Saturday, June 21, 2014

What's My Line?

{Author's Note:  If you see some Idols, and Totems you do not recognize it is Okay.  I was Totem and Idols happy in the old days. I used to make tons of Totems and Nature Magick Idols. I am not re-posting those.  That is because I am 2 Editions of the game behind.  I even had Plant and Tree Totems.}

Shamans come in many flavors and many walks of life, the standard archetype does not account for a shaman's life path just their spiritual path.  Each Shaman has a specialization based on his occupational area of expertise.  By looking at the shaman's occupation, one creates a more rounded character.  The following are a few examples of professions found amongst the Shamanic community. 


     Healer: This is the Medical Area.  A Shaman of this Path can be a Doctor, Physician, Medic, Nurse, Naturopath, Herbalist, and Psychologist.  The path is involved in Healing others and serving the community of the Shaman.

(Totem Examples: Totems(Antelope/Gazelle, Bear, Bison/Buffalo, Blackbird, Bull, Cow, Deer, Dolphin/Porpoise, Dove, Dragon/Serpent/Wyrm, Elephant, Elk, Falcon, Frog, Goat/Ram, Gull, Hippopotamus, Horse, Iguana, Koala, Leopard/Black Panther, Leviathan, Lizard, Mink, Otter, Parrot, Pegasus, Phoenix, Pig/Sow, Polar Bear, Python, Stag, Toad, Turkey, Turtle, Unicorn, Whale, Wildcat) Idols(All Father, Great Mother, Sea King, Sun God)Plant Totems(Apple, Ash, Birch, Elder, Heather, Mistletoe, Oak, Willow)


     Protector: This is a path dedicated to protecting people.  A Shaman of this Path can be, a Bodyguard, a Security Guard, a Police Officer, a Parks Ranger, an Environmental Activist, a Metahuman Rights Activist, a Fire Fighter and Etc. The Path is in Involved in protecting either the community of the Shaman or Society at large.

(Totem Examples: Totems(Ant Eater, Armadillo, Baboon, Badger/Brock, Bat, Bear, Bison/Buffalo, Boar/Warthog, Bobcat, Bull, Buzzard/Condor, Chameleon, Cheetah, Cow, Coyote, Crane/Heron, Crocodile/Croc, Crow, Deer, Dingo/Warragal, Dog, Dolphin, Dove, Dragon/Serpent/Wyrm, Duck, Eagle, Elephant, Falcon, Fox, Frog, Gargoyle, Gator/Alligator, Giraffe, Goat/Ram, Goose. Goose/Nene, Gorilla, Griffin, Gull, Hawk, Horse, Hound, Iguana, Jackal, Jaguar, Kite, Leopard/Black Panther, Lion, Lizard, Monkey, Moose, Mouse, Orca/Killer Whale, Osprey, Owl, Pegasus, Phoenix, Pig/Sow, Plumed Serpent, Polar Bear, Porcupine/Hedgehog, Prairie Dog, Puma/Cougar/Panther/Catamount/Mountain Lion, Raven, Rhino, Robin/Redbreast, Rooster/Cockerel/Cock, Salmon, Sheep/Ewe, Snake, Squirrel/Chipmunk, Stag, Tiger, Toad, Turtle, Unicorn, Vulture, Walrus, Whale/Kohola, Wildcat, Wolf, Wren, Zebra) Idols(All Father, Bright Maiden, Creator, Crone, Dragonslayer, Firebringer, Great Mother, High Priestess, Horned God, Lover, Magician, Moon Maiden, Sky Father, Sun God) Plant Totems(Alder, Ash, Birch, Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Hazel, Holly, Oak, Reed, Rowan, Silver Fir, Spindle, White Poplar/Aspen, Willow, Yew)


     Artist: This is a path involved in Artistic expression of one kind or another.
Most Shamans have artistic outlet, but Shamans of this path it is the whole life.  A Shaman of this path may be a Painter, a Sculptor, a Writer, a Poet, a Musician, a Singer, a Dancer and etc. 

(Totem Examples: Totems(Aardvark, Anaconda, Ant Eater, Antelope/Gazelle, Armadillo, Baboon, Bat, Beaver, Bison/Buffalo, Blackbird, Blue Jay, Bobcat, Cat, Chameleon, Cheetah, Chicken, Chimpanzee, Cobra, Coyote, Crane/Heron, Crocodile/Croc, Crow, Deer, Dolphin/Porpoise, Dove, Dragon/Serpent/Wyrm, Duck, Fox, Frog, Gecko/ Mo'o, Giraffe, Gopher, Grouse, Hare, Hummingbird, Kangaroo, Kite, Koala, Kookaburra, Leviathan, Lizard, Lynx, Manta/Stingray/Ray, Mink, Monkey, Opossum/'Possum, Ostrich, Otter, Parrot, Penguin, Phoenix, Platypus, Polar Bear, Porcupine/Hedgehog, Prairie Dog, Puma/Cougar/Panther/Catamount/Mountain Lion, Python, Rabbit, Raccoon, Raven, Scorpion, Seal/Sea Lion, Skunk, Snake, Spider, Stag, Swan, Toad, Tortoise, Turtle. Unicorn, Walrus, Whale, Zebra) Idols(Creator, Crone, Firebringer, Great Mother, High Priestess, Horned God, Lord of the Underworld, Lover, Magician, Sea king, Sun God, Wild Huntsman) Plant Totems (Alder, Apple, Ash, Birch, Elder, Furze, Hawthorn, Honeysuckle, Ivy, Rowan, Vine, White Poplar/Aspen, Willow, Yew)


      Warrior: This Is the Path of the Warrior involved in the arts of war.  A Shaman of this path is a Soldier, Police Officer, Environmental Activist, a Shadowrunner and etc.  Shamans of this path are involved in direct conflict and resolving it most likely by force.

(Totem Examples: Totems(Badger/Broc, Bear, Boar/Warthog, Bobcat, Bull, Cat, Cobra, Cheetah, Croc/Crocodile, Crow, Dingo, Dog, Dragon/Serpent/Wyrm, Eagle, Falcon, Gargoyle, Gator/Alligator, Goat/Ram, Goose, Goose/Nene, Gorilla, Griffin, Hawk, Horse, Hound, Hyena, Jaguar, Kite, Kookaburra, Leopard/Black Panther, Lion, Lynx, Manta/Stingray/Ray, Orca/Killer Whale, Osprey, Owl, Plumed Serpent, Polar Bear, Puma/Cougar/Panther/Catamount/Mountain Lion, Python, Raven, Rhino, Rooster/Cockerel/Cock, Scorpion, Shark, Skunk/Polecat, Snake, Stag, Tiger, Walrus, Weasel, Whale/Kohola, Wildcat, Wolf, Wolverine/Glutton) Idols(Bright Maiden, Dragonslayer, Horned God, Master of Destruction, Moon Maiden, Sea King, Sky Father, Sun God, Warrior, Wild Huntsman) Plant Totems(Birch, Hawthorn, Holly, Oak, Rowan)


     Seeker: This is the path of a Shaman looking into Spiritual Exploration.  This path involves Astral Exploration, looking into oneself and seeing where it leads.  These are the most spiritual of the Shamans.  They are always pushing the spirituality farther and farther to see where it leads.

(Totem Examples: Totems(Aardvark, Anaconda, Baboon, Badger/Brock, Bat, Bear, Bison/Buffalo, Blackbird, Bobcat, Cat, Chameleon, Cobra, Coyote, Crane/Heron, Crow, Deer, Dingo/Warragal, Dog, Dolphin/Porpoise, Dove, Dragon/Serpent/Wyrm, Eagle, Elephants, Falcon, Fox, Frog, Gecko/Mo'o, Grouse, Hare, Hawk, Horse, Hound, Hummingbird, Iguana, Jackal, Jaguar, Kangaroo, Kite, Koala, Kookaburra, Leopard/Black Panther, Leviathan, Lion, Lizard, Lynx, Manta/Stingray/Ray, Monkey, Moose, Mouse, Opossum/'Possum, Orca/Killer Whale, Osprey, Ostrich, Otter, Owl, Pegasus, Penguin, Phoenix, Pigeon, Platypus, Plumed Serpent, Polar Bear, Porcupine/Hedgehog, Prairie Dog, Puma/Cougar/Panther/Catamount/Mountain Lion, Python, Quail, Rabbit, Raccoon, Rat, Raven, Robin/Redbreast, Rooster/Cockerel/Cock, Salmon, Scorpion, Seal/Sea Lion, Snake, Spider, Squirrel/Chipmunk, Stag, Swan, Tiger, Toad, Tortoise, Turkey, Turtle/Honu, Unicorn, Walrus, Whale/Kohola, Wildcat, Wolf, Wren) Idols (All Father, Bright Maiden, Creator, Crone, Firebringer, Great Mother, High Priestess, Horned God, Lord of the Underworld, Lover, Magician, Moon Maiden, Sea King, Sky Father, Sun God, Wild Huntsman) Plant Totems(Alder, Apple, Ash, Beech, Birch, Blackthorn, Elder, Hawthorn, Hazel, Heather, Honeysuckle, Mistletoe, Oak, Rowan, Silver Fir, Vine, White Polar/Aspen, Willow, Yew)
    

     Counselor: This is the Path of the Advisor.  Shamans of this path can be a Teacher, a Psychologist, a Political Analyst, a Scholar and etc.  Shamans of this path are behind the scenes helping those who have need of their advise and counsel.  They are anything from political to personal counselors.


(Totem Examples:  Totems(Aardvark, Baboon, Badger/Brock, Bat, Bear, Bison/Buffalo, Blackbird, Bull, Cat, Cow, Coyote, Crane/Heron, Crow, Deer,  Dingo/Warragal, Dog, Dolphin/Porpoise, Dove, Dragon/Serpent/Wyrm, Eagle, Elephant, Falcon, Fox, Frog, Hare, Hawk, Horse, Hound, Iguana, Jaguar, Kangaroo, Kite, Koala, Kookaburra, Leopard/Black Panther, Leviathan, Lion, Lizard, Lynx, Manta/Stingray/Ray, Mouse, Monkey, Opossum/'Possum, Orca/Killer Whale, Ostrich, Otter, Owl, Pegasus, Phoenix, Pig/Sow, Pigeon, Platypus, Plumed Serpent, Polar Bear, Prairie Dog, Puma/Cougar/Panther/Catamount/Mountain Lion, Python, Raven, Robin/Redbreast, Rooster/Cockerel/Cock, Salmon, Seal/Sea Lion, Snake, Spider, Squirrel/Chipmunk, Stag, Swan, Toad, Tortoise, Turkey, Turtle/Honu, Unicorn, Weasel, Whale/Kohola, Wildcat, Wolf, Wren) Idols (All Father, Bright Maiden, Creator, Crone, Firebringer, Great Mother, High Priestess, Horned God, Lord of the Underworld, Lover, Magician, Moon Maiden, Sea King, Sky Father, Sun God, Wild Huntsman) Plant Totems(Alder, Apple, Ash, Beech, Birch, Blackthorn, Elder, Hawthorn, Hazel, Heather, Honeysuckle, Mistletoe, Oak, Rowan, Silver Fir, Vine, White Polar/Aspen, Willow, Yew)


     Skulker: This is the path of those whose dwell on the edge of the shadows. Thieves, Assassins, Stalkers and Etc. 

(Totem Examples: Totems(Bat, Blackbird, Black Panther/Leopard, Blue Jay, Bobcat, Cat, Chimpanzee, Coyote, Crane/Heron, Crow, Dragon/Serpent/Wyrm, Fox, Gecko/Mo'o, Hare, Hummingbird, Hyena, Jackal, Kookaburra, Lizard, Lynx, Mink, Monkey, Manta/Stingray/Ray, Mouse, Opossum/'Possum, Otter, Owl, Platypus, Prairie Dog, Puma/Cougar/Panther/Mountain Lion, Rabbit, Raccoon, Rat, Raven, Scorpion, Seal/Sea Lion, Snake, Spider, Squirrel, Weasel/Ferret) Idols (Crone, Firebringer, High Priestess, Lord of the Underworld, Lover, Magician, Moon Maiden)


     Scholar: This is the path of the searcher of knowledge on the physical plane. Very much like the Seeker, but more interested in knowledge of a less spiritual nature.  This is the Path of Anthropologists, Historians, Linguists and Etc.

( Totem Examples: Totems(Aardvark, Anaconda, Baboon, Badger/Brock, Bat, Bear, Bison/Buffalo, Blackbird, Bobcat, Cat, Chameleon, Cobra, Coyote, Crane/Heron, Crow, Deer, Dingo/Warragal, Dog, Dolphin/Porpoise, Dove, Dragon/Serpent/Wyrm, Eagle, Elephant, Falcon, Fox, Frog, Gecko/Mo'o, Grouse, Hare, Hawk, Horse, Hound, Hummingbird, Iguana, Jackal, Jaguar, Kangaroo, Kite, Koala, Kookaburra, Leopard/Black Panther, Leviathan, Lion, Lizard, Lynx, Manta/Stingray/Ray, Monkey, Moose, Mouse, Opossum/'Possum, Orca/Killer Whale, Osprey, Ostrich, Otter, Owl, Pegasus, Penguin, Phoenix, Pigeon, Platypus, Plumed Serpent, Polar Bear, Porcupine/Hedgehog, Prairie Dog, Puma/Cougar/Panther/Catamount/Mountain Lion, Python, Quail, Rabbit, Raccoon, Rat, Raven, Robin/Redbreast, Rooster/Cockerel/Cock, Salmon, Scorpion, Seal/Sea Lion, Snake, Spider, Squirrel/Chipmunk, Stag, Swan, Tiger, Toad, Tortoise, Turkey, Turtle/Honu, Unicorn, Walrus, Weasel, Whale/Kohola, Wildcat, Wolf, Wren) Idols (All Father, Bright Maiden, Creator, Crone, Firebringer, Great Mother, High Priestess, Horned God, Lord of the Underworld, Lover, Magician, Moon Maiden, Sea King, Sky Father, Sun God, Wild Huntsman) Plant Totems(Alder, Apple, Ash, Beech, Birch, Blackthorn, Elder, Hawthorn, Hazel, Heather, Honeysuckle, Mistletoe, Oak, Rowan, Silver Fir, Vine, White Polar/Aspen, Willow, Yew) 

This is by no means all of the possibilities.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Feuds, Friends & Totem Relations

{Author's Note:  This article is more about interaction than game mechanics so not much editing done.  Also I snuck in some in game references.}

One of the things people forget is that not all the Totems and their Shamans get along with each other, some have long lasting feuds and  others get along well with others.  The pattern usually follows with Nature.  Rivals in Nature are Rivals in the spirit world too.  Prey Totems tend to distrust Predator Totems.  A Mouse Shaman is not going to trust a Cat Shaman as far as he or she can throw them.  Usually if the Prey Totem is the Prey of the Predator Totem in Nature there is the distrust from the Prey's side of the relationship.  If the Prey and Predator in question have no connection in Nature like Puma and Kangaroo the distrust is lessened to a degree.  Also Size matters in the Prey/Predator Relationship.  Example Moose Shaman is not going to think a Cat Shaman or Weasel Shaman is a threat. Some Herbivore Shamans are not afraid of Predator Shamans due to their size, for example Rhino, Elephant and Whale.  These animals have almost no predators but Man.  In fact most Predators avoid these Animals. 

Another dynamic in Nature is the Rivalry like Puma and Wolf, Otter and Eagle.  These Totems do not necessarily have a feud going on but, they do not care for each other because they are usually in competition with each other for resources.  So if the totems in question actively compete for Prey in Nature they usually do not get along and try to get one up on the Shaman of the rival Totem.  The two totems are not actively out to get or destroy each other.  They dislike each other and want to show they are better than the other, but it is not personal.

The Active Feud is always based on whether the Prey can fight back against the Aggressor Totem.  One example of this is the Dolphin and Shark relationship.  They hate each other. Sharks eat Dolphins, but Dolphins can defend against the Sharks and kill the Sharks by tipping them over.  Another well known feud is between Cat and Dog totems, they distrust and rivalry there has built into a hatred since in Nature Dogs eat Cats in some circumstances.  Some Prey Totems will ally themselves with the Rival of their Predator Totem as happens with Dog and Mouse.  These Feuds go to the death sometimes.  In the Pacific Islands Groups of Shark and Dolphin Shamans have been known to create Total Destruction in the wake of their feud. And in Africa the Hyena and Lion Feud has destroyed whole areas.

Some Totems never create positive relations with other Totems and are fairly Magickal loners.  These Totems rarely get along with others let alone other Shamans.  Their totems are the Brutes of Nature, Crocodile, Gator, Tiger, Shark, Wolverine and the like.  They are usually Vicious and Destructive Totems and that is also why most other Shamans stay away from them unless there is an on going feud.  Others are just hard to be around due to habits like Vulture, Hyena, Rat and the like.  They are usually the Carrion Eaters of Nature, they involve themselves in things most Totems would rather not know about.  However due to this they are perfect for Shadowrunning.  They will do what others will not no questions asked and are not as morally indignant as other Totems.

Some Totems get along due to their being of related species.  The members of the Canine Family, Wolf, Coyote, Dog and Fox, tend to get along and will help each other if it does not create a conflict of interests.  The Raptor Family (Falcon, Hawk, Eagle, Kite, and Osprey) the Feline Family (Lion, Cat, Puma, Lynx and Etc.), the Rodent Family (Mouse, Beaver, Squirrel, and Etc), and the Cetacean Family (Whale, Orca and Dolphin) are also examples of these kind of related species.  Some of these species have the Rivalry situation but it is more like sibling rivalry.  The rivalry is due to the fact the two related species compete for the same resources in Nature, example Lion and Cheetah.  So like Siblings they would try to one up each other but if you get between them watch out.  These Related species will got to bat for each other against others Magickal or otherwise. 

These kinds of dynamics can help players create interesting Team Dynamics either positive or negative.  It can also help a Gamemaster create Rivals, Enemies, Allies, Contacts and Family for the Characters.  These relationships provide good opportunity for interesting Role Play.