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Rank 2 Uktena Gifts

A list of all Rank 2 Uktena tribe Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Uktena Gifts of all ranks, see All Uktena Gifts.

Blending / Natural Camouflage

Rank 2 Uktena Gift
(called Natural Camouflage in original tribebook, and Blending in revised)

Intruder legends tell of the uncanny ability of native peoples to hide in plain sight, even only yards away. This Gift allows the user to blend into the landscape simply by crouching and keeping still. It isn’t invisibility; rather, the Garou draws the landscape into himself to appear to the unwary as a natural part of the terrain. This Gift is especially common among caern guardians. Any stealthy spirit, such as chameleon, teaches this Gift.

System: The Garou stands among terrain features (trees, thickets, etc) or simply hunkers down and wills herself to be one with the environment. A searcher must make a Perception + Alertness roll (difficulty 9) to recognize the Garou as something more interesting than a stump, and the expenditure of a Gnosis point negates three successes (this includes scent as well as sight). If the searcher is looking directly away, the Garou may move slowly in any direction, but even the slowest movements while in the searcher’s field of view reveals her instantly.

Source: Tribebook: Uktena (revised)

Coils of the Serpent

Rank 2 Uktena Gift / Rank 2 Bunyip Gift

Using this Gift, an Uktena can call forth dark tentacles of mist or fog that wrap around enemies and hold them in a viselike grip. Each coil is four feet long and possesses the same Physical characteristics as the werewolf who summons the coils. Any snake-spirit can teach this Gift.

System: The player rolls Dexterity + Occult, difficulty 7. Each success causes a single coil to come forth from the surrounding air. The coils focus on a single target, unless the player makes attack rolls against multiple targets, with the normal penalties to the rolls for multiple actions. The coils only bind; they can’t inflict damage. To break free, the victim must make a Strength roll, difficulty 7. If his successes exceed the number of coils, he’s free. If not, he’s still a prisoner. The tentacles last until the end of the scene or until the summoner decides to send them away.

Source: Tribebook: Uktena (revised)

Spirit of the Bird / Dark Aerie

Rank 2 Uktena Gift / Rank 3 Shadow Lord (Camp: Children of Crow) Gift

Few enemies would expect a werewolf to attack from above, which is precisely why the Uktena developed the means to do so. The Garou may hover, fly or float. Any bird spirit can teach this Gift.

System: The player spends one Gnosis point. The Garou can fly at 20 mph and hover as she desires. The difficulties of all combat maneuvers increase by one. This Gift lasts for one hour.

In the Shadowlord version of this Gift, the servant of Crow is enveloped by shadows as he escapes.

Source: Core book revised.

Umbral Compass

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

Camp: Skywalkers
Note: the Skywalkers will teach this Gift to any fellow Uktena or Wendigo

This Gift helps Garou cross the Gauntlet and traverse the Umbra more easily. Once in the Umbra, the Gift helps the Garou orient herself so she has less chance of becoming lost or confused as to where she is. Further, it seems to urge the Garou toward a direction she needs to travel. Thus, if something terrible is happening in the Umbra, use of this Gift will point the Garou right toward it. This could be a good thing or very inconvenient and potentially deadly, depending on the Garou’s point of view and her ability to talk or fight her way out of difficult situations. This Gift is taught by any bird-spirit.

System: The player rolls Perception + Survival (difficulty 7). A single success allows the Garou to lower the difficulty of crossing the Gauntlet by one and to find her way through the Umbra with little difficulty. If she then needs guidance while in the Umbra, she may roll her Gnosis (difficulty 6) to find her way. Should the Garou using Umbral Compass botch her roll to cross through the Gauntlet, she is allowed to make a single Gnosis roll (difficulty 8) to escape the effects of the botch. Failure on this roll means the botch takes effect as normal, while a botch makes the “caught” Garou difficulty for others to find and free.

Source: Uktena Tribebook

Call Forth the Wyld

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

Camp: Wyld Children

Using this Gift, a Garou can summon the Wyld in its raw essence to disrupt the manifestations of the Weaver. This energy must be concentrated to interfere with the working of machinery or technological items to be effective. Unlike the Homid Gift of Jam Technology, Call Forth the Wyld permanently disrupts the devices it affects. Barring costly repairs and replacement of fizzled parts, the item will never work properly again. Not that the items cease to function; they just work in an odd and unforeseen manner. Rather than merely creating a glitch, this Gift actually disrupts the Weaver energy by overpowering it with the chaos of the Wyld. Devices may function in reverse of normal (clocks run backward, cars only drive in reverse, computers print out information upside down) or may function in some totally random manner (guns explode when used; missiles reprogram themselves to hit a random target after initiating their own countdown and firing sequence; cars only function underwater). Creative anarchy should reign. Obviously, this Gift can be highly dangerous.

System: The player must roll Manipulation + Repair (difficulty 6) and spend a Gnosis point to use the Gift. One success is sufficient to discombobulate most small technological devices. Storytellers may require more successes or higher difficulty levels to affect larger or more complex targets.

Source: Uktena Tribebook

Sight of Hidden Places

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

As the Uktena seek all things hidden, they may be gifted with the ability to find and see within unseen hollows such as caves, hollow trees, underwater caverns and hidden spaces. Objects and beings within the hidden area are seen as though lit by normal daylight and may even be examined utilizing other Gifts such as Sense Wyrm. Spirits of burrowing animals teach this Gift.

System: The Garou concentrates on a single area no larger than a small hill for one turn. Keeping his eyes shut, he may then “see” any open areas inside that space (including any persons, treasures, hidden pools, etc. within the place). Rolling Perception + Enigmas (difficulty 6) allows the character to see to a depth of ten feet for each success. By spending a point of Willpower, he may also bring into play any Perception-based Gifts he possesses.

Source: Croatan Song


Rank 2 Uktena Gift

It can be quite useful to be ignored at times. You can overhear what was not meant for your ears, or see armed guards look right past you. As long as the Uktena keeps a low profile, a supervisor will assume he’s just another tech, or the cowboys will see only “some tame Injun asleep by the hitchin’ post.” Some Ragabash call this the “Tonto goes to town” Gift; members of the Scouts also favor it. A cuckoo-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The character does his best to look nonchalant or otherwise occupied doing something low-key. The player rolls Manipulation + Subterfuge (difficulty varies depending on how well he blends in to start with: 6 if the Garou is dressed in the same manner and going through the same motions as the techies around him: up to 9 if he’s stark naked and carrying a bloody axe). To see the Garou as more than mere window-dressing, watchers must get more successes on Perception + Alertness than the player originally rolled. Should he draw attention to himself, by acting out of character or speaking loudly for example, the player must reroll with a penalty of +2 difficulty in order to maintain the effect.

Source: Tribebook: Uktena (revised)

Shadows at Dawn

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

Sometimes, one must give information to get information. However, Uktena are notoriously tightfisted with secrets. With this Gift, the werewolf can share a bit of knowledge that later vanishes from the subject’s memory. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: After relating a bit of lore, the player rolls Wits + Subterfuge (difficulty of the opponent’s Wits + Subterfuge). If the roll succeeds, whatever information the Uktena imparted completely vanishes from the target’s memory when the sun next rises.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition

Indian Giver

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

Sometimes, one must give information to get information. Perhaps an explanation is necessary to get the curious to go away. However, Uktena are notoriously tightfisted with secrets. With this Gift, the Uktena can share a bit of knowledge that later vanishes from the subject’s memory. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift. Both Raiders and Pathdancers commonly learn this Gift, through it can be found throughout the tribe.

System: When telling the choice bit of lore, the player rolls Wits + Subterfuge (difficulty is the opponent’s Wits + Subterfuge). The number of successes, shown below, determines the effects of the Gift. The Uktena decides beforehand how long the knowledge remains clear, but never longer than 24 hours.

Success Effect
Botch Secret retained with unusual clarity
One Secret becomes elusive and garbled
Two Secret is maddeningly beyond reach
Three Subject forgets he was told the secret
Four Subject’s own part in discussion is vague
Five Subject forgets the conversation took place

Source: Tribebook: Uktena

Another’s Moccasins

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

The human cultures of Uktena Kinfolk are too-frequently ignored or derided by the mainstream; their wolf Kin are persecuted as a matter of course. This Gift opens the eyes of the ignorant to life on the other side, showing them a new and (for a while, at least) fascinating perspective. By speaking briefly with the subject about the culture of species in question, the Garou can instill curiosity or appreciation for the culture — or if particularly successful, an obsession with learning about and aiding the Kinfolk’s people. The Earth Guides in particular use this Gift to nudge adversaries (usually in government or the media) into the role of allies. An ancestor-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The character must have the subject’s undivided attention and engage in a brief conversation about the culture in question (for instance, the Navajo or wolves). The player rolls Manipulation + Subterfuge (difficulty is 9 minus the subject’s Intelligence). For one success, the subject may pick up a Hillerman novel, or admit to himself that wolves were important to the balance of nature, at least before humans changed things. For five successes, he might well involve himself in humanitarian efforts on the reservation, or spend his vacation trekking to Alaska in the hopes of having a Farley Mowat experience with a wolf pack. The Gift’s effects last about a week per success, but with luck a natural interest develops as the subject delves into his study of the culture.

Source: Tribebook: Uktena (revised)

Uktena’s Freezing Stare

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

The Uktena can use this Gift to mesmerize an opponent by making direct eye contact. If the Gift is successful, the target freezes dead in his tracks. A spirit of Uktena teaches the Gift.

System: First, the Uktena must make direct eye contact with an opponent; the player then rolls Manipulation + Intimidation to activate the Gift, with the difficulty equal to the target’s Willpower. The paralysis lasts one scene or until the opponent is physically or mentally attacked in some fashion.

Source: Tribebook: Uktena (revised)

Fetish Fetch

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

The Uktena need not carry her fetishes with her at all. She may draw them from a hidden cache whenever she needs them, no matter the distance. A packrat-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The first part of the Gift involves creating the secret hiding spot for the fetishes. The player spends one Gnosis and buries or covers her items. Once this ritual is complete, she need only spend a Gnosis point to summon any or all of her fetishes, or to return them to their hiding place. The fetish appears in her hand as if from thin air. Just one hiding spot can exist at any one time, but the Uktena can create a new spot at any time.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition

Spirit of the Fish

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

The werewolf blessed with this Gift can breathe underwater and swim as fast as he can run in Hispo form. Unsurprisingly, a fish-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends one Gnosis and rolls Stamina + Animal Ken (difficulty 7). The effects last for one hour per success.

Source: Core book revised.

Reveal the Hidden

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

This Gift allows an Uktena to find non-supernatural items that may be eluding his search. This is a perfect tool to locate hidden passageways, concealed tomes of lore or a normal foe that may be successfully hiding from the werewolves. A Crow spirit teaches the Gift. Scouts (and their darker campmates, the Raiders) consider this Gift practically a requisite.

System: The werewolf spends a turn to look around carefully, the player makes a Perception + Subterfuge roll. One success at difficulty 7 is all that is needed to spot the hidden object. However, a sentient creature that is hiding may counter with a Wits + Stealth roll; if his successes exceed that of the werewolf player’s roll, the Gift doesn’t work.

Source: Tribebook: Uktena (revised)

Medicine Dreams

Rank 2 Uktena Gift

When the humans began hunting animals, the animals retaliated by sending disease amongst the humans to kill them. Once they saw that their diseases killed good people as well as bad, they relented and herb-spirits came to medicine men in dreams to tell them how to heal the sick. Wise Uktena still know that medicine comes from these spirits in dreams, and this Gift allows them to call forth the herbs for wisdom. It is taught by the spirit of an aloe plant.

System: This Gift is used when an Uktena is attempting to heal someone seriously ill. Before the Uktena goes to sleep, the player spends one point of Gnosis and rolls Charisma + Occult, difficulty 8. If the roll is successful, then the Uktena will awaken with new insights in how to heal the sick person. Each success on the Occult roll adds one dice to any Medicine rolls for that day. Should this grant the Uktena more than ten dice on his Medicine dice pool, he may even attempt to cure incurable illnesses such as terminal cancer or HIV/AIDS. To do so, six or more successes are needed on appropriate Medicine rolls.

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)