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I am aware by reading the description that the black wolves/porte wolves in the Montaigne book says that they were once normal wolves now driven insane by being brought through a porte walk. However, I have a character at my table that's a full blooded Pyeryem, and she can turn into a wolf to boot. The player's first reaction to animal related troubles (especially as Pyeryem) is to talk to them and try to reason with them.

So my core question is can a Pyeryem use their Speak knack to talk to a Porte Wolf? Just how far gone are they? Because even feral animals have a voice.

Edit: When the moment came I used Xabei's comment. I used the Intimidate action from Repartee whenever she tried to talk to it and expressed that its mind is simply a grindhouse of malice. In future adventures I will likely include siren whispers from beyond the gates.

I would also have have speaking with the crazed wolf have a Repartee effect on the player, most probably Taunt or Intimidate.

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If character has the ability to speak to a normal wolf, and tries to speak to an irrevocably insane one, he should probably have no more trouble than in speaking with an inhabitant of an asylum - technically possible, but in no way easy.

I'd suggest Speak + Wits roll to succeed in understanding or communicating something. The TN is up to you - decide how hard should it be and set accordingly.

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I would also have have speaking with the crazed wolf have a Repartee effect on the player, most probably Taunt or Intimidate. – Xabei Apr 24 '13 at 21:18
Currently both the answer and Jeor's suggestion are at thr forefront. However, I'm concerned about the wolf being so insane that it doesn't even think in "higher" concepts. – CatLord Apr 25 '13 at 0:15
@CatLord The wolves have a reasonable Wits score (2), and basic tactics (attack from behind). This suggests they're at least as intelligent as an extremely simple animal, such as a lizard. Personally, I'd also allow Pyeryem mages to speak with them, but twist their motivation enough to make compromise difficult. On the other hand, you could get a lot of mileage out of the "Porte has robbed them of everything, including their voices" angle. Particularly given the antipathy between Porte and Pyeryem. – AceCalhoon Apr 25 '13 at 14:31

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