The Smoking Mirror
Oblivion Ceremony •
- Prerequisite: The Binding Fetter, Oblivion’s Sight, or Where the Shroud Thins
This ritual allows the necromancer to use an obsidian mirror to see as ghosts do. By gazing into the mirror’s ebony depths, the vampire may see into the Shadowlands, discover an object’s flaws, or assess the general health of mortals.
- Cost: 1 Rouse Check
- Dice Pool: Resolve + Oblivion (difficulty 2) to cast; Wits + Occult (difficulty 3) to examine objects in Skinlands
- System: Ingredients: An obsidian mirror no smaller than six inches in diameter that has had its edges sharpened to cut into the flesh of whoever takes hold of it, the caster’s vitae.
Process: The necromancer grasps the obsidian mirror, cutting into their skin and allowing their vitae to flow over the mirror’s surface. As the blood covers the mirror, it allows the mirror’s reflective power to bridge the worlds of the living and the dead. By looking into the mirror, the necromancer may view the world with the Death’s Sight of Wraiths, allowing them to see any ghosts who are present, view the adjacent Shadowlands, and see the touch of Oblivion on mortals and objects in the Skinlands. The ceremony does not, however, convey the ability to communicate with ghosts or interact with the Shadowlands unless the necromancer (or ghost) already had that power.
System: The caster covers the mirror with their vitae and makes an Oblivion Ceremony roll (Resolve + Oblivion, difficulty 2). If successful, the necromancer may now view the adjacent Shadowlands and any nearby ghosts through the mirror’s reflection. If the necromancer has the ability to see and identify fetters, they can be seen through the mirror as well. On a bestial failure, the vampire may well invoke the ire of the spirits upon whom they call. The necromancer may also use the mirror to view the touch of Oblivion on mortals and objects in the Skinlands. To do so, the caster must make a Wits + Occult roll (difficulty 3). Success lets the necromancer determine whether someone is injured, diseased, or dying, as well as whether they labor under any sort of curse or baleful magic. When used on an inanimate object, the caster may determine if it is damaged or otherwise flawed, and whether it has a strong link to either life or death energies (such as a murderer’s knife or a window box used to grow healing herbs). If used on a vampire or other undead, the stain of Oblivion shows them as dead, without gradations of injury. While looking into the mirror, the necromancer is distracted from other activity around them, conveying a -2 penalty to Dexterity and Wits rolls.
- Duration: One Scene