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archamedius

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« on: (10:16:57/03-13-14) »
Suppose I wanted to play an alternate tradition to the two main ones described in the rulebook (Hermetic and Shamanistic).  For instance, say I wanted to play someone who followed the taoist or buddhist path and was a mage as well?  Could I play a taoist or buddhist traidion?  I would assume I would still have to choose either logic or charisma for drain, but is there any reason I cannot do this, particularly for a SR5 Missions character?

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« Reply #1 on: (10:38:28/03-13-14) »
I'll preface this by saying that I'm no player or expert on Missions legality.  I would argue that Buddhist or Taoists would probably be able to be shoe-horned into Hermetic or Shamanic traditions.  The reason the devs go with Hermetic and Shamanic is because they are extremely broad-spectrum.  In 4th edition, there were specific rules for a lot of variant traditions, but for 5th edition I'd just say "I'm a shaman" and then play a Buddhist.  That kind of thing.  This is easier to justify with a tradition like Shinto though - it's pretty much Japanese shamanism anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: (12:38:43/03-13-14) »
Right now there are only two traditions, so if you want Missions legal characters its the big two so far that you can flavor change how you want.  If the older editions, a magic book comes out and give players a crap load of new traditions and the stats associated with them.  Be patient grasshopper!
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« Reply #3 on: (14:24:33/03-13-14) »
But it is acceptable to say "My character follows the Taoist Tradition, which is identical to the shamanistic rules"? Right?

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« Reply #4 on: (15:01:14/03-13-14) »
But it is acceptable to say "My character follows the Taoist Tradition, which is identical to the shamanistic rules"? Right?

Yes. 

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« Reply #5 on: (15:28:46/03-13-14) »
The current magical traditions are the broadest of broad strokes. Example:

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Harlequin is self-initiated into the high double-digits, but he usually Masks his aura. He doesn't follow any magical tradition, but he has a strong hermetic bias. He is a swordmaster and wizard adept.
http://shadowrun.wikia.com/wiki/Harlequin

Mechanically the immortal elf who follows a tradition that no one else even remembers? Hermetic mystic adept.
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« Reply #6 on: (23:04:40/03-13-14) »
Right from the Bull's mouth :P



I take that to mean:

"Add what flavor you like. Call it the "Green skinned hamster, Lord of Toast" tradition for all we care, as long as it obeys either the shamanic or hermetic magic rules"


Which makes sense. The 2 over broad traditions listed are basically the separation of the use of magic, but they couldn't possibly cover all the "flavors" of individual traditions.
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« Reply #7 on: (00:55:11/03-14-14) »
"Add what flavor you like. Call it the "Green skinned hamster, Lord of Toast" tradition for all we care, as long as it obeys either the shamanic or hermetic magic rules"

Aaaaand a new Spirit of Beasts is born! I am naming my next pink mohawk (or maybe just next character in general) "Lord of Toast".

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« Reply #8 on: (10:54:24/03-14-14) »
New Mentor Spirit: Powdered Toast Man
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« Reply #9 on: (10:55:18/03-14-14) »
LOL!!!  I love it!

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« Reply #10 on: (02:19:04/03-27-14) »
Meh. I'm waiting for Yak Shaving Day...  8)

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« Reply #11 on: (02:27:29/03-27-14) »
You know, every time I see this topic title, I get REM stuck in my head...
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« Reply #12 on: (07:25:07/03-27-14) »
I really like that song-title because it's slang for flipping out, which makes it quite fitting for D&D Clerics/Paladins that get mad and go against their alignment.
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