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  • Deionscribe
    started a topic Homebrew Demon Merits

    Homebrew Demon Merits

    My thread for any Homebrew Demon Merits I put together, as well as for others to critique them. If you guys happen to have any interesting homebrew material you'd like to share, feel free to drop them here. And now, I start off with my first submission, which I thought up in response to Unchained needing to revert back to human form before they can do new combinations for partial transformation.

    Flexible Transformation (o)
    Effect:
    Your ability to perform partial transformations has been refined to the point that you can swap out active form abilities for new ones as the situation demands. This requires both the expenditure of 1 Aether and a reflexive Resolve + Composure roll, with a -2 penalty for each form ability to be swapped out.

    Drawback: This type of transformation calls for a compromise roll, regardless of whether or not it succeeds
    Last edited by Deionscribe; 12-22-2015, 08:58 PM.

  • Vent0
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    Adamantine Frame (•• or •••••)
    Prerequisites: Steel Frame Modification
    Effect: Your metallic superstructure is even more reinforced than conventional metal accounts for. Your bones' effective durability increases to 5 (increasing Structure), your unarmed attacks are now 1L. At five dots, Durability and Structure increase another 2 points, attack damage increases to 2L, and you gain 1/0 Armor.

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  • Vent0
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    Simple, but effective. I like it.

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  • espritdecalmar
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    Touchstone (• - •••)

    Through a combination of method acting, specialized occult subroutines, and genuine sentiment, there is an individual who provides an additional bulwark to one of your demon's Covers. They could be a relative, friend, lover, student, or even enemy, so long as the Cover possesses some strong tie to them. This Merit is attached to one Cover; add the dots in this Merit to Compromise rolls caused by acting out of character. Once per session, the demon may spend a scene of meaningful interaction with their Touchstone to regain a point of Willpower. If the demon takes significant action to protect their Touchstone from harm, they recover all lost Willpower.

    Drawback: With attachment comes suffering. If the Touchstone is killed, the demon must roll Resolve + Composure, penalized by the dot rating of this Merit. On a failure, they immediately shift to Demonic Form and gain the Demonic Rage Condition. This does not apply if the Touchstone died of natural causes. If the Cover to which the Touchstone is attached gets Burned, the demon loses this Merit. Finally, the demon cannot use Pacts with the Touchstone for Patch Jobs; to do so would be akin to attempting to repair a broken machine with its own parts. The demon can still make their Touchstone a Cultist or cash in a Soul Pact, though this latter action obviously causes to demon to lose the merit, and additionally grants a temporary Glitch, as reality sorts out the sudden overlay of sympathetic connections.

    Note: A demon can give himself a Touchstone using a Pact. This is a benefit to the demon's side of the bargain, with a rating equal to the desired dot rating of this Merit. The Touchstone does not have to be attached to the same Cover with whom the mortal is making the Pact.

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  • Vent0
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    Rapid Installation (••)
    Prerequisites: Ability to make Gadgets, Wits 3+, Craft 3+
    Effect: You can wrench the subroutines needed for Installation into a Gadget in a hurry, though the result is temporary and unstable. You can spend 1 Willpower to speed up the Installation time for Embeds to 1 Turn per roll, or 1 Minute per roll for Exploits. You may use Wits in place of Intelligence when doing these Rapid Installations.
    Drawback: The resulting Gadgets are too unstable to be made permanent, and always fade away at the end of the Scene they are created in. Additionally, they always have some fault as if they were Overclocked, but do not get a corresponding benefit.

    Stable Exploitation (•)
    Prerequisites: Ability to make Gadgets
    Effect: When Installing an Exploit into one or more One-Shot Gadgets, you can do so in a controlled manner that doesn't warp the Hardware away from its original function. The object's Resonance must match the Exploit's function, the same as for Embedded Gadgets. The lingering energies of the Aether would warp the Hardware after activation, meaning this method is useless for non-One-Shot Gadgets.
    Drawback: Installation takes 2 hours per roll.

    Gaze of Corruption (••••)
    Prerequisites: Corruption Aura Process
    Effect: When you activate your Corruption Aura, you can further focus and extend it to a single object your Size or smaller within Primum * 5 meters/yards, dealing successes in Structure Damage. Exerting it in this matter, however, shuts it down until the start of your turn after the one you use it - it can be reactivated.

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  • Vent0
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    Demon Gunner (• to ••••, Style)
    Prerequisites: Alibi (or similar Embed), Ranged Weapon Demonic Form ability (such as Rivet Arm, Acid Spit, Laser Cutter, or Eliminator Cannon), Primum 2+
    Effect: You have refined your inherent ranged combat abilities beyond your peers.
    Mysterious Stranger (•): You can direct attacks through a temporary use of one of your other Covers. Pick an unobserved space in your line of sight that your Cover could appear from. As an Instant action pay 1 Aether - your Cover can "appear" from hiding and make a normal ranged attack from that position as if it were you, using a weapon or Form Ability you posses, before fading away at the end of the Turn.
    Drawback: If your Cover uses a Form Ability, you must pay 1 Aether for the Partial Transformation and make a Compromise roll for it using its Cover Rating. It may also incur Compromise for acting out of character.
    Flash Draw (••): You can now partially transform fast enough to fire a quick burst then transform back without anyone noticing. Spend 2 Aether, and make an attack with a single ranged Form ability as normal. After the attack, you revert to your fully human Cover as normal for Partial Transformation. The attack occurs so quickly no one notices your arm momentary became a cannon, though you roll for Compromise as normal for an unobserved Partial Transformation. Your Mysterious Stranger can also use Flash Draw (costing 2 Aether instead of 1) and rolling Compromise for it instead. You cannot both use the same Form Ability in the same Turn.
    "Cover" Fire (•••): You can manifest another Cover to provide fire support. As a Reflexive action, you can use Mysterious Stranger to perform Covering Fire instead of making a normal attack.
    Controlled Blast (••••): You've achieved the ability to super-charge your ranged attacks with Aether, giving them destructive blasts, splitting beams, or shaping explosions. Spend 3 Aether before making an attack. The attack is capable of striking a number of additional targets equal to your Primum with the vicinity of the attack as if it had a blast area of 4. Alternatively, if it already had a blast area, you can exclude up to your Primum in targets within the blast area.
    [Comments: So I switched around the effects. Now it starts with a base of using a Cover as a "second shooter", good for flanking strikes, or deniability. Flash Draw was moved to the second dot, and is available to your Cover should you want additional deception. The third ability let's your Cover lay down fire support while you do something else (like Aim or Reload). I kept the final ability, but with Long Bursts, it isn't as useful - I might drop it in exchange for keeping up a "squad" of your alt-Covers.

    As always, feedback is appreciated.]
    Last edited by Vent0; 11-01-2018, 10:49 AM.

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  • Vent0
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    Thinking or redoing Demon Gunner to use Cover as well. Mysterious Stranger or Grassy knoll as the name for using a Cover to strike from another angle?

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  • LordofIron
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    Hi All, first attempt at Demon Homebrew. I had a player who was intrigued by the Idea of a Demon-Blooded being able to make Pacts and Deals. I brewed up the below merit, it seems coincidentally that a similar Merit was discussed a few pages ago but I wanted to throw my variant into the ring:

    Dealer (●●, ●●●●, ●●●●●)
    Prerequisites: Offspring, Fractal
    Effect: Your Demonic Heritage gives you access to the reality shifting Pact Magics of the Demons who made you. At 2 Dots you can create a demonic pact with variables at the Lesser or Medial level with a duration up to a year, you are unable to create Soul Pacts or make Bills of Sale. At 4 Dots you can create pacts with a Level of greater and a permanent duration, and construct Bills of Sale. And at 5 Dots you gain access to creating Soul Pacts. When making a Pact a Demon-Blooded always acts as the “Demon” on their side of the Pact and are not able to access Mortal Only components of Pacts. This also means they are responsible for the Willpower costs of a Pact.
    Drawback: Once a Demon-Blooded has signed their first contract they can no longer partake in a Pact as a mortal with another Demon and are always unable to apply the mortal side of a pact to themselves.
    Note: If a Demon-Blooded gains cover experiences from a pact they may spend them on either Merits, or Integrity to simulate the part of a life taken, what can and cannot be taken should be discussed with your storyteller as appropriate to what the recipient has. In the case of a Negative effect (Pacting for an illness or a Stalker Boyfriend) a persistent condition may be more appropriate than Cover Experiences. This is the Demon-Blooded stitching others’ lives onto their own and making themselves more connected to the world.
    If a Demon-Blooded creates and activates a Soul Pact the effect is Lifechanging for them. Firstly, the Demon-Blooded experiences a Breaking Point equivalent to murder (-5) as they steal a mortal’s existence. Then they must remove all merits that pertain to their past life, most of these will be Social merits, and rebuy the lost dots of Merits to create the life they have stolen. Finally, the Demon-Blooded sheds any Cipher conditions and is considered to have back-traced all these conditions. This is jarring for the Demon-Blooded as they are stripped out of reality leaving a tattered existence behind. They should be wary of the God-Machine investigating their old life if they try to contact pieces of the life they gave up.


    I also have knocked up 2 merits regarding Demonic Form abilities:


    Quantum Uncertainty (●●)
    Prerequisites: Demonic Form
    Effect: The Demon has 2 parts of its Demonic Form entangled in one another until one is observed. Each time this merit is Taken the Demon selects 1 Technology or Modification they already have, then selects a new one of the same Form type. The Demon can then manifest one of these two form abilities when taking on either a full or partial Demonic form, but never both at the same time. If the Demon changes one Form abilities for another the second part remains attached to the new Form ability and the merit Persists. This merit can be taken multiple times but only once for each Form Ability the Demon possesses.
    Drawback: If the Form part is lost for any reason, such as being made into a Form Gadget, the secondary form part is lost with it.

    Quantum Uncertainty (●●, Advanced)
    Prerequisites: Quantum Uncertainty, Primum 4+
    Effect: The Demon understands how their form is entangled with themselves and their cover better, they can now apply the effects of Quantum Uncertainty to Propulsion's and Process'.
    Drawback: When using a transformation with a Propulsion or Process effected by Quantum Uncertainty the Demon suffers and additional -1 to any compromise checks.



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  • Vent0
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    Template Installation (• to ••••)
    Prerequisites: Demonic Form, Ability to create Gadgets
    Effect: You have figured out how to create inferior copies of your Demonic Form Abilities, allowing you to create Form Gadgets without having to rip them out of your form. Create them as if you would install an Exploit, except the raw materials have to come from Infrastructure. The resulting Gadget has a drawback as if it was Overclocked (but without the benefit). At one dot, you can create Modification Form Gadgets this way, Technologies at two dots, Propulsions at three dots, and Processes at four dots.
    Drawback: After you use one of your Form Abilities as a Template, you gain the Form Fatigue Condition related to that Form Ability.
    Form Fatigue
    You've strained the use of one of your Form Abilities and cannot safely access it. Attempting to do so requires a successful Primum roll and deals 1 point of Resistant Lethal damage.
    Beat: Manifesting the Form Ability despite the costs.
    Resolution: Endure the Condition for one Month without any attempted usage, or Going Loud.
    [Comments: You might be able to use a version of this for Werewolf's Forms as well.]

    Prototype Installation (••••)
    Prerequisites: Ability to create Gadgets
    Effect: You've refined your Gadget crafting talents to the point you can create Prototype - One-Shot versions of Lambdas useful for testing out concepts prior to creating the real thing. Follow both the rules for creating a One-Shot and a Lambda except the following - due to the complicated construction of Lambdas, only one can be produced at a time, though the less intensive energies invest means the consequences for failure and complete construction are only equal to those of Exploit Installation.

    Resonance Echo (•••)
    Prerequisites: Aetheric Resonance
    Effect: The Demon can analyze the residual echo of other Aetheric signatures in any signal they pick up. From a given Aetheric Resonance source, you can detect other nearby sources as if the Demon was at that location (with a -2 penalty). You can continue to change virtual positions, until the penalties reduce your dice pool to a chance die.

    Transmitter (••••)
    Prerequisites: Electromagnetic Linguistics, Radio Suite Modification
    Effect: You can use yourself as a source for Software Gadgets, sending out the Embed-laced code to any authorized requestor your signals can reach.
    Drawback: Since you are essentially acting as a relay for your Embeds, you can't do the kinds of experimentation for Near-Field effects that actual Gadgets allow.

    Diabolus est Machina (••••)
    Prerequisites: Data Form Process, Demon House or Demon Car Exploits, Primum 6+
    Effect: You have figured out how to live inside the internet, making temporary homes of servers, and eyes of web-cams. You can construct a purely online Cover, inhabiting it with Data Form, but without the recurring Aether cost. You are not considered to be in your Demonic Form while in the digital Cover, but you can use Partial Transformation to utilize some of your other Form Abilities, if applicable (Clairvoyant Sight is likely, Claws and Fangs are less so).
    Drawback: Your digital Cover still must be hosted upon a singular piece of hardware, and if that becomes disconnected from the network, you must assume another Cover to escape. Your online identity is still subject due to Compromise from investigation and Exploit usage. Your host hardware also manifests versions of your Glitches, making it easier to locate than normal. The Data Form Process is consider to always be "on" (disregarding its usual limitation of only being accessible in full Demonic Form), which affects Compromise rolls for Partial Transformations.
    [Comments: I might refine this further into a specific Data Form upgrade merit, perhaps even as a Style.]
    Last edited by Vent0; 12-31-2017, 04:11 PM.

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  • Vent0
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    Reviewing...

    I think Veteran X is, while bland, serviceable. Grand Inquisitor sounds nice, but doesn't really fit the lower key the Paranoids prefer. Hardcore Saboteur works, but kinda sounds like they are trying too hard. Vile Tempter and Sanctified Integrator both seem to import a bias on how each are viewed already.

    Yeah, you could probably restrict these from Dual Agendas, to reward specialization.

    Originally posted by GibberingEloquence View Post
    Grand Inquisitor (Style, • To •••••)
    Prerequisites: Inquisitor Agenda, Intelligence 3, Wits 3, Composure 3, Occult 3

    Always Watching, Never Watched (•) Add your dots in this Style/2 round up to all Perception, Investigations. Social Chases and Research rolls for Infrastructure, agents of the God-Machine and other Demons. Rolls to uncover any of your secrets suffer a penalty equal to your dots in this Style/2 round up and lose 10 Again.
    What about making it flat "dots in this style" for both powers, and dropping the 10-again block? Or instead of a flat dice bonus, a broad Interdisciplinary Speciality for those subjects (to encourage picking up other Specialities)?

    Originally posted by GibberingEloquence View Post
    Obsessive Pursuit (••) The rolls mentioned in the First Maneuver receive 8 Again and spending Willpower on them grants two extra dice.
    Something that seems thematic for Demons (what with temporal manipulation and Quantum thought) is the Rote action - picking the best option out of multiple outcomes and/or rewinding time.

    Originally posted by GibberingEloquence View Post
    Predicting The Enemy (•••) Gain the Omen Sensitivity Supernatural Merit, which may be activated with Willpower or Aether. This is restricted to asking questions about Infrastructure, agents of the God-Machine and other Demons. Add your Primum or dots in this Style to the Wits + Occult roll to activate Omen Sensitivity, whichever is higher. This version of Omen Sensitivity does not suffer the usual Drawback.
    Seems fine. Though maybe instead of ignoring the Drawback, they could instead reuse the power, but risk Compromise?

    Originally posted by GibberingEloquence View Post
    Knowledge Is Power (••••) For very Clue (or other equivalent investigative milestone set by the ST) earned when making Investigation rolls for Infrastructure. God-Machine Agents or other Demons, restore 1 Aether.
    Looks good.

    Originally posted by GibberingEloquence View Post
    I WILL Know The Truth (•••••) The rolls mentioned in the first maneuver achieve Exceptional Success with 3 Successes. Once per Chapter, by Resolving your Agenda Condition, you may spend 1 Willpower to not only gain the usual benefit, but also upgrade a Success into an Exceptional Success.
    Looks good. Maybe keep these two as a trend for the other Styles?

    Collaborate over PM, or right here?

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  • Vent0
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    Anyone have any other "Augments the Demonic Form" Merits?
    Last edited by Vent0; 12-19-2017, 04:40 PM.

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  • GibberingEloquence
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    Vent0 I edited my Inquisitor Style. How about now? Also, please help me choose names and come up with Maneuvers for the other Agenda Styles. How about Hardcore Saboteur, Vile Tempter and Sanctified Integrator? Also, should I add a "No Dual Agendas" prerequisite, to represent the payoff of focused purpose?
    Last edited by GibberingEloquence; 11-24-2017, 02:21 PM.

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  • Vent0
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    Adaptive Armor (Style, • to •••)
    Prerequisites: Armored Plated Modification
    Effect: You have obtained greater control and customization of your inherent defenses.
    • Lightweight: You can reduce the Armor and Ballistic values of your Armor Plates (to 2/1) to eliminate the Defense and Speed penalty.
    •• Angled: You can trade Ballistic for General Armor values on a one-for-one basis as an Instant action, to a minimum value of 1 (4/1 or 1/4, for example).
    ••• Charged: You can fortify your plates with Aetheric energies, bolstering your defenses. As a Reflexive action, you can spend Aether to boost either General or Ballistic Armor values on a one-for-one basis, which lasts for a number of turns equal to your Stamina.

    Targeted Disruption (••)
    Prerequisites: EMP Field Modification
    Effect: You can release a targeted EM waves, disrupting a single device or 5 foot area per success within Intelligence * 10 yards.

    Humongous Size (• to •••••)
    Prerequisites: Huge Size Modification
    Effect: You can expand your form to massive volumes. For each dot, you can increase your Size by +1 over the normal +4 (up to +9 Size).

    Humongous Size, Advanced (•• to •••••)
    Prerequisites: Huge Size Modification, Humongous Size 5
    Effect: It's not at all subtle, but sometimes you just have to cross the Godzilla Threshold. When you activate the Huge Size form ability, you can also multiply your size by the number of dots in this Merit.
    Drawback: Assuming you aren't instantly Hunted for becoming a skyscraper-sized Demon, the subsequent Compromise roll suffers a penalty equal to the amount you multiplied your Size by.
    [Comments: Yeah, this one is highly optional, but sometime you need to wrestle a Kaiju or Leviathan into submission.]

    Arc Projection (••)
    Prerequisites: Electric Jolt Modification
    Effect: You can project your electrical arcs a short distance.
    - You can power or disable a device within 20 yards.
    - When the electric field is active, you can throw bolts of electricity as a 4B Throwing Weapon, but every 20 yards, reduce the Weapon bonus by 1.
    - Finally, you can wrap an ally within 10 yards in the field, granting them 2/0 Armor instead of yourself.

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  • Vent0
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    Yay, more activity!

    Originally posted by GibberingEloquence View Post
    Veteran Inquisitor (Style, • To •••••)
    Prerequisites: Intelligence 3, Wits 3, Composure 3, Occult 3

    (•) Add your dots in this Style to all Perception, Investigations. Social Chases and Research rolls for Infrastructure, agents of the God-Machine and other Demons. When spending Willpower for such rolls, gain an extra die and reduce target number of Successes if they are Extended Actions by your dots in this Style.
    (••) Gain the Omen Sensitivity Supernatural Merit, which may be activated with Willpower or Aether. This is restricted to asking questions about Infrastructure, agents of the God-Machine and other Demons. Add your Primum or dots in this Style to the Wits + Occult roll to active Omen Sensitivity, whichever is higher.
    (•••) The rolls mentioned in the First Maneuver receive 8 Again and spending Willpower grants two extra dice.
    (••••) For very Clue (or other equivalent investigative milestone set by the ST) earned when making Investigation rolls for Infrastructure. God-Machine Agents or other Demons, restore 1 Aether. Rolls to uncover any of your secrets suffer a penalty equal to half your dots in this Style, round up and lose 10 Again.
    (•••••) You may receive the Informed Condition for Infrastructure, God-Machine agents and other Demons once per chapter. The rolls mentioned in the first maneuver achieve Exceptional Success with 3 Successes.
    I like it. Though shouldn't it have the Inquisitor Agenda in the prereqs? Some names for the individual dot powers would be nice too.

    On to the individual components:
    • Seems a bit wordy. I feel like it should probably only do one of its two, very broad and potentially very potent abilities.
    •• Look okay, though should probably be reworded to an ability that works like Omen Sensitivity, rather than just giving you the ability. I'm not certain yet if you could get the same results via normal investigation either.
    ••• Boosts a vast number of rolls straight to 8-Again? And boosts Willpower expenditure to +6 dice on them?
    •••• Alternate Aether recovery methods in theme are nice. Adding in the anti-investigation bonus seems fitting to the theme, but odd at this level. Earlier maybe?
    ••••• I feel like there are easier ways to get Informed than a once-a-chapter 5 dot merit (but I'm not sure).

    Actually, maybe you could add a similar Aether recovery mechanism into the Veteran Saboteur style (but triggered on destroying Angels and Infrastructure)? And again with a Veteran Tempter and Veteran Integrator?
    Last edited by Vent0; 11-24-2017, 12:18 PM.

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  • GibberingEloquence
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    Grand Inquisitor (Style, • To •••••)
    Prerequisites: Inquisitor Agenda, Intelligence 3, Wits 3, Composure 3, Occult 3

    Always Watching, Never Watched (•) Add your dots in this Style to all Perception, Investigations and Research rolls for Infrastructure, agents of the God-Machine and other Demons. Rolls to uncover any of your secrets suffer a penalty equal to your dots in this Style.
    Obsessive Pursuit (••) The rolls mentioned in the First Maneuver receive Advanced Action and spending Willpower on them grants two extra dice.
    Predicting The Enemy (•••) Gain the Omen Sensitivity Supernatural Merit, which may be activated with Willpower or Aether. This is restricted to asking questions about Infrastructure, agents of the God-Machine and other Demons. Add your Primum or dots in this Style to the Wits + Occult roll to activate Omen Sensitivity, whichever is higher. You may ignore the usual Drawback of Omen Sensitivity, but doing so risks Compromise.
    Knowledge Is Power (••••) For very Clue (or other equivalent investigative milestone set by the ST) earned when making Investigation rolls for Infrastructure. God-Machine Agents or other Demons, restore 1 Aether.
    I WILL Know The Truth (•••••) The rolls mentioned in the first maneuver achieve Exceptional Success with 3 Successes. Once per Chapter, by Resolving your Agenda Condition, you may spend 1 Willpower to not only gain the usual benefit, but also upgrade a Success into an Exceptional Success.
    Last edited by GibberingEloquence; 11-24-2017, 08:39 PM.

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