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Virtues are a measure of personal and spiritual integrity in various Storyteller System and Storytelling System games. Virtues, like Attributes and Abilities, are measured as a trait with a rating of one to five dots. In most Classic World of Darkness games, characters have three Virtues; in Kindred of the East, Exalted and Scion, a character has four.
Virtues were first introduced in Vampire: The Masquerade Rulebook. Similar systems of Virtues was used for the mummies as described in World of Darkness: Mummy Second Edition, for Kuei-jin in Kindred of the East, for the Imbued of Hunter: The Reckoning, and for Inquisitors in Dark Ages: Inquisitor. Exalted and Scion also make use of virtues.
Classic World of DarknessEdit
Vampire: The MasqueradeEdit
- Main article: Virtue (VTM)
The three default Virtues in Vampire: The Masquerade and its historical spinoffs are Conscience, Self-Control, and Courage. Willpower is based on starting Courage, and Humanity (or Path) is based on the total of starting Conscience and Self-Control. Some Paths of Enlightenment (or Roads, in the Dark Ages games) use one or both of the two alternate virtues: Conviction may replace Conscience, and Instinct may replace Self-Control.
Kindred of the EastEdit
- Main article: Virtue (KOTE)
Kuei-jin have four Virtues: Hun (the "upper" soul), P'o (the lower, demonic soul), Yin (order and death), and Yang (freedom and life). Hun opposes P'o, and Yin opposes Yang. A kuei-jin's Willpower is based on starting Hun, and Yin, Yang and P'o are the sources for the three forms of Chi (Yin Chi, Yang Chi and Demon Chi, respectively).
Hunter: The ReckoningEdit
- Main article: Virtue (HTR)
Mummy: The ResurrectionEdit
- Main article: Virtue (MTR)
In earlier versions of Mummy (book), Mummies had Virtues and a Humanity rating, similar to the Virtue system in Vampire. In the original book, their six Virtues were Conscience, Self-Control, Courage, Honor, Love, and Truth; in , the Virtues were streamlined down to Memory, Integrity and Joy. In Mummy: The Resurrection, the Virtues were eliminated, their function absorbed into the Balance Advantage and the Integrity and Memory Backgrounds.
Demon: The FallenEdit
- Main article: Virtue (DTF)
Dark Ages: InquisitorEdit
- Main article: Virtue (DAI)
The Virtues of the Shadow Inquisition borrow from both Dark Ages: Vampire and Hunter: The Reckoning. Inquisitors share the three core Virtues from Vampire, and have three Superior Virtues (Wisdom, Faith, and Zeal) that are roughly derived from both the Vampire and Hunter Virtues.
- Main article: Virtue (TU)
- Main article: Virtue (AOS)
- Main article: Virtue (Scion)
In Scion, each Pantheon is associated with four Virtues, and all gods and scions share the pantheon's Virtues. The Virtues here are Conviction, Courage, Duty, Endurance, Expression, Harmony, Intellect, Loyalty, Order, Piety, Valor, and Vengeance. The Titans and Titanspawn have their own twisted Virtues, as well: Ambition, Malice, Rapacity and Zealotry.