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When the teenage daughter of a local Hermetic mage dies in a terrible accident, the mourning father goes to unconscionable lengths to see his child again. The sheer hubris and potency of his willwork call down immense Paradox, driving him into permanent Quiet. It falls to the players to deal with the repercussions of this newborn Marauder’s actions, contain the damage brought about by his wild magics, and ensure that the Sleepers are kept safe from the ensuing magickal mayhem. Depending on the Sect the characters belong to, their personal paradigm, and their morality, their approach to the problems presented in this story could be radically different. No mage, regardless of politics or belief structure is likely to ignore the threat presented by a Marauder.

A Short Story of Love, Loss, Grieving, and Pain.

Weighing the Cost is a story for inclusion in your Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition campaign which follows the events portrayed in the short story DABDA, which was published in the Truth Beyond Paradox anthology. The events of this adventure take place directly after the end of that story. This adventure contains spoilers for DABDA, and while reading that story is not necessary to incorporate Weighing the Cost into your campaign, it is encouraged.

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Andrew F March 31, 2020 6:32 pm UTC
I will post a review next week--we have a session scheduled for Sunday.
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Travis L March 31, 2020 6:39 pm UTC
Awesome! I look forward to hearing how it goes!
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Andrew F March 31, 2020 5:40 am UTC
Thank you. I picked up the adventure first and also have Truth Beyond Paradox.

Guess I'll come up with my own spin on a mage of the 'pointy hat' house. . .
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Travis L March 31, 2020 7:27 am UTC
I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it enough to be so inspired!
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Andrew F March 31, 2020 4:39 am UTC
I was wondering if there's more on Adeptus McCallister besides his House and relationship with Jeremy.

McCallister seems to be an interesting character and one who could become a connection in game.

Has anything else been published featuring Jamie McCallister?
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Travis L March 31, 2020 4:59 am UTC
He is mentioned briefly in Truth Beyond Paradox, in the story that acts as prelude to this adventure. Beyond that, he does not show up anywhere else.
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