threatened by changes in personnel or regulations. The more you use your ties, the weaker they grow unless youdo something to bolster them. This Merit cannot purchase ties on a national or even statewide scale.
: (1 pt) Your ties are with local park rangers (if your sept and caern are near woodlands or other wild areas). You can cause certain people to be ejected from the area and you can prevent others from entering.
: (2 pt) You know most of the local judges as well as the attorneys in the D.A.'s department, andyou can affect the progress of various cases and trials with limited difficulty. Although it is difficult tointervene in a case, you can influence it in one direction or another. These ties can also make it easy toacquire search warrants.
: (2 pt) You can suppress or create news stories (though not always with 100 percent efficiency; journalists are a unruly bunch). You also have access to the files and gossip of newspaper and TVstation staffs.
: (3 pt) You have influence and contacts in some local churches, and you have the means toorganize protest rallies, help the needy and raise money.
: (3 pt) You understand the dynamics of money in the city and have links with all the major players. In times of need, you can cause all sorts of financial mayhem, and you can raise considerableamounts of money (in the form of loans) in a very short period of time. You can also discover whichcompanies Pentex owns or which ones the conglomerate plans to buy.
: (3 pt) You can, with a single phone call, arrange for an APB to be issued. However, the moreoften you use your ties with the police department the weaker they become — and the more attentionyou attract toward yourself. Your influence is not solid (that can be achieved only through gameplay)and can let you down at times.
: (3 pt) You're a factor in the local bureaucracy. In times of need, you can shut off the power and water to a building or neighborhood, and you can unleash many different means of harassmentagainst your enemies.
: (3 pt) You have both influence over and contacts in the local organized crime scene — possibly with the Mafia, Yakuza, street gangs or whatever. This Merit provides you with limited accessto large numbers of "soldiers," as well as extensive links to the underworld of crime.
: (3 pt Merit) You own a large mansion — a home with 25 or more rooms — as well as thesurrounding estate. The servants, if you have any, are provided for if you choose this Merit, although theycannot be used as Allies unless you purchase the appropriate Background. The mansion is assumed to have themost current electronic security available and a fence around the perimeter. While the mansion can be in as poor or as good a shape as you wish, the more inhabited it appears to be, the more attention it will garner, A ghosthouse won't attract IRS audits, but it may attract police scrutiny if bands of strange kids hang out there.
: (2 pt Merit) You have both influence over and contacts in the local Media. You can suppress andcreate news stories (though not always with 100% efficiency; journalist are a unruly bunch) and you haveaccess to the files and gossip of the staffs of newspapers and TV stations.
: (2 pt Merit) You own a moderate-sized nightclub, perhaps one of the hottest nightspots in the city.This club brings in enough money to support you in moderate luxury ($1000 a month, but it can grow), butmore important than the money is the prestige. You may use the nightclub as your primary location for others tocontact you, you may simply hang out there or you may even actively take a hand in keeping it running. Thename of the nightclub, its style, design and its regular patrons are all up to you. Variations on this theme couldinclude: a restaurant, theater, comedy club, sports arena or retail store.
Park Department Ties
: (1 pt Merit) You have both influence over and contacts in the local park rangers (if your sept and caern is near woodlands or other wild areas). You can cause certain people to be ejected from thearea and prevent others from entering. Sometimes, your grip over the department may be threatened by new