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Mage.png Clarifications: Merits


The following Merits have been reviewed and approved for use on Revelations. Some Merits have been house ruled, and game clarifications or rulings supersede those printed in the World of Darkness rulebooks.


Navigation : Mental -- Physical -- Social -- Mage


Mental Merits

Mental Merits hone intellectual abilities, represent specialized training in learned skills, or augment recall and comprehension. You may gain a narrow, defined ability such as a foreign language and technological know-how from a Merit in this category.

Merit Ranks Prerequisites Source
Combat Awareness ●● Combat or military background Dogs of War p. 109
Common Sense ●●●● CharGen Only WoD p. 108
Danger Sense ●● WoD p. 108
Eidetic Memory ●● CharGen Only WoD p. 108
Emotional Detachment Resolve ●● Asylum p. 50
Encyclopaedic Knowledge ●●●● CharGen Only WoD p. 109
EOD ●● Wits ●●● or Dex ●●●, Crafts ●●●, Specialty: Demolitions Armory p 208
Good Time Management ●● Academics, Medicine, or Science ●● Asylum p. 50
Holistic Awareness ●●● WoD p. 109
Interdisciplinary Specialty ●●● Two related Skills ●●●, Specialty1 FC p. 132
Language WoD p. 109
Meditative Mind Survival ●● WoD p. 109
Stygian Reckoning Custom
Technophile ● or ●● Armory p. 208
Tolerance for Biology Resolve, Stamina or Composure ●● Asylum p. 51
Trained Memory Composure ●●, Investigation ● GotV p. 46
Well Traveled2 Reliquary p. 85

Notes:
1: Duplicated Specialties require a cohesive connection and will be approved at the admins' discretion. For example, Academics and Occult might both share a Specialty of "Arthurian Lore" for a student of mundane and mystical knowledge.
2: Benefits do not apply for mainstream cultural similarities between Great Britain and western societies. It does apply to unfamiliar situations or regionalisms, such as an American at a ceilidh.


Social Merits

Merits in this category cover social interactions and relationships, augment interpersonal skills, or represent connections to organizations or subgroups. Celebrity or professional recognition count as Social Merits, as do personal staff (Retainers) or information sources (Contacts) willing to supply details or news.

  • Social Merits: The differences between Fame, Status, and Renown.
Merit Ranks Prequisites Source
Allies ● to ●●●●● WoD p. 114
Barfly WoD p. 114
Bureaucratic Navigator ●● Asylum p. 51
Contacts ● to ●●●●● WoD p. 115
Fame ● to ●●● WoD p. 115
Inspiring ●●●● Presence ●●●● WoD p. 115
Mentor ● to ●●●●● WoD p. 115
New Identity ●, ●● or ●●●● CtL p. 98
Resources ● to ●●●●● WoD p. 115
Retainer ● to ●●●●● WoD p. 116
Status ● to ●●●●● WoD p. 116
Striking Looks ●● or ●●●● WoD p. 117
Physical Merits

Merits in the Physical category cover advanced fighting techniques, resistances to various conditions, and peak abilities above the norm. The athlete who runs faster and harder than her peers or the mother quick to react to her toddler share the enhancements these Merits bring.

Merit Ranks Prequisites Source
Ambidextrous ●●● CharGen Only WoD p. 110
Armored Fighting ●● or ●●●● Strength ●●● and Stamina ●●● Armory Reloaded p. 84
Athletics Dodge Dexterity ●● and Athletics ● DoW p. 38
Brawling Dodge Strength ●● and Brawl ● WoD p. 110
Direction Sense WoD p. 110
Disarm ●● Dexterity ●●● and Weaponry ● WoD p. 110
Fast Reflexes ● or ●● Dexterity ●●● WoD p. 110
Fleet of Foot ● to ●●● Strength ●● WoD p. 112
Fresh Start Fast Reflexes ●● WoD p. 112
Giant ●●●● CharGen Only WoD p. 112
Gunslinger ●●● Dexterity ●●● and Firearms ●●● WoD p. 112
Heavy Hands ●●● Strength ●●● and Brawl ●● Armory Reloaded p. 84
Iron Stamina ● to ●●● Stamina ●●● or Resolve ●●● WoD p. 112
Iron Stomach ●● Stamina ●● WoD p. 113
Martial Finesse ●● Dexterity ●● and Brawl ● Custom
Natural Immunity Stamina ●● WoD p. 113
Outdoorsman ●● Survival ●●● Midnight Roads p. 59
Parkour ● to ●●●●● Dexterity ●●● and Athletics ●● Tribes of the Moon p. 98
Quick Draw Dexterity ●●● WoD p. 113
Quick Healer ●●●● Stamina ●●●● WoD p. 113
Shield Bearer War against the Pure p. 89
Spelunker ● to ●●●●● Dexterity ●●● and Athletics ●●● Book of the Dead p. 92
Steady Driver ●● Drive ●● Midnight Roads p. 59
Strong Back Strength ●● WoD p. 113
Strong Lungs ●●● Athletics ●●● WoD p. 113
Stunt Driver ●●● Dexterity ●●● WoD p. 113
Stunt Rider ●●● Dexterity ●●● Requiem for Rome p. 110
Toxin Resistance ●● Stamina ●●● WoD p. 113
Weaponry Dodge Strength ●● and Weaponry ● WoD p. 114
Wheelman ●● Dexterity ●● and Drive ●● Midnight Roads p. 59


Mage Merits

Merits in this category are directly related to supernatural abilities and benefits conveyed by Awakened society. The many magical items available to mages, such as grimoires, artifacts, and imbued items fit into this group, as well as mystical abilities of prophecy, destiny or familiars. Social Merits grouped into these Merits can only be obtained through membership in an Awakened organization, such as an Order or a Legacy.

Merit Ranks Prequisites Source
Alchemical Lab ● to ●●●●● Sanctum ● TotM p. 146
Ancient Echoes ● to ●●●●● Chargen Only Custom
Artifact ●●+ MtA p. 80
Atlantean Hescyhia High Speech Secrets of the Ruined Temple p. 111
Cryptopoly ●, ●●● or ●●●●● Status (Order) ●●+ Custom
Daimon ●●● TotW p. 66
Destiny ● to ●●●●● Mage p. 81
Dream ● to ●●●●● Mage p. 82
Enhanced Item ●● to ●●●●● Mage p. 82, AA p. 201, GotV p. 204
Familiar ●●● or ●●●● MtA p. 82
Geomancer Occult Specialty: Geomancy S&S p. 99
Ghost Familiar ●●● Death ● Summoners p. 39
Guardian Ghost ● to ●●●●● Sanctum ● S&S p. 85
Guardian Spirit ● to ●●●●● Sanctum ● S&S p. 86
Hallow ● to ●●●●● Sanctum ● MtA p. 831
Imbued Item ●●+ MtA p. 84
Labyrinth ●, ●●● or ●●●●● Status (Order) ●●+ Custom
Library ● to ●●●●● Sanctum ● MtA p. 83
Masque ●● Manipulation ●●●, Status (Order) ●+ GotV p. 69
Mystery Initiation ● to ●●●●● Status (Order) ●+ Custom
Occultation ● to ●●● MtA p. 83
Renown ● to ●●●●● Custom2
Ritual Synergy ●●● or ●●●●● Gnosis ●●● or ●●●●● TotM p. 74
Sanctum Security ● to ●●●●● MtA p. 86
Sanctum Size ● to ●●●●● MtA p. 86
Sanctum Gauntlet ● or ●● Sanctum ● Sanctum & Sigil p. 86
Spirit Status ●●, ●●●● or ●●●●● TotW p. 1542
Supernal Fortitude ●● Resolve or Composure ●● Custom
Volva's Blessing ●● Destiny ●●, from Bergen Custom
Woven in Flesh ●● Status (Order) ●●, Stamina ●●●, two
Order Rote skills ●●+
Custom

Notes:
1: This Merit is only available to mages in cabals at CharGen.
2: May not begin with this at CharGen.


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