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Old 12-16-2011, 08:18 PM   #1
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OK calling upon the forumites for some help with rank names.
Basically I am building a system of magic inspired by the Dragon Knight series.
It uses Threshold magic with base 30 and rec of 1 and mostly you get it back by doing quests or things for the primal powers. Mages can also trade tally among themselves. They are recognized as agents of higher powers and actually have legal enforcement powers among the supernatural and in the material world only. It is entirely possible for them to have other forms of magery and magic as well in which case they may buy the Multiple Source advantage which allows them to use this power to power other magic. In this world you do not even need magery to use Path/book magic (Effect Shaping) (see my other posts on that, under Lantern Guilds or Chalice World) and there are several other systems. You could use these points to power Guardian (Werewolf and others, loosely based on World of Darkness) rituals and gifts (both serve Ma'at) but not vampire (blood path) magic.

Each rank buys up Threshold and certain levels can buy Safer Excess as well. Also you can get special dispensation and get it for major achievements.
So what are some good names?
Rank 0 Initiate [0]; Tally 30
Rank 1 Journeyman [5]; Increased Threshold 1 [5]; Tally 36
Rank 2 Theoricus [10]; Increased Threshold 2 [10]; Tally 42
Rank 3 Practicus [15]; Increased Threshold 3 [15]; Tally 48; Safer Magical Excess (+1 per 10) [10]
Rank 4 Philosophus [20]; Increased Threshold 4 [20]; Tally 54; Interest Bonus +1 Rec [20]
Rank 5 Adept [25]; Increased Threshold 5 [25]; Tally 60
Rank 6 Magister [30]; Increased Threshold 6 [30]; Tally 66; Safer Magical Excess (+1 per 20) [20]
Rank 7 Magus [35]; Increased Threshold 7 [35]; Tally 72
Rank 8 Professor [40]; Increased Threshold 8 [40]; Tally 78; Interest Bonus +2 Rec [40]
Rank 9 Praefectus [45]; Increased Threshold 9 [45]; Tally 84; Safer Magical Excess (+1 per 40) [30]
Rank 10 Archipraefectus [50]; Increased Threshold 10 [50]; Tally 90; Safer Magical Excess (+1 per 80) [40]

OK thanks for the help, by the way does not have to be Latin or even consistent.
Edited the above list based on personal preference from the contributors. Any further thoughts?
Would you if this was your game play any of these guys?

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Old 12-17-2011, 05:44 AM   #2
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So what are some good names?
Well, if you like pseudo latin stuff maybe something like this:
R1: Discipulus minor
R2: Discipulus maior
R3: Adeptus minor
R4: Adeptus maior
R5: Magister minor (from this rank onwards this is a part of the persons name)
R6: Magister maior
R7: Professor minor
R8: Professor maior
R9: Praefectus
R10: Archipraefectus
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Old 12-17-2011, 05:54 AM   #3
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In the same vein as pseudo-latin, you could use the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn Grades:

R1: Zelator
R2: Theoricus
R3: Practicus
R4: Philosophus
R5: Adeptus Minor
R6: Adeptus Major
R7: Adeptus Exemptus
R8: Magister Templi
R9: Magus
R10: Ipsissimus

I used a slightly modified version of this for one of the magical colleges in my fantasy campaign world

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Old 12-17-2011, 07:07 AM   #4
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0-Novitiate
1-Initiate
2-Adept
3-Cerdo Arcanum
4-Magister Potestas
5-Thaumaturge
6-Magus
7-Magus Magna
8-Omnifex Maximus
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:49 AM   #5
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For something even more abstract, you could consider this for a model:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_...nd_Rank_System
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:09 AM   #6
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For something even more abstract, you could consider this for a model:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_...nd_Rank_System
I like that list, though 12 ranks. hmm. Of course I had already thought about higher levels that had no rank boost. And knowledge doe sound like retired option. Names fit the Ma'at concept too. I might use it for the Guardians (werewolf and other shapechangers from World of Darkness) magic though.
Pondering.
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:56 AM   #7
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I like that list, though 12 ranks. hmm. Of course I had already thought about higher levels that had no rank boost. And knowledge doe sound like retired option. Names fit the Ma'at concept too. I might use it for the Guardians (werewolf and other shapechangers from World of Darkness) magic though.
Pondering.
It seems like there are a two key directions for modification -- drop the pair-structure, or abbreviate the list of virtues (and of course, adjust them for campaign flavour if you see fit).
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:17 PM   #8
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If they're anything like modern bureaucrats, it'd be something like Member of Magical Staff 1, MMS 2, MMS 3, MMS 4...

The topmost level of the hierarchy, with the pointy hats and pointy hair, are able to use all the flavor and interest thus sucked out of the world to fuel their own spells. Dilbert meets Order of the Stick.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:21 PM   #9
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Member of Magical Staff 1, MMS 2, MMS 3, MMS 4...
The true modern bureaucrat would avoid "staff" because it could be confused with the magical implement.

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Old 12-19-2011, 02:37 PM   #10
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Good point. "Member of Magical Staff" could be all too literal for those spirits bound into intelligent magic items.
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