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Rifts Arcane Backgrounds
Unless otherwise stated, the arcane skill, starting Power Points, starting powers, and drawbacks are identical to the listed base Arcane Background
armor, barrier, blind, bolt, burst, deflection, entangle, growth, obscure, pummel, slow, smite, and wall walker.
All powers involve the manipulation of the secretions of a mollusk native to the Naut'Yll homeworld.
Contributed by: Sitting Duck
Original Source: World Book 7: Underseas
Novice, Human or genetic variants, Spirit d6+, Vigor d6+
Tattoo Activation (Spirit)
Summon Ally or Summon Weapon and two others
Armor*, Blind, Bolt, Boost Trait*, Damage Field*, Darksight*, Deflection*, Detect Arcana, Elemental Manipulation (air and fire only), Environmental Protection*, Farsight*, Fly*, Greater Healing, Healing, Quickness*, Smite*, Speak Language*, Speed*, Summon Ally^, Summon Weapon^, Warrior's Gift*
The relevant tattoo is directly touched (can't be wearing armor) when activated.
If a one is rolled on the Tattoo Activation roll (regardless of the Wild Die result), the pain from receiving the tattoo flares up. The T-Man becomes Shaken, which can cause a Wound.
New and Modified Powers
This works identically to the power from the Savage Worlds Core Book, but with the following modifications. The power is restricted to non-sentient creatures, both normal animals and more monstrous creatures. The creature summoned is actually an ectoplasmic construct, which gets the Construct and Fearless abilities in addition to its normal abilities. When this power is first taken, the T-Man has six points to spend in determining what creatures he has tattooed on himself and can therefore bring forth. Each animal costs one point while each monster (defined as a non-sentient creatures that wasn't known to exist on Earth during the Time of Man) costs two points. Multiple tattoos of the same creature cannot be taken. The Mega Power variant is called Summon Greater Ally. For an additional three PPE, the summoned creature is a Wild Card.
The following table determines how much PPE and what rank is needed to acquire a creature as a tattoo (monsters cost an additional point of PPE to activate):
Human-sized or smaller
Up to Size +3
Up to Size +5
Up to Size +8
Up to Size +10
3/1 per round
When activated, the weapon depicted in the tattoo appears in the T-Man's hand. The type of weapons that can be summoned are restricted to melee weapons that rely on muscle power to inflict damage (no vibroblades or neural maces). When this power is first taken, the T-Man has six points to spend in determining what weapons he has tattooed on himself and can therefore bring forth. Each weapon costs one point. For an additional point, a weapon will provide a Combat Edge appropriate for the weapon to the wielder, with a maximum of three to a weapon. In the case of tiered Edges, the base Edge must be applied first to take the Improved version. A T-Man cannot have two completely identical weapons. For instance, he couldn't have two short swords with Improved Frenzy and Block, but could have a short sword with Improved Frenzy and Block and another short sword with Improved Frenzy and First Strike. The Mega Power variant is called Summon Magic Weapon. For an additional two PPE, the weapon will inflict Mega Damage.
New and Modified Edges
Seasoned, Master of Magic, Vigor d8+
The magic energies which infuse your tattoos have enhanced the durability of your skin. You have two points of M.D.C. Armor, which stacks with other armor.
Improved Hardened Skin
Veteran, Hardened Skin
As above, but you have four points of M.D.C. Armor.
Veteran, Spirit d8+
The T-Man is so in tune with the mystic energies of his tattoos that he no longer needs to touch them to activate them.
You get four more points to spend on additional creatures to summon with your Summon Ally power. This Edge can be taken multiple times.
You get four more points to spend on additional weapons and Edges for your Summon Weapon power. This Edge can be taken multiple times.
Getting a magic tattoo hurts a lot more than a regular tattoo. When receiving modification to the Summon Ally and Summon Weapon powers (see power descriptions for details), the T-Man takes a level of Fatigue. This is automatically recovered after a full day of rest. Otherwise, a successful Vigor roll at the end of the day is needed, with a -2 being applied if the T-Man engaged in any heavy exertion. Receiving any other power results in a Wound. Any skill roll made to immediately treat the Wound have an additional -1 applied.
Finding someone to apply new tattoos can be a tricky proposition. The only place where such services are readily available is Atlantis. Should the T-Man be an escaped slave, this could bring up some complications. Even if this isn't an issue, unless there is a monstrous being to vouch for him, the T-Man should expect to pay through the nose. The only other option is to attempt to locate a True Atlantean alchemist, typically in a sizable magic community like Lazlo.
Novice, Summon Weapon power
If you get a raise on the Tattoo Activation roll when summoning a weapon, it counts as a Free Action.
Contributed by: Sitting Duck
Original Source: World Book 2: Atlantis
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