While not a perfect example of alliteration, I thought it was necessary to break away from the naming conventions a little in order to make sure the power fit the archetype. My research into methods Deception ran parallel to my research on Persuasion in an effort to clearly and effectively delineate both skills.

Persuasion is a skill of proactive defense, and is representative of well-informed and carefully-articulated debate. It combines charisma and rhetoric to establish a plan of action, and the delivery of such a plan in a clear and concise manner. Deception may be used in conjunction with Persuasion to control information but both stand alone.

Deception, Persuasion, and Theatrics all have the concept of value in common. Persuasion, as a defensive skill, is used to process or manufacture value. Theatrics, as a supportive skill, is used to share or bestow value. Deception, as an offensive skill, is used to reduce or moderate value — what value is, varies by subject.

As with the Synthesis power of Smiths, so Speakers use Assembly to construct arguments for the betterment of their allies, and to create motivation and purpose. They empower themselves through logic and reason, enthusiasm and devotion.

While I was researching Persuasion, I found a delightful overlap between Speakers and Scribes, in how Academics is used to codify elements, which are then debated and reinforced via Persuasion. Together, the two skills make up the foundations of justice, philosophy, and law. No burgeoning government is complete without one!