
Willpower:7Arete:6
Quote:"Artcomesfromthesoul.Butwhatifthesoulcamefromart?Well,inthatcaseshewho
controlstheartcontrolsthesoul.Andbaby,whenI'mthroughI'llhaveahellofalotmorethanchalk
andpaintsonpaper."
Image:Theworddazzlingdoesn'tdojustice.TheMuseradiatescharmandculture,herbodypromises
pleasuresbeyonddescriptionandlimit,buthermoststartlingfeaturesarerevealedwhenshe
approachesanartistatwork.Shebecomeschargedwitharawdynamismthatspursanartisttoever
higherlevelsofwork(whichisperhapsmoreapartofherimagethantheclothesshewearsorthe
featuresofherbody).
AnItalianwomaninherlate20's,theMusehashairasdarkasaraven'swing,andeyesasblackas
night.Alwaysdressedintastefullyrevealingformalwear(beitaneveninggownoratrenchcoatonly
partiallybuttonedup),herfaceradiatescompassionandcharm.
Background:TheShadowMuseisquitepossiblyoneofthemostancientNephandialive,ormore
likelythecurrentMuseisonlythelatestinalonglineofNephanditoclaimthetitle.Eitherway,the
originsofthewomanknownastheShadowMuseareshroudedinrumorsandfragments.
Everywhereshegoes,shefindsgiftedartistsandbecomestheirpatron.Shegoadsthemintonewer
andnewerlevelsofart,exploration,andexperimentation.Astheartistcomestoappreciateheraid
andachievecelebritystatus,he(orshe)soonfindshimselfinlovewithher,withtheMusereturns
withfeignedsincerity.TheMuseguidesherartistintonewrealities,showinghimnewsightsand
soundsthatdestroyhismind.Astheartistbeginsarapidspiralintomadness,hecreatesnewart,art
thatattackstheaudiencewithwhathehasseen.
Astheartistsinkseverdeeperintohispersonalhell,dragginghisadmirerswithhim,theMuseseeksa
newtarget,tostartthecycleanew.
RolePlayingNotes:Afriendlylaughhere,anodofapprovalthere,asighofpleasureasneeded.
Makethemloveyou,makethemwantyou,makethemneedyoumorethanGod.Then,afteryouown
theirsoul,afteryou'vesnappedtheirmind,takeitallaway.
Butneverletthemknowwhat'scoming.

Dr.ElizahCrowe
Tradition

Faction

Unknown Outsider

Essence
Unknown

Nature Demeanor
Architect Caregiver
STR 8 CHA 5 PER 5
DEX 5 MAN 5 INT 6
STA 8 APP 3 WIT 5
Talents:allat5
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Skills:allat5
Knowledges:allat5
Backgrounds:Arcane4,Avatar4,Destiny3,Dream2,Sanctum5
Spheres:Correspondence3,Entropy2,Forces4,Life5,Matter4,Mind4,Prime5,Spirit4,Time2
Willpower:10Arete:8
Quote:"Thereisnoescapefromsuffering.Thereisnoescapefromdamnation.Thereisnoescape
fromme."
Image:Anattractivemaninhismid50's,Dr.Crowealwayshasawarmsmileandahealthyglow.
Dressedincasualslacksandsweaters,Dr.Crowelooksmorelikesomeone'suncleorawelloff
professorthantheheadadministratorofalivinghell.
Background:Dr.Crowhasbeenrumoredtobeaninhumanmonsterbyhisemployees,allcrazed
rapistsandmurderersintheirownright.Andtheemployeesarecorrect.ElizahCroweisnothuman.
ElizahCrowisaphysicalmanifestationoftheUmbroodLord,Malit'zektor,MasterofSuffering.
AfterbreachingtheGauntletin1982,Malit'zektorcreatedElizahCroweandtheGreenfieldEstatesas
ameanstobetterunderstandhumanityandtheirweaknesses.Thepowerhehasaccumulatedfromthis
nursinghomehasleadhimtodesiremore,andashelooksatothernursinghomesacrossthecountry
herealizesthatthehorrorshehascreatedarenothingnewandhishungerfortormentcangrowto
levelsevenhecan'timagine.
RolePlayingNotes:Youseekknowledgeofsufferingandhumanity,andhowthetwointeractover
all.Evenyoudesireforpowerisjustasteppingstoneforyourgoalofuniversalagony.However,you
muststayhidden,andsoyouhidethehorrorsoftheEstatesfromtheMassesofhumanity,andkeep
thestaffunderyourtightcontrol.

TheGunslinger
Tradition

Faction

SonofEtherwidderslainte Malfean
Nature
Loner

Essence
Unknown

Demeanor
Caregiver

STR 2 CHA 2 PER 4


DEX 3 MAN 3 INT 3
STA 3 APP 2 WIT 5
Talents:Alertness3,Awareness4,Brawl2,Dodge3,Intimidation3,Streetwise2,Subterfuge3
Skills:Drive3,Firearms3,Melee2,Stealth4,Technology5
Knowledges:Computer4,Investigation3,Medicine3,WyrmLore5
Backgrounds:Allies2(BaneSpirits),Arcane3,Avatar2,Contacts3,Destiny2,Dream3,Fame1,
Influence3,Resources4
Spheres:Correspondence4(warpfieldgenerator),Forces3(EDYmanipulator),Life3(cybernetic
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reknitters),Matter4(nanotechrobots),Prime3(cables)
Willpower:6Arete:4
Quote:"I'vegotanofferforyou."
Image:Awildlyerraticmaninhisearly20's,theGunslingerisascrawnyandyetathleticman,
standing5'11'.Hisgreasyblackhairnearlycovershiseyes.Alwaysdressedinablacktrenchcoat,
andblackcombatfatigues,onecaneasilyseetheoddassortmentofshinymachinesandhightech
deviceshecarries.
Background:Sometimessomepeopleembracethedarkness.PeterKnowlesisonesuchperson.A
promisingstudentoftheSonsofEther,Petergrewboredandtiredofwastinghislifestudying
theoriesandconceptsonlytodiscoverthattheywereoutdatedandreplacedbyotheroutdatedand
replacedtheories.Peterwantedtoworkmagicks,andhewantedtodoitnow.
Throughalongseriesofdriftingfromgrouptogroup,facingridiculeandrejectionfromeach,Peter
finallyencounteredagroupofEtheriteMalfeanswhowelcomedhimwithopenarms.Peter,hesitantly
atfirst,joinedthegroupandbeganlearningpractical(tohim)applicationsforScience.Withthe
assistanceoftheothershecametoembracebothScienceandtheWyrm.
Eventuallyhowever,theLabyrinthhehadjoinedwasdiscoveredandattacked,andPeterfledinterror.
Nowheseeksatonementforhispastbyaidingpeopleinneed,byputtingthemintoevergreaterneed.
Helivesonthestreets,offeringtohelppeopleinreturnfora"favor"inthefuture.Peteriswellknown
formakingsurehisdebtsarepaid,andonlythemostdesperatecometohimforaid.
RolePlayingNotes:Youdon'ttrytobeliked.Youdon'twanttobeeveryone'sfriend.Youjustwant
toburnthemall.Makethemdependentonyou,thenmakethemdoyourbidding.Awomanneeds
helpfeedingherchildren?Pimpher,makeherworkinabeastialityflick,makehersellyourcocaine.
Orifshe'ssmartenough,haveherhelpyouinthelabonyourQuantumFieldDisintegrator(turniton
herwhenit'sworkingperfectlytho'!).

Rook
Tradition
Faction Essence
OrderofHermesbarabbi Infernalist Questing
Nature
Penitent

Demeanor
Caregiver

STR 4 CHA 3 PER 4


DEX 3 MAN 3 INT 3
STA 4 APP 4 WIT 4
Talents:Alertness3,Awareness4,Brawl2,Dodge2,Expression3,Intimidation3,Streetwise2,
Subterfuge3
Skills:Drive2,Meditation2,Melee3,Stealth3,Survival3
Knowledges:Cosmology3,Medicine3,Occult4
Backgrounds:Allies3(Fomorianimals),Arcane3,Avatar3,Dream2
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Spheres:Correspondence3(Pentacles),Entropy2(Incantations),Forces4,Life3,Matter4
(Incantations),Mind3,Spirit4(Pentacles),Prime3
Willpower:5Arete:6
Quote:"Nothingpersonal."
Image:Astrangelysaddenedlookingman,Rookstands6'3"tallandhasanathleticbuild.Inhisearly
20's,Rookalwaysdressesinwornoutclothesofthelocalstyleandhasaweatherbeatenlookonhis
faceduetohisyearsofwandering.Rookappearsasthelocaldominantethnicgroupwhereverhe
goes.
Background:TheRookisalessonforeveryHubrisriddenmagewhodealswiththeLegionsofthe
InfernalCourts.Whilehisexactoriginisunknown,thosehehastalkedwithonthematterallagree
thatoncehewasaloyalmemberoftheOrderofHermeswhosoughttotrickaDemonLordinadeal
wheretheRook'ssoulandservitudewereatstake.TheRookwasn'tascleverashethoughthewas.
HissoulforfeittotheDemonLordhesoughttotrick,Rookwasforcedtointoservitude.Thesearethe
onlyfactsknownabouthisorigins.
NowtheRookwandersfromplacetoplace,wreakinghavocandshatteringlives.Typicallyhewill
enterasmallruraltownandcausethelocalstoruintheirownlivesbymanipulatingtheminto
revealingtheirdarksides.Angryfarmersbeginbeatingtheirwivesandneighbors,womenwholiketo
drinkalittletoomucharefounddeadfromadrunkendrive,andsoforth.ButwhiletheRook
faithfully(ifregrettably)serveshisMaster,theRookwillnotharm(orallowharmtocometo)an
innocent.Hemaydestroyallthosethatinnocentloves,buthewillneverdirectlyseektoharmthe
innocent.It'snotmuch,butit'sthemosthecangetawaywith.
RolePlayingNotes:YouserveyourMasternotoutofloveorforpowerbutforthecauseofyourown
personalhonor.Thatandthepact'sclausethatmakesbetrayalofthepactevenworsethanwhatyou
currentlydo.Yougenuinelyhatewhatyoudo,butyoudoitobedientlyandfaithfully.YouhaveNO
choicebuttobeaRookonachessboard.

TheLigath
Tradition

Faction

Essence

CelestialChorusbarabbi Infernalist Primordial


Nature

Demeanor

Architect

Fanatic

STR 3 CHA 5

PER 3

DEX 2 MAN 5

INT 4

STA 5 APP 0/3 WIT 4


Talents:Expression5,Intimidation3,Subterfuge5
Skills:Drive1,Melee2
Knowledges:Culture5,History5,Law5,Psychology5
Backgrounds:Avatar2,Destiny3,Dream2,Influence3,Resources4
Spheres:Correspondence3,Life4,Mind4,Spirit3,Time3
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Willpower:8Arete:9
Quote:(asMustafah)"Wewillunite,andthrowofftheshacklesofouroppression.Wewillcontrolour
destiniesfromthispointon,andstandastrulyfreemen."(astheLigath)"Maytheworldbewashedin
thebloodofhumanity,foreverandever.Amen."
Image:Mustafahisatall(6'4")AfricanAmericanmanwhohasthelookofalearnedintellectual
abouthimself.Healwaysdressesprofessionally,andcarrieshimselfwithaslightlyarrogantpride.
Mustafahappearsattractiveandinhismid50's.
TheLigathisafiendfromnightmare.Nothingsomuchasagreenishgrayblobcomposedofnothing
butthechangingfacesofamultitude,actuallythesoulsofthosehehasdamnedinhiscenturiesof
activity.
Background:TheLigathisancient,promotinghatredwhereverhegoes.AsaCatholicpriest
preachingagainsttheJewsandMoorsinmedievalEurope,asaPotestantbusinessmanprotestingthe
floodofimmigrantsintoAmericainthe1800's,andmostrecentlyasKareemMustafah.Inallits
formstheLigathneverseeksactualadvancementor"protection"ofanyofthegroupsitleads,onlyto
spreadmistrust,fear,andviolenthatred.ItisthisnarrowmindedfocusthathasleadtheLigathsofar
alongitspathofDescent.

PeyotrIvanschenko
Tradition
Faction
Essence
Orphan
K'llasshaaInfernalist Primordial
Nature

Demeanor

Visionary Loner
STR 2 CHA 3 PER 2
DEX 2 MAN 1 INT 4
STA 2 APP 2 WIT 2
Talents:Expression3
Skills:Crafts5,Meditation1,ToyMaking5
Knowledges:Cosmology5,DemonLore5,Occult4,Taxidermy5(humans)
Backgrounds:Avatar4,Dream5,Resources4,Sanctum5
Spheres:Correspondence2,Forces4,Life4,Matter4,Mind3,Prime4,Spirit4,Time2
Willpower:8Arete:6
Quote:"TosayIhatechildrenisalie.Ionlyhatewhattheybecome.THATiswhatIwanttosave
themfrom."
Image:Afat,oldmaninhislate60's,Peyotralwayswearsatool"apron"andapairofwirerimmed
glasses.Whilehealwaysseemsperturbedandconfused,Peyotralsoalwaysseemstohaveasmileon
hisfaceandagiftinhishandwheneverhehascompany.Inhispresenceshadowsgrowslightly
darkerandmorebrooding,whilelightsgrowbrighterandmoreglaring.
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Background:IntheVictorianEra,PeyotrIvanschenkowasmakingenchantedtoysfortheCzarsand
nobilityofRussia.Whilehelovedhiswork,Peyotrwasalsoobsessedwiththeloveofthedaughterof
amajorbusinessmanhedidworkfor.Heshoweredtheyounggirlwithmagickaldollsandother
minortrinkets,andofferedherfatherthegoldhehadearnedfromtheCzarforherhandinmarriage.
Whileherfatherheldrespectforthetoymaker,hegrewmoreandmoredistrustfulofPeyotrasPeyotr
becamemoreandmoredemandingandobsessiveindemandinghisdaughter'shand.
Peyotr,refusingtowaitaminutelongerforthechild,Peyotrusedthemagickheinfusedhistoyswith
tocallupontheBaronofLust,thePrinceofDeceit,andtheDukeofTreachery.Hisragepiquedtheir
interest,theircombinedpresencesnappedPeyotr'smind.WhiletheInfernalnoblessawhismadness
theyalsofelthisdesireandpower,andagreedtokillthebusinessmanandbringhisdaughterto
Peyotr.
Withinthreedaysofhavingher,Peyotrgrewboredwithher,madeherintooneofhis"privatedolls",
andsethissightsonafrailorphanboy.Thiswentonfordecades,asPeyotrwoulddiscoverachild,
venthis"love"upontheyouth,growboredwiththedefiledinnocent,andaddthechildtohis
collectionoftaxidermisedchildrenwithwhichhe'dlaterventhislustsuponagain.
PeyotrstilllivesinhisbelovedRussia,makingtoysforchildrenandfindingnew"innocentones".In
hisprivateworkshopPeyotrkeepshispast"lovedones",occasionallyhavingthemcomebacktokeep
himcarnalcompany(viaSpiritandForcesmagicks).
RolePlayingNotes:Youlovechildren.Theirhappiness,theirinnocence,theirabilitytoseeacolorin
athousanddifferentways.Buttheysoquicklylosetheiryouth,theirpurity,theirvibranceoflife.It
saddensyoutoseethemundergosuchadeath,andsoyoustopitfromhappeningandmakethemone
ofyourspecialdolls.

TheDummyofPeyotrIvanschenko(a.k.a.Igor)
Faction K'llasshaaInfernalist
Nature Bravo

Demeanor Bravo

STR 4 CHA 1 PER 3


DEX 4 MAN 1 INT 2
STA 5 APP 0 WIT 4
Talents:Alertness4,Athletics3,Awareness5,Brawl3,Dodge3,Intimidate4
Skills:Melee2,Stealth4
Knowledges:InfernalLore3,Medicine(anatomy,pressurepoints)2,Occult3
Backgrounds:Arcane1Willpower:10
Quote:(Maniacal,highpitchedlaughter)"I'llcuttheeyesoutofyourheadandfuckthesockets,allin
thenameofMakri,DreadBaronofRape.Soopenthempeepersmac!"(repeatlaughter)
Image:TheDummyresemblesahideouslydeformedman,witheyesofsilverandhairofcopperwire,
wearinganexquisiteblacksuit(completewithjeweledlapelpin).WhenmotionlesstheDummy
seemsharmless,butstillveryugly.Butwheninmotion,theDummybecomesevenmorehideousand
twistedthanhenormallyis.
Background:See"CursedObjects",above.
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RolePlayingNotes:Youbideyourtimeandwait.Maybeachildwillfindyouandaddyoutoher
toys,maybeanentertainerwilltrytomakeyouthestarofaventriloquistact.Itdoesn'tmatter.Slowly
framethemforeverymannerofcrimeyoucanthinkof,andoncetheyfigureitoutkillthem.Butuntil
thattimecomestryandcontrolyourbloodlust.

NEWCREATURES
Purgatory
Willpower 8 Rage 8 Gnosis 8 Power 50
Charms:BlightedTouch,Feed(regainfullPowerforeverysoulSpiritedAway),Grow(forevery5
Powerpointsspent,thePurgatorycancross100metersonGaia),Hidden(treatasaTime5,Spirit3
effect.ThePurgatoryanditsrealmcannotbeperceivedwithoutsomesortofTimeeffect,andthe
Gauntletsurroundingtherealmisthreetimesstrongerthannormal.Costs10powerpointsforevery
useofGrow),SpiritAway(onlythosewhohavebeencorruptedwithBlightedTouch),Torture(Costs
1point.AllowsthePurgatorytotorturethepsyche/fleshofthoseit'sspiritedaway)
Image:ThesespiritsmanifestintheLowUmbraastheroomstheycorrespondtoonGaia.However,
PurgatoriesdifferinthatwhiletheylookliketheroomonGaia,thePurgatoryisanabattoirofblood
andbladedobjects,filledwiththemoansofanguishandthesmellsofdeathandfear.Inthecenterof
everyPurgatoryisapersonbeingtorturedforallofeternity.
Background:Purgatoriesarepowerfulspirits(possiblyservingtheWyrm,possiblyservingsome
othermaster)thatresideintheLowUmbra,butalsooutsideofthenormalTimeandSpace.Their
verypresencedrivespeopletoengageintheirbaseanddarkestappetites,untilfinallythePurgatory
comestoclaimtheirsoul.Onceclaimed,thePurgatorymovesthecondemnedpersontoatorturous
realmoutsideofnormalTimeandSpace,feedingoffofhisanguish.AsthePurgatoryfeeds,itspreads
itsinfluenceacrossmoreandmoreofGaia,givingitalargerareawithwhichtocorruptandfeedin.
Purgatoriestendtotargetlargeareasofpeople,likeprojects,skyscrapers,andmalls.
RolePlayingNotes:Watch.Corrupt.Wait.Steal.Torture.Grow.Watch.Corrupt.
Systems:TherealmapurgatorycreatescorrespondstoGaiaindimensionsandappearance,butexists
outsideofeventheUmbra's"normal"TimeandSpace.WhilethismeansthatthePurgatorycannotbe
foundjustbyenteringtheUmbra,itdoesmeanthatanymagewithTimeandSpace(4ineach)can
entertherealmofthePurgatoryandtrytodestroythespirit.Spiritmagickscanalsobeusedto
strengthenthelocalGauntlettopreventthespiritfrominfluencingGaia.

Veezgom
Faction Malfean/Outsider
Nature Bravo

Demeanor Bravo

STR 5 CHA 0 PER 4


DEX 5 MAN 1 INT 1
STA 5 APP 0 WIT 1
Talents:Alertness3,Athletics4,Brawl4,Dodge4,Intimidate4
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Skills:Stealth5
Knowledges:Cosmology3
Backgrounds:N/AWillpower:4
Arcanos:Keening5,Pandemonium5
FomoriPowers:Regenerate(Corpus),Procreation(affectsWraithsandSpectresonly),Roarofthe
Wyrm
FomoriTaints:TheFading,Brainwashed(FanaticoftheWyrm),LimitedMobility,Doomed(3
years),UglyasSin
Quote:(Earshatteringscreeching)
Image:Lookinglikeanalmostdissipatedcloudofgrayness,theVeezgomslowlymovesacrossthe
LowUmbra,attackingWraithsandSpectresalikewithoutdifferentiation.It'swailingscanevenbe
heardacrosstheShroudfromtimetotime.
Background:ThefirstVeezgomwascreatedbyapowerfulMalfeanMasterofSpiritinanattemptto
craftaFomoriSpectre.Theresultwasn'texactlywhatshewanted.ByusingpowerfulSpiritmagicks,
theMalfean"molded"aBanewithawillingSpectre,knowingthattheBanecouldnotpossessthe
spirititself.Astheessencesofthetwobegantomerge,bothbeganscreaminginanguish,untilfinally
allthatwasleftwasaninsane,destructive,spectral"sludge".Whereoncethereweretwospirits,now
therewasonlyone.
VeezgomsroamtheLowUmbra,tryingtodestroyalltheycomeacross.Whileoflimitedintellect(at
best),theVeezgomdohaveanalmostpredatorialinstinct,andseektospreadtheirstatetoothersas
well.WhiletheVeezgomsarestillveryrare(partiallyduetothedifficultyofchangingothersamong
theRestlessDead),theirnumbersareslowlygrowing.Thisispartiallyduetofurtherexperimentsby
thefirstMalfeanwhodiscoveredtheeffect,andalsoduetoOutsidercultswhoseetheVeezgomas
theultimateweaponsofOblivion.
RolePlayingNotes:Feedingandbreeding.Thatisallyouexistforanymore.
Systems:VeezgomshavenoPassions,noFetters,notiestotheShadowlands.However,thenatureof
theirBane/SpectreexistenceallowsthemtonotonlyexistintheShadowlands(andTempest),butalso
regeneratetheirCorpusasneeded.TheygainnoAngstorPathosenergy,insteadusingtheir
willpowertofueltheirArcanos.

EmptyOnes
Faction K'llasshaaOutsider
Nature Caregiver

Demeanor Caregiver

STR 2 CHA 4 PER 4


DEX 2 MAN 3 INT 3
STA 2 APP 4 WIT 4
Talents:Alertness3,Awareness4,Brawl2,Dodge2,Expression4,Seduction5,Subterfuge4
Skills:Stealth5,Survival2
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Knowledges:Enigmas3,Occult4
Backgrounds:Dream2Willpower:8
Powers:Teleport(Correspondence3),CreateDarkness(Forces3,Prime2),ControlDarkness(Forces
2),CreatetheMaw(Life3),Motherhood(Life4,Prime5,Spirit5)
HealthLevels:Asahuman
TheMaw:TheMawoftheEmptyOnescandeliverapowerbiteattack,aswellasconsumethesoul,
ofthosewhohavebeengraspedbytheMaw.(Difficulty:3,Damage:5Aggravated.Onlyusableon
thosetheTendrilshaveStunned.Onceslain,thetargetbecomesafetalEmptyOne)
Tendrils:Four,threemeterlongtentaclesextendfromtheMawoftheEmptyOne,abletograband
paralyzetargets.(Tendrilshave5attackdiceeach.Difficulty:6,Damage:Stunned(Special.Forevery
successtheTentaclemakeswhenrollingtohit,thetargettakesthecorrespondingwoundpenaltiesbut
noactualdamage.Thepenaltylevelshealattherateofonelevelpertenminutes.TheStunmaybe
Soakedasusual)).
Image:Alwaysanattractivewoman,theEmptyOnesexudeanauraofcompassionand
"motherliness".EmptyOnesareusuallyeitherpregnantandindifferent,orwithout"child"andvery
seductive.
WhenusingtheMaw,theEmptyOne'sstomachsplitsopenfromnaveltoanusandgrowsintoalarge
sphincterofgrinding,almostmechanicalteethfromwhichseverallargeintestineliketentacleslash
forthtograb.
Background:TheEmptyOneswerediscoveredbyExcratakaliduringoneof"her"journeysintothe
DeepUmbra.AfterbeingbroughtbacktoGaia,theEmptyOnesagreedtoservetheCultof
Excratakaliinreturnforbeingunleasheduponthisnewworld.
TheEmptyOnesdesperatelywanttohavechildren,andinordertodothistheymustconsumethe
fleshandsoulsofothers.Afterdecimatingtheirhome,thesecreaturesnearlybecameextinctasthey
hadnowaytoreproducelefttothem.Butwiththeirarrivaltoearth,theEmptyOnesseeawonderful
potentialforconquest.Theyhopetoincreasetheirnumbersenoughtobeabletotakeovertheglobe,
establish"breedingcamps",andmaybeeventakeoveralloftheTapestrysomeday.
Fortunately,ExcratakalionlyguidedsixEmptyOnestoGaia,andtheirplansareexpectedtotake
decadestobesuccessful.Therestillistimeforthemtobestopped.
RolePlayingNotes:Humansaresuchaninterestinganddiverselot.Youtrulyenjoylearningabout
thewondrouslivestheyleadandthingstheydo,beforeyoufeastupontheirverybeing.Perhapsit's
theiruniquenessthatmakesthemsodelicioustoconsume.
Systems:TheEmptyOneslookexactlylikenormalhumanwomen,untiltheychoosetoattack.Then
theirpelvicregionsmutateintotheMaw.OnceatargethasbeenconsumedbytheMaw,hissouland
flesharetransformedintoababyEmptyOne(whichtakesonemonthtobecarried,andreaches
maturityinoneyear).EmptyOnescanteleporttotheirintendedtargets(whoneednotbemale),as
wellasgenerateandcontroldarkness.ItisbelievedthattheMawofanEmptyOneisactuallyjusta
formofsoliddarkness,butthisisunproved.

Bolga
Faction:suspectedOutsider
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Special:TheBolgaarelittlemorethanparasiticworms.Assuch,nostatsaregiven.
Powers:Breed(QlippothicLife5,Prime2),Fly(Forces2),Infest(Life3)
Weaknesses:Diesuponexposuretosunlightorbeingwithoutahostfortwominutes.
Image:Smallwormsonlyainchlong,theBolgalooklikegreenishmaggots.Wheninmotion,the
Bolgawiggleendlesslybackandforth,andwhenenteringahosttheBolgacancompressitsbodyto
crawlinthroughthehost'snostrilsandmouth.
Background:TheBolgawerecreatedinthe1920'sbyaNephandiMasterofQlippothicLife.Since
thentheyhavespreadthroughouttheworld,killingthousandsovertheyears.AfewselectNephandi
(rivalsofthecreatoroftheBolga)havespentdecadeshuntingtheinsidiouswormsforreasonsoftheir
own.
Systems:TheBolgatendtocreepuponthehelplessorthesleeping,usingtheirInfestpowertoenter
theirnostrilsormouth,andworktheirwaytothehost'slungs.Oncetheirtheybegincausingall
mannerofrespiratoryproblemsastheBolgafeedsandusesitsBreedpowertotransformthelung
tissueintomoreBolga(anaveragehumanhostcan"provide"for10newBolga).OncethenewBolga
aregrowthehostwillsoondie,andthenewbatchofwormswillleaveusingtheirFlyabilitytofinda
newhost.Theentireprocesstakesroughlyonemonth.

FengQianMo(LunaticCashDevil)
Faction Infernalist
Nature BonVivant Demeanor Architect
STR 4 CHA 4 PER 4
DEX 2 MAN 5 INT 3
STA 4 APP 4 WIT 5
Talents:Alertness4,Awareness4,Brawl3,Dodge3,Intimidation5,Subterfuge4,
Skills:Melee3,Technology3
Knowledges:Business6,ChineseHistory5,Computers3,Culture4,Economics6,Law5,Occult4,
Politics5
Backgrounds:Arcane1,Resources7Willpower:10
Powers:BigBusiness(Prime4,Spirit4),DetectTrend(Entropy2,Time2),Pact(Mind5,Entropy5),
Seller'sMarket(Entropy5,Mind3)
HealthLevels:OK(x2),1(x2),2(x2),3(x2),Incapacitated,Destroyed
Image:TheFengQianMoappearasancient,hunchbackedAsianmendressedinwhiteleisuresuits.
Theyalwaysseemtobegrinningatsomeinnerhorrorandbehaveinquiteerraticways.TheMocan
alwaysbedistinguishedbyitseyes:it'seyesareasolidjadegreencolorwithnowhites.MostMo
wearsunglassestohidethisfeature.
Background:TheMohadbeenactiveinChinaforcenturies,butwerebanishedinthelate1400'sby
thecombinedeffortsofAkashicBrothersandChineseAlchemists.However,inthelate1950's,the
Moagainappeared,thistimeshiftingtheirattentiontowardsJapan.Astheirinfluencespread,they
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madenewcontactswitholdalliesinChina(notablytheWangBaiGui,above).Inthe1980'sthey
evenmadeamoveintotheAmericas,takingseveralyoungbusinessmenandwomen(seenasinferior
"partners")asservantsandtraineesintheartsoftheBigDeal.
ManyamongtheMohavebeentryingtoinfiltratetheGiovanni,theSyndicate,andPentex,seeing
thesegroupsashavingthelion'sshareofpowerandfundsintheworld.OtherMoavoidthesegroups
likeaBuddhistpriest,seeingthepowertheseotherbeingswieldasadirectthreattotheirown
existence.
RolePlayingNotes:Youliveformoney.Somedemonsfeedoffofsouls,youfeedoffofstock
exchangesandfinancialassets.Inthisageofinternationalcorporationsandshadowydeals,youcan
forceathousandpeopleintounemployment,destroytheecosystemforcenturiestocome,andmakea
lovelyprofit.Andthatdoesn'tevenincludeperkslikecorruptingsoulswithgreed,andbuyingflesh
byonlymentioninghowwealthyyouare.It'samazinghowdesperatepeoplewillbecometogeta
tasteofwhatyouhave.
Systems:ByusingBigBusinesstheMocancapturetheSpiritualpowerandPrimeenergyinvolvedin
abusinessoreconomicdealand"infuse"itintoanother,weakeningoneinordertostrengthena
second.MocanalsoDetectTrendsamongfutureeconomics,knowingwhatproductswillselland
whatstockswillbevaluableinthefuture.MocanalsosignapersonintoaPact,thatwillenforcethe
persontoobeytheletterandspiritofthePact(usuallyincludinga"servetheMowithutmostloyalty"
clause).Seller'sMarketallowstheMotoshapeandcontroltheeconomicbehaviorofothers,forcing
stockholderstoselltheirsharesofMicrosoftfor1centashare,andhavingothersbuydirtfor300
dollarsagrain(itisthispowerespeciallythatearnedthedemonsthetitle"FengQian").

WyrmGeomids
Faction:Malfean
Willpower 7 Rage 9 Gnosis 9 Power 20100
Charms:InformationalLink(cost:10.ByrollingGnosisagainstadifficultyof9,theGeomidmay
answeranyquestionbyaccessingboththePatternWebandSpiralLabyrinth),Reform,AirtSense,
SolidifyReality,SapWill,BlightedTouch
Image:Appearingasinfinitelyfacetedpolygons,WyrmGeomidsarepatternsofswirlingredsand
darkness.Theyshiftfrom"friendly"fontsofknowledgetohomicidalwreckingballswithouta
moment'snotice.
Background:WyrmGeomidsarenormalInformationalGeomids(see"UmbratheVelvetShadow")
thattheWyrmhascorruptedwithitsmadness.Whilestillabletolocateanysourceofinformation,
anysmallfact,oranyotherbitofknowledge,theGeomidsarealsohighlyerraticandunpredictable.
Theyarejustaslikelytotrytodevourapersonasanswertheirquestions.However,whenevera
WyrmGeomiddoesansweraquestion,itgivesonlythemostdepressingandhorribleinformationit
canfind.
RolePlayingNotes:Ina1993studyofelectroconvulsivetherapypatientsaged80andolder,27%
DIEDKILLMURDERRAPEwereDEADRAVAGEDMAULEDDEVOUREDdeadwithinone
year.DieLEIDENLeidendesjungenWerthers,byvonGoethe,wasPROHIBITEDRESTRICTED
CONTROLLEDDOMINATEDbannedinseveralEuropeancountriesforitSUICIDAL
HOMICIDALMURDEROUSsuicidalinfluenceonpeople.

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TheCultofZidros,theButterflyGod,isremarkablyrecent.Havingformedonlythreeyearsago,the
CultisrapidlygrowingpoweramongtheOutsiders(makingitaprimetargetforotherOutsiderCults
todestroy).ItisknownthatZidrosisanutterlybeing,leadinganequallyalien"pantheon"oflesser
creatureswhoserveHiminoneformoranother.EvenhisfollowersamongtheNephandiarewarped
andtwistedbeyondnormalhumancomprehension(andevenbeyondmostNephandi's).
TheCultofZidrosexistsinsmallAfricantribesofnomads,Vietnamesevillages,andthejunglesof
theAmazon.ButthestrongestgroupingexistsinEngland(see"VanguardofZidros",above).These
worshippersareincessantlytryingtobringZidrosfromtheHorizonRealmHeresidesin(createdand
poweredbyhisworshippers)toGaia.Inordertodothis,theVanguardbelievestheymustsacrifice11
Awakenedbeingsfrom6specificpointsontheglobe,creatingan8sidedpolyhedral"grid"acrossthe
planetwhichwillallowZidrostoenterandHisminionstolivewithoutfearofParadox.Alreadythe
Vanguardhasfoundtwoofthepoints,andhavecollectedatotalof17Awakened(heldinstasis)for
thesacrifice.
Also,anyattempttouseMindmagicksononeofthebeingsbelowwillresultinatemporary
Derangement(usuallyaPhobiaofbutterfliesoranObsessionaboutkillinginsects)unlessa
Willpowerrollagainstadifficultyof6ismade.Additionaleffectslistedunderthedescriptionofthe
entitytakeprecedenceoverthis.

Zidros
Faction Outsider(Zidros) Level Incarna
Nature Child
Demeanor Visionary
STR 15 CHA 50 PER 25
DEX 35 MAN ?? INT ??
STA 30 APP 50 WIT 30
Talents:Assumeallat10
Skills:Assumeallat2
Knowledges:Assumeallat10,except:Cosmology17,ZidrosLore20
Backgrounds:N/A
HealthLevels:Unknown.Believedtobeinfiniteorirrelevant
Arete:10Willpower:10
Spheres:Allat5,evenQlippothicSpheres(beVERYafraid)
Quote:(Zidroscommunicateswithmentalimages(orpossiblyeventemporaryalterationsofreality).
WhileZidrosdoesnotusethistoattack(asfarascanbedetermined),allwhoareexposedtosuch
communicationmustrollWillpoweragainstadifficultyof6orelsesufferapermanentDerangement
(catatonicterrororfanaticworshipofZidros,player'schoice)thatcanonlybehealedbyintensive
Mindmagicks.Eventhen,theonlymessageapersoncanrecallisoneofaninfinitenumberof
butterfliesinmotion.)
Image:Zidrosisagiantbutterfly,over20feettall.Hiswingsdisplayalloftheconstantlychanging
Tapestry,andifonelookshardandlongenoughonecanevenseehimselfstarringatapictureof
himselfstarringatapicturehimself....ThisalonehasdrivenmanyintodeepstatesofQuiet.
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However,Zidrosisalsooneofthemostbeautifulbeingsinallofcreation.WhileZidrosisabeingof
immensedestructionandmalevolence(ofadifferentsort),Heisalsoaniridescentvisionofgorgeous
order,blissfulchaos,andbreathtakingdestruction.Andyetthisisonlyasmallfractionofthebeauty
ZidrosdisplaysofhisimagesoftheentiretyTapestry.
Background:EvenHismostdevoutfollowersonlyknowthatHecomesfromthedeepestreachesof
theDeepUmbra,andthathewantstoremaketheTapestryintoHisvision,amultiversefilledwithan
infinityofwingedcolorsinflight.Amultiversefilledwithbutterflies.
Currently,ZidrosresidesinahugeHorizonRealm,filledtooverflowingwithhisminionsand
creations.WhileZidrosneedsnoQuintessence,hisUmbroodfollowersdo,andassuchfeedoffof
oneanotherandtheenergiestheOutsidercultistssupply.
RolePlayingNotes:(ZidrosisNOThuman,andhasNOhumanitywithinHim.Hewillattackto
defendHimselfpersonallyorifHisplans(whatevertheymaybe)areendangered,butwouldallow
HismostloyalfollowerstobeslaughteredinfrontofHimorallowHismostpowerfulandrelentless
enemytogazeuponHimunharmed.Zidrosseemsto"enjoy"justhoveringinhisHorizonRealm,
flyingamongthemultitudesofhisfollowers.)
SpecialNotes:EvenlookingatZidroshasahypnoticeffect,andmustberesistedwithaWillpower
rollagainstadifficultyof6orelsesufferapermanentDerangement(afanaticworshipofZidros)that
canonlybehealedbyintensiveMindmagicks.Also,pointoutto"combathungry"playersthat
attackingZidrosisNOTagoodidea.WhileZidrosisnormallyasactiveandmenacingasatwig,He
canutterlyobliterateeventhemostpowerfulofmagecabalswithlittledifficulty.Plus,Heisalways
surroundedbyhisfollowers.
IftheHorizonRealmZidrosresidesinisdestroyedbeforetheCultsofZidroscancompletetheir
"grid",HewillreturntotheDeepUmbra,perhapsforever.However,inordertodestroytheRealm,
everycultdedicatedtohisworshiponearthmustbedestroyed.
Scrant
Faction Outsider(Zidros)
Nature Bravo

Level

Preceptor/Gaffling

Demeanor Sycophant

STR 6 CHA 0 PER 5


DEX 7 MAN 0 INT 1
STA 7 APP 7 WIT 3
Talents:Alertness3,Athletics5,Awareness3,Brawl4,Dodge4
Skills:Stealth3,Survival3
Knowledges:Cosmology3,ZidrosLore5
Spheres:Correspondence3,Forces4,Life3,Spirit4
Willpower:10Arete:8
HealthLevels:OK(x5),1(x5),2(x5),Destroyed
WingSlash(Difficulty:6,Damage:10,Aggravated)
Quote:"GRINACK!GRINACK!"
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Image:Scrantsappearasbeautiful,whirlingpatternsofcoloredwings,lashingoutatallwithinreach.
Fromwithintheirspinningmultitudeofrainbowcolored,bladedwingscomebestialscreamsofrage
andanger.
Background:ScrantsembodytheanimalisticrageofZidros,thementalprocessesHegoesthroughin
thoseraremomentsofgenuineaggressionZidrosactsin.PerhapsitisthefactthatsomanyScrants
existthatZidrosissoseldomlyangered,perhapsthereissomeotherreason,butwhateverthecause
Zidrosisalwayssurroundedbymillionsofthebeings.Andwhiletheywillnotattackfollowersof
Zidros,theywillalmostalwaysattackthosewhodonotembraceZidros(occasionally,Hewill
commandthemnottoattack,butthisisrare).Scrantsarealsousedasassassinsbythecultistson
earth,aswellasmystical"muscle"whenneeded.
RolePlayingNotes:(Scrants,liketheirCreator,areutterlyalienbeings.Assuch,theirbehavior
seemstotallywithoutlogicorreason.WhensummonedbyacultistofZidros,theScrantwillobeythe
desiresofthecultistandseemingactwithamorehumanthinking(butthisisnotalwaysthecase).)
Systems:ScrantscanonlyexistonGaiaforthreehoursbeforeParadoxforcesthembacktoZidrosto
recuperate.
Eilondoi
Faction Outsider(Zidros)
Nature Architect

Level

Preceptor/Gaffling

Demeanor Fanatic

STR 1 CHA 5 PER 5


DEX 3 MAN 3 INT 1
STA 2 APP 5 WIT 1
Talents:Alertness5,Awareness5,Subterfuge1
Skills:Stealth5,Survival5
Knowledges:Cosmology4,Languages1(languageofCultjoined),ZidrosLore4
Spheres:Correspondence4,Forces2,Life3,Mind3,Spirit4
Willpower:4Arete:8
Quote:"WwwwwearrrrrretheeeeeevoicccccceofZzzzzziiiiiiddddrrrrrooooossss.Weeeeee
wiiiiiiillllllllshoooooowyouuuuttttttthewayyyyyyyy."(saidtwentytimessimultaneously)
Image:Ahumanoidfiguremadeoutofamultitudeofbutterfliesstandingatsixfeetinheight.The
Eilondoihasnoeyesormouthornose,only"sockets"formedbyaslightmovementintheinsects'
motion.
Background:TheEilondoiserveasZidros'heraldsamongHisfollowers,withoneEilondoiassigned
asamemberofeachcultworshippingHim.TheEilondoiconveymessagesfromZidros,butarestill
hardtocomprehendamongmortals.ThemessagesandthoughtpatternsofEilondoiarestillvery
alien,despitetheirabilitytointeractwithhumanity.
RolePlayingNotes:(Eilondoi,likeallinthe"Pantheon"ofZidros,areutterlyalientohumanminds.
However,theyareamongsomeofthemostunderstandableandcomprehensibleofallbeingsthat
serveZidros.)
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Systems:EilondoicanonlyexistonGaiafor3daysbeforeParadoxdrivesthemtoreturntoZidros
andHisHorizonRealm.

Leidet
Faction Outsider(Zidros) Level Gaffling
Nature Fanatic
Demeanor Fanatic
STR 1 CHA 7 PER 1
DEX 1 MAN 7 INT ??
STA 1 APP 5 WIT ??
Talents:Dodge3,Expression5
Skills:Survival4
Knowledges:ZidrosLore10(atleast!)
Spheres:Correspondence3,Life2,Spirit4,Time2
Willpower:10Arete:6
Quote:(Leidetneverspeak,andarebelievedtoonlycommunicatetoZidrosandothersinthe
Pantheon.)
Image:Leidetappearasfivefootlongbutterflies,dancinginbizarrepatternsofflight,leavingatrail
ofvariouscoloreddustintheirwake.
Background:TheLeidetaretheprophetsofZidros,foretellingthefutureoftheCultandtheactionsof
eachandeverymortalmember.TheyknowtheentirehistoryoftheCult,andthedestinyofZidros.
Andyet,theirpropheciesareneveravoidedorlookedforwardto,theyaresimplyacceptedand
fulfilled.LeidetareneverfarfromZidros,dancingtheirpropheciesofthefuturethatonlytheycan
understand.
RolePlayingNotes:(LeidetjustdanceandspiralaroundZidros.Theywillnotattack,eveninself
defense.)
Systems:Nospecialnotes.
Blessed
Faction Outsider(Zidros)
Nature Fanatic

Level

Minion

Demeanor Bravo

STR 4 CHA 3

PER 3

DEX 3 MAN 3

INT 2

STA 4 APP 3/6 WIT 2


Talents:Alertness3,Brawl3,Dodge3
Skills:Firearms3,Melee2,Stealth2
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Knowledges:ZidrosLore3
FomoriPowers:MegaAttribute(Appearance,alreadyfactoredin),Mesmerize(treatasEyesofthe
Wyrm),PoisonousBite,Wings
FomoriTaints:Rotting,SpecialDiet(humanflesh),Worms(actuallybutterflies)
Willpower:5
Quote:"ThereisonlyoneGod,andHisnameisZidros.Hisessence,Beauty.Hisgift,anendless
beautythroughallofcreation."
Image:NormallytheBlessedappeartobenormalhumans,butwhenincombatoratgatheringsof
cultistsofZidros,theBlessedrevealadifferentform.Theyappearasiridescentfigureswithwings
andnobodilyfeatures,inanoticeablestateofdecay.Despitetheirinevitabledisintegration,they
emanateutterdevotiontotheirgodandexpressonlyblissnomatterwhat.
Background:TheBlessedareFomoricreatedbyZidrosandHismagesasfootsoldiersforHiscults.
TheyaretypicallypossessedwiththespiritofaSwarm(seebelow).Theyarealwayschosenfrom
amongthemostfanaticalamongthefollowersofZidros,andbecomingoneoftheBlessedisseenasa
greatreward(evenamongthemageswhoperformtheact).
RolePlayingNotes:YoulivetospreadtheworkofZidros,fulfillingHiswishesandthewishesofthe
variouscults.Yourelishinyourbeauty,andthepurityofyourcause.
Systems:AlloftheBlessedhavetheHiddenPowerMeritandtheScaryPresenceFlaw(see"Freak
Legion"formoredetails).

Swarms
Faction Outsider(Zidros)
Nature BonVivant

Level

Minion

Demeanor Bravo

Willpower 5 Rage 3 Gnosis 3 Power 25100


Charms:AirtSense,Appear,Influence,Reform
Quote:(None.Swarmsnevertrytocommunicate)
Image:Swarmsvaryinsizefromonlyafewthousand(coveringseveralfeet)tomillions(covering
entiremiles).TheSwarmsconsistofbutterflieswithcarnivorousjawsinplaceoffeedingtubes.They
feastonbothplantsanddeadanimals,consuminganythingthatwon'tbrushthemaway.
Background:Swarmsseekonlytobreedandfeed.TheyarethetruechildrenofZidros,forwhichHe
seeksonlydominanceofthemultiverse.Whiletheydefyeverythingthatentomologyknows,theyare
evenmorebeautifulthannormalbutterflies(whichSwarmsattackwithseemingrelish).
RolePlayingNotes:(You'reabigswarmofbugs.Attackwhateverdoesn'tmove.Eatit.Shit.Fly
awayandrepeatitagain.Occasionallylaysomeeggs.)
Systems:SwarmscanexistinsideofGaiaforprolongedperiodsoftime,seeminglyimmuneto
Paradox.Theyareroughlyasannoyingasmosquitoes,butwithmoreattitude.

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"Ihaveavision,andinthatvisionI'mstandingontopofabuilding.Godasksme"whydoyoulove
yourFather",andIsay"IdonotknowLord."HeoffersmeabsolutionandIthankhim,andtheshots
ringoutintothecrowdsbelow."D.J.B.
"Everythingyoudomakesaripple.Everyone'sjustapebbleinastream,goingwiththeflowand
makingripplesagainstthewavesofothers.Thenthereareothers,therocks.Theyknocktheripples
outofthewater,disturbingtheentireflowofthestream.Andthenthere'sme.I'maboulderandIstop
thewholedamnthing."F.dM.

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