Talismans are items with large amounts of Quintessence bound into them. This Quintessence was channeled at the time of the Talisman's creation to help a mage use magick. This Background Trait allows some mages to being the game with a Talisman already in their possesssion. The Talisman could be a gift from a Mentor, an incredibly lucky find at an antique shop, or a family heirloom. The rating of this Trait determines the power of the Talisman. Technocratic Talismans are known as Devices.
- Note: This Trait is rolled whenever a mage attempts to create a Talisman of his own.
Typically, each dot in this background represents a sphere effect. A single Talisman with a rating of four in this background could have the effect of Prime 2 as well as Matter 2.
- Note: Bastet and Sorcerers pay double for this Background (i.e. a Sorcerer with 4 dots in Talisman has the equivalent of a 2-dot Mage Talisman).
• A minor Talisman (Spirit Helmet)
•• A useful Talisman (Sword of Discharge)
••• A Talisman of significant power (X-ray Glasses)
•••• A much-sought Talisman mentioned in many texts (Peacemaker)
••••• A Talisman of incredible power (Prodigy)