Mental Shield
Arcanum: Mind ●●
Practice: Shielding
Action: Instant
Duration: Prolonged
Aspect: Covert
Cost: None
Range: Self
Rote Pool: Res +Occult

The caster can erect a mental shield to protect himself. He can defend his thoughts, shielding them against the notice of others. May mean concealing his mind from any kind of detection, blatantly preventing others from reading any of his thoughts or just concealing particular thoughts.

Mechanics: Subtracts 1 die per dot in the Mind Arcanum from spells or supernatural powers that attempt to mentally control, detect or influence him. By spending 1 Mana, the Duration can be made to last for one day. Most mages cast such a shielding spell at the beginning of the day, as part of their morning rituals. Successes are used to combat attempts to dispel the shield.

In addition, Mental Shield helps its caster see through mental illusions, such as f.ex. ''Misperception'' or ''Imposter''. Upon first encountering such a spell, the user can see through the illusion with reflexive and contested (Gnosis + Mind) roll.

This spell can be cast at any point in a turn, even if the caster’s Initiative would have him act later than an attacker. In this way, it is similar to a "dodge" action (see p.156 of the WoD Rulebook).

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