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Boys Will Be Boys:
Cost: 1 Legend Point
This Knack, alternatively known as Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, is a character’s trusty Get Out of Jail Free card. When the character gets into trouble with some angry witness or authority figure – be it the police, a mortal parent, one’s long-suffering spouse, etc. – he need only shrug haplessly, grin foolishly or do likewise. (His player also spends a Legend Point.) At that, the offended party decides that whatever the character did wasn’t really that bad. The character gets a slap on the wrist, a stern warning or no punishment at all, depending on when he chooses to use it. This Knack doesn’t work on anyone with a higher Legend rating, though. Also, if the character wants to use it against someone with an equal Legend rating, his player must roll Charisma + Presence + Legend against a roll of the potential victim’s Willpower + Integrity + Legend.

Blame James:
Prerequisite: Boys Will Be Boys
Cost: 2 Legend Points
Some Scions are just too likable to take the heat. When the Scion invokes Boys Will Be Boys in order to calm the anger of an authority figure after a disaster, the player can choose to spend two additional Legend Points and invoke Blame James as well. Then, the Scion just glances at someone else, makes a brief comment about “Well, it wasn’t my idea…” or somehow gives the impression that the narrowly-averted trouble was the result of someone else’s malfeasance. So impressive is the Scion’s demeanor that the disciplinary authority figure becomes convinced that the named individual had something to do with the event, and is in some way culpable. This Knack only functions if the use of Boys Will Be Boys also functioned; if that attempt fails, then this Knack also fails, although the Legend Points are still spent.

Inspirational Figure:
Cost: 1 Legend Point per speech
The Scion’s well-chosen words can play on humankind’s social mentality, giving hope and courage to not just one listener, but a group. The Scion gives a speech to gathered listeners – whether he’s calling upon them for help, raising their spirits after a local disaster or strengthening the bonds of community among them – and spends a single Legend Point. As long as his words are intended to inspire them in some way, every person who can hear him listens spellbound and receives a Willpower Point at the speech’s end. The only limit is that the listeners must be able to hear him clearly without him using the aid of any amplifying or broadcasting equipment.
This Knack inspires other Scions as easily as mortals, but it doesn’t inspire titanspawn. Nonetheless, titanspawn are compelled to at least let him finish his speech before carrying out whatever they’re up to.

Preach On:
Prerequisite: Inspirational Figure
Cost: 1 Willpower Point
When a Demigod has a willing audience, he can inspire every member with an uplifting, well-intentioned speech or sermon. This Knack works exactly as its prerequisite, and functions under the same limitations, but it is more effective. Mortals and Scions who hear it are so inspired that their spent Willpower Points are entirely refilled.
This Knack also has a more insidious dimension. If the Scion finds himself in charge of a group of titanspawn, he can spend a Willpower Point and give those awful minions a speech that empowers them just as Inspirational Figure inspires mortals. Each titanspawn who hears him regains a spent Willpower Point. Scions who might be opposed to the titanspawn’s goals don’t receive any benefit from this inspirational speech, but they are compelled to let the Demigod finish what he has to say before they do something about it.

Instant Seminar:
Prerequisite: Inspirational Figure
Cost: 2 Legend Points per speech
The Scion expands his ability to influence groups of people by making any topic, no matter how convoluted or mundane, seem interesting, gripping and of crucial importance. The Scion must spend at least a minute lecturing to a crowd on a particular topic. The Scion’s player then spends two points of Legend and rolls Charisma + Presence + Legend. For each success scored, one person in the crowd gains temporary use of a Scion’s Ability score. The Scion can perform this quick instruction for any one Ability, but everyone in the crowd hears the same speech and therefore can potentially benefit from the same Ability. For the rest of the scene, those affected by this power may choose to use the Scion’s Ability in place of their own.
Heroes can only allow a beneficiary to gain a maximum of three temporary dots in an Ability this way. Demigods can grant up to four dots, while Gods can grant up to five. Such a trick is very useful for turning a disorganized mob into deadly streetfighters (Brawl), creating a temporary squad of EMTs to deal with a disaster (Medicine) or getting the help of a group of inexperienced people in a large construction project, like the pyramids (Craft). Using this Knack does not in any way lower or use up the invoking Scion’s own Ability.
The Scion can use this Knack only once per scene.

Paragon Of Virtue:
Prerequisite: Inspirational Figure
Cost: 2 Legend Points per speech
The Scion spends a minute giving a brief inspirational speech, then charges ahead into the fray (be it fighting titanspawn or heading to the lab to find a last-ditch cure for a Titan-created plague). The Scion’s player spends two points of Legend and rolls Charisma + Command + Legend. For each success scored, one person in the crowd becomes fired up with the Scion’s Virtue. The mortal listener gains one dot in a Virtue that the Scion possesses – whichever one the provided speech was about. This can lead mortals into all the benefits and pitfalls of having a Virtue rating. Every listener gains the same Virtue. A Scion could choose to give a Virtue that won’t have any direct benefit on an upcoming action, if they so desire.
This Knack can only be used once per scene.

Benefit Of The Doubt:
Cost: 1 Legend Point
Sometimes, for a Scion to be able to help people – or convince them to stay out of harm’s way – those people have to accept ideas that would seem patently ridiculous if they weren’t true. The player of a Scion with this Knack spends a Legend Point, and something in the Scion’s bearing or expression convinces a single listener not to dismiss what he’s saying. Maybe it’s the fact that the Scion is taking his words so seriously, or maybe he just has an honest face. Maybe he came highly recommended by a respected colleague. Whatever the reason, the listener gives the Scion the benefit of the doubt in regards to what the Scion next tries to explain, despite what he might be otherwise inclined to believe.

Blessing Of Importance:
Cost: 1 Legend Point per activation
The Scion is especially good at winning people over by making them feel special and wanted. By spending a Legend Point and either sticking up for a person, calling out to him in a crowd or just giving him a secret smile, the Scion refills the person’s spent Willpower Points for the scene. The Scion need not necessarily believe that the person is important or special herself.
This Knack works very well on mortals, but it’s less effective on Scions, who are usually wise to their charismatic peers’ ways. For Scion recipients, the Knack refills only one Willpower Point per dot of Epic Charisma the Scion with this Knack has. A character can receive this Willpower boost only once per scene from the same Scion.

BFF:
Prerequisite: Blessing Of Importance
Cost: 1 Legend Point
A heroic Scion with Epic Charisma can help restore a mortal’s sense of self worth and empowerment just by paying a bit of attention to him and making him feel special. The charismatic Scion can even replenish a measure of the same for one of his fellow Scions. A Demigod Scion’s attention makes a person feel even more important, though, especially when the Scion goes out of his way to treat the person like a true friend. When the Demigod does so (and spends a Legend Point), he completely refills a fellow Scion’s spent Willpower Points (if that amount is higher than the charismatic Scion’s Epic Charisma). Should he treat a mortal with such affection, the mortal not only regains all his spent Willpower, as per Blessing of Importance, he gains an extra dot of Willpower for the scene. When that extra dot goes away at the end of the scene, the mortal’s spent Willpower completely replenishes again.
A Scion can affect a person only once per scene with this Knack.

Charmer:
Cost: 1 Legend Point per scene
With the sheer, raw charm this Knack represents, the Scion can smother an upwelling of panic, suspicious or utter hatred directed at her for one scene. The player need only spend a Legend Point. One scene is usually long enough to convince a person that it would be in his best interest to help the character, but it’s up to the Scion (and the player’s roleplaying) to actually say the right words. During the scene in which this Knack is in effect, the suppressed emotion doesn’t go away. It merely remains beneath the surface. If the Scion can’t set the person’s mind at ease by scene’s end, the suppressed emotion returns in full force the next time the Scion leaves the affected person’s presence.

Engender Love:
Prerequisite: Charmer
Cost: 1 Legend Point
Being able to charm someone is always helpful, but it doesn’t always make getting what you want from that person easy. A charmed person can still think clearly, question one’s motives and turn someone down if something about what she’s saying doesn’t feel quite right. Not so the person affected by this Knack. The character who uses it spend one Legend Point as his player rolls Charisma + Presence + Legend. The victim’s player contests this effect with a Willpower + Integrity + Legend roll. If the victim’s roll fails to garner the necessary successes, the victim falls madly, unquestioningly in love with the user of the Knack for a number of days equal to the user’s threshold successes. The victim is blindly enthralled and will do anything in her power to please the object of her affection.
This Knack works regardless of the relative Legend disparity between the user and his victim. Using it unwisely against a more powerful character is ill advised, however. Fool Odin once, shame on him. Fool him twice, wolves on you.

Crowd Control:
Prerequisite: Charmer
Cost: 1 Willpower Point and 1 Legend Point
The Demigod’s force of personality is such that he can quell the passion of a seething mob, whether he’s addressing a throng of rowdy political protesters, standing between an innocent kitsune and the lynch mob howling for her hide, or stalling the phalanx of SWAT cops long enough for his partner to finish sacrificing the hostages. By spending a Willpower Point and a Legend Point, the Scion cools the crowd’s urge for instant action and buys himself enough time to try to talk some sense into everyone. Doing so is primarily a matter of roleplaying, but if the player is not as good an extemporaneous speech maker as his character is, he may roll Charisma + Presence to simulate his heartfelt call for calm. His words convince three members of the mob per success on the roll.
This effect lasts for the scene, after which the mob either disperses or renews its shenanigans with its original vigor. If the character is attempting to halt the depredations of a mob that is being controlled or directed supernaturally, use of this Knack constitutes an opposed roll against the other power’s activation roll. If the power has no activation roll per se, the Scion’s player rolls his Charisma + Presence against that of the character who incited the mob supernaturally. If the Scion with this Knack gets an equal or greater number of successes, the Knack does what it’s supposed to.

Never Say Die:
Cost: None
Not every Scion can knock down foes like bowling pins and scatter titanspawn body parts in her wake. Yet some are just so full of optimistic joie de vivre, even when they take a beating for some spectacular failure, that you just can’t help but love them. A Scion might be accident-prone or have an infuriating talent for picking fights with titanspawn that are out of her league, but she takes her lumps with a smile and inspires her fellows with her can-do attitude. All she has to do is flash a thumbs-up, holler “I’m Okay!” or show a smile full of dangling teeth. When she does, all the Scions in her Band who can see her gain one Willpower Point per health level the character has suffered (i.e. however many are marked on her character sheet at that moment). The character can inspire her fellows thus only once per scene, but she can do it even if she’s knocked to Incapacitated or killed – after which, she collapses.

Pied Piper:
Cost: 1 Legend Point and 1 Willpower Point
The character exudes such charm and élan that people just want to be around him. When the character engages this Knack, the player need only spend a Legend Point and a Willpower Point. Thereafter, and until the next sunrise, any mortal who looks in the character’s direction feels compelled to be in his company. People flock around him like the paparazzi on Oscar night, desperate to be near him and get his attention, and they’ll follow him from locale to locale for as long as he keeps leading them. Mortals can resist this compulsion, but doing so requires a successful Willpower + Integrity + Legend roll with a difficulty equal to the Scion’s Legend. Successful resistance breaks the spell for the rest of its duration; a failure means the character cannot try to break away for another hour. The Demigod character can have as many lingering groupies and hangers on as his Epic Charisma dots normally grant him bonus successes on Charisma rolls.
Scions use this Knack not only to gather up fellow revelers for long, roving parties, but also to surround themselves with unwitting human shields. For as long as the Knack lasts, the compelled mortals will not abandon the Scion unless he chooses to end the effect early.

Divine Figurehead:
Prerequisite: Pied Piper
Cost: 1 Legend Point and 1 Willpower Point
As with the prerequisite, this Knack allows the user to define herself as “where the part is at” and have people flock to her. Where the prerequisite works only on mortals, however, this Knack affects heroic Scions and Demigods, as well as other creatures of comparable Legend levels. The character spends one Legend Point and one Willpower Point. Mortal characters cannot resist this effect, and legendary characters of lesser Legend receive only a standard Willpower + Integrity + Legend roll with a difficulty equal to the user’s Legend + Epic Charisma.

Unimpeachable Reference:
Cost: 1 Legend Point
With this Knack, the Demigod can actually lend someone else a portion of his credibility and authority. When the player spends a Legend Point and the character either vouches for or lends a recognizable token to someone to act on his behalf, he confers on that person the effects of the Benefit of the Doubt Knack. This halo of credibility affects even those people who do not know the Demigod personally. It is still up to the character who receives the effect to convince the person he’s speaking to that he’s on the level, but this Knack makes getting over that initial hurdle of suspicion and disbelief much easier.

Borrowed Credibility:
Prerequisite: Unimpeachable Reference
Cost: 3 Legend Points
This Knack’s prerequisite lets a Scion lend someone the power of her name to help that person get over a hurdle of suspicion or disbelief with a listener. Actually winning that skeptical audience over after that is still up to the person the Scion tried to help. With Borrowed Credibility, however, the God can not only couch for a subject in absentia, she can actually use her divine influence through a subject remotely. To do so, the God instructs a person to speak on her behalf, possibly going so far as to prepare a speech for him, and empowers that person with an expenditure of 3 Legend Points. The God’s player then rolls her character’s full Charisma-based dice pool, adding in all available bonus successes. Thereafter, for a number of days equal to the God’s Epic Charisma rating, the empowered person may substitute the God’s player’s roll result for his own player’s use of the same dice pool. He must claim the God’s authority when he does so, speaking in the divine figure’s name.
Characters with this Knack can use it on any willing emissary of equal or lesser Legend. (As the messenger of the Dodekatheon, for instance, Hermes has been a frequent recipient of this effect.) Its remote effect works on a single listener or on a whole group of people. Also, the character’s instructions to her emissary cannot run counter to the effect of the Charisma-based roll she intends to bestow upon that emissary. She cannot, for instance, prepare what looks like a stirring battlefield address on paper but is actually intended to demoralize the troops through whom her chosen generals speaks.

Hapless Cool:
Cost: 1 Legend Point
The character spends a Legend Point, and for the rest of the scene, she’s just cool. Nobody can explain it; there’s just something about either what she did or the way she did it that made her look cool. Okay, sure, the salt she threw over her shoulder hit Papa Legba’s dog in the eyes, but the comedic timing was just so perfect. Yeah, granted, she laughed so hard when Hel asked if she wanted any half-and-half in her coffee that scrambled eggs came out her nose, but she owned it. No matter what a character with this Knack active does, says or allows to happen that makes a fool out of herself, anyone who sees her thinks she’s cool anyway.

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Charisma Knacks Abridged

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Knack Prerequisite Cost Description
Boys Will be Boys None 1 Legend Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point, if you did something to get people angry, they decide that it wasn’t that bad.
Blame James Boys Will Be Boys 2 Legend Points Spending 2 additional Legend Points, you can direct Boys Will be Boys to get some other person in trouble instead of you.
Inspirational Figure None 1 Legend Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point per speech, you can give a speech to give the listeners a Willpower Point at the end.
Preach On Inspirational Figure 1 Willpower At the cost of 1 Willpower per speech, all those who hear you regain all of their Willpower Points back.
Instant Seminar Inspirational Figure 2 Legend Points At the cost of 2 Legend Points per speech, you can give people the ability to use one of your Ability Scores.
Paragon of Virtue Inspirational Figure 2 Legend Points At the cost of 2 Legend Points per speech, you can give people a dot in one virtue that you possess.
Benefit of the Doubt None 1 Legend Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point, you can make someone not dismiss what you are saying.
Blessing of Importance None 1 Legend Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point, you can interact with someone and refill their Willpower Points.
9. BFF Blessing of Importance 1 Legend Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point, you can refill a fellow Scion’s Willpower Points like its prerequisite.
Charmer None 1 Legend Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point per scene, you can convince someone it would be in their best interest to help you.
Engender Love Charmer 1 Legend Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point, you can make someone fall madly in love with you and they would do anything for you.
Crowd Control Charmer 1 Legend Point & 1 Willpower Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point & 1 Willpower Point, you can cool down a crowd who is rowdy so you can talk some sense into them.
Never Say Die None None You inspire your fellow Scions, and all of them regain a Willpower Point per damage she has suffered.
Pied Piper None 1 Legend Point & 1 Willpower Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point & 1 Willpower Point, any mortal who looks at you wants to be your company until sunrise the next day.
Divine Figurehead Pied Piper 1 Legend Point & 1 Willpower Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point & 1 Willpower Point, you can affect anyone with Legend equal to you or less then you with Pied Piper.
Unimpeachable Reference None 1 Legend Point At the cost of 1 Legend Point, you can give someone the Benefit of the Doubt knack for the purpose of what they are doing.
Borrowed Credibility Unimpeachable Reference 3 Legend Points At the cost of 3 Legend Points, you can roll a Charisma based roll and give that roll to someone when they speak on your behalf.
Hapless Cool None 1 Legend Point At the cost of 1 Legend Pont per scene, you can do whatever you want and people will think that it’s cool.

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