Flower of the Cutting

Flower of the Cutting

Cost: 2wp; Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 5; Type: Simple (Dramatic Action)
Keywords: Combo-OK, Enchantment, Obvious, Touch
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: Verdant Shroud

The leaf may die, but the vine lives on. So long as a single cutting remains, it cannot be eradicated. Life – in its infinite cycles of division, death, and regrowth – springs eternal.

With this charm, a master of the Winding Ivy style invests one of her students with an aspect of her knowledge, and her essence. The initiation is a ritual which takes a full day, and invests the student with several benefits for as long as the enchantment persists:

  • If he could not already, the student can train Essence up to a rating of 3.
  • If he could not already, the student can learn Celestial Martial Arts charms.
  • The student can learn Winding Ivy charms without need for a teacher.

More insidiously, in the event that the martial artist is killed, her ghost is drawn to the nearest of her enchanted students, whom she may attempt to possess (Roll of Glorious Divinity I, Page 163). If she possesses a student for an uninterrupted year and a day, his identity is wholly subsumed – his souls and any exaltation freed as if by death – and the martial artist permanently takes his body as her own. She retains her Essence, Ability ratings, and knowledge of Martial Arts charms permanently.

Flower of the Cutting

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