ANother World of Darkness - Alpha Network
The Aura is an unusual energy that emanates from all living, undead and spiritual beings. It reflects both their nature (e.g. mortal, mage, or werewolf), as well as their current emotional state, in both the Classic World of Darkness and the Chronicles of Darkness.
Apart from reflecting the nature and emotional states, the auras also might reflect supernatural characteristics. In some cases, resonance or taint can also be reflected in one’s aura. The auras of vampires who have committed diablerie also appear to be streaked through with black veins.
In Dark Ages: Vampire, a vampire’s Road (or Path) rating affects the type of Aura they manifest. Similarly, in Mage: The Awakening, a mage’s aura becomes easier for others to detect as the mage’s Gnosis rating increases.
Many supernatural beings possess some way to perceive and read auras. Examples of these abilities include:
The vampiric Auspex power of Aura Perception or Karmic Sight
The mage Sphere/Arcanum of Prime
The wraith and Kuei-jin inherent ability of Lifesight
The Promethean Transmutation of Sensorium
The Sin-Eater Oracle of Passion
The Thaumatechnology Endowment of Devil’s Eyes
The Second Sight Merits of Aura Reading and See Auras
The colors change in sympathy with the subject’s emotional state, blending into new tones in a constantly dancing pattern. The stronger the emotions involved, the more intense the hues become. A skilled vampire can learn much from her subject by reading the nuances of color and brilliance in the aura’s flow.
Calm: Light Blue
Desirous or Lustful: Deep Red
Diablerist: Black veins in aura
Distrustful: Light Green
Envious: Dark Green
Suspicious: Dark Blue
Anxious: Auras appear scrambled like static or white noise
Confused: Mottled, shifting colors
Daydreaming: Sharp, flickering colors
Frenzied: Rapidly rippling colors
Psychotic: Hypnotic, swirling colors
Vampire: Aura colors are pale
Ghoul: Pale blotches in the aura
Magic Use: Myriad sparkles in aura
Nephandus: Constant, black ripples across the aura
Werebeast: Bright, vibrant aura
Ghost: Weak, intermittent aura
Faerie: Rainbow highlights in aura
Cathayan: Either like that of a Western vampire (if Yin-cycled) or slightly brighter (if Yang-cycled)
Imbued: Bright golden halo
Fallen: Plethora of rapid shifting colors that are difficult to discern
True Faith: Silver or gold halo, strength of faith determines the halo’s brightness.