Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Facing the Dynastic Way
Facing the Dynastic Way, lvl 3, Dark Ages.
Wan Kuei of the fourth age believe that they must serve different rolls at different times in the evolution of whatever “dynasty” they associate themselves with. As the dynasty goes through different stages, the stars dictate that one of its unliving patrons must sometimes change himself to match its needs. This rite allows just such a transformation, as the Wan Kuei appears before his Wu and the officials of his Court to request a formal change of direction. The rite is both a social and magical one. As the vampire makes a very formal entreaty to his fellows, his betters and the August Personage, his astrological alignment actually shifts as different constellations shine on his fate.
This rite requires a formal gathering of the court, with at least one mandarin in attendance. The candidate presents a text explaining in compellingly precise detail the reasons why a change in his direction is necessary. Doing so requires the player to roll Wits + Etiquette (diff 7). The mandarin hearing the petition asks questions of the vampire to test the validity of his claims. To represent this questioning, the storyteller may roll any number of dice up to the mandarin’s perception + portents (diff 7); each success subtracts from the petitioner’s successes. Thus, a sympathetic mandarin may ask only a few questions, while one actively opposed to the matter may try to punch gaping holes into the young vampire’s petition.
Assuming there are successes left after the interrogation, the rite succeeds. An antagonistic mandarin cannot refuse a petition he cannot deflate through questioning without losing face. The vampire immediately changes his direction to whichever one he requested. This change lasts for a number of lunar months equal to the player’s final net successes; five of more net successes causes a permanent shift.