Keening sigil
Name: Keening
Guild: Chanteurs
Status: Allowed
Marking(s): Musical instrument

Keening is one of the primary thirteen Arcanoi from Wraith: The Oblivion. Those who can use the arts of Keening can manipulate emotions through sound.

Although it does not produce as useful effects as Inhabit or Castigate, Keening is nonetheless a treasured art in the Shadowlands because of the potential power it has. More than anything else, it makes a wraith feel emotional again. Chanteurs can create strong emotions and reactions in almost anyone they chose, and it’s an experience that some wraiths would give their unlives to have again, even if the emotions are artificial sensations made from a manipulative wraith.

Chanteurs primarily work through song, although merely speaking or shouting may have their desired effect. In addition, their Guild marking, a musical instrument of some kind, is almost always used to assist them in their endeavors. Although Keening can be used with large groups of wraiths, Chanteurs prefer to focus on one target at a time.

Mistakes made with Keening can have severe repercussions. The most common is for an intended positive emotion to backfire and become a negative one, but in extreme cases of misfortune, a Chanteur has been known to be driven mad by his own power.

Basic AbilitiesEdit

  • Perfect Pitch: A Chanteur can tell when another wraith is using Keening.
  • Sotto Voce: A Chanteur can hide their use of Keening from other wraiths.

Standard PowersEdit

  • Menu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Dirge: A Chanteur can strengthen a wraith’s darker emotions (sadness, anger, grief).
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Ballad: A Chanteur may inspire a wraith's higher emotions (love, happiness, joy).
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bulletMenu bullet Muse: A Chanteur can make a suggestion to others to do their bidding.
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Crescendo: A Chanteur can physically damage wraiths, buildings, and anything in their path with a scream.
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Requiem: A Chanteur can fill a wraith with a completely overwhelming emotion.

Alternate PowersEdit

Wraith: The Great WarEdit

Keening abilities during the Great War are the same as the basic abilities and standard powers with the following exceptions, which replace the skills of the same level or where noted.

  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu bullet Brenden's Lay: A Chanteur can travel without harm through a Maelstrom so long as they continue a chosen song.
  • Menu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bulletMenu hover bullet Songs of the Living: A Chanteur can fill a song with life and use it to damage a Spectre.

Other BooksEdit


Wraith: The Oblivion Arcanoi

The Great 13:

Argos · Castigate · Embody · Fatalism · Inhabit · Keening · Lifeweb · Moliate · Outrage · Pandemonium · Phantasm · Puppetry · Usury


Flux · Intimation · Mnemosynis

Dark Arcanoi:

Contaminate · Corruption · Hive-Mind · Larceny · Maleficence · Shroud-Rending · Tempest-Weaving · Tempestos


Fascinate · Serendipity


Chains of the Emperor · Way of the Artisan · Way of the Farmer · Way of the Merchant · Way of the Scholar · Way of the Soul


Alloyed · Behest · Connaissance · Displace · Kinesis · Leechcraft · Tempered

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