Imbued are new crypt cards. An imbued is considered a mortal ally, not a vampire. Imbued have 1 strength and 1 bleed, by default. Their cost is also their starting life, and it is specified on each card individually (like capacity). They have creeds (like clans). They have virtues (like Disciplines, but only one level). When they have zero life, they are incapacitated (like torpor) instead of being burned (see 5 below). Any "burn ally" effect will still burn an imbued, however.
Conviction is a new card type. It is played in the unlock phase, so it is an "unlock" card, not a master or minion or discard (event) card. During your unlock phase, you may play 1 conviction on each of your imbued. You may play these conviction cards from your hand or from your ash heap. When an imbued enters play with no conviction, he may gain 1 conviction from your library, hand or ash heap. In addition to their own effects, conviction cards may be spent (burned) to pay the conviction costs which some cards require. Each imbued has a limit of 5 conviction. Any conviction gained above five is burned instead.
Power is a new minion card type, only playable by imbued. An imbued may get a power as a +1 stealth action, like equipment or retainers.
The imbued unlocks if the action is successful. An imbued may not have two copies of the same power. Some effects or powers are "always on". Others have a card type icon (action, combat, etc.) indicating when and how the effect can be used. To use one of those effects, you must lock the power card (and pay whatever cost the effect requires). Standard rules for using such effects apply (e.g., a reacting minion must be ready and unlocked). "Always on" effects are still on while the power card is locked.
4. Terms and Icons
Imbued: a new minion type which counts as a mortal ally.
Monster: any vampire or non-mortal, non-animal ally or retainer.
When an imbued has no life, he is placed in the incapacitated region (controlled but not ready). Effects which are not usable by an ally being burned are not usable by an imbued being incapacitated. Any minion may burn an incapacitated imbued and take his equipment as a (D) action. If that action is successful, then each ready imbued may burn 1 conviction to inflict 1 unpreventable damage on that acting minion. An imbued may leave the incapacitated region and gain a life (not to exceed his starting life) by burning 3 conviction during his unlock phase.
Note that an imbued gains a life (not to exceed his starting life) if he leaves the incapacitated region by any other effect, as well.
In earlier sets, card effects that deal with crypt cards have generally assumed that crypt cards were all vampires. Now that this is no longer true, some questions arise.
In general, if you (the Methuselah playing the card or activating the effect) can look at the crypt card (e.g., because it is in your uncontrolled region or in any ash heap or in play, or if you're "searching" your crypt), then the target crypt card must match the parameters given by the effect. This usually means that imbued cannot be targets of these effects.
If you target a crypt card "blind" (either an unseen card from the crypt or an unseen card in some other Methuselah's uncontrolled region), then work with whatever you find. If the effect only checks/compares the card's "capacity", then treat the imbued's cost (starting life) as its capacity for that comparision.
Those two guidelines should clear up all the ways of interacting with imbued who aren't in play. But for clarity, individual cases are shown below.
The following effects are imbued-compatible:
- Bear-Baiting (checking cost as capacity from crypt OK).
- Brainwash (targeting unknown uncontrolled card OK).
- Cairo Int'l Airport (targeting unknown uncontrolled card OK).
- Clotho's Gift at [obf] (moving card from crypt OK).
- Effective Management (moving card from crypt OK).
- Gemini (targeting unknown uncontrolled card OK).
- Gisela Harden (targeting unknown uncontrolled card OK).
- Goodnight, Sweet Prince (moving card from crypt OK).
- Innocent Bystander (removing card from crypt OK).
- Kindred Intelligence (moving card from crypt OK).
- Lázár Dobrescu (targeting unknown uncontrolled card OK, but the recipient must be a vampire).
- Memory's Fading Glimpse (moving unknown uncontrolled card OK).
- Petra's Resonance (checking cost as capacity from crypt OK).
- The Portrait (checking cost as capacity from crypt OK).
- San Lorenzo de El Escorial (targeting unknown uncontrolled card OK).
- The Soul Gem of Etrius (can retrieve an imbued, and will even put him in play if he's smaller than the bearer, but he gets no blood or life).
- The Trick of the Danya (targeting unknown uncontrolled card OK, but the recipient must be a vampire).
The following effects are not imbued-compatible:
- Chain of Command (cannot put imbued into play)
- Clotho's Gift at [tem] (cannot target imbued in uncontrolled region)
- Dreams of the Sphinx (cannot move blood to imbued in uncontrolled region)
- Illusions of the Kindred (if the bottom card is an imbued, no new combat begins and the imbued is removed from play)
- Might of the Camarilla (won't force a Methuselah to burn an uncontrolled imbued)
- Recruitment (search as indicated: vampire)
Note: Heaven's Gate text applies in full -- an imbued can be moved to the uncontrolled region, controlled but not ready, and will eventually be moved to the ready region just as a "normal" ally would be.