Essence is the amount of spiritual energy the character has within herself. It measures, basically, the strength of the character’s soul and life force. Essence is also the binding force of reality. This means that inside each human being are the building blocks of Creation. Magic and other abilities can channel Essence for a variety of powerful effects.

Although Essence is used primarily in the performance of Magic, it can also be temporarily drained by strong emotions (like fear and hatred), and by the attacks of some supernatural creatures. Totally draining a human being of Essence can lead to her death.

Formula: Add the character’s Primary Attributes together. Witches often have extra Essence, due to their greater control over the flows of primal energy. This extra Essence is purchased during character creation (see the Increased Essence Pool Quality).

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