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Stand Beyond the Crowd</b>
<b>Cost:3m; Mins: Performance 3, Essence 1; Type: Reflexive (Step 2) Keywords: Combo-OK, Social, Order Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: Any Performance Excellency
Although Solars may choose to cloak and conceal themselves, they are never truly a part of the crowd. When others may be swayed by pressure and the mass mind of a mob, a Solar disdains such things as beneath her lofty state. The attempts of others to sway her may simply be ignored as useless. Upon activating this Charm, all penalties to the character's Performance MDV except inapplicability are eliminated. When subject to a social attack that depends on social pressure-- most Performance attacks, many Presence attacks, and all Socialize attacks, but also social attacks that rely on tradition, shame, peer pressure, and so on-- the Lawgiver is especially resistant, gaining a bonus equal to her Essence to her Performance MDV for the attack.
Destiny-Stabilizing Improvisation Shield</b>
<b>Cost:--; Mins: Performance 3, Essence 2; Type: Permanent Keywords: None Prerequisite Charms: Stand Beyond the Crowd
One of the primary benefit of being a Lawgiver is, in one way or another, to have true free will. The Loom of Fate can be forced to weave around the Solar's chosen path; the seductive power of Shaping can be broken and laid asunder. Once the Solar learns to truly improvise in Performance, he can defend against such attempts to rule his life with ease and skill.
By spending an extra mote when activating Stand Beyond the Crowd, the Solar automatically gains a defense against a Shaping attack-- without entering Shaping Combat or meeting any of the usual requirements. This defense is the character's Performance MDV, with all penalties removed and a bonus equal to the character's Essence added. If the defense is successful, the Shaping attack fails utterly and the Solar need not suffer environmental penalties to ignore its terms.
By spending an extra two motes reflexively (the Lawgiver need not be aware of the attempt) when activating Stand Beyond the Crowd, the Solar may add his Performance to the difficulty of any Sidereal Astrology attempts that would affect him directly. Curses fail, and blessings designed to lead him down a certain path are averted. Using Stand Beyond the Crowd in this way is noticeable to the Pattern Spiders assigned to the character's Fate, and they will report that it has been used to the Sidereal attempting the Astrological effect. This will almost certainly clue said Sidereal into the true nature of the Solar.
Unflinching Rhetoric Defense</b>
<b>Cost:6m; Mins: Performance 5, Essence 3; Type: Reflexive (Step 2) Keywords: Combo-OK, Social, Order Duration: Instant Prerequisite Charms: Destiny-Stabilizing Improvisation Shield, Respect-Commanding Attitude
The Solar's certitude in her cause and sense of righteousness become unyielding, forging a total defiance of any attempt to change her mind-- or fate. Against any social attack, the Lawgiver defends perfectly, even if that attack would ordinarily be unblockable. The character may also instantly negate any Shaping attack made against her person, and instantly stop or end any Astrological effects (or similar destiny-weaving) directly affecting her. This Charm has one of the Four Flaws of Invulnerability common to all Solar perfect defenses, suitably adjusted for Social Combat.
Graceful Reed Dancing</b>
<b>Cost:6m, 1wp; Mins: Performance 5, Essence 3; Type: Simple (Speed 6 in long ticks) Keywords: Combo-OK, Social, Duration: One Scene Prerequisite Charms: Stand Beyond the Crowd
The Solar performs a wondrous dance-- whether of the body or of words-- that inspires and heartens all who hear it and heed the Solar's call, granting their minds the flexibility of graceful reeds. The Solar, and anyone who can hear or see the Solar's performance gain a bonus to their MDV equal to the Solar's permanent Essence for the rest of the scene. To be eligible for this bonus, individual or units receiving it must be loyal to or have compatible loyalties to the Solar. Temporary loyalty may be established if the individual or unit has submitted to a social attack without spending willpower to evade it in the same scene as the Solar's use of Graceful Reed Dancing, whether before or after the invocation.