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Finding the Spirit's Shape
Cost: None Duration: Instant Type: Reflexive Minimum Totem: 0 Minimum Essence: 1 Prerequisite Charms: None (free)
All Lunar's learn this charm first and foremost, often instinctively knowing it following their Exaltation or learning it straight away through raw instinct shortly afterwards. Until a Lunar learns this charm, in fact, he is not truely one of the Chosen of Lunar -- for this charm unlocks the Lunar's Totem shape, allowing him to freely shift into the form of his totem animal or return to his human form. The character can only use this charm once a turn, until he reaches Essence 3 at which point he can freely shapeshift between his human and totem form.
If your totem is larger than a grizzly bear or smaller than a cat, you will also need to start with the Surpassing Limits Meditation charm, described below. This usually (but not always) means that you learned this charm instictively "sometime after Exaltation", as opposed to having always known it.
Surpassing Limits Meditation
Cost: None Duration: Permanent Type: Special Minimum Totem: 1 Minimum Essence: 2 Prerequisite Charms: Finding the Spirit's Shape
In order to learn this charm, the Lunar undergoes a lengthy period of meditation, remarkably similar to the process of raising his Essence except lasting for the much shorter period of time required to learnn a new charm. After the meditation period comes to an end, the Lunar expands and surpasses some of his limits, becoming more protean. Every time the Lunar purchases this charm, he may choose one of the following benefits:
Without the appropriate charm, a character cannot shapeshift into any form larger than a grizzly bear or smaller than a cat, nor into a form of the inappropriate gender. Lunars who have totems that fall outside of the above size limitations must start with the appropriate version of this charm.
The transformations described above are simple actions.
Consuming the Heart's Blood
Cost: 3 motes, 1 willpower (3 motes to shapeshift) Duration: Instant Type: Simple Minimum Totem: 1 Minimum Essence: 2 Prerequisite Charms: Finding the Spirit's Shape
A Lunar who has mastered this charm can drink the spirit of an animal whom he has killed along with its blood, gaining a deep and inherently awareness of the creature so consumed. The Lunar must have struck the deathblow himself, and participated actively in the hunt if he was not alone in killing the animal. In addition, he must spend a full turn consuming the creatures heart or drinking the last of its "hearts blood". This consumption requires 3 motes, and 1 willpower, and gives the character a deep empathy with the species in question. You gain your Essence in bonus dice to comprehend or understand the actions of a given answer, and can shift into the form of an animal you have consumed by activating this charm for 3 motes.
You must have Surpassing Limits Meditation in order to shapeshift into overly large or small forms, or into a form of a different gender. This charm increases your Tell to 1.