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Raiden

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« on: <07-30-13/2310:25> »
so, what would a good sec. skill set be for a int. based tradition for a private eye Mage/detective?
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« Reply #1 on: <07-30-13/2316:31> »
Pistols
Perception
Conjuring Skill Group
Sorcery Skill Group
Influence Skill Group
Pilot Ground Craft (Wheeled)
Assensing
Athletics Skill Group
Stealth Skill Group
Unarmed Combat (Subdual Combat)
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« Reply #2 on: <07-31-13/0041:24> »
also whats a good mentor spirit? I am thinking dog, dark king, or sky father or owl
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« Reply #3 on: <07-31-13/0058:15> »
also whats a good mentor spirit? I am thinking dog, dark king, or sky father

That one I wouldn't know. I don't use Mentor Spirits. Having one is too close to being like an older Shaman for my tastes and Hermetic has always been my preference.
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« Reply #4 on: <07-31-13/0655:43> »
My vote is for Dog.  Same benefit as dark king with a potentially less devastating disads.  Forgot what book the other two are out of.
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« Reply #5 on: <07-31-13/0742:34> »
You might also want to take a look at the Paranormal Detective of UmaroVI which I believe is pretty much what you are looking for.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R81eSK0E38_Xu4-IQwIcAqGVGDrnhgC8wJlf-bOZxpM/edit?hl=en_US%22

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« Reply #6 on: <07-31-13/1003:42> »
Owl is +2 to perception and assensing if I remember correctly. And +2, to a spirit. -1 to combat spells but meh. Still have 17-16.
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« Reply #7 on: <07-31-13/1242:33> »
okay, here is what I have, any suggestions?

[spoiler] == Info ==
Street Name: PI mage
Name: Unnamed Character
Movement: 10/25, Swim: 5
Karma: 0
Street Cred: 0
Notoriety: 1
Public Awareness: 0
Ork
Composure: 6
Judge Intentions: 6
Lift/Carry: 8 (45 kg/30 kg)
Memory: 7
Nuyen: 0

== Attributes ==
BOD: 5
AGI: 2
REA: 3
STR: 3
CHA: 1
INT: 5
LOG: 2
WIL: 5
EDG: 2
MAG: 6

== Derived Attributes ==
Essence:                   6
Initiative:                8
IP:                        1
Astral Initiative:         10
Astral IP:                 3
Matrix Initiative:         8
Matrix IP:                 1
Physical Damage Track:     11
Stun Damage Track:         11

== Active Skills ==
Assensing                  : 4                      Pool: 11
Binding                    : 4                      Pool: 14
Counterspelling            : 1                      Pool: 7
Enchanting                 : 1                      Pool: 11
Infiltration               : 1                      Pool: 3
Perception                 : 1                      Pool: 8
Running                    : 1                      Pool: 4
Shadowing                  : 4                      Pool: 9
Spellcasting               : 6 [Combat]             Pool: 16 (18)
Summoning                  : 4                      Pool: 14

== Knowledge Skills ==

== Contacts ==
(4, 2)

== Qualities ==
Changeling (Class I SURGE)
Distinctive Style
Extravagant Eyes
Flashbacks (Uncommon)
Human-Looking
Incompetent (Tracking)
Lost Loved One
Low-Light Vision
Magician
Mentor Spirit (Owl)
Poor Self Control (Thrill Seeker)
Prejudiced (Common, Outspoken) (Trolls)
Restricted Gear (Rating 1)

== Spells ==
(Tradition: Psionic, Resist Drain with WIL + INT (10))
Analyze Device             DV: (F2)
Analyze Magic              DV: (F2)
Detect Life, Extended (Limited) DV: (F2)+2
Heal (Limited)             DV: (Damage Value)-2
Improved Invisibility (Limited) DV: (F2)+1
Increase Reflexes (Limited) DV: (F2)+2
Lightning Bolt (Limited)   DV: (F2)+3
Mind Probe (Limited)       DV: (F2)+2
Physical Mask (Limited)    DV: (F2)+1
Powerbolt (Limited)        DV: (F2)+1
Resist Pain                DV: (Damage Value)-4
Stunbolt                   DV: (F2)-1

== Lifestyles ==
mypad  1 months
   Comforts:      Middle
   Entertainment: Low
   Necessities:   High
   Neighborhood:  Low
   Security:      High

== Armor ==
Actioneer Business Clothes6/4
   +Gel Packs
Form-Fitting Full-Body Suit6/2
SecureTech Arm Casings    0/1
SecureTech Forearm Guards 0/1
SecureTech Shin Guards    0/1
SecureTech Vitals Protector1/1

== Weapons ==
Ares Predator IV
   +Smartgun System
   Pool: 1   DV: 5P   AP: -1   RC: 0
Unarmed Attack
   Pool: 1   DV: 2S   AP: -   RC: 0

== Commlink ==
Novatech Airware (3, 3, 3, 3)
   +Iris Orb

== Gear ==
Combat Fetish
Detection Fetish
Fake License (Power Focus) Rating 4
Fake License (Sustaining Focus (Health)) Rating 4
Fake License (Ares Predator IV) Rating 4
Fake SIN Rating 4
Goggles Rating 6
   +Vision Enhancement Rating 3
   +Vision Magnification
   +Flare Compensation
   +Image Link
Healing Fetish
Illusion Fetish
Power Focus (Bonded Foci) Rating 4
Respirator Rating 6
Sustaining Focus (Health) (Bonded Foci) Rating 3[/spoiler]
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« Reply #8 on: <07-31-13/1249:01> »
Personally, I would take the Catalog spell from Street Magic.  To me it sounds fantastic for any investigator type.
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« Reply #9 on: <07-31-13/1252:43> »
I would like more detecion spells, but I don't know how useful they are, or even the more useful ones >.> lol
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« Reply #10 on: <08-03-13/1157:37> »
In my experience, the usefulness of detection spells tremendously varied from GM to GM.

I would highly recommend compiling a list of those that sound interesting and useful and asking yours, how he would handle them in different situations.

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« Reply #11 on: <08-03-13/1900:30> »
Just one small critique.

You list your tradition as Psionic but also took a Mentor Spirit.

Psionic tradition from the Digital Grimoire pg 4-5  lists the Psionic tradition as believing their energies come from within and may not take a Mentor spirit since spirits for your tradition are constructs made by your own mind.

Now if you are designing your own tradition and calling it psionic that is fine and probably can do whatever you like with it, but just wanted to alert you before a GM sprang it on you. :P

Also, why no Analyze Truth?  Figure that would be a basic one for a detective.

Initiate as soon as possible and look into Psychometry.  Being able to read traces off of items from the crime scene or other places can offer great clues at the minimum and potentially more.  Divining can be done too, but is always a bit hazy for my taste.
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