Talent

see p. B89

For general rules governing Talents, see the Basic Set. Two new Talents are germane to Martial Arts:

Forceful Chi: Breaking Blow, Erotic Art, Flying Leap, Hypnotic Hands, Hypnotism, Invisibility Art, Kiai, Power Blow, Precognitive Parry, Pressure Points, Pressure Secrets, Push, Throwing Art, and Zen Archery. Reaction bonus: honorable opponents, those who practice "hard" or "external" styles (including potential students and masters), and lovers (past or present). 15 points/level.

Inner Balance: Autohypnosis, Blind Fighting, Body Control, Body Language, Body Sense, Breath Control, Dreaming, Immovable Stance, Light Walk, Lizard Climb, Meditation, Mental Strength, Mind Block, and Sensitivity. Reaction bonus: pacifists, ascetics, and those who practice "soft" or "internal" martial-arts styles. 15 points/level.

Someone with Forceful Chi is gifted at projecting his chi - both subtly and violently - to affect objects and people. He can even influence missiles in flight, helping him aim his own ranged weapons and evade his enemies'. His tangible aura of fitness impresses those who face him on the battlefield, at the dojo, or in the bedroom.

A hero with Inner Balance has superior control over his body and mind. This inner peace strengthens his will, sharpens his senses, and enables him to perform impossible feats of endurance and balance. He's visibly at peace, and those who appreciate order and focus find him pleasant to be around.

Forceful Chi and Inner Balance are in many ways oppo-sites. The GM could even make them mutually exclusive. However, the greatest masters of the Chinese martial arts -whose yang and yin are in perfect balance - might have high levels of both talents.

Inigo: You're using Bonettis defense against me, ah? Man in Black: I thought it fitting, considering the rocky terrain. Inigo: Naturally, you must expect me to attack with Capo Ferro ... Man in Black:... naturally - but I find Thibault cancels out Capo Ferro, don't you?

Inigo: Unless the enemy has studied his Agrippa - which I have.

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