SILKEN WAY [RONIN COURTIER]
Benefit: +1 Awareness
Skills: Temptation (Seduction), Etiquette (Conversation), Courtier (Gossip), Knives, Tea Ceremony, Any two Perform or Artisan skills
Outfit: Tanto, Extravagant kimono and clothing, Traveling Pack, 2 koku
Special: This school represents the best geisha, that are more than peasants with some perform skills and make-up. If a Scorpion character takes this school, it is considered a Scorpion school for all purposes.
RANK 1: THE SILKEN SMILE
The wiles of a geisha are virtually impossible to resist. You get a Free Raise on all Temptation rolls. When you use a Void Point to improve a School Skill, you add +2k2 instead of +1k1.
RANK 2: THE POISONED WHISPER
After spending a few hours in the company of a character (around 6 hours, within the time limit of one week) a geisha can try to dubtly manipulate his demeanour and mood. If the geisha suceeds in a Contested Temptation / Awareness against the target Etiquette / Willpower, she defines her general emotional status for a number of days equal to her School Rank. Those who fail their rolls are profoundly swayed and their emotions shift in a direction you desire—becoming friendlier, more hostile, calmer, or whatever other emotional shift you wish to imprint.
RANK 3: THE DANCE OF THE GEISHA
The ability of a geisha to entrance and fascinate a target borders on the supernatural. After a minute of conversation or performance, you might make a contested Perform or Etiquette (Conversation) roll opposed by the target Investigation (Notice) / Willpower. A character that failed the roll is absolutly entranced by you, and you ignore anything else, people coming and going, thefts from his person and similar events. If someone makes a clear gesture of aggression, like drawing a sword or attacking, there is another contested roll, in which his bonus due to honor rank is doubled. If a target suceeds, Initiative and combat follow as usual.
RANK 4: THE DAGGER BEHIND THE FAN
Words and wiles might be the main weapons of the geisha, but they aren’t so foolish that they ignore the danger of over-amorous suitors. A geisha always ignores the Armor TN bonus granted by armor when using knives. A geisha always adds her School Rank to the damage of knives.
RANK 5: THE SIN OF DESIRE
Geisha know well how to use desire as a tool. A good thing, for there is also a lot that they desire. A geisha may spend a Void Point to gain a +5k0 bonus on a Social Skill Roll against a target with she has ensnared with The Poisoned Whisper or on a Temptation Roll.