Moliate

Moliate is one of the thirteen primary Arcanoi from Wraith: The Oblivion. Those who Moliate are able to reshape their Corpus, and the Corpus of others, into fascinating, and sometimes terrifying forms.

The Corpus of a wraith is much more flexible and yielding than mere human flesh. Masquers are those who have the gift of making it softer still and are able to shape it into usable forms. Masquers use this ability on their own Corpus the most, but some hire themselves out to give other wraiths the gift of beauty (or horror) that they could never achieve in life.

Because of their flexibility in appearance, Masquers make excellent spies as they can alter their appearance to replicate another’s perfectly. For that reason, any known Masquers are watched carefully by the Hierarchy, lest they decide to cause problems. Some wraiths specialize in this field, most notably the famous Masquer Slander, who may in fact be several well-trained wraiths and not actually one gifted one.

Failure to use Moliate properly not only causes horrific mistakes, but makes them difficult to correct. A careless Masquer can even cause permanent damage to theirs or another’s Corpus if they are unfortunate enough, though most are lucky enough that the damage can eventually be repaired.

Basic Abilities

Glow - The wraith can cause herself or another to glow with an inner light of whatever color and intensity he chooses.

System: Spend 1 Pathos, roll Charisma+Moliate (diff 7), the number of successes determines the number of scenes for which the glow lasts.

Return of Death's Visage - This ability make the wraith's original visage return, making her appear as he did when his Caul was first removed.

System: Spend 1 Pathos, roll Manipulation+Moliate (diff is based on the amount of change since death. Minor change 6, major change 10). The number of successes determines accuracy.

Shapesense - The wraith can detect whether another has been Moliated, and in what manner. System: roll Perception+Moliate (diff of the original shaper's Dexterity+Moliate). The number of successes determines the amount of information gleaned.

O - Imitate - The wraith may change her face to imitate that of another.

System: Spend 1 Pathos, roll Dexterity+Moliate (diff 8, 5 if she can see the face). If the wraith has a skinmask of the target in her possession, the difficulty drops to 4. The number of successes determines the accuracy of the disguise.

OO - Sculpt - A wraith may use Sculpt to alter the Corpus however he chooses. <System: Spend 1 Pathos and 1 Corpus, roll Manipulation+Moliate (diff 7), the Storyteller will tell the player how many successes are required. Any Sculpting effects are permanent. The only weapon-like effect this allows is the Bite maneuver. To use extra appendages created this way requies Martialry. / Sculpt can also be used to heal aggravated damage. Spend 1 Willpower and 1 Pathos, plus 1 Pathos per success. Each success heals one level of aggravated damage.

OOO - Martialry - The wraith may shape her limbs into weapons or form her skin into armor.

System: Spend 3 Pathos; for weaponry, roll Intelligence+Moliate (diff Stamina+3), each success allows the weapon to inflict an additonal die in hand-to-hand combat. To sculpt armor, roll Stamina+Moliate (diff Strength+3), each success adds one die to the soak roll, but each success after the first imposes a difficulty penalty of +1 to all Dexterity-based rolls. Armor and weaponry cannot both be made with one use of Martialry. A wraith can only use Martialry on himself.

OOOO - Rend - This art enables the wraith to tear apart the Corpus of another wraith. This allows one to dismember, disfigure, or otherwise mutilate anothe soul, even to go so far as to rip off another wraith's face as a souvenir (a skinmask.)

System: Spend 1 Pathos, gain one temporary Angst, make contact (generally with a Brawl roll) roll Strength+Moliate (diff of target's Stamina+3). Each success inflicts one die of aggravated damage. The Moliating wraith may spend extra Pathos for extra damage dice. Five or more successes permits the wraith to tear off a portion of her opponent.

OOOOO - Bodyshape - The character may transform his or another's Corpus into practicaly anything imaginable, from a supermodel to a bookcase. It is dangerous to spread plasm too thin: the final volume should be roughly the same as the original. <System: Spend 4 Pathos. If Moliating an unwilling target into an object, gain 2 temporary Angst. Roll Wits+Moliate (diff depends on form — a puddle is diff 5, a Anacreon in full regalia is 10). The wraith may only maintian a full body change for one scene per success before his Corpus reverts to normal.