Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Sensing the Earth's Sickness
Sensing the Earth’s Sickness, lvl 2
This rite allows the Dragon to find the source of a power tainting the natural forces in an area. By entering a meditative state and wandering about, the thrashing dragon attunes herself to the natural forces. She may stumble upon the source of the sickness during a moonlit walk, may be given hints of it in prophetic dreams or may find herself driven to attempt to describe it via calligraphy or painting. It depends somewhat on the vampire, somewhat on the circumstance and somewhat on blind chance.
The vampire meditates and allows herself to become an open conduit to the natural forces, and the player makes a roll equal to the vampire’s Dharma (difficulty 8). If the vampire does her meditation under the influence of No Mind (Internalize 1), then decrease the difficulty to 6. One success allows her to get a general feel for the situation, and five or more leads her to the problem in a fairly clear fashion.
The taint to be sensed must be both powerful and poorly hidden, because the rite itself is weak. Lesser evils (like those spread by a single bakamono or wicked person) or carefully concealed evils (such as those hatched by the Yama Kings and their greater akuma servants) are much harder to ferret out. The only thing the Dragon is likely to learn about such matters is that they are somehow beyond the scope of this rite. The sickness must also be unnatural. Regardless of what Confucians maintain, some disasters simply happen. This rite does nothing to detect the source of droughts and insects swarms and the like that are simply part of the natural cycle.