Eternal Now
Arcanum: Mind ●●●
Practice: Fraying
Action: Instant
Duration: Prolonged
Aspect: Covert
Cost: None
Range: Sensory
Rote Pool: Wit+Subt vs Res+G




The mage temporarily removes the target's ability to process new memories.

Mechanics: The spell prevents the character from turning their short-term memories into long-term memories. The target can remember any memories of experiences that occurred before the spell was cast, but can't form any new permanent memories for as long as the spell affects them.

As a result, whenever one scene ends and the next scene begins, the character forgets what happened in the previous scene, finding themselves in a new situation without any knowledge of how it came about.

The spell also influences the target towards reacting more or less normally, and makes it so they won't automatically notice any problem with their memory unless someone points it out or something forces them to become aware of it (though their seemingly unexplained circumstances can be very confusing and puzzle them greatly). Even if someone tells the target that he is having memory problems, he will forget this information again once the scene ends.

For example: While the target can have a perfectly normal conversation, once the conversation ends and they either start doing something else or the person they were talking to go of sight, the target completely forgets the conversation ever happened.

Once the Duration of this spell expires, the target’s ability to form lasting memories returns, but any recollections lost while the spell was in effect are gone for good.

Because memory takes a short while to process, the spell also prevents the target from remembering anything that occurred during the turn that before the spell was cast.

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