Profane Vestments

Nature: Associated series of Artifacts
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The magical vestments that allow control of the weak-souled, granting the Seers of the Throne the ability to wear the bodies of innocent Sleepers like clothing, are the signature items of the servants of the Pyramid.

Profane Vestments are still priceless Artifacts of Supernal origin, and each Vestment bears the Seal-name of a particular Exarch. The Seers believe they are directly linked to their creators. A pylon that possesses a Vestment guards it jealously, using it in rites and oblations directed toward the patron Exarch whose Seal it bears. All ten permitted Seals have been witnessed, though the Greater Seals (particularly the Eye and the Father) grant more of these Artifacts to their followers than their lesser brethren do.



The Vestments are named “Profane” as they deal with the control of the Fallen world’s inhabitants. Seer legend holds that the Exarchs themselves wear similar robes, referred to as the "Sacred Vestments", which allow the puppeteering of the Awakened and that the Profane Vestments are mortal reflections of these. Other Seers note that the Gate could create Vestment Artifacts just as well as his fellows, and wonder what powers such a thing would have.



Vestments are all unique in design, though they share some common characteristics. They are usually worn draped over the shoulders; most examples take the form of short robes, cloaks, cloth breastplates or tabards, though chains of office and scarves are also known. They are decorated with gemstones or sewn-on plates marked with arcane symbols and incorporate intricate patterns incorporating runes of the High Speech, with part of the Seal-Name of the Exarch granting them picked out or highlighted in some way.



Vestments always have two powers at minimum: A spell to monitor the actions of a slave and another to influence those actions. Some are more powerful than others. All Vestment powers are concentration-based and cast at sympathetic range using the Seer’s own sympathetic connection to the pawn being manipulated.

The three most commonly seen power sets were codified by Seers of Paternoster centuries ago during their ascendancy to power and named after the biblical raiment of Israelite priests: the Ephod, Urim and Thummim.


Known Vestments

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