An aura is a persistent spiritual effect on a character, item, or location that has an effect on those who experience it. The type of aura determines when its influence is felt. Most auras include a roleplaying effect based on the power that caused the aura. The easiest way for an Imperial citizen to create an aura is using a liao ceremony and the appropriate skill.
People experience auras in different ways - some talk in terms of an effect "settling onto them" like a mantle or cloak, others talk about it "welling up" from deep within them and filling them with its power.
- The roleplaying effects of an aura are strongest in the first few minutes after it takes effect
- Players should be influenced by the effects at key dramatic moments, rather than stress about roleplaying them throughout the event
- Every aura creates a roleplaying effect, but not everything that creates a roleplaying effect is an aura
Although auras persist for long periods of time they ebb and surge over that period - rather than maintaining the same intensity throughout. An aura is most potent for the first ten minutes or so after receiving it; beyond the influence may come and go unpredictably or lie dormant. Players who are experiencing an aura that lasts a long time should not need to feel obliged to ensure that they spend every moment roleplaying the influence of the aura - rather they should concentrate on allowing the effect to influence them at key moments that are dramatically appropriate.
An aura is a specific class of persistent spiritual effect. Although every aura creates a roleplaying effect, not everything that creates a roleplaying effect is an aura. Potions and many enchantments create roleplaying effects without being classed as auras.
- A target can only be under one aura at a time
- A new aura will replace any existing aura that is of the same strength or lower
A target can only be the recipient of a single aura at a time. They may be affected by auras of different types at the same time - for example a character under a personal aura who enters a consecrated area with a location aura - but there can only be one personal aura on a character at once - and so on.
Creating a new aura will automatically replace any existing aura that is of the same strength or lower. For example, a character who has an anointing of Courage has a personal aura of Courage. If they are they receive an anointing of Loyalty then the new personal aura replaces the previous one. If the new aura is less powerful than the existing aura, then it fails to take effect and the existing aura remains in place.
Types of Aura
- Causes a roleplaying effect on the recipient
- Can be used as a source of spiritual strength to overcome a malign roleplaying effect
- Lasts until the start of the next event
- Can be detected using the insight ceremony
A personal aura can be used as a source of spiritual strength to overcome an unwanted roleplaying effect, allowing you to respond in a way that is appropriate for your character and the roleplaying effects of your aura. For example if a character with a personal aura of Courage enters a battlefield that is under an aura of fear, then they may use the strength provided by their personal aura to overcome the fear effects and respond as per the roleplaying of their Courage aura, rather than the fear aura.
If you are subject to an insight while anointed then you must tell the referee which aura is affecting you - the easiest way to do that is to show them your aura card if you have one.
You cannot use the spiritual strength provided by a personal aura to overcome the roleplaying effects of that aura.
- Causes a roleplaying effect on a character who uses the item
- Usually lasts as long as the item remains magical
- Cannot be used as a source of supernatural strength to overcome other roleplaying effects
An item aura covers a single item, usually a magical item, affecting anyone who uses it. An Imperial character can create an aura on an item using the hallow skill. A aura created on a magical item will usually last as long as the magic endures. A standard item aura on a non-magical item will usually persist for one year.
Any character who picks up the item will experience the aura once they become aware of its influence (the roleplaying effects will be written on the ribbon). The aura is most potent each time the item is donned, picked up or drawn (in the case of a scabbarded weapon). You cannot be affected by the aura of an item unless you are using the item in the appropriate manner. The aura on jewellery, clothing or armour will affect you when you put the item on. Auras on weapons affect you when you the draw or wield the weapon.
A standard Item auras provides a roleplaying effect, but can not be used as a source of supernatural strength. You cannot overcome other roleplaying effects using the benefits of an item aura.
- Causes a roleplaying effect on characters that enter that location
- Can be used as a source of supernatural strength to overcome other roleplaying effects while in the location
- Lasts until the start of the next event
A location aura covers a single location, either a well defined structure such as a tent or building, or filling a larger area such as a battlefield. It lasts for a season - it expires just before the start of the next Profound Decisions Empire event. In practice, this means an Imperial character who uses the consecration skill with liao can create an aura on a tent or building that will last for a weekend.
A location aura will affect a character who enters the area once the player become aware of it. Any character who enters the area will experience the aura once they become aware of its influence. For a tent or building the roleplaying effects will usually be written on an A5 laminated card that is prominently displayed inside the area. For a quest or battlefield, the ref will inform all the players of the aura.
A location aura can be used as a source of spiritual strength to overcome a malign roleplaying effect, allowing you to respond in a way that is appropriate for your character and the roleplaying mandated by the aura. For example if a character with a traumatic wound that causes them great pain enters a Dawnish shrine that is under an aura of Courage, then they may use the strength provided by the location aura to overcome the roleplaying effects of their wound and respond appropriately given the effects of the Courage aura.
You cannot use the supernatural strength provided by a location aura to overcome the roleplaying effects of that aura.
- A standard aura will replace any other standard aura
- A durable aura will replace any standard aura or durable aura that is weaker in strength
- A true aura will replace any other aura
Most auras are considered to be standard aura - in effect they have a strength of one and are automatically replaced by any other aura of the same type that is placed on that target.
Durable auras follow all the normal rules for auras but are more difficult to replace or remove. A durable aura will have a strength listed for it - it can only be replaced by creating an aura with an equal or higher strength. Imperial characters with the same virtue and appropriate skills can cooperate to create a stronger aura. The strength of any aura is equal to the amount of liao used to create the aura.
A true aura is the most powerful kind of aura - they are usually permanent in nature, and can only be replaced by another true aura. The most common way to make a true aura is using a dose of true liao. A true aura will automatically replace any other aura when it is created.
Although a dedication is not considered to be an aura because it does not create any roleplaying effects - it is possible to cooperate to cooperate to create a durable dedication. The strength of the dedication is equal to the amount of liao used. It is also possible to use true liao to create a true dedication.
There are spiritual effects other than the seven virtues - it is possible to become affected by malign spiritual forces such as Fear, Hope, or Peace. Malign auras follow all the normal rules for auras.
- Orcs are affected by auras - just like any other character
Although orcs cannot use liao - they still have souls and are still affected by auras no matter how they are created.