Furious Seven & Technocratic Vulgarity

If like me, you’re a Mage: the Ascension fan who likes playing with more Technocratic ideas and modes of play over Traditional ones, you see that technomagic is basically a hack to the original magic system that is mostly complete, but not entirely. One of the places it’s lacking is in explaining what a Vulgar Enlightened Procedure looks like. Yeah, there’s some explanation about jury rigging gear to perform unexpectedly, but that’s about as interesting the tenth time as an equal number of “that was a gas main explosion, totally not a fireball.”

This creates a problem where people give paradigm-breaking suggestions for vulgar technomagic, from the almost-forgivable “maybe your smart phone has an app that’s also a lightning gun” to the unfortunate[1] “maybe you discover that you can spontaneously teleport without the device?”

My fellow Unionists, I got your back. Rather, Furious Seven has your back. Watch the film, see all the shit that’s totally unbelievable, and think “oh, that’s Technocratic Vulgarity.” Here’s the trailer. Jump forward a minute.

Technomagical vulgarity is crashing a car through a high-rise building into another high-rise building. It’s launching your car off of a cliff being able to walk away from the crash. These aren’t coincidental effects; this is genuinely unbelievable—which is why we love these movies. But if it’s clear that special effects would be required to pull off some extraordinary feat, that’s a sign of a vulgar Technocrat.[2]

Related “Fast Mage, Furious Ascension” Topics in My Head

  • Maybe the whole crew from The Fast and the Furious movies are Extraordinary Citizens
  • Is Fast Five and beyond actually Dom’s Quiet?
  • Does Dom has more Forces or more Entropy? (Answer: He isn’t build like a PC.)
  • Do the later “car wizard” movies in the franchise show us what an Extraordinary Citizen (or Sorcerer) looks like if they go Marauder?

– Ryan

Alternate title for this post: Cars Don’t Fly, Dom!

[1] You could take that another way, recognizing that every page in a Mage book is propaganda that’s pro-Tradition, pro-Technocracy, or pro-other faction. This includes the rules pages, written pro-Tradition, so of course they’re presented like this in order to win hearts and minds in the Ascension War.

[2] I find that kinda funny because that’s how some describe making Tradition magic coincidental.