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Garou Influence FAQ V1.

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Section 1.0 Document Purpose
Q.
What is the purpose of this document?
A.
To provide all the information in Influences for the Garou venue in one location. This FAQ
addresses changes to the Influence rules for the Apocalypse Venue in Canada only.

Section 2.0 General Information on Influences for Garou


Q.
A.

Can Garou have Influences?


Yes, it is a Background available to most tribes and breeds although Lupus and Metis characters
will require significant explanations as to how they hold sway over aspects of human society.

Q.
A.

Is it one Background Trait per Influence Level?


Yes, if you buy Influences with your background traits it is one for one, i.e. Buying Finance
Influence Level 2 costs 2 background traits.

Q.
A.

What about with Free Traits or Experience Traits?


Increasing or buying Influences with Free Traits or Experience Traits incurs an additional cost of +1
Trait for all Garou aside from the Glasswalkers.

Q.
A.

What is the maximum level a Garou may have for Influences?


A Garou may have up to 10 levels in any area of Influence as per normal.
The XP/Free Trait is
Level 1 5
1 Free Trait/XP per level.
Level 6 - 8
2 Free Traits/XP per level.
Level 9 - 10
3 Free Traits/XP per level
The cost is modified as above for non-Glasswalkers.

Q.
A.

Is there a limit as to total levels of Influence a character can have?


Werewolves are creatures of barely controlled Rage which affects their interactions with others. An
Garous Influence Cap is the total of their Permanent Mental and Social Traits. Glasswalkers and
Kinfolk use the normal maximum of the total of all three trait categories.

Q.
A.

Can I increase that cap?


You can dedicate one of your Kinfolk to be an Influence Retainer, each such Retainer increases
the Influence Cap by 1 as per Laws of the Wild, Revised (pg 88). Glasswalker Kinfolk used in
this method increase the Influence Cap by 3 (better than the normal Garou, less effective
than the Vampire).

Q.
A.

Are there Influences in the book not in use in the sanctioned game?
Neither Military nor Espionage Influences are used in the sanctioned chronicle.

Influence Use Levels


The following is a list of what may be done with each Influence when using the Influence Use action.
The Cost indicates the Influence Use level, which determines how many traits must be used to gain the
effect. For desired effects that are not listed, a Storyteller may make a call using the lists as a guideline.
There are some differences between this list and the one used for Masquerade and the Garou Venue uses
the following lists.

* indicates an Influence Use level that provides just information. This also indicates a valid level of
use of Contacts.
Any influence level not listed here from the main Apocalypse Core book is to be considered valid
for the purposes of in game effects.

BUREAUCRACY

COST:
1
2

3
4
5

6
7
8
9
10

DESIRED EFFECT:
Trace utility bills *
Fake a birth certificate or driver's license
Disconnect a small residence's utilities
Close a small road or park
Get public aid ($2500)
Fake a death certificate, passport or green card
Close a public school for a single day
Shut down a minor business on a violation
Initiate a phone tap
Fake land deeds
Initiate a department-wide investigation
Start, stop or alter a city-wide program or policy
Shut down a big business on a violation
Rezone areas
Obliterate records of a person on a city and county level
Initiate a major public works program (a large park or office complex)
Completely dominate all aspects of the citys bureaucracy within a city block
Prevent emergency services such as fire protection from responding to a major disaster
Stop, start or alter a state or regional program or policy
Force an entire neighbourhood to rebuild as you see fit
Collect taxes ($20,000)
Build or destroy small towns or suburbs
Control an entire city district
Rewrite policy on a state or regional level
Have a major building condemned and destroyed on a short notice
Build monuments or stadiums
Completely control the mayors office
Rebuild the city as you see fit

CHURCH
COST
1
2

DESIRED EFFECT
Identify most secular members of a given faith in the local area *
Pass as a member of the clergy
Peruse general church records (baptism, marriage, burial, etc.) *
Identify higher church members *

4
5
6
7
8

9
10

Track regular congregation members *


Suspend lay members
Open or close a single church
Dip into the collection ($2500)
Find the average church-associated hunter
Access to private information and archives of church *
Discredit or suspend higher-level church members
Manipulate regional branches of the church
Organize major protests
Access ancient church lore and knowledge *
Identify a church member with True Faith
Stage a miraculous event that gain the unofficial approval of the Church
Access religious objects (see Minor Magic Items)
Excommunicate a lay member of the church
Have a church marriage annulled or dissolved
Find an experienced Church-associated hunter
Pose as a bishop or other major regional religious figure
Nominate a member of the clergy for elevation
Stage a miracle that gains official recognition by the Church
Access religious objects (see Major Magic Items)
Create or destroy a major cathedral or temple within the city
Exert minor influence over nationwide Church policy
Have a member of the clergy excommunicated
Exert strong influence over nationwide Church policy
Completely control city wide Church policy
Access religious objects (see Legendary Magic Items)
Have protection from any Church-associated hunters

FINANCE
COST
1

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

DESIRED EFFECT
Learn about major transactions and financial events *
Raise capital ($5,000)
Learn about general economic trends *
Learn real motivations for many financial actions of others *
Trace an unsecured small account *
Raise capital to purchase a small business (single, small store)
Purchase a large business (a few small branches or a single large store or service)
Manipulate local banking (delay deposits, some credit alterations)
Ruin a small business
Control an aspect of citywide banking (shut off ATMs, arrange a bank holiday)
Ruin a large business
Purchase a major company
Obliterate all savings and credit for one individual (destroy one level of Resources for 3 months)
Control the price of a minor commodity
Perform insider trading ($25,000)
Exert minor influence over local stock prices
Purchase a minor nationwide corporation
Control the price of a major commodity
Cause inflation of depression for a regional area
Siphon off all profits from a minor corporation ($250,000)
Own a major nationwide corporation
Exert major influence over local stock prices
Influence nationwide economic trends
Make someone rich (they may now buy Resources up to 5).
Make someone poor (lower their Resources by 3 for 3 months). This may not go into negative.

Have much higher personal Resources (add 3 to your Resources for 3 months). This may go above 5.
Note: Any company or business you wish to get with this influence must be fictional and created by the user. To gain
such control with an established entity (either World of Darkness material or real world companies) requires Approval
one level higher than their sphere of interaction.
Example: to gain control over Great Wolf Lodge in Niagra would require aNST Approval, and RIM would require Top.
HEALTH
COST
1
2

3
4

5
6
7
8
9
10

DESIRED EFFECT
Access a person's health records *
Use public functions of health centers at your leisure
Fake vaccination records and the like
Access to some medical research records *
Have minor lab work done
Get a copy of coroner's report *
Instigate minor quarantines
Corrupt results of tests or inspections
Alter medical records
Acquire a body
Completely rewrite medical records
Abuse grants for personal use ($2500)
Institute large-scale quarantines
Shut down businesses for "health code violations"
Have special research projects performed
Have people institutionalized or released
Cause a major shortage of blood within an area
Prevent ambulances from responding to a major disaster
Contaminate the entire blood supply for one minor hospital
Locate samples of a minor infectious disease (influenza)
Cause a major shortage of one type of medicine (insulin, penicillin)
Perform major or illegal experimentation on a large number of patients
Shut down a small hospital permanently
Contaminate the blood supply for an entire city
Shut down a major hospital permanently
Locate samples of a major infectious disease (anthrax)
Shut down all medical care in a city for an entire day
Direct genetic engineering projects

HIGH SOCIETY
COST
1
2
3
4
5
6

DESIRED EFFECT
Learn what is trendy *
Learn about concerts, shows or plays well before they are made public *
Obtain hard-to-get tickets for shows
Track most celebrities and luminaries *
Be a local voice in the entertainment field
"Borrow" idle cash from rich friends ($5,000)
Crush promising careers
Hobnob well above your station
Minor celebrity status
Get a brief appearance on a talk show that's not about to be cancelled
Ruin a new club, gallery, festival or other posh gathering
Own a small influential theatre or gallery in the city
Give someone his or her 15 minutes of fame (create one level of Fame for one session)

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8
9

10

Destroy the career of a minor established celebrity (destroy one level of Fame for 3 months)
Appoint anyone as a member of the citys elite social circles
Make someone a minor celebrity (create one level of Fame for 3 months)
Become a major celebrity (grant yourself two levels of Fame for 3 months)
Own a large gallery or theatre in the city
Make someone a major celebrity (create two levels of Fame for 3 months)
Influence nationwide fashion trends
Gain access to any social event or exclusive resort
Have your own people - gain [Allies, Herd or Retainer] (artists and socialites) x4 - for 3 months
Destroy a major celebritys career (destroy two levels of Fame for 3 months)
Control all major social events in the city
Have your own people - - gain [Allies, Herd or Retainer] (artists and socialites) x5 - for 3 months

INDUSTRY
COST
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

DESIRED EFFECT
Learn about industrial projects and movements *
Have minor projects performed
Arrange small accidents or sabotage
Dip into union funds or embezzle petty cash ($5000)
Organize minor strikes
Appropriate machinery for a short time
Close down a small plant
Revitalize a small plant
Manipulate large local industry
Attract a major heavy industry to the area
Illegally dump large amounts of toxic waste (and not get caught)
Siphon off company profits ($25,000)
Eliminate or start a union in any company
Arrange for a major ecological disaster
Fatally sabotage a major construction project
Own a major heavy industry or construction firm in the area
Cause a major strike
Fatally sabotage an entire product of heavy industry or machinery
Influence nationwide labour movements

LEGAL
COST
1
2
3
4

5
6
7
8

DESIRED EFFECT
Get free representation for minor cases
Avoid bail for some charges
Have minor charges dropped
Manipulate legal procedures (minor wills and contracts, court dates)
Access public or court funds ($2500)
Get representation in most court cases
Issue subpoenas
Tie up court cases
Have most legal charges dropped
Cancel or arrange parole
Close down all but the most serious investigations
Have deportation proceedings held against someone
Bring any investigation short of a grand jury to a halt
Force a guilty verdict on any misdemeanour trial
Appoint a provincial judge
Have a lawyer disbarred
Successfully sue anyone for major damages (destroy one level of Resources for three months)

10

Force a guilty verdict on a felony trial


Control one of the members of the federal Court
Appoint or fire the citys Crown Attorney
Close down major investigations or cases
Bring major legal actions on any source
Force a guilty verdict on a major or sensational felony trial
Rewrite state or local law as you see fit
Control the outcome of the Supreme Court
Have false charges brought up on someone (lower a level of Fame by 2 for three months).

MEDIA
COST
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

DESIRED EFFECT
Learn about breaking stories early *
Submit small articles (within reason)
Suppress (but not stop) small articles or reports
Get hold of investigative reporting information *
Initiate news investigations and reports
Get project funding and waste it ($2500)
Ground stories and projects
Broadcast fake stories (local only)
Kill small local articles or reports completely
Submit headline news successfully
Cause a minor media outlet to begin an investigation
Destroy a minor newspaper or TV station
Write small nationwide stories successfully
Manufacture a major scandal (destroy one level of Fame for 3 months)
Cause a major media outlet to begin an investigation
Kill national news stories before they get off the ground
Broadcast fake regional stories
Destroy a major newspaper or TV station
Create a fake major national news story
Create a news blackout over an entire city

OCCULT
COST
1
2
3

4
5
6
7

DESIRED EFFECT
Contact and make use of common occult groups and their practices *
Know some of the more visible occult figures *
Gain a loyal servant (Retainer x1) for 3 months
Know and contact some of the more obscure Occult figures *
Access resources for most rituals and rites
Find an Occult Mentor (Mentor x 1) for 3 months
Know the general vicinity of certain supernatural entities and (possibly) contact them *
Can access vital or very rare material components
Milk impressionable wannabes for bucks $2500
Access occult tomes and writings *
Gain a loyal servant (Retainer x2) for 3 months
Find an Occult Mentor (Mentor x 2) for 3 months
Access Minor Magic Items
Gain membership in a secret society
Gain a loyal servant (Retainer x3) for 3 months
Found a local cult (grant one level of Allies Background)
Find an Occult Mentor (Mentor x 3) for 3 months
Access Major Magical Items

9
10

Gain access to true psychics, mystics and seers


Gain a loyal servant (Retainer x4) for 3 months
Found a regional cult (grant two levels of Allies Background)
Locate and bring a specific hedge mage or medium to you
Control a secret society
Find an Occult Mentor (Mentor x 4) for 3 months
Access Legendary Magical Items
Locate and bring a specific Lupine or Changeling to you
Gain a loyal servant (Retainer x5) for 3 months
Locate the abandoned lair of a powerful supernatural (Methuselah, elder werewolf, mage)
Find an Occult Mentor (Mentor x 5) for 3 months

POLICE
COST
1
2
3
4

6
7
8
9

10

DESIRED EFFECT
Learn police procedures *
Hear police information and rumours *
Avoid traffic tickets
Have license plates checked *
Avoid minor violations (first conviction)
Get inside information *
Find bureau secrets *
Get copies of an investigation report *
Have police hassles detain or harass someone
Access confiscated weapons or contraband
Start an investigation
Get money, either from evidence room or as an appropriation ($1,000)
Have some serious charges dropped
Institute major investigations
Arrange setups
Instigate bureau investigations
Have officers fired
Control one aspect of a large city precinct (homicide, dispatch)
Appropriate contraband or drugs from the evidence room
Call for SWAT raids
Have free access to all police facilities
Have the crime lab lose evidence
Completely control the police department of a suburb or small town
Have people extradited across state lines
Have police chiefs fired
Shut down major areas for investigations
Stop major investigations
Control over other emergency services (Fire and Paramedics)
Complete control of a large citys police network
Access to a special unit (Allies x5 for a related task for 3 months)

POLITICS
COST
1
2

DESIRED EFFECT
Minor lobbying
Identify real platforms of politicians and parties *
Be in the know *
Meet small time politicians *
Garner inside information on processes, laws and the like *
Use a slush fund or fund raiser ($10,000)

3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Sway or alter political projects (local parks, renovations, small construction)


Enact minor legislation
Dash careers of minor politicians
Get your candidate in a minor office
Enact encompassing legislature
Enact major legislation on the local level
Get your candidate into a major local office (i.e. mayor of a major city)
Destroy the career of a major local politician
Get your candidate into a major federal office (i.e. senator)
Enact minor national legislation
Embezzle taxpayer money ($100,000)
Engineer a major political scandal
Gain access to federal security agents (Allies x5 for personal security for 3 months)
Give major support to a national political candidate
Propose major national legislation
Gain diplomatic immunity for 3 months
Find out secret government policies and projects.

STREET
COST
1
2
3
4

5
6
7
8
9
10

DESIRED EFFECT
Has an ear open for the word on the street *
Identify most gangs and know their turfs and habits *
Live mostly without fear on the underside of society
Keep a contact or two in most aspects of street life *
Access small time contraband
Get insight on other areas of influence *
Arrange some services from street people or gangs
Get pistols or uncommon melee weapons
Mobilize groups of homeless
Panhandle or hold a collection ($2500)
Have a word in almost all aspects of gang operations
Get hold of a shotgun, rifle or SMG
Control a single medium-sized gang
Arrange an impressive protest by street people
Completely dominate all aspects of a housing project or slum
Mark a specific person who enters a downtown area for harassment
Locate exotic weaponry (bombs, sniper rifles)
Start a small riot
Completely dominate all aspects of a downtown neighbourhood
Control a large gang
Locate unique or customized weaponry
Mark a specific person who enters downtown for death
Completely dominate all aspects of the downtown of a major city
Start a major citywide riot

TRANSPORTATION
COST
1
2
3
4

DESIRED EFFECT
Know what goes where, when and why *
ravel locally quickly and freely
Track an unwary target if they use public transportation *
Arrange passage safe (or at least concealed) from mundane threats (robbery, terrorism, etc.)
Seriously hamper an individual's ability to travel
Avoid most supernatural dangers when traveling (such as Lupines)
Temporarily shut down one form of transportation (buss lines, ships, planes, trains, etc)

5
6
7
8
9
10

Route money your way ($5000)


Reroute major modes of travel
Smuggle with impunity
Bar a person from entering or leaving a city via public transportation
Attract a major transportation outlet (i.e. airport) to your city
Halt all public transportation and cargo shipping to a small town
Siphon off profits from a shipping or trucking firm ($25,000)
Bar a specific from of cargo from entering or leaving a city
Isolate a small town from any form of transportation (including highways)
Cause a major transportation disaster
Destroy a major transportation disaster
Completely dominate one aspect of regional transportation (airplanes, trucking, shipping)
Prevent anyone from leaving or entering a city via all forms of transportation (Including highways)
Bar all cargo from entering or leaving a major city

UNDERWORLD
COST
1
2

3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

DESIRED EFFECT
Locate minor contraband (knives, small-time drugs, petty gambling, scalped tickets) *
Obtain pistols, serious drugs, stolen cars, etc.
Hire muscle to rough someone up
Fence stolen loot
rove that crime pays (and score $10,000)
Obtain rifle, shotgun or SMG
Arrange a minor hit
Meet someone in the Family *
Make white-collar crime connections *
Arrange gangland assassinations
Hire a demolition man or firebug
Supply local drug needs
Locate exotic weaponry (bombs, sniper rifles)
Contract a professional hit
Launder money
Supply the drug needs of a large city
Control the head of a small crime family
Locate unique or custom weaponry
Put a price on anyones head
Start a mob war
Control the head of a large crime family
tage a public assassination, terrorist act or shooting spree (and get away with it)

UNIVERSITY
COST
DESIRED EFFECT
1
Know layout and policy of local schools *
Have access to low-level university resources
Get records up to the high school level *
Gain a teachers aid (Retainer x1) for 3 months
2
Know a contact or two with useful knowledge or Abilities *
Have minor access to facilities
Fake high school records
Obtain college records
Find an scholarly mentor (Mentor x1) for 3 months
3
Call in faculty favours
Cancel a class
Fix grades
Discredit a student

4
5
6

8
9

10

Gain a teachers aid (Retainer x2) for 3 months


Organize student protests and rallies
Discredit faculty members
Find an scholarly mentor (Mentor x2) for 3 months
Falsify an undergraduate degree
Gain a teachers aid (Retainer x3) for 3 months
Falsify a graduate degree
Create a college class of your choice
Discredit the head of a college department
Find an scholarly mentor (Mentor x3) for 3 months
Falsify a Ph.D.
Know a contact or two with high levels of Ability or esoteric knowledge
Discredit the dean of a college
Gain a teachers aid (Retainer x4) for 3 months
Appoint the dean of a college
Funnel university funds in your direction ($10,000)
Find an scholarly mentor (Mentor x4) for 3 months
Direct an entire university department to research a specific problem
Have a research assistant attached to your service indefinitely (grant one level of Allies)
Stage a student protest or demonstration
Gain a teachers aid (Retainer x5) for 3 months
Destroy or discredit an entire college
Complete control over the local universities (or colleges)
Find a scholarly mentor (Mentor x5) for 3 months