3.3.5   MORTALITY

THIRD TRIAD

Sense Death
Level: 1
Aspect: Understanding
Duration: Immediate
Forms: Divine, Hidden, Subtle
Description
With this force the psychopomp can detect those in the vicinity who have died and whose souls still need to be released. In addition, it can be used to locate the living dead (those whose bodies are dead and decaying, but continue to be animated). The precision of this force is entirely up to the Storyteller, and is dictated by the needs of the story.

Optional Rules
The distance for which an angel can detect a dead or undead mortal is dependent on their grace score. Each point of grace adds one mile to the angel's sensing radius. Thus a child of fire with a Grace of 15 can use this force up to a 15-mile radius around his current position.

Free Soul
Level: 2
Aspect: Glory
Duration: immediate
Forms: Divine, Hidden
Description
With this force, the child of fire attempts to release the soul of a dead body. Without its use, the soul is trapped in the body and gradually becomes warped as the corpse decays. In most cases, a released soul naturally floats off to its proper place in Heaven (Paradise or Tartarus).

Optional Rules
The souls of the living dead can also be freed with this force. This, however, is more difficult than freeing a normal soul, the difficulty being hard (25). Once the soul is freed, the decayed body becomes inanimate and harmless.

Judgment
Level: 3
Aspect: Understanding
Duration: immediate
Forms: Divine, Hidden
Description
Some souls have lead lives neither good nor evil. When their bodies pass away, these souls have the tendency to remain on Earth. In cases such as this, the soul must be judged and forced to its rightful place in the afterlife. If this judgment is not done, the spirit will roam the Earth as a ghost.

Optional Rules
It takes some time (usually days) for a disembodied soul to become a ghost. If the angel tries to use this power during this transformation stage, only a standard roll is needed. Once, the spirit becomes a ghost, however, the roll is contested with the ghost’s vigor score.


SECOND TRIAD

Agony
Level: 4
Aspect: Power
Duration: Scene
Forms: Divine (ethereal)
Description
The child of fire can use this force to reach in and tug at the soul of a living being. This causes excruciating pain to the child of clay, though it does not cause any real damage. This experience will leave a child of clay shattered for quite some time. Use of this force, however, sometimes incurs a loss of grace. The Almighty does not like His prized creation being tortured so it is saved for extreme cases.

Optional Rules
The recipient must make a successful fortitude roll to perform any action for the remainder of the scene.

Stealing of Souls
Level: 5
Aspect: Power
Duration: Immediate
Forms: Divine, Hidden
Description
This is a rather dangerous force for a child of fire to utilize, since it almost always incurs a loss of grace. With it, the angel removes the soul of a currently living person, causing instant death. This roll is resisted with the target’s health score.

Soul Shatter
Level: 6
Aspect: Power
Duration: Instantaneous
Forms: Divine, Hidden
Description
This is one of the most devastating forces available to psychopomps. By using this force, the angel is able to utterly destroy a soul, removing it from existence forever. It incurs a massive loss of grace and is thus rarely used. As with Steeling of Souls, this force is resisted by the human’s health score.

Optional Rules
The storyteller can require a justice roll for any child of fire attempting to use this force who has a positive grace score.


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