Medium losing control to spirit -- aware or unaware?


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In the Medium class description, we have this statement:

"If a spirit ever attains 5 or more points of influence over the medium, the medium completely loses control to the spirit. He effectively becomes an NPC under the GM's control until after he awakens the next day with the spirit gone."

One point that is unclear to me is whether the Medium knows what the possessing spirit is doing with his body. Does he become a helpless passenger in his own body, or does he simply black out and remember nothing that happens from the time he loses control to the spirit until he wakes up with the spirit gone? I could see it working either way, but it would be nice to have that worked out before it ever happens.


I think from an RP perspective it would be more interesting to have them be a hapless passenger. They are more likely to insure it doesn't happen that way :P


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It rather depends on the PC. I actually have in mind a situation where my PC would actually prefer to be the helpless passenger -- at least at first.

But yes, that would eliminate the problem of me feigning ignorance about what the spirit did -- and with good coordination with the GM, we might actually be able to conceal the fact that the PC is not in control of his actions for a while. I would simply have to have my PC act exactly as the GM directs in notes that he passes to me, and since I have some knowledge of the personality of the spirit that my PC would be surrendering himself to, I can minimize any inappropriate actions on my part.

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