Composing

Composing

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Art moves the soul and infects the spirit. The artwork of scions does much more. Painting, sculpting, writing, singing, and dancing are but the merest examples of expression through which a scion can tug at an audience’s heartstrings. To compose a work of art the scion must first determine three aspects of their work; Measure, Detail and Effect.

Measure

Determine the size of the physical artwork or the length of time a performance will last. Remember that this is a performance, an individual might breeze through reading a novel or hurry through a song – but doing so does not embody the enormity of the feeling you wish to capture.

Measure Modifier Painting & Sculpting Example Writing, Singing & Dancing Example
Fine 1 Size 1-4 (a portrait, bust or vase) 1 – 10 second(s) (a limerick, a jingle, a flourish)
Brief 5 Size 5-8 (a fresco or full-size statue) 10 – 60 seconds (a stanza, a chant, a maneuver)
Fair 10 Size 9-12 (a mural or topiary) 1 minute – 1 hour (a chapter, a ballad, a ceremony)
Masterful 20 Size 13-16 (an installation) 1 hour – 12 hours (a story, an opera, a ballet)
Epic 40 Size 17-20 (free-standing structures) 12 – 24 hours (an Epic Poem, or a series)
Legendary 80 Size 20+ (Geoglyphs and Monuments) 24 + hours (a marathon)

Detail

Determine the quality of detail put into the piece.

Detail Modifier Painting & Sculpting Example Writing, Singing & Dancing Example
Abstract +1 brushstrokes, simple Geometry free-form, improvisational, interpretative
Rudimentary +5 sketching, stylized basic outline, simple verse, repetitive motion
Intricate +10 color and shape variation, multiple subjects descriptive analysis, full-range, tempo alteration
Hyper-realistic +20 luminous gradation, anatomical specificity sentimental depth, pitch variation, extended poses
Lifelike +40 capturing movement and visual perspective captures an original emotional view-point of the composer
Transcendent +80 the composition must breach or blur the lines between the mundane experience and that of the divine

Effect (Optional)

Works of art are intended to affect the subject on an emotional level. Below are options as to how a composition may provoke targets and their associated costs.

Rating Effect Emotions Provoked
1 – 10 An amount of Willpower is returned to the target equal to the rating happiness, calm, or contentment
1 – 10 Targets must spend twice as much willpower to produce effects for the duration of the scene fear, sadness, shame, or helplessness
1 – 10 Targets gain bonus dots in the Conviction virtue equal to the rating for the duration of the scene pride, envy, disgust, or humiliation
1 – 10 Targets gain bonus dots in the Courage virtue equal to the rating for the duration of the scene shock, surprise, panic
1 – 10 Targets gain bonus dots in the Devotion virtue equal to the rating for the duration of the scene hope, respect, love
1 – 10 Targets gain bonus dots in the Imbas virtue equal to the rating for the duration of the scene wonder, discovery, confusion
1 – 10 Targets gain bonus dots in the Justice virtue equal to the rating for the duration of the scene anger, disappointment
1 – 10 Targets gain bonus dots in the Mercy virtue equal to the rating for the duration of the scene compassion, pity
1 – 10 Targets gain bonus dots in the Prudence virtue equal to the rating for the duration of the scene tolerance, curiosity, suspicion
Multiple effects may be combined to produce complex emotional responses.
Rating Effect Notes
5 The target gains the benefit of purchasing their next rank in a selected skill as if it were associated with their divine parent reflects creations intended to instruct through collected knowledge and cautionary advisement.

Now that you’ve conceptualized your work of art, calculate the Difficulty of completing the project with the formula below:

((Measure + Detail) x (Effect + 1))) = Difficulty


Any individual who wants to compose a work of art must dedicate at least 12 hours of work each day over the course of a week to the process.

If a single roll produces more successes than the Difficulty requires, then divide the time spent crafting in half. Do this every time the roll produces an additional multiple of the Difficulty. i.e. If the difficulty for an item is 6 and the scion rolls 21 successes then the item is created in 1 day (5 days > 2 days > 1 day).

With this in mind, a scion is ready to create their composition.

This is an extended (Manipulation + Expression) roll. Each iteration or the roll requires the scion to spend a point of willpower pouring a piece of themselves into the work.

Once the work is complete it affects targets who willingly listen to the presentation or spend at least one scene willingly admiring the artwork in peace. This allows the subject to contemplate the meaning of the work and if it subjectively resonates with them. Compositions may only give their bonus to targets once during a given scene.

Composing

Scion: A New Beginning MorganWilliams