Rites of Saint Hombor

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Rites of Saint Hombor

Blessing the Water

Ritual: Blessing, Prayer
Roll: Intuition+Theurgy
Duration: Instant
Range: Touch

Centuries of war and industrial pollution has left more than a few wells poisoned and toxic. The urban poor likewise rarely have access to clean and drinkable water. With a simple prayer and blessing over water the theurgist cleans it of toxins, bacteria, and other harmful impurities. The theurgist may cleanse an amount of water in gallons equal to the VPs on the activation roll.

Humility's Obscurity

Ritual: Blessing, Prayer
Roll: Intuition+Theurgy
Duration: Scene
Range: Self

Too often the poor and outcast of society languish alongside the wealthy and powerful while being purposefully ignored. This rite grants the the theurgist the same shroud of social invisibility that surrounds beggars. Humility's Obscurity allows the theurgist to blend into a crowd, to fade into the background, or simply be overlooked by someone searching an area. For the remainder of the scene the Theurgist receives a +2 goal to any attempt to not be noticed, or a +4 goal if he is attempting to hide in a large (25 or more) crowd of commoners.

Insanity's Insight

Ritual: Blessing
Roll: Wits+Theurgy
Duration: Instant
Range: Touch

The touch of divine revelation can drive a person mad and it is said that Hombor had a touch of that madness in him. This rite calls upon the madness of Hombor for a moment's worth of insight into a situation, person, or event. This rite is as unpredictable as the Saint it calls upon for wisdom and as such the revelation is often a simple word, image, or emotion that is likely to guide the theurgist to the answer they seek (or the answer they are meant to find). The number of VPs rolled should act as a guide for the storyteller, with 1 VP giving a vague clue and 6 VPs giving a vague clue that strongly indicates a specific answer or direction.

Oath to Saint Hombor

Ritual: Prayer, Sermon
Roll: Presence+Theurgy
Duration: Story
Range: Sensory

Inspired by the Oath of Fellowship that the saints pledge to one another at the time of their worst trial, this rite binds a group together in friendship and trust, and is a theurgical version of the sacrement of the Holy Congress. The pledge must be made at the start of some specific task and it lasts as long the group is actively engaged in pursuing that task. Every member of the group that participates in the ritual receives a +2 bonus to any goal number when befriending others or performing selfless acts. Theurgist members receive the same bonus when using rites of Saint Hombor. Oathbreaking is a mortal sin and to break the Oath of Saint Hombor comes at a terrible price. Any member of the group who betrays the oath receives a -1 to ALL goals until cleansed by holy trial or other similar act of penance. If a theurgist breaks the Oath of Saint Hombor then he may no longer use any rites of Saint Hombor until such time as he undergoes an act of penance.

Patron of Beasts

Ritual: Blessing, Prayer
Roll: Presence+Theurgy
Duration: Scene
Range: Sensory

Hombor, poor in the fortunes of mankind, was rich with animal friends. Stories tell of him sharing his scraps of food with hungry birds; of a Grackle Fox letting him join her cubs in suckling herl of a Naked Snake helping him to shelter from the blistering desert sun; and of how Hombor loved each and every one of his fleas, having named several of them! This rite allows the theurgist to call to him a number of nearby animals equal to his Faith. The theurgist may specificy broadly what kind of animals he is calling (“snakes”, “large mammals”, “beasts of burden”, etc) or may simply call whichever animals are close by. The beasts will stick close to the theurgist for the duration of the scene or for as long as the theurgist wishes, though they will not starve or abandon their young. Additionally, the animals may linger longer if well treated or they have no place to return to. Should a theurgist mistreat an animal summoned in this fashion, either by his own action or through inaction, he will immediately gain a point of hubris.

Pulpit's Gift

Ritual: Prayer
Roll: Resolve+Theurgy
Duration: Scene
Range: Self

This rite is usually performed in preparation for holding a sermon or preaching and it fills the Theurgist with the glory of the Holy Flame of the Pancreator. For the remainder of the scene the Theurgist's words are filled with a power that resonates in the heart's of his flock. The Theurgist receives a +3 goal on any roll to influence a crowd with the words of the Pancreator and the Prophet. Preachers who use this power for self-serving or destructive purposes run the risk of gaining a point of hubris.