Rituals of the Faction
Initiation / bonding
Sombras que Corta — (The shadows that cut) —This ceremony is where the Godmother bonds a Cousin to a weapon. — More precisely - to the Cousin's Shadow. — The Cousin reaches out with their shadow and grasps a physical weapon (usually a hand to hand weapon) and takes it into shadow. From that point on, their shadow can use it. Shadow weapons are versions of real weapons that are IIF, desolid, affects the real world. Possibly NNDs that cause body as well (defense is a shadow defense or weapon). Godfathers and Godmothers occasionally have the power to do their own bonding ceremonies, but usually do not choose weapons. For example, Godfather Morlok wears shadow spectacles that allow him discriminatory senses on the molecular level - he can tell the decay rate of isotopes in fusion weapons by listening to them, or see the DNA of people he is talking to.
As shown by Cousin Porsena, an Initiate can detach their shadow with this ritual, and if possessing part of the body of someone else, the shadow can overpower theirs (it stays on the ground unconscious“). Once this happens, the initiate possesses their body and loses control of their own. When possession stops, the shadows move back to their owners.”
The longer a shadow is away from the caster, and the more often it is made to move differently than the caster, the more chance it has of gaining full independence and leaving the caster permanently.
These shadows occasionally become characters in their own right within Faction Paradox (such as Godfather Avatar).
General Faction Rituals