Archive Indexing Meditation

Archive Indexing Meditation

Cost: 5m, 1wp; Mins: Investigation 3, Essence 2; Type: Simple (Dramatic Action)
Keywords: Combo-OK
Duration: Indefinite
Prerequisite Charms: Any Investigation Excellency

Neither volume nor chaos can hide the information a Solar seeks from his searching eyes, for it is in the nature of a lawgiver’s perfection to intuit the location of that which he searches for. He need only take a book from a shelf or unroll a scroll and let his magic guide his eye to the information he wishes to find.

When he activates this charm, the Solar links himself to any collection of written or illustrated information, from a single sentence to an entire library. The collection must be a self contained narrative unit – the archives of the university at Lookshy would be a valid target for example, while all the books in the West would not – but the lawgiver may elect to narrow his focus to a smaller subset if he wishes, and changing focus requires re-activating the charm. While this charm is active, he divides the time required to find any particular piece of information in that collection by (Essence).

At Essence five, the solar also rolls (Perception + Investigation) immediately upon activating this charm. For each piece of information in the chosen archive which was deliberately hidden, if the Solar’s roll was greater than the roll made to conceal it, he senses immediately that something is out of place, gaining a vague sense of how many such items are hidden, but learning nothing about what or where they are.

A second purchase of this charm at Investigation 5, Essence 4 expands the scope of this charm to include any collection of information, without regard to the format in which it is stored. This enables the charm to be applied to searches for information using other abilities, for example using Occult to search the memory of a sorcerous construct, or Bureaucracy to glean information from an organization. When used in this way, it may explicitly be combined with charms from other Abilities.

Archive Indexing Meditation

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