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post Nov 7 2004, 07:04 AM
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I only have access to SR3 material and keep seeing ominous references to this "Black Lodge" as if it were common knowledge. What exactly is it?
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post Nov 7 2004, 07:27 AM
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It was in the original "Threats" book.

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post Nov 7 2004, 03:32 PM
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post Nov 7 2004, 04:21 PM
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It's a tiered initiatory group with some masonic ties and overtones. They want to control the world, oust the elves, and basically be mystical big-shots.

When I say "tiered," I mean in the old House Tremere/Golden Dawn/Pyramid Scheme/Etc. sense:

Each group has seven members. The Leader of that group is a member of another, higher group with seven members made up of other group leaders. The Leader of /that/ group is a member of a higher group, etc.

The grand-master has the benefit of being a Pure Magician. It's all good.
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post Nov 7 2004, 04:43 PM
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QUOTE (Ancient History @ Nov 7 2004, 04:21 PM)
The grand-master has the benefit of being a Pure Magician. It's all good.

Note that last bit is speculation. It's alleged that the Penultimate Master has magic abilities beyond normal humans and it's suspected he is very long lived. The France chapter of SoE underlines how subtle and discreet Black Lodge activities are, however it also suggests that the "Threats" post might have overstated their true power and influence.
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post Nov 7 2004, 07:01 PM
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I haven't read SoE yet, but why does it say that? What was wrong with the way the Black Lodge was described in Threats? I quite liked it.


Also, what's a Pure Magician? :) Someone who has both Hermetic and Shamanic abilities or something?
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post Nov 7 2004, 07:31 PM
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QUOTE (Zeel De Mort @ Nov 7 2004, 07:01 PM)
I haven't read SoE yet, but why does it say that?  What was wrong with the way the Black Lodge was described in Threats?  I quite liked it.

Basically because as it stood back in Threats it was simply a big faceless magical threat with the simple goal of taking over the world. Over the years it developed somewhat, with nuances like the IOND (connection unproven) and the Lodge's hard-on against elves and slowly a few apparent contradictions have developed regarding the structure of the Black Lodge and exactly what it controls (namely with regards to the Knights Templar and the Masons). The issue of those 1331 lodges spread across the world and the power that 9331 initiates could bring to bear and how long their association could be kept secret are also factors.

While SoE doesn't contradict any of the previous information, it suggests the extent of the Lodge's power isn't as much as people have been led to believe. It's also suggested the Lodge is somehow involved with the RCC which might be one of the reasons they were associated with the Templars. Its tendrils manifest here and there.
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post Nov 7 2004, 07:44 PM
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Ah okay, that makes sense I guess. I kinda jumped to the conclusion that maybe SoE played down the power that the top end of the BL has (i.e. The Penultimate Master). It would make sense to detail the goals and connections of the BL a bit more, so if SoE covers this then it's a good thing.

That's fine, I'll let you off with it this time. ;)
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