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Revision as of 23:13, 14 January 2020


If memory serves, this bowl is tool used by Moon Mages to scry into the future. You remember that bowls carved with such sigils are divination tools used by Moon Mages and preferred by those mages that call themselves the Prophets of G'Nar Peth. Traditionally carved from a single piece of sandstone and etched with the mysterious sigils only Moon Mages seem to understand, scrying bowls are used by mages trained in astrology as a tool for divination. It is said that the first bowls were filled with water from the Garden of G'Nar Peth, though whether that is a legend held by the Prophets themselves or merely a tale told by outsiders is unclear.

Properties

Use

For general information on how predictions work see the Prediction article.

Like all prediction tools, before use the mage must know the ALIGN ability (learnable at 4th circle) and have made a successful observation. Furthermore, before the first use, the bowl must be RUBbed to bond it to the user. Syntax is to ALIGN <skill/skill set>, and then to GAZE BOWL. In order to predict on another the seer must SHOW the bowl to the target and then GAZE into it as before.

Example

You gaze into the bowl, your hand moving around its lip until it completes a full circle. You dip your fingers gently into the ice-cold water and raise them above the bowl. As the drops fall from your fingertips, they cause ripples which race across the surface. The water quickly grows still, leaving no trace of the disturbance. As you gaze into the water, it becomes illuminated by the white of the Owl and the Sun as their carvings glow steadily along the bowl's edge.

Qualities

Physical Qualities

Potency damage

Potency damage is indicated by the porosity of the sandstone.

  • The stone's porosity is reminiscent of mistglass.
  • The stone is unbelievably porous.
  • The stone is extremely porous.
  • The stone is very porous.
  • The stone is rather porous.
  • The stone has an above average porosity.
  • The stone is of average porosity.
  • The stone has a below average porosity.
  • The stone is rather nonporous.
  • The stone is very nonporous.
  • The stone is extremely nonporous.
  • The stone is completely nonporous.

Duration damage

Duration damage manifests as the smoothness of the bowl's interior.

  • The interior of the bowl is perfectly rounded, without the slightest bump or crack.
  • The interior of the bowl is perfectly rounded.
  • The interior of the bowl is exceptionally well-rounded and smooth.
  • The interior of the bowl is very well-rounded.
  • The interior of the bowl is well-rounded.
  • The interior of the bowl is rounded.
  • The interior of the bowl is worn in a few spots.
  • The interior of the bowl is no longer round and has a few chips.
  • The interior of the bowl is quite bumpy and uneven.
  • The interior of the bowl has several cracks and chips.
  • The interior of the bowl is marred by cracks and several large chips.
  • The interior of the bowl is horrifically chipped and a large crack runs through the center.

Alignment damage

Alignment damage can be determined by the brightness of the sigils.

  • The six major sigils radiate brightly, the complex network between them is perfectly illuminated.
  • The six major sigils radiate brightly like the sun.
  • The six major sigils glow prominently, not unlike gaethzen.
  • The six major sigils glow steadily like moonlight.
  • The six major sigils twinkle like stars.
  • The six major sigils glisten as parts of the sigils fade in and out.
  • The six major sigils glow faintly as occasional shadows wind through the network.
  • The six major sigils have become quite dim.
  • The six major sigils fade in and out.
  • The six major sigils struggle to remain illuminated.
  • The six major sigils are damaged, giving off only a faint glimmer of light.
  • The six major sigils are in terrible shape, stifled and barely luminescent.

Polarity damage

Polarity damage is reflected in the shadows that appear.

  • The inner rim instantly forms a perfect circle of shifting Katamba black.
  • The inner rim is rapidly eclipsed by the shadows.
  • The inner rim rapidly darkens.
  • The inner rim ripples as it transitions to darkness.
  • The inner rim turns a shadowy black.
  • The inner rim fogs over with shadows.
  • The inner rim is obscured by shadows plodding their way around its circumference.
  • The inner rim leisurely darkens as shadows drift over its surface.
  • The inner rim darkens with a noticeable delay.
  • The inner rim takes a while before beginning to darken.
  • The inner rim eventually grows dim.
  • The inner rim takes what feels like an eternity to darken.

Bond Qualities

When you analyze the bowl, you will have a vision about a vessel. This reflects your bond with the bowl.

Potency bond

How full the vessel is with water.
Your mind's eye sees that vessel's water level is terribly low, mostly droplets at the bottom. (1/10)
Your mind's eye sees that vessel's water level just covers the bottom. (2/10)
Your mind's eye sees that vessel's water level is enough to dip your fingers into.(3/10)
Your mind's eye sees that vessel's water level is only about a quarter full.(4/10)

Duration bond

The stillness of the water.
The surface of the water sloshes violently back and forth. (1/10)
The surface of the water climbs the sides of the vessel as it splashes about.(2/10)
The surface of the water bounces from side to side.(3/10)
The surface of the water undulates within the vessel.(4/10)

Alignment bond

The clarity of the water.
The liquid within the vessel is tenebrous and murky, blocking out anything beneath the surface. (1/10)
The liquid within the vessel swirls turbid and brown, obstructing the bottom. (Skill 2/10).
The liquid within the vessel looks like cream in coffee.(3/10)
The liquid within the vessel is dark and translucent.(4/10)

Polarity bond

Any debris in the water.
The water is terribly foul, with large pieces of floating debris.(1/10)
The water is riddled with suspended bits of dark debris.(2/10)
The water has small pebbles that have sunk to the bottom. (3/10)
The water is sandy.(4/10)

Age and construction qualities

These are identical for all types of tools. See Prediction for a list of both.

Interpretation

A prediction's outcome can be interpreted from:

  • The potency is reflected in the temperature of the water.
  • The duration is seen in how long the ripples last.
  • The skill is reflected in the primary sigils that illuminate during the prediction (see Skill messaging below)
  • The polarity is seen in the color of the sigils.

Skill messaging

Magic

Skill Sigils
Primary Magic
Attunement Owl and Xibar
Arcana Owl and the Sun
Targeted Magic Owl and the Wolf
Augmentation Owl and the Wolverine
Debilitation Owl and the Shark
Utility Owl and the Wren
Warding Owl and the Lion
Sorcery
Astrology
Summoning
Theurgy

Lore

Skill Sigils
Forging
Engineering
Outfitting
Alchemy
Enchanting Wren and the Wolf
Scholarship Wren and the Owl
Appraisal
Performance
Tactics
Bardic Lore
Empathy
Trading

Offensive combat

Skill Sigils
Small Edged Coyote and the Cat
Large Edged Coyote and the Lion
Twohanded Edged
Small Blunt Coyote and the Weasel
Large Blunt
Twohanded Blunt Coyote and the Shark
Slings Coyote and the Boar
Bow Coyote and the Nightingale
Crossbow Coyote and the Dove
Staves Coyote and the Dolphin
Polearms
Light Thrown Coyote and the Wren
Heavy Thrown Coyote and the Raven
Brawling Coyote and the Wolverine
Offhand Weapon Coyote and the Heron
Melee Mastery Coyote and the Ox
Missile Mastery Coyote and the Vulture
Expertise

Defensive combat

Skill Sigils
Shield Phoenix and the Wolverine
Light Armor Phoenix and the Magpie
Chain Armor Phoenix and the Weasel
Brigandine Phoenix and the Viper
Plate Armor Phoenix and the Albatross
Defending Phoenix and the Boar
Parry Ability Coyote and the Cobra

Survival

Skill Sigils
Evasion Phoenix and the Scorpion

Notes

  • RP verbs that only work or message differently for Pethians: DROOL, KISS, PAT, and WINK.
  • Bowls require the second hand to be empty to use them. Furthermore attempting to predict without a free hand will force you to ALIGN again.

Variations

 
Black sandstone bowl with moonsilver sigils
Brass-gilt sandstone bowl
Curved sandstone bowl painted like the bloom of a desert rose
Dark sandstone bowl streaked with lines of translucent quartz
Deep sandstone bowl carved with a sinuous line
Deep sandstone bowl painted on the outside with a sinuous black dragon
Delicate sandstone bowl with a slender asp engraved around the lip
Enruned sandstone bowl
Enruned sandstone bowl with a deep purple exterior glaze
Gold-gilt sandstone bowl
Heavy sandstone bowl ringed with a pattern of animals and closed eyes
Item:Brass-gilt sandstone bowl
Item:Curved sandstone bowl painted like the bloom of a desert rose
Item:Dark sandstone bowl streaked with lines of translucent quartz
Item:Deep sandstone bowl carved with a sinuous line
Item:Deep sandstone bowl painted on the outside with a sinuous black dragon
Item:Delicate sandstone bowl with a slender asp engraved around the lip
Item:Enruned sandstone bowl
Item:Enruned sandstone bowl with a deep purple exterior glaze
Item:Gold-gilt sandstone bowl
Item:Heavy sandstone bowl ringed with a pattern of animals and closed eyes
Item:Large sandstone bowl with deep gouges in the sides
Item:Multifarious sandstone bowl
Item:Oblong sandstone bowl with a warped base
Item:Purple glazed sandstone bowl painted with moon mage caricatures
Item:Rough sandstone bowl shaped like a dakohirdu skull
Item:Sandstone bowl engraved with assorted geometric shapes around the lip
Item:Sandstone bowl etched with numerological formula
Item:Shallow bowl shaped from red sandstone
Item:Shallow sandstone bowl trimmed with brass
Item:Smooth sandstone bowl etched with dancing animals
Item:Steel-gilt sandstone bowl
Item:Yellow glazed sandstone bowl crackled with red and orange
Large sandstone bowl with deep gouges in the sides
Multifarious sandstone bowl
Oblong sandstone bowl with a warped base
Purple glazed sandstone bowl painted with moon mage caricatures
Rough sandstone bowl shaped like a dakohirdu skull
Sandstone bowl engraved with assorted geometric shapes around the lip
Sandstone bowl etched with numerological formula
Shallow bowl shaped from red sandstone
Shallow sandstone bowl trimmed with brass
Smooth sandstone bowl etched with dancing animals
Steel-gilt sandstone bowl
Yellow glazed sandstone bowl crackled with red and orange