By Zach Bush, Richard Dansky, Bryan Armor, Heather Grove, Will van Meter, David Wendt
The Darkness has Teeth
Beyond the Horizon, darkish forces claw on the edges of sanity, battering on the textile of fact, looking ultimate night:
Nephandi, the Corrupters
Marauders, the Foot-Soldiers of Chaos
Demons, the Renders of Souls
Paradox Spirits, the Mage's Bane
Umbrood, the dwelling Mysteries
What are they? Why are they? will we stand opposed to all of them? And what if we cannot?
...And It Hungers!
The e-book of insanity is a bestiary for Mage: The Ascension, exploring the darker reaches of magick's contact. It includes:
information about a mage's deadliest foes;
Dozens of mystic creatures from the darkish Side;
Storyteller tricks, cosmology, and more.
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The sorts of Things that the Nephandi revere live beyond that fleshy, pulsing portal. Not all labyrinths have a Caul — but all important ones do. Cauls are as likely found in an Umbral piece of the labyrinth as in the material world; they all ultimately lead to the same place—somewhere deep in the primordial labyrinth that reflects into the creation of all Nephandic mazes. A new recruit must eventually go through the Caul. The subject enters and there is judged by the Things that dwell on the other side.
The assets of having a ,1: J share are obvious: easy cooperation with other servants of Malfeas, a world-wide distribution network for just about any product, economic and personnel bases all over the world, and enough free cash to do just about anything without resorting to magic. Needless to say, the Nephandi (adsinistrati in par- ticular) have no compunctions about using this resource to best advantage. Need to buy up the land that's got a CHAPTER ®m NCPHANDI 43 li", Node sputtering in a middle of it?
Open the Caul and send in a magicked lifeline to [ extract a hapless victim—but the perils are many. The mages would, of course, have to defeat the Nephandi and all of their servants; violation of the Caul would draw out every last twisted defender. And the victim would have to know enough about the Cauls to realize that refusing to accept or fear evil the only choice that might save him -— something very, very few mages would realize, because r is such knowledge could only be garnered from those who've already been in the Cauls themselves.