Viewing Effect - Stun
Temporarily incapacitate a target in combat

Create a Stun Power

Description

You have the ability to stun a target, rendering them unable to act for a time.

System

Choose an Animate target within [[range]], spend an Action, Exert your Mind, and roll [[attack-roll]], contested by the target rolling [[resistance]]. If you succeed, they take a dice penalty equal to your Outcome for [[duration]]. Affected targets cannot Concentrate.

If their total dice penalty from all sources exceeds their Mind, they are instead stunned for [[duration]] and cannot act.

Enhancements

Violent Stun (Your Stun must be performed as a specific all-out attack that does full damage.)
The Outcome of the attack roll is used as this Power's Outcome.

Conduit (This Effect has unlimited range, but you require a token of your target to use it. Tokens must be of a particular type determined at Power creation, such as a track of the target, a body part of the target, etc. One activation per token.)
Token types examples: a track of the target, a body part of the target, a mirror that has reflected the target, an object of sentimental value to the target, a sample of the target's handwriting, etc.

Battery-operated (Instead of Exerting Mind to activate this Power, it has its own 3-point Source pool. The Source regenerates at the rate of one point per day and cannot be raised with Experience.)
Powers can share a battery pool by taking this Enhancement on each Power and specifying the same Source. Each additional Power after the first increases the capacity of the Source by 2, to a maximum of 10. This Enhancement cannot be used to enhance the owning character's source.

AoE (Affects all potential targets in a 20 foot radius of the primary target. This includes allies and yourself.)

Curse (Instead of taking effect immediately, you may apply this Power as a curse. Specify a condition that, when fulfilled, causes the suspended effect to occur. The target is informed that they have been cursed and of the condition.)
Any activation rolls occur when you attempt to cast the curse, not when it takes effect. The manner of the target being made aware is flexible. Speaking the curse aloud is a popular choice. Unless this Power is Concealed, the target is likely to believe they've been truly cursed. If this Power has a visual effect, it still occurs at the time of cast. If the Power is one that can be dodged or otherwise Reacted to, it is still dodgable at time of casting. No two active curses may have the same Condition.

Daze (After the Effect ends, the target will be at -1 dice to all actions and cannot move faster than a walk or Concentrate for the next minute.)

Conditionally Costless (This Effect does not require Exertion in certain circumstances. The condition should be balanced such that it has an activation cost the majority of the time you are able to use it.)
If you take this Enhancement, you must be able to use the Effect at full cost and other times at no cost. This cannot be the same condition as the Drawback "Conditional" as that would imply that the Effect is costless any time you can cast it.

Concealed (Using this Effect is not obvious. Choose a Tell that occurs only when you use the Effect; if-- and only if-- someone suspects that a Effect was used, they must roll Perception + Alertness, Difficulty 8 to pick up on your Tell.)
As per the standard rules, a complete success (Outcome of at least 4) is required to determine the source and target flawlessly. Lower outcomes may result in partial successes. Your Tell should be something small that would not otherwise frequently occur, such as a slight nosebleed, fiddling with an object, an intense stare.

Drawbacks

Focus (Using this Effect requires a specific kind of item.)
Subject to Playgroup Leader approval. Drawing an accessible object (such as one in a holster) counts as a Quick Action (-2 dice), and removing something from a backpack or luggage requires a Full Action.
Unique Focus (This Power takes the form of a specific, unique item, which can be borrowed, lost, or stolen. You must use / wear this item as intended to use this Power.)
Conditional (This Effect is only available when a certain condition is met. This condition must be severe enough that this Gift is unusable the majority of the time.)
The condition must be significant. Subject to GM approval.
Once per Day (You may only use this Effect once per day.)
Scarring (When you Activate this Effect, roll a single d10. If the result is 5 or lower, your target receives a Minor Battle Scar.)
Traumatic (You must make a Trauma roll when you use this Effect.)
Critical Failure (Roll a single D10 when you activate this Effect. If you roll a 1, you critically fail in a way that is extraordinarily dangerous. Failure should cause at least a Severity-4 Injury, a Major Battle Scar, or an effect counter to its purpose.)
Double-Edged Sword (You are affected by this Power to the same extent as your target.)
Cannot be taken on Powers that provide buffs of any kind.
Exhausting (After you finish activating this Effect, you cannot move quicker than a walk (max 15 feet per Round) for one minute and suffer a -1 dice penalty for an hour.)
Exhaustion penalties stack. If you activate this Effect or another Effect with Exhaustion, your penalty will continue to worsen.
Sacrifice (Activating this Effect requires you to take a Severity-1 Injury instead of Exerting your Mind or spending a point of Source.)
You cannot use Armor to soak this damage.
Fuel (Using this Effect consumes some material good in addition to its other costs.)
Mage (Activating this Effect requires at least two committed Actions and involves intricate use of the arms, hands and either the voice or an object. If interrupted during activation, the Effect fails.)
Just about any attempt to interrupt the ritual should be successful. Even neutral events (like a cat wandering up) may cause it to fail. GM's discretion. If the cast time for the Power is longer than the minimum two actions required, the ritual must last for the entire cast time.
Monstrous (Possessing this Power causes a mutation that elicits a strong, negative social response from the average person in your setting. The mutation is visible even if you are wearing long sleeves, pants, and shoes. Maximum one per Contractor.)
This mutation is ALWAYS present, even when the Gift is not being used, and ALWAYS extreme and difficult to conceal. This mutation may complicate social situations at the GMs discretion. Maximum of one Gift with the Monstrous Drawback per Contractor.
Consumable (Instead of using this Power directly on a target, you must prepare it as a consumable material. Anyone who drinks or eats a full dose is fully affected by the Power and cannot make any resistance rolls. Prepared doses expire in 24 hours.)
Preparing a Consumable dose takes one hour, but any number of doses may be prepared in that time. Any activation-restricting Parameters must be at their default level (e.g. range), and few if any cast-restricting Drawbacks (e.g. long cast) can be taken. This does not reduce Power activation costs, so if you prepare a dose before a Game, you will be Exerted as normal. Any activation roll for this Power is made when the dose is consumed, not when it is prepared. Minimum dose size is a thimble’s worth of fluid. Any decisions about the Power’s behavior that you would normally make at cast time are made when the dose is prepared instead. A prepared dose is a physical object that must be carried and may be lost, stolen, or given away. Drawbacks around activating this Power (ritual, long cast time, etc) are restricted or apply to the dosing of the Power instead of its preparation. If a partial dose is taken, the Power may be partially effective at GM’s discretion.

Parameter - Range

Default Level: 0

Seasoned Threshold: 3

Veteran Threshold: 5

Eratta: Unlimited range still requires you to aim in some way, whether it be through a scrying pool, a mark on your target, or gps coordinates.

  1. Arm's Reach
  2. 45 feet
  3. 300 feet
  4. 1000 feet
  5. 1 mile
  6. 10 miles
  7. Unlimited

Parameter - Duration

Default Level: 1

Seasoned Threshold: 3

Veteran Threshold: 4

  1. 1 round
  2. 2 rounds
  3. 3 rounds
  4. 5 rounds
  5. 10 rounds

Parameter - Range

Default Level: 1

Seasoned Threshold: 2

Veteran Threshold: 3

  1. Arm's Reach
  2. 20 feet
  3. 300 feet
  4. Line of Sight

Parameter - Duration

Default Level: 1

Seasoned Threshold: 3

Veteran Threshold: 4

  1. 1 round
  2. 2 rounds
  3. 3 rounds
  4. 5 rounds
  5. 10 rounds

Example Powers

By slowing the hands of one of their watches, the time-traveler may interrupt and slow a target's movement through time. The target appears to be moving in slow motion for the duration.


Exert your Mind and spend an Action to activate. Select a Animate target within 20 feet. You must actively and obviously use a watch or clock to activate this Effect. Roll Intellect + Science at Difficulty 7.

If you succeed, the target will suffer a dice penalty equal to the Outcome for the next 2 Rounds. Dice pools may be reduced all the way down to 0 by this penalty. This breaks Concentration.

You may Exert your Mind and spend a Reaction to contest an Action someone is taking. Roll Intellect + Science at Difficulty 7. Subtract your Outcome from theirs, and they use the Contested Outcome to determine if their Action succeeds.

  • This Penalty is not removed if a character Exerts their Mind to ignore penalty.
  • If a character has a dice pool reduced to 0, they cannot attempt that action.
  • You can target yourself if you qualify as a valid target by the other requirements.