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Galliard Gifts

A list of all Galliard Auspice Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Galliard Gifts of a specific rank, see the Werewolf Gifts section.

Mindspeak

Rank 1 Galliard Gift / Rank 1 Croatan Gift

By invoking the power of waking dreams, the Garou can place any chosen characters into silent communion. A Chimerling teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends one Willpower point per sentient being chosen and makes a Manipulation + Expression roll (difficulty of the victim’s Willpower) if the being is unwilling. All those included in the dream may interact normally through the Mindspeak, although they can inflict no damage through it. Their real bodies can still act, although all dice pools decrease by two. The Mindspeak ends when all the participants want it to, or on the turn the Galliard fails the roll against an unwilling member. The beings affected must be within line of sight.

Source: Core book revised / 20th Anniversary Edition


Beast Speech

Rank 1 Galliard Gift / Rank 1 Red Talon Gift

The werewolf with this GIft may communicate with any animals from fish to mammals. This Gift does not change their basic reactions; most animals are still afraid of predators such as werewolves. Any spirit of nature can teach this Gift.

System: The player simply rolls Charisma + Animal Ken, although each separate encounter or type of animal requires a separate roll.

Source: Core book revised.


Perfect Recall

Rank 1 Galliard Gift

As mentioned earlier in this chapter, Galliards often share one trait even before the Change takes them. That trait is memory. Moon-Dancers often have good heads for detail; this Gift, however, accentuates that capacity. Any Weaver-spirit can teach this Gift, which is one reason it isn’t more common.

System: The player spends one Gnosis point. The Garou can then remember any one detail, no matter how small, from her entire life. A name she only heard once, a scent that she only smelled faintly — whatever the memory, as long as she experienced it, she can call it to mind. Note that this Gift does not provide context for the memory, but using it can lower the difficulty on related rolls (remembering a conversation the character had with his father about cars might aid in fixing an engine, for example). The Storyteller has final say over whether or not the character has ever experienced a given detail.

Source: Book of Auspices


Memory Circle

Rank 1 Galliard Gift

The Galliards are the Garou’s historians, charged with committing the legends and tales of their people to memory, perfect memory. Not all of them are particularly good at it. Thankfully, this Gift gives those Galliards a chance to make up for their weakness by planting Umbral “reminders” on their person. This Gift is taught by an elephant-spirit.

System: This Gift is performed in two parts. When hearing words the Galliard wants to remember perfectly, he spends one point of Gnosis. As this happens, the Storyteller should write down exactly what he’s committing to Umbral memory. Later, when he wishes to retrieve the memory, he may spend one point of Willpower and ask the Storyteller to read it back verbatim. The use of this Gift leaves tiny clear spheres matted within the Garou’s fur that can be seen within the Umbra, the so-called “memory circles”. Should the Garou wish to remove a memory circle, they may do so simply by pulling it out of their fur while in the Umbra. Also, it is possible that a combat within the Umbra might break some of the circles (at the Storyteller’s option).

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)


Call of the Wyld

Rank 1 Galliard Gift

The werewolf may send her howl far beyond the normal range of hearing and imbue it with great emotion, stirring the hearts of fellow Garou and chilling the bones of all others. A wolf-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player rolls Stamina + Empathy; the number of successes determines how far away the Call can be heard (double the normal range for each success) and how stirring it is to those who hear it. This Gift should be used in conjunction with one of the Garou howls (see p. 58). The Storyteller determines the effects as appropriate to the purpose to which it is put, perhaps awarding a bonus die to revel participants for each two successes, or granting a point of Rage to all listeners for an exceptional battlefield howl.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition


Heightened Senses

Rank 1 Lupus Gift / Rank 1 Black Furies Gift / Rank 1 Galliard Gift

The werewolf with this Gift tunes in to the world around him, increasing his senses vastly. When in Homid or Glabro form, her senses become as sharp as those of a wolf, allowing him to hear sounds beyond his normal range, granting him superior night vision and making his sense of smell stronger than that of any dog. In wolf forms, his senses become preternaturally potent, allowing him to perform feats that border on precognition. This Gift has drawbacks as well. If a fire alarm were to go off around a Garou using this Gift, it might render him helpless. Cities can barrage the werewolf with a sensory overload. Wolf-spirits teach this gift.

System: The player spends a Gnosis point. The effects last for one scene. In Homid or Glabro forms, the werewolf’s Perception difficulties decrease by two, and he may roll Perception + Primal-Urge to perform sensory feats impossible for humans (such as tracking by scent). In Crinos, Hispo and Lupus forms, Perception difficulties decrease by three (which is not cumulative with the ordinary Lupus-form Perception bonuses), and the werewolf gains an extra die to Primal-Urge dice pools.

Source: Core book revised; 20th Anniversary Edition

 


Reverie

Rank 2 Fianna Gift / Rank 2 Galliard Gift

This Gift makes the victim’s mind wander down memory lane. While it may occasionally dredge up useful remembrances, it mainly serves to makes someone less observant or less focused on the task at hand. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: Roll Manipulation + Enigmas (difficulty of the victim’s Willpower). For every success, the
difficulty of the victim’s rolls related to Mental Attributes increases by one, to a maximum of 9 (representing stronger, more vivid memories). The effect lasts one minute per success or until the target’s attention is diverted. (For example, a guard under five minutes’ worth of Reverie probably won’t notice the Ragabash sneaking over the wall — but if he does, or if the Garou attacks him, the Gift’s effects end). The Fianna can’t directly control what fills the victim’s mind, but may be able to influence the subject (“Yeah, Gorm, remember that party at the Standing Stone? And the dancing girl, wasn’t she something…”).

Source: Fianna Tribebook (revised)


Howls in the Night

Rank 2 Galliard Gift / Rank 2 Red Talon Gift / Rank 2 Shadow Lord Gift / Rank 2 White Howler Gift

The werewolf sends a full-throated howl shivering into the night sky, evoking primal terror in Gaia’s enemies. Creatures of the Wyrm who hear the howl find themselves troubled and unable to rest easily while their enemies are on the prowl. A wolf-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends a Gnosis point and rolls Charisma + Primal-Urge (difficulty 7). Creatures of the Wyrm who hear the howl will be jolted awake if asleep, and rendered unable to sleep for the next (successes x 3) hours.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition


Unified Force

Rank 2 Galliard Gift

The Galliard can bond the pack into a truly unified force, striking as one. As long as no one in the pack succumbs to frenzy, each member strikes at the same instant, and few foes can stand up to such an attack for long. A wolf-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player must spend one Gnosis point for each turn in which this Gift is to be active. Every turn that she does so, each player rolls for initiative as usual, but the entire pack acts on the highest initiative rolled (so if the character’s initiative totals wind up being 10, 8, 14, and 17, the entire pack acts on 17, even if the pack’s alpha wound up with the 8). The entire pack must be present in the battle for this Gift to be effective, and if even one pack member frenzies, the effect is lost. Also, only pack members bonded by a totem may enjoy these benefits. All pack tactics are at -1 difficulty while this Gift is active.

Source: Book of Auspices


Dreamspeak

Rank 2 Galliard Gift

The Galliard can enter another’s dream and thereby affect the course of that dream. The werewolf does not have to be anywhere near the target, but she must know or have seen the dreamer. A Chimerling teaches this Gift.

System: The player rolls Wits + Empathy (difficulty 8). If the dreamer awakens while the Galliard is still within the dream, the werewolf is thrown out of the dream world, and he loses a Gnosis point.

Source: Core book revised.


Mimic

Rank 2 Galliard Gift

The Garou can alter her voice such that she can imitate any sound or voice she has heard, including sirens, gunshots, musical instruments or even specific quotations. The Gift does not allow the creation of new sounds, but new combinations can have interesting effects. Magpie-spirits know this Gift, but learning it from them can be an embarrassing and frustrating process.

System: Once the Garou learns this Gift, she can reproduce anything she hears. When simulating another person’s voice (or animal speech) she can only iterate what she has heard and cannot improvise new speech. Clever Garou create new combinations to form new sentences, but they often sound choppy. The player must roll Charisma + Performance (difficulty 6) if the intended audience suspects a ruse or knows the original voice very well (a relative, long-time friend or packmate, for instance).

Source: Player’s Guide Second Edition.


Distractions

Rank 2 Galliard Gift

The Garou can make annoying yips, yelps and howls to divert the attention of his target. A coyote-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player rolls Wits + Performance (difficulty of the victim’s Willpower) Each success subtracts one die from the target’s dice pool next turn.

Source: Core book revised.


Call of the Wyrm

Rank 2 Galliard Gift

This dangerous Gift actually attracts creatures of the Wyrm. Galliards typically use the Call to bait an ambush or to flush prey from hiding. Any spirit servant of Gaia can teach this Gift.

System: The Garou’s player makes a resisted roll of Manipulation + Performance against the Wyrm creature’s Willpower (both rolls are difficulty 7). If the Wyrm creature loses the contest, it must come to the source of the Call.

Source: Core book revised.


View the Battlefield

Rank 3 Galliard Gift

Moon Dancers are renowned for their ability to be everywhere at once during a fight. Some onlookers say that Galliards have a sort of innate sense of where they need to be during a fight, either to witness a blood feud consummated or simply to help an overwhelmed packmate. This Gift is part of the reason for these tales, and allows the Galliard to see the entire battlefield in her mind’s eye. A hawk-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends on Gnosis point and rolls Wits + Alertness. The difficulty varies based on the size of the battlefield. One large room would be difficulty 5, while a football field would be difficulty 7 and an entire forest would be difficulty 9. If the roll succeeds, the character can see the entire battlefield as if from above (and can look through ceilings and the like to view the combatants below). This makes ambushing the character nearly imp9ossible, and allows her to know if any of her allies are in immediate danger. Even if the character’s sight is somehow blocked (through the use of the Gift: Shroud, for example) she still instinctively knows the exact location of her packmates. This Gift lasts for one turn per success on the initial roll.

Source: Book of Auspices


Song of Heroes

Rank 3 Galliard Gift

Reciting a tale of ancient Garou heroism, the Galliard conjures up the spirit of fallen heroes and infuses those listening with some portion of their power. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: This Gift requires the full recitation of a story of epic heroism, taking at least several minutes. At the end of the tale, the player spends two Gnosis points and rolls Charisma + Performance (difficulty 8). Every two successes on this roll add one point to a single Ability score for all listening Garou and Kinfolk, much like the Ancestors Background (see p. 136). This bonus lasts until the sun rises.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition


Sing the Spirits

Rank 3 Galliard Gift

The earliest incantations to the spirits were sung, and although the Theurges may be the auspice chosen to deal with them, the Galliards still know some songs with power in them. Such songs are many, but always have a similar construction. They begin by calling out the spirit’s name, and ordering it to stay away, and finish with a threat issued against it if it doesn’t. When done right, the spirit will be unable to approach the Galliard, or anyone she touches. The Gift is taught by a bird or fish-spirit.

System: The player spends one Gnosis and rolls Strength + Performance (difficulty 7). The spirit named must remain one meter per success away from the Galliard and anyone she is touching. The Galliard doesn’t need to know the exact name of a spirit, but must be able to name it appropriately. (Telling it what kind of spirit it is, such as “Cat” or “Nexus Crawler” is sufficient.). The spirit may attempt to break through this ward by rolling their Rage, difficulty 8; they must receive more successes than the Galliard did on their Performance roll. The effects of this Gift last one scene.

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)


Scent of Distinction

Rank 3 Galliard Gift

This Gift enables the Galliard to mystically “sniff out” the general spirit nature of her surroundings (i.e., influenced by the Weaver, Wyld or Wyrm; under the domain of a powerful Incarna; etc.), as well as the area’s history. For example, a werewolf who sniffed out a caern might learn about the totem and purview of the caern, when it was founded, important events that happened near it, etc. This Gift is taught by a wolf-spirit.

System: To activate the Gift, the Garou must physically sniff out the area (in any form), meditate for 10 minutes or so, spend a Gnosis point, and roll Intelligence + either Streetwise (for urban areas) or Survival (for wilderness/rual areas). The Storyteller determines the difficulty. The Gift may be used over as large an area as the character can physically sniff, but information is more specific for smaller areas.

Source: Umbra


Song of Rage

Rank 3 Galliard Gift

This Gift unleashes the Beast in others, forcing werewolves, vampires and other such creatures into frenzy and turning humans into berserkers. A wolverine-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The Garou rolls Manipulation + Leadership (difficulty of the target’s Willpower). The victim flies into a violent rage (or frenzy, if naturally prone) for one turn per success.

Source: Core book revised.


Eye of the Cobra

Rank 3 Galliard Gift

With but a look, the Garou can attract anyone to his side. A snake-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player rolls Appearance + Enigmas (difficulty of the target’s Willpower). The Garou needs three successes to bring the target to his side; fewer at least start the victim moving in the right direction. Once there, the target can do as he pleases, but he must try his best to get to the Galliard until then.

Source: Core book revised.


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)


Song of the Siren

Rank 4 Galliard Gift / Rank 3 Black Furies Gift / Rank 3 Fianna Gift

The sound of the Garou’s voice can entrance anyone who hears it. Typically, the Garou sings or howls while using this Gift, although some modern Glass Walkers have taken to poetry recital. This Gift can make an opponent pause before a fight but can rarely stop a heated combat already in progress. A songbird-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player rolls Charisma + Performance versus the target’s Willpower and spends one Gnosis point. Enchanted targets cannot perform any actions for a number of turns equal to the number of successes rolled. The audience can spend Willpower to overcome the enchanting effects; to act freely, a listener must spend one point of each of the Galliard’s successes.

Source: Player’s Guide Second Edition / 20th Anniversary Edition


Shadows by the Firelight

Rank 4 Galliard Gift

By invoking the power of shadows and dreams, the Galliard may create interactive stories in which other take part — willingly or not. Shadows dance around the participants as they act out their roles (as directed by the Galliard). This Gift is used commonly at moots, allowing many Garou to take part in the same legend recounted by the Galliard. However, this Gift can also be used on unwilling, forcing them to participate in a story of the Garou’s choosing. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: When using this Gift on the unwilling, the player must spend a variable amount of Gnosis and score three successes on a Manipulation + Performance roll (difficulty of the target’s Willpower). If successful, the player may tell a story and force the victim to perform exactly as the story’s character does. This effect lasts one turn per Gnosis point spent.

Source: Core book revised.


Gift of Dreams

Rank 4 Galliard Gift

The Galliard crafts a dream, then breathes it into a sleeping individual. A Lune teaches this Gift.

System: The player rolls Wits + Expression (difficulty 6) to craft the dream; more successes allows for more vivid and impactful dreams. To ensure that an individual experiences this dream, the Galliard must breathe it into the target’s mouth while they sleep. The player spends a Gnosis point to complete the Gift. Dreams crafted with this Gift are often unusually vivid and dramatic, often leaving even lifelong skeptics convinced that they hold some deep meaning.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition


Bridge Walker

Rank 4 Galliard Gift

The Galliard has the ability to create minor moon bridges through which she alone can travel. The Garou travels between the ends of this moon bridge in one percent of the time it would take to travel that distance normally, allowe her to disappear from in front of a foe and reappear behind it instantly. Note that these moon bridges are not protected by Lunes, and they attract the interest of spirit creatures occasionally. These being have even been known to follow the Garou into the physical world. A Lune teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends on Gnosis point to create the bridge. The moon bridge lasts for only one passage, unless the player spends a permanent Gnosis point during its creation, in which case it lasts until the next full moon. The maximum distance that can be traversed by the bridge is the Garou’s Gnosis in miles.

Source: Core book revised.


Book of Years

Rank 4 Galliard Gift

The Galliard taps into a floodgate of knowledge from her ancestors. While the amount of information thus received is overwhelming, the Garou, if she keeps her head about her, can find information on nearly any topic. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift, although certain reptilian spirits have been known to impart it as well.

System: The player rolls Wits + Enigmas or Ancestors (whichever is higher; the Garou need not have the Ancestors Background to learn this Gift) at a difficulty of the local Gauntlet. The character falls into a trance and is immediately immersed in a deluge of memories stretching back to the dawn of time. This flood continues until the character terminates the Gift, and the memories get older the longer she remains in the trance. For every hour the character remains under the Gift’s influence, the memories stretch back roughly five centuries. For each hour that the character remains in the trance, however the player must roll Willp9ower (difficulty 7) to keep the character grounded in her own time. If the roll fails, the character must either immediately terminate the trance or lose a point of temporary Willpower as the memories threaten to consume her. If the roll botches, her body disappears and reappears somewhere in the Umbra; the Legendary Realm and the Battleground are both popular choices.

While the character cannot hope to remember all or even most of the information she sees, she can attempt to search for specific moments in history. The result is a sort of vision quest; the Storyteller may choose to simply describe what the character sees or might lead the character on a quest through the memories of the Garou until she finds the information she needs.

Source: Book of Auspices


Fabric of the Mind

Rank 5 Galliard Gift / Rank 5 Uktena Gift

The highest-ranked Galliards can bring the products of their imagination to very solid live, crafting creatures from the spiritual essence of dreams. Chimerlings teach this Gift.

System: The player makes an extended roll of Intelligence + Performance (difficulty 8). She can create any form of life she can imagine, assigning it one dot of Traits for each success gained on the roll. The werewolf can take as long as she wants to form the creature, accumulating successes from turn to turn, but once she stops, the dream being takes form and requires the expenditure of Gnosis to keep it manifested. The cost is one Gnosis per scene if the dream being remains relatively inactive (such as doing minor chores or watching a location), or one point per turn if the being engages in combat or similarly strenuous activity. The werewolf must be careful, because if she botches at any point, the dream being escapes her control. It will remain in the physical world for as long as it sees fit.

Source: Core book revised.


Head Games

Rank 5 Galliard Gift

This Gift embodies the Galliard’s ability to manipulate emotion in its purest form. The Galliard can change a target’s emotions as she pleases, from hate to love and back again. Coyote-spirits teach this Gift.

System: The Garou rolls Manipulation + Empathy (difficulty of the target’s Willpower). Success allows the Garou to steer the emotions of any one individual. The more successes the player rolls, the more quickly the emotions manifest and the stronger they feel. Some emotions won’t last without good cause. A Galliard could make someone fall in love with him, but the love won’t last. (It may well even turn into justified resentment.) If the Galliard’s actions would reinforce the emotion — treating a “new friend” well or threatening a terrified foe — there’s a better chance that the emotions will become the real thing. The Storyteller should give the Galliard’s player extra dice for roleplaying this Gift especially well.

Source: Core book revised.


Legend’s Insight

Rank 5 Galliard Gift

While any Garou with a spiritual connection to her ancestor-spirits may borrow an ancestor’s wisdom from time to time, the Galliards have, unsurprisingly, perfected the process. The character may call upon her illustrious predecessors for skill or knowledge and become, for a moment, the best she can possibly be. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: Only characters with the Ancestors Background may learn this Gift. The player rolls Charisma + Ancestors (difficulty 7). For each success, the player may boost an Ability to five dots, or an Ability already at that level to six dots. Normally, “modern” Abilities such as Computers, Drive, and even Firearms are disallowed, but this is left to the Storyteller’s discretion. The player should specify what ancestor she is calling upon and what Abilities that ancestor is likely to grant her; these choices should remain consistent through subsequent uses of this Gift (that is, the same ancestor probably shouldn’t be granting Brawl, Melee, and Athletics one session and then Occult, Enigmas and Rituals the next).

Source: Book of Auspices


Storyteller

Rank 6 Galliard Gift

Rather than simply telling and retelling the stories of old, or even waiting until the events of the day become the new stories, the Galliard can change the events of the ongoing drama unfolding around her. She may add new “characters,” altering chains of events, and even change the motivations of the major participants. However, as this Gift can literally have world-altering ramifications, the handful of Garou in history that have known it have been loath to actually use it. Rumor has it that the defeat of the Storm-Eater was due partially to use of this Gift — but likewise, rumor also states that the horrific events in Russia during the past century stem from a Child of Gaia Galliard who thought that she knew the way the story would end. No one knows what sort of spirit teaches this Gift; presumably an avatar of Gaia, but since so few Garou even know of the Gift’s existence, no one can say for certain.

System: The player spends one permanent Gnosis point and explains, in as much detail as possible, the change she wants to make to the story. The Storyteller, of course, has final say, and once the “dramatic alteration” is done, the Garou has no further control. Events that she concocts can and do spiral out of control, so utmost care must be taken with the Storyteller Gift.

Source: Book of Auspices


Release from Bondage / Break the Bonds

Rank 6 Philodox Gift / Rank 6 Galliard Gift
Called Break the Bonds in the 20th Anniversary Edition

There are many ways to mystically blend the will of another. This Gift shatters all such bonds, from the blood domination of a vampire to a mage’s mind control or a Half Moon’s geas. Those who know this Gift may use it on any being, including themselves. This Gift is only granted by an Incarna or equally powerful spirit, usually as a reward for some great service.

System: The Garou is automatically immune to any supernatural coercion save from any being more powerful than an Incarna. The Gifted one may break another’s mystic compulsion by touching her, spending a Gnosis point and rolling Manipulation + Leadership (difficulty 11 – the target’s Willpower).

Source: Book of Auspices / 20th Anniversary Edition


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