Hypnotic Flicker Gesture

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Cost: 3 motes
Duration: Instant
Type: Reflexive
Min. Martial Arts: 5
Min. Essence: 3
Style and Source: Moth and Bonfire Style by Oneironaut
Prerequisite Charms: Furious Fascination Mudra

The martial artist describes a captivating pattern in the air with hand or weapon. The target of this charm must succeed on a Willpower roll of difficulty (Manipulation) or spend a dice action in contemplation of the kata. He may still take multiple actions or use extra action charms; for the purposes of the action consumed, this charm overrides extra action charms that specify what the extra actions they create must be used for. On a botch, the target may take only defensive and reflexive actions until his initiative comes up again, and those only at -(Manipulation) dice.

An Essence-using target who fails the Willpower roll may make a reflexive Wits + Lore roll of standard difficulty to decipher the pattern and absorb one mote of the three used to create it; this roll is not subject to the above penalty. Only one mote can be gained this way per use of the charm. However, the target receives +1 die on this roll for every such roll this charm has caused them to make previously in the scene.