Light (Action Powers Form)
|Heroic Action Role-Play|
Light is the power of ethics, inspiration, and enlightenment. It involves physical light, insight, and meaning. It gives meaning to the blind forces of order and flux, and drives away the darkness. Light powers serve to inspire, awe, and enlighten.
- Alternate Names: Good.
- Creature : Angels
- Skill : Melee
- Attribute : Mind
- Sense : Sight
- Mood : Inspired, Enlightened, Benevolent.
- Blast: Radiation.
You can create a light of any color in the area within Mind meters from you. You can make this solidly illuminated, or create bright spotlight effects at certain points.
You gain the appearance of a being of light; your intentions seem clear and guileless and you looks put people at ease. You can treat Charm tasks against creatures that have a good or indifferent attitude against you as Routine, which almost guarantees a good result on everyday tasks. You still roll normally when trying to use charm against people who are hostile or suspicious.
Basic Action or Limit Break
Make an opposed Charm roll against your target; one target when done as a basic action, all targets in a diameter equal to your Mind when done as a limit break. If successful, you and all targets have only the best intentions for each other, expressing opinions honestly and accepting what is said in the best possible light. Interactions playing on this cause a Setback on a simple success, tough such setbacks are of course beneficial, indicating agreement, full disclosure, and good and honest handshake deals. This lasts until the end of the scene. Interactions against people not affected by the power do not change.
With a opposed Charm roll you can peek at a creature's soul and discern what motivates it, what it feels affection for, and what kinds of things would inspire it. This often gives you hints on how to best interact with the creature. If you are willing and able to use this information, which puts demands on your actions, you gain a +3 bonus on Charm checks against a creatures whose motivations you have discerned.
You inspire others to act in an enlightened and benevolent fashion, facing situations with direct, virtuous actions and placing the safety of others above their own. Whenever someone in the vicinity fails an action based on these virtues, you can take a trigger action to give him an immediate Confident reroll. This applies to most uses of the Melee skill, and to other skills and rolls as determined my the GM.
Light of Truth
You create a static circle of light with a diameter equal to your Mind lasting until the end of the scene. This area is brightly lit, and the light also has a spiritual dimension; it is difficult to lie, cheat, hide or otherwise use deception in this area. Subtract your Mind from all such attempts. It is still possible to omit and withhold information, as long as no falsehoods are spoken and no new false impressions created. Light of Truth is obvious; the glare makes deception obviously awkward.
Power of Light
Trigger Action (Focus)
Whenever someone in your vicinity takes a good and selfless action, taking a risk or making a sacrifice for someone else rather than for expected benefits to themselves, you can focus. If you are the one taking the action, the GM should be a little more strict on the goodness, but using Power of Light does not in itself count as being selfish.
You get a vision of something that greatly concerns you or someone in your presence who you use the power for. The vision can contain factual information or advice, depending on the situation and story needs.
You do not pick the target of Vision, the power picks an appropriate target automatically. Range is not a factor. To gain information this way you make an opposed check against the targets' Recon. You gain valuable information based on the outcome of this roll; if the outcome matches the target's Mind you gain clear and important insights into the target's activities. On a failed roll, you learn obvious details and trivia; if the negative Outcome matches your Mind you learn misleading information or the target notices your spying.
You illuminate a large area, such as a field, square, or large room (about 100 meter diameter). The change is instantaneous and normally lasts for one scene; it the power is disrupted natural light conditions quickly return. The area is brightly but not painfully lit by a diffuse, pearly light. There are few shadows or dark areas, but the light cannot shine through solid objects, and thus becomes weaker or nonexistent if there is but a small channel for it to spread through. Create Light overcomes all darkness, even that created by Darkness powers.
Luck of the Angels
You recover a spent Fortune point. You can always do this in an action scene, but outside of action scenes you can only recover Fortune this way after you have spent a Fortune point on enlightened and benevolent actions, facing situations with direct, virtuous actions and placing the safety of others above your own.
You have core ethics that prevents you from being swayed from your course. You gave a +3 bonus to Charm and Impress against any effect that tries to affect your choice of action. This applies to most Charm and Impress checks, but not ones that tries to hide or misrepresent the user or protect a lie.
Impervious as the Sun
Trigger Action (Defense)
Use when hit by an attack. You gain a +3 bonus to Dodge for the current shot. In addition, those who try and fail to strike you with a Melee attack this shot loses one additional shots from their shot counters. Unnamed characters that fail to hit you lose their entire next action.
You can focus when you take Radiation 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. You can also focus when subject to blinding light - even if you are immune to it.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.
Trigger Action (Defense)
When you take Disruption, Energy, or Psychic damage, you can defeat the damage with radiant energy, adding your Mind to your Body or Reflexes against one specific attack. You can also add your Reflexes to your Mind against one specific attack of this kind.
You present the target with the evil tainting his soul and present a way for them to walk into the light, atone, and make up for the evil of their life. The results of their current evil is explained, and the power also presents the target with how its life could be if it changes or remains as it is. This revelation is deeply profound and the target will need time to decide his reaction to it. Depending on how strong the target's convictions are, this can be a processes of days or weeks. Once this period is over, the target may change his life or not - this power does not influence the decision. If the target does change to live a life of light, this power can analyze any Curse or negative effect the target suffers from and find or create a good way out of such problems.
You can dazzle onlookers by presence and aura. You can make an upstage stunt as a basic action, and the effect lasts for the rest of the round. A target who is attacked or otherwise interacted with by one of its opponents breaks free of the effect. This grabs attention, but is domineering; people who are skeptical of you are likely to be insulted.
You give another the impulse to act in a positive and forthright manner. Inspired, Enlightened, or Benevolent. This includes attacks that protect innocents and allies. The target may immediately take what is normally a Basic Action with no shot cost. They use their own skill value or your Impress, whichever is better.
You can restore hope and good spirits to yourself and allies. Any lingering Stunt effect or penalty is negated for everyone in an area with a diameter equal to your Impress. This includes advantages, stymies, and many setbacks, tough setbacks that have an instantaneous effect, such as putting a character in a perilous situation or inflicting damage, are not negated. You must be somewhere in the area to be affected.
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 scene, but any failed roll means you lose control of the creature. While a creature is under your control, you can order it to return to its home plane at any time. A creature that breaks free of control can choose to return on its own. Summoned creatures can also be Dispelled. You can also use this power to take control of a summoned creature did not summon yourself whose True Name you know. This requires an Impress roll against the creature's Dodge or Impress or against its summoner's Impress if he is present.
A creature cannot be ordered to perform deeds alien to its nature; an air elemental cannot be summoned into solid earth or water, an Epitome cannot act against its spiritual inclination, and so on. Summoned creatures can perceive your aura as you summon them. Their initial attitude depends on your reputation among this kind of creature and whether you have an allegiance or pact with them. In case of extreme misalignment, you may not even be able to summon them at all.
When you lose control of a summoned creature it usually returns home shortly; the creature knows anyone who knows its true name can seize control of it as noted above. But the creature might choose to remain on your plane indefinitely to act out its inclination. In order to acquire lengthy services you must bargain with the creature, or use a Power Experiment or other means to acquire its services. If you bargain a creature into a formal pact, it is considered controlled for as long as the conditions of the pact are met and cannot break the contract or return to its home until the pact expires.
This power only works on Angels.
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 Light form or which affects an angel. Light also banishes darkness, and you can use light to dispel any power which adversely affects someone's body, spirit, mind, or mood.
You can speak with any creature that can talk and wants to speak with you. You must share a medium, such as vocalization/hearing or signs/sight.
The target cannot lie, dissemble, or use trickery. Charm attempts that are not completely honest are Stymied, and those that are based on lies or false pretenses cannot even be attempted. This is a Curse.
You assume the form of another creature decided when you gain the power. You must have created a variant form for yourself using your normal points and limits. If you do not have such a creature description ready, you cannot use this power. 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 creatures.
You can only assume the form on an Angel with this version of the power. Doing so, you are filled with angelic virtue and become unable to do dark deeds.
You split into two creatures with identical abilities, but each of a different primary color. All copies share the same Hits, shot counter, and fortune pool. In detailed time each duplicate moves separately, up to Maneuver meters apart, but does the same actions. If both target the same creature, only one gets to roll but gets a +1 bonus per extra duplicate (this is an application of Assist Action). Only one duplicate can perform a Limit Break each round, with the other duplicate(s) assisting.
When one of you is subject to an effect, you can decide to either suffer the effect normally on all duplicates, or have the duplicate that was the target disappear. All but one duplicate disappears at the end of the scene. The last duplicate left is considered "you", the original, there is no difference between the duplicates while they are active.
You can take this power multiple times, gaining a number of additional selves equal to the number of power picks, up to seven.
You surround yourself with a blinding aura of power, making you appear powerful and exalted. It is hard to focus on you through this intense glare; anyone wishing to target you must first take a Basic Action to overcome the glare. Once this is done, they can freely target you for the rest of the scene. This does not apply against anyone against whom you have cover or concealment. Does not prevent interactions or area attacks.
Any powers affecting the target can be negated at your option. For example, summoned targets are sent home, transformed targets returned to their basic shape, and dominated targets become free again. You can also negate stances and boosting powers on the target. A Curse is only temporarily negated for the current scene and then returns, but this might be enough for the cursed creature to make amends or seek help.
Center of the Universe
All enemies within Mind meters whose Mind is lower than yours and who are able to choose you as their target must do so, or refrain from attacking altogether. A target that is attacked by someone else can retaliate against that target instead of attacking you.
Stance (Damage Boost)
You can imbue a Melee or Shoot attack with an additional type of damage. The damage of the attack increases by +2 and is resisted by the worst soak value of either attack. This increases the damage by two. This is the same as the Melee Weapon ability Dual Damage. Several kinds of additional damage does not further increase the damage of the attack, but uses the lowest soak value among the types. Glowing Hands does Radiation damage.
Soul of Light
Touch of Perfection
Many magic traditions have defined evil, an opposing philosophy or set of ideals that are anathema to everything you powers stand for. With this effect, you can sense such evil. Make a skill roll and multiply the result by 10; this is the range in meters. If you can see the evil creature or object you can pinpoint it; otherwise you merely know evil is present.
This power is not relevant to all traditions, particularly those of the technology origin.
Eyes of the Sun
Your vision is improved. You can see perfectly over long distances as if you were using a binocular with x100 enlargement (things appear as if they were only 1/100 as far away), yet there is no reduction in your field of vision. You are never blinded by glare or bright light, and are immune to flashes used as distractions.
On a successful Recon check, you identify illusions and conjured objects and see the true forms of disguised and transformed creatures. The difficulty is whatever skill the target is using.
You carry an aura of compromise, goodwill, and flash realizations along with you until the end of the next round. Creatures within Ride meters or who can see you are rational and willing to compromise. Trying to provoke good or rational actions becomes easier. And any Charm roll prompting such that succeeds against a creature whose Charm is less than your Ride counts as a Setback or otherwise as if it had sufficient Outcome for any improved effect. Any other type of Charm stunt in the area has a minimum difficulty equal to your Ride.
You forge a pact between a champion and a protectee. You assume one of these roles, and another willing creature assumes the other role. This requires touch and the consent and True Name of both. Either party can cancel the pact at any time, and the power will inform the other party the pact is broken. The protectee can now summon the champion at any time, who will be Teleported to their location in a flash of light. The champion will arrive fully prepared and equipped, but is not under the protectee's control and can return to its initial location as a Basic Action. If the champion is harmed or killed, he can choose to break the Champion Pact in order to avoid these consequences and return unarmed.
You carry an aura of physical light that will banish darkness and reveal the hidden. Creatures within Ride meters or who can see you are affected. The area is lit to bright indoor illumination if not already brighter than that. And any Recon roll to Shadow, Sneak, Stay Low or do Surveillance in the area has a minimum difficulty equal to your Ride.
Walk the Light
You teleport from one brightly lit location to another spot within clear line-of sight; this limits the distance to a kilometer or depending on light condition and vision enhancement. You can teleport over any distance to sites either very brightly illuminated or a point of spiritual illumination, such as a holy place. You can eve teleport to such places on other planes.
You can blind everyone in a globe with a diameter equal to your Mind attribute in meters with an intense flash of light. Damage is Mind +2, or more if you are using an Implement. Make a separate attack roll against each target, including friends and bystanders.
Flash does Radiation damage damage, but normally causes no Hits. A target that would normally take a hit instead loses three shots from his shot counter instead. A Damage Setback has no additional effect. Treat groups of unnamed characters in the area as one target for the purpose of flash; either they are all hit or all missed.
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.
Searing Burst does Radiation damage.
Searing Ray does Radiation 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.
You can blast everyone in a globe with a diameter equal to your Mind 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.
Searing Sphere does Radiation 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.