Former Sorcerer Supreme, Master of the Mystic Arts
Psyche Monstrous (Class 5000 After Death)
Karma 156 (5081 After Death)
Popularity 2 / 50 to sorcerers
Magic: The Ancient One was the Sorcerer Supreme before Doctor Strange. The Ancient One had access to most powers and spells. The following are those powers that were always available to him.
Astral Projection: Unearthly
Mesmerism: Amamzing power with Unearthly range.
Shield-Individual: Amazing vs magical attacks amd Excellent vs physical attacks.
All other Personal spells he used were of Monstrous power rank.
Eldritch Beams/Bolts: Incredible
All other Universal spells he used were of Monstrous power rank.
Dimensional Aperture: Monstrous
All other Dimensional spells he used were of Monstrous power rank.
Spell of Silence: Automatic; No FEAT roll needed.
All other Miscellaneous spell he used were of Monstrous power rank.
Martial Arts A, Trance, Mesmerism & Hypnosis, Resist Domination, Occult
The youth who would eventually be called the Ancient One was born over 500 years ago in Kama-Taj, a village in the area now known as Tibet. Originally, the youth was a peaceful farmer, like his fellow villagers, but encountered an older villager named Kaluu. Kaluu shared with the youth his knowledge of magic, and they began exploring the secrets of sorcery together, even learning the secrets of immortality.
The youth wanted to use his magic to help the village, but Kaluu wanted to build a vast empire, and organized the men of Kamar-Taj into an army buy magically controlling their minds. The youth attempted to warn the village, but Kaluu used his magic to incapacitate him, paralyzing him and setting him on public display. Kaluu began his conquests, and the youth called upon mystical forces while in his paralytic state, ultimately destroying Kaluu. Kaluu’s spell on him protected the youth from the full effect of the mystical backlash– instead of being immortal, he would merely age at a very slow rate.
The youth decided to seek out an order of ancient magic users known as the Ancient Ones in order to devote his entire life to their goal of combating evil sorcerers. The youth eventually became even more skilled than his colleagues, and grew in power so great that he was the first Earth mortal to meet with Eternity, the sentient embodiment of the universe, who presented him with the amulet of Agamotto and charged him to become the Earth dimension’s first Sorcerer Supreme. The Ancient One remained in this capacity for countless years, outliving all the other members of his order.
More recently, the Ancient One was sought by Baron Karl Mordo who desired to be his pupil. The Ancient One realized his need for a successor, and agreed to tutor Mordo. Although he recognized Mordo’s evil ambitions, he decided that he could at best convert Mordo to the service of good, or at least keep him in check.
Sometime later, Dr. Stephen Strange sought the services of the Ancient One for his own purposes, but soon tried to save the Ancient One from a plot by Mordo. The Ancient One dismissed Mordo but explained that he had used this as a test for Strange, who agreed to stay as the Ancient One’s new pupil. Strange remained with the Ancient One for many years, eventually becoming the new Sorcerer Supreme and leaving to set up his own residence in New York.
Some years after Strange had left Tibet, the Ancient One and Dr. Strange teamed up to combat the evil demon, Zom. In order to defeat Zom, the Ancient One made it appear as if Zom had killed him, and seemed to transfer his magical ability into Strange. In actuality, the Ancient One activated the potential for further magical ability in Strange which had remained latent.
Later still, the Ancient One was taken prisoner by the so-called Living Buddha and minor demons called the Shadowmen, all of which were serving the extradimensional demon Shuma-Gorath. The Ancient One was made to serve as a gateway for bringing the demon to Earth, so the Ancient One prompted Strange to kill him. Strange complied, trapping Shuma-Gorath in the dead brain, but allowing the astral self that was the Ancient One’s consciousness to be set free. The ancient mage willed his consciousness to become one with the physical universe.
The Ancient One is now “one with the universe”, a form of benevolent spiritual entity.
Entreating the Ancient One: “By the power of the Ancient One.” Used as a supportive incantation. When used with a “white” school magic spell for the furthuring of order it adds a bonus of +2 CS for all FEAT rolls related to the spell. This can only be used once a day by a player character. Clea can use it up to 4 times daily and Doctor Strange can use it whenever he wishes.
Though the Ancient One, like Gaea/Mother Nature, exists in the Earth dimension his power and influence is so great (and his response to entreaties are so like an entity) that he is considered a dimensional entreaty power for the purpose of the game.