When the God-Machine creates an angel’s Cover, it creates it with that angel’s capabilities in mind. Demons are no different — but sometimes demons change their Covers or acquire new ones and they don’t necessarily have the traits to back that Cover up. Much the same way as a demon’s Cover can create the basic essentials to support an identity, it can be tapped into to temporarily create the assets and abilities to support the Cover.
System: When a demon needs access to a Skill or Merit that would be relevant to her current identity and that she has no dots in herself, her player may spend 1 Aether. The player must specify before the roll which Skills or Merits she is attempt to generate,
and then rolls Cover with a negative modifier equal to the total number of dots the character is trying to generate. She must meet the prerequisites for any Merit she acquires, either through her own traits or by including them with the Legend. These false dots last till the end of the scene. A demon can only have one Legend active at a time. The demon also gains the Impostor Condition (See Below).
Example: Ms. Rasp, a Destroyer, has taken the identity of Mafiya lieutenant Oleg Kraminski as one of her Covers. She needs to find some information about a shipment of illegal weapons, but Oleg is a new Cover and Rasp hasn’t built up her Allies (Mafiya) yet. Her player decides that three dots of Allies would be plenty, but she should also have a dot of Streetwise to make this work. She spends a point of Aether and her player rolls her Cover of 7, minus four dice (Allies 3 + Streetwise 1). If she succeeds, she gains these traits for the rest of the scene but also gains the Imposter Condition.
You’ve used Legend to cheat your way to the sort of thing that should come naturally to your Cover, and it’s left you feeling hollow. You suffer a –1 cumulative penalty each time
you use Legend again until you resolve the Condition.
Resolution: Buy a dot in a Merit or Skill you impersonated using Legend. Resolving this Condition gives you a Cover Beat.