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Changelings who wield the Eternal Winter Contracts control the cold strength of the season itself.

Contract Levels

• Jack’s Breath

The character cools a room considerably, or an area roughly the size of a room.

Suggested Modifiers
–1 Every 20 degrees Fahrenheit of cooling.
–1 The room is Size 20.
–2 The room is Size 40.
  • Action: Instant
  • Catch: The character hears someone shiver or tastes someone’s sweat.

Roll Results

  • Dramatic Failure: The room grows warmer instead of colder.
  • Failure: The character fails to cool the room.
  • Success: The room cools by a degree decided by the character before the dice roll. See the list of suggested modifiers below for guidelines on how far a character can reduce the temperature, and in how large a room. The cooling lasts for one scene before the room gradually returns to normal temperature.
  • Exceptional Success: The cooling lasts as long as the character desires before returning to normal.

•• Touch of Winter

Liquid freezes with just a caress of the changeling’s fingertips.

Suggested Modifiers
+1 Liquid is already near its freezing point
— The area of a bathtub
–1 The area of a driveway
–2 The area of a swimming pool
–3 The area of a parking lot
  • Action: Instant
  • Catch: The character first spells out a name or idea he hates with the liquid on a dry surface.

Roll Results

  • Dramatic Failure: The character’s hand grows very cold, and the character suffers a point of bashing damage from early frostbite.
  • Failure: The character fails to freeze the liquid.
  • Success: The liquid freezes over. The liquid has an effective Strength (for purposes of supporting people on a frozen pond, for example) equal to the number of successes rolled. (See the World of Darkness Rulebook, p. 47, for Strength and weight information.) This Strength is effective over a few square feet, not the entire surface, so a group can walk across the frozen pond as long as they give each other distance. A character may distribute his weight (cutting it approximately in half) by lying down on the frozen surface. See the list of suggested modifiers for guidelines on the area this Contract freezes. The liquid’s surface remains frozen until it melts naturally.
  • Exceptional Success: The character may instantly return the frozen liquid to its original liquid form, as long as he chooses to do so within the same scene.

••• Riding the Devil’s Jawbone

The character surrounds himself with an aura so cold that it can disable his enemies.

Suggested Modifiers
+2 Already quite cold
+1 Already chilly
–1 Warm day
–2 Heat wave
  • Action: Instant
  • Catch: There is a bell ringing within 20 feet of the character.

Roll Results

  • Dramatic Failure: The character grows instantaneously cold himself, suffering two points of bashing damage.
  • Failure: The character fails to activate the clause.
  • Success: The character blankets everything within 20feet under a cloak of intense cold. Anyone other than thecharacter within that field, which moves with him, suffers a–1 die penalty to all actions while in the freezing aura. Multiple changelings invoking this clause do not increase the level of cold, but the penalty may increase with further exposure. For every five turns someone spends inside the aura (cumulative), that penalty increases by one. Penalties immediately disappear when the aura fades or when a person steps outside the aura, but return at full current strength if the person is again caught inside it. The field lasts for a number of minutes equal to successes on the roll, or until the changeling falls unconscious or dies.
  • Exceptional Success: The field lasts the entire scene, or until the changeling falls unconscious or dies.

•••• Fallen from the Timbers

The character calls a great shaft of cold air and partially frozen particles to materialize above an enemy and fall upon her.

Roll Results

  • Dramatic Failure: A small wind of sharp ice particles cuts the character and causes one point of lethal damage.
  • Failure: The character fails to materialize his attack.
  • Success: The blast of cold and ice inflicts points of lethal damage equal to the successes on the roll. The target of the attack also suffers a –1 die penalty to all actions for the rest of the scene due to the extreme chill.
  • Exceptional Success: The attack inflicts a great deal of damage. The penalty from cold escalates to –2.

••••• Witch’s Paradise

The changeling summons a lasting snowstorm over an extended area

Suggested Modifiers
+2 Already lightly snowing
+1 Already cloudy
–1 Warm out
–2 Completely unseasonal
  • Action: Extended (5+ successes; each roll represents five minutes of exhorting the sky)
  • Catch: The moon is in the sky, and the character can hear a wolf howling.

Roll Results

  • Dramatic Failure: The attempt fails. The weather lightens and gets a little warmer.
  • Failure: The character makes no headway.
  • Success: The character makes some headway. If he accumulates the required number of successes, the snowstorm begins. Five required successes summons light flurries over a one-mile radius for one hour. Each additional five successes drops the temperature by 10 degrees Fahrenheit, increases the wind strength by five miles per hour, doubles the storm’s radius or increases the duration by one hour.
  • Exceptional Success: The character makes great headway.

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