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The Lock (Larceny)

This is the college of wilful ignorance, scorn of education and needful secrecy. Those within its ascending precints are sheltered from truths that would hurt them and feel secure in their own path. Its descending precints contain those who deliberately refute opportunity, adhere to blind faith, and refuse to learn from their mistakes. It is the sign of the lazy genius, the indentured scribe, the demagogue, the vault guard and the headstrong student.

Trappings: The Lock wears unassuming clothes and covers his eyes. He is voluble, but uncomfortable when discussing matters of importance.

Correlations: Cultists, peasants, sleep, taboos, silence, poverty, easy answers, distraction.

Resplendant Effects

  • Font Over Tablet, 1 effect point: +2 to the difficulty of a single roll made by another to discern the motives, identity or presence of the Penumbral.
  • Rolling Millstone Heart, 1 effect point per week: The Penumbral may not be persuaded by social rolls of any kind. Her attitude will not change for as long as this effect is in place.
  • Conspiracy Of Fools, 1 effect point, 1 Paradox die: One action taken by the Penumbral is not perceived by any who would rather not have perceived it, at the Storyteller's discretion.

Sutra Of The Grounded Maiden

Once, there was a maiden...

...who was bound to the earth and wshed to fly. Birds in black and white flocked to her hand, for the heavens are a cold and lonely place and they were wont of company.
One of her hands was open and empty. She raised it toward the black and said "Flee, for I have no wish to fly upon dark wings."
The other was closed about a cage. She raised it toward the white and said "Come, for I have need of your strength."
The birds flew in, and there they found bars without end, and never a gap. They cried to the maiden for her aid...
...but she would not hear them.
So they perished, and the maiden's hopes with them.

"To know the world is to flee it," they said.


Prosperity Extortion Technique

Cost: 5 motes, 1 Willpower
Duration: One day
Type: Simple
Min. Larceny: 2
Min. Essence: 1
Prereqs: None

The character intertwines her fingers and pulls them apart, a metallic green thread interlacing them; it is the life that surrounds her. She looses it from her fingers and swallows the tangled mass, drawing its essence into herself. Wherever she wanders life loses its vigour and the shades of death become clear; plants wither before springing up in her wake, colours mute about her and the thin light of spectres becomes clear by comparison. Within Creation, all ghosts within 10 yards of her are naturally manifested during the day and materialised at night, just as though they were in a shadowland.

Taboo Imposition Method

Cost: 4 motes + 2 motes per TN increase, 1 Willpower
Duration: One scene
Type: Simple
Min. Larceny: 3
Min. Essence: 1
Prereqs: Prosperity Extortion Technique

Again, the interweaving patterns of life are pulled from between the character's fingers, but this time she wraps a section of the cords about her fingers and, in a moment's focus, pulls them apart. If her player succeeds at a Wits+Larceny roll, the Exalt may destroy the flow of the Loom as relates to one activity; the target number for any particular Attribute + Ability roll, Willpower rolls, damage rolls or a particular type of virtue roll is increased by up to the number of successes rolled. All who would attempt that roll in the Penumbral's vicinity, including the Penumbral herself, experience that increase in difficulty.

Broken Heart Entry

Cost: 5 motes
Duration: Indefinate
Type: Simple
Min. Larceny: 3
Min. Essence: 2
Prereqs: None

Fingers closing greedily and arm withdrawing, the Penumbral pulls a love from his victim's heart. That victim loses all sentiment and feeling toward the named object or concept; the Penumbral, however, gains that attachment for as long as the Charm lasts. Where the victim bears no emotional attachment to the object in question, none is exchanged and the Charm effectively fails. Beyonds any narrative effects, it is usually impossible to channel Virtues in the name of things not cared for.

Silent Heckler Approach

Cost: 1 mote per target number increase
Duration: One scene
Type: Simple
Min. Larceny: 3
Min. Essence: 2
Prereqs: None

The character's eyes flash a dark and depthless green for a moment, sparks of viridian essence dropping from them and crackling briefly before they die out. Thereafter, if the Penumbral is within a crowd or audience, any peaceful attempt to persuade them to a new mode of action, attitude or moral view is increased whilst the character is visibly or audibly showing his displeasure.