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The power to use the abilities of saci. Variation of Mythic Physiology.

Capabilities

User with this ability either is or can transform into an Saci, famous Brazilian legendary creature, that appears as a one-legged black or mulatto youngster with holes in the palms of his hands, who smokes a pipe and wears a magical red cap that enables him to disappear and reappear wherever he wishes (usually in the middle of a dust devil). Considered an annoying prankster in most parts of Brazil, and a potentially dangerous and malicious creature in others, he will nevertheless grant wishes to anyone who manages to trap him or steal his magic cap. However his cap is often depicted as having a bad smell, most people who claimed to have stolen this cap often say they can never wash the smell away.

An incorrigible prankster, the Saci will not cause major harm, but there is no little harm that he won't do, like making knots in the horses' manes, among other things. They are unpredictable, beings capable of great good and great trickery. They usually gather in groups during the night, when they party around a the fire-place and sing.

According to legend, the sacis are born from mystical trees and are extremely connected to the earth. Besides disappearing or becoming invisible (often with only his red cap and the red glow of his pipe still showing), the Saci can transform himself into a Matitaperê or Matita Pereira, an elusive bird whose melancholic song seems to come from nowhere. They are elemental beings with power over the winds (used to create little hurricanes under his one foot to float on the air instead of walking), and have great knowledge over the herbs, plants and animals which he must protect.

He is fond of juggling embers or other small objects and letting them fall through the holes on his palms. An exceedingly nimble fellow, the lack of his right leg does not prevent him from bareback-riding a horse, and sitting cross-legged while puffing on his pipe (a feat comparable to the Headless Mule's gushing fire from the nostrils).

Applications

Associations

Limitations

  • If a saci is riding a hurricane and passes over a river, the water may attach itself to the wind and make him slower.
  • If the saci's hat is removed, part of his mystical power will be lost.
  • The saci is vulnerable to any holy object or power.

Known Users

  • Saci (Brazilian Folklore)
  • Saci (Sitio do Pica-pau Amarelo)
  • Saci (Castelo Rá-tim-bum)

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