For the Endowment from Hunter: The Vigil, see Castigation.

Castigate is one of the thirteen primary Arcanoi from Wraith: The Oblivion. Users of Castigate can manipulate and control a wraith’s Shadow.

Of all of the Arcanoi, Castigate is arguably the most welcomed in the Shadowlands. Pardoners have a rare gift: the abilities to soothe an otherwise unruly Shadow, to scare Spectres away, and to take on Oblivion in general. Pardoners can even communicate effectively and calm their own Shadows to a degree. It usually comes at a great cost to the user, however; Pardoners are particularly prone to gathering Angst from their constant contact with darkness. Those who use Castigate foolishly do not last long as a wraith.

The actual use of Castigate is highly personal to each Pardoner. Many favor a method called the Devil’s Dialectic, where a conversation of sorts is held with a Shadow, while using the target’s Nature to strengthen their resolve and lessen the Shadow’s effect. Others may use rituals such as meditation, purification, songs and chants, physical abuse, or other less orthodox methods to reach a Shadow and quiet its destructive cry.

Failed uses of Castigate are extremely hazardous to a Pardoner; it strengthens the resolve of their own Shadow, or perhaps the Shadow of those they are trying to help. In many of these cases, they must start their efforts over from scratch.

Basic Abilities

  • Bulwark: A Pardoner can temporarily shield themselves or others from a Maelstrom.
  • Soulsight: A Pardoner can measure the strength of another’s Shadow by careful examination.

Standard Powers

First / Second Edition

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Coax: A Pardoner may call on their Shadow at decreased risk.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Dark Secrets: A Pardoner may coerce a Shadow into revealing their carrier’s darkest secrets.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Purify: A Pardoner may directly attack another wraith’s Shadow.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Housecleaning: A Pardoner can drive away Spectres by cloaking themselves in purity.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Defiance: A Pardoner can beat back a powerful Shadow trying to take over a wraith.

20th Anniversary Edition

Basic abilities were dropped in the 20th anniversary edition.

The standard powers of Castigate are the same as previous editions, with the following exceptions, which replace the skills of the same level or where noted.

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Soulsight: This is essentially the same as the old basic ability.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Bulwark: This is essentially the same as the old basic ability.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Get Thee Hence: This is essentially the same as Housecleaning.

Alternate Powers

Guildbook: Pardoners and Puppeteers

Ancient Arts

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Mask Castigation: A Pardoner may look behind a wraith's mask or Moliated form to determine who is truly before them.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Transfer Angst: A Pardoner can temporarily hold Angst in themselves until it can be transferred to an appropriate storage place.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Mass Chastisement: A Pardoner can Purify several wraiths at once.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Shadow Screen: A Pardoner can hide thoughts and memories from their own Shadow.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Shadow Summons: Similar to the Shadow Summons below, except this version can be used by a Pardoner.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Shadow Wrack: A Pardoner may use this to strip a Spectre of Angst and pull their Psyche to the fore of their personality.

New Arts

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Attunement: A Pardoner may mark certain Shadows to make them easier to work with in future Castigation attempts.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Storm Quell: A Pardoner can call on their Shadow to help them when facing Spectres in a Maelstrom.

Wraith: The Great War

Castigate abilities during the Great War are the same as the basic abilities and standard powers with the following exceptions, which replace the skills of the same level or where noted.

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Wrestle the Devil: A Pardoner can force their Shadow to give them help on demand.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Faustian Rapport: This can help a Pardoner understand a Shadow and make Purify easier.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Purity Bulwark: A Pardoner may protect a small area from the influence of a Maelstrom and/or Spectres.

20th Anniverary Edition

The 20th anniversary edition introduces the initiate arts, a set of Castigate abilities available to members of the Pardoners' Guild with sufficient standing.

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Playing With Fire: This is essentially the same as Coax.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Catechize: This is essentially the same as Dark Secrets, and in fact has it as one of its alternate names.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Trimming the Black Rose: A Pardoner may prevent a Shadow from using its Thorns.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Cooling the Blood: A Pardoner can weaken a Shadow's Dark Passions.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Purge: A Pardoner can give a wraith in Catharsis a chance to regain control.

Other Books

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Momentary Lucidity (WTO: Doomslayers: Into the Labyrinth Buy it from DriveThruRPG! Now in Print!): A Pardoner can force a Spectre to make a Catharsis check.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Bolster (Renegades): A Pardoner may harness their Shadow to resist an interrogation.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Confession (The Hierarchy): A Pardoner can extract information from a wraith rather than their Shadow.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Shadow Summons (The Sea of Shadows): When used by Archangelics, this allows them to pull a wraith’s Shadow to the front of their personality and fight or speak with them directly.

References

Wraith: The Oblivion Arcanoi

The Great 13:

Argos · Castigate · Embody · Fatalism · Inhabit · Keening · Lifeweb · Moliate · Outrage · Pandemonium · Phantasm · Puppetry · Usury

Forbidden:

Flux · Intimation · Mnemosynis

Dark Arcanoi:

Blighted Insight · Contaminate · Corruption · False Life · Hive-Mind · Larceny · Maleficence · Shroud-Rending · Tempest-Weaving · Tempestos

Risen:

Fascinate · Serendipity

Jade:

Chains of the Emperor · Way of the Artisan · Way of the Farmer · Way of the Merchant · Way of the Scholar · Way of the Soul

Miscellaneous:

Alloyed · Behest · Connaissance · Displace · Kinesis · Leechcraft · Tempered

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