Soulgazing

When a soulgaze happens, the two people involved enter into an immediate, one-round psychic contest that takes no time in the “outside” world. To everyone else, the soulgaze begins and ends in an instant.

The contest has two components. The first is a mutual psychic attack. Each participant rolls his Conviction as an attack, defended by the other’s Discipline, dealing mental stress if successful. At each player’s option, the attack may serve as a maneuver instead, landing a temporary aspect on the other person if successful.

The second component is information; each gazer gets an involved, metaphorical glimpse of the other’s soul which is described by the GM. The essential nature of each participant is made plain to the other; while some details may be hidden, it is crystal clear who each person is. This might result in a character aspect (as in, one from the sheet) being revealed to one or both participants—if you took stress or consequences in the first part, it’s safe to say the other person knows an aspect of yours. (If you want to use your soulgaze roll as a maneuver, the aspect you place still has to say something about your essential nature, even if you’re using it to your advantage.)

Soulgazing

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