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Two Unrelated Charms

September 22, 2011

The following are Charms that have come up over the course of several weeks’ worth of discussions.  One is an Infernal Charm (Ebon Dragon flavored, of course), and the other is a Lunar Charm.  Huge thanks to Segev from the White Wolf forums for feedback on the former, and thanks to Plague of Hats for feedback on both.  Enjoy!

Unquestionable Guilt of the Scapegoat
Cost: 6m; Mins: Essence 3; Type: Simple
Keywords: Combo-OK, Illusion, Shaping
Duration: Indefinite
Prerequisite Charms: Loom-Snarling Deception

When the Ebon Dragon needs a scapegoat, he does not go looking for one; he makes one. To do so, the Fiend must accuse a victim he can see of some action while activating this Charm. While the action need not be a crime, it usually is. This Charm applies the effect of Loom-Snarling Deception to that individual, creating a false identity that perfectly fits the accusation. This includes all the usual effects of Loom-Snarling Deception (and can include the benefit from Eldritch Secrets Mastery if the Fiend knows that Charm as well). The accusation need not be explicit; an implicit suggestion that “You might want to return this coin dropped by Ol’ Blind Jake,” is just as effective at creating the persona of Ol’ Blind Jake as blatant allegations.

At Essence 4+, he may disguise the target as a specific individual with whom the warlock is familiar (often the warlock himself). The Illusion effect of this Charm applies to anyone viewing the disguised individual exactly as if the target had used Loom-Snarling Deception, save that the warlock is never fooled by his own lies.

Lying to Myself Technique
Cost: 3m; Mins: Manipulation 4, Essence 2; Type: Reflexive
Keywords: Combo-OK
Duration: One scene
Prerequisite Charms: Mirror Sight Dismay

Sometimes, getting away with a lie can be difficult. The Stewards have found ways around that. This Charm may be used in response to any attempt to determine the veracity of a Lunar’s lie or deliberate half-truth. The Lunar’s player rolls (Manipulation + Presence) against his own Dodge MDV. The Lunar cannot in any way voluntarily lower her resistance to this effect, though she does not need to go out of her way to enhance her MDV. Should the Lunar beat her own MDV, for an instant, she whole-heartedly believes the lie she tells, enough to fool magic that determines deliberate obfuscations. Magic that determines the factual veracity of a claim can still see through this, but the Lunar need not reapply this Charm to that lie again for the remainder of the scene. Different lies still require additional applications of this Charm.

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2 comments

  1. Hm. I could’ve sworn Lunars had an “undetectable lie” Charm, but I can’t find it.

    Unquestionable Guilt of the Scapegoat is interesting. Not sure how I feel about an Illusion effect that can only be avoided by not letting anyone accuse you to begin with.


    • Sorry it took almost a month to get back to this.

      It’s also a Shaping effect, and if used against someone else, I’d imagine Shaping defenses apply normally.



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