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Cry Havoc, and Let Slip the Dogs of War

June 23, 2010

I created these Charms along the same lines as the Join Battle enhancers, with an eye toward improving the Solars (and, by extension, the Abyssals) in the arts of entering Mass Combat conflict.  I hope they’re useful.

Let Slip The Dogs of War
Cost
: 4m; Mins: War 3, Essence 2; Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Combo-OK, Mirror (Cry Havoc), War
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: Any War Excellency

On the field of battle, the Solar reigns supreme.  His soldiers are his loyal hounds, and they wheel and form at his command.  This Charm can be activated to enhance a Join War roll.  When activated, this Charm ensures that Solar always succeeds with a threshold of one success more than the highest roll among all those participating.  If another Charm contests this perfection, the Solar adds (Essence x2) dice to the ensuing roll-off.  Additionally, the first time this Charm is used in a scene, it allows the Solar to reflexively take a Change Formation Miscellaneous Action with a Speed of 3.

Cry Havoc
Cost
: 4m (1 Resonance); Mins: War 3, Essence 2; Type: Reflexive
Keywords: Avatar (1), Combo-OK, Emotion, Mirror (Let Slip the Dogs of War), War
Duration: One Scene
Prerequisite Charms: Any War Excellency

Horror is the Abyssal’s armor, mortification his sword.  Those who face him and his shambling hordes on the field of battle often flee before a single drop of blood has been shed.  When activated in response to a Join War roll, this Charm applies an external penalty to the Join War rolls of all participants except the Abyssal himself.  This penalty is equal to the Whispers rating of the Abyssal, and applies to friend and foe alike.  The Abyssal may exempt up to (Essence) units from this effect, but the Neverborn inflict one Resonance on him for his temerity.  This unnatural, fear-based Emotion effect costs two Willpower to resist.

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