Enter the realms of dream, where living nightmares haunt surreal landscapes. Walk among the myths of the world's imagination. Fall into the primal realms conjured up when the world itself slumbers. Are there errors or omissions in this product information? Got corrections? Let us know at store paizo.
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Enter the realms of dream, where living nightmares haunt surreal landscapes. Walk among the myths of the world's imagination. Fall into the primal realms conjured up when the world itself slumbers. Are there errors or omissions in this product information? Got corrections?
Let us know at store paizo. The opening fiction tells a tale of a couple of mages chasing around Spaces other than the real world, anyway, yet real enough to those venturing there.
It's all a bit confusing, compounded by a heavy background with shadowy images that makes it hard to read in places.
The Introduction tries to explain further, that being Awakened opens access to many worlds that are contained within each individual's soul. Dreamquests and astal voyages are needed to tap their potential Others can participate in these trips inwards, and secrets can be discovered. The scope of such dreamquests is immense and limited only by the imagination, and it is intended that they should play a part in the chronicles you tell.
The theme is that of introspection, reaching truths that are otherwise inaccessible First, Chapter 1: Shaping the Mists takes a look at astral magic - how does a mage's magic work there at all, and what spells and rotes will give practical help.
As you might imagine, magic doesn't work the same way it does in the real world, and the results might surprise you. For a start the laws of astral space are quite different from the physical laws we are used to, here they become mutable and changeable - sometimes so much so that the term 'law' doesn't really apply any more!
Fortunately magic does follow some rules, at least sometimes. Astral space is all about symbols and meaning, so if you can figure those out you have a starting point from which to start manipulating the world around you, however odd it might appear.
It talks about finding your way around, and describes the wonders to be found. To start off, getting there involves going inwards, deep into your own soul, through there to your dreamspace and deeper still into shared realms.
It always feels like a journey, however you get there and whatever you want to do once you arrive. It all begins with a mental exercise, likely different for every mage who makes the attempt. Crossing from your own dreamspace into the shared spaces that are the astral realms takes you outwith your own control and mental discipline. Next, Chapter 3: Denizens and Things gets down and dirty with what might be found there.
Needless to say, not all are friendly and some might be quite surprising! Even in the bits you might think are 'yours' there many be intruders and once you venture forth into shared space, it's likely to be crawling. So here we learn about daimons - constructs that mimic the dreamer and can manipulate dreamspace towards their purpose, which it to 'improve' the dreamer, generally in some ethical or ideological direction.
However it may seem at the time of an interaction with your daimon, its intentions are benign, helpful even. Handled with respect, they can be useful guides. There are plenty of examples to give you ideas, but each daimon has to be custom-built for each individual mage. Naturally there are less friendly entities out there, and plenty of detail is provided on them as well. Chapter 4: Dreamquests contains Storyteller resources with ideas and advice as to when and how you might introduced events involving the astral realms into your game.
Basically, you can put whatever you want in there, a blessing and a curse at the same time There is a wealth of ideas here about the sort of stories you might prepare and how to go about it, retaining the weirdness and strangeness yet maintaining some kind of internal consistency that reflects the plot that will unfold.
There's masses here to help you plan and run sessions involving a visit to astral space, essential reading if you are even contemplating going there. Finally, Chapter 5: Realms presents some actual places all detailed out and ready to visit This sort of adventuring may not be for everyone - you may even find that not all of your group wish to engage in astral travel whilst some revel in it.
It can however be powerful and thought-provoking, perhaps something to be used sparingly with reluctant travellers, characters who may only visit the astral planes once or twice in their entire lives; but which can be more frequently visited by those who enjoy the experience. It might also be useful when not everyone is available for a game session - those who are there engage in some astral travel, whilst time stands still for the absentees.
Other groups may decide to avoid it altogether or make it a regular part of their mages' development and explorations of their own selves. Whatever you decide, here are the tools you will need.
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Can you hear it? The thunder of your soul, roaring within the thousand thousand worlds that exist within you. Gods are there, inside you. Worlds of dream and knowledge, chains of purest gold that bind you to each and every other mind that walks this earth.
Edit Source Tags. Edit side bar Edit top bar. Legal About Contact. Description: The dimension of the mind, the realm 'inside' of consciousness, the world within the soul itself. The astral is the actual 'location' where all ideas, thoughts, memories and imaginings reside, the 'place' they're found every time someone thinks about them, or with them.
Astral Space is the dimension in Mage: The Awakening formed by unconscious thoughts and ideals. At one point, it was possible to travel from Astral Space to the Supernal Realms ; however, The Abyss now prevents travel between the two. The shallowest astral realm, the Oneiros is the realm of the astral traveller's own soul. The next deepest realm is the Temenos. The second deepest astral realm, the Temenos is the realm of all humanity, where all human knowledge could be found.
Astral Space is the non-corporeal regions — the Realms Invisible — of the Mage cosmology, defined by the minds, ideas, thoughts, and emotions of beings within the Fallen World. It may have at one point contained, included, or bordered upon the Supernal Realms , although it is now separated from them by the Abyss. It contains three main Astral Stratum, or levels: The Oneiros, which is a unique reflection of every person's mind, the Temenos, a reflection of the minds of all mankind, and the Anima Mundi, which is a reflection of ideal forms and essences of the natural world. The Mastigos , through their mastery over the Arcanum of Mind , are the Path who deal the most with this realm. To reach Astral Space, a mage must pass through though his or her Astral Threshold. This requires entering a state of meditative lucid dreaming. The Astral Threshold is generally some emotional or psychological concern or strain on the mage that manifests as an obstacle that must be overcome by spending mana.