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Knack Tier Prerequisite Cost Roll Effect
Aura of Dread 1 2L Force others to spend Willpower to block your way.
Dreadful Mien 2 Aura of Dread 1L App + Pre Terrfiy your target into fleeing from you.
Waking Nightmare 3 Dreadful Mien 5L + 1W App + Pre Frighten large groups of people into fleeing you.
Loathsome Presence 4 Waking Nightmare 5L + 1W App + Pre Cause anyone who comes too close to you to flee in terror.
Do Not Want 2 Aura of Dread 3L App + Pre Apply penalties to others who attempt to touch or injure you.
Blinding Visage 1 1L App + Pre Blind others who look at you.
Bedazzling Image 2 Blinding Visage Add your Appearance dots as dice to your resist rolls.
Disorienting Countenance 3 Bedazzling Image 1+L Add Epic Appearance successes to resist rolls instead of Legend.
Divine Splendor 4 Disorienting Countenance 2L App + Pre Blind or incinerate others with your incredible appearance.
Center of Attention 1 1+L App + Pre Force everyone around you to pay attention to you or suffer penalties.
Perfect Actor 2 Center of Attention 1W App + Art Cause others to feel whatever emotion you act out.
Come Hither 3 Perfect Actor 1L App + Com Force someone you have met to come to you.
Doin’ Fine 1 Never be visibly injured, dirtied or otherwise blemished.
Star Power 2 Doin’ Fine Never take any kind of damage to your appearance, even to hair or clothes.
Game Face 3 Star Power 2L App + Pre Prevent anyone from attacking you as long as you take no violent actions.
Mask the Divine 2 Doin’ Fine 1L Seem to be mortal to those using Scent the Divine.
Chameleon 3 Mask the Divine 2L Alter your divine scent to match any other pantheon’s.
Malleable Allure 3 Mask the Divine 2L Appear to have any amount of Epic Appearance between zero and your normal maximum.
Lasting Impression 1 1L + 1W App + Pre Grant bonuses or inflict penalties on those who think about your lingering image.
Inescapable Vision 2 Lasting Impression 1L + 1W App + Pre Cause your target to see your face wherever they go.
Serpent’s Gaze 3 Inescapable Vision 1L App + Pre Make eye contact to freeze one target.
Compelling Presence 4 Serpent’s Gaze 1L App + Pre Prevent others from taking any action except looking at you.
Visage Great and Terrible 3 Inescapable Vision 3L Change from positive to negative Epic Appearance (or vice versa).
Eye of the Beholder 4 Visage Great and Terrible 5L + 1W Appear beautiful or hideous to everyone in the scene as you choose.
My Eyes Are Up Here 1 1L Reduce your Appearance and Epic Appearance to zero and become unremarkable.
Detail Variation 2 My Eyes Are Up Here 1L Change any detail of your appearance, within human limits.
Undeniable Resemblance 3 Detail Variation 5L Change your appearance to anything within the human spectrum or impersonate others flawlessly.
Unusual Alteration 4 Undeniable Resemblance 2L Change your appearance to anything you can imagine.
Tailor Made 2 My Eyes Are Up Here 1L Create clothing for yourself from your ichor.

AURA OF DREAD

Prerequisite: None
Cost: 2 Legend per use
Dice Pool: None
Horrible, hideous, unsettling or terrifying, the Scion with this Knack is so disturbing to look at that others simply avoid getting close enough to do so. Once the Scion has spent the requisite cost for this Knack, it becomes impossible for mortals to bar or block his progress, allowing him to part crowds and stride through traffic while others scramble to get out of his way. Those with a Legend score may approach and impede him if they wish, but they must spend a point of Willpower in order to do so.

This Knack may only be used by someone with negative Epic Appearance.

BEDAZZLING IMAGE

Prerequisite: Blinding Visage
Cost: None
Dice Pool: None
The Scion with this knack is so visually impressive – whether divinely beautiful or torturously ugly – that those attempting to affect her mentally are at a disadvantage from plain distraction. She may add her Appearance to any dice roll made to resist being affected by an outside power.

BLINDING VISAGE

Prerequisite: None
Cost: 1 Legend per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
The Scion with this Knack may concentrate his amazing appearance so as to literally attack those who gaze upon him. If he is beautiful, those affected wander in a daze, temporarily blinded and overwhelmed by the splendor of his visage; if he is hideous they panic, struck blind by the horror of the sight of him. The Scion may only blind up to a total number of people equal to his dots of Epic Appearance, and may only blind any specific person once per use; mortals are blinded for the remainder of the scene, while beings with Legend ratings are sightless for only 5 ticks. The Scion’s targets must be looking directly at him in order for this Knack to affect them.

CENTER OF ATTENTION

Prerequisite: None
Cost: 1+ Legend per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
Irresistible to the eye, the Scion with this Knack forces those around her to pay attention to her and only her, drawing their eyes no matter what else might be going on in their vicinity. For every point of Legend she chooses to spend, her targets (she may affect up to her successes in individual beings) are locked into staring at her (though they may otherwise act normally) for one full minute per dot of Epic Appearance she possesses, enabling her to command every person’s attention for a heroic speech or to draw a foe’s ire in battle. Those who wish to take any action not directly involving the Scion suffer a -4 dice penalty in order to do so, as do those making Perception rolls to notice anything other than the Scion.

CHAMELEON

Prerequisite: Mask the Divine
Cost: 2 Legend per use
Dice Pool: None
As changeable as the weather, the Scion with this Knack may now cause her ichor to give off false signals, blending in even with other pantheons around her. Whenever she chooses to pay the requisite cost, she may choose to read as any other pantheon to those using Scent the Divine, and in addition may smell like whatever she wishes, whether or not it would normally be possible (i.e., rose petals, ozone, or anything else she wants).

COME HITHER

Prerequisite: Perfect Actor
Cost: 1 Legend per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Command
When a Scion possesses this Knack, his presence is so striking that at any time he may use it to influence those who have seen him to come to him, even if they are currently far away. By spending the requisite cost and in some way calling the target (who need not be able to actually receive the message, but who may not have more Epic Appearance than he does), the Scion immediately engenders a strong, undeniable urge in them to come to his location at once (though they are not forced to take any imminently life-threatening measures in order to do so). Those seeking the Scion do so only for one full day; if, at the end of each day, they have not yet reached him, they may make an extended Willpower + Integrity roll against him, adding successes to it each day until they either reach him or overcome his threshold successes and are freed from the compulsion (the target must make this roll, as her natural resistance to meddling does not allow her to relent even if she genuinely wishes to find the Scion). If the Scion moves more than a mile from the place where he first called his target, the spell breaks and they are no longer compelled to find him; likewise, if he is on a different plane or otherwise inaccessible to his target, the compulsion breaks when the target reaches a touchstone or Axis Mundi and can go no further.

This Knack may only be used by someone with positive Epic Appearance.

COMPELLING PRESENCE

Prerequisite: Serpent’s Gaze
Cost: 1 Legend per target
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
So undeniable is the intense attraction of the Scion’s presence that she can use this Knack to literally freeze others in their tracks. By spending a point of Legend for every person she wishes to affect, the Scion causes them to stop whatever they are doing and simply stare at her, drinking in the sight of her divine beauty. She may only affect targets that she is currently able to see, and only a number of targets equal to her successes from Epic Appearance; the targets remain thus frozen until she leaves their sight or until they are physically hurt, at which point they instantly regain their senses. In fact, the Scion’s presence is so overwhelming that her targets have no memory of the time they lost in contemplating her, and likewise forget an equal amount of time before this Knack was used, burned out of their brains by the Scion’s unearthly image. If the Scion attempts to use this Knack on the same person more than once in the same scene, her target adds their Willpower + Integrity again to their resistance roll as bonus dice for every time the Scion has already used it on them.

This Knack may only be used by someone with positive Epic Appearance.

DETAIL VARIATION

Prerequisite: My Eyes Are Up Here
Cost: 1 Legend per feature
Dice Pool: None
The Scion with this Knack may change any minor details of his appearance at whim; hair, skin and eye colors, hair lengths and so forth are totally mutable for him as long as the desired effect falls within the range of normal human appearance (i.e., he may change his skin to most shades of tan or brown, but not to blue). Changes wrought by this Knack are permanent unless reversed by other Appearance Knacks or powers.

DISORIENTING COUNTENANCE

Prerequisite: Bedazzling Image
Cost: 1+ Legend per use
Dice Pool: None
Some Titans and Gods (and some of their spawn) have developed partial immunity even to the amazing effects of a Scion’s Epic Appearance, but that is not to say that they are completely free of its influence. For the price of one point of Legend plus the cost of the Knack or Boon used against him (as well as one more for every dot of Epic Appearance the attacker has over the Scion), he may remove his Legend from his resistance roll and instead add his Epic Appearance auto-successes to his total (though, since this is a function of her appearance and not her mental faculties, this Knack cannot be combined with Parapet of the Mind or Crazy Like a Fox).

DIVINE SPLENDOR

Prerequisite: Disorienting Countenance
Cost: 2 Legend per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
So unbelievably overwhelming is the Scion’s appearance, whether she possesses heavenly beauty or hellish ugliness, that it is literally too much for others to bear when she unleashes it fully. Whenever she pays the requisite cost, her target is overcome by the sheer dazzling force of her appearance; mortals die instantly, their minds and eyes seared and blasted by the overload, and beings of Legend are blinded for one full day by the awesome force of her visage.

DOIN’ FINE

Prerequisite: None
Cost: None
Dice Pool: None
The Scion with this Knack never shows ill effects related to injuries or dirt on her actual body. If she is injured, bruises and cuts do not appear on her, no matter how grievously damaged she is in actuality; likewise, her skin always seems perfectly clean and blemishness, even if she’s been slogging through a sewer for the past few hours. This Knack does not actually affect anything except for the Scion’s outward appearance, and does not extend to the Scion’s clothes or anything she might be carrying.

This Knack may only be used by someone with positive Epic Appearance.

DO NOT WANT

Prerequisite: Aura of Dread
Cost: 3 Legend per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
A Knack reserved exclusively for Scions whose appearance tends toward the hideous end of the cosmic spectrum rather than the lovely, this power allows its possessor to become so visually terrifying that those around him literally cannot bring themselves to come into contact with such a horrifying creature. When he activates this Knack, anyone wishing to attack or even touch him must equal his roll or find themselves afflicted with a terrible, instinctive fear against doing so, which manifests itself as a penalty equal to the Scion’s Epic Appearance dots in successes applied to all melee, brawl or other close-quarters combat they attempt to level against him. This Knack does not affect those with more hideous Epic Appearance than the Scion himself, and does not affect ranged attacks. The horrible compulsion lasts for a number of ticks equal to the Scion’s successes multiplied by ten, after which he reverts to his usual self.

This Knack may only be used by someone with negative Epic Appearance.

DREADFUL MIEN

Prerequisite: Aura of Dread
Cost: 1 Legend per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
By revealing the awful divine ugliness of her visage, the Scion with this Knack may so terrify her target that she forces them to flee, wildly doing anything and everything short of causing themselves injury to escape her presence. Those thus ejected must run until the next sunrise, and cannot voluntarily do anything in the Scion’s presence except attempt to escape; if cornered by the Scion, the target may lash out in self-defense. This Knack does not affect those with more hideous Epic Appearance than the Scion herself.

This Knack may only be used by someone with negative Epic Appearance.

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

Prerequisite: Visage Great and Terrible
Cost: 5 Legend and 1 Willpower per use
Dice Pool: None
Like a many-faceted jewel, the Scion with this Knack is able to control what face he presents to his onlookers, becoming the complete master of how others see him. Upon spending the activation cost, the Scion immediately chooses which beings in the scene (and any new ones that enter, whenever they do so ) he wishes to see him with positive Epic Appearance and which he chooses to see him with negative; those people see him as such for the remainder of the scene, causing half a crowd to sigh in ecstasy over his beauty and the other half to cower in terror from his hideousness. If he also possesses the My Eyes Are Up Here Knack, he may dictate that some also see him as forgettable by spending an additional point of Legend.

GAME FACE

Prerequisite: Star Power
Cost: 2 Legend per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
By revealing the terrible divine glory of her visage, the Scion with this Knack may so intimidate her target that she prevents him from being able to lay a hand on her, instinctively backing away from the temerity of such an idea. Whenever she overcomes her opponent’s resistance roll, the Scion renders him incapable of taking any violent action toward her for the rest of the scene; he may do anything else he wishes, but the Scion herself is immune to any attack while she stands wreathed in her overwhelming beauty.

This Knack may only be used by someone with positive Epic Appearance.

INESCAPABLE VISION

Prerequisite: Lasting Impression
Cost: 1 Legend and 1 Willpower per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
The Scion with this Knack is so hauntingly beautiful or viscerally terrifying that it is almost impossible for those who see him to get him out of their minds. When any person or creature is looking at him, he may choose to spend the requisite cost; if he does, the hapless target is plagued by insistent recurring visions of the Scion, like a retinal afterimage burned into his or her brain. He or she sees all other people of the appropriate sex as wearing the Scion’s face, no matter who or where; he or she may spend a point of Willpower to temporarily stave off this maddening effect, but after one hour the visions return, allowing him or her no peace from seeing the Scion’s face everywhere, and the constant presence prevents him or her from regaining any points of Willpower while thus affected. Hapless targets suffer a -4 dice penalty to all actions during this time from the distraction of constantly being confronted by the Scion; in addition, anyone attempting to correctly identify a person of the same sex as the Scion loses four successes from their attempt to do so. Beings with a Legend rating may shake the effects off on their own after 24 hours; mortals, however, are doomed to see the Scion’s face forever unless he chooses to release them from it.

LASTING IMPRESSION

Prerequisite: None
Cost: 1 Legend and 1 Willpower per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
Whatever a target of this Knack might think about the Scion, there’s no denying that she can’t be forgotten. When the Scion spends the requisite point of Legend, she causes her target to think about her godly appearance during idle moments, boosting their spirits or flattening them utterly. If the Scion is beautiful she grants her target a point of Willpower (which can be in excess of their normal maximum) and a dice bonus equal to your total number of dots of Epic Appearance to all Art, Athletics and Integrity rolls for the next 24 hours; if she is hideous, her target loses a point of Willpower which cannot be regained until the effects wear off, and suffers the same penalty to all Animal Ken, Command, Politics and Presence rolls as the memory of her terrifying face prevents him or her from concentrating on anything fully.

LOATHSOME PRESENCE

Prerequisite: Waking Nightmare
Cost: 5 Legend and 1 Willpower per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
By embracing the true terror of his divine heritage, the Scion with this Knack makes it nearly impossible for any but the most stalwart to approach him. Whenever he chooses to pay this Knack’s activation cost, his horrifying presence and supreme ugliness become highlighted; for any being that comes within 20 yards of him must roll to resist or flee as if affected by the Dreadful Mien Knack, unable to stand being in such close proximity to such a monster. This Knack’s effects last for the remainder of the scene, after which point the Scion becomes loathsome but tolerable again (by those with strong stomachs, anyway).

MALLEABLE ALLURE

Prerequisite: Mask the Divine
Cost: 2 Legend per use
Dice Pool: None
The Scion with this Knack is such a master of his appearance that he may bend it to his will completely, becoming as noticeable or innocuous as he wishes. Whenever he chooses to pay the requisite cost, he may set his Epic Appearance to any level from zero to his maximum for the remainder of the scene; all onlookers see him as his new level of Epic Appearance and treat him accordingly, and all Appearance Knacks he uses during this time use his new Epic Appearance. He may revert his Epic Appearance to its normal level before the end of the scene if he wishes, but he must pay this Knack’s activation cost again to do so.

MASK THE DIVINE

Prerequisite: Doin’ Fine
Cost: 1 Legend per use
Dice Pool: None
The Scion with this Knack knows that appearance is about more than merely the eyes, and her control of her pheromones and subtle scent signals is unparalleled. Whenever she chooses to pay for this Knack, she may disguise her divine scent, becoming as unnoticeable as a mortal; she no longer appears to be a Scion to anyone using the Scent the Divine Knack. The Scion may remain innocently mortal-seeming for the remainder of the scene, after which her divine ichor surges back to normal.

MY EYES ARE UP HERE

Prerequisite: None
Cost: 1 Legend per scene
Dice Pool: None
Despite the many benefits that being ineffably beautiful or terrifying might provide a Scion, sometimes it’s inconvenient to have a cavalcade of mortals following her around, or to instantly clear every room she walks into. By spending the requisite cost, the Scion with this Knack may temporarily disable the effects of her Epic Appearance; she reverts to zero in both her normal and Epic dots of Appearance, and may interact more freely with others who may not know her true nature. Since her Epic Appearance is not active, however, she cannot use Knacks provided by it. The Scion is entirely forgettable and mortals cannot later remember or recognize her or describe her in any detail; the nondescript appearance lasts until the end of the scene, or until the Scion chooses to return to her full glory.

PERFECT ACTOR

Prerequisite: Center of Attention
Cost: 1 Willpower per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Art (some form of performance)
The Scion’s control over his body and face is so minute and perfect, backed up by his incredible gorgeousness, that he can communicate and incite emotion in others like the most masterful of thespians. By spending the requisite cost and in some way portraying an emotion – acting out a scene, making a speech, or simply dropping to his knees and sobbing – the Scion causes all those who see him to immediately feel that emotion with an overwhelming intensity for the remainder of the scene.

This Knack may only be used by someone with positive Epic Appearance.

SERPENT’S GAZE

Prerequisite: Inescapable Vision
Cost: 1 Legend per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
The Scion with this Knack is literally irresistible to the eye. If she makes eye contact and spends the requisite point of Legend, her target is instantly and inescapably fascinated by her, unable to do anything but maintain their mutual gaze. If the Scion loses eye contact with her victim or he sustains damage, he is immediately snapped out of it. This Knack may be used on a specific target only once per scene.

STAR POWER

Prerequisite: Doin’ Fine
Cost: None
Dice Pool: None
A Scion with this much Epic Appearance is just too cool to be inconvenienced by everyday grooming hassles like dirt and bodily fluids. Incidental damage to her appearance simply doesn’t happen anymore – she doesn’t bleed when injured, she doesn’t sweat when it’s hot, she doesn’t get dirty when she works hard, and the wind definitely doesn’t disturb her immaculately-coiffed hair one bit. Even her clothing remains pristine and perfect unless she wishes for it to be otherwise.

TAILOR MADE

Prerequisite: My Eyes Are Up Here
Cost: 1 Legend per use
Dice Pool: None
Incredible beauty is all well and good, but the Scion with this Knack knows that the clothes make the man, too. By concentrating for a moment and spending a point of Legend, he may cause clothing to grow forth and cover his body, coalescing from his very godly ichor. This garment can look like whatever he likes (though it cannot provide armor bonuses) is permanent, and acts like normal clothing in every way once it is created. If at any time the clothing leaves physical contact with the Scion, it disintegrates.

UNDENIABLE RESEMBLANCE

Prerequisite: Detail Variation
Cost: 5 Legend per feature
Dice Pool: None
The Scion’s control over her appearance is now so great that she can stretch and shape it into anything within the spectrum of normal human variation. She may change skin and hair colors at whim, grow into a basketball player or shrink into a midget, completely change her race, swap genders, or even become a hermaphrodite. All alterations to her appearance are real, affecting even her DNA; they are permanent unless she chooses to change them again with this or another Appearance Knack. If the Scion wishes to impersonate a specific person with equal or lesser Epic Appearance, she may do so, but those who possess higher Epic Perception than she does may realize that it is an impostor (or, if they have never met the person before, merely realize that something is slightly off).

UNUSUAL ALTERATION

Prerequisite: Undeniable Resemblance
Cost: 2 Legend per feature
Dice Pool: None
The Scion with this Knack can now create whatever outlandish modifications to himself he wishes, whether they are within the realm of human imagination or so fantastic that they defy description. He may add limbs or heads, grow a tail or wings, turn his bones into sculptures or utilize colors never found in nature; his imagination is the only limit, though changes typically do not afford any concrete dice bonuses (unless otherwise ruled by the Storyteller). All changes he makes to his appearance are permanent unless he chooses to change them again with this or another Appearance Knack.

VISAGE GREAT AND TERRIBLE

Prerequisite: Inescapable Vision
Cost: 3 Legend per use
Dice Pool: None
The Scion with this Knack is not bound to only appear as a hideous beast or a gorgeous goddess; she may become either at her whim, spending the requisite cost to switch from one to the other or vice versa at any time she pleases.

WAKING NIGHTMARE

Prerequisite: Dreadful Mien
Cost: 5 Legend and 1 Willpower per use
Dice Pool: Appearance + Presence
The Scion with this Knack is so terrifying that the horror of his hideous visage cannot be confined to a single unfortunate target. Whenever he spends the activation cost and shows his true horror with a snarl, shout or other threatening gesture, all those who are able to see him in the area must immediately roll to resist as if affected by the Dreadful Mien Knack or flee in abject terror. The commanding officer of an opposing army may attempt to roll Charisma + Command against the Scion’s activation successes in order to prevent his men from routing, but if he is not successful must watch helplessly as they run wildly from the Scion’s unthinkable presence.

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