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In place of mysticism , the Technocracy uses Enlightened Science as its way of describing magical phenomena.
Its current tools are the advancement of scientific methods and principles along with the technology this produces , the spread of capitalist market-forces, and the application of political power. While many Technocrats being members of the Technocracy rather than pawns controlled by it use magic , few accept that their actions are anything other than the successful application of a little-known scientific principle.
Not all Technocrats are mages roughly one in ten can use true Enlightened Science in the form of reality-altering magic, and perhaps as many as half can use simple supernatural abilities such as psychic powers , and what defines a Technocrat is more a matter of the absolute belief in science, commerce, and politics as the foundations of a Utopian worldview.
As a scientific meritocracy , however, the Technocracy's highest ranks are occupied entirely by mages. In addition to using Enlightened Science , the Technocracy makes use of hypertech , or technology that is not yet accepted by the Masses and is therefore subject to Paradox. Hypertech, in many respects, is no different from the creation of enchanted items by more traditional mages. A central aspect of the Technocracy's mission is to define the rules by which reality operates, and their definitions as a matter of principle abhor the idea of other influences on consensual reality.
Individuals who violate the rules laid down by their scientists are labeled Reality Deviants , because they are both exceptions of the rules and defy consensual reality. Because of its strong stance against reality deviancy, the Technocracy is essentially at war with all supernatural beings in the World of Darkness , including vampires , werewolves , and other mages.
In practice, this conflict is a cold war , and the Technocracy has had far more success in proving to the Masses that supernatural beings do not exist rather than eliminating them. Many beings, such as changelings and 'bygones' mythic beasts such as dragons , manticores , and harpies , will simply cease to exist if the world stops believing in them.
However, this approach is somewhat counterproductive with respect to certain supernatural creatures such as werewolves and vampires, who are not affected by the perception of the masses, and in fact benefit from remaining hidden a primary concern of World of Darkness vampires being the maintenance of their Masquerade.
The Technocracy was founded on a central philosophy known as the Precepts of Damian. Though interpretation of the Precepts varies considerably, and some Technocrats privately or secretly dismiss specific subsections usually the last one , they nevertheless offer the ideological backbone to the Technocratic Union and are the principles to which Technocracy leadership refer to determine policy.
The Technocracy is divided into five Conventions defined by their philosophies toward science and their scientific specializations. Each Convention is further divided into any number of Methodologies , which represent further specializations. Each Convention is an independent hierarchy, and the five branches of the Technocracy are only unified by a central command authority known as the Inner Circle and their broader administrative based, Control.
Control is responsible for the formation and direction of mixed teams of Technocrats from multiple Conventions called amalgams. Amalgams are the primary operational unit of Technocratic agents. In addition to the amalgams, each Convention maintains its own staff, scientists, and operatives who are beholden to Control but do not receive their orders from its offices.
The ideological differences among Conventions, in addition to this compartmentalization, has led to some degree of behind-the-scenes conflict within the Technocracy, and several secret societies have resulted from these conflicts.
Officially founded under the banner of the Order of Reason in the 14th Century, the original Union was very different from the one presented as contemporary in Mage: The Ascension. Also known as Daedalians , its original members at the time of ratification were as follows:. The Solificati were almost immediately purged for their over-reliance on alchemy , while the religious beliefs of the Gabrielites and Craftmasons led to their eventual elimination from the Order.
In the meantime, a shadow faction called the Ksirafai developed, and worked behind the scenes to aid in these eliminations while shaping the Order of Reason into what would eventually become the Technocratic Union. The Ksirafai shaped policy until they arranged for their own disappearance, leaving the New World Order a secular descendant of the Cabal of Pure Thought's principles of information-control, said to have been founded in their modern form by Queen Victoria to take their place as masters of covert operations , espionage , and counter-intelligence.
With the advent of the industrial revolution and the information age, the Technocracy sought to adapt by allowing the formation of the Electrodyne Engineers experts with electricity and ether and the Difference Engineers experts with electronics and information technology. Both, however, eventually rebelled against the Technocracy, becoming the Sons of Ether and the Virtual Adepts. These two groups now belong to the Traditions and are reviled by the Technocracy as Reality Deviants for having embraced technomancy.
It is important to note that the Technocracy's own account of history does not square with history as told by the Traditions. Just as the future is uncertain, the Technocracy's own work at rewriting history brings into question whether the past is equally uncertain.
Search this site. Character sheet. Awakening and Avatars. Akashic Brotherhood. Celestial Chorus. Cult of Ecstacy. Order of Hermes. Sons of Ether. Virtual Adepts. Other Traditions. Iteration X. New World Order. Void Engineers. Contact Us. The Technocracy In Mage: The Ascension , the Technocratic Union or Technocracy is a world-wide conspiracy that employs a technological paradigm to pursue an agenda promoting safety over freedom ; however, it claims amongst the lower echelons of its membership to pursue an agenda opposed to superstition and faith-based belief systems.
Furthermore, it claims to champion science while rejecting any innovation not approved by its own leadership. In this way, its agenda prevents effective criticism as it can always claim its ideological opponents are themselves against the benefits of science, many of which the Technocracy itself opposes while claiming to uphold. It is the primary villainous organization of the game. Contents 1 Overview 2 Principles 2.
Mage: The Ascension
In place of mysticism , the Technocracy uses Enlightened Science as its way of describing magical phenomena. Its current tools are the advancement of scientific methods and principles along with the technology this produces , the spread of capitalist market-forces, and the application of political power. While many Technocrats being members of the Technocracy rather than pawns controlled by it use magic , few accept that their actions are anything other than the successful application of a little-known scientific principle. Not all Technocrats are mages roughly one in ten can use true Enlightened Science in the form of reality-altering magic, and perhaps as many as half can use simple supernatural abilities such as psychic powers , and what defines a Technocrat is more a matter of the absolute belief in science, commerce, and politics as the foundations of a Utopian worldview. As a scientific meritocracy , however, the Technocracy's highest ranks are occupied entirely by mages. In addition to using Enlightened Science , the Technocracy makes use of hypertech , or technology that is not yet accepted by the Masses and is therefore subject to Paradox.
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Unlike most of White Wolf's World of Darkness gamelines, Mage centered not on stereotypical horror movie monsters mostly , but on the force of "magic" and the various people who practice it, from mad scientists to angry druids to stereotypical old men in beards and pointy hats, all of whom can do cool stuff by punching reality in the balls. The innate problems of being a White Wolf game aside namely, the design team's obvious sympathy with the 90's-counterculture vs. You're an arrogant dick who got a hold of God's power tools! Now what's stopping you from Wingardiam Leviosaing some skirts and summoning succubi to worship your tiny manhood? Well, while magic is cool, it only works well when no one can see you do it.