[Proposal] Dharma 6 PCs

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Proposal Type: Bylaw Revision
Opened: 29-Oct-2019 12:00AM EDT
Closing: 05-Nov-2019 12:00AM EST


Hello all,
 
I’m making the following proposal as Kuei-jin Coordinator per 3.C.iii of the Coord Bylaws. 
 
Short version and commentary: This would align the Glass Ceiling section with section I 1 of the Character Bylaws, which has said for years that a dharma 6 Kuei-jin PC is Coordinator Approval, but would retain the limits on disciplines and rites for PCs.  It would also specify that Dharma 6 would only be allowed for PCs with Coord approval and a binding agreement.  
 
Reasoning: This is basically a work around for an annoying thing in the Kindred of the East rules, where Dharma level is directly tied to position and to positional status, so PCs can't be Mandarins or Ancestors (aka Primogen / Princes) by the book.  This works fine for tabletop, and is okay for a LARP in which there’s one visiting Kueijin PC, but doesn’t support KJ centered games and places a substantial limit on politics for Kueijin PCs.  I wrote in the packet as a quick band-aid fix that in the western hemisphere sometimes Dharma 5 folks are allowed as Mandarins, but this would be a way to bring our genre in line with the books while still maintaining controls on powers available to PCs, and clear up an existing contradiction in the bylaws. 
 
This would let them have comparable status to Kindred.  The other things they get with dharma 6 (other than supernatural powers, which remain banned) are trait caps, abilities, and chi virtues. My intent with the binding agreement (beyond the usual, as a PC at this level likely has commitments to an NPC court) is to work out with the game hosting the kuei-jin whether or not these other caps are appropriate for their genre. Trait caps for dharma 6 still don’t compare to werewolf levels, and chi virtues would put their “blood pool” to 12 + the demon chi they don’t want to use. Likely a vampire game would want to restrict traits and abilities, and a game allowing werewolf, changeling, or mage PCs wouldn’t feel a need to. 
 
 
 
Bylaws:
Was:
6: C: Kuei-jin PCs are restricted by the following:
i: Any PC who attains a Sixth rank of Dharma must be retired to NPC status
ii: The highest attainable level of any discipline or rite for a player character shall be advanced.
 
Changed To:
  6: C: Kuei-jin PCs are restricted by the following:
i: Any PC who attains a Seventh rank of Dharma must be retired to NPC status.
ii: The highest attainable level of any discipline or rite for a player character shall be advanced.  
iii:  Any PC who attains the Sixth rank of Dharma must receive approval from the Kuei-jin Coordinator and have a signed Binding Agreement between the Coordinator, their Staff, and the Player. 

 

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