Examples of Faerie Wizards

Does anyone have any examples of Faerie Wizards they've previously created? I'm considering rolling up my own, and it would be helpful to see how people have interpreted the rules previously. (Also would be happy to be pointed to any published examples, as I haven't found any.)

Are you looking for the traditions in RoP: Faerie or Hermetics focused on Faerie such as initiation focused merinita or homoculus wizard?

Good point to clarify!

I'm looking for examples of the traditions in RoP: Faerie.

It has been two days and we haven't seen any characters.

Perhaps it is time for us to make one.

What tradition do you want to see?

The Ollamhain would be good to see!

I just took a look at the Ollamhain

Enchantment is their only method, It can get pretty powerful magic up, but I don't see an easy way to get great penetration. To get the most out of it, the character will need to be able to generate performance scores 4 or more higher than his first target. That should be doable, especially if our character has an enchanted harp as the description says is common for them.

They have three powers
Beguile lets our character alter memories, charge targets with emotions and control actions. The caster can if they wish have an appropriate sympathy trait for the relevant emotion instead of ome for the target
Dream allows this character to get visions of distant places and gather information about the present and future (but not directly about the past) it also allows him or her to understand any language and communicate mentally.
Portage allows teleportation darn near anywhere

I'd love to make or help make one of these guys. I've never done one before, I'm not (yet) an expert on them. I suspect that the key to make one of these characters sing (metaphorically) is to get them a set of widely applicable sympathy traits and then build their magic, ther personality, and their story around these traits.

What role do you want them to play in a story? Are they an ally, an antagonist, or something else? Do you want someone whose formidable powers regularly mess with the plans of the magi or someone whom they trade favors with or a PC companion?

I strongly suspect that if you do do one, you will be the resident expert, by default. :wink:

The trick for all of these faerie wizards is: how do I get enough types of sympathy trait at a level high enough to be useful?

From what I can see, trying to do this at character creation is quite tough. RoP:F p102 says "Sympathy traits are typically gained from Virtues or Flaws, or as a result of warping" - but will you gain much from warping during creation? After creation, you can put 5xp/season into improving Sympathy traits as an ability, with the limit being your warping + bonuses for faerie blood + bonuses for virtues, so given time you can get the levels high enough.

It is possible for characters to give each other temporary sympathy traits - but this requires either a group of you being faerie wizards as players, or the NPCs being an allied team.
Those virtues and flaws: Faerie Background is free, increases warping and gives you a matching positive and negative sympathy trait - if you must have a high sympathy at character creation, this seems to be the easiest way but it cripples you with botch dice equal to the negative sympathy trait you take. Faerie sympathy gives you a +3 trait (major virtue) or a +1 (minor virtue) - it says you can increase these with xp, so maybe if you take strong faerie blood and a few minor faerie sympathies you can sink xp into having several moderately good sympathies.

Ones I would recommend - Trees (as per nymphs) - you can use Beguile to change people's perceptions of trees, which is powerful in a forest. You can use Portage to teleport people around forests. Therefore this is very useful in much of Northern Europe, especially in those stereotypical "faerie woods". As you can get it from assocation with a nymph, if your character was a nympholept and spent years with a nymph you could explain this sympathy and magical training.
Nobility (as per seelie fae) - useful for etiquette and social rolls and beguiling important people
Prophecy (listed in The Sundered Eagle p127 as a trait of Apollon's, so someone with Faerie God blood could have this) - unlocks a lot of uses for the dream power.

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But if you and Darkwing help out I'll be one of several. :smiley:

Sympathy traits have to be significantly narrower than a form, that's where I started thinking. Some of my first (possibly too min-maxish) ideas are:
The Island of Hibernia (for portage)
Irish women (or even cheesier, the people of Hibernia)
people listening to his music (this would be the ultimate tasteless munchkin choice, but the character would be well served by an applicable sympathy trait to boost his performance in order to get the enchantment rolls he needs)
The PC's covenant

I set myself up for that, didn't I?
Right, time to dig out RoP: Faerie again, I guess.

The final outcome of this thread would be a great article for Peripheral Code, if all you contributors are willing to let me publish it.

Faerie nuff! Shall we try making a companion character from each of the traditions? One trick will by finding sympathy virtues which are both useful, plausible and thematic. I think a bigger problem for effectiveness is getting your casting total high enough (although this is less a problem for the Enchantment Method).

WIP of one the Wise Folk:

Owain, the Cunning Man

The nooks and crannies of the Welsh mountains hold many secrets, and the Dominion can only spread so far. Stories are still told by the valley-dwellers of the fey, both good and ill. Owain is one of the Wise Folk who knows the knacks of the fey, and how they can be used by mortals. He lives alone, scratching out a meager existence by distributing charms and wards against misfortune and malice, but rarely appreciated by the villagers around him, no matter how much he warns them about the harms the faeries may inflict. He has a particular soft spot for children, and is vigilant against the many faeries who prey upon them. After an unfortunate encounter with a particularly nasty faerie, his wife was transformed into a mouse, rather diminishing Owain's prospects of having children of his own. Since then, Owain has been notably melancholy.

Virtues: Wise one, Empathy (Major), Ware, Weal, Woe, Faerie Sympathy (Major), Faerie Background (Free).
Flaws: Meddler (Major), Poor (Major), Missing Eye, Animal Companion, Pessimistic, Arthritis

Sympathy Traits: Children (+5), Traditions (+3), Mice (-3)
Warping: 2

Ward against Child Snatchers (Empathy/Ware, 25)
R: Touch (+1), D: Focus (+1), T: Ind
Ward the target against anything associated with one of the caster’s positive Sympathy Traits, with Faerie Might no greater than (the base level of this effect + 20).
Protects a child against child-snatching Faeries of up to Might 25.

[Query: Does a child-snatching faerie count as associated with Children, or should this be considered something opposed by one of the caster's positive Sympathy Traits? 'Opposed by one of the caster's positive Sympathy Traits' isn't a category I've seen, but 'opposed by one of the caster's negative Sympathy Traits' is, so...]

Ward against the Prejudiced Parents (Empathy/Ware, 20)
R: Per, D: Focus (+1), T: Ind
Protects Owain from all mundane harm, except from Children, Traditions and Mice.

Heal the injured youngling (Empathy/Weal, 15)
R: Touch (+1), D: Season (+2), T: Ind
+9 bonus to recovery rolls for a child.
OR prevent a child's wounds from worsening.
Another version of this spell (Heal the downtrodden mouse) has been helpful to Owain on a number of occasions.

Slay the child-snatcher (Empathy/Woe 25)
R: Voice (+2), D: Focus (+1), T: Ind
Slays a child-snatching faerie until Owain casts another spell. This incapacitates the Faerie, so that Owain can bring iron or folk-charms to bear, to cause more lasting harm.
Note: Can only be cast immediately if in a trance-like state (for example, if Owain has spent all night awake, guarding a child.) Must penetrate to have effect, which will be difficult.

I haven't completed his characteristics and abilities yet; but even with a very focused approach, it's hard to see how his casting total could get much above 25: Stress die + 5 (stamina) + 6 (Empathy) + 6 (power) (+ aura).
Query: Do Methods and Powers get specialisations?

The methods and powers in RoP:D clearly do, but there's no description of any specialisations in RoP:F, just that they are learnt like Supernatural Abilities. I would say yes, they should.

Faerie Traditions - now with divine traditions, it's nice and clear anyone with True Faith can learn the four abilities associated with the tradition without needing the virtues. RoP:F doesn't make it clear what you would need to get the abilities without needing virtues, and indeed says in one paragraph you need to buy at least a major virtue for a method and a minor virtue for a power to cast faerie rites. Would a Gifted faerie wizard be allowed to learn all four abilities without needing virtues?

Learning Faerie Abilities, p.116, seems to suggest that the "equivalent" of The Gift/True Faith for learning Faerie Abilities is Faerie Rank at 5+. This is waived when learning the favoured abilities of your tradition.

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Not exactly a faerie wizard, but an example of a character built around faerie methods and powers can be found here.

You should choose vulnerabilities for his powers

I'm planning on Doing an Ollamhain as a mythic companion NPC I'm planning for a character that can create challenges for a group of magi to deal with.

I do keep meaning to write up a traditional Persian Yatus, represented by the Borrowers tradition. Throw in some advancement ala Magi of Hermes and I could have the starting character join the Order of Suleiman later on...have to decide whether to make him Gifted or not though.

Could you provide a source for this Vulnerability? I'm not doubting you, I'm just too blind to find it.

I'm also trying to put together an Ollamhain.

See RoP:F page 124 under the heading Faerie Powers for vulnerabilities.

Conal, an Ollamhain (Faerie wizard)

Characteristics: Int 0, Per 0, Pre +5, Com +2, Str 0, Sta 0, Dex 0, Qik 0
Warping Score:4(0)
Confidence Score 1(3)
Virtues and Flaws: Wise One; The Gift; Faerie background (free), Faerie Blood (Nymph), Faerie Sympathy (Minor) – love, Great Presence x 2, Potent Sorcery(men), Special circumstances (in a forest) ;Faerie Friend, Infamous, Lecherous (major), Lost Love, Necessary Condition (performing music), Small Frame
Personality Traits: Lecherous +6, Loyalty -3, Brave +1,
Reputations: Abandoner of women 4
Combat: Dodging Init 0, attack n/a, defence +3, damage n/a
Soak: 0
Fatigue levels: OK,-1,-3,-5,Unconscious
Wound penalties: -1 (1-4), -3 (5-8), -5 (9-12), Incapacitated (13-16), dead (17+)
Abilities: Irish 5 (filthy language), Awareness 2 (forests), Brawl 2 (dodging), Charm 2 (first impressions), Folk Ken (peasants) 2, Faerie Lore (Irish fae) 3, Leadership (intimidation) 2, Music (harp) 5, Survival (forests) 2
Faerie Methods/Powers/Arts: Enchantment 5, Beguile 3, Dream 3, Portage 5. Beguile is vulnerable to someone wearing a branch of Holly, Dream to someone wearing Hawthorn, Portage to someone wearing Mistletoe.
Faerie Sympathy Traits: Trees +4, Loyalty -4, Love +1
Equipment: Traveller’s clothes in a dull green that blends into forests, a harp, a small travelling pack.

Conal is a gifted member of a Faerie tradition, so has scores in the favoured method and powers without needing the corresponding Virtue. He is a nympholept – as an adolescent, he left his betrothed to go into the woods to pick her a beautiful flower, but met a beautiful nymph and could not bear to leave her (his mildly lecherous nature being greatly inflamed by the nymph’s promises). He stayed with her, his own personal Circe, learning a little of the fae and of their magic but when he left, he was a grown man and his sweetheart had married another man and had several children, badmouthing him to their entire community. The nymph tries to woo him back periodically, and so far he has resisted.

Favourite effects:
Unable to see the forest for the trees – Beguile 15 – makes a person unable to distinguish the difference between any tree, causing someone to become horribly lost in a forest. (Base 3 make a major change to someone’s perception, +2 voice +2 sun duration)
Talking to the trees – Dream 20 – asks a tree about its memories of the past day while the wizard sings (base 10, +1 touch, +1 duration while)
Leap of the trees – Portage 20 – like Leap of the shadows (RoP:F p128) but the target goes from one tree to another.

He will develop effects allowing someone to divine the future of their love by Dream magic, but needs to increase his Faerie Sympathy first.

Note: Rival Magic page 11 says that Potent Sorcery may be taken by anyone with a supernatural ability, and the sample character in the book with it is a Muspelli who has a focus of Men, and uses it to boost her Entrancement and ritual magics. Special circumstances is also used by a Muspelli in this book, and seems to be valid for hedge magi.
Originally I considered having “plagued by the supernatural” as a major story flaw and adding Fragile Constitution to his list of minor flaws, but decided to add “necessary condition” to enforce him singing or playing the harp (as per tradition – The Contested Isle says the bards look down on people who use music rather than poetry) and have the story flaw “faerie friend” and have the nymph still interested in him but in a friendly way.

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