The Trade Roots Collection. But today the word is most often used to mean an animal carving, usually in stone, which houses the spirit or supernatural qualities of that animal. Native Americans have great reverence for the unseen world, believing everything contains spirit. Fetishes, amulets and talismans are related; all may be used to invoke protection, luck, fertility, abundance and healing. The use of fetishes by Native Americans dates to pre-Columbian times. Fetish use is as prevalent today as then.
Talens are mass produced single use fetishes. While Fetishes are rare items requiring great effort to create, Talens are far more common. Even a fairly inexperienced Garou can create a Talen. Unlike Fetishes, which are permanent until either the Garou releases the spirit or it somehow breaks free, a Talen is a temporary item, usually good for one use only. Talens don't require attunement, but have a limited number of uses just once, unless otherwise specified. A successful Gnosis Challenge retest Primal Urge activates the spirit within a talen.
This is an excellant trading post in the middle of the small town of Zuni. They have a huge We found this place as we drove through Zuni. So glad we stopped.
Such wondrous items are known as fetishes. The owner of a fetish can call upon the spirit within to perform specific tasks, depending on the nature of the vessel and the spirit. Given the multitude of spirits within the Tellurian and the ingenuity of the Garou, fetishes of almost any type imaginable may be created. Werewolves hold great reverence toward fetishes, treating them as honored allies rather than mere tools.