totem is a potent spirit that lends its power to a group of mystically inclined individuals (usually Garou or other fera) in exchange for some token service or tribute.

Garou glyph for totem.

Overview

Among the Garou and most other Changing Breeds, the totem is one of the fundamental binding aspects of the pack. Additionally, each of the tribes of the Garou has its own distinct tribal totem, as do many of the individual Changing Breeds.

Not all of those who have totems are shapechangers. A group of kuei-jin (a wu) is often bound by a totem called a nushi. As well, a number of supernaturals bind totems to individuals instead of groups, among them the Bastet, the Nunnehi changelings, and many Dreamspeakers and shamanistic sorcerers.

In general, only Incarnae can acts as totems. Jagglings are too weak and Celestines need to create Incarnae as avatars for the simple act of communication with any petitioner.

Known Totems

Totems are divided into aspects. It is not known how Nushi, the Totems of the Nunnehi and other entities that can act as patrons are classified. Some Incarnae, like Raven, Coyote and Sphinx, have multiple aspects that act as separate Totems.

Aspect Unknown

Corruption

Totems of Corruption are always Wyrm-aligned.

Cunning

Totems of Cunning can be Gaian or Wyrm-aligned.

Nunnehi

  • Birch <!changeling players guide p.152>
  • Cottonwood <!changeling players guide p.152>
  • Dogwood <!changeling players guide p.152>
  • Fir <!rage across appalachia p.157>
  • Firewood <!changeling players guide p.152>
  • Granite <!changeling players guide p.152>
  • Ice <!changeling players guide p.153>
  • Magnolia <!kingdom of willows p.169>
  • Maize (Corn) <!changeling players guide p.153>
  • Saguaro Cactus <!changeling players guide 153>
  • Sandstone <!changeling players guide 52>
  • Tobacco <!changeling players guide 153>
  • Whitewater <!rage across appalachia 157>
  • Willow <!kingdom of willows 169>

Others

Respect

Totems of Respect are always Gaian aligned.

Strength

Totems of Strength are Wyrm-aligned (with one questionable exception). Most consist of fallen Gaian spirits that were turned or sold themselves to the Wyrm.

War

Totems of War are Gaian aligned.

Wisdom

Totems of Wisdom are Gaian aligned.

References


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