Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Wisdom of the Spirit Ways
Wisdom of the Spirit Ways, lvl 5
In the course of wearing their many lives, the Thousand Whispers must be able to assume any role. While shape can be easily changed, knowledge and memory are much more difficult to obtain. To gain the knowledge needed to don their next mask, elder Thousand Whispers take time between lives to travel in the spirit courts of the yang realms. There, the vampires learn essential skills at the knees of the spirits. Not only does this allow them to gain new understanding and skills critical to their next ‘incarnation’, it is also a source of wisdom and self-understanding, of internalizing the lessons of the existence they are so recently abandoned. It is from the denizens of they yang realms that most elder thousand whispers learn the unanswerable and paradoxical riddles they use as meditation tools.
This rite is particularly elaborate, taking several days. The vampire undertakes ritual funeral preparations and then ‘dies,’ taking the Little Death in a ritualistic fashion which prevents it from constitution an act of blindness. Her body serves as an anchor to attach her to the middle kingdom, and if it is destroyed, she is lost forever- thus, the thousand whisper tradition of guarding the body while the spirit travels.
Unlike the normal Little Death, this is not a traumatic nightmare but a dreamlike time of learning and meditation. In this state, the vampire absorbs the experiences of their last life and receives spiritual instruction from the inhabitants of the spirit courts. Whatever effects this has are up to the Storyteller to decide – in general, it aids the vampire in letting go of the now-vanished existence and embracing their new life. The more concrete effects are that the vampire can spend accumulated experience points to buy or increase Abilities, Virtues and Attributes at the regular cost without resorting to tutelage. The wise centipede may NOT purchase disciplines in this fashion.
The length of the vampire’s journey in the spirit realms is as usual for the little death, one night per point of permanent yin.