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The August Personage of Jade
 GM, 1 post
Thu 17 May 2018
at 18:42
House Rules
The Mask of Shintai

Hsien have the ability to assume a terrifying form for but a split second: the form of their past glory. This form terrifies most mortals and can even shock shen into a moment of stunned horror.

System: The Hsien spends as many points of Yugen as she is willing to invest into her Mask of Shintai. Any being that can see her must make a Willpower roll at difficulty 7 (6 for other shen, 5 for other Hsien) and score at least as many successes as the Hsien spent Yugen. Anyone who fails to do so either flees in panic or falls in supplication, begging for mercy. The effect lasts one turn, plus an additional turn for every success by which the target falls short of the total determined by Yugen spent. Should the encounter take place in a dragon nest, each point of Yugen spent requires two successes to match, rather than one.
The August Personage of Jade
 GM, 2 posts
Thu 17 May 2018
at 18:51
House Rules

The following modifiers allow Hsien to alter the scope of Wu Tan effects, making them more powerful, farther reaching, longer lasting, and so forth. Unlike the Realms of the Kithain, modifiers do not need to be purchased — all Hsien have free
access to them.

      ¶¶ Abundance controls the number of people or objects the Hsien can manipulate with
      Wu Tan. Without this modifier’s use, she can only affect herself! The first die
      allows her to affect one other person; the following dice expand that number (see
      Modifiers table, p. 437).

      ¶¶ Circumstance allows the Hsien to set conditions to trigger her effect or to cancel
      it. The first die allocated allows her to set a common trigger, one respecting
      supergroups or large divisions — men or women, day or night, etc. Two dice narrows
      the field — a specific hour for the effect to take place, or a certain group, such as
      elected officials. Three dice allocated narrows the condition to total specificity,
      with perfect timing being possible and specific individuals being valid triggers for

      ¶¶ Continuance extends the duration of the effect, from a single turn with the
      expenditure of a single die to years and even decades with the expenditure of many
      more (see Modifiers table, p. 437).

      ¶¶ Domain extends the range of an effect. Without it, the Hsien must touch her
      target. With a single die, she can affect  anyone within a room, or generally
      speaking, within a  little more than arm’s length. Two dice allows her to a target
      a small building, or anyone she might be able to reach at a dead run within a turn.
      Three dice lets her target someone or something within a large building such as a
      skyscraper or an entire village, and four lets her extend her reach across
      a city. Higher degrees of allocation extend her reach across entire provinces,
      perhaps across all of Asia for a sufficiently herculean effort (and with Storyteller

      ¶¶ Degree combines degree of alteration and potential for harm — after all, what is
      harm but a violent and undesired change? Each die, therefore, may buy a die of damage
      for an effect intended to harm another. Spent to alter rather than merely destroy,
      the metric changes. A single die is enough to alter emotions if used on a soul, or
      make minor changes such as causing a flower to bloom — something that could
      plausibly happen without the Hsien’s interference. Two dice may affect deeper-seated
      passions, or make significant, but still plausible, changes in the world — freshly
      planted seedlings might spring up into juvenile plants in seconds. Three dice
      allocated alters perception itself, or twists a patch of grass into a flower bed.
      With four dice, the psyche itself may be molded like clay, and truly spectacular
      changes can be conducted — the grass in our example doesn’t just turn into a patch of
      flowers, but a fully grown and mature tree. Further dice allocated allow truly
      magnificent change, the stuff of Heaven itself, defying description by mere mortals.
      With this level of control, even elemental souls may be destroyed, though such
      blasphemy would surely raise the ire of Heaven.

¶¶ Magnitude allows the Hsien to influence successively-larger
parts of the world — without it, the most that can be targeted
is something roughly human-sized. The first die allocated
expands the limit to larger objects — trees, boulders, vehicles,
and the like. The second influences entire paths,
streets, streams, or buildings. Further dice expand the area of
control, first to entire woods, rivers, or fields, then to entire
mountains, and finally to entire chains of mountains, great
forests, and at last to the very limit of the horizon itself.
Magnitude should not be confused with Domain, which
governs the distance between the Hsien and the center of
her alchemical miracle — Magnitude is for the overall size
of the miracle itself, its “footprint” as opposed to its “stride.”