The White Treatise: The Liar’s Tell Tale

The Liar’s Tell Tale

Cost: 10sm, 1wp

Keywords: Psyche

Duration: Indefinite

The sorcerer chants a mantra of the righteousness of truth as he reaches out his hands towards a target at short range.  Dark ink swirls through the air and into the target’s skin, leaving behind no trace.  The sorcerous ink carries with it the force of the mantra, however, and enforces a powerful curse that prevents the target from being able to tell a secret lie.  The casting sorcerer must make a successful (Intelligence + Occult) roll against the target’s Resolve in order for this curse to take effect.  If this roll fails, the sorcerous ink instead just splashes against the target’s body, leaving skin, clothing, and hair stained with ink until the target can wash it off.

A person who has been successfully cursed by this spell finds it very inconvenient to tell lies.  Each time the target attempts to lie or bend the truth, the lie appears somewhere on her visible flesh as a permanent tattoo, merely describing the content of the lie, not the truth that was concealed.  The only way for the tattoo to be removed is for the target to confess the truth and to admit that she had previously lied.  Then the ink will be absorbed back into the skin.  These tattoos will always move around on the target’s body to remain visible, even if the target tries to cover them up with clothing.  If the target tries to cover her entire body with clothing to conceal the the ink, then that it is own sort of punishment.

A sorcerer who knows The Liar’s Tell Tale as his control spell may cast it on himself instead, suffering all of the above effects.  He may then pass the curse off to another through mere physical contact.  This contact can take the form of a handshake, a light touch, or an unarmed attack that manages to contact his opponent’s skin.  The (Intelligence + Occult) roll needs to be made at the time of contact.

Distortion (Goal Number: 10): Distorting this curse allows the victim to cover up the liar’s tattoo with an article of clothing for a single scene.  At the end of the scene, the ink shifts to be visible again.

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