Rites of Saint Lextius
Rites of Saint Lextius
Recitation of this passage from the Omega Gospels is the traditional way of boosting morale, usually before battle. A liturgy must be read aloud, and all true believers within earshot add a +2 bonus to all goal numbers involving Discipline or on any rolls testing morale for the duration of the scene. The range of this rite cannot benefit from PA systems or other forms of long-distance communications.
Dispersal of Darkness
Ritual: Blessing, Prayer
Duration: Scene Range: Self
The theurgist may use his faith to hold back the minions of evil. Husks, demons, doppelgangers and other manifestations of the dark cannot approach the theurgist any closer than his Faith in meters. The Manifest Light are believed to use a variation of this rite against Symbiots on Stigmata, although this version repels only unnatural evils.
Ritual: Blessing, Prayer, Sermon
Duration: 1 turn
This rite causes fear of the Pancreator to clutch the heart of heretics and unbelievers. The target suffers a ‑3 penalty to all combat actions for 1 turn, the theurgist may expend 1 point of Wyrd as a free action to extend the duration for another turn. Anyone with a Faith attribute higher than 5 and who is also not an antinomist is immune to this rite. This rite is not cumulative with the Prophet’s Censure or Tortures of the Damned.
Ritual: Prayer, Sermon
The theurgist provides Sanctuary for the persecuted within the confines of a site made holy through the Consecration sacrament. The latter, in itself, is enough to deter most people from chasing their target into the site, as doing so is considered an attack on the property and authority of the Church. This rite makes it exceptionally difficult for the individual given Sanctuary to be removed from the Church against his will. All rolls which aid the individual to avoid capture and removal gain a +3, whether that involves Sneak rolls to hide from pursuers, intimidation rolls to cow abductors, and even combat goals to resist capture. Note, however, that if the individual given Sanctuary initiates combat he loses these blessings.
Oath to Saint Lextius
Inspired by the Oath of Fellowship that the saints pledged 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 sacrament of Holy Congress. The pledge must be made at the start of some specific task (lasting one drama), such as a journey or mission. Every member of the pledge receives a+2 bonus to any goal number when upholding a pledge, providing an example to others or defending the meek. Theurgist members receive the same bonus when casting further rites of Saint Lextius.
Betraying the pledge comes at a terrible price, as Oathbreaking is a Mortal Sin tarnishing one’s soul mirror. The +2 bonus is turned into a ‑1 penalty to all goal numbers, lasting till the offender is redeemed by undertaking a pilgrimage or some other holy trial. In addition, Oathbreaking theurgist members of the pledge can no longer call upon rites of Saint Lextius.
Brothers Battle monks are renowned for their discipline and loyalty. The rite of Righteous Fervor intensifies their already legendary stoicism, allowing a Brother to resist all temptations, persuasions, fast talks, etc., that would sway him from his duty. During the rite, the Brother declares a vow, such as, “No harm shall come to the bishop under my watch,” “I shall bring the perpetrator to justice,” or “I shall safely deliver the writ to the Heirophant on Byzantium Secundus.” The Brother gains a +5 goal number to resist mental or social obstacles which would hinder his duty, such as the orders of the bishop to step down from his task, the knavery of the Decados marquis, the lamentation of a peasant to get her trapped brother from under the fallen ox-cart, etc. While the Brothers Battle dedication is to be admired, it should be noted that Fervored Brothers can become quite callous to pleas for help if they seem to hinder their duty. If they do refuse such pleas while Fervored, they must confess their guilt within a week after the rite’s effect has ended, or risk gaining Hubris.