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【代发】【KotE-HotW】腐化秘艺
« 于: 2021-10-13, 周三 19:32:22 »
该书全称为《左道心法(WW2922)》。

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Re: 【代发】【KotE-HotW】腐化秘艺
« 回帖 #1 于: 2021-10-13, 周三 19:34:35 »
毒蝎蜇刺

 此节涵盖将食蝎者(译注:屈服,但又不效忠于阎王的万鬼)放入编年史的必要规则。摄入恶气令蝎子无法使用普通神体,但他们开发了自己的各种“神体”能力。这些异能和使用恶气的规则请见下。



恶气

 食蝎者和任何鬼人一样以气为生。然而令他们在神中与众不同的是其能力——被阎魔王默许,从恶气摄取养分。

 气是万物的本质能量。阴阳气的流动推动万物轮回,其相互作用也决定了万物状态。但近年来,污染能量持续渗入世界,明显改变了气的流动乃至万物状态。

 通常情况下,从龙穴到龙穴的气之流动很像内脏过滤排出体内毒素,它会消除净化由自然辐射、腐败和疫病导致的秽物。

 然而由于反复核爆、废物泄漏、空气污染和瘟疫爆发,这些秽物大量积累,最终超过了系统上限。在一些地方,像核试验场和有毒废物区,及疫病最猖狂的贫民窟和定居点,该系统已过载。毒素渗入阴阳气流动本身,腐化了它们。

 幸运的是,被腐化的气无法轻易沿龙脉流动——腐化龙穴有种“引力”,会吸引隔离其中的毒素秽物。干净的气被腐化的排斥,所以系统能隔离这些污秽能量。

 不幸的是,这些不洁之处不易从其余的“循环系统”切断。秽物随着累积,超出龙穴容量,污水倒流般渗入毗邻地区。

 迄今为止,这缓慢但稳定的毒气扩散,抵抗了所有以堪舆、风水和其它类似异能来阻止它的努力。老祖和菩萨不知道这种流动最终会在哪儿停下。

 活物固有的气也受类似影响,但要小些。各种毒素和秽物在生态系统累积时,会向上过滤,从最小到最复杂的生物。一些口味尤其刁钻的鬼人已抱怨过,一段时间以来,一些凡人的气已有种怪味。

 这种腐化不仅是物理上的。随着全球心理压力不断增加,更多人经历了更强的负面情绪,一些甚至崩溃,暴力、可怕地爆发。如此严重的人的气也被腐化,且鲜能长命。一旦他们的气因物理或心理压力被污染,他们的基本流动就会失灵,导致生病河死亡(通常被诊断为“精神病发作”)。


吸食

 吸食恶气的鬼人无法获得养分,且在系统排出污秽能量时,会很快出现极大不适。鬼人身体要排出各种体液,它们随后必须从干净来源补充。

 将恶气摄入体内并不好受。在鬼人清洁系统,替换失去的气前,所有包含心智属性的任务都受(吸食恶气数÷2)(取整)的罚值。鬼人为确定吸食影响,得投掷1次耐力,难度为(5+ 吸食数),如下所示:

成功数/个
结果
大失败
不受控制地呕吐排泄、哭泣出汗。体内清空所有气
0
只剩1点气
1
失去(吸食数×2)点气
2
失去(吸食数)点气
3
清空恶气,失去1点气
4+
清空恶气,但不损失其它气


来源

 恶气最易在腐化龙穴寻得。目前约有半成龙穴被毒素、辐射、化学品、疫病或其它不洁物质的大量涌入腐化;当暴行产生的强大负面情绪波动扰乱了当地气之流动时,也会有腐化,但这极其稀少。当地障壁等级各异,但常比周遭低2到4级。极低时可能促成破镜。

 人体恶气少得多。它不足以让人类生病,毕竟疾病是自然的。但一些特别严重的疾病会腐化气,这包括人造生物病原体和一些自然界的强大瘟疫与病毒——如拉萨热和埃博拉。

 心灵污染是另一个来源。但这类人常学会和腐化共存。连环杀手——尤其无情罪犯和暴力疯子——可能成为来源。但食蝎者学会了腐化他们受害者的气,所以找到合适的凡人食物很少是问题。


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破镜

 有时,当绝望、痛苦和无助笼罩一片地区时,凡、狱界便不再有屏障。这类地方被称为破镜,它们是阎魔王的最爱。地狱的一部分真正降临现世,将其变成可怕痛苦的噩梦。目前,只有阎王瓮星和兰达,分别在最压抑的摩天大楼和最绝望的贫民窟建立了破镜。

 破镜扰乱当地自然秩序——混元使用难度+2;堪舆严重故障,引来恶魔,且可能将鬼人直接送至地狱;礼基本无法使用。但恶神体不受影响,使得食蝎者安然无恙。他们的其它秘艺一样,令其成员能将破镜变为绝佳的行动基地。阎魔王是否在意这些抢占地盘者,仍有待观察(破镜的全部细节请看《喋血街头》 第104-107页)。

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The Sting of the Scorpion

 This section covers the rules necessary to include Scorpion Eaters in a chronicle. The ingestion of tainted Chi has made it impossible for Scorpions to use the Shintai Arts available to other Kuei-jin; instead they have developed their own versions of the various “god body" powers. The rules for these Disciplines, as well as using tainted Chi, are discussed below.



Tainted Chi

 Like any Kuei-jin, the Scorpion Eaters require Chi to survive. What makes them unique among all shen, however, is their ability, with the tacit approval of the Yama Kings, to draw sustenance from tainted Chi. Chi is the vital energy of creation. The flow of Yin and Yang Chi drives the Great Cycle, and it is the interplay between the two that determines the state of the Ten Thousand Things. In recent years, however, defiled energy continually seeps into existence, markedly changing these flows and thus the state of creation. Normally, the flow of Chi from Dragon Nest to Dragon Nest dissipates and purifies impurities resulting from natural radiation, decay and disease, much the same way the internal organs filter and expunge poisons in the human body.

 The massive accumulation of such impurities, from repeated nuclear detonations, waste spills, air pollution and outbreaks of virulent diseases, however, stretches this system's capacity to cope properly. In some locales - like nuclear test sites and toxic waste zones, as well as the worst disease-ridden slums and settlements - the system is overwhelmed. The poisons enter the flow of Yin and Yang energies itself, tainting Chi. Fortunately, Chi carrying this taint cannot easily flow along Dragon Lines. Corrupt Dragon Nests have a kind of "gravity," which attracts and isolates toxins and taints within them. Clean Chi is repelled by tainted Chi, so the system acts to quarantine such pockets of foulness. Unfortunately, these unclean sites cannot be easily severed from the remaining "circulatory system." As taint accumulates, it overflows the capacity of the Dragon Nests, and seeps into adjoining sites like a back-flow of sewage. This slow, but steady spread of poisoned Chi thus far resists all efforts to staunch it through Tapestry, Feng Shui and a host of other related Disciplines. The ancestors and bodhisattvas have no idea where the flow will eventually stop.

 Chi inherent in living creatures is similarly, but not as drastically, affected. When various toxins and poisons accumulate in the ecosystem, they filter upwards, from the smallest organisms to the most complex. Some Kuei-jin with particularly refined tastes have said for some time now that an odd taste is creeping into the Chi of some mortals.

 The taint is not merely physical. With psychological pressure and stress across the world mounting, more people experience stronger negative emotions; some even reach a breaking point, exploding violently and horribly. The Chi of such desperate individuals is also tainted, and they rarely live long. Once their Chi becomes unclean, either from physical or psychic stress, their vital flows malfunction, resulting in sickness and death (usually diagnosed as a "psychotic episode").


Consuming Tainted Chi

 Kuei-jin who ingest tainted Chi gain no sustenance from it and quickly grow violently ill while their systems purge the foul energies. The Kuei-jin's body expels its various humors, which must then be replenished from a clean source. Taking tainted Chi into one's system is not pleasant; until the Kuei-jin replaces all Chi lost while cleansing her system, all tasks involving a Mental Attribute incur a penalty equal to half the number of points of tainted Chi ingested (rounded down). To determine the effects of consuming tainted Chi, the Kuei-jin must make a Stamina roll (difficulty of 5 + the number tainted Chi points consumed) and compare the results to the following table:

Successes
Result
Botch
Uncontrolled vomiting and bowel movements, weeping and sweating. The Kuei-jin's system purges itself of all Chi.
0
The Kuei-jin loses all but one point of Chi.
1
The Kuei-jin loses two points of Chi for each point of tainted Chi consumed.
2
The Kuei-jin loses one point of Chi for each point of tainted Chi consumed.
3
The Kuei-jin purges the tainted Chi, losing one point of Chi in the process.
4+
The Kuei-jin purges the tainted Chi, but no other Chi is lost.


Sources of Tainted Chi

 Tainted Chi is most readily found in corrupted Dragon Nests. Currently, perhaps one out of every 20 Dragon Nests is tainted through a massive influx of poison, radiation, chemicals, disease or other unclean substances. Taint can also occur when a powerful wave of negative emotion born from atrocity upsets the area's Chi flow, though this is extremely rare. The Wall rating of tainted Dragon Nests varies, but it is usually two to four points lower than that of the surrounding area. In cases when it is extremely low, it may form the wellspring of a Broken Mirror.

 Tainted Chi in humans is much rarer. It isn't enough for a human to be sick; after all, sickness is natural. Some particularly virulent diseases, however, will taint an individual's Chi. These include man-made biological pathogens and some of nature's more disgusting plagues and viruses like Lassa Fever and the Ebola strains.

 Psychological corruption is another source of tainted Chi, but such individuals often learn to live with their taint. Serial killers, particularly remorseless criminals and the violently insane, may be sources of tainted Chi. Scorpion Eaters learn to taint the Chi of their victims, however, so finding a suitable mortal font is rarely a problem.


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Broken Mirrors
 Sometimes, when despair, suffering, and hopelessness overtake an area, the barrier between the physical world and Hell ceases to be. Such sites are called Broken Mirrors and they are the Yama Kings' delight. A piece of Hell literally comes to Earth, turning these places into nightmarish zones of horror and suffering. Currently, only Mikaboshi and Rangda have managed to establish Broken Mirrors, located in the most soulless skyscrapers and desperate slums respectively.

 The Broken Mirror disturbs the natural order in such places; Equilibrium attempts add two to the difficulty; Tapestry malfunctions severely, attracting demons and potentially transporting the Kuei-jin directly to Hell; and Rites generally don't work at all. Bile Shintai is not affected at all, however, allowing Scorpion Eaters to function normally. Their other Arts remain unimpaired as well, enabling this Dharma to turn Broken Mirrors into admirable bases of operation. Whether the Yama Kings mind these squatters or not remains to be seen (for full details on Broken Mirrors, see Killing Streets, pgs.104-107).

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Re: 【代发】【KotE-HotW】腐化秘艺
« 回帖 #2 于: 2021-10-13, 周三 19:36:32 »
魔神体特征

 食蝎者体内的恶气在流动一段时间后会造成有害影响。长期暴露在污染腐化的能量中会扭曲血肉,最终导致魔神体特征的显现(详情请看核心第109页)。食蝎者间以带有这些印记为荣。它们是鬼人对生存和心法尽力的物理证明。蝎子相信,随着第六纪元到来,此类印记不再是腐化标志,而是表示个人可以和能生存于哀伤纪元。

 蝎子心法每升3级,获得1项永久魔神体印记。


异能

 食蝎者几乎能像用“普通”气一样用恶气。他们可选择阴阳——似一池毒素的消极,或像强酸的积极。因此蝎子仍易阴阳失衡,且须照常花费正确种类的气来驱动异能。然而有几个具体区别,请见下。

神体

 当心法开创者们试验自身力量时,发现神体不再照常运作。他们认为,这是因为其基本法则是集中、操纵整个身体的气。然而随着容器和媒介一同腐化,神体… 变成了恶神体。

 食蝎者无法使用普通五神体——吸食恶气令其不可能。然而他们获得了这些秘艺的扭曲版本(详情请见下)。这是神体的腐化形态,还是阎魔王为推进自身计划而给予的秘密赠礼,仍是未知。然而凭对阎王的了解,后者更可能。

气艺

 混元:因基于操控鬼人自身的气之平衡,照常运作。

 堪舆:仅能用于联系恶魔或邪恶精魂,操控恶气和腐化龙脉。

 阳炁:照常运作,除使用时造成血肉大量生疖和疮,基于外貌的投掷难度+(花费的气)。如果花费1点暂时意志点,能在此幕余下时间里抑制此影响。

 阴炁:同阳炁,照常运作,但常伴随明显的腐败气味。使用前花费1点暂时意志点能消除此味道1幕。

魂艺

 心魔精进:食蝎者很喜爱,但运作照常。

 龙泪:照常。除4级神龙涤罪只能用恶魄版本,无法治疗。一样,若第三只眼被开发,也会有些腐化印记,如布满血丝、浑浊甚至像蛛类复眼。

 真我:虽然食蝎者很少研习,但照常运作。

 魂契:无变化。

魔艺

 黑煞:照核心运作。

 魔神体:照核心运作。

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Demon Shintai Characteristics

 After a while, the flow of tainted Chi through a Scorpion Eater's body has a deleterious effect. Constant exposure to corrupted and polluted energies warps the flesh and eventually leads to the manifestation of Demon Shintai characteristics (see Kindred of the East, p. 109). Among one another, Scorpion Eaters wear these marks with pride. They are a physical testament to the Kuei-jin's commitment to survival and to the Dharma. The Scorpions believe that with the coming of the Sixth Age, such marks will cease serving as signs of corruption and will instead indicate one's rightness and worthiness to exist in the Age of Sorrow.

 For every three levels the Scorpion progresses along her Dharma's path, she gains one permanent Demon Shintai mark.


Tainted Chi and other Disciplines

 Scorpion Eaters can use tainted Chi just like "normal" Chi in most ways. They can aspect it towards Yin or Yang, passive like a pool of toxins or active like corrosive acids. In this fashion, the Scorpions are still susceptible to imbalances, and must spend the right type of Chi to power certain Disciplines as per normal. There are several specific differences, however, as noted below.

Shintai Disciplines

 When the Dharma's founders experimented with their powers, they discovered the various shintais did not function as they once did. This, they believe, is because the basic principle of the various Arts is the focus and manipulation of Chi throughout the body as a whole. With both the vessel and medium corrupted, however, the shintais... changed, becoming the collective Bile Shintais.

 The five regular shintais (Blood, Bone, Jade, Flesh and Flame Shintai) are unavailable to Scorpion Eaters: the ingestion of tainted Chi makes their use impossible. The Scorpion Eaters, however, possess twisted versions of these Arts (Poison, Decay, Radiation, Disease and Burning). Whether this is a corruption of the god bodies or a secret gift from the Yama Kings to further their own agendas remains unknown. Knowing the Yama Kings, however, the latter is likelier.

Chi Disciplines

 Equilibrium: This Discipline functions normally since it's based on manipulating the Kuei-jin's own internal Chi balance.

 Tapestry: Tapestry can only be used to contact demons or malignant spirits, and to manipulate tainted Chi and Dragon Lines.

 Yang Prana: Yang Prana functions normally, except that it causes boils and sores to erupt on the Scorpion Eater's flesh whilst in use (penalty to Appearance-based rolls equal to the Chi expended). If the Scorpion spends a point of temporary Willpower, he can suppress this effect for the remainder of the scene.

 Yin Prana: Similar to Yang Prana, Yin Prana functions normally, but, is usually accompanied by the distinct odor of decay. Spending a temporary Willpower point before using these powers negates the smell for an entire scene.

Soul Disciplines

 Cultivation: The Scorpion Eaters greatly favor this Discipline, but it functions no differently for them than for other Kuei-jin.

 Chi'iu Mui: This Discipline functions as stated, except the fourth power, Purification, only uses the P'o's effect. It cannot heal. Likewise, the third eye, if developed, bears some mark of corruption, like being bloodshot, milky or even compounded like an arachnid's.

 Internalize: Although the Scorpion Eaters rarely study this Discipline, it functions as per normal.

 Obligation: There are no changes to this Discipline.

Demon Arts

 Black Wind: This Art functions exactly as described in the Kindred of the East rulebook.

 Demon Shintai: This Art functions exactly as described in the Kindred of the East rulebook. 

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恶神体

 数十年来,食蝎者都研习着以其独特食物供能的神体。它们被称为恶神体,包含五种独特秘艺,每种都类似其他鬼人练习的元素神体之一。但食蝎者除魔、恶神体外,并不能学习这些普通能力。相反,其他鬼人除非放弃原心法,经历食蝎礼,变成蝎子,否则也不能学习恶神体。

 因此,现存神体点数无法换成相应恶神体,它们会丢失,学生须重新学起。恶气与身体的互动,和纯净气有根本不同,所以使用技巧不共通。但说书人可自行规定。



毒神体

 对应血神体,代表水元素,操控自己或目标体内各种重要液体和体液。能像血神体般调整阴、阳或平衡。

 调律属性:敏捷


● 刺痛触摸

 首级所学能把体内各种毒素、酸液和代谢物吸到表面——尤其爪牙的,对敌人造成极其疼痛的蜇刺攻击。激活时,变化的身体部位呈病态黄绿色。

 系统:花费的每点气让1个身体部位(拳、爪、脚、头或牙)涂上胆汁、胃酸等。若用此部位成功打到对手,毒物多造成2个骰子的恶性伤害。


●● 失衡排泄

 操控目标体液。胃酸灼烧,胆汁充溢,肠道痉挛。对凡人,至少都是不愉快;但对鬼人,鲜少致命,却极度不适。

 系统:触碰目标,花费1点气,成功投掷1次耐力+医疗,难度7。若成功,目标须投耐力(难度7)来减轻影响。每个鬼人比目标多的骰子,都让后者呕吐,所有动作难度+2,持续(攻击者最终成功数)个回合。

 若目标失败,陷入无法行动,身体清除异常液体;若大失败,需进医院,遭受(攻击者成功数)个健康等级的冲击伤害(无法吸收)。


●●● 污水流动

 腐蚀性液体充满全身,融化如骨的硬组织,将肉和器官变得柔软。能更容易地抵抗冲击和致命伤害,并流动通过狭小空间。此形态下也散发如开放消化道的恶臭。

 系统:花费1点阳气,将身体变成柔软,但保持基本形态的东西,最多3回合。多得5个吸收冲击或致命伤害的骰子。

 她也能如面团穿过裂缝般,(缓慢)通过开口,但空间至少有1英尺宽。此形态的移动速度上限同步行。


●●●● 秽物喷射

 喷出恶心粘液、血、痰和胆汁的混合。轻微腐蚀金属和石,以可怕速度渗进血肉。

 系统:花费1点气和1个动作,在嘴中产生大量物质。喷射范围是(吸血鬼耐力×2)个码,对如护甲的无机物造成耐力的恶性伤害,但对血肉是耐力+3(同恶性)。要攻击本体,需先腐蚀护甲。若耐力伤害无法穿透后者保护,攻击停止。

 一旦命中,逐渐减弱地继续燃烧3回合。首回合后,每回都减少伤害——第1回合为耐力+2,最后是+1。


●●●●● 剧毒尖刺

 让目标(无论死活)体液变成剧毒。对活物的影响瞬间又突然,当目标血液、粘液、水和其它体液攻击内脏时,死亡常即刻发生。器官破裂,动脉膜开裂,腐蚀液体到处都是。目标成为行走毒药。而神幸运得多,虽影响类似,但结果远非致命。

 系统:触碰目标,花费1点阴气和意志点,投掷1次后者(难度6)。目标遭受(成功数+花费阴气)个等级的致命伤害。他仍能吸收,但每等级伤害,都腐化1点自身气(需1次耐力骰)。

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Bile Shintai

 Over the decades, the Scorpion Eaters have studied the shintai powers fueled by their unique diet. Called the Bile Shintais, they encompass five unique Arts, each one roughly analogous to one of the five elemental shintais practiced by other Kuei-jin. Scorpion Eaters cannot learn these normal shintais, aside from Demon Shintai and Bile Shintai. Conversely, other Kuei-jin cannot learn Bile Shintai unless they abandon their Dharma, undergo the Eating the Scorpion rite and become Scorpions.

 In such cases, points in existing Shintai Arts do not transfer to the equivalent Bile Shintais; they are lost and the student must begin learning a new. Tainted Chi interacts with the body in a fundamentally different way from pure Chi, and the techniques for one are not applicable to the other. Storytellers, however, may rule otherwise.



Poison Shintai

 Equivalent to Blood Shintai and thus the element of Water, this Art gives the Scorpion Eater control over various vital fluids and humors within his body or that of the target. As with Blood Shintai, the vampire can attune these powers to Yin, Yang or Balance.

 Chi Attunement: Dexterity


● Stinging Touch

 The first power learned draws the body's various poisons, acids and waste products to the surface, particularly to the fangs and claws. This enables the Scorpion Eater to deliver extremely painful, stinging attacks against opponents. When activated, the body parts concerned take on a sickly, yellow-green hue.

 System: For each Chi point expended, the Kuei-jin may coat one body part (fists, claws, feet, head or fangs) in bile, stomach acid and the like. If the Scorpion successfully hits the target with the coated area, the poison delivers an additional two dice of aggravated damage.


●● Inharmonious Excretion

 This power allows the user to manipulate a target's bodily humors. Stomach acids burn, bile floods the system and the bowels spasm violently. The results on mortals are unpleasant to say the least, while for Kuei-jin, the effects are rarely fatal but are extremely inconvenient.

 System: The Kuei-jin must touch her target, spend a Chi point and make a successful Stamina + Medicine roll (difficulty 7). If successful, the victim must roll Stamina (difficulty 7) to ameliorate the effects. For each success the attacker rolls over the defender, the target heaves and retches, suffering a penalty of two to the difficulties of all actions. This effect lasts for a number of turns equal to the attacker's final success tally. If the victim fails her roll, she is incapacitated while her system purges itself of the offending fluids. If the target botches the roll, she is hospitalized and suffers one health level of bashing damage (no soak allowed) for each of the attacker's successes.


●●● Flow Like Sewage

 The Kuei-jin suffuses her body with corrosive fluids, melting her own hard tissues like bone and turning her flesh, muscle and organs into a soft and pulpy mass. This allows her to resist bashing and lethal damage more easily, and flow through tight spaces. Whilst in this form, the Kuei-jin also stinks like an open digestive tract.

 System: After spending a point of Yang Chi, the Kuei-jin turns her body into a soft mass that retains its basic shape for up to three turns. In this state, the Kuei-jin gains an additional five dice to soak bashing or lethal damage. She may also push (slowly) through gaps like dough through a crack, but the space must be at least an inch wide. The Kuei-jin can move no faster than walking pace while in this form.


●●●● Bilious Expectoration

 The Kuei-jin can eject a sickening bolus of mucus, blood, phlegm and bile. Mildly corrosive to metals and stone, it bores into flesh with horrifying intensity.

 System: The Kuei-jin spends a point of Chi and one action generating a sufficient mass within his mouth. The Expectoration has a range of double the vampire's Stamina in yards, and inflicts his Strength in aggravated damage against inorganic materials like armor. Flesh, however, takes Str + 3 damage (all aggravated), though any dice of protection from armor are eliminated from the attack's Strength dice first. If the Strength dice fail to penetrate the protection, the attack is stopped for that turn.

 Once the attack hits, it continues burning for three turns with lessening effect. Each turn after the first reduces the damage - first to Str + 2 damage, then finally, Str +1 damage.


●●●●● Phlegmatic Sting

 This enables the Kuei-jin to transform any fluid inside the target (living or dead) into a virulent, toxic slush. The effects on living creatures are immediate and dramatic; death is often instantaneous when the target's own blood, phlegm, water, and other fluids attack his internal mechanisms. Organs rupture and arterial membranes crack open, leaking caustic fluids everywhere. The target becomes a living toxic spill. Fortunately for shen, while similarly affected, the results are generally more debilitating than fatal.

 System: The Scorpion Eater must first touch the target, spending a point of Yin Chi and Willpower before making a Willpower roll (difficulty 6). The target suffers a level of lethal damage per success the Scorpion rolled on Willpower, plus one additional level per Yin Chi spent. The target can still soak the damage, but for every health level inflicted, one point of the target's Chi becomes tainted (requiring a Stamina roll).

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腐神体

 对应骨神体,代表金元素,专注恶气固有的腐朽、腐化熵力。

 调律属性:力量


● 坟墓恶臭

 阴气充满血肉,身体迅速恶化,如高度衰变般。外表变成活死尸;奇臭无比;面容如此恐怖,以至绝大多数凡人会惊慌而逃。

 系统:花费1点阴气,外貌立刻降到0,持续1幕。遇到他的凡人,都得投掷1次意志点(难度7)来对抗其视线和气味。大失败,被吓傻;失败,惊恐逃跑。否则:

成功数/个
效果
1
逃跑,但鬼人一离开视线,就会很快恢复冷静
2
后退,但仍能还手。对抗鬼人的动作难度+2
3+
照常,但因窒息的恶臭,所有动作难度+1(鬼人和其它不用呼吸的生物不受影响)。持续1幕


●● 致命气息

 效果同白虎衔尸(核心第112页),但散发怪味,出卖位置。

 系统:隐身,但气味很大,投掷感知+警觉(难度5)的人都能跟踪他。再花1点阴气可把气味控制得很淡。然而动物和其它嗅觉敏锐的生物仍可追踪。


●●● 骨质弹片

 这一邪恶力量能引爆目标硬币大小的骨头,以这些骨质弹片粉碎其内脏和组织。

 系统:成功触碰目标后,花费2点气,令腐化能量涌入目标,引发沿骨架表面的微爆炸。鬼人投掷1次耐力+医疗(难度7),来决定致命伤害,但目标仍能照常吸收。每1级伤害都来自硬币大小骨头碎片爆炸,和周围组织撕裂。但无法控制爆炸位置。


●●●● 坏气吐息

 效果同五毒瘴(核心第112页),但此瘴更像毒气。


●●●●● 腐败预兆

 用一剂剧毒之气感染动物和凡人,将其变为无心奴仆。类似心理狂犬病,将奴仆变为腐败的破坏机器。当然,当警察放倒时,他们通常声称“他一定服用了普斯普剂(译注:一种有麻醉作用的致幻药物)。

 系统:成功咬住目标前,得花费3点气。如果没成功,气就浪费了。这会把毒素注入目标体内,(目标耐力)个回合后会被瘫痪。之后昏迷,身体被毒性内啡肽破坏。次晚便醒来,所有体能属性+1,另有额外3个健康等级。一种对血肉的疯狂、无心渴望也会吞噬目标(无论凡人或动物)。无论在哪儿,都会攻击任何有食欲的人或物,并像发疯野兽般吃掉。

 目标每晚会因毒气超自然的吞噬和腐烂受到2级恶性伤害。若没人先击倒,终会死亡。若投掷意志点,能自控1回合,但最终也会死去——除非被类似血神体2血气搬运的力量治愈(请看核心第110页,可用来清除受害者血液的毒素)。

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Decay Shintai

 The Scorpion Eater’s analogue to Bone Shintai and the element Metal, this Art focuses on the entropic powers of decay and corruption inherent in tainted Chi.

 Chi Attunement: Strength


● Stink of the Grave

 The Scorpion Eater infuses her flesh with Yin Chi, causing her body to undergo rapid deterioration, like advanced decay. She becomes a walking corpse in appearance; her stench is nearly overpowering and her countenance so horrific that most mortals flee in terror.

 System: Spending a point of Yin Chi, the Scorpion's Appearance drops to 0 immediately for the duration of a scene. Any mortals encountering the vampire must make a Willpower roll (difficulty 7) against both the sight and smell of the Scorpion Eater. A botch indicates the victim is paralyzed with fear, while a simple failure causes the target to flee in terror. Otherwise:

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Effect
1
The victim flees, but quickly regains his composure once the Kuei-jin is out of sight.
2
The target retreats, but can still fight back; all actions against the Kuei-jin are at an additional two difficulty.
3+
The target acts normally, but all actions have an increased difficulty of one due to the choking stench (Kuei-jin and other creatures who do not need to breathe are not affected). The effect lasts for an entire scene.


●● Deadly Waft

 Similar to White Tiger Corpse in effect (see Kindred of the East, p. 112), the Scorpion instead radiates a strange smell that betrays her location.

 System: The Kuei-jin is invisible but a strong smell remains, allowing anyone who makes a Perception + Alertness roll (difficulty 5) to follow the Scorpion around. Expending an additional Yin Chi point allows the Scorpion to contain the smell to a faint odor. Animals and any other creature with heightened olfactory senses, however, may still track the Kuei-Jin.


●●● Bone Shrapnel

 This heinous power enables the Kuei-jin to detonate penny sized portions of a target's skeletal structure, shredding the victim's internal organs and tissues with bone shrapnel.

 System: After successfully touching her intended target, the Kuei-jin may then spend two points of Chi flooding the target with tainted energy and causing micro-explosions along the surface of their skeletal structure. The Kuei-jin rolls Stamina + Medicine (difficulty 7) to determine the lethal damage, but the victim may also soak the attack as per normal. Each level of damage inflicted stems from penny sized bone fragments exploding and lacerating the surrounding tissues, though the Scorpion has no control where the explosions take place.


●●●● Splenetic Exhalation

 The effects are the same as Five Poison Cloud (see Kindred of the East, p. 112), though the cloud in this case is more akin to toxic pollution.


●●●●● Harbinger of Decay

 This power enables the Scorpion Eater to infect animals and mortals with a dose of virulent Chi, transforming them into a mindless servitor. It's like rabies but on a psychic level, turning the servitor into a decaying engine of destruction. Of course, when the police finally bring such creatures down, they often claim "he must have been on PCP."

 System: The Kuei-jin must spend three points of Chi before successfully biting the target. If the Kuei-jin is not successful, the Chi is lost. The Scorpion injects a poison into the victim, resulting in paralysis after a number of turns equal to the victim's Stamina. Afterwards, the victim falls into a coma, their body ravaged by toxic-laden endorphins. The next evening, the victim awakes with her Physical Attributes increased by one each and three additional health levels. Additionally, a mindless, maddening hunger for flesh consumes the target (whether she's animal or mortal). She will attack anything or anyone who looks appetizing, regardless where she is, and will consume her victims like a mad beast.

 The target also suffers two levels of aggravated damage every night from the toxic Chi consuming and decaying her preternaturally. She will die if someone doesn't put her down first. If the victim makes a Willpower roll she can control herself for a turn, but she will eventually perish unless healed through powers like Blood Atemi (which, in this case, purges the victim's blood of toxins; see Kindred of the East, p.110).
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« 回帖 #5 于: 2021-10-13, 周三 19:40:40 »
辐神体

 对应玉神体,代表土元素。它表明,即使最古老的山石,也能携带侵蚀生命的腐化毒素。

 调律属性:力量


● 危险地土

 扰乱自然之气于地土上的流动,将敌人固定在地面,防止其离开原地。除非目标俯卧,否则对膝盖以上无效。

 系统:花费1点阳气,成功投操控+胁迫(难度7),把1个目标固定在1个地方,持续1幕。

 若目标站立(仅脚无法移动),攻防骰难度+2;若俯卧或跪着,相关投掷难度+4。神能花1点气来克服,但须专注1动作。


●● 厌恶触碰

 使自身整个存在变得邪恶、腐化,被万物憎恨,来如虚体般穿过物体。实际上这是物质滑过了形体,或形体允许物质通过。无论哪种方式,她的非常触碰都令世界反感,也被周遭一切排斥。

 系统:投操控+神秘学(难度6),花费2点气。若成功,变成虚体1幕,周遭物理效果都不影响她,反之亦然。能以同样方式穿过墙壁或枪火,但影响心智或灵魂的力量照常有效。若投出3+个成功数,跳跃高度和游泳速度翻倍,因为连空气和水都被邪恶身体排斥。


●●● 地之肠脏

 同地龙降伏(见核心第113页),除需被腐化的土地。

 系统:同安抚地龙,除投敏捷+气德,难度依环境定。有毒垃圾场,无需投掷;加尔各答贫民窟,4;香港,6;新加坡,8。


●●●● 辐射驱动

 因全球变暖,可用环境辐射给机器供能,而无论通常能量来源。

 系统:只要能碰到,就可用似全球变暖和许多线路驱动的电磁场激活从电脑到汽车的任何人造装置。成功投次耐力+冥想(难度6)。1个,手机或随身听;3个,汽车;5个,喷气客机或十八轮卡车。机器极限运行,持续(耐力)个小时,每多花2点阳气,加1小时。

 机器最终“停摆”时,损坏。零件生锈,外壳腐烂,电池耗尽。这也是绝大多数蝎子都不用此驱动自己器物的原因。


●●●●● 一击即溃

 几乎完全控制地土。汲取弱点和杂质,令石头破碎,墙壁坍塌,若足够精湛——引发地震。

 系统:使用需物理接触物体或地面。花1点暂时意志点和数量不同的气来供能。每点气操控或摧毁1立方码的土质材料。能使其像泥浆流动,或破碎成灰。也能投必要知识,花费1点暂时意志点和3点气,引发其它效果。如智力+工艺(建筑)能找到石制建筑结构的关键点,使其坍塌;感知+科学(地质学)能找到断层线,引发很微小的局部震动(里氏4级,难度6;每加0.5,+1)。



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Radiation Shintai

 Radiation Shintai replaces Jade Shintai, and thus acts as the element of Earth for the Scorpion Eaters. It shows the Kuei-jin that even the most ancient rocks and mountains may contain poisonous, corrupting substances capable of eroding life.

 Chi Attunement: Strength


● Treacherous Earth

 By disrupting the flow of natural Chi through the earth, the Scorpion Eater can root an opponent to the ground, preventing them from leaving the spot. This has no effect from the knees up unless used on a prone target.

 System: By spending a point of Yang Chi and succeeding in a Manipulation + Intimidation roll (difficulty 7), the Kuei-jin anchors a target to one place for a scene. If the victim is standing (in which case only their feet are immobile), he makes all attack and defense rolls with a penalty of two to the difficulty. If the target is prone or kneeling, he suffers a penalty of four to all related difficulties. Shen can overcome this by expending a point of Chi to deflect the effect, but must spend an action concentrating.


●● Repulsive Touch

 By making her entire being abhorrent to the Ten Thousand Things as an undeserving, corrupt entity, the Kuei-jin may move through objects as though insubstantial. Actually, matter glides over the Scorpion, or her own flesh parts to allow matter through; either way, her very touch is anathema to creation itself and thus repulsive to everything around her.

 System: The Kuei-jin rolls Manipulation + Occult (difficulty 6) and spends two Chi. If successful, she becomes insubstantial for the duration of the scene, neither affecting nor being affected by any physical effect around her. She can walk through walls or gunfire with equal facility, though powers that target the mind or soul will affect her normally. If she rolls three successes or more, the Kuei-jin can double her leaping distances and swimming speed since even water and air are repulsed by the presence of her foul body.


●●● The Bowels of the Earth

 This has the same effect as Placate the Earth Dragon (see Kindred of the East, p. 113), except the Kuei-jin requires tainted earth.

 System: The same as Placate the Earth Dragon, except the Kuei-jin rolls Dexterity + (Chi Virtue), with difficulty depending on the surroundings. At a toxic waste dump, the vampire requires no roll to succeed. In Calcutta's slums, the difficulty would be 4, in Hong Kong, 6, while in Singapore, the difficulty to slip into the earth would be 8.


●●●● Burnout

 The Kuei-jin can harness the Earth's ambient radiation, thanks to global warming, to power any machine, regardless of its normal power source.

 System: By tapping into effects like global warming and the electromagnetic fields being generated by too many power lines, the Kuei-jin can activate any man-made device from a computer to a vehicle, as long as he can touch it. By succeeding in a Stamina+ Meditation roll (difficulty 6), the Scorpion can power a cellular phone or walkman with just one success; three successes will get a car going, while five is enough to power a jetliner or 18-Wheeler. The machine then operates at peak capacity for a number of hours equal to the Kuei-jin's Stamina, plus an additional hour for every two points of Yang Chi expended.

 When the device finally "powers down," it is ruined; the components are rusted, the casing rotted and the fuel cells empty. That's why most Scorpions don't hotwire their own gadgets with this power.


●●●●● Destroy with a Touch

 This power grants the Kuei-jin near complete control over the earth. By drawing upon weaknesses and impurities in this element, she can cause stones to break, walls to crumble, and if sufficiently skilled, the earth to shake.

 System: The Kuei-jin must by in physical contact with the object or ground to wield Destroy with a Touch. She may then spend a point of temporary Willpower and a varying quantity of Chi to empower the effect. The Kuei-jin can manipulate or destroy one cubic yard of earthen-based material for every Chi point expended. She can make it flow like mud or crumble it into dust. With the requisite Knowledge rolls and by spending a point of temporary Willpower and three Chi points, the Scorpion can also elicit other effects. For example, Intelligence + Craft(construction) might enable the Kuei-jin to locate the key point in a stone building's structure to collapse it; Perception + Science (geology) could allow the Kuei-jin to locate a fault line and cause a very minor and localized tremor (difficulty 6 for a 4.0 on the Richter Scale, with each .5 increment increasing the difficulty by one).

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« 回帖 #6 于: 2021-10-13, 周三 19:41:22 »
疫神体

 食蝎者无法学习肉神体,所以他们转而研习疫病改版,代表木元素。其效果观感类似肉神体,相当恶心。

 调律属性:力量


● 秽恶血肉

 使恶心脓肿、流脓烂疮和脉动疣长满全身,折磨目标。

 系统:触碰目标,花1点气,令其染上皮肤病。约6小时后,目标爆发能想象到的最可怕的感染。脓肿、痤疮、剥落、疣子和烂疮将外貌降到0。仍能正常行动,但社交相关投掷难度+3。

 持续(使用者耐力)天。目标能花3点气医治;或超自然治疗能力取得1个成功数。


●● 死亡之手

 同肢体分化(核心第115页)。


●●● 发烧失常

 同莲花瘴(核心第115页)。除效果相比飘飘欲仙,更像发烧致幻。症状同样疾病相关,像得了重感冒。


●●●● 操纵瘟疫

 同蛊虫操控(见核心第116页)。除绝大多数蝎子吐的胃肠蛆或蚊。


●●●●● 灵魂疫病

 成为疫病化身,现代人恐惧的行走传染源。虽外表无异,但存在和触碰足以让凡人和神都感染瘟疫。

 系统:花2点阳气激活,体内携带任意1种活性疾病,持续1幕。能是食肉病毒、性病、出血热、虫生瘟疫或生化病毒。可用低级能力感染目标——如发烧失常和操纵瘟疫。

 遇到媒介的凡人须投耐力(难度8),获3个成功数,否则被感染。若感染,每天损失1个健康等级;体能属性相关投掷减去1个骰子,直到死去或被超自然力量治好。普通治疗无效。

 神也须如上投掷,否则后果一样。但每个缺失的成功,能花2点阳气(或灵知、魔素等)来弥补。 幸运的是,疫病固定,目标无法二次传染。

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Disease Shintai

 Scorpion Eaters cannot study Flesh Shintai, so they learn the nuances of disease instead, which is a Wood analogue. Similar to Flesh Shintai, the manifestations of this Art are generally quite disgusting to behold.

 Chi Attunement: Strength


● Acrimonious Flesh

 The Scorpion afflicts the victim with vile-looking boils, weeping sores and strings of pulsating warts that cover his entire body.

 System: By touching the victim and expending a point of Chi, the Scorpion Eater contaminates him with skin conditions. Over the next six hours or so, the target breaks out with the most hideous infections imaginable. Boils, patches of acne, flaking skin, warts, and sores all conspire to reduce the victim's Appearance to zero. The victim can function normally, but any tasks involving Social rolls receive an additional penalty of three to related difficulties.

 The affliction lasts for a number of days equal to the Stamina of the Kuei-jin responsible. The target can expend three Chi to cure the effect; otherwise, a single success with any supernatural healing power will also do it.


●● Dead Hands

 This power functions exactly as Detach Limb (see Kindred of the East, p.115).


●●● Fevered Delirium

 This power functions exactly as Lotus Clouds (see Kindred of the East, p. 115), except, the effect is more akin to fevered delusions than pleasant euphoria. The weakness is likewise illness-related, as though the victim has a bad cold.


●●●● Servile Plague

 This power functions exactly as Pelesit (see Kindred of the East, p. 116), except most Scorpions vomit out a swarm of gastrointestinal maggots or mosquitoes.


●●●●● Soul of Sickness

 At this level, the Scorpion Eater becomes an embodiment of disease, a walking vector of humanity's modern fears. Although he appears no different, his presence and touch are enough to infect mortal and shen alike with plague.

 System: The Kuei-jin spends two points of Yang Chi to activate this power and carry any one active disease within him for the duration of a scene, be it a flesh-eating virus, STD, hemorrhagic fever, insect-born plague or bio-weapon pathogen. The Scorpion may then use any of the previous powers mentioned in Disease Shintai to vector the contagion to a victim, as through Servile Plague or Fevered Delirium, for example.

 All mortals who encounter the vector must roll three successes on Stamina (difficulty 8) or contract the illness. lf infected, the mortal loses one health level and one die per day from all Physical Attribute-related dice pools until he dies or someone mystically cures him. Standard medical treatments will not work. Shen must make a similar roll or suffer the same consequences, but they can make up for any deficiency in successes by spending two Yang Chi per success required (or two Gnosis, Quintessence, etc). Fortunately, the diseases are all mules and cannot spread beyond the original target.

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Re: 【代发】【KotE-HotW】腐化秘艺
« 回帖 #7 于: 2021-10-13, 周三 19:42:10 »
火神体

 恶神体中,它可能最令人讨厌,因为能腐化龙穴、龙脉和凡人。其使用总伴随一股让人想到烧灼血肉、橡胶或垃圾的恶臭。它也代表火元素。

 调律属性:力量


● 灼烧之吻

 食用活体的气前(一般是)先将其腐化。它的确会让目标带来些不适,但绝大多数活体都强到能消除。

 系统:花1点气(任意种类),触碰目标。毒素于其体内生效(其耐力)个回合。目标在此期间感到不适,动作难度+2。结束后以肉或血食用的其气都是恶气。若目标在取食后幸存,仍会经历(被吸食的气)个小时的恶心眩晕。

 若用在另一位鬼人上,后者可投耐力+生存(难度6)。每个成功保留1点纯净气,清除1点毒气。然而只要体内还有毒气,就会生病,且所有难度+(仍有的毒气)。


●● 凶恶火光

 同鬼火闪(见核心第118页)。


●●● 死亡吐息

 同蜃气楼(见核心第118页)。


●●●● 入侵六龙

 同时乘六龙(见核心第104页),除像针毒药般,将自身注入中原血管中。令恶气充满原本纯净的流动,其存在之腐化,足以让系统暂时“短路”。效果非永久,但能造成严重堵塞。

 系统:同时乘六龙,除像地雷般将恶气留在龙脉上。移动时花的每点恶气,能抵消1个其余人使用原版能力时,决定移动距离的成功数。但若花了5点气,就能极大扰乱龙脉,使旅行者投掷对抗难度变为10。扰乱都持续(花费的气)天。

 但对使用者不好的是,他的移动会如水面上的油污般留下污点。其他神可投感知+神秘学,难度为(使用者的最高气德),来追踪他。


●●●●● 污秽火体

 同鬼焰缠身(见核心第118-119页),除还能腐化龙穴(但要永久,也得施展击穿龙脖礼)。不过即使暂时,也会给当地神带来巨大问题。

 系统:除原版效果外,若在龙穴心脏冥想,还能成为恶气导管,毒害周围源泉。投耐力+冥想(难度9),每个成功和冥想的1小时腐化2天,防止他人从中吸气。此外,说书人还能规定,花在腐化的每点气,能提高障壁2级,上限10。但神也能用如天之扫帚(见《伴书》第64页)的净气能力加速恢复。

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Balefire Shintai

 Of all the Bile Shintais, Balefire is perhaps the most hated, for it allows Scorpion Eaters to taint Dragon Nests, Dragon Lines, and mortals. Its use is always accompanied by a stink reminiscent of burning flesh, rubber, or garbage. Balefire is also aspected to the element of Fire.

 Chi Attunement: Strength


● Burning Kiss

 This power allows the Scorpion Eater to taint a living creature's Chi before (usually) consuming it. The imparted taint does cause the target some discomfort, but most living creatures are robust enough to dispel the corruption.

 System: The Scorpion Eater spends a point of Chi (any kind will do) and touches the target. Over a number of turns equal to the victim's Stamina, the poison works its way through the victim's system. During this time, the victim feels ill, and pursues all actions with an increased difficulty of two. After that, the victim's Chi is sufficiently tainted for flesh or blood consumption. If the victim survives the feeding, she will still experience bouts of nausea and dizziness for a number of hours equal to the Chi taken during feeding.

 If the Scorpion Eater uses this power on another Kuei-jin, the victim can make a Stamina + Survival roll (difficulty 6). Each success allows the target to retain one point of untainted Chi while also purging one point of poisoned Chi. The victim is sick if there's any toxin remaining in his system, however, and suffers a penalty of one to all difficulties for each poisoned Chi point still present.


●● Baleful Light

 This power functions exactly as Goblin Spark (see Kindred of the East, p. 118).


●●● Death Breath

 This power functions exactly as Goblin Scorch (see Kindred of the East, p. 118).


●●●● Invading the Dragon

 This power is similar to Ride the Dragon (see Kindred of the East, p.104), except the Scorpion Eater injects herself like a shot of heroin into the veins of the Middle Kingdom. Her presence is also corruptive enough to temporarily "short" out the system by infusing tainted Chi into the otherwise pure flow. The effect isn't permanent, but it does cause one hell of a traffic jam.

 System: As per Riding the Dragon, except that the Scorpion Eater leaves tainted Chi behind along the Dragon Line, like land mines. Each point of tainted Chi that the Scorpion spends at the moment of transit negates the amount of successes someone else using Ride the Dragon might enjoy when determining distance traveled. If the Scorpion spends five Chi points, however, he disrupts the Dragon Line sufficiently that it requires travelers to roll against an increased difficulty of 10. The disruption, in either case, lasts for one day per Chi spent.

 Unfortunately for the Scorpion, his passage leaves a stain, like a greasy oil slick on water. Other shen may roll Perception + Occult (difficulty is Scorpion Eater's highest Chi virtue) to track him.


●●●●● Body of Burning Filth

 This power is similar to Goblin Lantern (see Kindred of the East, pgs.118-119), except it also enables the Scorpion Eater to corrupt a Dragon Nest (though the vampire must also perform the rite of Shitting Down the Dragon's Neck to make the corruption permanent). Regardless, even a temporary corruption can cause massive problems for the local shen.

 System: In addition to Goblin Lantern's effects, if the Kuei-jin meditates at the heart of a Dragon Nest she becomes a conduit for tainted Chi, poisoning the very wellspring around her with the offal of her presence. The Scorpion must roll Stamina + Meditation (difficulty 9); each success and hour spent in meditation allows the Scorpion Eater to defile the site for two days, effectively preventing others from drawing Chi there. Otherwise, the Storyteller can rule that the local Wall's rating increases by two for every Chi point the Scorpion spent infecting the place, to a maximum rating of 10. Nothing prohibits shen, however, from expediting the site's recovery time back to normal through Chi cleansing abilities like Broom of Heaven (see Kindred of the East Companion, p. 64). 

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Re: 【代发】【KotE-HotW】腐化秘艺
« 回帖 #8 于: 2021-10-13, 周三 19:42:34 »
礼仪

 食蝎者一般对礼仪没多大耐心,认为它们很大程度上是老祖的繁文缛节。只有2个礼对他们有价值:让鬼人成为食蝎者(因此能吸食恶气)的食蝎;永久腐化1个龙穴的击穿龙脖。


食蝎
(1级)


 创造食蝎者的礼。实际还要先让鬼人在腐化龙穴清除体内阴阳气。食蝎者将被铐或拴住的鬼人(此时无论自愿与否,都得陷入走火入魔)浸在恶气池中。污水较常用,来自工厂或非法垃圾填埋场的有毒排水也行。若鬼人能吸食被污染的气,并从走火入魔或伴随的邪魔外道恢复,就成了食蝎者。剩下就是吃掉1只充满毒气的活蝎子(通过灼烧之吻)来正式缔结契约,以能吸收毒气。

 若困在走火入魔或邪魔外道太久(“太久”指其他帮派成员开始厌烦时),食蝎者就会把她丢在其他人的地盘来“处理”。


击穿龙脖
(5级)


 永久污染1个龙穴的礼。核心是至少3名有火神体5污秽火体的食蝎者,以使龙穴弥漫恶气。开始礼前,须积累至少40点恶气,感染此地区。但气的来源可以是被吸食的中毒受害者,或协助礼的其他成员。

 参与者都须在3次耐力+祭礼骰(难度7)和智力+神秘学骰(难度7)上各成功2次。有1人失败,都丢失所有已花的气,全体须重新开始。但一成功,龙穴障壁降2级,成为永久的腐化源头,无法恢复。

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Rites and Rituals

 The Scorpion Eaters do not generally have much patience for rites and rituals, believing them largely part of the ancestors' outmoded panoply. There are only two rituals of value to the Scorpion Eaters: Eating the Scorpion, by which a Kuei-jin becomes a Scorpion Eater (and hence able to consume tainted Chi) and Shitting Down the Dragon's Neck, by which the Dharma can permanently corrupt a Dragon's Nest.


Eating the Scorpion
(Level One Rite)


 This is the ritual that creates a Scorpion Eater. It essentially involves the Kuei-jin purging her system of Yin and Yang Chi at a tainted Dragon Nest. The Scorpion Eaters submerge the manacled or chained vampire (who should be in fire soul at this point, whether willingly or not) into a pool of tainted Chi. Raw sewage is popular, as is the toxic runoff from a factory or illegal landfill. If the Kuei-jin can ingest the polluted Chi and emerge from her fire or accompanying shadow soul, she becomes a Scorpion Eater. All that remains now is to eat a live scorpion suffused with toxic Chi (through Burning Kiss) to officially seal the pact and enable the new initiate to imbibe poison Chi. If the Kuei-jin remains trapped in fire or shadow soul for too long (too long equaling the span of time it takes the other gang members to grow bored of the game), the Scorpion Eaters dump her in someone else's territory for "disposal."


Shitting Down the Dragon’s Neck
(Level Five Rite)


 This is the ritual that permanently pollutes a Dragon's Nest. The central element is a team of at least three Scorpion Eaters with the level five Burning Shintai power, Body of Burning Filth, to overwhelm the Dragon Nest with tainted Chi. They must infect the area with a cumulative minimum of 40 corruptive Chi points before beginning the ritual, though the Chi can come from either poisoned victims upon whom the Scorpions feed or from other Dharma members assisting the ritual.

 The participants using Body of Burning Filth must each succeed in two out of three Stamina + Rituals rolls (difficulty 7) and two out of three Intelligence + Occult rolls (difficulty 7). If one person fails, all the Chi expended is lost, and the Scorpions have to start back from scratch. lf they succeed, however, the Wall rating of the Dragon Nest drops by two, and it becomes a permanent and unrecoverable source of taint.