Out of town til monday.
Your way doesn't sound very sportsmanlike.
I'll put down my Parma, and you'll put down your rocks, and we'll try to kill each other like civilised magi?
Jacques has a Personality Trait of Questionable Ethics +2 ( pg 78 Lion ans Lilly), which lead me to have him have this spell.
The Torturer’s touch
R: Touch, D: Diameter, T: Individual
This nasty spell inflicts intense pain on the target where touched. The target is unable to do anything but writhe and scream unless they make a Stamina roll of 9+, even so, all actions are at -3.
(Base 4, +1 Touch, +1 Diam)
IIRC, Thera's Pre -4 counts as a bonus for intimidation purposes, since its so low because she's terrifying.
I actually came up with the Cruciatus Curse (PeCo 20) over on the main boards a couple months ago...three pages of discussion before we came up with the final version.
Does she have the -4 Pre in human form, or just as a spider? I was thinking just as a spider.
Since humans don't have any "base" characteristics, and given the characteristics of shapeshifters from the Bjornaer section of HoH:MC, it would still be -4 in human form IMO.
I was thinking that human base characteristics are 0, and (except for Int) would be +/- any variation from her spider base. (I'm just hoping Ulrich isn't trying to score with a "chick" with a -4 Pre...but when you have Lecherous, any port in a storm, I guess.)
Ulrich wants a port in a storm? Cold and wet would be better than warm and dry, methinks. Take the storm
It's actually -6/+3 (when attempting to scare or intimidate), due to her Loathesome Appearance. Thera doesn't (yet?) have a "human form," she was enspelled by Fiona. So, I suspect her appearance is colored more by Fiona's magic than by anything internal.
Note that Thera has the flaw "Difficult Underlings (her spawn)" but according to Hermetic Projects, insects and spiders do not sexually reproduce, but grow out of carcasses and such things. So I'm thinking, in order to get those Difficult Underlings, she's going to have to mate with a human... ~giggle~
As luck would have it, she just happens to have a human who's trying to mate with her.
um...wait...that might not work out so well for him.
"You don't mind if I eat you after we've mated, do you?"
"Oh! i've always wanted to try that!"
It pleases me to discover that modern scientists are just as confused as to why this happens as others. It's a relief (at, least for Ulrich) to discover that spiders, and tarantula in particular, do not ALWAYS eat their mates.
I've also just remembered that I've based Theraphosa's statistics on data about the Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula, which despite still being weigh in at about Size -7, and can eat creatures up to Size -5. I really need to stat out the non-magical children.
Although, I think the Golden Silk Orb-Weavers are more mystical-seeming spiders, now that I've noticed them: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_silk_orb-weaver
Note the section on "Nephila in popular culture."
Presence of -4 doesn't mean ugly, automatically. I'm sure we're familiar with the empty-headed person of the opposite sex stereotype, or the one who is completely unable to divorce themselves from their work, or whatever.
Thera in human form could be beuatiful, say +1 Pre equivalent, but constantly speaking of her urges to consume her mate, which might be offputting.
 I realize the paradigm suggests that insects and spiders and vermin are spontaneously generated, but the more I play the less enamored of the paradigm I become. Species make my head hurt, physics is similarly difficult, and has been worked around with spells like Sling of Vilano. So, in this instance, I'm all for allowing for everyone to believe that vermin and insects are created spontaneously, while Thera knows better and has urges she must satisfy. Those urges would carry across her form, so she would likely want to consume anyone she mates with, and i'd probably make her roll against something to get her to stop. Of course, Ulrich probably doesn't care. Go get some!
Like Fran Drescher, back in the day. Good looking, would totally hit that if she would just keep that mouth shut!
He's trying...he's got urges, too...he just hasn't had a chance to figure out exactly what those urges are, though
Spiders don't automatically eat the mates. Some scientists believe that the males choose this to increase the nutrition the young have. Others believe it's a choice the female makes based on how suitable the male was. Lots of debate, but the bottom line is that estimates suggest it only happens about 20% of the time, and even more rarely in captivity.
This saga seems to have decided that the Gift is also something you could inherit. So that raises some interesting questions.
At any rate, chances are against Ulrich sealing the deal before sunrise.
Yeah, I'm just wondering if anyone here can spont a version of The Beast Remade (MuAn 25), or if that's a power Thera might be interested in pursuing, or what.
Although sealing the deal just before sunrise could get very awkward.
Seems like a spell particularly well-suited for Fiona...
I'll be away this weekend with limited posting.
Gotta love a cat that has his priorities straight.