Scion: A New Beginning
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.
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)|
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|
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.
|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.|
|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.