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Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gifts

A list of all Rank 1 Shadow Lord tribe Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Shadow Lord Gifts of all ranks, see All Shadow Lord Gifts.

Dreams of a Thousand Cranes

Rank 1 Shadow Lord (Hakken) Gift

By folding an origami crane, the Hakken enjoys good luck for a short period of time. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The origami takes a full turn to complete; the player spends a Gnosis point and rolls Charisma + Occult (difficulty 6). For the rest of the scene, the Hakken gains one die per success to add to other dice pools; each die can be used only once.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition

Fair Path

Rank 1 Shadow Lord (Hakken) Gift

The Hakken appears at formal ceremonies clean and dressed in proper attire, even if he has just returned from battle. A water-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The Hakken places her hand in clean water; the player rolls Charisma + Etiquette. The Hakken gains one die to all Appearance-related rolls for the rest of the scene.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition

Purify Scent

Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

Camp: Bringers of Light

If another supernatural creature attempts to determine the breed, tribe or auspice of a Bringer of Light, the target may use this Gift to retain her secrets. A Night-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The Shadow Lord spends one point of Gnosis and rolls Perceptions + Primal-Urge. The difficulty of discovering the information is increased by 1 for each success (up to a maximum modifier of +3).

Source: Tribebook: Shadow Lords.

Ears of the Bat

Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

Camp: Children of Bat

This Gift allows the Shadow Lord to use sonar like a bat. He may act in complete darkness without impairment. Shadow Lords with this Gift have large, bat-like ears. Even in Homid form, they have abnormally large ears. 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 Lord’s exact location.

Source: Shadow Lord Tribebook (revised)

Perceptive Servant

Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

Camp: Children of Crow

Children of Crow are consummate eavesdroppers, and combined with the perceptiveness one gains by serving Crow, this Gift can be extremely useful. It is taught by a Crow-sprit.

System: By spending on point of Gnosis, a Child of Crow can reduce the difficulty of overhearing a conversation or witnessing a secretive activity by 2.

Source: Tribebook: Shadow Lords


Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

Camp: Lords of the Summit

Lords of the Summit don’t remain such for long unless they can see their enemies coming. This Gift gives the Lord a heightened sense of awareness, and also reveals a few details about the enemies he’s about to face. A Stormcrow teaches this Gift.

System: The Lord rolls Perception + Awareness (difficulty 7). A single success is all that’s needed to determine the number of opponents in the area. Two reveals the type(s) of opponents, while three or more reveal progressively more detailed information. The effects of the Gift last for a scene.

Source: Shadow Lord Tribebook (revised)

Whisper Catching

Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

Secrets are an important commodity, and those who strive to keep their secrets may very well be hiding something dangerous. This Gift was developed to root out potential traitors or plotters against the Garou, but has been open to… certain abuses ever since. The Shadow Lord may supernaturally eavesdrop on whispered conversations nearby, giving her an edge over those with something to hide. This Gift is taught by a crow-spirit.

System: The player spends a Willpower point. For the duration of the scene, any whisper within earshot is as audible to the Shadow Lord as if the speaker were speaking loudly and clearly. The player may still have to make Perception checks to hear whispers within earshot if obstacles or distance would make even an ordinary conversation difficult to hear. The Murmur Rite blocks this Gift; the Shadow Lords are not willing to violate the privacy of a shadow moot, even for their own personal gain.

Source: Shadow Lords Tribebook Revised

Shadow Weaving

Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

Slightly flexing her fingers or claws, the Garou pulls and weaves shadows as she desires — lengthening or shortening them, lightening or darkening, or even twisting them into grotesque and frightening shapes. A shadow-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends one Gnosis point and rolls Dexterity + Occult (difficulty 7). For the rest of the scene, the Shadow Lord may warp shadows within 100 yards (91 m) as she wishes. Among other creative uses, this lowers the difficulty of all Stealth and Intimidation attempts by 1.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition

Aura of Confidence

Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

The Garou projects a demeanor of control and superiority, preventing attempt to find flaws or read auras. This Gift does not prevent supernatural attempt to read the Garou’s thoughts, although it may make doing so difficult (Storyteller’s discretion). An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player rolls Charisma + Subterfuge (difficulty 7) to activate the Gift; the effects lasts for one scene.

Source: Core book revised.

Fatal Flaw

Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

The Shadow Lord can discern a target’s weakness, granting an advantage in combat. A Stormcrow teaches this Gift.

System: The Shadow Lord must concentrate for one full turn. The player rolls Perception + Empathy (difficulty of the target’s Wits + Subterfuge). Success grants the Garou an extra die of damage during combat with that target. Additional successes grant knowledge of further weaknesses (although no further damage bonus is gained). Five successes reveal all of the target’s flaws.

Source: Core book revised.

Rains of Mercy

Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

Though this Gift surprises many non-Shadow Lord Garou, it is only because they forget the Shadow Lords follow a god affiliated with rain, and they come from a harsh land. Even the Darwinist Shadow Lords known that their Kin need to be fed, and the rain summoned with this Gift made sure those favored by the Lords never went hungry. A Stormcrow teaches this Gift

System: The Shadow Lord spends one point of Gnosis. By the end of the day, rain pours down in an area around the Shadow Lord. The size of this area depends on the Shadow Lord’s rank; it affects a radius of 15 minutes’ walk for each Rank the Lord has achieved, so an Athro can affect a region one hour’s walk in radius from his location. This Gift cannot summon harsh storms, but does produce a heavy downpour.

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)

Seizing the Edge

Rank 1 Shadow Lord Gift

To the Shadow Lords, there is no possible way for a contest to be even. If neither competitor wins, they both lose. This Gift allows the Garou to swing the balance, ever so slightly, in her favor. A spirit servant of Grandfather Thunder teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends on Gnosis point. For the remainder of the scene, whenever the Shadow Lord is involved in a direct confrontation with another being (specifically, if the player must make an opposed roll), any ties go to the Shadow Lord. For example, a Shadow Lord and her Get of Fenris rival are wrestling. Both players must roll to see if the Get of Fenris can break the hold that the Shadow Lord has caught him in. If the players roll the same number of successes, the Shadow Lord wins, and the Get remains pinned. This Gift lasts for one scene.

Source: Core book revised.