Magick Charm

Art: Naming

Ruling Planet: Pluto

Sphere: Common

The “Magick Charm” brings forth the spiritual nature of any object, substance or material, opening up its spiritual aspect so it can be defined and become manifest.

In the passages under the heading “The Substances of Magick” the magickal properties associated with any number of herbs, gems and jewels, trees, bushes, bits and pieces of animals, and a number of other assorted items are provided, as passed down through folklore over the centuries. These are real and true in the context of the game and the game world, unless the GM rules otherwise, but are considered latent in nature, requiring the application of magick to awaken and make manifest.

The “Magick Charm” is the magickal means used to awaken these latent magickal properties so they may be manifested for use.

IF an object, substance or material has more than one latent power inherent in it according to its description, the practitioner must choose which one he is awakening by means of this charm. Only one may be awakened for any given object of a given material.

The practitioner may awaken as many latent magickal properties as are listed for a given object, substance or material, BUT each one must be called forth by a separate casting.

When the Magick Charm is performed by means of Low Magick (ritual), it results in (an) object(s) that is permanently “on”, so to speak, always in force, as described in the passage on “Enchanted Items & Immortal Enchantments”, unless the property awakened is more of the nature of some sort of attack magick that must be hurled or otherwise initiated at a target of some sort (GM’s discretion). In this case, the awakened magick might be tapped (POT) times at the POT of the Magick Charm that awakened it, to wither and crumble away to dust upon its final use as the last of its power is drained away.

If the Magick Charm is performed by Common or High Magick, however, the awakened power becomes subject to the strictures of DUR normally, according to the POT manifest and the practitioner’s desires, again withering and crumbling away to dust upon as the last of its power is drains away when the DUR expires.

Such objects, substances or materials have no need of being “Attuned” once their power is awakened. Their benefits can be realized by whomsoever carries it, whether trained in the Arts of magick or not.

The use of the “magick Charm must also be applied to awakening the “mortal mana” lying dormant within various sorts of natural substances, as described under “The Tools of Power”, under the heading “Natural Sources of Mortal Mana” so that their native power may be tapped in the manner of a Touchstone, but in this case it only requires the minimum POT to encompass the physical object. The POT of mana within them are dictated by their size or concentration/purity, according to their descriptions. These are the only objects/substances that can be used as Touchstones with the use of a Magick Charm of minimal POT, without the need of a Power Cache charm as well, and retain that Touchstone status permanently.

Whatever latent magickal power is awakened in the object substance or material, it manifests at a POT equal to the POT of the Magick Charm that wakened it, and that aspect of its power may be described by means of the magick that most closely expresses that power, OR in whatever manner most closely matches the described power, at the GM’s discretion.

When an existing description of a magick is adapted for use in defining the latent power of an object, material or substance so awakened, or the GM comes up with his own description of the manner in which the latent power manifests in use, it is very important that the GM make a note of this so he may be consistent with its application throughout the course of his game.

Plant matter awakened in this manner stays fresh and green (as applicable), flowers and/or fruit fresh and aromatic (as applicable), for so long as their power endures.

This charm cannot be resisted.

Reign of Gloom/Shadow/Darkness, Veil of –; Reign of Light/Glare, Veil of –

Art: Naming, Glamourie

Ruling Planet: Pluto, Neptune (Glamourie)

Sphere: Common

This charm suffuses the AoE with a shadowless polarized light creating optimal conditions for making sighting checks within the AoE, or raising the ambient light to a degree where a Glare penalty of up to (POT) is imposed within the AoE,

Conversely, it can be used to manifest a pervasive Gloom imposing a penalty of up to (POT) throughout the AoE designated,

If the Gloom or Glare penalty imposed by the charm is equal to or greater than the AWA score of any located in the AoE, the Gloom or Glare is considered impenetrable to them and they are rendered blind so long as they remain there. All skills that normally rely on sight reduced to 1/4th normal AV for those so affected, those based on the assumption of sight eliminated, GM’s discretion.

If the AoE is already subject to Glare or Gloom penalties due to pre-existing conditions (GM’s discretion) and the caster wishes to change the light level to the opposite end of the spectrum, the POT can be devoted to neutralizing the existing Glare or Gloom penalty, point by point, and the balance of any remaining POT used to push the light level into the opposite end of the spectrum (from Gloom up into Glare or Glare down into Gloom), raising the resulting Gloom or Glare to the point of penalty, again point by point.

At the caster’s discretion, this charm may be rendered as a Veil.

The “Veil of Glare/Gloom” aspect draws a Veil of gossamer shadow or light sufficient to cloak that which is located on one side of it from the sight of those on the other side. The Veil may total as much as (MGA + POT) yards in height and length and roughly (POT) inches in thickness, but may run in any configuration the caster desires.

Such is the density of the Veil that those on one side of it may only see dim, flat silhouetted shapes of the objects, creatures and/or beings on the other side of it, differentiated only by darkness of tone, as all color is essentially washed out. Only those creatures, beings or objects that are no more than [(victim’s AWA) – (Gloom/Glare POT)] yards, minimum one (1), from the Veil may be seen even this well. Beyond this distance, observers are able to see nothing but a gray or brilliant haze.

Any attempt to see through the Veil so as to recognize shapes, and especially specific persons already known, requires a Searcher/AWA check on d100 vs. [(POT) + (caster’s MGA att. mod.)], + the number of feet by which any given object, creature or being is located beyond the other side of it. This DV is lowered by the (modified) STA of creatures or beings or the Size of any objects.

The Veil works the same from both sides. Only the Glamourie form of this charm may ne made to work only from one side, after the fashion of a two-way mirror.

Only the Glamourie form of this charm can be resisted, and only within the unique parameters described for Glamourie.

Mesmerize

Art: Sorcery, Naming

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Sphere: Common

The “Mesmerize” aspect is a very subtle form of Binding that goes a little deeper than the more superficial Banishing above. It lulls the victim into a dreamless somnambulistic state, almost asleep but not, in which the subconscious mind is engaged. While in this state of mind, the victim’s soul may be bared, the dweomer’s [(POT) + (caster’s HRT att. mod.)] providing the DV for a HRT check which must be successfully made before he may remain silent in response to any question to which he knows the answer.

This dweomer may only be applied to normal mortal folk, natives of the Mortal Sphere, and only those that are members of sentient humanoid races.

To lull the victim into the Mesmerized state of mind, an object of fascination must be supplied, some sort of shiny or glittery bauble, something of beauty that might be admired, a candle flame, the play of sunlight on a body of water, even the caster’s own eyes (especially if enhanced by a “Magnetic Gaze” charm). For use as a cantrip, all the caster must do is get the victim to look at the point of fascination to be used to focus the magick for it to work (providing they don’t resist. For spellcraft or ritual workings, should someone or something break into the victim’s magickally inspired reverie before the CTM is complete, the magick is spoiled, wasted.

These restrictions do not apply if the target is asleep when subjected to the dweomer.

IF the caster has the Mesmerize Spirit Skill, that SL is added to the effective POT of the dweomer when it is cast, except when the victim is asleep.

This charm induces a state of mind that is exceptionally malleable, makes the spirit cooperative and docile. The dweomer coerces the victim to reveal the answer to up to (POT) questions if the dweomer is tied off, or as many as desired if the dweomer is maintained at the caster’s pleasure. The victim may make a HRT check on d100 vs. the [(POT) + (CHM att. mod. + HRT att. mod. + BTY att. mod.)] to attempt an evasion or to remain silent.

IF successful, the victim may even attempt to lie, although the POT of the dweomer is subtracted from his AV to do so.

For better or for worse, the “Mesmerize” dweomer opens the subject’s mind to receive suggestions or commands/compulsions. Any suggestions or commands implanted cannot violate the basic spirit and character of the one in whom they are implanted, their morés and the basic values which make up the core of their personality, their identity.

IF this restriction is followed, the dweomer [(POT) + (Mesmerist’s CHM att. mod. + HRT att. mod.)] will provide a DV for the victim to resist the command or suggestion by means of a HRT check on d100, The victim’s M-RES for resisting the influence of any “Truthsay”, “Pillow Talk”, or similar compulsion when questioned, or Geis, Grand Command or Behest, or alteration of mind or memory magicks such as “Banish Memory” or “Seal Memory” directed at a target already Mesmerized are reduced by the POT of the Mesmerize charm.

In addition, those victims subjected to violence of any sort by the bearer of the charm immediately released, as surely as if the charm had been dispelled. This leaves them with their minds clouded to the point that they cannot initiate any original action in return for (POT) Actions, and a descending DV penalty to any reflexive or defensive actions allowed equal to the number of Actions of confusion and fugue still remaining, their gaze continually returning to the point of fascination used by the caster to snare their minds, very distracted.

The Druid & Witch incarnation of this magick is known amongst its practitioners as the “Druid Sleep”.

This charm may be resisted normally, when the victim is originally subjected to it. Any additional magicks used to manipulate the victim can only be resisted at the penalty described above, and the results of those resistance checks may well affect the difficulty of resisting the effects of those manipulations when they come into play again (as applicable).

Wound Hex, Bewitch Wound

Art: Sorcery, Naming

Ruling Planet: Mars

Sphere: Common

This hex bars normal healing in the victim, so that up to (POT) wounds cannot heal for the DUR. For the purposes of this Hex, each Serious Wound counts as two (2) wounds, each Grievous Wound counts as three (3), and each Mortal Wound counts as four (4).

The Hex also prevents the wounds affected by the dweomer from being cleaned, closed and dressed, raising the chances of infection and illness setting in afterwards significantly. Indeed, once wounds so Hexed are cleaned and dressed, the charm tears the wound open and the dressing off again the first moment no one is looking.

In addition, should the POT of the Hex not be sufficient to block the healing of all wounds suffered, the POT of the Hex is added to the number of wounds suffered (total wounds, including those that cannot be healed) for the purposes of determining the rate of healing for those wounds that CAN be healed, thus slowing healing down, lengthening the intervals at which wounds are recovered.

This Hex is commonly bundled with weapon charms or those charms that inflict damage such as Far Strike, to make the wounds far more troublesome than they would otherwise be.

This Hex may be resisted normally.

Wound Channeling

Art: Sorcery, Naming

Ruling Planet: Sun

Sphere: Common

Enables the caster to absorb up to (POT) wounds into his own body and then to bestow them on any other living creature or being. The damage transferred can be the result of normal weapons and attacks, accidents, or the result of magickal attacks, and so on — it matters not. Unless the caster is able to immediately bestow the wounds absorbed, in turn, upon some other(s) within (caster’s HRT + trade SL) CS’s, the caster absorbing these wounds becomes subject to a P-RES check vs. a Progressive DV based on the number of wounds absorbed, as they hit his system all at once. He is then subject to all the consequences of having taken on all those wounds at once, to whatever Level of Wounding they would normally reduce him. If he is able he might then channel them away, DUR permitting, this can then be reversed.

If the one to whom the caster channels the wounds resists, the amount he can channel to him is diminished or blocked, according to the results of resistance.

This charm must be applied before (recipient’s CND) minutes have passed following the end of the battle or incident in which the wound(s) being channeled were suffered. Once this window of time has closed, there is no further recourse to this charm.

A character struck down by a deathblow can even be brought back by channeling the worst of the wounds away, or even just enough to bring him back from the edge of death, but ONLY if the charm is applied within (dead character’s HRT) minutes of having been killed. Once this window of time has closed, the character is dead beyond the power of the Common Sphere magicks to redress.

The caster may only channel away what the first casting of the charm allows for the injured. Once he has used this charm for the benefit of a recipient’s health, he cannot do so again unless they have been wounded anew, and then he may only affect those new wounds, none other.

This magick can be resisted normally.

Witch Web

Art: Naming

Ruling Planet: Mars

Sphere: Common

The “Witch Web”conjures glistening tendrils of deceptively silken gossamer webs that shoot forth from his outstretched hand upon the loosing of the dweomer. The Web may be woven as a net to cover the AoE designated by the caster, whether anchored to walls or trees or pillars or the like, and strung between in order to catch things, or spun across any equal vertical space as a sheet, acting as a wall, or to bind a group of objects together into a bundle, even to wrap up and immobilize any creatures or beings designated by the caster.

A single Web charm may be spun by the caster into up to (POT) ropes totaling no more than [(MGA) x (POT)] feet in length, or into a single rope-ladder of the same maximum length. Ropes and rope ladders can support no more than the [(magickal damage) x 10] pounds of weight at a time.

IF more than one is to be wrapped and immobilized with a single casting, especially if the caster is binding together a bunch of objects into a single parcel, every target must be immediately adjacent to (no more than 5 feet away from) at least one other target also to be affected. The caster may choose whether the foes so immobilized are to anchored to the ground, walls, or other features of their environment that might serve to keep them from wriggling away or being stolen away by their allies.

In binding up a parcel of objects or binding up and immobilizing a foe, the caster may dictate exactly the manner in which the binding is executed, whether in sheets to obscure the nature of the objects within or by rope-like strands, whether all limbs are bound in pairs (legs/ankles, wrists/hands), the limbs bound together (hog-tie wrists to ankles), bind arms at sides, or bind them from head to toe, so that they are unable to move at all, howsoever the caster desires – even gagging them if desired so they may not even speak.

For purposes of breaking through them at any point, Witch Webs used to bind things together can withstand blows of up to (magickal damage) in POT from common mortal weapons without suffering any harm. Any blow more potent than (magickal damage x 2) brings that threshold down by one (1) point, in the same manner that the DR or armor wears down. The threshold at which damage is suffered and the POT of the blow needed to inflict harm wear down in tandem, point for point. When both thresholds are reduced to zero, the Web charm is broken, as surely as if it had been dispelled.

At the caster’s option, where there are sufficient means to anchor it on all edges, the Web may be spun into a Web Wall of up to (MGA + POT) yards in length and up to (MGA + POT) feet in height. This aspect may also be turned sideways and spun vertically to create a Bridge of Webs that can support the same amount of weight as the Rope, previously.

The Web Wall and Bridge of Webs have the same strength described previously, requiring the same amount of damage be inflicted on them before they are compromised, but the damage done in this case is sufficient only to cut across it. Should the two ends be rejoined, pressed back together again, they fuse together and reseal up to (POT) times. If the optional DUR rules are in play the Web can do this indefinitely, so long as the charm is maintained.

Exceeding the weight limit of a rope or rope-ladder spun of a Web charm inflicts a blow of [(excess weight in lb’s) ÷ 10] in POT every CS that it is supported on the Web, accumulating until the damage is sufficient to inflict harm enough to damage the Web in the same manner as weapon blows, above, if the damage from the excess weight is not sufficient to inflict a wound on the Web in a single CS.

Alternately, the Web charm can be used to conjure very fine, thready, insubstantial gossamer sheets of cobwebs that completely festoon the designated AoE from above and below and from point to point in every direction possible and whose sole purpose is simply to reduce visibility in the same manner as either a Cloud or Veil of Obfuscation.

The “Veil of Cobwebs” puts up a barrier which may run in any configuration the caster desires, but is restricted to no more than [(POT) x (MGA)] feet in height or length and is roughly [(MGA) + (POT)] inches in thickness. The “Cloud of Cobwebs” effect fills the AoE described by the caster, but can stretch upwards (or downwards) to a height or depth of no more (AoE radius). Only those areas that are closed off from the AoE by walls, shutters, doors and the like closed off prior to the loosing of the magick remain unaffected, even though they physically lie within the AoE, i.e., in the event that a structure or part of a structure is encompassed.

Such is the density of the countless sheets and strands and streamers of gossamer cobwebs suspended and flowing throughout the AoE or making up the Veil that those caught within it can see only dim, flat silhouetted shapes of the objects, creatures and/or beings, differentiated only by shade or tone, as all color is essentially washed out by the overwhelming ghostly presence of the Webs. In the case of the Veil, even when standing with one’s nose up to it, objects, creatures and/or beings on the other side of it can be seen no better.

Objects, creatures and/or beings within the Cloud of Cobwebs or on the other side of a Veil of Webs can only be seen to the degree described up to each observer’s own [(AWA) – (Cloud’s POT)] in yards, minimum one (1). Beyond this distance victims can see nothing but an impenetrable mass, according to that which comprises the Cloud of Veil.

Any attempt to see through a Cloud or Veil so as to recognize shapes, especially specific persons or even beasts already known, requires a successful Perception/AWA check on d100 vs. [(POT) + (caster’s MGA att. mod.)], PLUS the number of feet by which a given object, creature or being is removed from the viewer within the distance that allows such sightings. This DV is lowered by the (modified) STA of creatures or beings or the Size of any objects.

Failing this check, an observer may not be completely blinded by the Cloud, but is simply unable to identify just what the something he is looking at actually is with any certainty. In the case of Cloud magicks, this also effectively reduces all AV’s for skills relying upon sight by (POT), to a maximum penalty of 1/4th normal, so long as each remains in the AoE. A successful check only reduces the victim’s AV’s to 1/2 normal, again for as long as he remains in the AoE.

The conditions and procedures described all assume normal ambient daylight, however. If light levels are less than optimal, Gloom conditions are likely to be imposed on top of the effects of the Webs (GM’s discretion).

Web charms are commonly bundled with or treated after they manifest to a Stick Charm or Charm of Adherance, even painted with a Tar charm to make the Web sticky, either on the inside, to prevent victims from struggling, and/or outside as well to anchor the web and perhaps snare the unwary rescuer, only the edges, only one side, etc.

When the DUR expires, the Web frays and falls to tatters, completely melting away into the Æther whence it came.

This charm can only be resisted when applied directly to creatures and/or beings.

Witch Steed

Art: Naming

Ruling Planet: Moon

Sphere: Common

This charm follows an ancient tradition associated with a child’s hobby-horse, that even the image or rough likeness of the head of the beast affixed to the end of a rod of magickal wood could in fact become a steed for those witches too poor to be able to afford a real horse to ride to high quarter day or cross-quarter day festivals. To avoid having tell-tale objects around the hut in times of trouble, the charm was cast on a broom turned upside down, the bristles suggesting the horse’s mane. Thus, the charm allows the caster to ride along the ground in a similar manner to a child on his hobby-horse stick, but actually being carried along by it and able to pull his feet up and rest them in phantom “stirrups”, behaving in very particular in the same manner as a horse until the rider puts it down again. Once put down, the Steed dissipates as surely as if it had been dispelled, unless the option DUR rules are in play and the DUR is being maintained at the caster’s pleasure, in which case the Steed may be put down and picked back up again up to (POT) times.

The Steed may be cast upon any broom, mop, branch or other staff or rod of roughly (caster’s shoulder-height) in length to imbue it with and anchor to it the animus by which it works, to function for whomsoever the caster designates (see “Fine-tuning the Magick”). It can move at speeds of up to (HRT + POT) mph (multiply mph x 7.33 to determine the Pulse move in 25mm Skirmishing Scale), with the advantage of not having to worry about uneven ground or surfaces, potholes or the like tripping the Steed as would be the case for any common mortal mount.

The Steed’s ability to jump and leap uses the rider’s own as a base, but is enhanced by the charm by up to (POT) feet, PLUS the normal effect of the increase or decrease in movement speed for the lead run (according to the allowance described in Character Creation) in the case of the Running Leap. The Steed must have half the distance leaped in overhead clearance when Leaping or making a Running Leap. They may NOT be knocked over or back, lifted or blown about by winds or any other disembodied force (such as the results of a “Manifest Will” dweomer) any more than a normal mortal steed of [(rider’s modified STA) + POT)] in STA. Witch Steeds also have no need of sustenance, neither food nor drink, nor do they require rest.

IF the CND Action Allowance rules are in play, the Steed can travel indefinitely without regard for such restrictions for its DUR.

A Witch Steed can carry no more than (HRT x POT) pounds upon its “back”. The degree to which ia Steed is encumbered diminishes the speed at which it can move according to the optional ENC rules, normally (as applicable), i.e., for every 1/4 of this ENC value used, its maximum speed drops by 1/4; so that a Steed carrying an amount equal to or greater than its 1/4 ENC but less than its 1/2 ENC value can only travel at up to 3/4th’s its stated maximum movement rate.

The rider must contrive to carry any belongings/cargo on the Steed in as well-balanced manner as he may, himself, for there is no actual “horse” to carry any burden beyond the rider himself, and riding at speed may require AGL/Horseman checks to stay seated when jumping or otherwise maneuvering around obstacles. If the Steed’s ENC allowance is exceeded at any time, the Steed must collapse and disipate, its dweomer broken as surely as if it had been dispelled.

The Steed itself is weightless as the animus that inhabits it, and so long as it lies within its ENC, supports the weight of the rider completely, so may travel on the surface of water or snow, on thin ice, or the most delicate or unstable of structures, including those produced of magick, and especially those conjured of manifestations of Spirit (Light, Dark, Shadow).

Though this Steed requires no Horseman skill to ride, those who possess that skill may earn SP’s toward it as if practicing when riding them if the POT is greater than the Horseman’s SL, to a limit of the difference between the POT and the rider’s Horsemanship SL in SP’s that may be earned from it.

The Steed is animated by a conjured low spirit; it is NOT a natural horse, and does NOT possess the instincts, senses, and especially not the sensibilities of a natural horse. It cannot even contemplate balking at such things as being ridden off a precipice, though the damage of the fall be sufficient to destroy it, nor can it be spooked by sudden actions, especially combat situations, nor even by the terror normally generated by such things as un-dead creatures or the magicks of one’s foes. It has no real intelligence or even awareness of its own (in the general or character sense), and makes NO actions on its own initiative of its own volition. When lying quiescent, it remains so until picked up again for use by one authorized to do so. If it is picked up by one that is not authorized to use it, it simply remains inert.

In combat situations this Steed certainly possesses NO combat capability such as a mortal steed might exhibit, it is nothing more than a simple conveyance.

The POT of any wound inflicted upon a Steed reduces the POT of the charm, until it reaches zero, indicating the magick is broken as surely as if it had been dispelled.

This charm cannot be resisted in any way.

Window of Resonance

Art: Naming

Ruling Planet: Neptune

Sphere: Common

This charm unlocks the Resonant potential in any mark left by contact with the physical body of any creature or being, in accordance with the Laws of Magick explained at the beginning of the Grimoire. Should the caster find the mark of his quarry’s passing or be shown one by another, especially a Tracker, and cast this dweomer upon that mark, the dweomer may be used to trace the quarry’s path EITHER forwards to ferret out his current location, or backwards from that point to find where he has come from, as desired (one way or the other with a single casting, not both).

IF the caster is unsure whether the mark he has found or has been shown was made by the quarry he seeks he may confirm the identity with a “Reveal Contagion/Resonance” magick form of the Read charm, provided the quarry is known to the caster through previous personal experience or he has a bond of Resonance to transcend this limitation (fingernail parings, lock of hair, a favored handkerchief or piece of jewelry that has seen daily wear on the body, etc.).

IF bundled with the “Tell-Tale” magick, the practitioner may attach a “Marker” hovering high in the sky over that quarry, in accordance with the “Tell-Tale” description. IF bundled with a Scrying, this can provide the vibrational bridge to allow him to be traced and viewed, should the practitioner’s personal experience of him be insufficient and/or should he also lack any Bond of Resonance to overcome that obstacle.

When directed at creatures and/or beings, this dweomer may be resisted normally.

Weight Charm

Art: Enchantment, Sorcery, Naming

Ruling Planet: Jupiter (Augment), Saturn (Diminish)

Sphere: Common

This charm is specifically designed to play off the character ENC limits. If the ENC rules are not in play, the GM must come up with some other manner in which to reflect the changes proposed by the charm, or remove it from play.

The “Weight Charm” has two aspects, “Augment” and “Diminish”. It enables the caster to either multiply or divide, respectively, the weight of the object(s), creature(s) or being(s) to which it is applied by up to (POT).

Where the weight of a living creature is reduced, the amount by which its weight is diminished may be added to its ENC capacity, because ENC figures assume the necessity of supporting one’s own normal body weight. If the weight should be reduced sufficiently, the target’s own body isn’t heavy enough to allow him to move through the air, but allows him to be pushed and blown about with the wind resistance of a feather, at the mercy of the winds and those about him (generally less than 1lb, GM’s discretion).

On the other hand, should the weight of a living creature be increased, the added weight counts towards any load carried. If a victim’s own bodyweight is increased to such an extent that it exceeds his maximum ENC capacity, he will be borne to the ground, unable to move. For every 10 pounds that his bodyweight is increased beyond his ENC, the victim will suffer 1 point of damage every full [(modified STA) + (STR att. + CND att. mod.) + 8] CS’s. When great enough to do so, this damage should be divided into 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and full values and applied to every area of the victim’s body proportionately.

This magick can be resisted normally when applied directly to creatures and/or beings.

Web of Awareness, Presence of Mind OR Unrede

Art: Divination

Ruling Planet: Mercury

Sphere: Common

Wraps the recipient in an extra-sensory field of perception that raises his effective level of awareness for the DUR, acting to extend the reach of the Sentry aspect of the Perception skills outwards like a gossamer web permeating the entire AoE designated by the caster, centered on the bearer of the charm and travelling with his as he moves. The bearer of the charm need not be able to see or feel any creature, being or object moving through the AoE in order to receive notice of them. Intervening obstacles whether architectural or features of the landscape are robbed of their ability to provide cover to those who might use them to sneak up on him. The Web allows the bearer to “feel” in an extra-sensory manner any occurrence or telltale movement that the Sentry skill would, under more immediate and mundane circumstances, reveal to him, the movements of servants through the halls, the entrance of strangers into the building, identifying the movements of those known through previous personal experience by the pattern of the movements, familiar footsteps.

In these ways, the Web enhances the Sentry aspect of the Perception skills, providing an effective SL equal to (POT) if the recipient has not cultivated any of his own, or adding (POT) to any existing SL’s the recipient has earned. All of this applies ONLY within the bounds of the Web’s AoE. The Web’s effect also compounds or “stacks” with the effects of a Sharp Sense charm, where those effects overlap, if at all (GM’s discretion). At the caster’s discretion, the Web can be pinned in place so the bearer of the charm can wander freely in and around or even beyond its bounds, but still receive the information it provides.

This charm also carries a “Presence of Mind” or “Unrede” aspect that can be used to heighten the degree to which the bearer is attentive to the flow of events around him, how “plugged in” he is. In game terms, he is provided a bonus of (POT) to every Initiative roll made on his behalf for the DUR.

The reverse or “Unrede” aspect of this charm insulates the target from the flow of events around him, so he pays but little attention and just goes about his own business, actually robbing him of the ability to realize the urgency of the events around him until the very last second. This leaves him flat-footed, reducing every Initiative roll made on his behalf by (POT) for the DUR.

If it is not already in his repertoire, this charm provides the practitioner with a bridge to the “Distraction”/“Iron Concentration” charm, giving him the means and background to research it and develop a treatise on it such that he may learn it by virtue of his own studies and practice.

This charm can be resisted normally.