If a being that can have banes (such as a Strix, spirit, ghost, etc) has a bane of salt, would a line of salt on a doorway prevent it from entering (like in Supernatural), or would it essentially have to be a wall of salt?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Couldn't a ghost or spirit simply go around the line of salt, through a wall? Your question appears to be "can they fly over it", but incorpeal beings could just as easily go around it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Theik
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 8:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Theik in most magic universes I encountered, ring on the ground was working as a cylinder, stretching up. Is it the case in WoD? I'd like to know, too. But true enough, it was always a circle, in all books and games I remember. Usually it didn't even need to be exactly round, but it had to be closed, precisely to prevent creature from simply going around. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mołot
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 12:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Theik it's also worth noting that the Strix specifically aren't ephemeral (like ghosts and spirits), but like them they happen to have banes \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 14:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ ghosts in nWoD can't fly, not can most types of spirits. They hug the ground, unless there is different ground in the twilight \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 23:36

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The answer, it appears, is, it depends, just pouring salt doesn't appear to be quiet enough, though if you read abjuration it really isn't much more. I think it's basically that spilled salt wouldn't do it as it lacks intent.

God Machine Chronicle p232, rules update appendix Warding and Binding

Instead of confronting the entity directly as in abjuration, the ritualist marks the boundary she intends to protect with the entity’s bane. She doesn’t have to mark a complete boundary — her concept of the area she’s protecting is what’s important. Marking doors and windows with lamb’s blood to keep out a spirit that can’t touch it will prevent that spirit from simply floating through the wall while in Twilight, and carefully drawing a sigil on the floor will serve to trap the angel whose name it is.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I think you've got it. Drawing the boundary in salt is enough to demarcate it, preventing the spirit from floating through. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jadasc
    Commented Nov 20, 2014 at 16:09

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