The Storm Has a Name
The Spirit axiom defines the level of spiritual energies available for those powers commonly thought of as belonging to “the gods”,
such as miracles. This spiritual energy exists even if the axiom level
is very low; the axiom merely indicates how easily the beings of the
reality can call upon their “gods” for miraculous effects and the type
of effects that are possible. Miracles and other aspects of the Spirit
axiom are covered in more detail in Chapter Eleven.
0—The world is devoid spiritually and faith is not rewarded.
There are no concepts of higher beings or afterlife.
2—Miracles work only for the truly faithful, who must all have
the focus and faith skills. Even then it takes a lifetime of study and
prayer to cause even the most minor of miracles; such miracles
are only possible in the presence of the entire community of the
3—Spiritual energy is so low that rituals take years in order to
get even the slightest effect. These miracles may be invoked without
requiring the presence of the entire community. All involved must
still have both the focus and faith skills though.
5—An “extended” community is possible in which characters
with faith but not focus may participate in miracles performed by
a character with the focus skill. Rituals are still extremely difficult
Direct invocation of divine power becomes possible, but is
extremely unlikely. Even if successful, the effect will never be a
visible and direct confirmation of divine agency.
7—Quick prayers for miracles become available but usually
require years of study or training to utilize properly. Powerful effects
still require the use of lengthy rituals.
Religious symbols can be imbued with spiritual power as a result
of divine agency but not through the will of the community; this
power most often manifests itself by making the use of spiritual
power easier for the faithful.
Spiritual energy may be used to manipulate internal possibility
energy with martial arts skill if Social axiom is sufficient. Meditation
skill is also possible.
8—Miracles which enhance the abilities of believers become
possible, but are limited in only being able to affect beings who
provide both the focus and faith values for the miracle.
9—Independent action taken by spiritual agencies can occur
but happen at the whim of the divine will, never in response to
the request of the faithful. These interventions are clear signs of
Miracles that enhance the abilities of believers may now affect
any of the faithful.
11—The community of faithful may imbue an item or place
with spiritual power. Items (swords, talismans) may be imbued
with spiritual energy that can aid in the performance of miracles or
that allow an individual to perform a specific miracle. These items
will only work for someone with the same faith skill as those who
empowered the object.
13—Direct invocation of divine power that provides irrefutable
evidence is possible but still extremely difficult.
16—Evidence of divine power readily available to the faithful
and a routine part of their lives.
17—Independent action taken by spiritual agencies occurs on a
regular basis, including the existence of locations or items that are
capable of performing perpetual miracles. These perpetual miracles
provide their own focus and faith totals, meaning that their effects
will work on anyone, not just on the community of believers.
Orrorsh, Land Below, Nile Empire,
courses through the cosm with
such regularity that specific
training is not needed to create
miracles, though those trained
in the rituals of the religion can
draw on the power of their faith
with more reliability. Characters
with the focus skill may attempt
any miracle allowed by their
mythos, though any miraculous
effects they haven’t learned are
“Paradise” is now accessible to
mortals. Travel to mythic regions
(fringe realities) is possible.
20—The laity may create
miracles without the focus skill.
The power of the community is so
strong that a gathering automatically provides a minimal focus for
the miracle. The laity must still receive training in all the proper
procedures in order to invoke the miracle.
21—Miracles are plentiful, and the spiritual power is enough to
lower the difficulty of all focus processes for the faithful. Miracles
with reduced difficulty values have their axiom requirements
increased by the effect.
23—One mythos becomes dominant. Miracles and invocations
performed by beings that follow any other mythos are contradictions.
This includes an atheist’s ability to negate miracles. Independent
action by the entities of any non-dominant mythos cease to occur.
24—The spiritual power in the cosm is plentiful enough to reduce
some lengthy and complex rituals down to prayers.
27—All enemies of the dominant mythos have no spiritual
power. Miracles may not be performed at all by followers of an
enemy mythos. Atheists are unable to negate miracles.
33—A pure cosm, a cosm in which all aspects of the dominant
mythos are literally true. No other mythos has access to spiritual
powers, miracles may not be performed at all by followers of other