Exalted – Geomantic Focus (Artifact * to *****)

There have been many attempts to feed the nigh-infinite energies of a Manse into structures, creatures, and artifacts. Hearthstone sockets are the most basic, allowing the essence flows of a hearthstone to empower various other effects. Integrated Artifacts – whether utilitarian or military – represent another attempt. Sadly, such devices cannot be moved away from their power source. A Zone of Influence can invest a portion of a manses energies into the surrounding area, but is generally immobile – or, at the least, is anchored to a manse which makes an exceedingly clumsy (and rather vulnerable) vehicle.

There is, however, another way to transmit the power of a Manse to a remote target – a Geomantic Relay. Classically, relays only transmit power to another manse – but it IS possible to build an artifact to receive that power.

Such a Geomantic Focus can emulate Hearthstones – but requires two “dots” of relayed power to emulate one “dot” of hearthstone. Fortunately they only require one mote of essence to attune. Unfortunately, they must be physically taken to, and ritually linked to, each of the manses who’s energies they are to channel. Equally unfortunately, no usable artifact is large enough to fully contain the energies of a Manse – hence much of the power sent to them is wasted, overflowing into the surrounding area.

  1. A Rating * Geomantic Focus can emulate up to two dots of hearthstones with a maximum rating of ** each.
  2. A Rating ** Geomantic Focus can emulate up to eight dots of hearthstones with a maximum rating of *** each.
  3. A Rating *** Geomantic Focus can emulate up to eighteen dots of hearthstones with a maximum rating of **** each.
  4. A Rating **** Geomantic Focus can emulate up to thirty-two dots of hearthstones with a maximum rating of ***** each.
  5. A Rating ***** Geomantic Focus can emulate up to fifty dots of hearthstones with a maximum rating of ***** each.

All that sounds very nice – but each dot of Hearthstone emulated requires that two dots of Geomantic Relays be committed to the Geomantic Focus in question (although the points committed can be shifted between possible hearthstones).

Worse, geomantic foci have side effects – all of which are cumulative unless superseded by greater effects.

  • Committing one or more dots worth of Geomantic Relays to a Geomantic Focus makes the focus incredibly magically conspicuous. To essence sight, or to any spiritual being, the focus will glow like a miniature sun.
  • Committing five or more dots worth of Geomantic Relays to a Geomantic Focus will cause random demesne-level magical effects in the area surrounding the device.
  • Committing seventeen or more dots worth of Geomantic Relays to a Geomantic Focus will dump random magical energy into the vicinity. Thaumaturgic level effects will occur at random in the area while all activities based on mote expenditures will suffer a 2d external penalty unless the user commits an additional four motes of essence to the device to counter this effect.
  • Committing thirty-seven or more dots worth of Geomantic Relays to a Geomantic Focus will overload the local structure of creation. The user’s other artifact attunements will be shattered, solid objects in the area will begin to melt or disintegrate, thaumaturgy, terrestrial, and celestial spells will be disrupted if not somehow protected, a new scene begins every six ticks, and essence motes cannot be recovered in the area. The geomantic reverberations of the overload will be detectable up to twenty miles away. The user is exposed to 10L damage every six ticks, with a minimum “ping damage” of 2d.
  • Committing sixty-five or more dots worth of Geomantic Relays to a Geomantic Focus will cause a geomantic storm – with the user at the center. The effects are similar to plunging the area into the Deep Wyld – although the forces involved are out-of-control magic, not chaos (thus Wyld Shaping and Questing and such are not possible. Similarly, this is a storm of out-of-control essence flows; protections against magic help, but protections against chaos or shaping do not). The monstrous power overload will do one level of aggravated damage to the user each six ticks – and (since this is internal damage) the only applicable defense is dropping the attunement to the device. The wild essence discharges will be detectable hundreds of miles away.

As a side-benefit, a Geomantic Focus is considered a Network Node for all the manses it’s linked to, allowing the user to monitor them readily.

The Belt of Cruatch (Geomantic Focus ***) is a massive, gem-studded, girdle with a certain barbaric flare. It’s original lunar creator hated to be restrained, and was willing to expend some impressive geomantic resources to avoid such situations… It can emulate eighteen dots of hearthstones, although it would require the commitment of thirty-six dots worth of geomantic relays to power them all at once. Those stones include a Freedom Stone (***), a Gemstone of Mental Health (***), a Stone of Air Walking (****), a Gem of Forgetting (***), a Stone of Inhuman Beauty (****), and a Memorial Iron (*).

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