Electricity (Action Powers Form)

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Heroic Action Role-Play

Electricity powers deal with electric current, tension, and potential. It also masters magnetism. Most commonly viewed in technological terms, this also represents the lightning bolts of Zeus and the thundering hammer of Thor. Electricity is in a dominant position towards much technology - even if electric powers are not subtle enough to control technology and electronics, they can usually detect or destroy such devices.

Alternate Names: Lightning.

Associations

Creature : Electric Elementals
Skill : Shoot
Attribute : Reflexes
Sense : Tension and current sense
Mood : Quick, descisive
Blast: Electricity

Electricity Cantrips

Basic Action

You can recharge batteries, power minor electrical devices, send little harmless sparks, or create an arc light - typically between your fingers. You can sense electric current or charge, even behind isolators.

Charm Electricity

Charm Electric Elementals

Basic Action

You are supernaturally enchanting to certain creatures. You master whatever form of communication they use, even if you are normally unable to communicate with them at all.

Enchanting someone requires an opposed Charm roll. On an Outcome equal to the target's Mind, the target falls for your enchantment. On a lesser success you gain an advantage.

Once someone has been enchanted, they will willingly follow and help you out. They seek to avoid conflict with their old allies, but if push comes to shove you cannot guarantee how they will react; they will try to avoid seeing you harmed, but they might make you a captive to save you later or even to have you at their mercy, or they might decide to throw in their lot with you and abandon their former allies.

Someone who you have enchanted expects trust and help from you, but the enchantment breaks automatically only in the most blatant cases of maltreatment. If you are openly callous and disregard their interests they can make opposed Charm rolls against you to see through the enchantment. The same applies if a friend points out they have been charmed, but in this case it is an opposed roll against the friend's Charm skill and takes a Limit Break to do.

Enchantment normally wears off in about a weeks time, but can be maintained through continuous use of the power; it will last indefinitely if reapplied once per day. You leave your targets with fond memories of you unless you mistreated them. Someone who realizes they have been enchanted and used can become vindictive or even downright hostile, but this is not the normal result.

This power only works on Electric Elementals.

Electric Focus

Trigger Action (Focus)

You can focused when you take Electricity damage. Whenever you are hit by such an attack or subject to harmful amounts of energy, you can focus. The damage need not be sufficient to cause a Hit or otherwise have an effect on you.

The damage must come from the environment or from an enemy to let you focus - attacking yourself or having a friend attack does no good. It is ok to set up a situation where you take environmental damage.

You can also focus when you are standing on the highest point within a 1000 meters, calling a lightning bolt from they sky when you do so.

Electric Inspiration

Trigger Action

You inspire others to be decisive, direct, and quick. Whenever someone in the vicinity fails an action based on these virtues, you can take a reflex action to give him an immediate reroll. This applies to most uses of the Shoot skill, and to other skills and rolls as determined by the GM.

Instant Attraction

Trigger Action

When you first meet someone, you can make an opposed Charm roll. If this roll succeeds, you catch the target's eye and your next Charm roll against that creature gains a +3 bonus. You can only use this once each scene, and only upon initially confronting each target. If you use it before discharging the bonus from a previous use, the previous attraction fades.

Lightning Reflexes

Limit Break

You give yourself or another creature you touch a bonus of +3 to Reflexes for the rest of the scene.

Create Electricity

Analyze Electricity

Basic Action

You can analyze the properties of any electric or magnetic phenomena within reach, even if it is behind a non-conductive shell, inside a container, or otherwise separated from you. You learn the exact properties of the phenomena and whether it has been affected by any powers recently.

Ether Static

Basic Action

You call a storm in the ether, that disrupts teleportation and other planar travel. Any attempt to Teleport into or out of the area has a minimum difficulty equal to your Create; if the Outcome was less than your Mind the teleport succeeded, but there is a clash of thunder and the teleportee is dazed, making him loose all shots for this round.

Ether Static covers a radius equal to your Create roll and lasts for a scene.

Electric Fence

Basic Action

A churning mass of electricity blocks passage and powers. The wall can be formed as a cloud, plane or sphere. It is transparent or but crackles and glows.

As a basic action you can create a 3 by 3 meter surface of electric fencing. You can spend multiple basic actions to build a large continuous electric fence, but no dimension of such an electric fence can be more than your Create in meters. If you create a continuous barrier hedging an area, you can create a roof and floor as well with no additional effort.

The wall is stationary relative to its frame of reference - if created on a vehicle it moves with that vehicle. It is unaffected by gravity and can be placed wholly or partially inside material objects. Any creature inside the wall when it appears is pushed to either side of it - the creature chooses which side.

If your concentration is broken (typically a Setback) the wall disappears.

Passing through the wall inflicts Electric Damage equal to your power skill rating; this attack always hits, but the target can substitute Dodge for Toughness to soak it as a Basic Action stunt when moving trough. Any attempt to Teleport, do Energy Damage, use Electricity or Technology Form powers, or use radio or electronics through this wall suffers a penalty equal to your Create.

Spot Trap

Basic Action

You can sense the pent-up energy in a Trap. This works as Examine, but only against traps and electric power-lines and devices.

Dodge Electricity

Electric Aura

Stance

Your body is electrified, and anyone striking you risks being electrocuted.

If you are hit in Melee while using this power, the attacker takes Electricity damage equal to your Mind minus his attack outcome.

Electric Jolt

Trigger Action

When you are hit by an attack causing electricity damage, you can take an action that would normally be an Basic Action.

Shocking Shield

Trigger Action (Defense)

Your create a shield of arc lightning to block attacks with.

You gain a +3 bonus to Dodge. If you are hit in Melee while using this power, the attacker takes Electricity damage equal to your Body minus his attack outcome.

Impress Electricity

Jolt of Action

Basic Action

You give another the a jolt of action. The target may immediately take what is normally a Basic Action and also gains one shot to his shot counter - not exceeding the current shot.

Shocking Gaze

Trigger Action

Whenever you first come within Mind meters of a creature in a particular scene, you may do a Scare stunt as a trigger action.

Summon Electric Elemental

Basic Action

You can seize a creature whose True Name you know through time and space and bring it into your presence. The creature must be in another dimension or juncture, and not currently summoned, imprisoned or otherwise occupied. You can summon one Henchman or a number of Minions of the same type equal to your Mind. It takes an Impress roll against the creature's Dodge or Impress to summon.

The creature immediately makes an initiative check to see when it will next act, but this cannot be earlier than the shot in which it is summoned. In future rounds, the creature has its own initiative score.

You can also use this power again on a creature (or group of unnamed creatures) you have summoned along with an Impress roll against the creature's Dodge or Impress, in order to extend your control over it until the end of the following round. During combat, you must succeed at this action each round or the creature will break free, but you can try repeatedly in each round. Out of combat, you only need to roll every 15 minutes, but any failed roll means you lose control of the creature.

You can also use this power with an Impress roll against the creature's Dodge or Impress to dismiss a summoned creature whose True Name you know, even one you did not summon yourself. Summoned creatures can also be dispelled using other dispel powers, which like all dispels becomes harder and harder as they remain in their world.

Summoned creatures can perceive your aura as you summon them, and know who you are. Their initial attitude depends on your reputation among this kind of creature and whether you have an allegiance or pact with them. In any case, it still takes a roll every hour and for each task it is ordered to do to keep the creature under control and on your plane.

You can release a summoned creature from your direct control. This means the creature can remain on your plane indefinitely, but that your control over it ends; you must bargain with it or use other powers to acquire its services. Sometimes a creature is summoned simply to cause terror or otherwise freed to act out its instincts and inclination. Such a creature can still be banished or dispelled, and someone who knows its true name can seize control of it as noted above.

This power only works on Electric Elementals.

Know Electricity

Discharge Electricity

Limit Break

Age of
Effect
Minimum
Difficulty
One Day 12
One Week 14
One Month 16
One year 18
A decade 20
A century 22
A millennium 24
Ten millennia 26
You can end the effects of other powers. You can only dispel powers you know of (though a vague description, such as "whatever is making Bert turn green" is ok). You can try to dispel a single Finisher, Limit Break, or any power that has been in effect for a week or more, or you can try to dispel all powers except those mentioned above on one creature or in an area with a diameter equal to your Mind. When dispelling several powers at once, you can choose to ignore some of them as long as you know of each power you want to make an exception for.

A power that has been dispelled cannot be used again by that creature in this scene, and another creature that tries to use the same power in the same general area must match your Know with the stunt the power is used with, or it fails.

This will not negate a Curse, but will tell you how to defeat the curse if the roll is successful.

Inherent powers cannot be dispelled.

The difficulty is the skill of the most skilled creature involved in making the effect. Effects that have been around a long time are harder to dispel: see the table. Use the highest relevant difficulty.

You can dispel any power of the Electricity form or which otherwise affects an Electric Elemental, electricity, electronics, or electric machinery.

Lightning Storm

Limit Break

You create a lightning storm at any spot you can see. The change is instantaneous and maintained by the power for a scene; it the power is disrupted natural weather conditions quickly return. Weather created by this effect always include electric discharges, but might otherwise be any regional, seasonal weather. Tropical and temperate climes this usually involves a thunderhead and squall, but electric storms can also be dust storms or snow storms or be a purely electric phenomena. Indoors, this causes random electrical effects, but only lasts for the next round unless such effects sometimes naturally occur in your locale.

Lightning Storms impress underlings, obscures sounds, and cause animals to stampede in terror. It provides very powerful (if brief) illumination that you can time as you like. Ride and Maneuver rolls to avoid the effects of the conditions you create generally have a difficulty equal to your Know.

But the main effect of Lightning Storm is that it aids your electric powers. Some power have it their description that they get a bonus during lightning storms. Besides this, once you learn this power, all your skill checks for Electricity powers are routine.

Maneuver Electricity

Electric Elemental Form

Limit Break

You assume the form of another creature. You must build a variant form for yourself using your normal points and limits. This creature cannot have higher value in any particular skill than you do. You can add powers of the same form the creature has and keep schticks and powers you already have, but you cannot otherwise add powers or schticks. This power cannot be used to imitate a specific individual; you remain yourself in mannerisms and detail while changing race, species, and creature type.

You remain in this form for a scene or until you fall asleep or unconscious or will yourself back to your normal form (a Basic Action).

You can learn this power several times to learn to transform into several different kinds of creatures. There is a limit on what forms you can assume if you use an ability that lets you temporarily learn new powers, such as Form Mastery or Spell preparation. Each time you temporarily gain this power, you transform into the same type of creature.

You can only assume the form on an Electric Elemental with this version of the power.

Electric Ghost

Stance

You transform yourself into a sparkling nimbus of electricity. You become Insubstantial and Incorporeal. In this form, you can travel along metal surfaces with your Maneuver as your Move and you can move through holes and small openings or along metal cables as long as they can support a power surge - ordinary power cables are too weak and even indoor electric mains will be destroyed as you move along them. You cannot walk trough metal walls.

Magnetic Hover

Stance

You can move through the air instead of along the ground, but you can fly no further away from the ground, buildings, or a metal object than can carry your weight than your Mind meters.

Melee Electricity

Electric Attraction

Basic Action

Make a Melee attack with a difficulty equal to your opponent's Dodge, ignoring any modifiers, such as those from trigger actions.

Electric Charge

Basic Action

Select an opponent within Melee meters to which you have a clear path not blocked by any stationary objects. Creatures in the way only matter if they are physically large enough to block your movement. With Electric Charge, you fly next to that opponent and make a Melee attack against him. This movement does not trigger Trigger Actions, tough the attack itself can.

Electric Soul

Stance

You can use your body to do melee attacks that do Mind +3 Electric damage.

Lightning Strike

Limit Break

An attack so fast the target cannot dodge it - Make a Melee attack with a difficulty equal to the targets Reflexes and the target is allowed no Trigger Action defenses.

Lightning Touch

Stance (Damage Boost)

You can imbue a physical attack with +2 extra damage of a specific type, either a Melee or Shoot attack. This damage is often of another type than the attack normally does, which requires some special rules.

  • Unless the target has some extra resistance to either type of damage, he takes +2 damage from the attack.
  • A target resistant or immune to the ordinary damage of the weapon or to the extra damage, the weapon does its basic damage without the extra damage. The target does not get to use its resistance.
  • A target resistant to both the extra damage and the weapon's normal damage suffers the +2 extra damage, but gets to apply its resistance.
  • A target immune both to the elemental damage and the regular damage takes no damage at all.

This is the same as the Melee Weapon ability Extra Damage. You can only benefit from one damage-boost stance or instance of Extra Damage at a time.

Lightning Touch does Electric damage.

Shockwave

Limit Break

Make a strike that causes a shockwave that strikes nearby opponents. You attack all enemies in a globe with a diameter of five meters with you at the center, doing Body +0 Electric damage.

Static Shock

Basic Action

Make a Melee attack with Body +4 Electric damage against all adjacent enemies. You cannot move as part of this Basic Action.

Recon Electricity

Sense Electricity

Basic Action

You can sense the presence of electric phenomena at a distance. Make a skill roll and multiply the result by 10; this is the range in meters. Normally, you detect any type of electric phenomena (not normally very useful), but by concentrating on a particular type of electric phenomena you can eliminate all others. This lets you detect and analyze the basic function of electric machines and electronic devices, but not detailed or intricate functions. You must make an opposed Recon check to sense a creature that is Sneaking or an object in such a creature's possession.

Touch of Electricity

Inherent

You gain an awareness of even minute currents within your Mind meters. This extends like a sense of touch to this distance, which means you can "see" without using your eyes. This allows you to sense machinery, nervous systems, and walls. The sense extends trough nonconducting materials, but not through metal walls.

Ride Electricity

Electric Teleport

Limit Break

You can Teleport to any point along an electric connection; a wire, cable or other continuous metal, such as a railroad track. During a lightning storm you can teleport to any point where there is currently a lightning storm; this calls a lightning bolt to strike each location.

Lightning Conductor

Basic Action

Substitute your Move with your Ride as long as you move along any metallic surface, even if friction-less, vertical, or inverted. You can move your Ride in a straight line or along a metallic surface as a basic action. This is the only way you can use this increased speed, but you can do this as part of a chase.

Magnetic Navigation

Inherent

You always know magnetic north and gain a +3 bonus in Ride checks made to navigate as long as there is a magnetic field to help you - like the natural magnetism of Earth or the sun in space. You can sense magnetic fields and know the distance and direction from the emitter.

Shoot Electricity

Chain Lightning

Limit Break

You can blast all enemies in a globe with a diameter equal to your Mind; you must be somewhere in this area. Your control of this attack is so precise that you can avoid any friends in the area.

Damage is Mind +2, or more if you are using an Implement to improve damage. Make a separate attack roll against each target.

Electric Burst does Electric damage. This attack can cause shock in the target. If any damage is inflicted, the target loses one shot from its current shot for the round.

Create Bolt Weapon

Stance

You create one or more ranged weapons in your hand(s). These function exactly as normal weapons of the type you choose to create, but are magical constructs made of ephemeral materials and not of any particular material a creature might be vulnerable or resistant to. They disappear at the end of any round when it is not in your hand. You must be familiar with a weapon to create it this way. You can create firearms, crossbows, and energy weapons.

Lightning Blast

Inherent

You can make a Ranged Attack - either the basic stunt or using some other stunt, schtick, or power. Damage is Mind +2, or more if you are using an Implement to improve damage.

Lightning Blast does Electric damage. This attack can cause shock in the target. If any damage is inflicted, the target loses one shot from its current shot for the round.

Lightning Bolt

Limit Break

You blast everyone along a path from you to any point you designate (normal range modifiers apply).

Damage is Mind +2, or more if you are using an Implement. Make a separate attack roll against each target, including friends and bystanders.

Lightning Bolt does Electric damage. This attack can cause shock in the target. If any damage is inflicted, the target loses one shot from its current shot for the round.

Shocker

Stance

All your attacks are charged with electricity and become inherently shocking. An attack that already has this ability does not further improve. Shocking attacks gain the following quality: "This attack can cause shock in the target. If any damage is inflicted, the target loses one shot from its current shot for the round.".