In the Mage: the Awakening, a Proximus (plural: Proximi) is a Sleepwalker with a particular set of powers, called Blessings, that mimic some of the spells of Mages. Some have suggested that the Proximi are on the cusp of Awakening, and indeed, statistically speaking, they Awaken far more often than the general population. The reasons for this are unknown.
Some of these "lucky" (whether this is fair or foul luck is debated) individuals apparently inherit their condition by heredity, and some Mages take great interest in these families, beyond even their value as servants who don't trigger Paradox and their much greater chance of producing an Awakened Mage. The origin of their endemic proclivity to both attract and stumble across mysterious and uncanny affairs is widely debated; many speculate it resulted from long ago attempts to breed Mages.
Most prominent among Proximi are the Dynasties, families that seem to have magic in the blood. How this inheritance works is still poorly understood, but many of the Orders and Paths monitor these dynasties closely and may step in to take advantage of particularly talented members or catch any sudden Awakenings.
A Proximus who later Awakens retains the Blessings that they developed as gifted Proximi.
Each Proximus has a "parent Path" and a set of "Blessing Arcana" -- the ruling Arcana of the parent Path plus one other. Their Blessings resemble spells (up to three dots) and can come from any of the Blessing Arcana.
Proximi have a limited mana pool, and use Willpower rather than Gnosis to cast. They also cannot contain Paradox caused by their Blessings, but rather than warping the Blessing the Paradox simply causes it to fail.
Finally, each Dynasty of Proximi has an inherited curse, which has a persistent low-level form and a stronger form that can be triggered by Paradox or other specific events.
Known Proximi Dynasties Edit
- The Myrmidons, who serve the Seers of the Throne as shock troops
- Sisters of the Mountain, a Thyrsus dynasty based out of Appalachia
- The Essers, a Thyrsus dynasty originating in Germany