Tian Xia Geomancy

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that the otter must bend water to create a dam. The
Imperial Ministry of Architecture uses geomancy to
choke feng shui that allows magic to thrive, though a
local lord may have a personal geomancer handle this—
either with the blessing of the Ministry or in secret.

Long-term manipulation of feng shui can raise or
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that the otter must bend water to create a dam. Long-term manipulation of feng shui can raise or
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with effort and the right tools.
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with effort and the right tools. Local lords often have this done to protect the populace from
monsters and sorcerers — either calling on the Ministry of Architecture or retaining a personal geomancer (possibly in secret)
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!! The Ministry of Architecture

The Imperial Ministry of Architecture is led by Chief Imperial Architect Ren Enlai from Zhōngzhōu Province, but has offices throughout Shénzhōu. These experts in ''feng shui'' ensure projects proceed in the proper way
and in the right places to ensure maximum positive
energy and good fortune.

In addition, it is the Ministry's job to limit mystical energies in important places (such as the Imperial Palace) so that sorcerers and supernatural creatures have limited power.  This duty
requires constant vigilance. Otherwise there would be
little to stop a demon or dark sorcerer from strolling
into the palaces and government centers of Shenzhou
and subjugating, replacing, or destroying heads of state. They employ not only geomancers but surveyors, astronomers, and other professionals to aid in their duties.
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* '''Investigate.''' Geomancers use Investigate to uncover more about the feng shui—not just theaspect itself, but what may cause it and what effects it triggers.
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* '''Investigate.''' Geomancers use Investigate to uncover more about the feng shui—not just the aspect itself, but what may cause it and what effects it triggers.
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* '''Notice.''' Geomancers use Notice to passively
discover peculiar feng shui, which may reveal a site’s
aspect or, more often, reveal that an aspect exists and
requires further diagnosis.

* '''Investigate.''' Geomancers use Investigate
to uncover more about the feng shui—not just the
aspect
itself, but what may cause it and what effects
it triggers.

* '''Lore.''' Geomancers use Lore to know how to change a
place’s feng shui. Unlike using Investigate to discover
what causes something unusual, Lore can be used to ''create'' or ''remove''
an unusual area. See below for more.
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* '''Notice.''' Geomancers use Notice to passively discover peculiar feng shui, which may reveal a site’s aspect or, more often, reveal that an aspect exists and requires further diagnosis.

* '''Investigate.''' Geomancers use Investigate to uncover more about the feng shui—not just theaspect itself, but what may cause it and what effects it triggers.

* '''Lore.''' Geomancers use Lore to know how to change a place’s feng shui. Unlike using Investigate to discover what causes something unusual, Lore can be used to ''create'' or ''remove'' an unusual area. See below for more.
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* Improve any of Investigate, Lore, and Notice.
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* Raise any of Investigate, Lore, and Notice, per the usual rules.
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!!!! Improving Geomancy

* Improve any of Investigate, Lore, and Notice.
* Add any of the stunts below.
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''Note:'' Geomancy interacts heavily with a place's ''Shentong rating,'' a concept explained fully under [[TianXia Sorcery]].
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!! Using Geomancy

Geomancers are like mystical investigators and
troubleshooters. Their talents reveal anomalies or
strange properties of a location. They use this talent
to learn how to solve a problem or change a place’s
inherent nature. Power flows from the very earth itself
and shapes the mystical landscape as surely as wind
and river shape the physical world. Understanding the
ways of this flow is the realm of geomancy

Any geomancer can divine the chi flow of a large
area by surveying it and consulting books and tables
on the area’s ''feng shui,'' and thus its Shentong rating
and aspect. Feng shui relates not only to the chi that
sorcerers and beasts need to thrive. It can tilt one’s
luck for good or ill, cause people to feel more or less
at ease, and have other, subtler effects that geomancers
are trained to notice

Geomancy expands the roles of three skills:

* '''Notice.''' Geomancers use Notice to passively
discover peculiar feng shui, which may reveal a site’s
aspect or, more often, reveal that an aspect exists and
requires further diagnosis.

* '''Investigate.''' Geomancers use Investigate
to uncover more about the feng shui—not just the
aspect itself, but what may cause it and what effects
it triggers.

* '''Lore.''' Geomancers use Lore to know how to change a
place’s feng shui. Unlike using Investigate to discover
what causes something unusual, Lore can be used to ''create'' or ''remove''
an unusual area. See below for more.

!! Changing a Place's Feng Shui

It does not take
sorcery to alter a place’s Shentong rating, no more than
that the otter must bend water to create a dam. The
Imperial Ministry of Architecture uses geomancy to
choke feng shui that allows magic to thrive, though a
local lord may have a personal geomancer handle this—
either with the blessing of the Ministry or in secret.

Long-term manipulation of feng shui can raise or
lower a location’s Shentong. Most geomancers nudge
and tug at feng shui, like carving or blocking a stream.
Changing Shentong is like carving or blocking a vast,
raging river - something that can be done over time
with effort and the right tools.

Geomancers trying to affect Shentong require a
long-term plan. At major milestones, a place’s Shentong
may be affected based on the actions of the characters—
whether in their favor or not. A significant milestone
could signify a small enclave within a larger area
having a different Shentong rating. Minor milestones
are not enough to change the course of the raging river.

!! Geomancy Stunts

'''Action Geomancer:''' The geomancer’s
understanding of feng shui works at much smaller
scales, even that of a room. She can quickly change a
room’s chi flow to benefit or detriment. She can use
Lore to Create an Advantage like Lucky or Unlucky -
which either requires a Fair (+2) result or the target
Defends against with Chi, depending on the situation.
When using this, the geomancer must describe the
change to the room, and it must be dramatic in order
to affect the feng shui so quickly. She cannot place such
an advantage on herself.

'''Known Among Architects:''' The geomancer has
+2 to Contacts and Rapport when dealing with the
Imperial Ministry of Architects. Given their extensive
connections, this perk extends far beyond asking
about geomancy.

'''Something Isn’t Right Here:''' The geomancer
gains a +2 bonus to detect hidden chambers, traps, or
other secret spaces and alterations to an area.
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!! Learning Geomancy

'''Cost:''' A high concept like Wandering Geomancer or Minister of Architecture. Two of Investigate, Lore, and Notice at +1 or better.

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