This page has been created to clarify a few things about what My Passions in this campaign are like. The Passions will be playing a significant role in The Circle Of Dawns Campaign. Also as players have asked what my Passions are like, and how the differ from Cannon.
All page numbers are taken from the 4th Edition FAS14203 Questors Book
PG:10: Speculative if they came before name givers and created the Namegivers.
Or the Namegivers came first and via worship created them. But once this form was created and set in motion they took a life of their own.
This question remains open in this campaign.
True Nature of the Passions
PG:131: The opening chapter of this book presents some speculation about the nature of the Passions but doesn’t provide any concrete answers. This is intentional. The Passions are powerful and mysterious beings, and even the great dragons treat them with caution.
For most campaigns, the truth about the Passions isn’t especially relevant. More important are the powers and abilities of Questors; they are the primary way most people in Barsaive interact with the Passions. Adepts are more likely to encounter a Passion, especially as they ascend to higher Circles, but even those encounters should be special.
If a campaign—especially a high Circle one—develops a focus on the Passions, the Gamemaster should feel free to develop the ideas presented in this book as they wish or come up with something else if it makes for a good story.
PG:12: Thera acknowledges the same Passions we know in Barsaive. There are few Theran Questors, and it may be because they do not honour or worship them as we do.
The Passions are Spirits that have True Patterns, they do not require worship, nor are they considered forming a part of any religion.
PG:15: Controversial Opinion by Nethermancer T’shan V’ruda, is they are similar to horrors. Whereby the latter feed of negative emotions they create. Passions are sustained by the emotions they inspire in Namegivers
PG:16: The Passions are ancient, powerful spirits. In the vanished mists of legend, they may have once been ally spirits, or something akin to them. We know that spirits grow in power and intelligence over time. Whatever kind of astral entity they originally were, the Passions have grown beyond the classification and understanding of our present-day scholars.
PG:16: Barsaive Passions are significantly different to similar Passions in other Lands as they still involve themselves in the lives and affairs of Namegivers
PG:129: Many Questors will happily discuss their Passion’s ideals, but they strive to personally live them rather than proselytize. While the ideals each Passion embodies are widely recognized, the ways a person pursues those ideals is highly personal, and Questors of the same Passion may not fully agree with each other
They have always been very involved in Namegivers affairs, but not directly. They act via proxies, or via rulers and high circle adepts. They can and do bestow gifts upon these Namegivers. But if their trust in said Namegivers is betrayed, or they fail to live up to the ideals that said Passion represents, they will seek revenge. Revenge in away that is similar to the betrayal, death is not out of the question.
The will help other Namegivers, but often indirectly and if spoken with will most often be cryptic and will rarely offer a direct answer to a direct question. If they are not respected in such scenarios, they will never appear to them ever again and will also ensure that any benefits their Questors can grant on said person will never work again.
The Passions do not compete against each other or allow their Questors to do so. The sane Passions also do not consider the mad Passions are irretrievably inflicted and strive to help them when they are able. They are also continually trying to discover how their madness can be cured, but as of yet, they don’t understand why they became mad in the first place.
My Passions are the opposite of Horrors, they require Questors to sustain them, the more they have the more powerful they can become. Having no Questors does not mean they fade away, but it does mean their powers are very weak.
SPOILER [NOT FOR PLAYERS]
PG: 93: Of the twelve Passions worshipped in Barsaive, none is as feared as Raggok, the Mad Passion of bitterness, vengeance and corruption
Raggok has countless bargains with many horrors, and as such are considered Questors and bestow upon her significant powers from the bargains they have agreed to.