Rituals - Abyssal Mysticism - Dot 2 - Lesser Shadow Servant

Summon a servant from the Void to hide in your shadow:

Tradition Abyssal Mysticism.
Required Skill Occult Dot 2.
Required Power Obtenebration Dot 2.
Required Situation Performed on surface within Stygian or deeper darkness.
Required Reagent Ink prepared from low grade, entropy aligned, magical material. A variable amount of ink is consumed, measured by the units of quintessence within it. Blood from a vampire of, at weakest, the 12th generation (normal strength) is suitable for use.
Step One Using the ink, the practitioner encloses an area of Stygian darkness within magic circles. Extended roll: [Intellect + Occult + Obtenebration], five minutes per roll, consuming 1 quintessence worth of ink each time. When ready the practitioner completes the circle. Depending on the location, a minimum number of successes (usually 5) are required to open a semi-permeable portal into the Void. However the practitioner can continue strengthening the circle before completing it in order to extend the time it will last (see step two). A botched roll disrupts the ritual, wastes the ink, collapses the portal, or worse.
Step Two Using Smothering Shadows, the practitioner projects their shadow through the portal into the void. Then they wait. This is disparagingly known as “fishing”. Normally the Void will erode 5 successes from the magic circle each hour. The practitioner may strive to slow this down by making a [ Will + Obtenebration] check each hour, spending 1 vitae ( aura) each time with successes on the Will check preventing the erosion of successes from the circle. Meanwhile the storyteller makes luck checks to see if passing spirits of the Void are attracted to the practitioner’s dangling shadow. There is a small chance that atypical spirits will be attracted during this step.
Step Three If a spirit of the Void does latch onto the practitioner’s shadow then a struggle for dominance begins. The practitioner chants secret words of power and struggles with the spirit using their shadow. Extended contest: [Presence + Occult + Obtenebration] verse [Will + Spiritual Strength]. Advantage five is required to win. If the spirit wins it will (usually) escape deeper into the Void. If the practitioner wins they drag the spirit out into the physical world.
Step Four While holding the shadow spirit the practitioner must close the circle: [Intellect + Occult + Obtenebration]. The symbols collapse into the spirit binding it permanently into the practitioner’s shadow and transforming it into a Lesser Servant. Note that some of the traits of atypical spirits may survive transformation.

Features of Lesser Shadow Servants:

Require feeding with one quintessence worth of any grade of darkness aspected magical material at least once a week, or the spirit will fade. Blood from any vampire or ghoul is suitable for this.
Can understand, and will (usually) obey their master’s thoughts.
Can mentally relay sights and sounds they perceive to their master.
Can travel through shadows up to a certain range from their master. While they are away the master’s shadow is lessened or absent.
Can perceive things in shadows via their own spiritual senses. Magical creatures, items, and locations are perceived most clearly. Living creatures are next, then (most dimly) non-magical matter.
Cannot travel into brightly lit or lighter environments. The best they can do is physically crawl for the nearest shadows.
Cannot see in brightly lit or lighter environments.
Can move and carry small objects (by swallowing them).
Grow stronger and more intelligent over time, especially if fed quintessence. Stronger servants can travel greater distances, move heavier items, cause damage in combat, understand human speech and even produce it. They also grow stronger willed and may become unruly. There is a chance they may evolve into Greater Shadow Servants.
Unwilling or unruly servants may contest with their master’s Will. Alternately they may passive-aggressively construe orders in strange and legalistic ways.
The master can provoke a Will contest in order to cause pain to their servant through the bindings placed during the ritual (assuming that part worked correctly).
A practitioner can bind multiple servants. This increases the difficulty of controlling them.

Note: Awakened most commonly learn rituals as a side effect of Absorption. They can also learn (or complete their understanding) by study and experimentation.

Rituals - Abyssal Mysticism - Dot 2 - Lesser Shadow Servant

Kapre Aswang Avandus