Qabals of the New Dark Age
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Some creatures and people suffer from afflictions caused by a Curse. Maybe they offended a gypsy, maybe they were hit by some ancient Egyptian spell, maybe they wronged someone who, unable to seek vengeance, cursed them, or maybe – just maybe – they are an offense against what is right and good in the world. Regardless of how it happened, it happened and now they suffer for it.
Characters under a Curse gain a special Curse Aspect. This will usually be a long-term Aspect which is not a Consequence (although in some cases, it can be a Consequence.) Like any other aspect, a Curse can be compelled or invoked. What is worse is that the Curse can be tagged more than once (i.e. a compel with no Fate Point awarded), based on how powerful it is.
The following rules govern Curses; this means that the “Wizard’s Death Curse” sidebar on page 282 of DFRPG is not applicable to this campaign.
Curses can be broken down into magical and non-magical curses. Magical Curses, those laid using Thaumaturgical rituals follow the regular rules for spellcasting, causing Consequences, using Aspects, etc. This entire section deals with non-Magical Curses.
There are several different types of non-magical Curses.
To lay a Curse upon a target, you roll Will, and you must roll 13 or higher. You must decide the strength of the Curse before rolling. See below for modifiers to the Curse roll.
Note: If the person laying the curse is dying, they may tag any Consequences they have without spending Fate Points.
Also, it must be said that laying a Curse upon someone always requires a Corruption roll, even if you are good and the target is evil.
Finally, there are 3 ways to get rid of a Curse. The first is to meet the conditions of the Escape Clause (if there is one). The second is to gain a Blessing of equal potency. (There are no written rules for a Blessing, per se, so how this would happen is known only to the GM.) The final way is to use Thaumaturgy to effect a transformative change in the target. Doing so requires a number of shifts equal to 13+ the strength of the Curse (if the strength was 14 after the roll, then a ritual of 27 shifts would be required to remove the Curse).
One last note: the rules above are for characters that are cursed AFTER play starts (and NPCs). If you wanted a PC to be cursed before the game begins, you could create an extra that mimicked the rules above but which give you +1 refresh.