The Trickster

Copyright Jody Denton © 2007

Edited by Nicholas HM Caldwell for The Guild Companion

Trickster, a judgmental name now adopted by the profession, are experts in misdirection, illusion, and manipulation of the senses. Tricksters can alter their appearance, produce light effects, enhance or cloak magical energies, and create sounds that fool others. Some people do not trust them, but having a Trickster as an ally is an indispensable asset.

FAVORED CATEGORIES:

Artistic 2 Mystical Arts 10
General 2 Subterfuge 3
Influence 3

KEY STATS: Insight and Reasoning

PROFESSIONAL ABILITIES: Tricksters may learn spells from the Trickster sphere. All Tricksters have the Sense Magic Talent and the Trickster's Edge Talent, which enables them to cast the following spells with a reduced base Power Point cost: Blur (PP:2), Detect Magic (PP:2), Light (PP:3), Projected Light (PP:2), and Study Target (PP:1).

TRICKSTER SPHERE

The Trickster Circle consists of the following spells: Barrier Sight*, Changing Ways, Darkness, Deepen Shadows*, Elemental Bolt, False Glamour*, Hues, Illusionary Spell*, Infravision*, Minor Light/Sound Illusion*, Misfeel, Nightvision*, Phantasms, Quiet Ways, Reverse Phantasm*, Sensory Overload*, Shadow Mystic*, Shock, Sound Dampening*, Spell Trigger*, Stun Cloud, and True Sight*. (* = The Codex). The Trickster Circle has the following new spells: Cloak Power, Gesture Speak, and Invisible Strike.

CLOAK POWER

PP COST: 6
RANGE: 10'
DURATION: 5 rounds/rank
SPELL TYPE: Utility
RR: -
SPHERES: Trickster
DESCRIPTION: Caster can reduce the magical energies emanating from an object to make it appear to be weaker in level or hide special abilities from spells like detect magic and analysis. In the base form, it hides one spell-like power and can conceal up to +5 worth of magical bonuses
SCALING OPTIONS:
Increase Duration (10 rounds/rank): +6 PP
Increase Duration (1 minute/rank): +8 PP
Reduce Bonus Emanation (per +5): +3 PP
Hide Abilities (per extra Ability): +3 PP

GESTURE SPEAK

PP COST: 2
RANGE: Self
DURATION: Concentration
SPELL TYPE: Utility
RR: -
SPHERES: Trickster
DESCRIPTION: Caster can gesture or use Sign Language to communicate simple ideas to a recipient within 50' as desired by the caster. Simple ideas include but are not limited to: yes, no, I understand, I don't understand all clear, assemble, attack now, come, crouch, deploy, enemy in sight, get down, halt, listen, move up, run faster, and watch. To the target it will seem as if the caster were speaking the target's language at rank 3.
SCALING OPTIONS:
Increase Speaking Ability (rank 5): +2 PP
Increase Speaking Ability (rank 7): +4 PP
Increase Speaking Ability (rank 10): +6 PP
Increase Recipients (per person) : +4 PP

INVISIBLE STRIKE

PP COST: 4
RANGE: 100'
DURATION: -
SPELL TYPE: (Elemental) Attack
RR: -
SPHERES: Trickster
DESCRIPTION: Caster is able to strike a target with a force equal to a Tiny Martial Arts Strike critical.
SCALING OPTIONS:
Increase Attack Size: +2 PP
Increase Range (per +50') +1 PP