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  • #31
    Originally posted by Hand-of-Omega View Post
    THE CULT OF THE SCARLET SMILE

    Across the Hundred Kingdoms, the late autumnal rites accompanying the fall harvest of the months of Earth leading up to Calibration have recently been changing into something darker and bloodier. This change has been brought about by a secret conspiracy, a demonic cult of Yozi-worshipers who are slowly infiltrating every level of society at the behest of the Second Circle Demon who serves as the cults' patron.

    These cultists use every means, both mundane and magical, to bribe, extort and terrorize the populaces of towns and villages to alter their way of life, and their success has been, so far, slow but sure. Their efforts have been especially helped along by the use of the demonic Masks That Reveal The Face summoned by their leader. But they have been facing some set backs, as local heroes are starting to take notice of their actions, and the God whose worship they have been disrupting has recently taken a personal interest in their doings...

    Notes: The Cult of the Scarlet Smile is largely composed of mortal extras, plus a few who qualify as battle-ready soldiers serving as bodyguards. During their ecstatic rites, they use paint their bodies in orange-and-black patterns with hallucinogenic dyes that lower inhibitions and enhance their pleasure, while the soldiers use alchemical elixirs such as Valiant Warrior's Formula to enhance their fighting prowess to superhuman levels.

    The leader of the Cult is Mortani Wex, a Demon-Blooded Terrestrial sorcerer (with Corrupted Words as his Control Spell and the Bargain with Mara Shaping Ritual, granting him the Infernal Nobility merit) who has a Tongue of the Serpent Prince and a Devil Beast raiton named Swift Shadow as his Familiar. His chief bodyguard and second-in-command is Joyous Agony, an Akuma of Malfeas who fights with Laughing Wounds Style, using a fiery red Jade Direlash as her weapon of choice, her natural skill enhanced by her Tomescu Demonic Tattoo.

    Wex is concerned with the recent interference in his cult's affairs, and has considered requesting his master send him the aid of one or more Green Sun Princes to preserve the cult's mission. However, he is afraid that the Warlocks will take over his operation and steal his thunder...

    The exact patron of the cult is up to the Storyteller, although personally, I like Vrykolaka for the job...

    What is a 'Tongue of the Serpent Prince'


    I did a lot of homebrew over here. PEACH.

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    • #32
      CHAN'GUM, THE MASKS THAT REVEAL THE FACE

      Resembling masks crafted from exquisite materials with superior craftsmanship, these First Circle Demons are insidious in their ability to subvert populations. Although they have little in the way of actual sentience, the Chan'gum instinctively love to quietly move to where unsuspecting victims will notice them, hoping their dazzling appearance will tempt them into donning them...at which point what the mortal assumed were just straps, but are actually legs, fasten onto the back of the head, forcing both into a contested feat of strength to determine if it stays on or comes off.

      If the demon mask succeeds at staying attached, then the two engage in a contest of wills, much as a sorcerer must win to bind a summoned demon. If the demon wins, it possesses the victim with a form of the Ride charm, and uses their body to act out all of their most suppressed desires and frustrations. If the person wins, they retain control of themselves, and can use the masks' charms to their own benefit until they choose to remove it, at which point it scurries away.

      The Chan'gum are quite popular in Malfeas, where demons often use their abilities to cover up their clandestine activities. Sorcerers rarely use them for that purpose, as they have better ways to disguise themselves, but often use them to test the loyalty and character of subordinates. At least one sorcerer in the Realm hands them out to his party guests, who willingly don them in order to enjoy the heights of decadence with complete anonymity and abandon.

      Notes: The chief ability of the Masks That Reveal is their power to completely obscure the identity of the person wearing them. Although they don't change form in any way, an Illusion effect keeps others from recognizing them via the appearance, sound of their voice or even scent (this power does nothing to conceal them from detection, just identification; someone can still track them as normal, they just won't recognize them if they knew them before).

      The Chan'gum also have limited shapechanging ability, enabling them to fit non-humanoid creatures, such as the many demons of hell.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Epee102 View Post


        What is a 'Tongue of the Serpent Prince'
        An Artifact tongue from Infernals (pg. 196) that must be grafted into the users mouth, and enhances voice-based manipulation actions.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Hand-of-Omega View Post
          CHAN'GUM, THE MASKS THAT REVEAL THE FACE

          Resembling masks crafted from exquisite materials with superior craftsmanship, these First Circle Demons are insidious in their ability to subvert populations. Although they have little in the way of actual sentience, the Chan'gum instinctively love to quietly move to where unsuspecting victims will notice them, hoping their dazzling appearance will tempt them into donning them...at which point what the mortal assumed were just straps, but are actually legs, fasten onto the back of the head, forcing both into a contested feat of strength to determine if it stays on or comes off.

          If the demon mask succeeds at staying attached, then the two engage in a contest of wills, much as a sorcerer must win to bind a summoned demon. If the demon wins, it possesses the victim with a form of the Ride charm, and uses their body to act out all of their most suppressed desires and frustrations. If the person wins, they retain control of themselves, and can use the masks' charms to their own benefit until they choose to remove it, at which point it scurries away.

          The Chan'gum are quite popular in Malfeas, where demons often use their abilities to cover up their clandestine activities. Sorcerers rarely use them for that purpose, as they have better ways to disguise themselves, but often use them to test the loyalty and character of subordinates. At least one sorcerer in the Realm hands them out to his party guests, who willingly don them in order to enjoy the heights of decadence with complete anonymity and abandon.

          Notes: The chief ability of the Masks That Reveal is their power to completely obscure the identity of the person wearing them. Although they don't change form in any way, an Illusion effect keeps others from recognizing them via the appearance, sound of their voice or even scent (this power does nothing to conceal them from detection, just identification; someone can still track them as normal, they just won't recognize them if they knew them before).

          The Chan'gum also have limited shapechanging ability, enabling them to fit non-humanoid creatures, such as the many demons of hell.

          Oooh, I love these (Remind me of a heart shaped mask...), but I might suggest sorcerers summon them to control their victims? Or are they useless for that?


          I did a lot of homebrew over here. PEACH.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Epee102 View Post


            Oooh, I love these (Remind me of a heart shaped mask...), but I might suggest sorcerers summon them to control their victims? Or are they useless for that?

            Not as written...think of them on the order of the Passion Morays, they're not really intelligent enough to follow complicated commands. Their main use is to cause chaos and mischief in an area, which Wex does by spreading them through the villages he's corrupting. You can tell them who to jump on, but after that, you can at best influence the masked person, esp if you already know his Intimacies.

            There probably are some rare Heroic Commoner ones of Int 2 or higher that CAN outright control people and can be used by the sorcerer to outright control people, sure. But if the normal ones win control over you, it's still really YOU doing everything, you're just watching yourself, unable to stop what you're doing. Even if you win control, there is still a vague "urge" to act out your repressed desires, whispering to you that you are safe behind their anonymity.

            And, yes, this does mean that, in this case, a Sorcerer can get "hoist on his own petard" with his own demons if he's not careful...

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