Campaign of the Month: September 2013
Step: Rank + CHA
The adept develops a bond of trust with an animal, making an Animal Bond Test against the animal’s Social Defense. If successful, the animal takes a Neutral “live and let live” attitude toward him. The adept may make additional tests to further improve the animal’s Attitude, but must spend at least one week with the animal between tests, treating it well during that time. Each subsequent improvement requires an additional Result Level on the Animal Bond Test. Once the animal’s Attitude increases to Loyal, it willingly takes risks for the adept and expects appropriate rewards for doing so. (This is more easily accomplished for an animal than for a Namegiver friend. For example, all a dog really wants is lots of affection and enough food.) A Loyal animal will accompany the adept on adventures if he so desires, and is referred to as an animal companion. However, an animal will not maintain a better Attitude towards an adept than the adept shows to it. As a result, mistreatment, neglect, or abandonment can offset the talent’s effects, worsening the animal’s Attitude towards the character. This talent can only be used on non-sentient, natural creatures. It cannot be used to improve the Attitudes of Horrors, Horror-constructs, or sentient beings of any kind.