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Ebon Dragon Charm

June 21, 2011

It’s been too long since I posted some good, old-fashioned dickery.  Behold, a new Charm for the Ebon Dragon!

Shadowed Hallucination Prank
Cost: None (+2m or +5m, 1W)
Mins: Essence 3
Type: Permanent
Keywords: Illusion
Duration: Permanent
Prerequisite Charms: Bloodless Murk Evasion, Loom-Snarling Deception

It behooves the Ebon Dragon to keep his lies hidden behind yet more lies, building his shadow from prevarication and treachery. When the Infernal activates Bloodless Murk Evasion, he may add a two mote surcharge to remove the Obvious Keyword. This Charm replaces that Keyword as an Illusion effect. Observers feel befuddled, thinking that the Infernal was never where he appeared to be, that they are confused and their perceptions are incorrect. Effects that cannot have been achieved without magic are passed off as misconceptions or errors on the part of the observer, a disconcerting effect that leaves the victim feeling subtly betrayed, perhaps by their own senses or perhaps by the universe at large. This Illusion effect costs two Willpower to ignore for the remainder of the scene. At Essence 4, this Charm automatically upgrades to become applicable any time the Infernal uses an Ebon Dragon Charm with the Obvious Keyword.

A repurchase, also at Essence 4, expands the use of the Charm as it applies to Bloodless Murk Evasion. When the Infernal activates that Charm, he can add a 5 mote, 1 Willpower surcharge to make a reflexive (Manipulation + Dodge) roll. If the successes rolled exceed a target’s MDV, the Infernal is considered to have re-established surprise against that target. This unnatural mental influence is an Illusion effect that costs three Willpower to ignore. This cost drops to one Willpower if someone draws the target’s attention to the Infernal.

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