Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Deep Reflexions of Per Speculum

The Replica is an almost-perfect simulacrum of the Mortal Realms; anything apparent in the Mortal Realms can be seen in reflection in this region of Per Speculum.  It is an ordered world, though that order is reversed from a mortal's expectation.  Duplicating creatures fill this world with a society of their own--living, working, and worshiping according to their own ideals.  They have their own kings, their own priests, and their own criminals.  They also have their own gods.

The archdaemons of Per Speculum are ancient doubles who have transcended from their malleable nature to become pure mirrors to the Mortal Realm.  They have become immense, amorphous humanoids who skin has transformed into a solid, polished, reflective surface.  Four in number, each is the embodiment of a different type of reflection. Collectively, they are known as the Faal'sjern (while the lesser doubles of the Replica are the Faal'truen)
Homebrew to the Rescue!  Warlocks who serve the Deep Reflexions have the Man in the Mirror patron.  Furthermore, they typically choose the Pact of the Mirror--and often select invocations tied to that pact.  Archfey and Fiends (Vices) have also been known to offer this pact.
NOTE:  In other settings, these beings would be powerful aberrations, akin to Great Old Ones. 
NOTE:  As reflections of mortality, the Faal'sjern are not bound to one gender or another--they are fluid beings with fluid existence.  For this reason, the singular they pronoun is used for these beings.

Iss'sjern of the Inverse

An inverse reflection is the contradictory counterpart of the thing being reflected.  They reflections are those as seen through lenses--such as the eye or a camera. They match the reflected object in outward details, but have vertical positions flipped (top is bottom, bottom is top).  Iss'sjern and the doubles who follow them (the Iss'truen) are called inverts; and this faction assumes the "inverted" temperamental alignment (see below) of any mortal they encounter.

Iss'sjern has four legs and two arms, resembling the shape of a centaur.  They are drawn to warlocks who strive to understand the significance of hisorical record, legal precedence, as well as societal customs.
To determine "inverted" alignment, exchange the scores of morally and ethically "opposed" alignments:
  • Altruism <> Nihilism
  • Dynamism <> Idealism
  • Materialism <> Vitalism

Maii'sjern of the Obverse

An obverse reflection is the complementary counterpart of the thing being reflected.  They are the commonly understood "mirror image."  They match the reflected object in outward details, but have horizontal positions flipped (left is right, right is left).  Maii'sjern and the doubles who follow them (the Maii'truen) are called obverts; and this faction assumes the "obverted" temperamental alignment (see below) of any mortal they encounter.

Maii'sjern has four arms and two legs.  They are drawn to warlocks who recognize the implication of imagery and symbolism in art, architecture, poetry, and music.

To determine "obverted" alignment, exchange the scores of morally and ethically "compatible" temperaments:
  • Altruism <> Materialism
  • Dynamism <> Idealism
  • Nihilism <> Vitalism

Qinn'sjern of the Converse

A converse reflection is the contradictory opposite of the thing being reflected.  Like inverse reflections, they have their vertical positions flipped; in addition, their colors appear as if in photographic negative.  Qinn'sjern and the doubles who follow them (the Qinn'truen) are called converts; and this faction assumes the "converted" temperamental alignment (see below) of any mortal they encounter.

Qin'sjern  has four legs and wings--like a pegasus, dragon, or sphinx; she assumes a "converted" temperamental alignment of any mortal she encounters.  They are drawn to warlocks who recognize the importance of the similarities of and differences between various religious traditions, mythologies, and superstitions.
To determine "converted" alignment, exchange the scores of elementally "opposed" temperaments:
  • Altrusim <> Nihilism 
  • Dynamism <> Vitalism
  • Idealism <> Materialism

Traa'sjern of the Reverse

A reverse reflection is the complementary opposite of the thing being reflected.  Like obverse reflections, they have their horizontal positions flipped; in addition, their coloring is negative (like converse reflections).  Traa'sjern and the doubles who follow them (the Traa'truen) are called reverts; and this faction assumes the "reverted" temperamental alignment (see below) of any mortal they encounter.

Traa'sjern has two arms, two legs, and two wings--like an angel or many demons and devils.  She is drawn to warlocks who are interested in the symbolism of dreams, nightmares, and behaviors.

To determine "reverted" alignment, exchange the scores of elementally "compatible" temperaments:
  • Altruism <> Vitalism
  • Dynamism <> Idealism
  • Materialism <> Nihilism

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