Deus Ex Dia
golden head scarf
Relic that mimics Illusion – 2 – Stolen Faces – Dice Pool: Manipulation + Presence
Cost: 1 Willpower + 1 Legend
Tricksters in myth often take on someone else’s appearance, generally to further a special plot or to bring humiliation to a rival. This Boon makes such a disguise supernaturally believable. The trickster simply dons a cursory disguise—a piece of clothing, a fake wig, a mask or some make-up—and the power of Illusion does the rest. If the Scion tries to impersonate a particular person, the dice roll gains a +2 bonus if the Scion carries some item the emulated individual owned. A sample of the subject’s hair, skin or nails raises the bonus to +5. (Having body sample and an object, or having multiple objects, does not give multiple bonuses.) The Scion’s player rolls to set the Boon’s success level when it’s activated. Anyone who deliberately tries to see through the disguise must best the Scion’s total successes with a (Perception + Awareness) roll. Having only a brief, momentary interaction imposes a -2 penalty on the observer’s roll. A lengthy interaction (lasting several minutes) when the observer knows the emulated subject well grants a +2 bonus. If the observer scores more successes than the trickster, the observer realizes that the Scion is not who she seems to be, though the true identity of the disguised Scion remains unclear unless the disguise is actually removed. Stolen Face doesn’t prevent people from suspecting that the Scion might not be who she seems if she does something wildly out of character. A Scion disguised as Ronald Reagan who breaks into a bank, paints the vault red and flies away on camera will probably not be mistaken for the dead president in question. Mortal onlookers certainly won’t figure out who it really was, though, or how she managed to do such a convincing Reagan imitation! A Scion can also use Stolen Face to create a false identity of her own invention. Such a false identity can be as rudimentary as an anonymous old man, as Odin advised Sigurd on how to deal with the dragon Fafnir, or as elaborate as a whole second life as a reporter at a major metropolitan newspaper. Mortal onlookers tend to overlook flaws in such false identities. Even most Scions remain unsuspecting of such a deception unless they specifically think there’s an imposter around or someone has a secret identity. Regardless of the successes scored, some element of the disguise always leaves a hint of the Scion’s true nature. A Scion disguised as Ronald Reagan might still appear to wear sneakers that clash with his presidential suit. A Scion pretending to be Artemis might forget to change her eye color to match. A relic might retain its true appearance. Such omissions usually go overlooked unless the disguise is penetrated, in which case it’s generally the first thing that the viewer spots—such as the propensity for watchful onlookers to notice the hastily concealed tail of a kitsune who’s masquerading as a human woman. Stolen Face remains in effect for an entire scene; spending a Willpower point extends the illusion to another scene. Anyone who fails to penetrate the disguise during that time cannot try again. If one person sees through the illusion, he need merely perform some action to expose the fraud—yank off the wig, smear the make-up—and everyone else instantly sees through it as well.
taken from the very fleece of the the golden ram Hermes wove a wonderous head scarf for his latest son Nicky Chan. Hoping that it would fuel him to learn more of his father’s basic purviews.