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“I hope they are out to get me. I hate being wrong and generally never am.”
A.K.A. Wing-nuts, Moon-Bats, Tin Foil Hats, Revengers
Most people who listen to someone like Niel Boortz or Kieth Olbermann do it partially for validation and partially to vent frustration. It can also be good for a laugh. A wise man would believe neither. But there are one or two people out there who really do believe “they” are out to get “us”.
Not only do these individuals live in fear of “they”, but they also derive a certain identity, even a certain power from being the lone defender of all that is good and decent. The more paranoid they get, the more complete they become. A complete Charles Manson or Timothy McVeigh is a very scary and dangerous thing.
Believing HIV was invented by Al-CIA-DA and is a government conspiracy or that Mexican Trucks are used to haul the White House drug supply quickly leads to ostracism and frequent ridicule. But those people laughing don’t know the real truth. The joke, you see, is on them.
Symbolic Tension – You walk around believing that everyone is just part of a flock of sheep. Your job is to save them, but if they ever start all agreeing with you, and you take credit for it, you destroy the contradiction that makes the whole school of magic work. You alone, are the only person who can be on to the true badness of the New World Order. A Conspiromancer can never be recognized as the rational status-quo.
Generate a Minor Charge: Anonymously and successfully get a minor person in power investigated or professionally diminished for some vile plot like putting Fluorides in the drinking water to make all the local children Communists. The GM should use judgment hear. It can’t just be run of the mill corruption or scam. There has to be a ridiculous and paranoid element to it as well.
Successful Conspiromancers bookmark weird internet sites and subscribe to things like Jo Schmuck’s Survival Letter for ammo to use in charge generation schemes. They also convince local media and others that they are a good, amusing quote. But if that quote isn’t strictly for non-attribution, the charge generation fails, and mojo gets sucked.
Generate a Significant Charge: Get someone important and powerful fired for using her estate as a UFO landing site or for secretly searching for frozen Cthulu. The person nailed must be more powerful than the minor charge victim and the charge has to be more ridiculous.
Generate a Major Charge: Start a major mass movement dedicated to investigating something completely off the wall. Anonymously convince the vast majority of the population the CIA really did invent AIDS by mistake while it worked feverishly at perfecting “Captain Trips” Influenza. Get the President, or Prime Minister or Dictator of your nation thrown out of office for not admitting their Treasurer is secretly an Arch-Duke Plutomancer.
Taboo: The Conspiromancer can never be seen as anything other than a nut-job or a flake. If she ever gets seen by a large group of people as a rational and thoughtful, the whole Paranoia shtick evaporates along with her charges.
Blast Style: The Conspiromancer motivates others to blast the offending target. Thus, they had better have a good weapon skill, or a 3rd Party handy to do their dirty work. They have both Minor and Significant blasts that center around convincing others that the target is hateful enough to punch or to even take out.
Random Magick Domain: Lies, Hearsay, Intrigue, Paranoia
Starting Charges: 2 Minor.
Minor Formula Spells
Where In The World Is Gaydolf Titler? – 1 Minor
This spell causes some local media or authority to drop whatever they are doing and search a 100 mile radius for a given individual for three days. They may or may not find Gaydolf. The spell doesn’t improve their odds beyond what they would normally be otherwise. The Conspiromancer calls an anonymous tip-line or news outlet and drops a dime in the gutter while making the call.
The Vibe Factory – 2 Minor
The caster leaves a written document or piece of graffiti either praising or damning a certain individual. People meeting that individual for the next six hours will be 25% more likely to recognize them. (Make them 25% likely to recognize them even if they never met the person.) These people will have either a + or – 25% reaction adjustment to them for the next six hours.
Punch The Freakshow! - 2 Minors
This is the Conspiromancer Minor Blast it compels a bystander near the caster and the target to engage the target in hand-to-hand combat. The 3rd party gets a self-check at level 4 not to engage in combat, unless that 3rd party has strong violent tendencies anyway. The 3rd party must be within 20 meters of the intended target.
What a Whack-Job/Moon Bat/ Wing-Nut! – 3 Minors
The caster makes a certain makes other people view an individual as sort an utter loon. This isn’t good enough to make them damage that person unless the individual was already sort of hated anyhow. Conservative people will think the individual is an anti-social radical. Liberal individuals will think they are a reactionary bigot of some sort. Groups including Conservative and Liberal people in the same room will hold diametrically opposite negative opinions of that individual at the same time. It works for a day.
The people around will do anything short of violence to make that person’s life unpleasant and hard. Cabbies see them and drive off. People hit the close button on elevators to keep them out.
Baa-Baa Black Sheep – 4 Minors
This spell will make one close associate of the intended target believe that target has gone off the rails and turned into a religious/political or life style nut case. They will cut off all contact from the individual rather abruptly and never explain why. The caster needs to write a two page narrative that accurately describes the relationship and tells some plausible tale of how the individual went bad and began associating with “the enemy’. The caster has to stand on a crowded street corner somewhere and read the narrative aloud in a loud and angry tone of voice.
Significant Formula Spells
I’m Ok/ He’s Ok – 1 Significant
The caster arranges a meeting at a Greek Restaurant between two visceral enemies. He buys them both lunches. (Don’t ask me why it has to be lunch at a Greek Restaurant. It’s UA, after all.) If the caster can get them to be respectful of one another and talk out their past grievances for twenty minutes, they leave resolved to be friends. Future bad will can be generated. This spell only makes them bury the past.
Your Not the Boss of Me – 2 Significant
The caster targets a normally docile and law-abiding member of an organization. He convinces them that the organization is secretly evil. The target then plans a destructive; some would say terrorist, attack against the organization. The caster cannot assist in this event and has to be at least 25 miles away or the attack fizzles in some way. The attack generally occurs 36 hours after the spell takes hold.
The caster has to successfully mail or have delivered to the target an explosive device. A nasty variant involves mailing the target anthrax so that they will get sick and die after they do the deed.
Kill The Infidel! – 2 Significant
This spell causes another individual to attempt homicide against the target. The 3rd Party must be within 50 meters. The attempted slaying begins immediately after casting with a nearby lethal object. The attack could take a variety of forms from using a big stick to trying to run someone down with a car. The attacker will persist for 10 minutes and then have no idea why they attempted or committed murder. The 3rd party/attacker gets a self-check at level 6 to avoid playing any part in the sordid scheme.
Make My Movie/Album/Novel – 4 Significant
The caster targets a famous rapper, author of horror stories or independent film maker to produce a mass media product that glorifies whatever bizarre conspiracy theory the caster wants publicized. It will be a Top 10 seller on some appropriate index for 2 weeks. Afterwards, it rapidly fades into obscurity for some unknown reason. That particular artist’s career then pretty much goes kaput. They can still make survival money as a Vegas Lounge Act or teaching Creative Writing at Miskatonic U, but they will never be mega stars again.
The caster has to get the author, rapper artist, movie maker to sign a piece of their paraphernalia for the caster. The caster burns this paraphernalia while listening/watching or reading the artist’s work and muttering weird things about the caster’s pet nut-job theory.
Major Conspiromancer Effects: Conspiromancers are generally petty, hateful people who seek to destroy opposing political/social/religious movements. Most of their major effects involve things like 800 wealthy Rush Limbaugh listeners sinking on a luxury liner or an atomic bomb going off in some major faith’s most sacred temple.
There is the rare “good” Conspiromancer who wants to bring a peaceful end to the conspiracy. Maybe some major peace treaty of the near future will embody this side of the school.
What you’ve heard: The Sleepers have actually attempted to parley with some of the known magical organizations. They want an international cooperation to wipe these people out before one actually gets the bomb; or worse yet, ascends!
This reminds me of a hybrid of an Eastern Cryptomancer adept and Demagogue avatar. Alex Jones Iconomancy?
textstring | profile | Apr 13, 09 | 12:11 am
Wierd school. Hysterically difficult charging, a neigh unbreakable taboo - until you actually try to charge up - and a wierd mix of very powerful (Where in the world is...) and very weak (I'm OK, he's OK) spells. I'm not calling it unbalanced, just unplayable.
Mattias | profile | Apr 21, 09 | 7:01 am