Tag: ghost

Hunting with the White Wolf



Today I felt the presence of Wolf very strongly…

For years I have been avoiding the Spirits, kept them at a distance.
Confucius had said,  “Respect ghosts and spirits, but keep them at a distance” (Analects 6:20).
I was afraid of losing control, being taken over by the Other, afraid of the sacrifices that They were asking.
But at last I gave in, made my peace with my old fears.

Today I answered the hunting call of the White Wolf.
Yeah, we hunted together!
It seemed I rode a white horse, carrying a lance, wolf-mask on my head.
Soon we hunted down a shadow-spirit, my lance nailed the thing to the ground, my sword hacked it into pieces.
The thing had many dark tendrils attached to its victims, sucking their energy with sweet lies.
Bright Sword cut through the threads  one by one, burning the threads into nothingness.

The hunt was quick and brutal, the Spirits were ready to depart to their next tasks…

I give thanks to  my helpers and guides from the three worlds.

Thank you: White Wolf, Bright Angel, Guardians, Ancestors!

The circle is open but yet unbroken,
Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again!
see also: Following the call of the wolf | Dreamquest

Ghost/Echo: The First Run reloaded


One of my players, Niek Ooijman, sent me some feedback on the session

I’ll put my comments in brackets:

1. please use printout character cards instead of handwritten, to avoid reading problems.
(comment: alongside the printout of Ghost/Echo rules, I wrote on index cards the name of the character & 2 skills).
2. if new players register at the last time, sent them mail beforehand, instead of writing only on the meetup site. ask them to think about the character they want to play.
(comment: until the very last day I had only one subscriber, we already had extensive mailing ongoing on the subject; the rest subscribed on the same day, too late to sent them mail)
3. danger check: a high roll is always better? It is better to change this: if rolling for danger, higher means more “danger”. Getting a 5 or 6 when rolling for danger means real trouble.
(comment: this is a matter of taste)
4. The goal/danger system is asking a lot of player-creativity , it is annoying to have to state a danger for each goal, that slows down play. In the games I know, the GM tells the player all about the dangers.
(comment: this is a typical old-school conditioning)
5. there was some lack of “supernatural elements”
(comment: this scenario was meant as a foreshadowing of the Shadowrun era, the supernatural still has to intrude into the world, but it was possible to Listen for Echo’s of the supernatural)
6. The skills were too minimal
I have some doubts on the claim “quick play”, there still a lot of work to do on the system.
(comment: the player did not take enough time to read the ghost/echo page)

My observations:
The Game has to be worked out, as stated in the two pages

I was thrilled by the minimalistic setting & rules, a refreshing experience after so many years of D&D tables & rule-lawyering.
The indie-press rpg-community consist of some high-level roleplayers, ‘quick-play’ has to be seen in that context : 2 page rules with bare bones, the rest to be expanded with existing GM skills!
No so user-friendly for newbies, but at the other side: the experienced/brainwashed D&D adepts will have serious adaptation troubles!

Dreamquest

The Government was unwilling to dirty their hands in a backwater Balkan state, so they used some intermediaries to contract the Black-op branch of Orpheus corporation.
If anything went wrong, the whole operation was deniable as usual, the spindoctors would call it a terrorist strike of the separatist.
Coil, Grip, Hull and Vixen discussed their strategy for the job.
It sounded like an easy one: extricate Herr Professor alive (preferrable) or dead to insure the Opposition will never again have access to his theoretical knowledge of Matrix-construction.
He was temporary held at a secret interrogation camp, waiting for transfer to the headquarters of Herr Colonel.
Simple plans are the best, and victory goes to the bold;
The idea was to ‘borrow’ a chopper of the Opposition; flying under false colours it should be possible to infiltrate the interrogation camp.
Well…a battleplan never survives the first shots…
They found a…

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Volle maan, eclips november 2012


Een paar dagen terug ging ik met een vriendin naar een kringloopwinkel; meteen bij binnenkomst viel mijn oog op een bijzonder krachtig wayang-pop: Duhsasana! Felblauwe ogen, rood aangelopen gezicht, stevige snor en baard, een echt demonische kop.
Meteen beetgepakt en bij de kassa apart laten leggen, hier moest ik iets mee!
Tot nog toe had ik alleen poppen van de ‘goede partij’ , de Pandawa, dit was de eerste Kaurawa. Kennelijk moest ik aan de slag met mijn Schaduw.

Later werd me meer hierover duidelijk:
Ik had een paar weken terug via internet een afspraak gemaakt met een vrouw die mijn interesse wekte, na wat heen en weer mailen was al een principe-afspraak voor een bepaalde datum gezet.
Maar toen het een week duurde voor definitieve bevestiging van afspraak, rook ik al onraad en mailde ik of ze nog wilde afspreken.
Wat bleek nu: ze kende mijn ex-vriendin, en ‘wist hoe we uit elkaar waren gegaan…het voelde niet goed om de afspraak door te laten gaan’.
Nu wist ik dat mijn ex-vriendin op sociale media uitgebreid haar verhaal over onze soap uit de doeken had gedaan, maar het viel me wel tegen dat ik nu op deze manier zonder toepassing van hoor en wederhoor in de kou werd gezet.
Ik heb meteen mijn correspondent van repliek gediend, dat ik deze gang van zaken wel bijzonder kwalijk vond!

In die nacht het ik een stevig gesprek gehad met mijn Daemon, die ik visualiseerde als Duhsasana.
Hij verbeeldde mijn woede en gekwetsheid.
Hij bracht me in de verleiding om een gremlin te sturen naar mijn correspondent en mijn ex-vriendin, maar wist me gelukkig te beheersen.

Later in die nacht kreeg ik een droom: ik was bij een groep (Engelen? Ze waren in ieder geval gevleugeld en in het wit) die aan Engelenhealing deed, ze omringden me en genazen mij en mijn Daemon.

Ja, de volle maan eclips heb ik goed kunnen voelen!

Setting of the Fifth Black Sun


“December 21, 2012 will be the most important date for all of Humanity. The ancient Mayans created the Long Count calendar to mark this date as the beginning of a new cycle for Mankind.” Anonymous

What if…
The wild-eyed cultist are right…up to a certain point?
Something changes in 2012,,,
Maybe…
the stars are ‘right’, depending on whose viewpoint: if Rlyeh arises from the ocean, the Ctulhu-cultist might rejoice, or maybe not…
…the Veil between the Worlds are rent asunder, and the Dead will outnumber the Quick…
…the Star-People revisit Gaia to evaluate the Human experiment…
…Hailey’s planet strikes home at last…
Who knows?
Maybe HE nows, maybe not (Rig Veda)
But before the Great Change comes, it will be foreshadowed by small changes:
Weird tales, Anomalous Phenomena…
Reported sightings of UFO, ET, ghosts, and other things that go bump in the night.

Ghost/Echo: The First Run


The Government was unwilling to dirty their hands in a backwater Balkan state, so they used some intermediaries to contract the Black-op branch of Orpheus corporation.
If anything went wrong, the whole operation was deniable as usual, the spindoctors would call it a terrorist strike of the separatist.
Coil, Grip, Hull and Vixen discussed their strategy for the job.
It sounded like an easy one: extricate Herr Professor alive (preferrable) or dead to insure the Opposition will never again have access to his theoretical knowledge of Matrix-construction.
He was temporary held at a secret interrogation camp, waiting for transfer to the headquarters of Herr Colonel.
Simple plans are the best, and victory goes to the bold;
The idea was to ‘borrow’ a chopper of the Opposition; flying under false colours it should be possible to infiltrate the interrogation camp.
Well…a battleplan never survives the first shots…
They found a hidden chopper on a hidden part somewhere in the woods, guarded by a single watchtower, a typical Opposition-setup for a covert-operation camp.
Coil took out the main tower with his rocket-launcher, Grip sprinted to the chopper while the rest gave covering fire.
Some surviving guards stormed out of the tower, but were taken down by a frontal grenade and some flanking fire. The grenade caused some collateral damage in the tower, soon it started burning!
Grip discovered the chopper was out of fuel…
Hull entered the burning tower twice: the first time to secure a single drum of fuel, the second time he was out of luck, something exploded…Hull was blown outside by a fireball!
Badly hurt, Hull was carried by the rest to the chopper to escape the towering inferno.
They decided to push their luck to finish the job.
Boldly they flew the chopper to the interrogation camp.
Vixen fast-talked the ground crew and the commander Herr Colonel to refuel the chopper and to transfer the prisoner.
On their way to home-base, they were intercepted by two Opposition choppers.
Grip tried to channel the ghostfield, hoping to jinx one chopper, but received a migraine instead.
With some luck Coil was able to take down the interceptors with his rocket-launcher!
Returning to home-base was a bit tense, their chopper was almost taken down by friendly fire before Vixen was able to get through to the right channels.

Ghost/Echo: Pathworking the Ghost Worlds


The Ghost Universe consists of several Ghost Worlds, each
interconnected by Datastreams (Echo-Paths).

Travelling the Datastreams is a specialized skill: by channeling the
Ghost Field, some adepts can open temporary Gates to the Paths.

Using the Major Arcana (e.g. Amber Trumps) is one of the many possible
ways of Pathworking!
Other Traditions use: Tattva Symbols, Hermetic Seals, Bagua, etc.

A Grip who is specialized in Listening at Echoes, has the skill to
detect functional Paths.
Every method has its own risks….

Ghost/Echo crossing path with World of Darkness and Shadowrun


Universe: World of Darkness (core setting) 2012 CE. Preliminary Story: The Crewmembers are part of the experimental Shadowrun team of the Orpheus-0rganization; their mission is to find top secret information before the Others find it.

Do you have any idea what kind of crewmember you would like to be?

Good at…(pick one)
acting under pressure
infiltrate/steal
suffer harm
commit to violence
manipulate/hold steadfast
channel ghostfield
listen for echoes

Pick an archetype:
coil
demon
hull
grip
vixen

Try to visualize the skilled archetype of your choice.

Het reisgeschenk, spreker voor de doden


Vandaag had ik een teamuitje: wandelingen door de joodse buurt van Amsterdam, met als eindpunt Joods Historisch Museum. Een stukje trambaan is daar als monument achtergebleven, ter herinnering aan de tramlijn waarmee deportaties via station naar Auschwitz werden georganiseerd. Dan zie ik die geestentrein nog steeds rijden.

Het raakt me op verschillende manieren:
Het is ongeloofelijk hoe het hart van Amsterdam werd uitgerukt als consequentie van een populist die sluimerende sociale onrust mobiliseerde tot rassenhaat.
Onbegrijpelijk, dat mensen erna zeiden ‘dat nooit meer’, maar dat wij in deze generatie opnieuw moeten meemaken dat een peroxide populist het heeft over etnische registratie en deportaties, en dat hij zelfs in de regering kan komen.
En dan nog zijn er mensen, die geloven dat het niet zo’n vaart zal lopen, want dat dacht men destijds ook van die vent met die Chaplins-snor.

Ik zie parallellen tussen de Joodse en de Chinese diaspora. Mijn voorouders hebben een vergelijkbare sterke literaire traditie, en het handhaven van culturele identiteit ondanks verstrooing door tijd en ruimte. De koning van Siam noemde de Chinezen ‘de Joden van het Oosten’, want ook Chinezen doen het goed in de handel, een feit dat afgunst opwekt bij de autochtonen. Ik heb meegemaakt dat dit ertoe leidde dat de militaire machthebbers pogingen deed om de Chinezen te dwingen tot assimilatie, in feite een culturele moord door het verbieden van taal en rituelen en familienamen.

Op dit moment wil ik spreken voor die doden, de geesten willen door mij heen spreken.
Ik kijk naar het zwijgende schilderij, het is alsof de drie spirits me vragen om mijn stem aan hun te lenen.

Aanstaande Vrijdag, als ik de laatste fysieke resten van mijn vader naar zijn graf breng, heb ik de gelegenheid om mijn stem aan hem uit te lenen, om namens hem een laatste groet te brengen.

Dit is heftig sjamanistisch werk, ik hoop dat ik het aan kan gaan.

Comments on my diary: China Journey 2007


Looking back at my journey:

For me, connecting with the ancestors is becoming a very important issue.
Not only the faraway mainland china connection, but also the more recent chinese diaspora to Java and Holland.

Often I feel on a gut-level during a meeting with somebody with these same roots: we are related, a few hunderd years ago…

The more I research on the shamanic roots of the chinese way of living, the more I discover:
chinese ancestor worship, gongfu (animal-styles, bagua), fengshui, divination (yi jing).

Fragments of my diary: China Journey august 2007:
At this moment I’m in Chongqing, the middle of china.
Already had a intense time in Shanghai-Yangtze river-Fengjie, later on I will visit Xian and Beijing.

Many things here remind me of Indonesia: the way people walk, the smells on the street, the shops, the slums.
I often have to explain that I do not speak chinese, but that my ancestors came from here.

Shanghai is weird: the contrast between sf and slum is great.

On the Yangtze I realised how this river is connected to chinese history. The great dam has already caused whole villages being displaced to outer provinces like Tibet and Xinjiang, imagine the suffering of the farmers of the displaced people but also on the receiving end in the outer provinces who have to cope with new invaders.
Many old ways are being destroyed in the name of progress.
At the dam I touched mother earth in a rock garden, it made me cry.

At Fengjie, city of ghosts, made for all the spirits from china, I realised how much has been destroyed by the cultural revolution.

Chongching is also very large and polluted, my stay here will be short.

I am looking forward to visit Xian, the tomb of the first emperor.
And of course in Beijing I will visit the great wall and TianAnMen square.

I hope to be back safe and well during Lammas…

…later…

Xi-an:

Terracotta army in the First Emperors’ tomb.
He was a real monster. Yeah, he ‘pacified’ China, but at the cost of many lives.

The Great Mosque of the Hui minority, fascinating to see all kinds of mythic creatures (like dragons etc) depicted despite the Muslim ban on depicting creatures.
Somewhere during the Tang-dynasty the Hui were invited in as mercenary troops to surpress peasant revolts, but now the Muslims are being distrusted as a possible source of terrorism.
Well, the Uighur in Xinjiang and Kazakhstan have cause to rebel against the pressure to be ‘assimilated’ as the Tibetans.

Beijing:

TianAnMen! Standing here, realising how the students’ movement was put down with tanks and guns,moves me to tears.
Weird to realize, that our guide (age 27) has never seen the pictures of that drama.
I brought a origami whitecrane all the way to Holland to here, originally to place it somewhere on this square to honour the fallen, but it was too crowded, so I gave it to our guide with the words: ‘in remembrance of the students that died, remember!’

Later on we had a tour through a Hutong, another ancient way of living that’s disappearing in the name of progress & profit: a network of old alleys & houses that form small downtown communities around a common well. The guide showed us a model-family (state-approved on show for tourists of course) who had many modern-day thingies like tv, refrigerator, dvd-player, piano; receiving tourists must be very profitable!.

Met some nice shopkeepers: one of them was very delighted to hear that my ancestors came from her home province Fujien, she was able to tell me that the dialect of my predecessors is still common in the area of the MinNan, another piece of the puzzle found!
….

Back home again: unpacking, cleaning myself & my stuff, opening my mailbox, calling friends.
Feels like I need to see some dear friends soon to reconnect to this land again!

When I was in china, I recoqnized many things I also saw in Java: the way people dress & move, the smells, the food, the housings. I never realised the great influence of the oversea chinese on the Javanese culture!”