Path of Technomancy
|Prerequisite: Blood Sorcery 3.
The newest path to be accepted by the Tremere hierarchy as part of the Clan’s official body of knowledge, the Path of Technomancy is a relatively recent innovation, developed in the latter half of the 20th century. The path focuses on the control of electronic devices, from cell phones to laptops, and its proponents maintain that it is a prime example of the versatility of Thaumaturgy with regards to a changing world. More conservative Tremere, however, state that mixing Tremere magic with mortal science borders on treason or even blasphemy, and some European Regents have gone so far as to declare knowledge of Technomancy grounds for expulsion from their chantries. The Inner Council did approve the introduction of the path into the Clan’s grimoires, but had yet to voice any opinion on the conservative opposition to Technomancy prior to the fall of vienna.
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|Mortals are constantly developing new innovations, and any vampire who would work Technomancy must be able to understand that upon which he practices his magic. The most basic power of this path allows the thaumaturge to project his perceptions into a device, granting him a temporary understanding of its purpose, the principles of its functioning, and its means of operation. This does not grant permanent knowledge, only a momentary flash of insight which fades after the effect is gone.
This power can also be used to understand a nonphysical technological innovation — generally a piece of software — at a 2 dice penalty. The character must touch the computer on which the software is installed — simply holding the flash drive or CD-ROM is not enough. Software applied remotely to a device (such as through an app store) also cannot be analysed until it is installed.
|It is usually easier to destroy than to create, and sensitive electronics are no exception to this rule. Burnout is used to cause a device’s power supply (either internal or external) to surge, damaging or destroying the target. Burnout cannot be used to directly injure another individual, although the sudden destruction of a pacemaker or a car’s fuel injection control chip can certainly create a health hazard.
On a win the device is broken, making it completely inoperable until repaired. On a critical win the device has all logic boards and internal electronic components reduced to slag, irrecoverably destroying it. Burnout may be used to destroy electronic data storage, in which case on a win all data is lost with only small segments being able to be recovered with mundane data recovery, with roll of Intelligence+technology VS the result of the original roll the restorer can partially reclaim the data, the exact data restored being up to the ST. On a critical win even magical recovery cannot reclaim the information the device once stored.
|Electronic security is a paramount concern of governments and corporations alike. Those thaumaturges who are techno-savvy enough to understand the issues at stake have become quite enamored of this power,which allows them to scramble a device’s controls mystically, making it inaccessible to anyone else. Encrypt/Decrypt also works on electronic media; a DVD under the influence of this power displays just snow and static if played back without the owner’s approval, similarly usbs or harddrives protected by this power will not be picked up by any device they are connected to. Some neonates have taken to calling this power “DRM.”
The caster can dispel the effect at any time by simply touching the target item no new rouse check required. This power may also be used to counter another thaumaturge’s use of Encrypt/Decrypt. The player rolls normally at difficulty 4; each margin of success negates one of the owner’s original margin. On a critical win this difficulty increases to 6.
|With this power, a skilled thaumaturge can bypass the need for physical contact to operate a device. This is not a form of telekinesis; the vampire does not manipulate the item’s controls, but rather touches it directly with the power of his mind. This power does not allow the user any special ability to sense from the device they inhabit.
|A progressive derivation of Remote Access, Telecommute allows a thaumaturge to project her consciousness into the Internet, intranet or other digital signal network. Sending her mind through network connections as fast as they can transfer her. While immersed in the network, she can use any other Technomancy power on the devices with which she makes contact. The caster has the ability to sense other devices connected to the same network as they currently inhabit, however they cannot see outside the device they inhabit unless the device has a camera, microphone or other input device that can be used to approximate a sense.
Telecommuting can be ended by the caster at any time safely so long as they are able to travel through the network back to their body. While the user can get information from any website or server that is connected to the internet, directly or indirectly (with the necessary hacking rolls if needed). The caster can only inhabit devices within their current city as the magic cannot sustain their consciousness beyond that range, the character can apply any other Path of Technomancy power to any device or data with which she comes in contact however they lose the ability to other discipline powers.
A loss of connection, either through the destruction of a part of the network or simply a loss of cell signal, hurls her consciousness back to her body and inflicts 1 aggravated willpower damage and 6 non halved superficial health damage. This damage cannot be reduced with fortitude. A character traveling through the Internet by means of this power can use her Path of Technomancy powers at a normal difficulty. Characters cannot perform any physical actions whilst using this ability other than technomancy powers and normal technology rolls. On a critical win the caster does not take any damage from a loss of connection.
Protected networks require an additional intelligence+Technology roll to hack into or brute force past, Travelling into a device that is inside a warded haven requires a resolve + Blood Sorcery roll difficulty equal to the level of warding+1. Failing this roll causes the caster to be flung back into their body as if they had lost connection. Wards against spirits and Warding circles against spirits work against the casters digital form as normal, causing wounds to suddenly form on their physical body once triggered. However since the user is not able to use other non technomancy powers, they cannot detect these wards with Auspex.
Author: Blue Vox, https://www.v5homebrew.com/wiki/User:Blue_Vox