Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Speak Through the Tongue of the Dragon
Speak Through the Tonge of the Dragon, lvl 1 (Dark Ages, Mongol Era)
As a Wan Kuei travels hundreds or thousands of miles from his home, he may wish to send messages back to a distant court. Speaking Through the Tongue of the Dragon allows the Wan Kuei to do precisely that. The Wan Kuei finds a minor spirit in keeping with his direction and gives it a small item, generally handmade, valuable to that spirit (a spirit of the north wind might require a small sculpture in ice, while a spirit of the center may demand five lotus petals). He may then whisper a simple message to the spirit and name a Wan Kuei and dragon nest as the destination. When the Spirit reaches that nest, it will politely inquire as to whether the Wan Kuei named is present; should any Wan Kuei successfully present herself as that message’s recipient, the spirit will whisper the message in her ear and depart, it’s task complete. If no one steps forward to claim the message, the spirit will wait until the dawn and then vanish.
The Wan Kuei invests his gift with a point of chi. The player rolls Wits+ Crafts (diff 6) to represent the skill with which the gift was made; spending more than two hours on the gift gives the play an extra two dice on this roll. Successes on this roll give the spirit a dice pool to detect those falsely presenting themselves as the recipient of the message (roll this dice pool against a difficulty of the liar’s manipulation + subterfuge, even one success is enough). The message should be no longer than about a hundred words. There is no need for a storyteller to count each word of course; she may decide a message is ‘long enough’ at her discretion.