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Rank 4 Planetary Gifts

A list of all Rank 4 Planetary Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Gifts of a different rank, see the All Planetary Gifts section.

Lore of the Land

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Eshtarra)

By eating, smoking or otherwise taking in a portion of the land, the Garou can sense things that happened in the immediate vicinity in the past. For instance, a Garou can mix dandelions from a meadow into a salad which she eats; as a result, she realizes that a group of hunters passed through the meadow three months ago. By chewing on the bark from a tree, the Garou can learn that a surveyor for a corporation measured the land around the tree as part of a planned site for a new factory, or that someone buried a body beneath the tree.

System: The player spends a point of Gnosis and rolls Perception + Empathy (difficulty 7). One success gives the character a piece of past information (“A group of men passed through here several weeks ago”). Additional successes either embellish the first piece of information (“The men wore security uniforms”) or else provide new information about other events (“A battle took place here last year”). The information provided will be as pertinent as possible; the character actually learns the most important (to Garou standards) thing or things that happened within the area, most often information that the Garou can act upon.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Whisper in the Dark

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Hakahe)

This Gift allows the Garou to determine a fact detrimental to an individual. The Garou may then use that piece of knowledge against the target of the Gift, either by holding it over the victim’s head or making the information public.

System: The player rolls Perception + Empathy (difficulty 8). Each success enables her to grasp one piece of heretofore-unknown information about the target of the Gift. Thus, a character can learn that an individual owes millions of dollars in gambling debts, hides a murder in his past or funds a company that systematically pollutes the rivers in a particular state. Failure means that the character learns nothing, while a botch provides the character with erroneous information leading to the character’s possible embarrassment or dishonor.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Hand of the Sun

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Katanka-Sonnak)

The Garou’s hand blazes with a terrible heat and gives off a white-hot light, similar to a branding iron. The Garou may touch an individual and mark them indelibly (and painfully) with a brand of shame. Any Garou who encounters the victim in the future immediately recognize the mark as a sign of that person’s treachery, dishonor or other grave crime. Vampires ignite when touched by the Hand of the Sun.

System: The Garou spends a point of Rage and then a point of Gnosis. No roll is necessary for the Gift to take effect, but the character must make a standard attack roll in order to mark her victim. A victim touched by the Hand of the Sun takes two health levels of unsoakable aggravated damage and receives a permanent circular scar. The scar cannot be removed by any means short of amputating the part of the body which contains the scar. The fire lasts for one scene, although the Garou may extinguish it beforehand if she so chooses.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Harmonious Slumber

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Lu-Bat)

This Gift enables the Garou to create a perfect environment for sleep even in the most difficult circumstances. Under the influence of this Gift, the Garou receives the equivalent of eight hours of restful sleep and awakens refreshed and with his spirits revived.

System: The player spends a point of Gnosis and rolls Stamina + Enigmas (difficulty 7). One success is necessary to affect the character. Each additional success allows him to include another individual in the effects of the Gift. A failure means that the Gift does not work, while a botch inflicts restless sleep on the character, with no benefits. When a character awakens from a successful use of this Gift, he finds that his Gnosis is fully replenished. The nap can last for up to eight hours, although only two hours are necessary to reap full benefits.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Sleep’s Travels

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Meros)

Through this Gift, a Garou’s spirit may journey to another location while his body sleeps. Once he has arrived at his destination, the Garou may either examine his surroundings, impart a message to someone he sees, or retrieve a small (hand-held) item such as a ring, a set of keys or a piece of paper. Whether the Garou actually causes an object to assume spirit-form long enough for her to transport it from the place she has visited to the location of his sleeping body, or if the Gift causes the retrieved item to relocate from one place to another is unclear. The Garou must have at least four hours of uninterrupted sleep before he is able to begin the sleep journey. Once the journey has ended and the Garou’s spirit has reunited itself with her body, she must awaken naturally. Any disturbance in the sleep pattern negates the effectiveness of the Gift, though it does not otherwise physically threaten the Garou’s life.

System: The player spends a point of Gnosis and rolls Wits + Occult (Difficulty 8). One success enables the character to travel to the desired spot in his dreams and look around. He may overhear conversations but may not participate in them. Additional successes increase his ability to interact with what lies at his journey’s end. Three successes allows him to converse with individuals he meets (who, if he so chooses, see him as if he is really present) while five successes are necessary for the character to transport a physical object to his sleeping form. No successes means that the character simply gets a good night’s sleep, while a botch mot only means that the sleep journey fails but may cause serious disruptions to the character’s sleep patterns or give the character a Derangement.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Mercurial Messenger

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Mitanu)

This Gift enables a Garou who overhears a conversation or who is entrusted with a message to remember what she has heard. At a later time, the Garou may repeat back verbatim everything heard over a single scene as if she had total recall. The Gift allows the Garou to reproduce voice intonations, accents and speech patterns or mannerisms which match those of the original speaker. In addition, the Garou can approximate the speaker’s actual voice.

System: The player spends a point of Gnosis and rolls Wits + Linguistics (difficulty 7). Each success increases the accuracy of the character’s delivery of the remembered conversation or message. If necessary, the Storyteller may repeat the conversation for the benefit of the character’s audience. A failure means that the character remembers only what the player remembers. A botch introduces serious discrepancies into the repetition.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Challenge of Single Combat

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Nerigal)

By invoking the name of the Ice Warrior and issuing a direct challenge to an enemy, the Garou can force her opponent to fight one-on-one according to the tacit rules of fair play. The opponent can launch no surprise attacks, employ dirty tricks or accept extra help from comrades or pack mates. However, the Garou using this Gift accepts the same restrictions – neither combatant can break off from the fight until one participant either concedes victory to the other or dies.

System: After the character has issued the challenge, the player spends a point of Rage and rolls Manipulation + Leadership (difficulty of the target’s Willpower). A single success forces the target to forego any unfair tactics and meet the Garou in single combat as described above. No successes means the Gift fails while a botch inspires the target to launch an immediate attack — usually with the help of the opponent’s friends.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Hunter’s Horn

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Rorg)

This Gift enables the Garou to create a sound so horrible and mind-chilling that it sends enemies into utter panic and causes them to flee an area without regard for direction or destination. Enemies so affected cannot attempt to evade pursuit or disguise their passage. This makes hunting them down and dispatching them a fairly simple task.

System: The player spends a point of Rage and rolls Manipulation + Primal-Urge (difficulty of the highest Willpower in the group). Each success affects one victim with uncontrollable panic, causing them to run blindly from an area. Garou affected by this Gift enter a state of fox frenzy, while others simply become mindless panicked creatures of prey. The effect lasts for an entire scene, during which time the character (and any allies) may hunt down and slay the victims if they so desire. No successes represents a simple failure of the Gift, while a botch affects the user of the Gift instead of her intended victim or victims.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Blank Slate

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Ruatma)

The Garou can completely remove a single piece of information from her own mind or from that of another. This Gift becomes useful in situations where an individual has come across some dangerous knowledge that might lead to her death for possessing it. The Garou may not only remove the information – such as the identity of the Garou mole within a hostile group or the location of a safe house for ecoterrorists – but she may also smooth over the edges of the victim’s memory so that he does not realize anything is missing. The Garou may also use this Gift to alter her own memories in situations where she feels that this is necessary.

System: The player spends a point of Gnosis and rolls Manipulation + Empathy (difficulty of the victim’s Willpower). A single success allows the character to excise the desired piece of information. Additional successes enable the character to make secondary adjustments to the target’s memory to hide the fact that something is missing. No successes means that the victim retains the memory although she may not be aware that someone has tried to tamper with her mind. A botch may either remove the memory along with other chunks of information or else alert the victim to the unsuccessful attempt so that she knows who has tried to erase parts of her memory.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Shantar’s Loom

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Shantar)

The use of this Gift allows the Garou to craft some item from the energy provided by either Gnosis, Rage or Willpower. The item may not involve multiple parts or have an overly complex make-up. For example, a Garou cannot make a gun using this Gift, but she can craft a dagger or hunting knife. Although this Gift can’t produce radioactive materials, it can produce such metals as silver.

System: The Garou spends either a Gnosis, Rage or Willpower point and rolls Dexterity + Repair (difficulty 8 for simple items, 9 for more sophisticated ones). (The Storyteller may allow the player to substitute a more appropriate secondary skill possessed by the character for the Repair Ability.) One success produces the item desired, while additional successes refine its quality and durability. The Storyteller may require additional successes to make an item from a less appropriate quality — such as making a child’s blanket from a Rage point, or using anything other than Gnosis to craft a silver knife. No successes means that the Gift fails to produce anything useful and allows the expended point to revert to the character. A botch uses up the expended point and produces an unusable or defective item. The item lasts a day per success.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Mooncat

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Sokhta)

This Gift allows the Garou to assume form of a small white cat (one of Sokhta’s favored animals). This ability can prove useful for getting into small places (or escaping from such) and remaining hidden. The Garou has the senses of a cat for the duration of the Gift, including good night sight, the ability to absorb information through her whiskers and extreme flexibility of movement – however, she also retains the power of a full-fledged Garou, and is much more dangerous than she looks. Anyone studying the cat closely can tell that it is not a normal feline because the cat’s eyes always reflect the current phase of the moon regardless of the surrounding light sources.

System: The player spends a point of Gnosis and rolls Dexterity + Animal Ken (difficulty 7). Each success allows the character to remain in cat form for one scene, although she can end the gift at any time before the duration runs out. While in cat form, the Garou retains her Lupus-form Attributes, may soak silver as if it were ordinary damage (although silver damage is still aggravated), and can inflict aggravated damage with claw and bite attacks as usual. No successes means that the Gift fails, while a botch results in a transformation into a misshapen creature somewhere between a cat and a wolf. The character may choose to end the Gift immediately if this happens.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Motherly Guardian

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Tambiyah)

This Gift allows the Garou to “tag” an individual so that she can keep track of her target’s health and welfare. The Garou gains a general sense of the individual’s location at all times and can sense when the target is in trouble and needs assistance. The Gift lets the Garou know what kind of aid the target needs. The Garou must concentrate on her target in order to gain these insights. The effects of the Gift remain in place for a full cycle of the moon.

System: The player spends a point of Gnosis and rolls Perception + Empathy (difficulty of the target’s Willpower) to set the “tag” on the designated individual. Whenever she concentrates on that person, she receives information about the target’s general state of health and present circumstances. A failed roll means that the character is unable to tag the individual while a botch places the tag on the wrong person or else receives erroneous information. When the character attempts to concentrate on the targeted individual, she performs all other actions at a +1 difficulty due to her preoccupation with her charge.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


Enthronement

Rank 4 Planetary Gift (Zarok)

The Garou can create small or simple objects out of thin air – including mist, clouds or wind. By shaping the air around him with his hands, the Garou may form a solid block of matter to serve as a chair, create a bowl or cup for holding liquid or construct some other useful item. Alternatively, the Garou can form small, stone-sized balls of air to use as hurled weapons against his enemies. The items last until the Garou disperses them.

System: The player simply rolls Dexterity + Repair (difficulty 7). The character may form one small item of solidified air for each success, or use two or more successes to shape a larger item (such as a throne-like seat). “Air-stones” used as weapons do the character’s Strength + 1 normal damage, and dissipate upon contact with their target (or any other solid substance). In addition, the victim must make a Stamina roll (difficulty 8) to remain on her feet when the “air-stone” discharges its mass. If she fails the Stamina roll, the victim is stunned for the remainder of the round and can take no action.

Source: Rage Across the Heavens


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