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Seed of Speech

Rank 1 Stargazers Gift
Mantra Gift

The spoke mantra for this Gift is Aum-Vak-Bija. It represents the primal nature of speech and gives the Stargazer using this Gift a preternatural understanding of the underlying force behind all words and names. Merely by intoning the mantra and activating this Gift, the Garou is capable of harmonizing with the very fundamental nature of spoken sound and the knowledge that comes with it. This Gift is taught by an avatar of Cuckoo.

System: The player spends one Gnosis point after the Stargazer speaks the mantra. For the duration of the scene, the werewolf gains the ability to understand the basic subject/verb structure of all sentences spoken to him, regardless of the language used. For instance, “What are you doing here?” would translate (to the Stargazer) as “You do?”; or “Put down that idol,” may translate to “You drop.” This Gift only captures the most basic essence of a sentence spoken (the “seed”), but when being spoken to in a completely foreign tongue, this can make all the difference.

Source: Stargazers Tribebook (revised)


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)

Redirect Pain

Rank 3 Get of Fenris Gift

If a Fenrir is struck in battle, he may rely upon this Gift to retaliate. His enemy immediately experiences the pain from wounds received by the Fenrir. A cuckoo-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends one Rage point and rolls Manipulation + Primal-Urge (difficulty 8). For one scene, the target incurs whatever wound penalties indicated by the Fenrir’s current wound levels, regardless of whether or not the Fenrir actually feels the pain.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition