As I was researching the Zhong Lung/Same-Bito connection, I came across a Zhong Lung Flaw that only appeared in the Breed Book 6 - Mokolé:

Fertile Essence (1 point Flaw)

You are filled with life-giving Essence, to the peril of anyone who knows you. If anyone drinks from the same glass as you, uses the same bathing pool, or even handles your clothing or utensils, they can have children who resemble you. Even people who are sterile or barren might become pregnant because of you (Storyteller's opinion, and certainly not applicable to metis characters). This can become annoying, and cause serious misunderstandings.Breed Book 6 Mokolé p76

As it is worded, it seems to imply that the bearer of the flaw is male, spreading his genetic code by touching people. But what is the implication for a female Zhong Lung with this trait? Will she suddenly be the (spiritual?)father of children of other people?

I have not been able to track down this flaw in any other edition, so it might be endemic to this one rulebook because of it being... game breaking. I mean, it certainly IS game breaking when the Dragon King takes a bath in the cistern for Shanghai and ends up starting a Baby Boom...


Nowhere in the flaw is it stated that you have to be male.

There is no reason for the effect to be male only.

You can say that a female with this flaw simply makes people pregnant with copies of her genetic code.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Why would it have to be copies? Two XX chromosome parents can produce an XX child that’s not a clone and that’s genetically related to both XX parents. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Sep 26 '18 at 2:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ ¨they can have children who resemble you.¨ i took this as the reason for her copying her genetic code. A person with this flaw will create people that look very similar to herself. So if one parent was a different race their children will still look like the person with this flaw. \$\endgroup\$ – Oxtrooo Sep 26 '18 at 8:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think that’s misunderstanding the flaw, but that explains that part of the answer. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Sep 26 '18 at 14:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you elaborate on why you think i am missunderstanding? i will change my answer if you can explain. \$\endgroup\$ – Oxtrooo Sep 26 '18 at 17:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ The wording seems to be the usual reference to how a child resembles its parents, especially when such resemblance reveals an unexpected parent. It’s not saying “looks identical”, just resembles, like normal children conceived normally do. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Sep 26 '18 at 21:56

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