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Rank 4 Fianna Gifts

A list of all Rank 4 Fianna tribe Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Fianna Gifts of all ranks, see All Fianna Gifts.

Fog of War

Rank 4 Fianna Gift / Rank 4 Ragabash Gift / Rank 4 Galliard Gift

No matter how disciplined the army and ordered the plan, a battlefield is chaos. Smoke, noise, hidden enemies and fear can all lead to disorganization. Even in the modern age, mistaken identity leads to “friendly fire” casualties. This Gift exacerbates this problem to often devastating effect. A commander might not see advancing foes, or see foes that aren’t there; a team may fire upon allies, or mistake a command to “advance” for a call to “retreat.” This Gift is taught by a raven- or other trickster-spirit.

System: The Garou sings, howls or plays an eerie song (bagpipes are popular), spends a Gnosis point and rolls Manipulation + Performance (difficulty 8). If successful, foes in hearing range must make a standard Perception roll every turn to be fully aware of what’s happening around them. They lose one success on this roll for every success rolled by the player; if the end result is negative successes, it counts as a botch. Zero successes on a perception indicates confusion, while on a botch the character critically misinterprets what she sees. The Gift lasts as long as the song or howl continues, but the singer must concentrate on the song (and thus cannot engage in combat or other strenuous activity).

Source: Fianna Tribebook (revised)


Airitech’s Daughters

Rank 4 Fianna Gift

Airitech, a creature of the Otherworld in Celtic lore, had three daughters who took on the shape of werewolves. In the end, they were slain. This Gift allows the Fianna to play the part of Airitech, by forcing the visage of a Crinos werewolf onto (at most) three humans. It doesn’t make them stronger, or give them the instincts that Garou have, but they make fine decoys when being hunted by the Wyrm. Like Airitech’s Daughters, these werewolves exist to be murdered. The Gift is taught by an ancestor spirit.

System: The player spends one point of Rage for each human he wants to turn into a werewolf, up to a maximum of three, before rolling Stamina + Subterfuge (difficulty 8). Each success will turn all humans affected by the Gift into werewolves for one hour. They do not receive any of the benefits of the Crinos form, do not cause Delirium, and are not protected by the Veil; the change is largely cosmetic. They may, however, receive a bonus to Intimidation rolls. This Gift does not work on anyone but mortal humans. It will not affect mages, changelings, vampires or even the Imbued; it will, however, work on Kinfolk, ghouls and sorcerers.

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)


Warp Spasm

Rank 4 Fianna Gift

Many tales of Cuchulain state he would glow in combat, radiating a great heat. At the end of a battle, women would dump water over his body to cool him down. This Gift causes the user to radiate a tremendous heat, igniting nearby flammable items and melting metal. The aura only works while the Fianna is in a berserk frenzy. At the end of the frenzy, the Fianna cools off. This Gift is taught by Fianna ancestor spirits.

System: The Garou spends one pint of Rage to activate this Gift, after which she will automatically go into a Berserk Frenzy. All flammable material she touches bursts into flame. Her hand to hand attacks do two aggravated wounds of damage in addition to regular attack damage.

Source: Fianna Tribebook


Song of the Dire

Rank 4 Fianna Gift

The Fianna sings a battle song to empower her comrades as she enters a fray. Driven by their packmate, the embattled Garou double their efforts to defeat the foe. The Black Spiral Dancers have learned to turn tail and flee upon hearing the lyrics of this dread Gift.

System: The player spends two Gnosis points and rolls Manipulation + Performance (difficulty 8). Each success adds one die to each of her packmates’ Dice Pools; the number of successes cannot exceed the Fianna’s Performance rating. The Garou must keep singing throughout the contest; to do so she must remain in Hispo form, spend two Gnosis points and allocate at least two dice for singing each round.

Source: Player’s Guide Second Edition.


Faerie Blood

Rank 4 Fianna Gift

The Garou can temporarily transform his blood into that of a Faerie. This Gift is taught by a Faerie Lord.

System: The Garou spends two Gnosis points to activate this Gift. This allows him immunity to silver; however, iron will have the same effect on him that silver normally does. Any Gnosis roll will be at a -1 difficulty; also, the Garou does not have to spend a Gnosis point on any Gift or magic which requires the expenditure of one Gnosis point (although those with a cost of two or more require the full expenditure). In addition, he can walk into Arcadia from the Umbra without having to worry about guardians or time-shift effects.

The character will be considered to have potent blood to the Kindred: each blood point is worth two for their feeding but there is always a side effect for the vampire drinking this fey blood. The Storyteller is free to get wild with the effect: anything from hallucinations to transforming into a donkeyheaded vampire for a scene. Any Kindred with the second level of the Auspex Discipline (Aura Perception) will recognize the Garou’s blood as special, even for a werewolf. The Garou does not need to roll for this Gift, but he must spend two Gnosis points to activate it. This Gift lasts for one scene.

Source: Players Guide 1st Edition


Phantasm

Rank 4 Fianna Gift

The Garou creates an unmoving illusion that contains visual, auditory, olfactory and even tactile elements. A grain-spirit — the so-called “spirit of spirits” — teaches this gift.

System: The player spends one Gnosis for each 10-foot area to be covered by the illusion and then rolls Intelligence + Expression. Anyone who doubts the illusion must roll Perception + Alertness and exceed the Garou’s successes in order to see through it.

Source: Core book revised.


Balor’s Gaze

Rank 4 Fianna Gift

This Gift emulates the power of one of the Fianna’s legendary enemies. One of the Garou’s eyes glows a livid red color, and all enemies caught in his gaze are stricken with pain. A pain-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends one Rage point and one Gnosis. She must then roll Perception + Occult (difficulty 8). For the rest of the scene, any foe at whom the Garou glances must roll Willpower (difficulty 8 (and equal or exceed the player’s successes or double over in pain. Any beings thus affected take wound penalties as though they were at Crippled (-5 dice to all actions), regardless of their current health. Any characters already at Crippled are considered Incapacitated.

Source: Core book revised.
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