Rites are an everyday part of the lives of most Garou. Unlike Gifts, they are not abilities that you turn on or off in an instant; rites require some level of preparation and forethought, and their interpretations can vary widely between ritualists (though some core components can be the same across all versions of a given rite).
In a roleplay mechanics sense, rituals will take more than one roleplay turn to prepare, perform, and complete (even Level 0 rituals). Most rituals will require a good portion of a scene if not an entire one to enact. For example, a Level 0 Ritual like Feed the Earth might be done in only 2-3 turns of roleplay, but a Level 5 such as Rite Of The Shattered Soul could take numerous scenes to prepare for and an entire scene on its own to perform.
Higher level rituals will usually require more time and thought to go into them than lower level rituals, though in turn they offer a proportionally higher chance of success and greater effect. Extensive preparation time can often mean the difference between success and failure.
Some rituals meant to invoke an ability can be performed on groups, but this requires a skilled ritualist, more preparation, and of course, more time. (GM and Wizard discretion.)
Although rituals can be specifically linked to certain Tribes, Breeds, or Auspices (you'll see this in their descriptions), unlike Gifts the limits on learning outside of that Tribe, Breed, or Auspice are not as strict from the point of view of the Wizards. You will, of course, need to find someone of the appropriate group willing to teach you (and convincing them can be no small feat), or if you are applying for a new character with one you need to have a reason in your background for having this ritual which is unusual to your character.
Below are links to all of the rites currently available on GarouMUSH classified by level, and a handy-dandy reference chart showing the number of Rites that can be known by a new character of cliath or higher rank at chargen as per their 'Rites' background. In addition, a new character may take as many Level 0 rites as they have dots in the Rites background.
Rites on GarouMUSHEdit
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