Essence is the measure of a soul's connection to the body it inhabits. It affects the power of a Mage and Shaman's spells. Cyberware has a deleterious effect on Essence. As you change the way your body functions, your soul has a harder and harder time identifying with your body, to the point of severing that connection.
In game terms, Essence acts as a hard limit on the amount of cyberware you can shove into your body. It also precludes spell casters from using cyberwares, due to the fact that lower essence will directly affect the power of their spells. Hong Kong introduces Cyberware Affinity, which increases the amount of essence a character has at certain ranks.
Campaign NPCs[edit | edit source]
Dragonfall[edit | edit source]
- Glory is mentioned to have low Essence, as her obsolete cyberware severely damaged her in that aspect. This is deliberate on her part. However, should she ever choose to upgrade her cyberware, her essence hole buffer should be substantial.
- The Cyberzombie from MKVI has -2 Essence, leading Glory to exclaim that it should not be alive.