Rites of Saint Mantius

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Rites of Saint Mantius

Armor of Mantius

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

This theurgic armor protects the target by hardening her aura to resist physical intrusion, forming it to her body. The subject of this rite may add his Faith to his armor value.

Liturgy of the Wrathful Host

Ritual: Sermon
Roll: Presence+Theurgy
Duration: Scene
Range: Sensory

This passage from the Omega Gospels is read aloud prior to battle to fill the hearts of the faithful with the fire of their holy cause. The range of this rite cannot benefit from PA systems or other forms of long-distance communications. The liturgy grants a +2 goal number to all Focus tests. Those blessed under the Liturgy of the Wrathful Host ignore up to a -2 in penalties from Wounds or other injuries. Note that those wounded in this fashion still fall unconscious when their penalties equal their Resolve.

Martial Focus

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

By calling on the Pancreator to steady her hand when under fire, the theurgist gains a +2 goal bonus to her combat actions.

Oath to Saint Mantius

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

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 seeking to overcome ones physical or mental limitations or defending the faithful. Theurgist members receive the same bonus when casting further rites of Saint Manitus.

Betraying the pledge comes with 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 Mantius.

Oath of the Shieldmates

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

This rite allows the theurgist to band his comrades into a coherent fighting unit. A telepathic bond of sorts is forged between the theurgist and his targets, allowing quick, accurate and effortless communication between him and them. This is not the same as telepathy: those bound together in this rite do not 'transmit' their thoughts to one another nor do they 'hear' the thoughts of their peers. Instead, those under the Oath of the Shieldmates share knowledge back and forth. If one member of the team knows the layout of a building then all know it; if one member of the team knows where guards are walking, all know it; and if one of the team members is hurt or needs help, all those linked together know roughly where their wounded friend is. It is thanks to this rite that Brother Battle hostage rescue teams are renowned for their clockwork precision.

Perfection of the Body

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

Saint Mantius exemplifies the physical protector of the spiritual. Through dedication and focus the followers of Mantius learn how to use their spiritual energy to enhance their physical feats. This rite aids the theurgist with a +3 goal number to all Athletics tests, as well as to Vigor for the purpose of lifting.

Smiting Hand

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

The rite channels the power of the characters faith into his melee weapon adding a +2 to his weapon’s normal damage. The theurgist’s attacks can now also cause damage to ethereal and other insubstantial creatures.