Background Count And Manawarps
Background Count Effects Table
Background Count Magical/Astral TN Modifier Drain Power Modifier Drain Level Modifier Magic Reduction Astral Damage per Turn
1 +1 +0 +0 Level 0 0
2 +2 +1 +0 Level 0 0
3 +3 +1 +0 Level 0 0
4 +4 +2 +0 Level 0 0
5 +5 +2 +0 Level 0 0
6 +6 +3 +1 Level -2 6L
7 +7 +3 +1 Level -4 7M
8 +8 +4 +2 Level -6 8S
9 +9 +4 +2 Level -9 10D
10 +10 +5 +3 Level -12 14D

Background Count Information
BG Count Conditions
0 A mage is brought in once a month to Cleanse the area, or the room is kept free from pollution and none of the other conditions below have been met. High class and Luxury areas are most common to have hired mages come through regularly, though Middle class areas sometimes do as well.
1 Anywhere that is somewhat polluted, or a place where a violent crime was committed recently. Places frequented by the Awakened (this means pretty much all the bars). Most city streets fall into this category, being mildly polluted.
2 Any place where background count was generated by a large number of people or over a long time. Cybered Arms falls into here, because violence fairly regularly occurs in the place. So does the Lunar Nocturne, because not only is the place frequented by 50+ NPC mages, a good number of them staff there and use spells to help them out serving people, clean the floors and tables, keep unruly patrons in line, etc. Most sections of the Sprawl, simply because of the sheer amount of violence, death and emotion on a daily basis.
3 Any site where significant background count was generated in the last 100 years. Anywhere where lots of people died in the food riots, such as the UCAS-CAS sector border. Cathedrals, shrines, and other locations of fervent emotion over long periods of time. Also heavily polluted areas in the industrial sector.
4 A place where not only was significant background count generated, but the conditions that created it still exist. A dragon's lair, a strip mine, toxic waste dumps, scenes of /sudden/ mass death, such as transportation disasters or terrorist attacks. Hardly any of those are known about (though there's always those rumors about the sewers under the city, eh?)
5 A place that had an event historic in nature (affected the whole world), or that is lethally polluted with nasty nasty chemicals or radioactive waste. I can't think of anywhere in Denver that falls into this category - at least not on the grid. I have had people ask me about making their homes in 'abandoned' nuclear silos, though. You've been warned. ;)
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