Tian Xia Mysticism
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Note that the following abilities are described in detail in the book TianXia: Spirits, Beasts & Spells instead of in the core TianXia book.
Miracles vs Magic
Citizens in Shenzhou tend to view magic and mysticism as compatible with, but distinct from, religion. In general, faith-based exorcism is considered a holy ability; alchemy, lore-based exorcism, geomancy, and sorcery are seen as magical abilties; and divination and prophecy can go either way.
Holy folk, from priests to saints to emperors seen as chosen by Heaven, are afforded a certain religious reverence and assumption of being a good person. Magic, on the other hand is viewed as a mix of arcane science and esoteric knowledge, unconnected to morality or virtue. A magician might be trying to help, but might also be a threat or at least opportunist. Because of this, characters with magical or supernatural aspects can usually invoke them to be respected or feared, but not trusted or loved.
Most forms of mysticism requires a specific high concept aspect, and characters get only one of those. As such, combining them can be tricky, requiring a high concept that fits the needs of both. As you add a third, fourth, etc., it gets exponentially harder to cram them all into a single aspect! This isn't a rule against doing so, just a guideline.
There are a few exceptions:
- All forms of mysticism can be combined freely with kung fu, and usually are.
- Alchemy doesn't require a high concept, so it's easily added to other mysticism as long as it makes sense.
- Divination and prophecy combine well with each other, as the same high concept can cover both.
- Because sorcery requires a strong, specific high concept, it's harder to mix with others. It cannot be combined with exorcism.
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