Speck in a Perfect Diamond
Ritual of Two Skins
- In a ritual that takes a day — dawn to dawn, dusk to dusk, or some incomprehensible equivalent in the Lands Beyond Creation — a Deceiver may tell themselves the story that they are someone else. In this fashion they weave about themselves the power of someone real that they have met.
- The result is not particularly obvious.
- The person whose life they borrow most likely will not notice — will feel an apprehension, at the most, a shudder, as if someone had walked across their grave. Those who look at the Deceiver are unlikely to see the lie: they change their spirit, not their body.
- But the Deceiver gains in the course of the ritual full access to
everything that person is. They gain their mortal skills. Their passions. Their loves and hates and needs. They gain their powers — for instance, and most importantly, the miraculous abilities a Power or Imperator has. Thus you may meet a Deceiver with all the power of the Power of Fire, or Guns, or Waves, or Green or Greed. Or, worse, a Deceiver in the “skin” of an Imperator, immortal as Imperators are immortal, and capable of speaking Imperial miracles unto the world.