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Aberrant RPG Enhancement: Decoy


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Decoy (Mega-Appearance)

The "body switch" has been a favorite trick of over-the-top ninjas and martial artists in both wuxia movies and anime for decades. More than one foe of a martial artist character from those stories has apparently struck down his target, only to find that it was a short log or rock he'd attacked. Meanwhile, the martial artist appears out of nowhere, and attacks... It was inevitable that some novas would develop the same capability.

System: The nova makes an Appearance + Style roll to create 2 simultaneous illusions for a single turn (this means about three seconds in a combat situation, or up to three minutes in non-combat situations). The first illusion is a duplicate of the nova, and requires a roughly human-sized inanimate object to act as a base for the decoy. Gaining 1 success on the roll results in a fair likeness of the nova, 2 successes is a good likeness, 3 successes is excellent, and 4 or more is superb. Although this illusion is extremely shortlived it's quite complete - the decoy will seem to have a heartbeat and produce body heat, not to mention vocalizing and/or bleeding as the result of an attack on it. The second illusion effectively makes the nova invisible, albeit only for one turn - subtract a number of dice equal to the nova's Appearance + Style roll from the Awareness of any onlookers, even those who are both actively looking for the nova and ignoring the decoy. Please note that there is no way to extend the duration of the illusions, no matter how many successes are rolled. These illusions will affect all 5 of the normal human senses, but can also affect other senses if the nova has the Blind Bewitchment enhancement. This enhancement costs 1 quantum point to use, and is available to novas with either version of Mega-Appearance.

This is a part of Aberrant RPG: The New Flesh. Aberrant is a role playing game from White Wolf that shares a common universe with the Adventure! RPG and Trinity RPG game lines. Download the sourcebook for Aberrant: The New Flesh.

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