Tamaa

“We are not as you see us, but as you wish to see us. Our forms may drift along the currents of your desire, but we are not statues or canvas and what you long for is not our bodies. We are the children of the god of freedom, and this is where your yearning lies.”

Sarathon, First Hetaera of Subin
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Summary

Though very human-like in appearance the androgynous Tamaa actually share as much biology with plants as animals. 1.5 to 2 meters in height the Tamaa possess mutable skin, hair and eye colour and a universally appealing symmetry and body shape. In addition to human appendages the Tamaa possess retractable prehensile tentillium which emerge from their arms and spine. These 1 meter long limbs are dexterous and strong enough to grip and entangle foes, but also sensitive to injury. Tamaa also possess enhanced senses. They are able to hide their true nature as quasi-humans with relative ease. Tamaa possess no distinct culture of their own and instead are predominantly found among the people of Subin, Nehep, and Selene.

Advantages

Tamaa (also known as Tamaq) are beautiful, their features universally striking and appealing. Their ability to change elements of their appearance at will allows them to accommodate the aesthetic preferences of any culture and most individuals. This, paired with an innate gift for conversation, performance, and negotiation and their generally appealing demeanour, makes Tamaa highly sought after as entertainers, diplomats and courtesans. Beyond their social talent, Tamaa also possess a natural resilience and the ability to regenerate from most wounds, even limbs, given enough time. Some Tamaa develop mutated tentillium capable of producing painful or intoxicating venoms. Perhaps the least well known trait of the Tamaa is their ability to feed on emotion. Tamaa do not need to eat regularly but they do crave the presence of human emotion and are drawn to dense populations.

Limitations

Tamaa trace their creation to the Ayr once known as the Libertine and now known as the Deviant and legend suggests they were created as ‘tools of experience’ – appendages Aia used to experience mortal pleasure and pain. As a result they possess limited Will and are easily guided by hedonistic urges. Tamaa are considered sub-human or aberrant by some cultures (Ossandria, Victra, and Granden) and are frequently targets of slavery. Tamaa suffer terrible hunger in the absence of human companionship. Wild Tamaa, those who are exiled or trapped in the wilderness are more akin to monsters than sapients. Finally, Tamaa as a species seem are confounded by advanced mechanical craft and technology.

Description

The most common myths surrounding the quasi-human species known as the Tamaa are that they were an attempt by the Ayr known as Aia, the Libertine, to create their own variation of sapient life. According to these stories Aia was driven by an interest in mortal experience; taste, pleasure, pain, emotion, and altered sensation. The results of this interest were the creation of a variety of creatures, each devoted to an element of this interest; the Glutor for taste, the Whiptrap for pain, and a variety of floral and fungal life for human sensation. The Tamaa are believed to be the most sophisticated result of Aia’s experiments, an attempt to create a species that could integrate with humans in order to prompt and benefit from their emotions and sensation.

Whether the myth is accurate, the Tamaa are distinct and gifted in both infiltration of human society and matters of hedonism. From the outside Tamaa can easily appear as human, hiding all of their stranger features, however they are able to display their features and emphasize their true nature if they wish. The only overt feature that can be used to discern them is their androgyny, and even this can be masked with relative ease.

Mutable Beauty

The children of Aia are gifted with a universally aesthetic appeal. They have highly symmetrical features, strikingly beautiful eyes, fine silken hair, smooth and unblemished skin, a pleasing aroma, and well defined physiques. This common set of attributes is further augmented by a natural, often subconscious, but easily self-directed mutability. Coloration of hair, eyes, and skin are all within the control of a Tamaa, allowing them to make broad changes to enable them to blend in with most cultures with relative ease, or minor changes to accentuate features in the same way others do using cosmetics. Additionally the curvature of the body can be modified to enhance feminine or masculine traits. Tamaa appear to be subconsciously aware of the preferences of others and their features often change subtly, and without thought, to maximize their appeal.

Pleasing Nature

Tamaa possess a subtle but potent empathetic ability. As a result their social skills are above average. Their empathy leads to a ready intuition for conversation and performance and an awareness and ability to adjust their behaviour to fit expectations and social mores. The cumulative effect of this social astuteness tends to make Tamaa easy to like and adept at ingratiating themselves to others.

Regenerative Immortality

To any observer Tamaa appear nearly identical to humans. It is only on deeper inspection that their distinctness is revealed, particularly in their considerably more robust biology and powerful regenerative capacity. Tamaa heal more quickly than humans, do so without the creation of scar tissue, and can do so from wounds that would be lethal to others. Their blood coagulates quickly, wounds close up with minimal attention, and contusions and breaks seem to mend on their own with relative ease. Most extraordinarily, Tamaa can regenerate even the most grievous and grisly wounds with minimal impact; dismemberment, bisection, and even decapitation are not lethal unless the heart is removed and destroyed or isolated from sunlight. The regeneration always occurs from the heart; anything removed becomes inert. The exception to this is fire and chemical/acid damage which Tamaa are slightly more vulnerable to. Rumors among the crueler Aeldans, Ossandrian legionaries in particular, suggest that the best method of destroying Tamaa is to engulf them in flames or submerge them in corrosives. Despite this considerable durability, Tamaa feel pain in the same way as most others and while truly devastating injuries can be healed, they often leave the Tamaa in extreme pain for extended periods of time. This can lead to derangement and even drive Tamaa feral.
Example: A Tamaa with a bolt through their skull would be disabled but not dead. As soon as the bolt was removed and a few minutes had passed they would awaken. If the bolt was not removed the Tamaa’s body would eventually handle it (organic matter would be absorbed, metals would be pushed out), but without an intervention it would take between a few days and weeks for this to happen naturally. The psychological effects would be less straightforward; that kind of injury is apt to trigger some form of derangement or even drive the Tamaa feral.
The Tamaa gift for regeneration also appears to make them ageless.

Tentillia

The most overtly inhuman feature of the Tamaa are the sinuous vine-like tendrils they possess. Each Tamaa possesses between 6 and 8 Tentillia, housed in their arms and back, each growing up to a meter in length and between 2 and 3 cm in diameter. These appendages are relatively weak but agile and can be used to manipulate objects, pick pockets, operate small machinery, trip foes, aid sleight of hand, distract others, or enhance intimidate rolls. Tentillia emerge through hidden slits in the arms and back and can be retracted fully into the Tamaa’s body, coiled in special channels that make them imperceptible. Tentillia taper at the tip which possesses high tactile sensitivity.
Tamaa who choose to develop an Arbour heart gain the ability to consciously mutate their Tentillia in various ways, thickening them, growing retractable thorns or developing secreting glands with various effects.

Scotopic Vision

Tamaa are able to alter both the appearance and portions of the internal structure of their eyes granting them keener sight than humans. Tamaa can see in low light without aid but cannot see in total darkness.

Children of the Libertine

More than any other feature, the Tamaa penchant for hedonism and excess has helped associate them with Aia; the Ayr once known as the Libertine and more recently as the Deviant. Tamaa possess below average impulse control and weak volition. Descriptors used for Tamaa include; flighty, emotional, impulsive, reckless, inattentive, and impetuous. These features can often make Tamaa appear younger than they really are, leading to some characterizations of the Tamaa as childish. This limited attention and volition can be overcome with age and experience but even the eldest Tamaa can suffer from sudden rash or foolhardy behaviour.

Outsiders

Only a handful of Aeldan cultures accept Tamaa as sovereign entities with the dignity and rights of humans. In Subin, Selene, and Nehep Tamaa are free to display their less human features without much fear of recoil however, in most other cultures the Tamaa are perceived as dangerous creatures, aberrations with malevolent motives, intent on infiltrating and corrupting humanity. In some places, such as Ossandria, this belief is driven by a strong sense of human primacy and superiority, but in others the justification for Tamaa hatred is religious. Many Aeldans, including the Luxi, Granden, and Vandar depict Aia as one of the ‘Laughing Ayr’, a devious and malicious figure complicit in the torment of Humanity. This is the reason for the shift in perception from Aia as Libertine to Aia as Deviant and the reason used to defend persecution of the Tamaa.

Dependency

The Tamaa’s weak will and hedonistic nature frequently leads to the predictable outcome of dependency or addiction to various acts, substances, or conditions. While dependency is not intrinsically negative, and some Tamaa have relatively benign dependencies, many fall into more problematic addictions; dangerous drugs, expensive food and drink, promiscuous sex, high stakes gambling, perilous adventure, and even simple pain.

Feeding

Tamaa feed on the emotional feelings of others. As a result Tamaa require companionship not just for social well-being but for sustenance. A Tamaa without social interaction grows hungry and increasingly savage with each day in the absence of emotion. Conversely a Tamaa in large social groups gains power from the group. This does not obviate the need to feed on physical material, but it does significantly diminish it. A Tamaa travelling with a partner can survive primarily on that persons feelings, taking only occasional material nourishment. Furthermore, like a snake a Tamaa can glut themselves on food or feelings, retaining the energy instilled for some time. The sustenance of the feelings will fade more rapidly than the food, but it is possible for a Tamaa to survive months on their metaphysical diet alone.
Though there are many rumors to the contrary, Tamaa feeding does not generally injure their target. It can lead to mental and emotional exhaustion when done to excess but it requires a prodigious appetite or cruelty for this to occur. Though it does not have to injure the target some Tamaa choose to and it is possible to inflict psychological and emotional trauma on a target if a Tamaa so desires or is incautious or rough. These mental scars can take several forms from night terrors and stress disorders to schizophrenic breaks. The vast majority of Tamaa seek to avoid this for their own safety; these sorts of activities are what usually end in pogroms with the offending Tamaa, or all Tamaa in an area set to a torch.

Sweet and Salty

Tamaa have a demonstrated affection for sweet flavours, possibly due to a quirk of their plant based biology. As a result, sugars and honey are exceptionally pleasing to most members of the species. Salts on the other hand are often found as exceedingly bitter to the Tamaa, causing most to avoid the substance. Salt reduces the Tamaa ability to both change shape and colour and thermoregulate. Significant amounts of salt can actually injure a Tamaa directly as they are much more susceptible to the dehydrating effects of the mineral.

Reproductive Limitations

Tamaa are both autogamous and allogamous, capable of developing male or female reproductive organs and either self-fertilizing or fertilizing another Tamaa. The limiting factor for Tamaa reproduction is that they are nearly semelparous; they are only able to develop the necessary organs a few times; typically once, but occasionally twice and very rarely three times in their entire lifetime. Moreover the development of the necessary organs and fertilization do not guarantee a successful birth. Tamaa gestation is far shorter than human, lasting only 4-6 months. At birth neonate Tamaa, also known as ‘seedlings’ are less developed than human infants and require more care and protection as they develop. To facilitate this they are born encased in a semi-translucent egg-like structure which provides some additional protection. If a seedling survives their first few months they begin to develop rapidly, exiting their shell and appearing much like a normal human baby, advancing to childlike at 2-3 towards their pre-adolescent state at 3-5 years. After this period the Tamaa development cycle demonstrates significant variability, with some Tamaa experiencing a short adolescence from age 5-10 and others going through exceptionally long maturation and not exiting adolescence until their 40’s. Tamaa who reach the physical and psychological equivalent of human adulthood cease aging.

Factions

Tamaa have no distinctive culture of their own and instead integrate where they are able. For the most part this means that Tamaa are culturally indistinguishable from others in their adoptive culture, but there are the following exceptions.

Subinese Tamaa

The people of the island of Subin are blessed with a fertile landscape, placid wildlife, generally tame weather and natural security features. As a result its people are best known for their devotion to pleasure, excess, distraction, and beauty, making the Tamaa a natural fit. Subinese not only accept the Tamaa, they treat them as favoured citizens and Subinese religious devotion to Aia has led to an almost cult-ish affection. Subinese Tamaa can find themselves figures of power or influence with relative ease. In many parts of Subin the Tamaa are actively worshiped and given great power and some historians speculate that Subin was originally founded by a colony of Tamaa or, at the very least, a culture of mixed humans and Tamaa. This is easy to believe given the significant parallels between the Tamaa and Subinese culture.

Nehepi Tamaa

The population of Tamaa in Nehep is small and found almost entirely in the southern cities where Ossandrian legions have yet to march. Here Nehepi Tamaa form tightly knit enclaves known for their alchemical skill and religious devotion. The only official recognition of the Tamaa by the southern rulers, the Phraeds, is as a distinct class for purposes of taxation. Beyond this they are treated almost exactly as the human population, though some lascivious nobles pay top coin for Tamaa courtesans.

Selenian Tamaa

Selenian Tamaa are largely indistinguishable from all other Selenians but they do receive some special recognition from the city-state. Selenian authorities readily accept all civil sapients to the Silent City and Tamaa are no exception, however as a trade city and exceedingly diverse culture Selenian authorities must often deal with the prejudices among visitors. As a result Tamaa and other Quasi-humans are considered a protected class of citizen due to their small population and the propensity for some visitors to abuse or harass them. Crimes against quasi-humans motivated by speciest thinking are punished more readily and severely to dissuade future offenses.

Victran Tamaa

Victran Tamaa are neither welcomed nor shunned and persecuted with the same frequency as in other cultures. While treatment does vary between cities they are often seen as second class citizens and treated accordingly. When they are discovered they face a wide range of discrimination. They are given few rights, forced into work as entertainers and courtesans, paid poorly, and crimes against them often go unpunished.

Feral Tamaa

Extreme pain, isolation, overwhelming addiction, and exile all have dangerous consequences for the Tamaa; Ferality. Feral Tamaa are those who, by one of the causes listed, have lost their ability to control their darker urges, succumbing to base desires for food and pleasure. These Tamaa lose their ability to blend in with humans, regressing to a primitive state. Feral Tamaa take on a variety of features; Once beautiful hair fuses into leaf-like fronds and skin colouration instinctively shifts to create a natural camouflage; body shape mutates to enhance predatory traits including dense leaping muscles, hard bark-like skin, needle like teeth and hardened talon like fingers; Tentilliar mutations become toxic and incapacitating; they continue to emit a pleasing scent but this turns sour and acrid when they are feeding. Feral Tamaa possess all the same urges of civil Tamaa, but twisted into their darkest form and the end result is a dangerous predator that many who hate the Tamaa will point to as an example of their true nature. Feral Tamaa often form wild circles, hunting as small packs. They seek out complex organic life to capture and torment, feeding on the victims pain and emotional anguish, before eventually eating them, often alive. Feral Tamaa are particularly fond of human victims.

Species Calling: Aia’s Chosen

Features

Calling Specialties
Tamaa excel at the following callings:
Tamaa Merchant: Mercantile = New Rank x2
Tamaa Aristocrat: Socialize = New Rank x2
Tamaa Entertainer: Socialize = New Rank x2

Beautiful: +2 starting Appearance, maximum of 7
Likeable: +1 starting Personality, maximum of 6
Regeneration: Tamaa can heal from wounds that would be lethal to others and heal at a higher rate than other species. They regenerate an additional 2 points of health per week. Tamaa also defy human mortality and only enter Dying status when on fire, submerged in acid, or when their arbour heart is attacked directly (A Tamaa’s arbour heart has a separate Health pool equal to its rank x10 and short of truly epic damage typically requires conscious effort to destroy). Tamaa also do not require stabilization rolls as their strange bodies knit themselves together from even the most egregious wounds. Conversely, the Tamaa Will is weaker than most and they cannot take the Persist action; when dropped below zero health they must always take the Fall action.
Mutovore: Tamaa feed on the emotions of humans. They only need to eat material food once per week so long as they are in proximity to humans. They can also use this ability to regenerate stress, regaining 4 stress per day, or 2 when travelling. A character can attempt conceal emotions by rolling 2d10 + Will + Concentration vs 2d10 + Intuition + Arbour Heart for the Tamaa.
Tentillia: Tamaa possess 6-8 sinuous vine-like tendrils, each 1 meter in length, housed in their arms and back. Tentillia are relatively weak but agile and have -3 power and Grace equal to the Tamaa’s. Tentillia can be used to manipulate objects, pick pockets, operate small machinery, trip foes, aid sleight of hand, distract others, or enhance intimidate rolls. Normal tentillia are too weak to wield weapons or shields.
Keen Sight: Tamaa can see in low light without aid. They cannot see in total darkness.

Impulsive: -2 starting Will, maximum of 3
Outsiders: Tamaa are considered aberrations in many cultures, limiting where they can go and who they can deal with without hiding their true nature.
Addiction Prone: Tamaa are easily addicted to new experiences and pleasures. They suffer the risk of a new addiction on any stress break.
Flamable: Tamaa take double damage from fire and acid.

Skill Purchase Modifiers
Tamaa have modified XP costs for purchasing the following skills.
Concentration +1 multiplier
Technology +1 multiplier
Craft +1 multiplier
Performance -1 multiplier
Socialize -1 multiplier
Mercantile -1 multiplier

Tamaa Core – Arbour Heart: The core trait for a Tamaa is the Arbor Heart, a spiritual and physical representation of their quasi-human nature. By embracing the plant-like facets of the Tamaa’s nature they develop a second circulatory organ, the Arbor Heart, which allows them to control their mutations and metamorphoses. While all Tamaa are capable of following this path, those who choose to are rare. The highest density of such Tamaa is found in the upper tiers of Subinese society where they are treated with almost religious reverence. Ability ranks cannot exceed the characters rank in Arbour heart.

Abilities

Mesmer

The Tamaa produces a series of scents and subsonic sounds capable of enrapturing humans and some animals. Roll an Appearance + Arbour Heart + Mesmer vs. target Will + Concentration. The character can hold 1 individual for 1 minute per rank of Mesmer. At level 5 they can hold 1 individual indefinitely while maintaining the effect, or they can hold up to 5 individuals for 1 minute. The Tamaa must be within 1 meter of the target and mesmerized individuals get a chance to escape if they are harmed or placed in a position of imminent danger. This ability costs 3 stress to use.

Camouflage

The Tamaa is able to alter their skin and hair colour to blend into surroundings. The character can use this ability to gain a bonus to stealth rolls equal to their rank in the ability. This ability costs 2 stress to use and lasts for 1 scene.

Innocuous

The Tamaa are able to reflexively alter their appearance and pheromones to present as harmless flora to aggressive wildlife. The Tamaa must roll Appearance + Arbor Heart + Harmless vs. target Perception. Targets that fail ignore the Tamaa entirely, unaware of their existence. The effect is broken by any attacks made by the Tamaa. This skill does not work on sapient species such as humans and quasi-humans. This ability costs 2 stress to use and lasts for 1 scene.

Habit Forming

The Tamaa’s natural scent, sound, appearance, and the subtle effects of their emotional feeding all combine to make their presence addictive. Humans who spend a full day in the Tamaa’s presence, or 3 scenes within a week of game time, find themselves craving that presence in future. This grants a bonus to social rolls with those affected, and an equivalent penalty to any attempt to try and harm the Tamaa. Each rank in Habit increases the bonus to social rolls and the penalty for trying to harm the Tamaa. The Tamaa must spend 1 stress to use the bonus or penalty provided by this ability and any act of violence on the part of the Tamaa towards a target triggers a reflexive Will vs. Appearance check to break the addiction.

Myco Companion

By clipping the lower portion of a Tentillium and planting it in fertile ground the Tamaa is able to seed and grow a companion creature known as a Myco (Mee-co). These simple-minded creatures can take on a variety of appearances, emulating small animals, insects, a mobile mass of plant matter, or stranger shapes as preferred by the Tamaa, and are perfectly loyal and attuned to their creator. The clipping of a tentillium is quite painful and the Tamaa takes 1 damage for each Myco created.

A Myco starts with the following stats:

  • -3 Intellect
  • -1 Power, Grace, Intuition, Appearance, and Personality
  • Null Will
  • Health 3
Maximum # of CompanionsTotal # of Creation Points
12
24
36
48
510

For each rank in the Companion Ability the Tamaa can have one additional Myco and two creation points to spend enhancing companion aspects and skills. For example at Companion level three the Tamaa could have two Mycos with three character points to spend on each, or one companion with six character points spent. Mycos are limited however and cannot have any aspect or skill above 3. If the Tamaa increases the rank of their Companion ability they can spend any new creation points gained on an existing Companion but otherwise the Myco’s aspects and skills cannot be altered after creation.

Unless their Intellect is enhanced a Mico can only take simple commands, acting akin to a barely trained pet. With sufficient investment a single Mico can become quite capable, but they never acquire any sense of personal will, being innately subservient to the Tamaa. As a result, Myco’s prefer to remain in proximity to their creator, where they are able to take commands and direction. Myco are only able to function while apart from their creator if given a task or another individual from which to take commands, but every day spent away from their creator they lose a ranks in their aspects and skills. Once all aspects and skills and the health pool are depleted the Myco plants themselves, becoming inert and largely indistinguishable from plant or fungal matter. Such Mycos can be revived by their creator but it costs 1 health and 3 stress to do so. Reviving a Myco causes the Tamaa to perceive everything that the Myco percieved since they were last in contact.

Myco’s killed through violence cannot be revived and a Myco who loses health does not regenerate that health. They must be healed by the Tamaa using an appropriate skill or by taking 3 stress for each point of health regenerated. Mycos do not need to be fed.

Improving a Myco’s aspects causes appropriate changes to their appearance, so a Myco with increased Power may grow bigger, one with increased Appearance, less alien, or one with increased Grace more nimble.

Edibles

The Tamaa can seed and encourage the rapid growth of highly nutritious plant matter. For each rank in Edibles the Tamaa can create or encourage enough food for one person for a day. This food has the added benefit recovering 1 stress per rank in the ability when eaten. It takes 6.5 hours minus the rank of the ability to grow the specimen or 60 minutes -10 per rank of the ability to encourage existing edible plants.

Colony

The Tamaa can create short lived clones of themselves. These replicas are entirely mindless, capable only of following simple instructions given by the Tamaa. Each clone appears identical to their creator, having the same rank in Appearance but they have a -1 in all other aspects and no Will to speak of. Clones cannot be improved, cannot act independent of instructions, and decay into plant matter after a short time. In light of this and their lack of any skills of note they are useful largely only for basic labour, decoys, or for more hedonistic purposes. Clones are grown from seeds which must be planted in fertile soil and take 1 day to grow. It costs the Tamaa 3 stress to create a clone seed.

Colony Level# of Simultaneous ClonesLifespan (hrs)Health
11241
22482
33724
44968
5512016

Barkskin

The Tamaa’s skin grows hard as iron, granting them a form of natural armour and enabling them to endure blows which would otherwise kill them. For each rank in Barkskin this armor grows more resilient, offering a +1 soak to Slashing and Piercing damage. Barkskin provides no defense against bashing damage. This ability costs 1 stress to use and lasts for 1 scene.

Thorns

The Tamaa grows razor sharp barbs on their skin or Tentillia granting them the ability to inflict injuries to those in proximity. For each rank in Thorns the barbs grow more numerous, harder, and sharper, inflicting 1 additional point of piercing damage. This ability takes 1 stress to use and lasts for 1 scene.

Tentilliar Mutations

Tentilliar Mass

The Tamaa channels a portion of their energy into thickening and strengthening their Tentillia, increasing their power and enabling them to be used in more diverse ways, such as for holding heavier items or attacking enemies. For each rank in Tentilliar mass the Tamaa gains +1 Power when using the Tentillia (At rank 3 the Tentillia possess average human strength of 0).

Tentilliar Secretions

Each of the secretions below triggers a new hunger in the Tamaa as they must consume certain substances to generate mass for the secretion.

Resin

The Tamaa focuses on growing a Tentilliar gland which secretes a resinous substance. This substance can be used to immobilize a target, seal a door, or mend minor damages. Each rank in Resin increases the strength and resilience of the resin and reduces the time it takes to fully set.

Medicinal

The Tamaa focuses on growing a gland which secretes a mixture of coagulants, pain killers, and antiseptics. The results of Medicine rolls made with the aid of a Medicinal tentillia are compared against the Mendikit column of the healing table and each rank in the ability adds a +1 to the healing roll. The Tamaa produces enough to utilize this ability a number of times per day equal to their rank in Arbour Heart.

Toxins

The Tamaa focuses on growing a gland which produces a variety of potent narcotic effects. Victims roll a Power + Will vs. the Tamaa’s Power + Arbour Heart + Toxin to resist. For each rank in Toxin the effects for 1 minute and cause 1 point of damage to the listed aspect as well as other narrative appropriate effects. For each level in Toxin the character can take a new effect from the list below:

ToxinEffectAspect Affected
AllergenPuffy red skin, congestion, difficulty breathingAppearance
DissassociativeDifficulty concentratingWill
EcstaticHallucinations and euphoriaIntellect
MyopicPartial blindnessIntuition
ParanoiaReduced social capacityPersonality
SomnolentSleepinessGrace
VenomReduced Sstrength and staminaPower

This ability costs 3 stress to use.

Spore

The Tamaa can release a cloud of spores from their tentillia, enabling them to apply the narcotic and toxic effects above without direct contact. The Tamaa can project these spores up to a distance of 1 meter for each rank taken in Spore.

Cordyceps

The Tamaa can inject a terrible parasitic fungus into a victim, rendering them a thrall of the Tamaa. This fungus is applied via the Tentillia, necessitating physical contact but once this is done the Tamaa rolls Will + Arbour Heart + Cordyceps vs their targets Power + Will. If the target fails they are under the direct control of the Tamaa, forced to act as directed. The limitations of this ability are as follows:

  • The Tamaa can control one person for each rank in Cordyceps.
  • Targets get a resistance check with a frequency equal to the rank in Cordyceps (e.g. 1/day at level 1, 1 every other day at level 2, 1 every 3rd day at level 3)
  • Any direction to do something extremely objectionable (e.g. suicide, harming a loved one) prompts a new roll to resist.
  • Infection is hindered by alchohol and can be removed by making the victim consume a sufficient amount or with a Mendikit healing check above 14.

The generation of a parasite takes 1 week minus 1 day per rank in Cordyceps and costs 5 stress each.

Fungal Ring

The Tamaa can spawn a cluster of mushrooms which are able to transmit sensation across distance. The Tamaa is aware of any creature crossing the ring and spores that cling to the interloper allow them to sense their location for 7 hours before the spores die. The spores are also able to convey a general sense of the danger the creature poses. The distance of transmission is dependent on the ability rank and the Tamaa can have a number of rings equal to the rank in the ability.

LevelDistance
110 m
2100 m
31 km
410 km
5100 km

This ability costs 1 stress to use.

Nootropic

The Tamaa can make a connection to another entity using their tentillia, enhancing their mental abilities and creating a non-intrusive emotional feedback loop that allows the Tamaa to bear some portion of the target’s cognitive burden. Nootropics allows the Tamaa to add their Will to that of their subject for a short period of time. The target must be willing and the effect can last for as long as the Tamaa maintains physical contact with at least one Tentillia. The duration this connection can be sustained is a number of hours equal to the Tamaa’s Arbour Heart. The ability costs 3 stress to use and cannot be used again until both characters have had a chance to rest.