"Old Man Willow? Naught worse than that, eh? That can
soon be mended. I know the tune for him."
—Tom Bombadil, The Fellowship of the Ring
|Description||You know the power of specific songs that hold great influence over certain individual beings.|
|Requirements||Voice of Power ability; 8+ ranks in Perform:Singing|
When you acquire this ability, you gain one Song of Authority over an individual being of your choice. Thereafter, you can learn additional songs through intensive study; use the rules for researching lore in Paths of the Wise and treat the information as TN 25 on Table 4.7: Obscurity of Lore.
When you have learnt a Song of Authority, when you are in the presence of the subject you can influence him/her/it by making a Perform test at a TN equal to the subject’s TN equivalent. On a success, you automatically win any contest of wills or opposed Intimidate test against the subject for the duration of the current encounter.
Note: At the Narrator’s option, a single Song of Authority may apply to a small group of individuals with a shared history, such as “the wights of the Barrow-Downs east of the Old Forest” but not all wights.