Opening Verse Recitation
Opening Verse Recitation
Cost: 5m (10m, 1wp); Mins: Martial Arts 5, Essence 4; Type: Simple (Speed 5)
Keywords: Combo-OK, Obvious, Shaping
Duration: One Scene
Prerequisite Charms: None
“Once there was a maiden… who stood, resplendent, upon the field of battle.” Reciting this verse, the martial artist formally opens the story of the battle presently before him, and begins the process known to practitioners of this style as the Narrative of Escalation. No matter how quietly said, every entity on the field of battle hears the recitation, and instinctively grasps that the battle they will fight will be one of particularly epic mien.
As this charm is invoked, the scene gains an Escalation Rating with a maximum rating of five levels, which begins at level one. The dice awarded by stunts to all characters in the scene – be they friendly or enemy – are increased by the scene’s current Escalation Rating as the grandeur of their every action is grossly amplified.
Additionally, the martial artist gains limited narrative control of the scene. Whenever he gives an instruction or otherwise makes his will known to other characters, those individuals who act against his direction have their stunt die awards reduced by the martial artist’s Essence (in addition to gaining extra stunt dice from this charm), as they struggle against his direction.
These effects modify the number of dice awarded only, and do not effect essence or willpower regained from stunts, which is always determined based on the stunt’s natural rating.
These are shaping effects directed primarily at the scene’s environment and ambient conditions, and only fleetingly at the characters themselves. Characters who – by whatever means – are personally unaffected by Shaping effects reduce both positive and negative modifications to their stunt die awards by half their Essence. Magic which suppresses Shaping effects over an area entirely prevents both effects of this charm from affecting anyone wholly within that area.
Only a single instance of Opening Verse Recitation may be active in a scene at any one time. If another practitioner of Escalating Narrative of Consequence Style activates the charm in a scene where it has already been used, the characters roll-off of using (Essence + Martial Arts) to seize narrative control of the scene. No matter who wins, the scene’s Escalation Rating remains at its current level.
This charm may be activated as a miscellaneous action rather than a simple charm activation by paying the increased cost of 10 motes and 1 willpower rather than its normal cost.