Monster in the Mist
Cost: —; Mins: Stealth 5, Essence 2; Type: Permanent
Keywords: Native, Overdrive
Prerequisite Charms: Shadow Cloak Technique
Psychological warfare is nothing new, the officer rants. There are no monsters out there; two or three men at the most. Then the Abyssal looms out of the shadows, and the screams begin anew. This Charm grants the Abyssal an empty Overdrive pool with a capacity of ten motes. The first time in an action that the Abyssal successfully inflicts at least one health level of damage on an enemy with an unexpected attack made from surprise, he gains one offensive mote. This gain is increased by one if the target is actually killed by the attack, if the target had all of their health levels intact before the attack, or if the Abyssal was riding in the target’s shadow with Shade Walker Prana; these increases all stack. This gain is reduced by two if the target is an extra (to a minimum of zero offensive motes).
Further, the Abyssal gains one offensive mote whenever his DVs refresh in combat, provided that no hostile characters can directly perceive him and at least one hostile character continues to be aware of his presence in the scene. This gain is increased to two motes if all hostile characters are aware of his presence in the scene; the deathknight draws power from the frantic search of the feeble-eyed.