She is 42 years old, and often appears as an attractive, middle-aged Spanish woman.
Maria Sueño lives in Maelstrom, a setting where videos of the supernatural go viral every day.
Those who spend time around Maria find elements of their nightmares-- spiders, snakes, ticking time bombs, cameras-- appearing around them. If they face their fear and test its reality, they melt into black smoke and embers.
Spend an Action to activate. Select a target within 45 feet.
objects of fear, e.g. spiders, fire, target's phobia is generated at your target, and it will remain in place for the next 3 Rounds or you choose to end it. It can be perceived by people through their sight. The illusion cannot be used as an attack. You cannot make an exact replica of an existing Animate being or Object.
Anyone who touches the illusion (or who would be able to perceive it significantly through a sense it cannot fool) realizes it is an illusion, and the entire effect will be ended for all targets.
The illusion is not fixed to the initial target, and may move about at a maximum speed 30 feet per Round. It may have moving parts and engage in simple, predetermined movements but cannot perform anything complex or interactive unless you maintain Concentration and “puppeteer” it.
This Gift's Cost is capped at 2 and cannot be increased further.
Maria is engulfed in a wreathe of licking flames, and, with a terrifying whinny and a clattering of hooves, emerges as a nightmare. As a nightmare, she appears as a large black horse with dead, white eyes and flaming mane, tail, and fetlocks. These flames are not hot to the touch. She snorts black billows of smoke and has an otherworldly whinny that sends shivers down the spines of mortals.
Exert your Mind and spend a Quick Action to activate.
You transform into Draft horse (nightmare) until you transform into something else or choose to return to your original form. You cannot transform into a flying creature. See the Extended System text for stats.
While transformed, you cannot use any equipment (including Artifacts and Consumables), and you do not have access to any of your Powers. Any equipment you are wearing transforms with you.
Injuries and Wound Level are carried over between forms. However, transforming can never kill you; you merely remain Incapacitated until your Injuries are sufficiently healed.
While transformed, you may speak and use any Influence or Communication Powers you posses.
While transformed, you are obviously unusual, unnatural, or alien, and the average person will take a special interest in you.
Maria smells the air near the target, and her eyes roll back into her head. She experiences their darkest nightmares.
Spend 2 Actions to activate. Select a Sapient target within arm's reach. Make a Trauma roll when you activate this Effect. At the end of your investigation, roll Perception + Influence at Difficulty 6.
You learn all the following information about your target:
The quality and specificity of information gained depends on your Outcome.
This Effect is not obvious, and the only sign you are using an Effect is Eyes rolling back into her head. If someone suspects that an Effect was used, they must roll Perception + Alertness, Difficulty 8 to pick up on your Tell.
This Gift's Cost is capped at 2 and cannot be increased further.
Maria breathes a gout of black smoke and glowing cinders toward a creature. The noxious mix swirls directly into their eyes (or other mucus membranes) as if sucked from the air. The smoke will not damage the creature or otherwise impair their senses. Instead, they grow drowsy and soon fall into a deep and troubled sleep filled with revealing visions of Maria. When they awaken, their eyes are gritty with soot.
Exert your Mind and spend an Action to activate. Select a Living target within 30 feet. Roll Charisma + Occult at Difficulty 6. Affected targets may resist by rolling Mind at Difficulty 6.
If you succeed, your target becomes drowsy for the next 30 seconds, during which time they suffer an additional -2 dice Penalty to all Actions. After this, they fall asleep for Outcome x 3 minutes.
Affected targets will not prematurely wake up on their own, but may still be woken up by sudden loud noises, being jarred or splashed with water, taking damage, or similar rousing events. They will also awaken before dying of hunger, thirst, or suffocation.
You may determine the content of an affected target's dreams while they are asleep, but they must involve you in some way, and will reveal you as the source of their sleep as well as reveal secret information about yourself to them. By maintaining Concentration, you may enter their dreams and converse with them directly.
Maria takes a deep breath and exhales a gout of flame at her target.
Exert your Mind and spend an Action to activate. Select a target within 20 feet which has both fuel and oxygen available (if you are starting a new fire).
You may start a new fire as large as a fire in a residential fireplace at your target. You may create fires the size of a lighter or candle flame without Exerting your Mind. Your fires require fuel and oxygen in order to continue burning.
Lighting a target on fire deals 3 Damage per Round, starting in the Round after the one in which they caught fire. This Damage is reduced by Armor, but the target’s Armor rating will be depleted by any Damage dealt, destroying the Armor once it reaches 0.
No one fashions a Tin Foil Hat like Old Man Murdock! Has bits of Oregonite in there too, don't-ya-know??? Typically a straw cowboy hat, but other models are possible.
Conspiracy Theorist: Every time you are told a Conspiracy Theory, you must make a Trauma roll to not believe it implicitly. Effect persists up to a month after removing the hat.
You gain the following benefits as long as you are wearing this Artifact.
You get +2 dice to any Mind resistance rolls you make. You also gain the following effects:
Possession of this Artifact causes the following Trauma to manifest over the course of a day: Conspiracy Theorist. If you lose possession of this Artifact, the Trauma heals over the course of the next month.
Trophies are special objects and equipment.
Examples of Trophies include healing potions, scrolls, sci-fi technology, or any supernatural item that was not created with The Contract's Gift system.
Because Trophies may have GM-created systems, they also record the Playgroup they were acquired in.
Fears: * Akira: caught in crossfire of shooting incident. Afraid of fast-moving cars. Not acting quick enough. Losing duty of nature. * Kevin: not worthy to be one of the knights. Afraid one of the knights will fall to the dark pony god.