Fetishes & Talens

Fetishes

Gaia’s Chosen may use the Rite of the Fetish to bind spirits into appropriately crafted and consecrated vessels. Such wondrous items are known as fetishes. The owner of a fetish can call upon the spirit within to perform specific tasks, depending on the nature of the vessel and the spirit. Given the multitude of spirits within the Tellurian and the ingenuity of the Garou, fetishes of almost any type imaginable may be created.

Werewolves hold great reverence toward fetishes, treating them as honored allies rather than mere tools. Such is the nature of the pact that binds spirits into fetishes; they are obligated to serve the Garou only as long as they are respected in return. It is possible to bind a spirit against its will, but these fetishes tend to be rebellious, and most Garou consider them cursed.

Of course, the servants of the Wyrm bind Banes into horrifying fetishes of their own…

The majority of fetishes are crafted from natural materials (wood, hide, bone, clay), although this is more a preference of most spirits than a hard rule - Glass Walkers, in particular, tend to bind spirits that prefer more modern, technological housing. Few fetishes are nondescript; Garou adorn them with carved river stones, feathers, beads, and other markings to honor and appease the spirit within.

To use a fetish, the Garou must first attune herself to it by making a Purity roll, resisted by the fetish’s Gnosis rating. Attunement establishes a spiritual bond between fetish and user, enabling the Garou to take the fetish anywhere in the Tellurian and providing instinctive understanding of the fetish’s powers. Only a single success is required to attune to the fetish; failure indicates that the fetish has rejected the character. Another roll may not be attempted until the werewolf has somehow reached accord with the resident spirit. Attunement also effectively “dedicates” a fetish to its wielder, as though the Rite of Talisman Dedication had been performed on it. Since fetishes have their own Gnosis, an attuned fetish doesn’t count against the maximum number of objects a werewolf can have dedicated to him.

Each time the wielder wishes to use one of the fetish’s powers, the player must make a Purity roll, resisted by the fetish's Level, to “activate” the power. Alternatively, she may simply spend a Gnosis point to activate the power automatically. Gnosis may not be spent for additional actions in the same turn that it is spent to activate a power, unless a Gift or other power allows otherwise.

Any fetish weapons deal Lethal damage, unless otherwise noted. There are rumors of some legendary fetishes that deal Aggravated damage to any creature, but those are extremely rare and highly sought after by Elders and Cliath alike.

Sample Fetishes

Apeskin (●)

Gnosis 3
This somewhat gruesome fetish is nonetheless highly useful for metis and lupus Garou who need to hide their true nature. When activated, the fetish - which takes the form of a scrap of ape or human skin tattooed with a glyph - makes the werewolf suffer no special damage from silver in Homid form, and also renders the Garou unable to regenerate in that form - just as though they were born homid. One activation lasts for a full day.

To create an apeskin, a homid ancestor-spirit must be bound into the skin.

Harmony Flute (●)

Gnosis 3
Carved from hickory, this small flute has many small songbird feathers decorating it. When activated and played (which requires a Presence + Expression roll), the flute emits an enchanting melody, reawakening ancient memories of peace from ages past, when the world was whole. When an aggressive creature hears the song, it must make a successful Resolve + Composure + Rage roll or cease its struggles. Creatures without Rage may not resist the flute’s music. Any being listening to the sound may still defend itself if attacked. One activation lasts for as long as the werewolf continues to play.

To create a harmony flute, one must bind a bird-spirit or a spirit of peace, calm, or water into the flute.

Horn of Distress (●)

Gnosis 2
Only in times of dire need do Kinfolk sound these instruments. Such horns vary in appearance according to culture; most bear tribal markings. This fetish uses Willpower instead of Gnosis. When blown, a horn alerts all werewolves within a 10-mile radius. Whether they choose to come or not is their affair, but they know the sound of the horn means trouble.

Most often, these horns contain peacock-spirits, though a few hold spirits of Air.

Magpie’s Swag (●)

Gnosis 3
The magpie’s swag can be pretty much any simple closable bag, satchel, sack, or similar container, which can hold thrice the amount of a regular bag the same size. If dedicated, it counts as a single item, even if filled with other fetishes or even non-dedicated items, and it is represented by a stripe of fur in Crinos, Hispo, and Lupus forms.

Unfortunately, it cannot contain complex Weaver objects such as guns or laptops, unless these items are broken and useless, or have been independently dedicated.

Variations of this fetish include the corporate briefcase of the Glass Walkers, the gym bag of the Bone Gnawers and the medicine bag of the Uktena. Also, a level two variation exists - the spider’s satchel - which is capable of carrying Weaver objects.

To create a magpie’s swag, one must bind a magpie or marsupial spirit into the container.

Mirrorshades (●)

Gnosis 4
When activated, this pair of mirrored sunglasses produce a mirrored surface on the inside of the glasses, allowing the wearer to step sideways with ease. The Gauntlet is considered 2 lower than it would otherwise be when doing so.

To create mirrorshades, one must bind a glass elemental into the shades.

Nyx’s Bangle (●)

Gnosis 3
A favorite of Ragabash, this fetish resembles a silver bracelet with glyphs honoring Luna carved into it. When activated, it allows the wearer to blend with shadows and move around unseen at night. Only the eyes betray the werewolf, shining like twin full moons in the darkness. Unlike the talen: Nightshade, the wearer of Nyx’s bangle doesn’t turn into shadow, but merely has her presence masked. She gains a +4 bonus to Stealth pools at night when the fetish is activated.

To create Nyx’s bangle, one must bind a spirit of night or darkness into the bangle.

Truth Earring (●)

Gnosis 3
This small golden earring acts as a fairly reliable lie detector when activated. Should the wearer be lied to, the earring vibrates softly. All rolls made to try and deceive the werewolf through speech or sound are made at -3 penalty. The earring doesn’t warn against visual deception.

To create a truth earring, one must bind a servant of Falcon into the golden earring.

Amulet of Kinship (●●)

Gnosis 3
Garou bestow this fetish upon honored Kinfolk as a symbol of protection and service. All Garou, mages, and spirits that the wearer meets instantly know her to be Kinfolk of note and know the identity (deed name, tribe, breed, auspice, and rank) of the Garou who gave it to her.

The Amulet of Kinship must be activated by the werewolf (Purity roll) when it is given to the Kinfolk; after that, no roll is necessary. The amulet doesn’t function if worn by anyone other than the intended recipient.

To create the fetish, an ancestor-spirit must be bound into the device.

Cup of the Alicorn (●●)

Gnosis 3
The oldest of these carved and covered cups, handed down in old European septs, are said to be made of unicorn horn, though the truth of this is unknown. Any harmful substance is neutralized when poured into this cup. With a Intelligence + Occult roll against the Intelligence + Science of the poisoner, the holder of the cup can even recognize the type of poison by the changes in the cup’s shimmer or color.

To create a cup of the alicorn, one must bind a spirit of healing, or a snake- or bear-spirit into the cup.

Chameleon Skin (●●)

Gnosis 4
Garou needing to keep a low profile and stay out of sight commonly use this fetish. Generally a belt or headband, it allows the Garou’s fur to blend in with her surroundings. Chameleon’s skin is most efficient in the wild and other densely overgrown areas, but some Glass Walkers have fetishes that easily harmonize with their urban surroundings of glass, steel and concrete. When activated, this fetish acts as the Gift: Camouflage, save that the power may function in whatever environment the fetish is attuned to.

A chameleon-spirit, naturally, must be bound into this fetish in order to create it. Chances are that the chameleon-spirit will be easier to sway if the skins are those of a lizard other than chameleons or, indeed, from another type of animal altogether.

Dagger of Retribution (●●)

Gnosis 3
This particular fetish, an ugly iron dagger, was devised as a means of tracking down stolen possessions and the thieves responsible. The werewolf concentrates on the lost item while holding the dagger; the weapon gently tugs in the direction of the item until the Garou reclaims it. If the fetish’s owner knows the face or name of the thief, he may use the dagger to locate the thief as well. The fetish is treated as a Knife in combat (Damage 0, Initiative -1, Strength 1, Size 1).

To create a dagger of retribution, a werewolf must bind a vengeance-spirit into the dagger.

Dream Stealer (●●)

Gnosis 3
A Dream Stealer, or Chimera Gem, is a multi-colored gemstone that can extract and project another’s dream. The gem is placed near the target when asleep, and when activated it will allow the user to view the target’s dreams, replayed in the depths of the stone.

To create a Chimera Gem, one must bind a spirit of dream or one of Cuckoo’s brood into the stone.

Spirit Tracer (●●)

Gnosis 3
This fetish is a human hair suspended in an iron ingot. When the wielder activates the fetish and concentrates upon a specific spirit, the ingot pulls in that direction. This fetish only works for tracking spirits.

To create a spirit tracer, one must bind a predator spirit or a spirit that has the Numina: Tracking into the ingot.

Baneskin (●●●)

Gnosis 4
This tiny piece of a Bane is wrapped carefully in cloth and worn as an amulet. When activated, it causes all malevolent spirits to react to the wearer as if she were a kindred soul — a wolf in Bane’s clothing, as it were. If the wearer takes any action against her “fellow” Banes, the guise is broken immediately. These fetishes cannot fool Incarnae or mightier spirits.

To create a Baneskin, one must bind a parrot- or mockingbird-spirit into the skin.

Beast Mask (●●●)

Gnosis 4
This fetish takes the form of a carved mask depicting an animal. When donned and activated, the werewolf assumes the form of the animal the mask represents. The character gains all the characteristics of the animal (flight, gills, heightened senses, etc.) but cannot use her regenerative powers nor change into other forms until she removes the mask.

To create a beast mask, one must bind an appropriate animal spirit into the mask.

D’siah (●●●)

Gnosis 3
The d’siah, a knife with a flint blade curved like a crescent moon, is the signature weapon of the Silent Striders. Its sharpened outer edge is used for slashing attacks, while the trailing point can be used to thrust and tear on the return stroke. Because this knife takes skill and training to use properly, it requires a Weaponry Specialty: D’siah in order to properly use. It has the stats of a Machete (Damage 2, Initiative -2, Strength 2 Size 2). The war spirit bound into the blade, usually one of Cobra’s brood, is somewhat more discerning than spirits usually bound to klaives — a d’siah does aggravated damage only to Wyrm-tainted creatures (use the same guidelines as the Gift: Sense Wyrm) and any type of spirit.

In addition, after a successful strike, the Strider can activate the d’siah to drain a point of Gnosis from her opponent (or a point of Essence from spirits). The werewolf cannot use this ability of the knife on the same turn she spends Gnosis for extra actions.

Fang Dagger (●●●)

Gnosis 3
These daggers are always carved from the tooth or tusk of a great beast. After striking an opponent, the werewolf can activate the weapon, causing it to “bite” deeper into the wound. This doubles the amount of damage is dealt, after armor has subtracted from the number of successes achieved. Before activation, the Fang Dagger is considered a Knife (Damage 0, Initiative -1, Strength 1, Size 1).

To create a fang dagger, one must bind a snake-spirit or a spirit of war, pain, or death into the blade.

Klaive Hammer (●●●)

Gnosis 3
Werewolves often do not have time to devote to mundane crafts such as blacksmithing, and yet klaives are a vital resource for the Nation. Often times, while a Theurge binds the spirit to the weapon, a skilled Kinfolk with Gnosis forges the klaive itself. A Klaive Hammer allows the Kinfolk to craft a klaive so perfect of form that the summoned spirit may be pleased to accept permanent binding within the fetish. Using a weapon forged with a Klaive Hammer gives the ritesmaster creating a Klaive a +4 bonus when performing the Rite of the Fetish on that weapon.

To create a Klaive Hammer, one of the following spirits must be bound into a hammer touched by the crafter: Balance, Light, or Fire. Each Klaive Hammer is uniquely attuned to its owner, but if freely given by the old owner and accepted by the new one, the attunement can be transferred. In this case, either the old owner or the new one must spend Gnosis to fuel the attunement. Because of this, these fetishes are often created by Garou, handed off to Kinfolk, and then returned to the Nation when a Kin is no longer able to fulfill the taxing duties of smithing service.

Partridge Wing (●●●)

Gnosis 4
This fetish is made from the wing of a partridge bird, its feathers all completely unbroken and white as snow. The joint of the wing has a golden ring fastened through it, and hangs from a long golden chain. To activate the fetish, a werewolf must concentrate upon a memory that she wishes to remove from her mind, and then swing the partridge wing around herself counter-clockwise three times, letting the tips of the feathers brush in a circle around her on the ground. Memories of another human or Garou can also be swept away in a similar fashion, by dragging the feathers by the chain in a circle around them. This fetish is rarely used on Garou and should never be used without permission, but has come in very handy for restoring Delirious humans to their calmer states.

To create a partridge wing, one must bind a spirit of water or forgetfulness into the wing.

Phoebe’s Veil (●●●)

Gnosis 4
This fetish is a small, golden pendant in the shape of a half moon. These fetishes are usually worn around the neck, held by a strong leather thong. At night, when the pendant is activated, the wearer vanishes completely for one minute per success. Neither mundane creatures nor spirits nor technology may sense her in any way except touch. The veil remains drawn until the time expires or the pendant is removed.

To create this fetish, one must bind a Lune, a chameleon-spirit, a spirit of illusion, or a spirit of shadow into the pendant.

Sanctuary Chimes (●●●)

Gnosis 3
When activated, this miniature tubular bell emits chimes into the wind. No spirit may materialize within 100 feet unless invited to do so. This fetish usually protects caerns or the homes of pregnant Kinfolk. One activation lasts for a full day.

To create sanctuary chimes, one must bind a spirit of protection or a turtle-spirit into the tubular bell.

Sun Whip (●●●)

Gnosis 4
This exotic fetish takes the form of a bullwhip with small nuggets of gold bound into the coil, weighted with a large nugget in the tip. The creator’s tribal glyph (or occasionally family crest) is carved upon the base of the handle. When activated, the weapon glows slightly and erupts into either sunlight or flame upon making contact with a vampire. The whip does aggravated damage against vampires and forces the vampire to make a Resolve + Composure roll to resist fear frenzy, and lethal damage against everything else. A whip has Damage 1, Initiative -2, Strength 2, Size 2, and grants the wielder +1 Defense against unarmed opponents or those that wield weapons of Size 1 due to reach.

To create a sun whip, a spirit of flame or sunlight must be bound into the whip.

Wind Whistle (●●●)

Gnosis 3
A single, long blow on this whistle will summon a freezing cold wind, laced with snow. It will cover the tracks of the werewolf using the whistle, and his pack if appropriate, while chilling the bones of any pursuers, costing them one die from every roll while they continue to pursue the owner of the wind whistle. The effects of the whistle last for one hour.

To create a wind whistle, a wind elemental must be bound into a whistle carved from the bone of an animal that died of the cold during the winter months.

Feathered Cloak (●●●●)

Gnosis 4
A highly difficult fetish to make, requiring thousands of differently colored feathers, a feathered cloak can take years to create, but the end results are spectacular not only in function but in form. Properly made, the cloak shows a dazzling array of different colors and patterns, and it is said that gazing on one for three days without wavering in one’s attention makes it possible to see the road of life itself in the pattern of feathers. This may or may not be true, but what is certain is the spectacular effect the fetish provides: The wearer can fly.

When activated, the wearer can rise above the ground and travel horizontally at speeds equivalent to her running speed indefinitely. The flight is not perfect, however. The wearer cannot travel both horizontally and vertically at the same time, and vertical travel is considerably slower, progressing at walking speed. Finally, the entire experience causes a great deal of stress upon the body. For every ten minutes of flight, the player must roll Stamina + Athletics - 1 per ten minutes spent totally. If the roll fails, then the pain from the stress has become too intense and the wearer needs to land and rest.

The feathered cloak is a full-length cloak that remains wrapped around the body, even during flight, and is bound with a bird-spirit.

Ironhammer (●●●●)

Gnosis 3
Lesser versions of the mighty Jarlhammers, these one-handed hammers are potent war fetishes in their own right, and the signature weapons of the Get of Fenris. Forged of silver-laced iron, an ironhammer has Damage 3, Initiative -4, Strength 3, and Size 3. A werewolf may hurl an Ironhammer up to 10 yards for every point of Strength as an instant action; the hammer returns to its rightful owner after each toss, returning as a reflexive action at the beginning of their next turn.

To create an ironhammer, a spirit of war must be bound into a mighty hammer forged of silver-laced iron.

Klaive (●●●●)

Gnosis 3
The signature weapon of the Garou Nation, klaives are fetish daggers of a singular design, made to be used in Homid, Glabro, or Crinos form with equal ease. Klaives are rare weapons made from the purest silver, treasured and passed down from hero to hero. A werewolf who carries a klaive loses one point from his effective Gnosis pool, thanks to the silver. A war-spirit is usually bound into the klaive, allowing it to inflict aggravated damage even to non-Garou foes.

Pulling a klaive on another werewolf is considered a grave action, for a klaive duel is almost always to the death. Nonetheless, such duels have always been dangerously common, despite the dwindling population of Garou. Elders complain that too many of these sacred artifacts are in the ranks of reckless youths quick to use them for mundane tasks or to spill kin-blood; young werewolves argue that too many klaives are kept hidden away for rituals and great quests, when they could be better put to use against Black Spiral Dancers and other foes.

A klaive has Damage 2, Initiative 0, Strength 2, Size 2, and is made of pure silver, allowing it to ignore the natural armor of a Garou in Crinos form, as well as other mystically provided armor such as from the Gifts: Luna’s Armor or Troll Skin; this effect does not ignore mundane armor. This same holds true for other Fera who are also susceptible to silver.

Labrys of Isthmene (●●●●)

Gnosis 4
A labrys of Isthmene is a massive, double-headed war-axe dedicated to Isthmene, the Gorgon of battle. A signature weapon of the Black Furies, the weapon is designed to be wielded two-handed, but may be effectively used with one hand by any being with Strength 6 or higher. A labrys has Damage 3, Initiative -2, Strength 3 (6 if desiring to use it one-handed), and Size 3. Activating the fetish grants access to the Gift: Spirit of the Fray for the rest of the scene. The fetish will not function for a male Garou of any tribe.

To create a labrys of Isthmene, one must bind a spirit of war into the labrys.

Monkey Puzzle (●●●●)

Gnosis 3
This amber talisman contains a single human hair. When activated, it causes all humans viewing the werewolf to believe her to be a normal human, regardless of the form she wears. However, the fetish doesn’t mask her actions - tearing out someone’s throat simply becomes the act of a cannibalistic lunatic rather than a werewolf. This fetish’s effects last for a day.

To create a monkey puzzle, one must bind a ghost, a spirit of illusion, or a trickster-spirit into the talisman.

Spirit Whistle (●●●●)

Gnosis 4
When activated and blown, this ivory whistle emits a wailing scream that causes great pain to all spirits within the werewolf’s line of sight. Any spirits present must roll Resistance and beat the fetish’s activation roll, or be compelled to flee from the scream. The power of this fetish is directional; spirits behind the werewolf don’t have to roll.

To create a spirit whistle, one must bind a screechowl spirit, a spirit of madness, or a spirit of discord into the ivory whistle.

Personal Umbral Digital Application (●●●●)

Gnosis 4
The Glass Walkers have, on occasion, a compulsion to create devices that could best be described as “cute,” and most would argue the PUDA more or less fits that category. This is because most people have not been subject to the devastating array of forces that the PUDA can bring to bear.

Effectively, the PUDA is a digital platform with a bee-spirit bound into it. In the past, this fetish took the form of palmtop digital assistants or powerbooks; modern iterations of the fetish are generally cell phones or digital tablets. This bee spirit creates a hive file structure in an Umbral space around the device, which can store and organize various rites before completion and then “execute” the rite at a later time. The Glass Walker simply has to use the PUDA to “record” the rite in some fashion, such as with a camera application. When finished, the rite does not have any effect, but (if successful) is then stored in the PUDA and can have its effect come to pass with the click of a touch-sensitive pad any time thereafter. Each activation can execute one rite, but if the roll fails, the rite is lost. If the roll for the rite depends upon outside factors, then all rolls are made when the rite is executed rather than when it is first performed to be stored.

The following rites work with a PUDA: Rite of Cleansing, Rite of Contrition, Rite of Binding, Rite of the Questing Stone, Rite of Talisman Dedication, Rite of Becoming, Rite of Spirit Awakening, Rite of Summoning, Voice of the Jackal, and Rending of the Veil. At the Storyteller’s option, other more obscure rites may be compatible as well.

Each rite stored on the PUDA requires some spiritual energy to be preserved, which is taken from the Glass Walker using it in the form of a single point of Gnosis. This Gnosis does not restore in the usual manner, but is returned the moment that a rite is successfully executed. If the execution fails and the rite is lost, the Gnosis goes with it, but may be regained in the usual fashion.

On top of all this, the PUDA also works as a normal digital device.

Unbroken Cord (●●●●)

Gnosis 3
This appears to be a length of hemp cord knotted and braided into elaborate patterns. Lengths vary, but there will usually be enough to make necklaces, belts, etc., for an entire pack.

When the pack leader wishes, she may spend one Gnosis and share one of her abilities, such as a Gift or Skill, with any pack member. She can only share with as many pack members as she has Rage. One use for this is to share skills or abilities; another is to aid pack members by giving them the leader’s Rage rating (on top of their own) or Gnosis. The effects last for one scene.

To create an unbroken cord, one must bind a unity-spirit (such as the spirit of a flock of birds) into the cord.

Grand Klaive (●●●●●)

Gnosis 4
These mighty blades are the klaives of the most legendary heroes. Carrying one of these immense silver swords costs a Garou two points from his effective Gnosis pool. A war-spirit is usually bound into the grand klaive, allowing it to inflict aggravated damage to non-Garou.

Grand klaives are very rare and usually tied to specific Garou lineages, especially among the Silver Fangs, Fianna, and Shadow Lords. Besides the usual war-spirit, a second spirit - such as a fire-spirit that might add Armor against fire when the klaive is activated or an ancestor-spirit that might provide extra dots in a Skill such as Occult or Survival - is usually also bound into the grand klaive. The secondary spirit rarely minds sharing the fetish with another, as grand klaives represent the pinnacle of honor in the eyes of Gaia’s warriors.

A grand klaive has Damage 3, Initiative +1, Strength 2, Size 2, and is made of pure silver, allowing it to ignore the natural armor of a Garou in Crinos form, as well as other mystically provided armor such as from the Gifts: Luna’s Armor or Troll Skin; this effect does not ignore mundane armor. This same holds true for other Fera who are also susceptible to silver.

Werewolves, especially young ones, who possess a grand klaive attract the attention of the mighty. Elders often question the audacity of a youth who dares to carry such a sacred weapon, while his peers may covet the power and attention.

Jarlhammer (●●●●●)

Gnosis 3
These mighty two-handed hammers are the pinnacle of Get craftsmanship. Like the lesser Ironhammers, they are forged from silver-laced iron and cooled in the blood of freshly slain enemies; however, the Get bind spirits of war and silver alike within. Each hammer has Damage 3, Initiative 0, Strength 3 and Size 3; the damage inflicted by this weapon counts as silver damage, and thus bypasses Crinos and mystical Armor, as well as dealing aggravated damage to Garou and other Fera susceptible to silver’s touch. Only a werewolf can throw such a weapon accurately, and only to a distance of 5 yards for every dot of Strength. Whenever a blow from a Jarlhammer slays its target, the hammer resounds with a powerful thunderclap, announcing to friend and foe alike that another enemy of the Get of Fenris has fallen.

There are seven of these hammers; some are wielded by powerful Jarls, while at least one has been lost. Each one has its own name and secondary power:

Forge-Crusher blazes with fire when activated, and inflicts an additional level of fire damage with each blow.
Grinding-Tooth can smash any stone into powder, obliterating a cubic foot of rock or concrete with every strike.
Spear-Chaser flies three times as far as its siblings when thrown, and the thrower never suffers any penalties for range.
Troll-Eater pulverizes bone and smashes armor; it has the quality Armor Piercing 2 (it ignores 2 levels of their opponent’s Armor).
Bright-Arm shines with the light of sun and moon alike; opponents who rely on sight to target opponents lose two dice from their dice pools when attacking its wielder.
Hag-Talon is fortified against the magic of enemies, granting its wielder three additional dice to any roll made to resist mind-manipulating powers.
Pain-Eagle leaves wounds that throb with agony; those wounded by the hammer suffer double the usual wound penalties.

Runestones (●●●●●)

Gnosis 4
Soothsay Runes, Tarot cards, crystal balls, divination bones - this fetish has almost as many names as forms. When activated, the runes show the caster a vision of what is to come. The number of successes on the roll should determine the degree of truth in the vision, and the Storyteller, based on how complex the reading is, should set the difficulty.
To create any divinatory fetish one must bind a spirit of time, dream, enigmas, or wisdom into the tools.

Talens

Talens are simpler versions of fetishes, created with the Rite of Binding, which are easier to create but more limited in effect. Like fetishes, talens are objects that contain spirits. They require the same roll to activate as fetishes, but do not require attunement prior to use. However, talens can be used only once. After fulfilling the terms of its binding pact, the talen’s spirit departs and the item loses its potency.

Where forceful binding into a fetish is a slap in the face of the entire spirit world, werewolves consider aggressive binding into a talen acceptable, as the binding is only temporary.

A talen’s Gnosis rating is equal to the bound spirit’s rank. One extra talen of the same type can be made for each additional success on the Rite of Binding roll. For example, three successes create three Bane arrows. Gafflings are commonly bound to make talens; more powerful spirits make the creation of multiple talens easier, adding two or three extra talens to the total number generated. Talens last until used.

Sample Talens

Bane Arrows

Gnosis 1
These obsidian-headed arrows unerringly seek Banes, whether or not they are visible. They hit Banes automatically and deal aggravated damage equal to the number of successes achieved when activating the fetish. The bite of a Bane arrow is so painful that no Bane can resist howling in agony. Wyrm-spirits can sometimes sense the presence of these talens, and may not wait for the archer to fire before acting.
To create a Bane arrow, one must bind a spirit of war, air, or pain into the arrow.

Chiropteran Spies

Gnosis 2
These Shadow Lord talens look like wooden bat figurines, which come to life when activated. The Chiropteran Spies can serve as scouts, spies or diversions for up to 12 hours. When their tasks are completed, they turn to sawdust.
Similar talens exist among other tribes: The Silent Striders have clay scarabs, the Children of Gaia use porcelain doves, and the Glass Walkers have small metal insects.

To create a chiropteran spy, a bat-spirit must be bound to the carving.

Death Dust

Gnosis 2
When broken open, activated and sprinkled over the dead body of a recently (within a day) deceased creature, this small jar of dust allows the Garou to communicate with the corpse’s spirit.
To create death dust, one must bind a spirit of death, communication or divination into the jar.

Dire Call

Gnosis 3
This talen looks like a slender white stick about the size of a drinking straw. When the user snaps the stick in two and spends a point of Willpower, a call goes out which summons the nearest single Garou to the user’s location. If a group of Garou is nearby, this power targets the one that is physically closest to the user’s locale.

This talen differs from the Fetish: Horn of Distress, in that the werewolf must come (spending at least 10 turns or an hour, whichever is greater, doing everything in their power to reach the user’s location) once the Dire Call is activated. Using the Dire Call is risky because the talen’s power doesn’t distinguish between friends or enemies, nor does it demand that the Garou aid the Kin once he arrives. A Kinfolk could summon an enraged Red Talon, a Black Spiral Dancer, or just an indifferent werewolf with no vested interest in offering help.

A Lune must be bound into a birch stick to make this talen.

Hero’s Mead

Gnosis 2
This talen is a dry, herbal mixture. The user mixes the herbs with liquid, then drinks the mixture while making a Resolve + Composure roll or spending a Willpower point. If the roll is successful, she finds her Strength doubled (to a maximum of five dots). The additional Strength lasts for one scene.

To make the talen, the creator must mix a recipe of rare herbs in a container, then bind a thunder-spirit to the herbs.

Gaia’s Breath

Gnosis 2
When this small, dried gourd is crushed and the dust sprinkled over an open wound, the talen heals up to four health levels of damage (even aggravated damage).

To create Gaia’s breath, one must bind a spirit of healing into a glyph-decorated gourd.

Long Whispers

Gnosis 2
No matter where a recipient might be - in the Gaian Realm or the Umbra - he can receive a brief written message (a paragraph, or about five full sentences) via this talen. The talen itself looks like a sheet of smooth, blank vellum. The user writes down the message, addresses the note (by name only), then activates the talen. The notepaper blows out of her hand as if moved by an unseen wind. After one scene, it comes into the recipient’s possession in much the same way.

To create this talen, a dove-spirit or pigeon-spirit must be bound into high quality vellum.

Moon Glow

Gnosis 2
This talen is a single moonbeam caught within a small crystal. Upon embarking on a journey into the Umbra, the wielder may activate this blessing from Luna. As long as it is carried continually, the journey should be a safe one. The crystal shatters once the Garou reaches his destination. This talen keeps away only incidental danger - it has no power to ward off enemies actively seeking the Garou, ambushes, or the repercussions of foolhardy actions such as insulting powerful spirits in their homes.

Only a Lune can empower a moon glow talen.

Moon Sign

Gnosis 2
This small wax seal bears the sign of the full moon. When activated and thrown down before any werewolf, the werewolf’s player must succeed on a Resolve + Composure + Rage roll, or the character changes immediately into Lupus form. This talen works on Black Spiral Dancers and other Fera as well, making them shift to their animal form.

To create a moon sign, one must bind a Lune, Wyld-spirit, or wolf-spirit into the seal.

Nightshade

Gnosis 2
This talen is distilled from the very essence of night. When quaffed, one fluid ounce of this liquid turns the imbiber’s body into shadow, rendering her virtually invisible in darkness. Only a watcher searching actively for the user can make a roll to spot her, though they still incur penalties in doing so (normally a -3 penalty). This effect lasts only an hour.

To create a nightshade, a spirit of night or darkness must be bound into a vial.

Test Vial

Gnosis 1
This talen allows a character to determine whether a person is Garou or Kinfolk, assuming the character can obtain a cell sample: blood, saliva, skin, hair, or the like. It looks like a simple test tube with a stopper. The tester drops her sample into the vial, seals it, shakes it, spends a Willpower point, and within five seconds, she has a thick crimson glop (Garou), a small amount of brownish powder (Kinfolk), or nothing. (No matter what other supernatural associations the person might have, non-Garou or Kinfolk samples simply evaporate.)

Ancestor, Divination, or Crow spirits may be bound into a normal test tube to create the fetish.

Wind Snorkel

Gnosis 1
If a Garou needs to swim underwater, burrow through the earth, or venture anywhere that she ordinarily cannot breathe, she can use this peculiar talen. Fitting the end of the tube into her mouth or muzzle, the werewolf can suck enough air through it to keep herself alive and moving onward on her journey, for as long as necessary. The tube need not protrude into air to function. The spirit departs when the Garou removes the tube from her mouth.

To create a wind snorkel, an air elemental must be bound into a flexible, hollow reed or bone antler.

Wyrm Scale

Gnosis 2
This sigil possesses some protection against the power of the Wyrm. Servants of the Wyrm revert to their true forms if the sigil activates in their presence. Some believe that this action alerts the Wyrm to the existence of the sigil, but in any event, the sigil combusts in a greenish fire immediately after use, and is incinerated completely.

To create a Wyrm scale, a Wyrm-spirit must be bound into the sigil.