This game is about magick in all its forms, and every character from can use it in some fashion.
BOOK OF SHADOWS
This game is about magick in all its forms, and every character can use it in some fashion. Each character in Black Sun Rising buys dots of whatever path their traditional practices are to represent their knowledge and skill in that form of witchcraft. This is printed in a Book of Shadows, a grimoire passed down through the family and its contents helps give background information about the world of Black Sun Rising.
How much magick you get at character creation depends on your blood purity rating. Are you a pure-blooded witch who has witch parents on both sides, or a random person with the talent for witchcraft? Each has its own pros and cons, so pick whatever makes the most sense for your character.
SO, HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each path of witchcraft has a scale from one to five, with five representing the highest level the witch can get. Each level is worded to give an outline of what that level of knowledge and spellcraft covers, but vague enough for players to be able to be creative. It is modified from the World of Darkness: Sorcerer system published by White Wolf.
Spells: Spells, invocation, or hex is a set of words, spoken or unspoken, which invoke some magical effect. The type of spells you get in your Book of Shadows depends on your family’s unique culture.
Rituals: A ritual is a grander and stronger spell, that requires some offering to the watchtowers you are evoking. They are usually done in a cast circle to ensure that there is no outside interference. Circles can be drawn on the ground, made by several people holding hands, or some other methods and evoke the Watchtowers to look down and listen to the petition.
Charms: An item that has been imbued with magical power and worn on the person. Charms are also created within a circle and often made of various stones. Examples of this are charm bracelets, pendants, amulets, etc. The charm has to be worn to receive its magickal protection.
WHAT ARE THE WATCHTOWERS ANYWAY?
They are the creators of all things magick. The Five Elements are the building blocks of creation. All things which exist are believed to have these within them. It’s not to the physical substances of air, fire, water, earth, and spirit, but to qualities represented by them. Every time you do any witchcraft, sorcery or use the magical power in your blood you are gaining it from the Watchtowers.
As technology has begun to grow, there is also the newest Watchtower of Metal, and only branch families or carrion witches can access it.
SO…WHY CAN’T I JUST BUY A SPELL BOOK FROM BARNES AND NOBLE?
The more people who know of a specific spell, the more that spell gets used. The more it gets used, the more that watchtower is busy trying to accommodate it, it’s spiritual strength getting thinner and thinner as it gets stretched into the spell being worthless. That’s why a real Book of Shadows is highly prized, they are direct, two-way lines of communication to the Watchtowers.
THERE ARE OTHER CHARACTERS IN THE GAME WHO IDENTIFY AS WEREWOLVES OR VAMPIRES; THEY USE MAGICK TOO?
Yes, magic comes in many forms. These characters ancestry started as witches and became more through the use of magick. They use magic the same way as witches do, they just channel it differently.