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Virtues and Vices

Most human characters' sense of selfhood and drive are reinforced by a Virtue and a Vice, or with certain Merits even multiples. A character's Virtue is a higher ideal or heroic drive they must push themselves to extremes to live up to, restoring all lost Willpower. A character's Vice is a quick fix, easy comfort, or instinctive defense to fall back on, but only recovers a single point of Willpower when indulged.

Held by: Mortals, mages, hunters, demons, and various lesser templates.

Sample Virtues: Competitive, Generous, Just, Loyal (CofD 27), Ambitious, Courageous, Honest, Hopeful, Loving, Patient, Trustworthy (MTA 2e 212)

Sample Vices: Ambitious, Arrogant, Competitive, Greedy (CofD 28), Addictive, Corrupt, Cruel, Deceitful, Dogmatic, Hasty, Hateful, Pessimistic (MTA 2e 212)

Touchstones

Some people transformed by the supernatural need grounding to remain connected to the things that gird their soul, or what's become of it. They attach to people, places, objects or ideas with personal importance, and these Touchstones provide the perspective to ground their inhuman center. Bonding or expressing their relationship refreshes a point of Willpower, while dramatic lengths taken to preserve a Touchstone restore all lost Willpower.

Touchstones can be lost through a lack of content, severed relationships, the predations of time, or the simple, classic method of murder, leaving a monster unhinged until they form another meaningful connection to take the place of the lost.

Held by: Vampires (Humanity), werewolves (Flesh and Spirit), changelings (Clarity)

Sample Humanity Touchstones: Ex, Former Partner, Friend with Benefits, Gravesite, High School Sweetheart, House of Birth, Intrepid Detective, Murderer, One That Got Away, Orphan, Spouse, Terminal Parent, Therapist, Victim's Lover, Witness (VTR 2e 88)

Sample Flesh Touchstones: Abuser, Ex, Old Gang, Parents, Religion, Sponsor (WTF 2e 87)

Sample Spirit Touchstones: Ambitious Totem, Buddy Spirit, Future Self, Locus, Lune, Prey, Wilds (WTF 2e 87)

Sample Clarity Touchstones: Best Friend, Family, Fetch, Fling, Lost Love, Occultist, Private Investigator, Therapist, True Love, Your New Home, Your Old Home (CTL 2e 98)

Vampire: Masks and Dirges

To stave off psychic fatigue, vampires construct pretenses, find roles for themselves, and develop facades. They present a Mask to the world, a false place as a relatable member of society, and shape their own Dirge, a place for themselves among monsters and corpses.

Both Mask and Dirge can refresh either a small quantity of Willpower for little incident, or all lost reserves through extreme resorts, by acting to preserve the Mask or play out the Dirge.

Held by: Vampires

Sample Masks and Dirges: Authoritarian, Child, Competitor, Conformist, Conspirator, Courtesan, Cult Leader, Deviant, Follower, Guru, Idealist, Jester, Junkie, Martyr, Masochist, Monster, Nomad, Nurturer, Perfectionist, Penitent, Questioner, Rebel, Scholar, Social Chameleon, Spy, Survivor, Visionary (VTR 2e 84), Collector, Meddler, Provocateur (Thou 17)

Werewolf: Bloods and Bones

Werewolves refresh themselves through their internal dichotomy, between the wolf and the man, the instinctive predator and the rational actor, the feeling of living and the meaning to their life. The Blood keeps the body moving, and the Bone gives it direction. The Bone finds, and the Blood claims.

Both Blood and Bone can refresh either a small amount of Willpower through a small stress or setback, or full reserves through calamity or great costs spent.

Held by: Werewolves

Sample Bloods: Alpha, Challenger, Destroyer, Fox, Monster, Soldier (WTF 2e 86), Berserker (DE 163)

Sample Bones: Community Organizer, Cub, Guru, Hedonist, Lone Wolf, Wallflower (WTF 2e 86)

Promethean: Elpides and Torments

As the Pilgrimage touches the psychology of the Created, they each push forward through what wonder or yearning fixes their thoughts on the New Dawn, and what half-formed flaw holds them back from grasping it.

Both Elpis and Torment can refresh either a single point or full complement of Willpower. Unlike many Anchors, the Elpis isn't stoked by actions, but experiences. Merely witnessing one of the living recall the Promethean's Elpis restores a point, while having that feeling vibrantly roused oneself refills it all. The Torment Anchor is expressed through the extremity of actions and consequences, but can also risk Torment, the Promethean fit of uncontrollable humours.

Held by: Prometheans

Sample Elpides: Courage, Drive, Empathy, Fear, Fury, Inspiration, Joy, Love, Sorrow, Pain (PTC 2e 106)

Sample Torments: Alienated, Awkward, Dejected, Logical, Merciless, Methodical, Obsessed, Paranoid, Passionate, Naive (PTC 2e 107)

Changeling: Needles and Threads

The identity of a changeling, escaped from Arcadia, is more slippery than that of the mortal human she once was. She finds refuge in the familiar to gird her resolve: familiar actions, roles, labels and rituals to wind herself around, and that shapeless inner color of drive, feeling and association, without which all would be empty. Her good old Needle. Her most plentiful Thread.

Both Needle and Thread can refresh either a point of Willpower, through simple exertion and reinforcement, or the full supply, by putting one's heart on the line.

Held by: Changelings

Sample Needles: Bon Vivant, Commander, Composer, Counselor, Daredevil, Dynamo, Protector, Provider, Scholar, Storyteller, Teacher, Traditionalist, Visionary (CTL 2e 95)

Sample Threads: Acceptance, Anger, Family, Friendship, Hate, Honor, Joy, Love, Memory, Revenge (CTL 2e 97)

Beast: Lives and Legends

Beasts split their selfhood into two strengths: the human and the inhuman. Their Life speaks to who they know and care about. It's common sense, modesty and compromise. Their Legend speaks to what they feel gestating deep within, leaking out from within their dreams. It's power, pride, and an abject lack of apology.

Both Life and Legend can refresh either a single point or full supply of Willpower, based on the scale of act and risk involved when cleaving to it.

Held by: Beasts and heroes

Sample Lives: Parental, Shy, Cautious, Loyal, Honest, Selfless (BTP 86)

Sample Legends: Judgmental, Relentless, Unexpected, Seductive, Vicious, Watchful (BTP 86)