In certain special places, raw unshaped reality, called Quintessence by the Magi, flows along Ley Lines. Sometimes these lines meet, and form what are called Nodes, or Carins, or Krays by various factions of the supernatural. magic is easier to preform in these places, and wells up in material form at times. These materialized magical motes are called Tass, and it is more valuable than gold to the enlightened.
Magi have fought over these places since the dawn of time. Now with the Garou missing, the most powerful of these are undefended, and the war for these Nodes is beginning.