[Beta] Image

The art of maintaining and manipulating appearances in the public eye, utilized by politicians, preachers, and various popinjays, is an oft-exploited set of Skillls utilized by the various masters of Charisma, Conviction, and Credibility, although it is certainly somewhat more generally slated towards the very former. Most importantly, "Image" contains several Abilities that allow the Charismatic to scout forward with limited repercussions, allowing them to more easily find new Plot Elements and things.

As well, masters of imagery are often well-read in the creations of Macchiavelli, Hobbes, and other political thinkers, and knowledge of politics and political science come very naturally to them.

Rank 1:

Ochlocracy: The first thing most erstwhile politicians learn is how to make and keep their way out of a bad situation and let the petty folks duke it out while they concentrate on more worthwhile endeavors. So, by invoking the power of mob rule, you may roll your Image against a diffculty set by the GM and add your Dexterity in order to escape a bad situation, such as combat, a surprise attack, or someone who is pursuing you.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. - attributed to Joseph P. Kennedy

Rank 2:

Limited Hangout: A master of Image is prepared for any eventuality - including that of his enemies getting the drop on him. By keeping a quick, ready-made defense at hand at all times, you may Defend immediately when surprise attacked by acceding some arguments, but tactically obscuring other facts.

Rank 4:

Macchiavellian Feint: The oldest trick in the book. By saying one thing and doing another, you may cleverly bypass an enemies Defense without triggering it. You deal normal damage for an attack this way.

Rank 5:

Modified Limited Hangout: An extension of the Limited Hangout attack, this allows you to cover for others under a false guise of authority over them. Thereby, one may Defend, and you or one other party member may utilize any Defensive or Healing Ability immediately as free actions when surprised (including Modified Limited Hangout)

Quote:
NIXON: You think, you think we want to, want to go this route now? And thelet it hang out, so to speak?
DEAN: Well, it's, it isn't really that
HALDEMAN: It's a limited hang out.
DEAN: It's a limited hang out.
EHRLICHMAN: It's a modified limited hang out.
NIXON: Well, it's only the questions of the thing hanging out publicly or privately.

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