Originally posted by TheAdept
What does the charm Heart-Compelling Method do that is not already covered by the default inspire action?
Both the charm and the inspire action entry appear to do the same thing. I would just ignore the charm but it is a prerequisite for Soul-Stirring Cantata and Seventeen Cycles Symphony. I would prefer not to waste xp on charm that does not do anything.
Heart-Compelling Method ensures your inspire roll will exploit one of the target's Intimacies to lower their Resolve, even if you don't know that they have that Intimacy, or don't overtly appeal to it.
Example: You're in a seedy Wu-Jian teahouse filled with a mix of the local motley of criminals as well as some Dynasts. Normally, if you wanted to exploit the local audience's Tie of hatred towards the Realm as you inspire them to anger with your song, you'd need to A) know that they have the Intimacy and B) describe how you appeal to that Intimacy, such as playing a ballad about a rebellion against the Realm. At the very least, that's going to draw some attention to you.
With Heart-Compelling Method, you wouldn't need to know they had an Intimacy against the Realm - and if you think that they do, but are wrong, your influence will still find an Intimacy to support it, like a personal grudge against one of the Dynasts in attendance. Even after your music starts a teahouse brawl of pirates and martial artists and Dragon-Blooded, no one would think that you were deliberately trying to stir up discontent against the Realm - after all, you were just plucking out a wordless melody on your sanxian.