In the DtD manual I read:
The entity may wound opponents at a distance. Range is equal to 10 yards per dot of Power and the entity does not suffer range penalties. If the activation roll succeeds, the Blast wounds as a +0L weapon. The entity may increase the lethality of its Blast by paying Essence — every two Essence spent increases the “weapon” by +1L. The maximum weapon bonus is equal to the entity’s Rank.
So for example, consider "The Brilliant" (p.220) with a Power of 9 and a Finesse of 8 and who has the Blast numen. Let's assume the target's defense is 3. How is the attack played out?
Do I roll Power+Finesse-Defense=14 for the attack, and (assuming at least one success) apply "Lethal" damage equal to the number of successes +(Essence Expended/2)?