Gifts (Action Powers Form)

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Gifts are innate abilities that certain individuals have. They are not earned or learned but basically bestowed randomly.

Alternate Names: Mutation, Creature Powers, Super Powers.

Associations

Skill : Recon
Attribute : Body
Sense : All senses
Mood : Egocentric, egotistic, individualistic
Blast: Cutting

Gifts Cantrips

Basic Action

You can make your eyes (or other significant part of your anatomy) glow, providing illumination for a scene or until you use this power again to shut the light off.

You can detect if someone else is a power-user as soon as you sense them. As you get within Mind meters, you can compare one of your own skills to that of another power user, noticing if they are stronger, equal to, or weaker than you. A secretive creature can pretend to be weaker than they are to fool you. This is like two beasts evaluating each other for dominance and can be repeated for different skills. It is quite obvious but not rude. This is often used to establish a dominance chain between monsters and sometimes between other power users who both have this ability. This is a meta-power that affects other powers. In some campaign worlds there is a strong Origin Divide among different origins. Check with your GM regarding your campaign. Origins that are opposed cannot cannot be modified by meta-powers; it is as if powers from the opposing origin was actually a schtick rather than a power.

Charm Gifts

Charm Monsters

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 Gifted creatures such as mutants, supers, and monsters.

Escalation

Limit Break

You get a bonus of +1 to all your skill values until the end of the scene. This bonus stacks with itself up to a maximum of +3.

Gifted Companion

Basic Action

You have a Gifted companion, a Henchman Extra with a maximum skill equal to your Charm who looks out for your interest and will accompany you on adventures. Companions are very varied and form and function, they often take on the role of sidekicks, mounts, squires, or war beasts. Some companions serve out of a sense of loyalty, others serve to work off a debt or because you have a hold on them.

You can communicate with your companion as a Basic Action, and the companion can do the same with you, regardless of distance.

Spirit Friends

Limit Break

You have the ability to befriend and gain help from minor spirits and supernatural creatures you encounter. These spirits hang around you, check up on you, and otherwise perform small services and friendly gestures. If you get involved in a conflict while these spirits are around, they will try to help you. They are minor spirits, but can help in small ways by keeping track of foes, keeping you updated on what's going on or haunting your enemies keeping them awake at night. In a pinch they may fight for you, but that is not their normal behavior.

Your Spirit Friends collectively is a Swarm of Minion Extras with a skill based on your Charm. Its exact composition is highly mutable; you can summon or change the composition of your spirit swarm as a Limit Break, allowing you to change it for a specific situation. Most often, it is simplest to just make a Charm check to see if your spirit friends can accomplish their objective, with the assumption that they have whatever powers and skills are needed for minor tasks such as spying, haunting an area, and the like.

Create Gifts

Gift Circle

Trigger Action (Combo)

When you are using another power that usually only affects yourself, you can trigger this power to have it affect to your Mind creatures who are touching. If you can form a chain of hands to affect creatures adjacent to other targets. The power will affect everyone in the chain as long as you continue to touch one another (remain adjacent) or until the effect ends normally.

This is a meta-power that affects other powers. In some campaign worlds there is a strong Origin Divide among different origins. Check with your GM regarding your campaign. Origins that are opposed cannot cannot be modified by meta-powers; it is as if powers from the opposing origin was actually a schtick rather than a power.

Invoke Elements

Limit Break

You call on elemental spirits to transform a place. This makes the place you are in go feral, as if abandoned by all Folk and not maintained for 100 years. Manufactured objects with Body equal or less than your Mind are reduced to dirt and Body equal or less than your Create are ruined and stop working, but keep their basic form. This has no effect on creatures of any kind.

In a highly artificial area, such as inside a building or a city street, you affect an area with a diameter equal to your Mind and the effect is blocked by walls. In an natural area or an area of only moderate development, such as a field or village, the effect is a radius equal to your Create in meters and is not stopped by walls.

Dodge Gifts

Conditional Focus

Trigger Action (Focusing)

Pick an Form. When a power of this form is used in an attempt to inflict harm on you, you can focus. This applies even if the attack failed to harm you.

You can pick this power several times in order to gain additional triggers.

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.

Damage Immunity

Inherent

Select one subtype of damage when you take this power. You are immune to that subtype of damage. Select a kind of attacks that can penetrate your Resist Wounds ability or a condition when it will not work; typical examples include weapons made of (or incorporating) certain materials (such as silver), or under particular circumstances (such as in daylight). You can take this power several times, picking a new subtype of damage each time.

Quill Retaliation

Trigger Action (Defense)

Your body is covered by sharp quills, and anyone striking you is up for a jarring shock.

Use this power as you are hit in close combat. The attacker takes Piercing damage equal to your Body minus his attack outcome. If you use a Body-enhancing technique along with Quill Retaliation, the damage you inflict will not increase.

Regeneration

Stance

You heal one Hit at the end of each round in which you use this stance.

Resist Damage

Inherent

Select one Damage Type when you take this power. Add your Mind to your soak attribute against this type of damage. Select a kind of attacks that can penetrate your resistance or a condition when it will not work; typical examples include attacks based on a specific subtype of the damage type you are resistant to (such as Disruption/ Fire), weapons made of (or incorporating) certain materials (such as silver), or under particular circumstances (such as in daylight). You can take this power several times, picking a new type of damage each time.

Resist Wounds

Inherent

You cannot take deep wounds and are immune to Damage Setbacks from one damage type. Select a kind of attacks that can penetrate your resistance or a condition when it will not work; typical examples include attacks based on a specific subtype of the damage type you are resistant to (such as Disruption/ Fire), weapons made of (or incorporating) certain materials (such as silver), or under particular circumstances (such as in daylight). You can take this power several times, each time you do, it applies to a separate damage type.

Impress Gifts

Alpha Beast

Finisher

You steal the True Name of a defeated or helpless creature. You learn the target's True Name. You can choose not to inflict any Hits on the target with the triggering attack, hoping to control it an use it in the current fight instead.

Assume Identity

Basic Action

You can imitate a creature whose True Name you know, becoming that creature. You use that creatures abilities and statistics in place of your own, with one exception; you still use your own Impress skill to keep your shape-changed self under control.

It takes an Impress roll against the creature's Dodge or Impress to assume the creature's form. You do not have access to the imitated creatures memories, and if the creature assumes control it suffers from Amnesia and only has confused memory-images to go on, both from your memories and from the form it has.

Each round in which you remain shape-changed, you need to use this power and roll your Impress 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.

When you lose control of your shape, it will act as that creature normally would. Because of its incomplete memories, the creature is usually confused and afraid in this situation. This generally means it either attacks or runs away, depending on the situation. You can try to regain control at the end of the scene, and after one day has elapsed. If both these rolls fail, you have to find someone to help you out of your predicament; your shape-changed form will sometimes look for such help from half-remembered friends of yours. Other times, the creature instead seeks out companionship and help appropriate to its current shape.

As long as you remain in control, you can resume your own shape as a Basic Action. If you use this to impersonate the creature whose form you take, that is a Charm stunt.

Corruption

Finisher

Infect your victims with your own supernatural essence: if this taint is left unchecked they become supernatural creatures as well. This is a particularly nasty Curse.

A victim of corruption turns into a monster after the passing of three midnights. Once the three midnights have passed, the victim is reborn as a creature of your Creature Type. An unnamed creature becomes a typical creature of this type; a named creature is rebuilt with the same point total, using you as a model.

You learn the victim's True Name once they become fully corrupted.

A variant of the power does not take three nights but is based on some other criteria, such as the rise of the full moon. Rare variant of this causes corruption in unnamed creatures by the end of the round, but this costs two schtick picks and is not recommended for player characters.

Omega Curse

Finisher

The targets gains one or more of your Limitations or the limitation part of your Methods. This is a Curse. If the effect lasts past the end of the story, the character should take any Limitations and Methods the normal way.

Power Collision

Trigger Action (Defense)

When an enemy attacks you with a power you can counter with this ability to create a power collision; a gathering of power between you that is released in an explosion that might hurt either or both of you. This can only be used against powers; it does not work against attacks that are not powers.

The difficulty of the opponent's attack becomes your Impress. Regardless of whether the opponent hit or not, you both take damage equal to the opponent's Mind, soaked by Body. Add the Outcome of the attacker's roll to the attackers damage and subtract the Outcome of the attack from the damage of your counterattack. Remember that subtracting a negative number is the same as addition.

You must decide on a Melee or Shoot power to use with this power and that power determines the damage type you inflict. The opponent inflicts the same damage as the attack you countered. If you lack such a power, you deal the same type of damage your opponent does.

This is a meta-power that affects other powers. In some campaign worlds there is a strong Origin Divide among different origins. Check with your GM regarding your campaign. Origins that are opposed cannot cannot be modified by meta-powers; it is as if powers from the opposing origin was actually a schtick rather than a power.

Know Gifts

Gifts Dispel

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.

This is a meta-power that affects other powers. In some campaign worlds there is a strong Origin Divide among different origins. Check with your GM regarding your campaign. Origins that are opposed cannot cannot be modified by meta-powers; it is as if powers from the opposing origin was actually a schtick rather than a power.

Visions of Power

Inherent

You focus detection powers on yourself, hiding those around you. The area is a radius equal to your Know in meters around you. Anyone trying to detect or remotely sense the area only see you doing a display of power that does not give them any information of your whereabouts unless they score an Outcome on their skill roll matching your Know.

Ward Breaker

Inherent

You are extraordinarily resistant to Summon powers, and add +5 to your Impress skill to resist them.

Maneuver Gifts

Analyze Gifts

Basic Action

You can analyze the properties of any power within reach, even if it is inside a container or otherwise separated from you. You learn what power it is, who used it, when, to what effect, and an approximate power level. Even powers that have ended leave a signature that can be analyzed, though the impressions fade; after the end of the scene, it is no longer possible to determine who used the power and its exact effect. The signature fades completely in a matter of days or weeks, stronger and more dramatic used leaving stronger impressions.

This is a meta-power that affects other powers. In some campaign worlds there is a strong Origin Divide among different origins. Check with your GM regarding your campaign. Origins that are opposed cannot cannot be modified by meta-powers; it is as if powers from the opposing origin was actually a schtick rather than a power.

Bestial Self

Limit Beak

You free your inner monstrous nature. You must build a monstrous variant for for yourself on the same point total. This is usually a hulking monstrosity, but is some cases it can be small and stealthy. It is never Folk or Animal. The bestial self and you share Hits and Fortune points. When the bestial self runs out of Hits, it runs away until it gets away or until it has taken Hits equal to your Body, which causes it to be defeated. After successfully running away or being defeated you transform back into your normal form. Any hits and other effect taken remain with you, possibly leaving you unconscious.

Instant Change

Basic Action

You can assume a mundane form and back again. The mundane form is normally human, but can be any Folk or a normal Animal. In this form, you have normal attribute maxima of your race, and you lose any powers based on physical form. It is not possible to detect your lost powers or gifted nature when you are in this form; they simply are not present to be detected. This is tied to the Mark of Power method.

Mutation

Inherent

Pick one Stance power. Your body mutates to accommodate this power, and it becomes inherent, always on, and a part of your body. This often changes your physical appearance and works well with the Mark of Power method.

You can take this power several times, each time it applies to a separate power that is a stance.

Melee Gifts

Attack Routine

Trigger Action (Combo)

You have a specific succession of attacks you regularly use, such as a claw/bite routine. Whenever you have done the first step in such a routine, you can follow up with the second step as a trigger action. Each step can be any specific Melee attack that is a Basic Action and made with a separate part of your body.

Longer attack routines are possible; if you take this power additional times, your attack routine gains one additional step, that triggers when the previous step is completed.

Bestial Strength

Stance (Damage Boost)

You make your unarmed attacks more lethal, adding +2 damage of the same type the attack already does. You can only use one damage-increasing stance at the time.

Embodiment of Power

Trigger Action (Combo)

Select one stunt, power, or stick that you can use and that is normally a basic action. Your body manifests this power very strongly; whenever you touch another creature - such as with a successful unarmed or natural Melee attack made by or against you - you can use this power and immediately use the chosen basic action against the creature that touched you.

Extra Arms

Stance or Inherent.

You have an extra pair of arms that work just like your normal arms. This schtick gives you the arms and lets you use them in combat. They might be of use in other situations with different stunts, but it is in melee that their true utility comes out. You can take this schtick several times to gain additional arms and additional combat benefits.

The arms can be either inherent or a stance. Inherent arms are always there. With a stance, you only have the extra arms when you use the stance. These can be a prehensile tail, short tentacles, legs, or other appendages capable of grasping weapons. One "pair" of arms can actually be a single limb, such as a tail.

You can make a Normal Melee Attack against two enemies in hand-to-hand combat. Each extra set of arms adds another enemy.

Alternatively, you can use these extra arms to effectively assist yourself when attacking a single enemy. Each extra pair of arms gives a +1 modifier on Melee attacks, up to a maximum of +3 for 3 additional pairs of arms.

Quill Insertion

Basic Action

You insert quills into he victim's flesh, making it painful and hard for him to move. Make a roll of Melee vs. Dodge, on a success the target's Reflexes suffers a penalty of -1 until the end of the scene. If the attack scores an Outcome matching the target's Reflexes, the penalty is increased to three. The target also loses three shots. The penalty can be cured with a First Aid stunt using Know against your Melee, or the quills can be removed automatically outside of combat.

Sticky

Trigger Action (Combo)

Use this power when you hit with an unarmed Melee attack or when you are hit with a Melee attack. Make a Melee vs. Dodge check. On a success, you and the target are stuck together, but the target can avoid the effect by spending 3 shots. On an Outcome matching the target's Body, you are stuck no matter what.

A weapon stuck this way cannot be used and the wielder must either let go of it or try to pull it free with an opposed Body as a Basic Action.

If you and another creature are stuck together this way, neither of you can move away from the other (tough circling around each other is possible). As a Basic Action, you can try to either drag the other along, or pull free - in both cases it is an opposed Body roll. It is also possible to use Contortions to slip free using Reflexes.

Tentacles

Basic Action

You can extend long tentacles. You can use these to attack enemies in hand-to-hand combat while keeping your own vital parts out of harm's way. Your tentacles are elastic and can stretch a maximum distance equal to half your Body in meters. You can make a Normal Melee Attack against two enemies in hand-to-hand combat attack with them for Body +0 damage. You can take this schtick several times to attack additional enemies.

You can use tentacles to absorb Hits in melee; when you take damage, you can sacrifice a tentacle instead. This means it becomes unavailable for the rest of the fight. Opponents can also choose to attack tentacles instead of you. Unnamed creatures cannot use tentacles to absorb hits.

Variants of Tentacles can be just about anything. A prehensile tail, animated hair, a swarm of insects, flying scarves, tree roots, animated water, anything is possible.

Recon Gifts

All-Around Vision

Trigger Action (Defense)

When you make a Scan stunt you get a +5 bonus on your defensive Recon instead of the normal +3. In addition, you are immune to being outflanked and you can still take trigger actions when attacked by Sneaking opponents - this last effect is inherent and does not in itself require any actions.

Flexible Gifts

Limit Break

Use any one Power of a Form you know that is a Basic Action, Stance, or Trigger Action (finisher). You need not know the power. If the power is a stance, you can continue to keep it up for one scene (or as long as it makes sense).

Mark Territory

Basic Action

You mark a physical location, making it a part of your territory. Other Gifts users instinctively know the location is claimed when they get within your Recon x10 meters of the spot. You claim lasts a number of days equal to your Create skill. Analyzing your mark can give others a rough idea of what you are.

Powers used in the claimed area subtly alter the mark. By inspecting your mark and making an opposed Recon check, you know which power was used, which origin the user has, and a basic idea of who they are. Using this power in the claimed area, or dispelling Mark Territory, is automatically noticeable as soon as you are in the area, without taking an action.

Power Gaze

Inherent

Pick one power. You can use this power and any stunts related to it with the Recon skill instead of whatever skill it is usually based on. You can take this power several times, each time applying it to a separate power.

This is a meta-power that affects other powers. In some campaign worlds there is a strong Origin Divide among different origins. Check with your GM regarding your campaign. Origins that are opposed cannot cannot be modified by meta-powers; it is as if powers from the opposing origin was actually a schtick rather than a power.

Resist Power

Stance

When an opponent uses a power on you, your natural power resistance might protect you. The opponent must make an opposed Mind check (this does not cost any shots), on a failure the power did not affect you. Resist Power does not work against powers that create a freestanding effect, such as freestanding illusions, created objects or walls, cave-ins, and other indirect effects, as determined by the GM. When in use, this prevents all power use except your own. You can negate the stance when you want to be affected by a power that is not your own, but you then have to spend shots if you want to activate it again. If you take this as a Mutation and then decide to lower the resistance, you must spend shots to reactivate it again.

This is a meta-power that affects other powers. In some campaign worlds there is a strong Origin Divide among different origins. Check with your GM regarding your campaign. Origins that are opposed cannot cannot be modified by meta-powers; it is as if powers from the opposing origin was actually a schtick rather than a power.

Second sight

Basic Action

Your affinity to the supernatural lets you see things others only imagine. You see spirits or ghosts wherever you go - most of these are just how you perceive natural phenomena and can be useful for noticing otherwise mundane phenomena, but have no significance.

Make a Scan stunt. You automatically spot active powers, including powers used as traps and creatures using powers to hide. In this way you automatically notice a creature that is sneaking by relying a power to conceal it. If it could sneak under the normal rules, without the help of a power, Second sight can still spot them normally, but gives no help.

When using Second Sight, you can see through smoke, fog or darkness (even supernatural darkness), but not through solid objects. In a scene where have scanned such an obscured area with second sight, you are not considered blind there and can act normally. Creatures can still use such obscurement to Sneak against you, but you can use Second Sight again to automatically spot them.

If you recognize that a creature has altered or concealed its true appearance, Second Sight allows you know what it ordinarily looks like.

This is a meta-power that affects other powers. In some campaign worlds there is a strong Origin Divide among different origins. Check with your GM regarding your campaign. Origins that are opposed cannot cannot be modified by meta-powers; it is as if powers from the opposing origin was actually a schtick rather than a power. Second sight won't automatically perceive powers or see through stealth powers against which it has an origin divide.

Sense Gifts

Basic Action

You can sense the presence of powers 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 power, but by concentrating on a particular type (name, form, or general description) you can eliminate all others. You must make an opposed Recon check to sense a creature that is Sneaking or an object in such a creature's possession.

This is a meta-power that affects other powers. In some campaign worlds there is a strong Origin Divide among different origins. Check with your GM regarding your campaign. Origins that are opposed cannot cannot be modified by meta-powers; it is as if powers from the opposing origin was actually a schtick rather than a power.

Ride Gifts

Beast Rider

Basic Action

You carry an anti-social aura along with you until the end of the next round. Creatures within Ride meters or who can see you are prone to anger and misunderstanding.

Any Charm stunt in the area has a minimum difficulty equal to your Ride, and any Charm roll that fails is a fumble, aggravating listeners.

Beast Wings

Basic Action

You grow wings that let you fly through the air at your normal Move for the rest of the scene or until you spend a basic action to transform back. The wings are impractically large in cramped spaces, you can stunt to move trough a narrow space but cannot stay airborne unless you have wing room at some point of your move.

As a further Basic Action, you can fly in a straight line with a Move equal to your Ride.

Mark of Fate

Trigger Action

You create a mystic link between you and your victim. Your fates are entwined; you WILL meet again and confront one another again. You can only mark named characters. Either you or your victim must cause some damage to the other, but Mark of Fate is automatically successful. This is a twisting of fate, not any supernatural movement. If your victim flees far away, this twist can be quite strange and terrible.

You just happen to be caught in a meat-grinder and processed into astronaut food, only to regenerate for that rendezvous on the moon which Mark of Fate has set you up for.

You can release your Mark of Fate voluntarily, but only at the end of a play session. It can also be removed as a Curse. Many creatures with this schtick will delay attacking their target, stalking and slaying bystanders, slowly closing in on loved ones and finally the victim. After all, there is no way he can get away.

Shoot Gifts

Lethal Impression

Trigger Action

Select one power that you know. Whenever you first come within Mind meters of a creature, you may use this power on them as a trigger action. There is generally some method targets can use to make themselves immune to this effect.

Examples of this is the nauseating stench of the a ghast avoided with a filter mask or the gaze of the medusa avoided by looking in a mirror.

Natural Implement

Inherent

You have a power focus as a part of your body. This is clearly visible (unless disguised) and reminiscent of the blast it works with. Examples include a flaming mane, burning eyes, or a glowing gem embedded in your body that emanates power.

You use your Natural Implement as if it was an Implement, doing Mind +6 damage.

Heart Quill

Basic Action

You can make a very precise Ranged Attack. Damage is Reflexes +0 Physical Piercing damage. This is a material attack that uses ephemeral matter and thus cannot use any special materials such as silver or iron.

Note that this is a Basic Action, which limits what other powers it works with.

Quill Cone

Limit Break

You blast everyone in a cone; a triangle with you at one corner. You can control the exact dimensions of the cone when you create it, with some limitations. The base of the triangle can be as wide as your Mind and both the other sides have the same length and can be as long as your Shoot. All measurements are in meters. Damage is Mind +2, or more if you are using an Implement. Make a separate attack roll against each target, including friends and bystanders.

Quill Cone does Piercing damage.

Quills

Inherent

You can make a Ranged Attack - either the basic stunt or using some other stunt, schtick, or power. Damage is Body +2, or more if you are using an Implement to improve damage. You create and hurl a quill, barb, bone, or other sharp part of your anatomy, which does Piercing damage.