In T13 Psychology is treated as a type of Attack. Conversions, Curses, Ducks, Lectures and Malign attacks are all Psychological in nature usually. However, some Nimbed effects are described as having Emotional effects in addition to normal use of the Annex, this is usually described in terms of Fear/Terror/Horror but in actual fact there is always a three level effect to any emotional event. These are equivalent to the normal levels of Annex tests. So while we may talk in terms of Fear, Terror, Horror these rules can be applied to any emotional state e.g. Annoyed, Angry, Wrathful. For simplicity a Ref can consider Skills to cause Fear, Talents Terror and Powers Horror for Locations and Descendants that should have Psychological effects.
Fight or Flight
Under certain circumstances the defender may immediately draw a Fight or Flight Combat card. Also if they have not yet rolled initiative for the Ordeal then Fight or Flight will automatically allow them to roll initiative. They may also play a Combat card from their hand automatically (It can be the same card, but doesn’t have to be).
Facet (The Fear Test) – Created by a single Facet
The Test draws a single Ordeal card and all those affected by it (e.g. those observing the Annexes use) may attempt to defend themselves. Those defending may draw Personality Boon Double Reduced Ordeal cards and play 1. The two cards are compared.
|Higher||Fear Wound ignored|
|Same||Fear Wound ignored. Defender gets Fight or Flight card.|
|Lower||Take the card they drew as a wound.|
Fear Wounds are slightly different to normal Wounds in their effects. They normally affect the Personality Annex directly.
|Flesh||Cannot approach source of Fear until discarded|
|Maim||Must Flee source of Fear until discarded|
|Crippling||Faints at sight of Fear source until healed.|
|Mortal||Causes Fear of… normal Handicaps not Dying|
|Carnage||Causes Fear of… Dæmonic Handicaps not Dead|
Skill (The Terror Test)
Created by two Facets working together. Terror draws two cards at a time but the defender can still only play one card.
|Higher than both||Terror ignored|
|Same as Higher||Terror Ignored, Fight or Flight|
|Lower than one||Higher card taken as a Fear Wound|
|Lower than both||Take drawn card as a Terror Wound|
Terror wounds also directly affect the Personality Annex.
|Terror Wound||Additional effect|
|Distract||Must Scream, until discarded.|
|Flesh||Must Freeze until Healed/Discarded.|
|Maim||Must assume Foetal position until Healed|
|Crippling||Loses consciousness until Healed|
|Mortal||Can cause any normal Handicap type|
|Carnage||Can cause any Dæmonic Handicap type|
Terror Handicaps can include any type, but it is normal to have, Fear, Madness, Vague (Amnesia), Paranoia, Loss of Sense (e.g. Hysterical Blindness) or Taboo Handicaps.
Talent (Horror test)
Caused by three Facets working together to create the Horror test.
Horror draws 3 cards. The Defender can still only play 1 card.
|Higher than all three||Lowest card taken as Fear Wound|
|Same as Highest||Lowest card taken as a Fear Wound and Fight or Flight|
|Lower than one||Drawn card taken as Fear Wound|
|Lower than two||Drawn card taken as Terror Wound|
|Lower than three||Highest wound taken as Terror Wound.|
Types of Emotional Effect
|Base Emotion||Notes||Suggested Handicap|
|Fear||Negative emotion, Fear / Terror / Horror||Fear|
|Trust||Positive emotion, Acceptance / Trust / Admiration||Duty|
|Surprise||Negative emotion, Amazement / Surprise / Shock||Fatigued|
|Sadness||Negative, Pensive / Sad / Grief||Lament|
|Disgust||Negative, Contempt / Disgust / Revulsion||Taboo|
|Anger||Negative, Annoyance / Anger / Rage||Offensive|
|Joy||Positive, Serenity / Joy / Ecstasy||Dependance|
|Anticipation||Positive, Interest / Anticipation / Vigilance||Paranoia|
|Love||Positive, Fondness / Love / Passion||Devotion|
|Certainty||Positive, Hope / Assured / Certain||Madness|
|Anxiety||Negative, Nervous / Anxious / Distressed||Doubt|
|Wonder||Positive, Astonishment, Wonder, Stupefaction||Vague|
Positive emotions are not truly wounds, but use wound effects to model them.
For example falling in Love is the equivalent of a Terror test, with Mortal and Carnage wounds potentially creating Devotion Handicaps. Referees can determine appropriate Handicaps to mimic the effects of any particular emotional effect for Fear level attacks. However Terror and Horror level effects have a far greater range of available Handicaps. For example someone may be struck blind with Wonder or be Stagnated by Certainty. It’s all up to the Ref.