Blightshifting

The Craft of summoning and speaking to the dead, and controlling the forces of corruption and rot. Governed by Vigor. Opposed by Bloodshifting. See Crafting, Shifting, Order.

Also known as Necromancers, these Order Crafters control the power of Death and Corruption. They tend to be dour and cynical about the world, because they know that everything falls sway to Corruption and Death.

Blightshifters see the world in varying shades of life and death. An experienced Necromancer can tell when someone is going to die, from looking at how like a dead man he looks. Those very close to death have the visage of a rotting corpse, while a newborn baby destined for a long life glows with the power of life.

Blightshifters also see the dead in a way that most do not. Some corpses look as healthy as a long-lived man, while some seem to have been rotting for centuries. It matters not how long they’ve been dead, but instead how much emotion is instilled by their name. A peasant who nobody knew appears as a bare-boned skeleton, while a man who once ruled a nation, and still lives on in legend, has the same glow as a new-born child. Corpses also speak to Blightshifters, if they have not traveled on fully to the afterlife. Graveyards actually hold no attraction to a Blightshifter, because of the screams of the dead.

Blightshifters have been around the dead for so long that they have the pallor of death about them. They tend to look like newly-dead corpses, and are disconnected with the real world.

Blightshifting
Basic (1)
Basic Blightshifting Knowledge
Speak to Dead (Basic Blightshifting Specialty)
Intermediate (2)
Blightshifting Block
Blightshifting Maneuver
Advanced (3)
Compel Spirit (Advanced Blightshifting Specialty)
Blightshifting Attack
Expert (4)
Lesser Blightshifting Construct
Expert Blightshifting Knowledge
Expert Blightshifting Specialty
Sustained Blightshifting Attack
Master (5)
Greater Blightshifting Construct
Transform into Spirit

Basic (1)
Basic Blightshifting Knowledge
You can use your Crafting Skill instead of Philosophy when rolling for a knowledge check dealing with information related to your Craft. However, you suffer a -1 penalty to these checks, due to your knowledge being practical rather than theoretical.

Speak to Dead (Basic Blightshifting Specialty)
You can speak to the spirit of a deceased person. You must share a common language or have some form of magical translation in order to get information. This trapping is no guarantee that the spirit will cooperate with questioning.
Time Dead Difficulty
Moments Mediocre ( +0)
Hours Average ( +1)
Days Fair ( +2)
Weeks Good ( +3)
Months Great ( +4)
Years Superb ( +5)
Decades Fantastic ( +6)
Centuries Epic ( +7)

Intermediate (2)
Blightshifting Block
You can use your Crafting as a block. Its precise nature depends on the Craft being used, as well as the Crafter’s own desires—a Flameshaper could bring up a wall of fire; a Dreamsharer could put up a mental block; a Bloodshifter could grow scales or bone. This can either be used as a static dodge equal to the degrees of success, or as Armor equal to the degrees of success, and can be enhanced to increase duration, etc.

Blightshifting Maneuver
You can perform a maneuver, placing a temporary Aspect on a target. The nature of the Aspect depends on the Craft used—a Soulsharer might make a target “Happy,” a Flameshaper might set something “On Fire,” a Blightshifter might make something “Rotten.” This counts as a maneuver for all purposes: The Aspect becomes sticky if you gain spin on your check, and you gain one free tag on the Aspect placed.

Advanced (3)
Compel Spirit (Advanced Blightshifting Specialty)
You can force a Blightbound or dead spirit to follow your instruction. This is an opposed check vs. the target’s Discipline. You can also use this to call nearby Blightbound to your position.

Blightshifting Attack
You can use your Crafting as an attack. Its precise nature depends on the Craft being used, as well as the Crafter’s own desires—a Flameshaper could breathe fire, throw a fireball, a fiery whip, or more. This can either be used as a Dmg 0 Attack or a Move Other action, and can be enhanced to increase Damage, affect multiple targets, etc. If you extend the duration, you need to focus on the attack during subsequent rounds, and can make only move actions. All Shaping and Shifting attacks cause Physical Stress.

Expert (4)
Lesser Blightshifting Construct
You can create, animate, or summon something related to your Craft as a minion or companion. [Lesser construct stunt].

Expert Blightshifting Knowledge
You can use your Crafting Skill instead of Philosophy when dealing with information related to your Craft. Unlike Basic Blightshifting Knowledge, you suffer no penalty to your check, having learned enough theory to back up your practical knowledge.

Control Spirit (Expert Blightshifting Specialty)
You gain a +1 bonus when using the Compel Spirit trapping.

Master (5)
Greater Blightshifting Construct
You can create, animate, or summon something related to your Craft as a minion or companion. [Greater construct stunt].

Transform into Spirit
You can transform into a pure spiritual form. You are invisible and intangible except to other Blightshifters. You cannot touch anything, but you can still use your Crafting abilities. You can create your form as per a companion or minion, using the degrees of success as advances. You retain your own Skills, but your Aspects, Stunts, and Stress Tracks may vary by the advances you spend.

Blightshifting

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