Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Creating the Rivergate
Creating The Rivergate, lvl 5
In order to ride the dragon’s tongue, Kuei-jin must enter a portal and sail along the river of Chi from one destination to another. Each year, those doorways (called rivergates) must be renewed. This Ritual allows Kuei-jin either to create or renew a rivergate. Every rivergate has a “protector” who’s responsible for its upkeep. Some protectors ignore their gates, thus allowing anyone who wishes to utilize such portals to do so; others may charge a toll for passage or allow a gate’s use only at particular times. Some protectors refuse to allow passage at all unless beings who want to utilize the dragon’s tongue best them in combat or at some other challenge.
System: On new Year’s Day, Kuei-jin responsible for the maintenance of a rivergate must renew its power. As soon after dusk is possible, they must go to the gate, chant a paean to the dragon affiliated with it, and sacrifice a fine piece of jade or a pearl (by crushing it). The vampire then expends a point of Chi to stabilize the rivergate for another year. Each destination that the tongue leads to ends in a similar rivergate, each of which must also be renewed by its guardian if travel between the two portals is to remain possible. A rivergate closes if it isn’t maintained. Such a portal can be reopened by performing this ritual and expending three points of Chi on the night of the next full moon. Whoever performs the Ritual is the rivergate’s guardian, though guardians who are already in place have the right to renew a gate first. Usurpers to take over an established gate without having it bequeathed to them or assigned to them by an ancestor may be driven out or otherwise punished for their transgression.