Werewolf: Player Guide
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Like most animals, we spent a large part of our lives engaged in
the three Fs of basic survival. Feeding, fighting and-… reproduction.
- Kelly Armstrong, Stolen -
- Werewolf House Rules and Clarifications
- Custom Items and Powers
- Pack Tactics
See Pack system for rules on creating Packs.
To clarify, the Primal Instincts Tell is required for Wolf-Blooded to participate in Pack Tactics. Non-Werewolves otherwise cannot do so.
Wolf-Blooded Changing to Another Template
Former Wolf-Blooded characters retain ONE tell when changing into anything besides a Werewolf. Any additional Tells purchased are lost with all other Wolf-Blooded merits.
Wolf-Blooded (and mortal) characters that have access to renown, gifts, and rites through the Moon’s Grace pack merit do not get any rites, renown, or unlocked gifts for free, and they do not have any “affinity” for any gift lists.
They do, however, gain free facets for unlocking gifts or raising renown (including the first dot); they may bank these for future use, early on, when they’d have more unlocks than potential gifts to use them on.
The Gift of Cities/Gift of Essence listed here can be taken: http://theonyxpath.com/the-giver-of-gifts-2-werewolf-the-forsaken/
- Not a Fetish of its own so much as an additional alteration made to an existing Fetish, the Uratha makes it so a Fetish can be activated by those lacking the spiritual attunement that they themselves are inherently gifted with. By raising another Fetish or Talen’s rating by 1, the spirit within is left in a “half awake” state, and can be activated with a special trigger related to its ban, thus allowing non-Uratha (most often, Wolf-Blooded) to make use of it with the normal activation pool.
This power is not needed to activate a Fetish by channeling essence into it, for those capable of doing so another way.
- Meaningful scars earned alongside Renown, as well as essence-imbued tattoos forged of the highest quality craftsmanship towards the purpose, can be used to house spirits in the same way that most fetish objects can. A scar must, as mentioned, have some importance to it, typically having been earned in a battle or other circumstance where Renown was gained. A tattoo, meanwhile, must be created by someone who knows how to imbue bits of the appropriate resonance into the design, alongside hidden sygils of first tongue and otherwise high quality craftsmanship; your typical ‘Mother’ heart isn’t going to hold a spirit.
The effect is otherwise the same as another Fetish’s, with the additional cost representing the convenience of access to it. Some fetishes are not appropriate as Scar/Tattoo fetishes of course; any fetish requiring or enhancing the base object is not applicable, or will need to be redesigned (as a custom Fetish) to better suit its new form.
Although the appearance of this fetish has changed over the centuries, it is always some form of container for liquid. Long ago, a chalice was popular for the imagery, Today, canteens and thermoses predominate, mostly because they can be sealed. The container is not meant to hold water (although it can). It is intended to hold Essence, safe and fresh for later use.
- For the Fetish, any character who can spend Essence can spend it into an (activated) Cup of Life for later use, and a character who can draw Essence from a locus can instead channel that Essence into a Cup.
Entities (generally spirits and werewolves) draw Essence from a Cup of Life through the same method that they draw Essence from a locus, except the action isn’t limited to one attempt per day. Cups of Life fetishes are considered valuable resources by all who use Essence, and they come in different strengths. A Cup can contain a maximum of three Essence points per dot. Werewolves bind hoarding spirits, such as those of magpies or squirrels, into these fetishes.
For the Talen version, it can be activated one time to fill it with Essence (using the above method), and then one time to draw the Essence, which comes in a flood; any excess is wasted. The talen then dissolves after that.
Spirits awakened by this rite acts according to its nature - no more, no less (however, they can be asked questions).
- Bells, Song, Food
- Sample Rite
- The Ritemaster kneels before the item that contains the slumbering spirit. They ring leave a ring of bread around the object that the spirit may break its fast with while singing a soft song to help rouse the spirit. At the end, they chime a bell to fully rouse it. (Presence + Expression)
- Extended, target of 10s. Each roll represents 1 minute
- Scene, unless the spirit is otherwise empowered
- Performed on mundane item or place, it wakes the potential spirit within. The item then possesses a spirit analogue in the Shadow Realm. When performed on an animal, a Hursih related to that animal in the spirit world wakes. The Hursih isn’t directly connected to the animal in question, though and it doesn’t have to remain in the animal’s area. A newly awakened spirit is always a Rank 1 Hursih with average traits for its class. The rite doesn’t work on sentient creatures or objects and animal (spirit representation) already awakened. The ritemaster gains a +1 to all rolls to influence the newly woken spirit, including Gifts and rites, for the duration of the scene.
- Water, The Moon, Breath, and Fire
- Sample Rite
- Niamh uses water and the mercurial nature of the moon,the warmth of the hearth and the calmness of breath to steady herself and begin to focus on the rite of healing working her knowledge with the beneficial nature of the spirits and the Forsaken’s love of luna to help knit together the flesh of those that are wounded. (Int+Occult)
- 2 Essence per Health Level to be healed.
- Extended (2 successes per wound, maximum of 5 for 10 successes; each roll represents 5 minutes. The target must be chosen before rolling)
- The rite is capable of expediting a werewolf’s regeneration at the expense of the user’s own life energy. 1 aggravated damage on the target Uratha, who must be present for the entire rite, is healed per 2 target successes, although 1 lethal damage is done to the ritualist in return (but this is regenerated normally). Each use of this rite can heal a maximum of 5 health levels of aggravated damage on a single target, who must be a Werewolf or a creature with similar regenerative abilities.
This rite allows a pack member to open a gateway into the Underworld. While the rite isn’t the special province of any one tribe or lodge, the Lodge of Death is the only one that uses it with any regularity. The rite is so named because of the way many werewolves feel about hunting already-dead prey; it’s an uncomfortable, murky practice, tantamount to admitting that the job wasn’t done right the first time. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary, and the rite can only be performed at an Avernian Gate, or at a locus with an appropriately death-like resonance.
- Blood, Crossing, Death, Water
- Sample Rite
- The ritemaster stands before the gate or locus, and makes an offering to Death Wolf. This offering must involve a living sacrifice, but any living creature, even a mouse, will do. The werewolf then draws the First Tongue sigils for “death” and “crossing” in the victim’s blood, and sits in silence until the gate opens. (Intelligence + Occult)
- Extended (20 successes needed; each roll requires one minute)
- Special (See Below)
- A gateway opens to the Underworld. It remains open for one hour per level of size of the creature sacrificed in the ritual, and admits anyone who crosses it unless preventative measures are put in place. Any supernatural power used to close the passage must succeed in a Clash of Wills against the ritualist.
The rite can also be used to return to the world of the living. However, it must be done in the Upper Reaches and within the vicinity of a closed Avernian Gate. Werewolves whose Harmony begins sliding towards their spirit half therefore must act quickly to reach a suitable site before they turn into Styx Hounds.
The characters has an innate attunement to the blood of the supernatural, and her own blood carries some of this strangeness; supernatural creatures that could detect a werewolf can detect her supernatural nature just as easily, and other powers meant to uncover her nature gain a +2 bonus when used on her.
- By taking a drop of someone’s blood rolling it on their fingers and smelling it, they can tell what supernatural affinity they belong too; this does not give specifics, and in fact detects “half splats” as their parent type; a Dhampir and Ghoul both are sensed as Vampiric, for example. The wolfblood is also able to track the person, getting a +2 bonus on tracking rolls for a week after gaining their scent.
The wolf blooded’s skin is branded with visible scars eerily similar to those branded onto Uratha flesh. For some reason the spirits have decided you were worthy of a modicum of their respect; this could have happened before birth or even quite suddenly.
- This grants the Blooded an Honorary Rank of 1 when interacting with spirits.
You have found your own way to the Hisil. Usually by accident. While reaching is normally a physical crossing, you have found an easier, if riskier path by temporarily severing your spirit from the flesh and letting it cross. While you are in the Hisil, your body is left vulnerable, unable to care for itself it remains in a catatonic state and will eventually die if not cared for. In addition, your body gains the Open Condition until you return to it.
- You can project a Dream Form into the Shadow, using the normal rules for that body (including taking Soul Shocked if you “die”). This crossing still requires a locus, and the body is left in a vulnerable near catatonic state with no one in occupancy. This also provides a +1 to social interactions with spirits, who seem to respond favorably to the absence of your body.
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