Empowered Places are places that were formed using one of the energy pools (Mana Pool in this case) and/or a powerful [su_permalink id="6811"]Occult[/su_permalink] Principal or Agent. Places that leverage Occult Engagement are referred to by practitioners as Awakened. Empowered occult places, occult institutions (having their own Tenets), and occult individuals often share a Binding using Sigilry. Associated items most often use a Bond of Attunement.Prestige in relation to places.
Talent measures the degree of potential powers related to it, based on an Aptitude score denoting how many measures of they possess. Those with measures are called “Practitioners“, and have specific labels associated with them: Follower (Divine), Adaptate (Kinetic), Magus (Occult), and Actualizer (Psychic).
Only characters with a greater than dormant aptitude can actively develop their powers.
Potency Conduit: Each Aptitude has a means of enhancing a vital principle of powers related to it. It typically changes the dynamic of effort and effect. This typically manifests as an effect triggered by fuel from an Energy Pool. These ‘conduit’ related capabilities are [outside of time].
If the character starts as a Natural Talent and has their permanent Aptitude drained somehow, they are still considered a Natural Talent.
Aptitude can cause an effect (spell, feature, or power) to have its potency adjusted because of the association with the knowledge, skill, and/or insight gained from a particular pathway of development. Usually this potency adjustment is applied to such effects that are noted as Emblematic in the source of the development pathway. The potency will often rely in a Focus; Those adjustments imparted by Institutional study and binding will have their limits adjusted by the symbols’ bond and Good Standing with the Institution. The maximum positive adjustment is limited to the related aptitude of the effect.
Potency Measurement: Total Damage, Spell Save DC, and Spell Attack to spells not of greater level than their Occult Aptitude without their orders’ Mystic Focus Point [emblem/symbol]. The positive adjustment cannot be greater than the Occult Aptitude of the practitioner.
Void Engagement: Having Void Aptitude and/or void capability (powers, traits, features using void [Negation] energy) ties its possessor to The Void – the deepest powers of negation, of anti-being, the null of annihilation. It is fundamentally the power of negating every anima energy of creation to alter or sunder The Pattern. An entity possessing this quality is inimical to every aspect of life – its possessor is bound to the deepest powers of negation, anti-being, and the null of annihilation. Characters generally do not possess the ability to take this on as a primary path of character development. A permanent change in the score of this Aptitude triggers an Actuated Awareness.
Void Aptitude provides a means of harvesting Essence to feed upon, and the Gleaning mechanism, though instead of releasing energy back to the Aether, it removes it from existence entirely, consigning it to the void.