In the V5 Playtest rules (pg 22, 24, and 38) a Composure stat is mentioned several times, but I can't find a description of the stat or its levels.

The character sheet provided at the end of the document shows that it can vary between 1 and 5 dots and has both a Permanent and Temporary rating (similar to Willpower). Am I missing any mention of how the stat is calculated or where it is defined?


It isn't defined super clearly in terms of how it relates to your character but how it works and how it works in the game is defined at the bottom of page 22.

Essentially composure is your ability to resist compulsions that result from hunger and works similarly to fate points from fate. When one of your rolls triggers a compulsion you can either accept the compulsion and act it out (possibly gaining a point of composure from the storyteller)

Acting out the compulsion rewards you with a point of Composure, at the Storytellers discretion.

or refuse it by spending a point of composure.

The only way to avoid this consequence is to spend Composure, allowing you to quash the unwanted impulse, at least temporarily.

Also the reason it has temporary values is on page 22 as well.

Just like Willpower, Composure is a spendable trait, with a current and a maximum value.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Thanks, I literally don't know how I missed that part on how to regain Composure (it came up during my playtest). \$\endgroup\$ – Gavin42 Jul 7 '17 at 14:08

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