Friday, April 5, 2013

True Fae Wisps: The Red Queen

This is a creation for the Changeling: the Lost game and describes an aspect of a True Fae called the Red Queen.  If you'd like to read more about the campaign the inspiration for this sprang from as well as learn more about the other aspects of this True Fae, you can find the article here.

Wisps: Liveried Servant Which Pleases The Master

These wisps are the palace's primary servants and they include a butler, two housekeepers (twins), three cooks, six manservants, nine maids and thirteen gardeners who all have the same statistics.  Their personalities are rather prim and proper even as they force indulgences upon their guests.  They also do their best to ensure that everything is clean and perfect for the Night of the Red Gala. 

They are responsible to seeing to the needs of the Changelings though their opinions on what those needs may be might be quite different from the truth.  A maid might rape a Changeling, thinking they require a sexual outlet, while the cooks might force a Changeling to drink wine until badly ill.  They will never kill a Changeling (nor technically 'punish' them) until three days after the Night of the Red Gala and then they will hold an auction for the True Fae.  The remainder are then hunted down and killed.  This nest of wisps never leave the locale and won't be found in the Hedge or on Earth unless this is the last title remaining.

Virtue: Charity
Vice: Pride

Seeming: Wizened
Kith: Chatelaine

Intelligence: 3
Wits: 2
Resolve: 3

Strength: 2
Dexterity: 2
Stamina: 2

Presence: 1
Manipulation: 3
Composure: 3

Academics: 2
Computer: 0
Crafts: 2
Investigation: 0
Medicine: 0
Occult: 0
Politics: 3
Science: 0

Athletics: 1
Brawl: 0
Drive: 0
Firearms: 0
Larceny: 0
Stealth: 3
Survival: 0
Weaponry: 0

Animal Ken: 0
Empathy: 4 (Vice)
Expression: 0
Intimidation: 3 (Silent Glare)
Persuasion: 4 (Social Pressure)
Socialise: 0
Streetwise: 0
Subterfuge: 0

Wyrd: 1
Willpower: 6
Size: 5
Health: 7

Unobtrusive (**)
Brownie's Boon (*)
Striking Looks 4 (****)

The powers of these wisps do not come from normal Changeling contracts but are identical to that found in another genre, as suggested in the box out on page 95 of Equniox Road.  Instead they are identical to the powers that are granted to those who have been possessed by demons of lust or gluttony.

Lesser Vestment (Gluttony, p.132 Inferno Book): Gourmand Grotesquerie.  Basically, a normal meal can be given one unusual characteristic such as turning it into a hallucinogen or a poison.

Lesser Vestment (Gluttony, p.132 Inferno Book): Hungry Kiss.  Kiss a person to steal 2 points of the target's Willpower to be converted to either 1 point of Willpower or to heal 1 point of lethal or bashing damage.

Innate Vestments (Lust, p.137 Inferno Book): Incubus Theft.  Any who sleep within 100 yards of them, don't gain a Willpower point upon waking due to nightmares.

Fae Weakness: These servants are required to follow the rules of servitude laid out in a book kept in the butler's well-protected bedroom.  Any servant who breaks one of these rules will be turned on by the others and brutally destroyed.  If each servant is led into such a broken rule, the title will be destroyed.  If it is a Fae that causes them all (or simply the last survivor) to break a rule, that Fae then gains control of the title.

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