Something I was toying with...
The Virtue of Curiosity
Curiosity in our own society, while sometimes inappropriate, is seen as a blessing none the less. It drives us forward in and allows us to overturn outdated traditions and unearth new knowledge. While we would like to think that Ven society would hold the same esteem to curiosity as we do, they instead found it to be something to be ashamed of.
To those who would implement the deeply ritualistic set of limitations and balances Curiosity proved a great enemy, one that the conservative members of the Senate felt would be the Doom of all. They point to the fate of the House of the Cat to illustrate this point. That said, some Nobles still secretly let their Curiosity drive them to uncover things that the wise say are best left undisturbed, instead spotting Advantage in the unknown.
Those with the Virtue of Curiosity... are always pushing on the boundaries of society, looking for explanations for things best left uncovered. Violating the peace of slumbering Sauven to understand their motives. Hunting out Spectres to find whey truly are. Researching ludicrous rumours of peasant magics. Delving into Ruins. Looking to the past. Talking openly of the Sorcerer-Kings. Dangerous endeavours. Any Ven Risking their Curiosity can spend a Wager to place an Aspect on the scene regarding a taboo subject. This taboo can be Tagged using one Style to gain 2 dice by using the forbidden topic to their Advantage. Any Ven at the scene can be Compelled to act according to societal norms of the taboo.
Of course those taking Advantage through means seen by others as out of bounds often leads to accusations of Insult and even Injury by others more willing to tow the Senate line.
Those without the Virtue of Curiosity... cannot stand idly by while another undermines centuries of tradition designed to prevent the passions of the Ven causing their own destruction. Any Ven without Curiosity must spend a Style Point if evidence shows another Ven to have publicly broke the norms of society, otherwise they are must act to bring the offender to task for the perceived Insult. Some days it feels as if the whole Senate was on the side of the cries for your head for your Insult.
Sometimes they were.
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