Manipulation is the quality of expressing oneself in ways that get others to agree, even if they don’t necessarily trust the character. Where Charisma brings allegiance, Manipulation brings obedience in the present moment, with or without lasting affiliation. Note that Manipulation isn’t necessarily dishonest: People can and do use rhetorical tricks in the service of causes that they genuinely believe in.
• Poor. You have a hard time sounding sincere even when you are.
•• Average. You can persuade and be persuaded about as easily as anyone else.
••• Good. You’re accustomed to getting your way.
•••• Exceptional. You have the makings of a good preacher or inquisitor.
••••• Outstanding. Your words move all who hear them to aid your cause, and you speak with divine (or demonic) charm.