The Gift.   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 GM, 5 posts
Tue 8 May 2018
at 05:31
The Gift

The Gift is exceedingly rare. Where Azra is but a legend, something no one believes but many heard of… the Gift is not even a rumor.  Every time we see people of the Badlands witness the gift there are at a complete loss… there is never “I’ve heard about people like you” or “there were rumors” or “my grandfather used to tell a story” ....

Of course there are exceptions - high ranking Totemists like Penrith seems to be aware of the Dark Ones and the Gift.  Then of course there are Abbots.  There are also individuals made aware of the Gift in one way or another - Quinn, Widow, Sunny.

The point however is that a group of Gifted traveling together is very very unlikely.  A group of Gifted staying under radar - is very very unlikely.  Combine it with overpowering nature of the Gift… basically I would rather not allow player characters to have the Gift.

They might have dormant gift though (more info to come..)
Bone Flower
 player, 1 post
Tue 8 May 2018
at 16:17
The Gift
I think the Gift - as it sets apart xia the Gift - is kind of a game breaker. But Feng Shui inadvertently addresses that by making everyone a kind of xia with a power pool anyway.

The various archetypes all have Chi, Scroungetech, Sorcery etc to power Schticks. Pretty much everyone is going to have a gift, just not The Gift

The easy way to handle that might be to give characters (either PC or NPC) who have The Gift an extra reserve of Power Points and a flat bonus to Initiative (or the ability to buy it out of their power points) for each advance of The Gift they take.

I don't think we need to start with an MK's as Player Characters but I can see ways that things could emerge in play that would require a way to address it.
Bone Flower
 player, 3 posts
Tue 8 May 2018
at 17:50
The Gift
Moved from Lore for clarity:

Narrator:
I'll have a thread about the Gift were we can discuss it in more details... but short version...

When Bajie healed Sunny he needed a manual and technological component (very specific needles) which suggests tech (why not any needles if this is just a spiritual exercise, what do needles actually do? In fact similar needles were used on Tate and "drained" him of the gift... removed the nano-bots perhaps?)


That's pretty clearly acupuncture. That carries a pretty clear spiritual component. Wouldn't necessarily HAVE to, but in wuxia, that's the trope. Spirit matters, right matters. Love, loyalty and bravery transcend death.

Narrator:
Cressida's vision is a classical example of "on board" computer supplying host with information through subconsciousness (due to lack of proper interface).  This would not work well with genetic enhancements tech, but network of nano-bots cursing through Cressida's blood can handle visions fairly easily.

Henry's gift as well as general "gift is passed with blood" concept works both with genetic enhancement - gift is a part of the child DNA, and nano-bots (nanites can be transferred with bodily fluids, can implant a fetus, self replicate in a compatible host and manifest at a later time)


Question is where did Henry get exposed? Not Veil. Sunny doesn't have the gift and wasn't exposed to the Abbot's poison nano attack until after Veil was pregnant.

It's entirely possible to recast all of the xia in Into the Badlands as nano-powered cyborgs and, I suppose, it would remain at least adjacent to wuxia.

But who are xia and who are not? Sunny, Tilda, Quinn, Nathaniel, all the Butterflies? They all pull stunts that the cogs can't but do NOT have The Gift. Is it a separate strain of nano augmentation?

Again, in terms of game play it really only effects what words get used in the fiction, not what happens. For everyone who doesn't KNOW the truth, it's mystical phenomena. As the story progresses the source of The Gift may color the fiction and provide motivations for the Abbot and mysteries about what her monastery really is.
Narrator
 GM, 8 posts
Tue 8 May 2018
at 18:36
The Gift
If it was an acupuncture then any needles would do, but they needed a very specific devices from the Monastery

As for Henry, what do you mean Sunny doesn't have the gift?  Didn't you see episode 2 of the season 3.  Bajie clearly states gift is passed through blood and he doesn't think Veil had it, Sunny says it's impossible, but Lydia responds not necessarily - Sunny is a foundling AND when Waldo found him by the river he was wearing Azra medallion.

Sunny always had a gift, just dormant.  It's not a separate strain, it's the same strain but in passive mode... and yes it is possible that Widow, Sunny, even Moon and Quinn stand head and shoulders over other fighters is because they have shall we say "dormant Gift".  In case of Widow it's certain - we know she had gift (nanites), in case of Sunny it is likely (see above)... the rest - possible. :D

That doesn't mean we should dismiss spiritual - after all having gift is one thing but controlling it takes will, discipline, instinct - some might say - Spirit.

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:38, Tue 08 May 2018.