Modern times are a far cry indeed from those idealistic years, but not everyone has forgotten what it was to strive for balance in all things. In the past, warrior-monks pushed their bodies hard with exercise and martial arts, but they pushed their souls harder with meditation, prayer and study. These first Akashics taught of a way of life centered around personal accomplishment instead of material gain or temporal power, and they recruited others who saw the deeper wisdom in their deceptively simple ways. They were embraced by the common folk especially, when their philosophies of an unadorned life in tune with nature were more easily accepted and their fighting arts helped balance out the oft-sharp divide between social classes. From the Shaolin temples of China to the remote masters of Japan to the wandering mystics of India, the Akashic Brotherhood spread slowly but steadily, battling the agents of darkness and ignorance and striving to unlock the potential within all the Avatars they came across.
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Modern times are a far cry indeed from those idealistic years, but not everyone has forgotten what it was to strive for balance in all things. In the past, warrior-monks pushed their bodies hard with exercise and martial arts, but they pushed their souls harder with meditation, prayer and study.
These first Akashics taught of a way of life centered around personal accomplishment instead of material gain or temporal power, and they recruited others who saw the deeper wisdom in their deceptively simple ways. They were embraced by the common folk especially, when their philosophies of an unadorned life in tune with nature were more easily accepted and their fighting arts helped balance out the oft-sharp divide between social classes.
From the Shaolin temples of China to the remote masters of Japan to the wandering mystics of India, the Akashic Brotherhood spread slowly but steadily, battling the agents of darkness and ignorance and striving to unlock the potential within all the Avatars they came across. They created Do as an expression of their teachings. It is at once a martial art and a way of living.
Those who study Do strive to put their mind, body and magic in harmony in order to create a perfect synthesis of the soul. And while only the Awakened could grasp the true potential of Do, Sleepers nevertheless benefited from the mundane aspects of the training, and the philosophy of righteous thought and action took hold in many areas.
Unfortunately, it is just this attachment to the lower classes that wound up doing the most damage to the Akashic Brotherhood. Empowering the common folk is seldom a popular sentiment with the forces in power. As a result, the martial skills of the Akashics were tested constantly over the centuries in conflicts with authorities both mortal and supernatural.
To make things worse, deep philosophical differences drew the Brotherhood into a crippling year war with the Euthanatos Tradition, extending precious resources further and diverting the Akashics from the path to enlightenment. By the modern age, the temporal strongholds of the Tradition are all but gone, except in the most secluded parts of the world. The Brotherhood is scattered more than ever before, and its members walk in lands undreamed of even a thousand years after their Tradition was founded.
However, the Brotherhood is also stronger than ever. Many Akashics are also called on to be front-line soldiers against Technocrats and other enemies of the Traditions. While they stress that physical prowess is only part of the path to enlightenment, none of them deny that it is also very helpful in surviving the worst of the World of Darkness.
Roleplaying Hints Western preconceptions to the contrary, the Akashic philosophy is neither one of navel-gazing contemplation and fortune-cookie koans, nor is it a flourish of outlandish martial arts followed by a sermon about believing in yourself and eating right. Rather, it is an appeal to simplification, the removal of unnecessary objects and desires so that one can focus on grasping the natural harmony of the universe.
Akashics study and pray to cleanse their minds of distractions and expand the realms of possibility. They exercise and undergo martial training to purge the body and create a proper home for the soul. Akashic characters should strive for balance and understanding, as each experience is simply one more in a stream of lifetimes designed to bring the soul back to perfect harmony with the All.
Everything else about the Tradition - all the kicks, all the koans, all the chants and all the chi - is really just a way of searching for and expressing this underlying theme. Specialty Sphere: Mind Common Foci: Do, prayer, chanting, calligraphy, meditation, weapons, incense, bells, prayer sashes or flags, exercise, purification rituals Tradition Advantage: Souls of Wind and Fire Akashics are renowned for their self-control, and they retain a certain poise in the face of tremendous pressure.
Situations that would knock members of other Traditions for a loss seldom do the same to these disciplined mystics. They can still feel and express emotion - they may be raging or screaming inside, and extreme horrors can still pose a threat to their sanity - but they are better at controlling those impulses than most people.
When a Storyteller calls for characters to react automatically to a situation due to emotional trauma, such as indicating that everyone is stunned with revulsion at the sight of a bloody scene of occult sacrifices, the player of the Akashic Brother may make a Simple test. On a win or tie, the Brother is unfazed and able to act rationally.
On a loss, the player must spend a trait of Willpower for the character to overcome the impulse, just like anyone else. In addition, all Akashic Brothers receive at least some training in Do regardless of faction. Alternatively, you may replace one or both of these with a free level of Meditation instead. Tradition Disadvantage: Carrying Water and Chopping Wood As centered as their philosophy is on individuality, Akashic teachers believe that young practitioners must find their own path to Ascension, which often proves very frustrating for young mages.
An Akashic Brother cannot use a Library background to learn Spheres, and he must make a Simple test win or tie to learn a level of Sphere magic from any mentor or tutor.
Early times[ edit ] In the game, Mages have always existed, though there are legends of the Pure Ones who were shards of the original, divine One. Early mages cultivated their magical beliefs alone or in small groups, generally conforming to and influencing the belief systems of their societies. Obscure myths suggest that the precursors of the modern organizations of mages originally gathered in ancient Egypt. This period of historical uncertainty also saw the rise of the Nephandi in the Near East. Eventually, though, mages belonging to the Order of Hermes and the Messianic Voices attained great influence over European society. However, absorbed by their pursuit of occult power and esoteric knowledge, they often neglected and even abused humanity. Frequently, they were at odds with mainstream religions, envied by noble authorities and cursed by common folk.
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The Akashic Brotherhood are an Ecstatic tradition. For the remainder of the scene, all uses of a single Skill gain the 9-again quality, but all other dice rolls take a -1 penalty. Additionally, the character may apply their Defense even to ranged attacks and attacks that they are unaware of, at the -1 penalty. Second Attainment: Right Speech, Right Action Edit Requirements: Gnosis 3, Fate 3, Empathy 3 By clearing his mind of all attachment, the Monk gains a clear understanding of the simplest and most karmically appropriate ways to proceed. He may spend one action in meditation and spend 1 mana to gain the 8-again quality for a single Skill for the remainder of the scene, but all other dice rolls take a -2 penalty for the remainder of the scene. Once used, this Attainment may not be re-activated until its effects have worn off. Optional Arcanum: Mind 3 Edit By banishing all doubts and stray thoughts, the Akashic monk hones his mind to a single, clear purpose.
Tomes of Magick: Akashic Brotherhood