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Rank 3 Philodox Gifts

A list of all Rank 3 Philodox Auspice Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Philodox Gifts of all ranks, see All Philodox Gifts.

Mental Speech

Rank 3 Metis Gift / Rank 3 Philodox Gift

This Gift grants metnal communication, even over vast distances. The user must either knownthe target personally (although he does not have to be friends with tat person) or have something that belongs to that person, such as a lock of his hair. Bird spirits and spirits of intellect teach this Gift. Owl is a particularly sought-after teacher, and those who learn from him claim to have enhanced abilities at night.

System: The player rolls Charisma + Empathy (difficulty 8) and expends a Willpower point; the effects last for a scene. His character may hold a mental conversation with a target at a maximum distance of 10 miles per success. It does not allow mind reading, but the werewolf may use social Abilities, such as Intimidation.

Source: Core book revised / 20th Anniversary Edition


Wisdom of the Ancient Ways

Rank 3 Philodox Gift / Rank 3 Wendigo Gift / Rank 3 Uktena Gift

All werewolves have an innate connection to their ancestors, a form of racial unconscious accessible through intense meditation. The Philodox can tap into these deep memories to remember ancient facts and lore. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The character must meditate for a short time, concentrating on the past. The player then rolls Gnosis (difficulty 9, -1 for each point of Ancestors the Garou possesses). The number of successes determines how detailed and exact the answer he receives will be.

Source: Core book revised / Tribebook: Uktena (revised)


Sense Balance

Rank 3 Philodox Gift

As the arbitrators of the Garou Nation, the Philodox have developed an attunement with the precarious forces that balance the world and the individual alike. This Gift allows the user to detect an overabundance of any of the prime forces of the universe, whether Wyrm, Wyld or Weaver. It can point out a Bane manifestation at an industrial plant or mental instability in a packmate. A cat-spirit teaches a friendly Garou this Gift in exchange for  a warm fire and promise not to chase her kin.

System: The Gift requires the expenditure of one Gnosis point. With a successful Perception + Enigmas roll (difficulty 8) the Garou can feel the balance, or lack thereof, within an area, person or inanimate object. Wyrm manifestation feels dense and oily, Weaver presence feels cold and unyielding and Wyld energies feel warm and trembling. Such manifestations are more subtle than ones detectable through Gifts such as Sense Wyrm.

The Philodox must focus and be at peace for this Gift to work properly. Distractions, such as combat or exhaustion, disrupt any benefits of the Gift — the Garou can find only her own imbalance in such instances.

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


Scent of the Oathbreaker

Rank 3 Philodox Gift

Oaths sanctified before a Philodox are a serious matter indeed, so this Gift grants the judges of the Garou nation the ability to know when an oath has been broken and to track down the oathbreaker to correct him personally. A dog-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The Philodox may spend one Gnosis point to sanctify any oath or promise he personally witnesses, no matter how formal or informal. If at any point in the future one of the individuals sworn to the oath breaks it, the Philodox immediately becomes aware of this, and all rolls for the werewolf to track the oathbreaker by scent drop to difficulty 4. This benefit lasts until the Philodox next stands in the oathbreaker’s presence.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition


Weak Arm

Rank 3 Philodox Gift

Philodox are masters of judgment, and this trait extends even into the field of battle. By watching an opponent’s fighting style, the werewolf can evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. Snake- and wind-spirits teach this Gift.

System: The player rolls Perception + Brawl (difficulty 8). Each success gives her one bonus die to add to her attack or damage rolls against this opponent. For instance, a Philodox who gets four successes on this roll could add two dice to her attack rolls and two to her damage pool. This Gift can be used against a given foe only once per scene, and the benefits are lost at the end of the scene. The Garou must concentrate for a full turn to use this Gift.

Source: Core book revised.


Divided Heart

Rank 3 Philodox Gift

The heart of the werewolf is filled with rage, and quite often, this internal fire can overcome a werewolf’s strength of will. With this Gift, taught by any tree spirit, a Philodox can briefly allow another to “hold back” the fury inside, lest a poorly made decision cause irreparable damage.

System: The purpose of this Gift is to help alleviate the difficulties a werewolf encounters when his Rage exceeds his Willpower (Werewolf, p. 126). For every success on a Manipulation + Primal Urge roll by the Philodox player, one penalty die is negated for the target character. The effects last for five minutes per success — a Philodox can temporarily alleviate the Curse, but never negate it.

Source: Book of Auspices


Bonds that Tie Us

Rank 3 Philodox Gift

The Philodox is mediator and judge, but is also investigator. The Gift assists a Philodox with such matters by revealing any emotions and opinions that exist between two people. Many Garou detest this Gift, since it is indiscriminate, revealing any emotion that may exist. It is taught by an ant-spirit.

System: The player spends one Rage as the Philodox taps deep into his own wellspring of emotion, connecting those emotions to those of his target. After this, the Philodox whispers the name of a person with whom the target has a relationship, and the Philodox will immediately feel every emotion toward that person that the target has. These emotions aren’t real (at least to the Philodox), but they certainly feel it, and it is wise to avoid the person to whom those emotions are directed for as long as the effect lasts (one scene). A Garou or other supernatural that does not wish to cooperate with the Gift may roll their Willpower (difficulty of the Philodox’s rage) with a success preventing use of this Gift.

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)


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