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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.
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).