As I did with the past Traditions, I´m trying to push a bit what prime can do alone by considering that the sphere can affect, shape and impose ressonance. Since cultist magic often involves pleasure, addiction and madness, those were the ressonance effects I´m proposing as the basis for traditional ecstatic prime rotes. I hope most storytellers could come to agree with me on that. The alternative is to make these effects require mind and lock prime as being always about pushing quintessence around with not much flavor added to it.
What do you think? This sphere can become quite a struggle.
Feedback, as always, is where is at. I would love to hear your thoughts about how to improve these lists and what sort of elements I may be missrepresenting or have been overlooked.
Akasha Correspondence Entropy Forces Life Matter Mind Prime Spirit Time Celestial Chorus Correspondence Entropy Forces Life Matter Mind Prime Spirit Time Cult of Ecstasy Correspondence Entropy Forces Life Matter Mind
---- Prime O - The Uncoiling Awareness:
By meditating, doing yoga postures and chanting mantras, the cultists stir the primordial energies that rest inside his body to suffuse and overwhelm his senses, opening perceptions to the hidden splendor of cosmos. Traditionally practiced as the awakening of the kundalini, this rote allows a Cultist to forgo the use of other substances to reach Ananda. Quintessence itself, understood as the manifestation of Shakti, is his drug of choice, and it is ever present and endless in its currents.
This effect has two parts: First, the transcendental moment, which arrives after long sessions of meditation and tantra, in which kundalini uncoils and rises along the mage’s spine producing an overwhelming experience of unity, splendor and connectedness. This is often used as an alternative way to focus other rotes when their proper rituals can’t be performed, and is such a powerful experience that rivals the hardest psychedelic substance, taking a mage out of his feat and sometimes even making him faint.
The second part comes once the initial ecstasy has subsumed and the cultist can enjoy the lingering expanded perceptions. The presence and flow of shakti superimposes itself over normal hearing, sight and touch and while the mage may have more difficulty perceiving the material world, supernatural energies reveal themselves as shining mandalas, perfumes and indescribable sounds. O - The Essence of Art:
by breathign in the incense smoke that dances on a room, By savoring the food and wine that has been sitting on a location or by tasting the kiss or enjoying sex with a person the ecstatic capture the Ojas, or living energies, that define a subject very nature. These energies serve as powerful inspiration in devising works of poetry, music and art that display the very essence and resonance of a given subject.
While often used as creative fuel, this rote also allows the cultist to discover supernatural influences at work by carefully examining the finished art pieces. A palid, languid figure on a painting may reveal vampiric influence over a person, while the savage multicolored hair may hint at a shapeshifter or spiritual connection. Music is particularly powerful at capturing resonance, making other mages with supernatural senses be shocked by the accuracy with which some Ecstatic art convey things that can’t be described in words.
Ecstatic artists almost never suffer a lack of inspiration and writers may easily surpass blocks and crisis through this rote. Changeling may find mages who are trained in this spell particularly interesting, and lots of long lasting friendships were born when fae folk were surprised by listening or seeing their form and nature exposed in pieces of music and art produced by artists they would never associated with their preconceptions of what a mage would look like. OO - Flowers of Possibility:
The universe to the cultist eyes is a manifold mandala that expands through infinity realities and possibilities. The visions, dreams and hallucinations that reveal themselves in moments of ecstasy are just glimpses of what is or could be in different words and alternative dimensions. Inside the fecund energy of shakti, all things that could be are, despite the limitations the current manifestation of our world.
Through song, art and dance, the ecstatic can connect with these alternatives. To his mystical senses, supernatural music, mandalas of power and invisible flowers reveal themselves in accordance to inspiration and emotion. Through this rote the cultist baths in perfume only supernatural senses can smell, Decorate his temple with tapestries hidden from mundane eyes and lapidate the stuff of dreams into beautiful sculptures that dwarf the simpler idols of wood and stone over which they are cast.
This rote is often used to decorate and consecrate the temple of ecstasy with wonders that astonish mortals when they finally manage to open their mystical senses. It marks the paths that lead to secret hideouts and add hidden meaning and depth to simple gifts, paintings, music and art. This spell also allows the cultist to weave powerful disguises that mask his awakened state with the symbols and fragrances that mark other supernatural creatures.
Reinforcing the respect Cultists have for the mad prophet and visionary, sometimes people under the clutches of madness, intoxication and delirium seem to get glimpses and tastes of these mystical constructs without any external help, and many secret societies and cults often learn to welcome the odd visitor that arrive at their meeting places guided by visions and omens he can’t properly explain. OO - A Sip of Enlightenment:
Through pain, pleasure and effort the cultist is able to guide another person into uncoiling their own kundalini and opening their senses to the explosive wonder of the universe. This allows even sleepers to experience the orgasmic explosion of enlightenment and enjoy the lingering expanded perceptions for the following hours.
While often enacted through long sessions of meditation, tantra, yoga and trace, this rote also teaches how the cultist can funnel shakti in powerful concoctions that provide a high like no earthly drug and kicks the doors of perception open in a explosive moment of awareness.
Sleepers that experience this effect on a regular basis often become amenable to the paradigm of the cult and stop being considered witnesses for vulgar effects, they can also interact and observe the hidden flowers of possibility mages often create to welcome them into the supernatural world. Unfortunately this can easily become an addicting spiritual state that often take away the luster of other pleasures and may lead to followers becoming fiends chasing the particularly dangerous high of supernatural awareness.
The same powerful and condensed experience that expand the senses of sleepers can become a disorientating trap that overwhelms, burns and distorts the senses of supernatural creatures and other mages. Ecstatic drugs can poison the energies of other mages making difficult for them to concentrate on their foci and work their spells. In times of war, the cult is known to prepare special powders, incenses and coat their knives in substances that send their awakened enemies into hellish hallucinations when they try to access their inner powers. OOO - An Intimate Exchange:
Long massages, guided meditation and even sessions of consenting torture and bondage are tools the cult uses to attune the energies and chackras of a mage with those of a partner. This allows shakti to freely flow between them creating strong, powerful connections. The Cultist invests a measure of his on quintessence on his partner and as long as it is kept both partners become more susceptible to each other supernatural influence. Not only spells become easier, but they also last longer. Additionally, while on each other presence, partners are filled by deep sense of comfort and belonging. While Sleepers can be made to carry quintessence with this rote, their chakras cannot hold extra shakti for long and during their moments of ecstasy power slowly disperses giving rise to vivid dreams and lingering sensations.
This rote often causes withdrawal proportional to the amount of power invested and the duration of the spell. Once the influence disperses, the subject may experience mild bouts of depression, solitude and lack of creativity. The mage’s presence may also be sorely missed by its partner as his vanishing shakti feels like a part of the subject own soul that was taken away. OOO - Align the Chakras
: Through Dance, tantric meditation, use of special incenses and concoction of special foods and drinks the cultist is able to use his own shakti to align another mage or supernatural creature chakras so power may flow more freely through his body. While this effect lasts the supernatural creature can more easily manifest their own powers and abilities, and the mage can surpass external difficulties in using their spells. The cultist must choose a specific theme, flavor or purpose toward he is pushing his subject and only those powers and effects that follow that direction are boosted. As a side effect, powers, abilities and even mundane skills that go against the chosen alignment become greatly hindered and hard to access.
This rote is often used to help sleepers develop their nascent supernatural sensibilities and make embrionary gifts flourish. Unfortunately most people can’t find extraordinary talents in their spirits and the only effect this rote provokes on them is a burst of creativity, vivid dreams and some major hangovers in the following days. OOOO - A Dance of Nightmares:
Repeating unrelenting, formless mantras, indulging in heavy intoxication, juggling of torches and performing violent dances allow the ecstatic to swirl and twist the ambient energies in chaotic patterns and make unpredictable energetic forms and fluations pop in and out of existence. This rote unleashes waves of confusion and madness that make all sort of supernatural effects wild, unpredictable and unreliable. The senses of supernatural creatures are haunted by disturbing visions, hallucinations and they may find their own abilities behaving in strange ways. Mages trying to cast spells must fight against confusion and feel paradox bites harder and deeper. Technomantic sensors behave erratically and their devices seem to suffer from power fluctuations.
While this effect doesn't directly counter spells, it does warp them in unexpected ways, making them spread to unintended targets, be bolstered in an instant and suddenly stop a second later or spin out of the caster direct control. Extended rituals may become impossible to maintain and long lasting enchantments and spells may have their effects completely warped. OOOO - The Sacred Poison:
The ecstatic uses drugs, ecstatic postures and mad mantras to make his own swirling, flaming shakti poison the ambient energy of a node, layline or place of power. All supernatural creatures inhabiting or tasting of place’s energy become assaulted by ecstatic hallucinations, intense pleasure, pain and confusion. The quintessence of the place also becomes extremely addicting and cathartic. Those that partake of it may feel compelled to indulge again and again. Sensible sleepers may have vivid dreams, bolstered artistic inspiration and libido overcharged when visiting the place. OOOOO - The Avatar of Gods
: Ecstatic masters are able to lead cults of sleepers into collective orgies, rituals and ceremonies that not only open their eyes to the supernatural but also gift their spirits with the power to shape their dreams, desires and hallucinations in phantasmagorical constructs they can see, taste, touch and feel as real. Using the image of the Devas and asuras, cultists can focus the imagination and creative forces of a collective making the gods arise, dance and make love with them. These rituals are often enacted under the influence of sacred drugs to alleviate the unbelief and paradox that may flow from more sane and collected hearts.
In times of war, cultist may wip the madness frenzied and hallucinating warriors into burning avatars of kali or the valkyries themselves and by poisoning the water supply of technocratic strongholds may lock enemies unaccustomed with the kiss of madness in prisons where they confront the fangs and teeth of the supernatural world they insist to deny. OOOOO - To Gather the Cult:
It is said that the body of shakti, the wife of shiva, was split into dozens of pieces and spread across India. On the places the pieces fell, villagers and priests created temples where Peethas, sacred shrines encasing her essence, are worshipped and honored. Alongside Lingas, phallic stones representing her husbands presence and power, Peethas serve as centerpieces accumulating worship and respect for the wonder and love that give form to the universe.
This ancient rite allows cultists to create new sacred places where the essence of shakti can manifest. Through devotion, celebration, art and music, the creative energy of the goddess can be collected in a sacred stone and a node can be born around it.
Across the world Ecstatics, Choristers and Euthanatos share a roof under these sacred temples. In these places, their different practices and teachings find common grounds in the common culture they found roots. Each, in their own ways, honor the beauty, wonder and bliss of the universe and its forces. In shared ceremonies, the search for bliss, sacred duty and divine communion reveal themselves as different facets of unified goal of devotion and respect.