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Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gifts

A list of all Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Black Spiral Dancer Gifts of all ranks, see All Black Spiral Dancer Gifts.

Horns of the Impaler

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Ahroun Gift

This talent endows the Black Spiral with a pair of spiraling, chitinous black-and-green horns. Usually, they’re worn as antlers, although some Dancers have learned to protrude them from other parts of their bodies.

This Gift is usually taught by a Dratossi. A Bane inside a physiologically freakish fomor might also bless an ally with this talent.

System: This appendage inflicts the same damage as a Bite attack; it can be used a maximum of twice each round of combat. A horned Black Spiral may instead choose to charge his enemies; this increases the amount of damage to Strength +5 dice, but only one such charging attack can be made that round.

Source: Book of the Wyrm


Howl of the Banshee

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gift

The werewolf emits a fearful howl that causes those who hear it to run in terror. A Banshee —  a mournful spirit of the dead — teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends a Gnosis point and rolls Charisma + Intimidation. All who hear the howl must roll Willpower (difficulty 8; 6 for allies of the Fianna) or flee in terror for one turn per success on the Garou’s roll.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition


Wyrm Hide

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gift

A Dancer may use this Gift to transform her skin into a  lumpy, leather, odious sickly hide that grants her additional protection from harm. Once the Wyrm Hide wears off, it slides oozing and bubbling off the Black Spiral Dancer, leaving a congealing, smelly mess where she stood.

System: The Dancer must spend one pint of Rage to activate Wyrm Hide, and the player must roll Stamina + Survival. Each success grants the Dancer one additional soak die. This Gift lasts until the end of the scene. Until then, other Garou pay pick up her scent at two lower difficulty, due to the stench the power generates.

Source: Core book revised.


Sprint in Shadow

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gift

The Black Spiral Dancers live beneath the surface of the Earth, down in the chthonic darkness and close to the inhuman gibbering monsters that they worship as incarnations of their god. A Garou’s long run is difficult through the tunnels, as it depends on having plenty of room to run in straight lines and periodic sustenance. The Black Spirals turned in their earliest days to the spirits that cavort in the wake of Thunderwyrms, hoping that such spirits could teach them magics to increase their speed when traveling under the earth.

System: The character spends a point of Rage and rolls Stamina + Primal-Urge. If one success is earned, the Black Spiral can undertake a Long Run (Werewolf, p. 197) despite being underground and in occasionally close tunnels. Each additional success on the Stamina + Primal Urge roll increases the Long Run speed by a factor of one (so two successes means that the character runs twice as fast as an ordinary Long Run; three successes means three times as fast, and so on).

Source: Apocalypse


Wyrm Hide

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gift

The Black Spiral hardens his skin into a leathery hide, covering himself with pustulent, discolored flesh. If he’s actually wounded, the skin around the wound takes on a bluish tinge.

The second circle of the labyrinth requires a Dance of Rage. Sometimes the initiate is wounded repeatedly until he is forced into an unrelenting fury. If he survives, he may then discover how to harden his spirit against such assaults, developing his Wyrm Hide in the process. This Gift may also be taught by a Dratossi.

System: The Dancer expends a point of Rage by stamping about and taunting his foes. His mystically thickened hide gives him an additional three dice for soaking damage; these bonuses last for the scene:

Source: Book of the Wyrm


Patagia

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gift

The Dancer can extrude large flaps of skin under her arms, resembling a flying squirrel’s membranes. When not in use, the flaps usually shrink into the Dancer’s arms and sides, where they are not detectable.

System: The Dancer stretches her arms and leaps from a height. She may glide at 25 mpg, but the player must make Dexterity + Athletics rolls (at the Storyteller’s discretion) to avoid losing altitude.

Source: Core book revised.


Terrify

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gift

The Dancer with this Gift is more intimidating and terrifying than normal. A sneer from her is as effective as a full-throated grown from another.

System: Roll Charisma + Intimidation (difficulty is the target’s Willpower). If successful, the difficulties for Social rolls made against that target decrease by one — but only if intimidation could conceivably alter the outcome in the Dancer’s favor. The target’s difficulty to strike the Dancer in combat is one higher as well.

Source: Core book revised.


Plague Child

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gift

The favored children of the Plague Rats (Apocalypse, p. 90) may choose to learn this Gift to represent their fallen totem’s favor. The fallen werewolf who knows this Gift finds that ordinary diseases just can’t take hold in his system. He does act as a carrier, though, and can inadvertently (or deliberately) infect passersby with a cough or sneeze. Plague Child does not especially protect against supernatural plagues.

System: The character is immune to non-magical, non-biowarfare diseases. No roll or expenditure is needed. Magical plagues (like the Metamorphic Plague that troubles the Black Furies) can still infect the werewolf, and specially engineered germ warfare agents also remain dangerous.

The werewolf remains a carrier of these diseases — they live on or in him, but do him no harm. A Plague Rat or Black Spiral Dancer with this Gift may find that those he encounters fall ill with one of the dozens of diseases from tuberculosis to malaria. Plague Child doesn’t make these diseases any more virulent, but a healthy and mobile carrier is always better able to spread a disease than one incapacitated by it.

Source: Apocalypse


Ears of the Bat

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gift

This Gift allows the Black Spiral Dancer to use sonar like a bat. He may act in complete darkness without impairment. Black Spiral Dancers with this Gift have large, bat-like ears. Even in Homid form, they have abnormally large ears. Corrupted bat-spirits teach this Gift.

System: This Gift can be counteracted with some means of generating confusing ultrasonic sounds. Garou who make a Perception + Alertness (or Primal-Urge in Lupus) roll can hear the sonar. With three or more successes, she can determine the Dancer’s exact location.

Source: Core book revised.


Burrow

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Gift

Those who learn this Gift gain the ability to burrow through the earth. They make a real tunnel, and others can follow them through it. The digger creates a burrow just large enough for her to go through. Others may follow, but they are limited by the size of the hole. The werewolf must be in Crinos, Hispo or Lupus form to use this Gift as she needs her claws for digging (although even metis without claws can use this Gift). The tunnel is not structurally sound, and it will collapse over time. Mole kindly teaches this Gift to all metis who seek him.

System: The player rolls Strength + Athletics against a difficulty depending on the substance to be excavated (4 for loose mud, 9 for solid rock). Some alloyed metals (such as titanium steel) and other reinforced structures will not yield to the werewolf no matter how hard she digs. The character can burrow one yard per turn for each success. After the initial roll, the character doe snot need to roll again to continue at the same speed.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition


A Thousand Voices

Rank 2 Black Spiral Dancer Philodox Gift

The Black Spiral Philodox can distort the sound of his own footsteps, creating a series of illusory noises. Instead of one werewolf, enemies will hear an entire pack. Howls, shadowy apparitions, footfalls and even illusory scents are all possible.

During the Dance of Rage, a dancer may learn this Gift as his anger multiplies many times over. Kirijama’s servants also offer mastery of this talent.

System: For each point of Willpower the user currently possesses, one illusory ally can be created. The Storyteller should secretly roll Perception + Alertness for each witness present; the difficulty depends on the immediate surroundings (difficulty 4 in a dense forest; difficulty 9 on a vast plan). The Black Spiral using this Gift should remain hidden; once he is spotted, the Gift fails.

Source: Book of the Wyrm


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