Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Reading the Leaves of Wisdom
Reading the Leaves of wisdom, lvl 4
Bone Dancers often use fortune telling methods to divine the deeper meanings of a conundrum. By means of this short rite, the Bone Dancer can use bibliomancy (divining by means of books) to read the future and to find the true meaning of a matter.
The vampire performs the 15 minute rite over the scroll or book to be used for divination, opens or unrolls it to a random area and, with her eyes closed, puts her finger down on a character. Traditionally, the book should be written in kaja, with the Ki Chuan being the text most commonly used. Other books are also used, even those written in mortal tongues, but none of them have gained the widespread acceptance of the Commentaries of Ki.
The vampire performs the 15 minute rite and opens the book, placing her finger on one or more characters with her eyes closed. These characters comprise the Oracle. The player makes a wits + enigma roll to understand its significance. One success indicates the vampire gets a general feeling, three indicates a good reading, and five indicates an excellent reading, with a clear message and unexpected insights into the situation.
If the storyteller wishes, he may make up the ‘actual’ reading and give that to the player along with hints depending on the number of successes achieved on the wits + enigma roll. Don’t be cruel, however; the player character is probably more skilled at interpreting obscure symbolic messages than the player himself. Note that using this rite to master a koan or teaching riddle defeats the purpose – the point of such riddles is not in finding the answer but in the process of finding the answer. At best, diving the answer will make the riddle empty of worth. At worst (if, for example, the student is scolded by his mentor fore treating his enlightenment in such cavalier fashion), it can constitute an act of blindness.