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The Beast’s Way

COST:20 KARMA

PREREQUISITES:Adept

RATING:NONE

SOURCE:SR5:SG

Adepts who follow this path are under the guidance of an animal mentor spirit, which they refer to as their totem, similar to some shamans. Through the emulation of their totem, these adepts seek to improve themselves, and like followers of the Spiritual Way, they’re considered to be more spiritual than the average adept. As such, they receive all the bonuses and drawbacks associated with their personal totem.

Because of their unique outlook, followers of the Beast’s Way have an above-average rapport with nature and gain a +1 situational bonus to all Animal Handling Tests; however, if the adept’s totem is a predatory one, this bonus does not apply against animals that totem would normally consider prey. When dealing with the same animal as their totem, the adept gains an automatic +4 for any Animal Handling Tests involving them.

Followers of the Beast’s Way may choose from the following skills for their discount bonus: Animal Empathy, Astral Perception, Berserk, Combat Sense, Elemental Strike, Enhanced Perception, Killing Hands, Magic Sense, Mystic Armor, Motion Sense, and Traceless Walk. In addition, Beast’s Way adepts are able to choose one power other power for the discount.

The emphasized text leaves me a bit confused as it does not state what kind of discount is to be applied. In what way do these skills get a discount bonus? I have not been able to find how to handle this for character creation nor post creation.

Also, the final sentence reads really weird...

In addition, Beast’s Way adepts are able to choose one power other power for the discount.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Iirc there's a description prior to the list of ways (the one listing the costs). Currentls don't have the Street Grimoire available to look it up though... \$\endgroup\$ – fabian Jan 15 at 16:48
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When an adept chooses a way, they receive a discount on choosing specific adept powers based on the flavor of the way. The list you've bolded are all the choices of adept powers that you can purchase for a discount. The specific rules are listed on page 176 of Street Grimoire:

For every 2 points in an adept’s Magic Rating, that adept may reduce the cost of one level of one power from that Way’s list by half ... The adept then can use the saved Power Points to buy a new power or new levels in an existing power at full cost. If an adept follows a Way and increases his Magic Rating through Initiation, he may use this discount every time he adds two points to his Magic Rating.

So, let's say you have a 6 in your magic attribute. This means you can take 3 (6 / 2) adept powers that are listed in your way (for Beast, that would be the list you mentioned in bold) for half of their regular PP cost.

The final sentence allows you to take any other power not listed for a discount. This has been removed. I like to think it was removed because getting Improved Reflexes 3 (SR5 page 310) for only 1.75 PP is just dumb.

P. 177, THE BEAST’S WAY POWER LIST CHANGE

The last sentence, stating that Beast’s Way adepts can choose one additional power, should be removed.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ What about when I raise my magic attribute beyond 6, and does this retroactively apply to already purchased powers before the Way was adopted and/or magic attribute was raised above 6. \$\endgroup\$ – Clarus_Nox Feb 13 at 2:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ You cannot apply them to powers you have already purchased. "The adept then can use the saved Power Points to buy a new power or new levels in an existing power at full cost. If an adept follows a Way and increases his Magic Rating through Initiation, he may use this discount every time he adds two points to his Magic Rating." SG 176. I will add this to the answer. \$\endgroup\$ – jbabey Feb 13 at 18:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ can you provide the source stating it cant be used retroactively on say mystic armor 5, i am getting other people saying it does. since gaining this Way does not grant new powers or power points, how does picking mystic power 5 not give 2.5 points to 'The adept then can use the saved Power Points to buy a new power or new levels in an existing power at full cost.' \$\endgroup\$ – Clarus_Nox Feb 13 at 20:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ the quote you're referencing is specific to the adept gaining a higher magic rating via initiation. are you referring to a situation where an adept has already been running and wants to pick up a way quality after character creation? \$\endgroup\$ – jbabey Feb 13 at 21:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ yes, that is my specific scenario \$\endgroup\$ – Clarus_Nox Feb 13 at 21:46

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