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  • #31
    This week's post is about two things; the way I've been running Dragonblooded of the same generation as the Gen 2 PCs in my game, and one of the weapons used by one of their peers.

    I've always been fond of making Dragonblooded's aspects more unique by giving them new powers and changing how their aspects work. It's not the full 'Dragons of Another Color', but rather something like Dragonblooded who are specifically focused on one part of an Elemental Manifestation; such as a Fire Aspect who spews ash rather then flames, or steam rather then fire, or an Air aspect that only really channels Ice or Lightning instead of both. I think things like that make stunts better because they can make you think of how to use your powers in a unique way, and differentiate your character from other Exalts of the same type by how you focus on a specific manifestation of the Element.


    Enhanced Elemental Aspects

    I didn’t realize I should have been unable to do it until I had already done it- Kumari Kawthar

    In the Early Shogunate, Creation’s elements ran rampant. Freed from the bonds of Solars and Lunars, heavy storms, great earthquakes, and massive magma flows struck the world. In it’s own way, this was the creation of the new world of the Dragonblooded, as Creation itself responded to it’s new rulers by making a world more fit for them, releasing it’s powerful elements from the shackles placed upon it. When the first children of the Shogunate and the Empire were born, as their exaltations took place and they came to refine their aspects, some reached not to general, overarching elements, but specific manifestations.

    The first was Kumari Kawthar, the eldest son of Shogun Kumari Nahla. Exalted as a Water Aspect, but in his own way. Exalting within a thousand year storm, the Prince emerged not as purely a Water aspect, but something more. The moniker of Prince of Storms became apt for the eldest child of the Shogun, as he became an element of the Storm and the Monsoon. He could cast lightning bolts from his hand, draw storms into the sky, raise Tsunamis and Hurricanes. He was the first, and once he had done it, those who came after realized, in truth, that they could do so as well. From there, many came forth.

    An Enhanced Elemental Aspect in my game is not a flaw, or a merit, but rather simply something that can be chosen. Only one of the PCs chose to do this; Saibok Zetian played by Omicron, who is a Fire Aspect who primarily focuses on Magma. In the previous Generation, Lioness’ Saibok Corinna mastered Metal as a basis of Earth, but hers was post Exaltation and more referencing the Metal benders in Avatar. When I discuss an enhanced elemental Aspect in this type, I’m referring to a character who Exalted in such a way as to focus on a specific subset of their Aspect.

    Mechanically, this mostly involves slight changes to the character’s elemental charms. I’ll be examining the effect on three character’s charms;

    Kumari Kawthar is a Water Aspect who is Storm Enhanced. His elemental charms are related to thousand year storms, monsoons, and hurricanes.

    Chan Yoko is a Water Aspect who is Bubble Enhanced. Akin to Ceaser from Jojo part 2, her elemental aspect is focused on the slippery nature of bubbles and their reflective properties

    Yan Tu Ansuz is an Air Aspect who is Fog Enhanced. Something like Smoker from One Piece, her elemental aspect is her ability to summon massive clouds of fog, disperse her body, and similar.

    While this generally simply means that there are fluff differences for charms that depend on an elemental aspect, some of them instead have extra effects or can pull special powers out of charms through using their modified Aspect, such as Elemental Bolts which have a different benefit then a standard element. These sometimes come with extra costs if they’re actively increasing the power of the charm versus simply giving it different effects. For charms that let you purchase multiple versions of it, such as Elemental Bolt again, they have their own bolt as their standard one, then may learn other aspected ones from the 5 elements as well. Some examples are listed;

    Kumari Kawthar;

    Blade Deflecting Palm; Kawthar’s version of this charm results in sending electrical shocks into anyone unfortunate enough to touch him; if the triggering attack misses him due to the rerolls, he may pay 1 willpower to immediately respond with a disarm gambit, as their muscles convulse.

    Flying Whirlwind Razor; Kawthar’s variation on the Signature Air Brawl charm is a bolt of lightning shot from his fingertips. Against an opponent who is crashed, he may pay 2a to make it unblockable.

    Elemental Bolt Attack; Kawthar’s Elemental bolt flows like water and strikes like lightning, unable to be avoided. He deals lethal damage and may target any person he knows is within range, ignoring cover or the inability to see them, though he still takes a -3 penalty trying to hit someone he does not know the exact location of.

    Yan Tu Ansuz;

    Elemental Bolt Technique; Ansuz’s Elemental Bolt is a shotgun blast of fog that cleaves opponents out to short or medium range in an arc in front of her. The bolt does bashing damage

    Body-Like-Clouds Meditation; Ansuz’s elemental aspect makes this charm infinitely easy for her to activate; its duration is Indefinite instead of Aura, but it costs 10 motes committed.

    Fist-Spinning Maelstrom; Rather then knocking hit enemies prone, if Ansuz manages to crash an opponent, a haze of fog surrounds her for the next turn, imposing an (Essence) Penalty to all attack rolls against her.

    Chan Yoko

    Elemental Bolt Technique; Yoko’s Elemental Bolt leaves behind bubbles that stick and pester hit opponents even after striking them. An opponent hit by the Elemental bolt rerolls 2 successful 7s on their next attack roll.

    Trail-Blazing Dragon Steed; Rather then creating a bonfire, Yoko leaves behind a trail of slippery bubbles that disorient mounts and gum machinery. Rather then an Environmental Hazard, Opponents must roll (Wits + Ride) against difficulty 4. If they fail, both they and their mount go crashing to the ground, and they are dismounted and prone, taking (Essence) Bashing damage that ignores hardness one time.

    Elemental Concentration Trance; Yoko can meditate at the gleaming reflections in her bubbles, seeing the way that things shift in reflection to understand the truth within them. She may introduce a fact based on anything she captures within the reflection of one of her bubbles, determining a truth through seeing it through a different angle.



    Kismet- Artifact 3 White Jade and Starmetal Longfang
    A spear appropriate for a Hero, Kismet, is a White Jade spear appropriate for those who seek to become renowned and heroic in the world, who want to engrave their own legend into the world and have their stories spread throughout the world. Inappropriate for being thrown, but fantastic for spearmanship, Kismet relies and combines White Jade’s powerful foundation and Starmetal’s interweaving with Fate to make a weapon that makes itself the center of attention, to help prove it’s user appropriate as a hero. It pushes you to seize the moment, to realize when the appropriate time is, and to take it.

    A White Jade Naginata with a starmetal crane engraved upon it ends in a square guard with a spider silk tassel, and the hilt is made of steel and has a starmetal cap upon the end of it.

    The Spear is currently being used by Vellen Katagi, a young Dragonblooded in the South. As he is still inexperienced, he has not yet left his mark on the weapon, and it, and him, are both still growing, as such, only a few Evocations are known.

    Attunement Effect; When using Kismet, the Exalt does not lose Initiative for delaying her action.

    Earth Rumbling Premiere
    Cost; 3m Mins; Essence 1
    Type; Reflexive
    Keywords; None
    Duration; Instant
    Prerequisites; None
    When battle commences, by slamming Kismet into the ground, the Exalt releases a shockwave of force that draws foes towards her. When she rolls join battle, the Exalt may activate this charm. Any opponent whose Join Battle result is lower than the Exalt’s must attack her unless they pay 1 willpower. For each opponent that the Exalt successfully parries in the first round, she gains 1 Initiative.

    Seizing The Moment
    Cost; 2m Mins; Essence 1
    Type; Supplemental
    Keywords; Uniform
    Duration; Instant
    Prerequisites;Earth Rumbling Premiere
    Grasping the thread of fate and the surety of purpose that can come only from the combination of White Jade and Starmetal, the Exalt is led to find her confidence, then use that to buoy her strike at the perfect time. This charm enhances an attack, rerolling one failed dice on the damage roll for each of the following conditions that the character meets;
    • The Exalt has Delayed her action this turn
    • The Exalt is attacking someone who attacked her on the previous turn
    • The Exalt is attacking someone at lower initiative

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    • #32
      Another Game, another post. This one is on Dual Elemental Dragonblooded, as a compliment to Enhanced Aspects, and on the antagonists of this week's Session, a group of Mortwights haunting a Shadowland. I also included my mechanical observations about them.;

      Dual Elemental Dragonblooded

      Dragonblooded generally only ever understand and internalize a single Element. The power of the Elements does not often settle for second place, and thus it is not common or usual for a Dragonblooded to have two Elements in their body. Some may blur the lines between Elements or reach for strange or different explanations of them, but their soul will almost always beat as one dragon.

      But there are exceptions. Monsters and Multi-Headed Dragons who can hold more than one element in their body, or even true abominations who can hold more than two. These are not common, and no Dragonblooded considers such a thing a possibility outside of their most wildest fantasies as a primary school child.

      There is no secret regimon to awaken such powers, it is not a math problem to be solved and codified on how to bring such things to the surface. It is simply a facet of the Dragonblooded that must be called out, or that they naturally awaken to when supremely stressed. They do not casually come to those who try their best, or work their hardest; it is a combination of the inborn ability and the power to do so, rather then simply one or the other. But through Dragonblooded Lineage, there have been factors that have led towards possible identification. The most common is an outlier Dragonblooded; if a Dragonblooded is an Earth Aspect, but her mother and all of her direct descendents are Fire Aspects, it is possible that there’s another Aspect sleeping inside of her.

      A Dual-Aspect Dragonblooded gets several benefits; she may use both of the two Aspect’s Anima powers, even at the same time. Even when she is at Bonfire or higher, she may enter the Aura of either Element, and if she knows any charms that have Elemental variants of her second or further Element, she learns those variants immediately and for free, and similarly learns new Elemental charms the same way.



      Hunting Processes of Mortwights
      Mortwights are not innately of humanoid intelligence, but rather similar to Gorillas, Lions, or Tigers. They are aware of their powers, and at times display an animal cunning. A particularly smart Mortwight, for example, may be aware of the benefits of keeping one member of their pack immaterial, to use their magics to confound opponents in a way that they can not be countered with- outside of magic-, or the benefits of ambush tactics, but this does not mean you can teach one to speak or that they are excellent tacticians; they simply come into existence with the same understanding of their abilities that a Gorilla does their strength of arms, large figure, and heavy fur.

      Mortwight packs are lead by the largest and strongest, and while sometimes these packs can get quite large, the larger packs of Mortwights never wander close to Creation or Shadowlands, instead favoring to live deeper and closer to the Labyrinth. There, they hunt ghosts and the losers of battles, scavenging corpses and the re-dead. A Mortwight grows as long as it eats, and there are theories of truly massive, ancient and powerful Mortwights- creatures that may not even fit the term anymore- that wander the edges of the Labyrinth or even within it’s walls, prowling for food. It is these large packs that force the smaller ones closer to the surface. Small packs rarely have more then a half-dozen of the creatures within them, lead by the largest one. They venture close to Creation, feasting on things in Shadowlands, people who wander into them, and whatever else they can find. Some are even lucky enough to come upon a Hearthstone, which the largest will eat. Such hearthstones eventually burst from the Mortwight’s body on their forehead, giving them access to it’s powers and essence.

      Mortwights Mechanically

      I ran a combat today featuring 3 Mortwights; one slightly stronger than average, one average, and one that couldn’t materialize to use their smoke cloud charm. Against 5 Hatchling DB PCs and an NPC helper, they were soundly dispatched in 2 rounds. I think there were two reasons for this; the most direct is simply numbers. By piling onto one of them they quickly killed it, then turned to the next one they could hurt. This was an expected outcome. But I think they would have lasted longer had they had more than a 5 dice Join Battle roll, which puts them even to the QC Brigands in the book, the lowest of the mortal QCs. This trait of poor Join Battle is mirrored in other Undead. However, for creatures like Mortwights, if you want them to be challenging, I think you need to let them have higher Join Battle. Because their only attack and defense option is a Perilous charm requiring their Initiative to be higher, and their smoke, they need to be able to act early in the round. As these Mortwights rolled low, they were already crashed before they took a turn, meaning Flying Time Technique would have been worthless, and they already had the smoke cloud up. Because of this, they didn’t have any recourse to being destroyed by the Exalt’s excellency charged Decisive attack at the start of round 2, since their Defense is only 5 at base.

      I think if you wanted to make the base Mortwights stronger, I’d raise their accuracies by 2 on their claw, but also increase their Join Battle to at least 8. They need to go early, and they need to be ahead. This still wouldn’t make them able to beat most people (Solars will always destroy them because they can easily negate the smoke cloud), but they’d probably be able to survive a round or two even with bad rolls.

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      • #33
        GHOMYNIAD (****)


        The Spear That Destroys All Opposition; Artifact 4 White Jade and Orichalcum Direlance

        Accuracy +1, Damage +14, Defense +0, Overwhelming 5, Attunement 5, Lethal, Bashing, Melee, Piercing, Smashing, Reaching, Two-Handed

        Ghomyniad is a massive lance that is almost impossible to lift, much less use, one handed. A weapon designed to destroy, it was made as large as possible to insure that it could pierce and shatter even the toughest of hides and thickest of armors. The massive weight of the weapon means that even though it only has a single pointed edge, the huge pillar can crush and smash with heavy blows without having to thrust.

        Once, there was a miracle substance blessed by the hands of Ancients, before Time and before Space. Akin to liquid gold, this miracle liquid could be made into anything; a drop would feed a man for life, a cup could create life, a barrel would end all war. But like all things of mystery and power, it could not be created multiple times, and the liquid eventually ran dry; for it would not be so powerful if it was plentiful, as that would destroy it’s mystery. The very last drops of this precious liquid were placed in a temple for reverence of this miracle item; a place to contemplate the mysteries of the world and the inner self.

        When Thornbiter the Crimson burned the temple, it was in search of the last bottle of this mystery liquid, he did not find it, as an acolyte spirited it away from the burning temple under the cover of darkness. When he returned the next day, the acolyte found only smouldering ruins where once had been a place of meditation. Filled with righteous indignation that such a liquid, and only a few drops, could destroy so much, he gathered a marble pillar that had once held aloft the great temple, and poured the liquid into the middle of it, then shaped one side into a lance point and the other into a handle. Taken by the emotions of the one who made it, the lance became empowered as the final act of the final drop of the liquid, birthing Ghomyniad, a weapon that seeks to destroy the foes of it’s master. From this conception until the current day, Ghomyniad’s powers of destruction and assault have often been written about and romanticized; from it’s obliteration of the Garrison of the Burning Hills to the creation of the Sapphire Lake Valley, Ghomyniad is written of almost reverently in it’s ability to destroy with it’s brilliant, scalding lance-head strikes.

        When the miracle liquid within the core of Ghomyniad awakens, the lance begins to glow as if with infinite light from within it, as spirals of energy encircle the lance like the threads of a drill. In this awakened form, Ghomyniad becomes the spear of legend talked about in plays and poems, able to strike the world and rend it asunder.

        Ghomyniad requires Strength 4 or to be equipped to a Warstrider or it counts as an improvised weapon and the character can not learn any Evocations from it

        Attunement Effect; The only Evocation Ghomyniad can use at the start of a scene is Heaven Shattering Spike. After crashing an opponent in a scene, Ghomyniad begins to spiral, and the rest of its Evocations activate.

        Heaven Shattering Spike
        Cost; 4m, 4i Mins;Essence 1
        Type; Supplemental
        Keywords; Withering-Only
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; None
        The pillar of the world shatters the boundary of Heaven and Earth. When supplementing a Withering attack, the character turns a number of dice equal to their extra successes on the attack roll into automatic successes, up to their Overwhelming.\
        Special Rules; This Evocation is learned automatically when the character first attunes to Ghomyniad.

        Horizon Spanning Obliteration
        Cost; 3i Mins; Essence 1
        Type;Supplemental
        Keywords; Decisive-Only
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; Heaven Shattering Spike
        The light that is born from the heavenly substance and the wish of destruction sunders all that stands before it. The Supplemented Decisive attack doubles 10s on the damage roll.
        Special Rules; This Evocation is learned automatically when the character first unleashes the light within Ghomyniad.

        Castle Shattering Spiral
        Cost; 5m or 5i, 1wp Mins; Essence 1
        Type;Supplemental
        Keywords;None
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; Heaven Shattering Spike
        Castle crumble and fall like the ancient monastery, for destruction begets destruction, and the infinite light is without judgement or compassion, existing only to obliterate. This charm enhances a feat of demolition, adding (Essence) to the character’s to the Character’s Strength for the purposes of seeing if they qualify, and adding (Essence) non charm dice to the roll.

        League Spanning Light Strike
        Cost; 3m Mins;Essence 1
        Type; Supplemental
        Keywords;Uniform
        Duration;Instant
        Prerequisites;Horizon Spanning Obliteration
        The reach of Ghomyniad is truly great, and when the light of the spiral surges down the spear, it stretches further, as none are safe from the spear’s light of destruction. The attack supplemented by this charm can reach out to short range

        Unsheathed Light of the World
        Cost; - Mins; Essence 1
        Type; Permanent
        Keywords; None
        Duration; Permanent
        Prerequisites; Horizon Spanning Obliteration, Summoning the Loyal Steel or Elemental Sheath or Equivalent
        When pulled from the Anima of the Exalt, Ghomyniad lends some of its infinite light to its wielder, giving them a fragment of the luminous Essence hidden within it. This charm is active at all times, and ignores the requirements to begin spinning Ghomyniad. When the Exalt retrieves Ghomyniad using the prerequisite charms, she increases her Initiative by 3, and may raise her anima by one level.

        Infinite Destruction Engine
        Cost; 3m, 6i Mins; Essence 2
        Type;Supplemental
        Keywords; Decisive-Only
        Duration;Instant
        Prerequisites;Horizon Spanning Obliteration
        The light of Ghomyniad reigns until the end of the world, at times it can eclipse even the Sun itself, shining upon the land in a cleansing nova of destruction. This charm makes 6s a success on a Decisive damage roll, and increases the Overwhelming of Ghomyniad by 1 for each time it is used in a scene, up to a maximum additional bonus of the Character’s (Essence)

        Light that Pierces the Heavens
        Cost;3i, 1wpMins; Essence 2
        Type;Supplemental
        Keywords;Withering-Only
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; Heaven Shattering Spike
        Ghomyniad and it’s infinite light strike an opponent in two distinct timings; the extended spiral of the blade slices through their defenses before the actual lance connects with their body, forcing the powerful light into them. The supplemented Withering attack halves the opponent’s defense before the character rolls their attack roll. This charm may only be used once per scene but is reset by performing an Initiative Shift.
        Resonant;A Resonant wielder counts 6s on the damage roll as a success when using this charm.

        Legion Splitting Sunder
        Cost; 2m, 2i Mins;Essence 2
        Type;Supplemental
        Keywords; Dual
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; League Spanning Light Strike
        Even armies fall before the spear that destroys all opposition; as when it left the Garrison of the Burning Hills a smoking, blasted crater, the reckoning of the spear is passed down without remorse. This charm enhances an attack against a battle group, immediately forcing them to roll for rout after being struck. In addition, on a decisive attack, it inflicts another automatic level of damage for every 10 on the damage roll, to a maximum of 4.

        Foe Piercing Heavenly Drill
        Cost; 4m, 1wp Mins; Essence 2
        Type; Simple
        Keywords; Decisive-Only
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; League Spanning Light Strike
        Ghomyniad strikes down one foe on it’s way to the next, piercing an opponent and running them through even as the Exalt and the spear aim to their true target, intent to impale them upon the spear. This charm creates a pair of decisive attacks, one aimed at a foe in close range, and one at a foe in short range. The character moves during the attack and finishes next to the foe in short range. Initiative is divided evenly, but for each 1 or 10 in the damage roll on the first opponent, add 1 to the decisive damage of the second opponent.

        Titan Splitting Thrust
        Cost; 3i Mins; Essence 2
        Type; Supplemental
        Keywords; Uniform
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; Horizon Spanning Obliteration
        Once, the Spear of Destruction was wielded by the warrior Sevenfold Skies, and with the lance’s spiral might unveiled, Sevenfold Skies took to fight a great behemoth, and pierced it’s hide with the glowing spear as easily as it smashed the countryside and destroyed armies. The supplemented attack ignores the benefits of Legendary Size on an opponent, but only for the purposes of damage.

        Overwhelming Twirling Absorption
        Cost; 4m, 1wp Mins; Essence 3
        Type;Reflexive
        Keywords; Decisive-Only, Clash
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; Foe Splitting Heavenly Drill
        Lesser blades and blows are caught within the whirlpool of the swirling light of the infinite spear of Ghomyniad, blowing past their own paltry blows and turning them into further power for it’s ruinous light. This charm creates a Clash attack against a Decisive attack, where the character uses her own Initiative. If she successfully beats her opponent, she steals a number of points of Initiative equal to her extra successes which is immediately added to her damage roll. This does not count as her action for the turn, but may only be used once per scene, resetting when the character gets to 20+ Initiative.

        Giant Toppling Scourge-Strike
        Cost; 6m, 3i Mins; Essence 3
        Type; Supplemental
        Keywords; Withering-Only
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; Titan Splitting Thrust
        Ghomyniad can pierce mountains and beasts that make mountains look like anthills; there is no such thing as an immovable object when the unstoppable force of destruction soars through the earth, sky, and sea, leaving ruin in its wake. The Withering attack this charm supplements rerolls 1s until they fail to appear on it’s damage roll, and against creatures with Legendary Size, dealing over 10 levels of damage on the attack will knock them prone

        Embodied Wish of Destruction
        Cost; 5m, 2i Mins; Essence 3
        Type; Supplemental
        Keywords;Decisive-Only
        Duration;Instant
        Prerequisites; Infinite Destruction Engine
        Channeling her desire to destroy her opponents into the miracle liquid within the pillar of Ghomyniad, reality becomes supplanted by the wish of destruction, as the weight and the light of Ghomyniad is unleashed to shine to the ends of Creation. This charm enhances a decisive attack, allowing extra successes to add to the raw damage up to a maximum of the weapon’s Overwhelming, and allowing the Exalt to raise her Anima banner by 1 stage.

        Shining Pillar of Eternal Aurora
        Cost;7m, 2a Mins; Essence 4
        Type; Reflexive
        Keywords;None
        Duration; Instant
        Prerequisites; Embodied Wish of Destruction
        Channeling her own Anima into the spiral of Ghomyniad, the Exalt, for a moment, becomes the avatar of destructive Essence, as she forces the spiral to intensify in strength for an instant. After successfully striking an opponent with a Decisive Attack, the Exalt may activate this charm to avoid resetting to Base Initiative, instead only losing Initiative equal to the amount of dice that rolled successes on the damage roll. This enhanced Initiative only lasts for one round before the character resets to base Initiative.

        Illuminated Spear that Changes The World
        Cost;4m, 10i, 1wp Mins; Essence 5
        Type;Simple
        Keywords; Decisive-Only
        Duration;Instant
        Prerequisites;Shining Pillar of Eternal Aurora
        The wish of destruction from within the spear of obliteration causes it to erupt with the light of a new world, a wave of obliteration and rebirth that causes massive changes in the landscape. Driving the spear forward, a single drop of the heavenly liquid frees itself from the centrifuge of the spear, then erupts forward into an infinite font of light. This charm can only be used against an opponent who is crashed. The Exalt may move up to 3 range bands in a straight line before making the attack, which creates a single decisive attack that is Undodgeable, with 10 automatic levels of damage. In addition to the massive amount of damage, the infinite light of the spear uproots and changes the world before the Exalt, as a single drop of the miracle liquid in the center erupts from the tip of the spear. It may cause a desert to erupt into a blooming field, turn a lake into a mountain, or otherwise drastically change the world, even in a way that is utterly impossible for the circumstances. Using this charm causes Ghomyniad to stop spinning, and rather then resetting to base Initiative, the character instead Crashes to 0 Initiative if it is successful. This charm may only be used once per Story, and the Dawn Anima can not reset it.
        Last edited by Flare; 08-31-2018, 08:47 PM.

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        • #34
          GLORYBRINGER (****)


          Breaker of Beasts; Artifact 4 Orichalcum Grand Daiklave

          Accuracy +1, Damage +14, Defense +0, Overwhelming 6, Attunement 5, Lethal, Melee, Balanced, Reaching, Two-Handed, Improvised

          A massive weapon that dwarfs even other Grand Daiklaves, Glorybringer looks more like it would fit in the hand of a Warstrider then the grip of a normal Exalted. Elegant yet brutal, it has several tassels that sway in the wind attached to it’s heavy grip, and the blade is carved in pleasing looking patterns. Even the mightiest of Exalts have trouble lifting this sword, even when attuned; though it can be carried over the shoulder or drug behind them, actually lifting and swinging it requires incredible exertion.

          The weapon’s origins are mostly shrouded in mystery. It would have required the fortune of an empire to make this weapon; simply the cost of the sheer amount of Orichalcum within the weapon would have driven many economies into ruin. The heat required from the forges and the fuels from them would have run the landscape dry and scorched the land to a desert. The engravings would have taken a master artisan a lifetime to delicately scratch and mold the Orichalcum into shape, and the silken tassels would have taken a hundred years to find such perfect strands and a decade to weave them. If the weapon is named Glorybringer, then perhaps it was the last gasp of a Civilization as it descended into darkness, one final attempt and offering to bring them to glory. But the fact that so little is known about it probably makes it clear what the end result of such an attempt was.

          Despite its shrouded creation, Glorybringer has done much to live up to it’s own name. A weapon that is fantastic for hunting hellish beasts and great monsters, the weight of the weapon allows it to slice through hides of beasts and magical materials like butter, when the weapon can be effectively swung, anyway. It is much simpler in it’s applications then other Orichalcum weapons; it does not summon volcanos or thunderstorms or shine with the light of the sun. It is simply a heavy, effective cutting weapon that, if it can be wielded appropriately, is made for a Solar to use as an extension of their body.

          Attunement Effect; While using Glorybringer, each point of Initiative lost to the Improvised tag on the weapon increases the character’s Withering and Decisive damage by 1 point. This stacks to a maximum of (5 + Character’s Essence).

          Weight of Glory
          Cost; 5m Mins;Essence 1
          Type; Reflexive
          Keywords; None
          Duration; One Scene
          Prerequisites; None
          There is always a warm-up period when using Glorybringer, before the Exalt enters into her full power. When the character recovers from Crash through any means while wielding Glorybringer, she may activate this charm, removing the Improvised penalty from Glorybringer for the rest of combat and increasing her base Initiative by 3.
          Special Rules; Weight of Glory may be learned reflexively for no cost the first time the Exalt would be able to activate it.

          Strength of Nations Technique
          Cost; +1wp Mins; Essence 1
          Type;Permanent
          Keywords; None
          Duration; Permanent
          Prerequisites; Weight of Glory, Increasing Strength Exercise
          The mighty can lift the greatest of burdens. When the Character activates Weight of Glory, she may pay 1 willpower to also reflexively activate Increasing Strength Exercise.

          Flowering Saxifragales Whirlwind
          Cost; +4i Mins; Essence 2
          Type;Permanent
          Keywords;None
          Duration; Permanent
          Prerequisites; Weight of Glory, Peony Blossom Technique
          The massive swings of Glorybringer can bring devastation to multiple foes in a single swing. This charm enhances Peony Blossom Technique; when Weight of Glory is active, adding the cost of this charm to Peony Blossom Technique allows the character to attack two opponents with the same attack roll.

          Hellfire and Earthquake Strike
          Cost; +2i Mins;Essence 2
          Type; Permanent
          Keywords;None
          Duration;Permanent
          Prerequisites;Weight of Glory, Fire and Stones Strike
          Crashing down with all her force and might, the Exalt can crater even demons and giants with the massive blade of Glorybringer. This charm enhances Fire and Stones Strike while Weight of Glory is active. By adding 2i to the cost, she may increase the maximum amount of damage dice added through Fire and Stones strike by the bonus she has from the Attunement effect of Glorybringer. Each dot bought over the Character’s strength costs 2 motes instead of one, however.

          Apex Predator Mein
          Cost; 4m Mins; Essence 2
          Type; Reflexive
          Keywords; None
          Duration; Instant
          Prerequisites; Weight of Glory, Tiger's Dread Symmetry
          The terrifying light of the Solar and the brilliant edge of Glorybringer threaten even armies with infinite downfall. When activating Weight of Glory, the Exalt may also activate this charm, granting herself a free intimidate action against all foes in the scene. For any opponent who is successfully intimidated, they lose two Initiative, which the Exalt gains from up to (Essence) opponents.

          Unbreakable Iron Concentration
          Cost; +3i Mins; Essence 2
          Type;Permanent
          Keywords; Decisive-Only
          Duration;Permanent
          Prerequisites;Weight of Glory, Durability of Oak Meditation
          Hardening her body like the gleaming gold of Glorybringer, the Exalt stands strong against the strikes even of great monsters and demons. When the character activates Durability of Oak Meditation against a Decisive attack while in Weight of Glory, she may add her damage boost from the Attunement effect of Glorybringer to her Hardness, in addition to the +4 from the actual charm. This may only be used once per scene, but is reset by building Initiative to 20+. An Essence 3 repurchase allows her to pay a 1 willpower surcharge to add the bonus damage from Increasing Strength Exercise to the gained Hardness.

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          • #35
            Slothklave!
            Is Apex Predator Mein supposed to be Reflexive or Permanent? Since it seems to be keyed off of Weight of Glory activating, I can see the case for big fuckoff sword providing additional intimidate actions whenever you want too though.


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            • #36
              Originally posted by Lioness View Post
              Slothklave!
              Is Apex Predator Mein supposed to be Reflexive or Permanent? Since it seems to be keyed off of Weight of Glory activating, I can see the case for big fuckoff sword providing additional intimidate actions whenever you want too though.
              It keys off the activation of Weight of Glory, meaning that it's a Reflexive charm used at that point. A possibly upgrade I could see would be allowing you to activate additional intimidation actions whenever you crash an opponent or decisively damage them, adding the resulting bonus Initiative to your Base pool.

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              • #37
                Somewhat late this time.

                I usually post stuff at the same time I am running my game, but the stuff I'm making is generally at least vaguely relevant to the game I'm running. However, the last two weeks haven't really involved the supernatural; one was the cool-down period post adventure, while the current story is a murder mystery on a train with limited to no supernatural elements. Because of that, there was not much to write about for the purposes of this thread, as I was writing stuff for a couple of other games that I wouldn't feel right sharing stuff from. However, I did have this artifact I've been working on for a bit.
                The Lock and The Key, Artifact 3 Starmetal Paired Short Daiklave and Buckler

                The Key; Accuracy +5, Damage +10, Defense +0, Overwhelming 4, Attunement 5; Lethal, Melee, Balanced, Piercing

                The Lock; Accuracy +3, Damage +10, Defense +1, Overwhelming 4, Attunement 0; Bashing, Melee, Shield, Smashing

                Starmetal taken from a section of stars that passed through the House of Secrets, the Lock and Key is a combination artifact of a starmetal short sword and buckler. The sword- the Key- has several prongs like a key pushing off the edge of the blade, while the buckler- The Lock- has a slot behind it to slide the Key into, and is somewhat unremarkable in base appearance, appearing to have a leather cover over the front. When the Key is inserted and turned, however, the leather covering springs open to reveal a set of mirrors, that reflects whatever is viewed in it infinitely; each pane of the mirror is made to reflect a different panel within the shield, making a disconcerting, infinite series of reflections

                The Lock and The Key have been used to seal away demons and songs, to reflect the truth and distort lies, and any other number of uses. Within the infinite prism of mirrors hidden within The Lock could be ancient secrets, hidden mysteries, and strange powers.

                Attunement Effect; The user of The Lock and The Key may shine it’s mirror at an opponent. For the use of any charm that requires physical touch, by paying 1 willpower, the character may instead use the medium of the mirror to attempt to land the attack; this extends it’s Range to Short, and allows them to use Melee instead of Martial Arts or Brawl to touch an opponent. If it is a Gambit, it reduces the difficulty of the gambit by 2.

                Unlocking Secrets Edge
                Cost; 4i Mins; Essence 1
                Type; Supplemental
                Keywords; Decisive-Only
                Duration; Instant
                Prerequisites; None
                The Key does more then unlock the mirror shield; it pries out secrets and information from unwilling targets as much as it does their blood and flesh. This charm supplements a decisive attack, rerolling 1s on the damage roll once. If the character successfully damages the opponent, she learns one of the opponent’s intimacies; a minor for 1 level, a major for 2 levels, and a defining for 3. Extra levels of damage wrap; so for 4 levels of damage, the character learns 1 defining intimacy and one minor intimacy.

                Stolen Face Mirror
                Cost; 4m, Mins; Essence 1
                Type; Supplemental
                Keywords; Withering-Only
                Duration; Instant
                Prerequisites;None
                Catching the face of a foe in the infinite spiral, that person’s visage is forever sealed away in the swirling mirrors of The Lock. This charm supplements a Withering attack, rerolling 1s on the damage roll once. If this charm successfully crashes an opponent, their visage is trapped within The Lock. While their face is held in The Lock, the characters gets 3 non-charm bonus dice to all rolls to make a disguise impersonating the person. The Lock may hold up to (Essence or 3, whichever is higher) faces in it’s depths, and when going over that amount, the character chooses which one to discard.

                Revelation of the True Self
                Cost; 5m, 1wp Mins; Essence 2
                Type; Simple
                Keywords; None
                Duration; Instant
                Prerequisites; Unlocking Secrets Edge
                Casting the gaze of The Lock outwards, and revealing the fractured infinity of the foe’s facade, the Exalt rips a secret from the loom of fate. This charm is a simple action that may be placed within a Flurry, requiring a (Dexterity + Melee) roll to catch the opponent in the Lock’s gaze. If they succeed, they may immediately declare a fact about their opponent. The nature of the fact should be determined with the Storyteller, but should revolve around the character themselves rather than their circumstances. Revealing a Geas that prevents the character from killing foes, their hatred of a specific set of beings, or a curse of death or their bane, for instance, but not revealing a secret child or similar.

                Shattered Broken Shards
                Cost; 5i, 2a Mins; Essence 2
                Type; Reflexive
                Keywords; Decisive-Only
                Duration; Instant
                Prerequisites;Stolen Face Mirror
                The Mirror of The Lock reflects an infinite prism of an oncoming strike, and with an explosion of shards of glass, even the force of the weapon is diverted and reflected into itself over and over again, until it dissipates uselessly. In response to a Decisive attack, the Exalt may remove levels of damage up to her (Essence) after they are rolled. This charm may only be used once per scene.

                Lost in the Chasm of Mirrors
                Cost; 10m, 1wp Mins; Essence 3
                Type; Simple
                Keywords; None
                Duration; Instant
                Prerequisites; Revelation of the True Self, Shattered Broken Shards
                Even ephemeral things can be lost within the infinite reflections of The Lock. This charm creates a Gambit against a foe, with a special cost- some examples are listed below-. If the character succeeds, then she successfully locks the object she stole into The Lock, where she may free it whenever she wishes, or hold it indefinitely with no commitment. She also gains benefits when referencing the stolen objects in stunts. Regaining a treasure placed within The Lock requires defeating the opponent in a Competition or similar, but for Exalts with appropriate anti-tampering charms that protect them from powerful alterations, they may discover a different cure.

                Difficulty 3; Stealing things such as a maiden’s laugh, a man’s smile, or the light from one’s eyes, the Exalt may call upon her stolen treasure to increase the rating of a stunt she makes from 1 to 2 so long as she describes using the stolen treasure.

                Difficulty 5; Stealing things such as memories or skills, the Sidereal may steal a week’s worth of memories for each success over the difficulty, or lower one Ability of a foe by a point for each success over the difficulty. The lost ability dots regenerate one point per week.

                Difficulty 7; Stealing the Soul of a Warrior, the Heart of a Demon, the Mind of a God, or the Evocations of an Artifact, the Exalt may gain any number of strange powers from this. In the case of a stolen Evocation, she may immediately learn it as an Evocation for The Lock and The Key, changing it’s thematics to fit as needed.

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                • #38
                  While I have infinite issues with Rakan Thulio's existence, I think the Getimians are incredibly fertile design space, when they aren't being the faceless Ork Army of a super powered Game Line NPC. Because I dislike the idea of writing off an entire splat just beacuse of one poor example, and because there has been a fairly significant instance in a game I play in where Rakan Thulio rather cratered it, I felt like I wanted to write something about Getimians that reminded me of both why I like their concept, and as a chance to show what I like about the idea of Getimians.


                  There are stories you know, and then there are stories that happened.

                  All, even in the Age of the Shogun, know of Meiji the Greater, who met the 10,000 Hell Blades on the Bridge of Bloody Tears, who held off the 10,000 Blades by relying on the benefit of the Bridge’s narrow walkway. The fall of the Kingdom of Azta by Jodai the Lesser, paving the way for the creation of many great Heroes as a great power in the world was shattered. And all know of the sorrow of Huang of the Bronze Scales, a great champion of compassion, care, and skill, who fell to the dark whispers of Haybel the Thinker, before being defeated- though some often claim his gentle nature shown through and allowed him to be killed-, a sad day for all.

                  But none speak of Meiji the Greater, who met the 10,000 Hell Blades on the Bridge of Bloody Tears, a major concourse in the area, and a bridge wide enough for two carts to pass, those making it impossible for him to hold the line.

                  None speak of Jodai’s successful rebellion where he became the King of Azta rather then dissolving it, maintaining it’s regional hegemony and leading the world in to a brilliant Age of Diamonds.

                  And none know of how Huang of the Bronze Scales turned away from Haybel the thinker, leading to his frustrated peer, Shandily the Mighty, to listen instead, and how his hunger for power turned him into a demon that could not be defeated.

                  Sidereals are but one half of a coin.

                  In ages past, there was another side of it; where Sidereals tended the flowers, they pruned the unneeded sections of them.

                  In the context of History; not the History of a single world, but the History of every single version of the world, there are those strands that must be pruned to maintain the effective world history, the rotten branches and leaves where the history and future of that branch became a Divergence; too far away from the median of the world and thus causing issues within the existence of other worlds. By pruning the Divergences, these gardeners prevented bubbles upon the strands of fate where such rotten branches and leaves drifted into other versions of the world, draining them of life and Diverging them as well.

                  These pruners were called the Getimians. While the Sidereals handled the fate of the World Within, the Getimians handled the fate of the World Without. The two Fate manipulating Exalted often found companionship in each other; they understood each other’s burdens, they found themselves fast friends, and they often formed connections and understood each other in ways that others would not. In the time of the War against the Enemies of the Gods, the Getimian pruned bad futures and rotten branches; while the SIdereals wove great workings to bless the other chosen to the best paths, the Getimian prevented the worst of the paths from ever being possible, continuing the survival of humanity. When the war was over and the Sidereals and the Getimians standardized the fate of their worlds; to ensure there would not be any aggressive ripples or reprisals from ill futures, the Getimians themselves faded away; aware that their presence could be used by those with great ambitions to try and convince them to prune futures where those ambitions did not come to pass, they slowly faded away to tend to the worlds from the outside in, and in those hidden walkways no one could follow them.
                  But as time went on, the rotten branches of human History slowly started to bubble into Looms, requiring the Sidereals to add to their burden to sort them out. This spoke poorly of the fate of the Getimian, but without anyway to follow their brothers in the hidden walkways, the Sidereals could do nothing more then carry on their paths; to protect and maintain the Loom. And before long, the Getimian were all but forgotten by all but the most ancient.

                  For someone to bring them back would be a source of joy to the Sidereals, who often feel as if they are missing the other side of their coin, but to put them against each other, no matter the cause, would be the work of a horrendous devil worthy of no redemption or acceptance, appropriate only to be consigned to nothingness.

                  The Getimians

                  Getimians draw their power from possibility rather then fate. This is in time with fate; it is not breaking of fate to do the impossible, but rather to understand that within one’s fate, you can accomplish many possibilities, and finding the one that is the best for them to do.

                  The reason Getimians can travel the hidden ways, and the reason they can exist without a connection to a loom, is a dark secret and makes it difficult for them to associate with others; the Getimians themselves come from pruned timelines lost due to their Divergence, the last survivors of entire worlds, the Loom of that world enshrined in their very soul. Not every Getimian remembers their lost timeline, or all of it; some remember every single moment, and are angry or sad that their timeline was considered ‘rotten’- as, after all, timelines can be pruned for both good divergence or bad divergence-, while others remember only their names. But all are understanding of the burden placed upon them, and instinctively tend to divergent timelines. The burden is hard on them, but the Getimians are not immune to understanding what they do, and this is why they were bound to Sidereals by their unknown patron; so that they might always have someone to be a shoulder to cry on.

                  A Getimian in Play

                  A Getimian as an NPC or a PC may have strange thoughts about the world about them or not quite understand the terms they are in. A Getimian might be confused why the Scarlet Empress wasn’t a Lunar, or how Dragonbloded exist when they were all devoured by the ruthless Apex species brought about by a hateful lingering will. Their existence may be slightly less confused than that, however; they may instead ask why there are no trains in Creation, or wear strange clothes from an unknown, non-existent culture. But they are rarely so utterly alien as to be unable to survive in their new world, as they are as adaptable as they are strong of will.
                  The idea of a Getimian in play, as a player or an npc, should not be forced to acknowledge Divergences and the idea of parallel universes. Getimians are just as capable of solving Fate Glitches and maintaining a single Creation as a wider focus, and a Stranger in a Strange Land can play out without making it required that they return to their own home location, even though they may long for it. The game should not warp around Divergences just because of a Getimian PC or NPC, unless the players and the storyteller agree upon it.

                  Example Getimians in Media

                  JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; Funny Valentine; With his ability to pull different versions of himself or others to assist him, the ability to send others to other timelines, and his ability to escape between ‘gaps’ in perception, Funny Valentine’s strange powers can represent a Getimian who may be using his natural charms, or something like Obsidian Shards of Infinity Style as seen through their ability to wander walkways across Divergences.

                  Fringe; The idea of two competing parallel universes is not necessarily required by Getimians, who should be able to function just as well maintaining a singular Creation, but the concept of how seemingly insignificant choices in your life can make you a totally different person is fertile ground to explore both as a Getimian PC meeting the version of you that lives in Creation or a Getimian NPC who is the same person as a treasured individual for a PC, but ever so slightly different.

                  Sliders; Going through Divergences might resemble Sliders more than anything; passing through many worlds that aren’t significantly different rather then expecting massive changes every time.


                  In my game, the group encountered a Fate Glitch involving one of these pruned worlds intruding on their own Creation. Lioness described it as 'Warhammer Creation', a violent place where there are no Exalted and every person in the world is considered the property of the only 'Human', the Diamond Emperor Jodai, caught in an eternal war to try and maintain a Creation where the Gods and their Creators both perished in a War. With the help of a Sidereal and Lioness' character mastering their language and using it to negotiate, they managed to convince them to shut down their portal to protect their own Creation. But due to Arcane Fate, the truth of what they did has vanished from their minds, and they don't remember the Sidereal that assisted them or the Men of Diamond themselves.
                  Last edited by Flare; 03-08-2019, 04:42 PM.

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                  • #39
                    Posting three artifacts today. All three were used by NPCs during my player's most recent story; two Dragonblooded, Madomo Sawao and Teresu Dinah, and the Sidereal Khutulun- named for the Mongolian princess-. Khutulun's is in this post, then the next two are in the next two posts.

                    Diy’s Temerity - Artifact 4 Starmetal Grand Grimcleaver

                    Heavy Weapon; Accuracy +1, Damage +14, Defense +0, Overwhelming 5, Attunement: 5. Tags: Lethal, Melee, Chopping, Reaching, Two-Handed

                    Diy was an ancient Goddess of Travel who blazed trails for mortals to follow. A Goddess of pathways and secret roads, she always was the first into uncharted lands, leaving trails for mortals and animals to turn into paths, streets, and hollows. A favorite of both the Maiden of Journeys and the Maiden of Serenity, she would race Mercury across the plains and take Venus down hidden roads. Even her Star followed her footsteps, streaking across the sky and dancing between the constellations, ever fleet of foot and ever looking for new horizons.

                    When her Star became bored of the heavens, it fell to the earth, faster than any other did it dip towards the ground and then skid across the earth, never content to stop. The star continued its dash across Creation, cheerfully exploring new horizons, mostly heedless of those it harmed, until the Sidereal Thousand Willow Branches leapt upon it and wrangled it. For 108 days and 108 nights the Sidereal grasped the fallen star as it danced across all of Creation, ricocheting off of the Pole of Earth, sweeping wide around The Valley of Broken Shadows, and finally coming to a stop, as Thousand Willow Branches managed to calm it down for long enough to forge the comet into the skeleton of an axeblade. Once the star’s forging was begun, it calmed down long enough to have a cold steel haft and the wrapping of lion’s skin for a handle, dyed vibrant blue. Named Diy’s Temerity, the axe carried its component’s desires to explore new horizons, practically vibrating with anticipation of being used, and so it has been passed between many Sidereals as a weapon favored by younger Sidereals who need a guiding, experienced hand in keeping them safe.

                    Traveling Star Sling
                    Cost; 4m Mins; Essence 1
                    Type; Simple
                    Keywords; Dual, Resonant
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; None
                    Drawing on the excitement of Diy’s Temerity, the Sidereal hefts her massive Axe...and hurls it through the air like a projectile. And somehow it works, the massive axe whistling through the air. This charm creates a Ranged attack using Diy’s Temerity. It classifies as a Ranged weapon for Accuracy, with a Range of (Short). It may be rolled with either Melee or Thrown. If the opponent has not seen the Exalt throw Diy’s Temerity before and has no reasonable idea to expect that it can be used this way, they suffer the Unexpected Attack Penalty of -2 to Defense. On a Withering Attack, the Exalt rerolls 1s on the damage roll once, while on a Decisive attack, up to (Essence) extra successes are added to the damage roll. Diy’s Temerity does not return to the character’s hand after throwing, requiring it to be picked up and re-readied.
                    Resonant; A Resonant Exalt may add a 4m, 1wp surcharge to extend the range of the throw out to Medium range. If this is the Exalt’s first action in Combat, they do not need to aim, but otherwise they must aim as normal.
                    Special Activation Rules; An Exalt automatically awakens this Evocation for no cost when they roll Join Battle with Diy’s Temerity for the first time.

                    Falling Comet Flourish
                    Cost; 4m Mins; Essence 1
                    Type; Supplemental
                    Keywords; Dual
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; None
                    Charging across the battlefield and slicing even the winds as the axe falls, the Exalt relies on Diy’s Temerity to take her to where she needs to be. This charm enhances an attack made after a Rush or other movement action. It suffers no penalties for being flurried if it was flurried, and the damage roll doubles (Athletics) 9s on a Withering attack, or (Athletics) 10s on a Decisive attack. If the movement action moves the Exalt closer to Diy’s Temerity, they may activate this charm to supplement an attack that does not actually use Diy’s Temerity.

                    Dancing Axe Blade
                    Cost; 3m Mins; Essence 1
                    Type; Reflexive
                    Keywords; Uniform
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; None
                    With the Exalt engaged in the fury of combat, Diy’s Temerity makes her wielder almost impossible to hit. Against an attack by an opponent the Exalt attacked on her last turn, her opponent takes a -3 penalty to their attack roll.

                    Safety on Untraveled Roads
                    Cost; 3m Mins; Essence 1
                    Type; Indefinite
                    Keywords; None
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; None
                    Like Diy herself, the Exalt travels roads before men have civilized them, and thus she needs protection from the winds and wilds. Calling on the Travel Goddess’ legend, she cloaks herself in certainty that she will not be harmed. She gains a specialty in Resisting the Environment for whatever environment she’s in, and so long as the trials and tribulations she is having to undertake are the results of natural wilds or wylds, instead of active sabotage or plots, she rerolls all 1s on Survival rolls until they fail to appear.

                    Arrant Rushing Star
                    Cost; 2m, 2i Mins; Essence 2
                    Type; Supplemental
                    Keywords; Resonant
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; Traveling Star Sling
                    So long as the Exalt trusts that Diy’s Temerity is going where she needs to go, she will find her path unimpeded by barriers or foes, as she rushes to grasp the handle of the axe and continue her battle. This charm enhances a Rush or Disengage towards Diy’s Temerity, granting 1 success to the Exalt’s total for up to (Essence) 1s rolled by any opponent opposing her.
                    Resonant; a Resonant Exalt may reflexively arm herself with Diy if she successfully completes the Rush or Disengage.

                    Heedless Comet Crash
                    Cost; 4m, 1wp Mins; Essence 2
                    Type; Supplemental
                    Keywords; None
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; Traveling Star Sling
                    Barreling forward in a corona of essence, the Exalt stands steadfast against the horrors that array themselves against Humanity, always in front of those in need of protection. When rolling Join Battle, the Exalt may reroll 6 failed dice.

                    Slicing Comet Swirl
                    Cost; 4m Mins; Essence 2
                    Type; Supplemental
                    Keywords; Resonant, Withering-Only
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; Falling Comet Flourish
                    With a twirl, and a decision to let Diy’s Temerity take the reins for an instant, the Exalt leaves a path of destruction, holding onto her weapon to be dragged around with it. This charm supplements a Withering attack, adding 1 die to her Raw Damage. If the Exalt is making numbers count as successes that do not normally count as successes on her attack roll, those same numbers count as successes on the damage roll.

                    Demon Chasing Hurl
                    Cost; 3m, 4i Mins; Essence 2
                    Type; Reflexive
                    Keywords; Decisive-Only, Resonant
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; Arrant Rushing Star
                    When her foe tries to escape from the Exalt, Diy’s Temerity chases them down like an unceasing hunter, unwilling to let them go. When an opponent successfully escapes from Short range from the Exalt, she may activate this charm to immediately activate Traveling Star Sling. This counts as their attack action for the round.
                    Resonant; a Resonant Exalt does not count this as their attack for the turn.

                    Breaking the Horizons
                    Cost; 10m, 1wp Mins; Essence 3
                    Type; Simple
                    Keywords; Decisive-Only, Dissonant
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; Slicing Comet Swirl
                    Taking a running start, the Exalt gathers her Essence and her momentum from her legs into her arms as she runs. When she reaches a speed she deems appropriate, she transfers all of her momentum into Diy’s Temerity as she releases it, sending it hurtling into the horizon with the sound of a falling star. After some time, the axe finally crashes down on her target, as if from nowhere. This charm creates an attack using Diy’s Temerity, which starts at Short range, but increases by 1 range band for each range band the Exalt runs before throwing the Axe. She may run for multiple turns or actions, adding a range band each time, and she must have a least a general idea of where the opponent she is trying to hit is, either through someone else’s information, her own eyes, or help from her Familiar or support staff. So long as these conditions are met, when the Exalt runs enough range bands to throw the axe far enough to hit them, she may release the Axe. If she is not in Battle when she releases this charm, roll her Join Battle to determine its base damage. The Axe lands on the opponent at the start of next round, rolling her attack pool as normal, and using her (Initiative + Temporary Willpower) as the damage dice, rerolling failures equal to how many range bands she ran. This charm may only be used once per story.
                    Dissonant; Dissonant Exalts cannot learn this charm

                    108 Day Circle
                    Cost; 10m, 1wp Mins; Essence 3
                    Type; Simple
                    Keywords; Decisive-Only, Resonant
                    Duration; Instant
                    Prerequisites; Demon Chasing Hurl
                    Giving Diy’s Temerity a life of its own, the Exalt hurls it in a spinning arc; assaulting all her surrounding foes before she focuses in on one, meeting the axe in a powerful blow that can split a demon in half or shatter a god to cinders. The Exalt makes a single Withering attack that targets every enemy within Medium range except for one. She gains the full initiative from the highest damage roll, but only up to (Essence) on every other roll- though she gains +1 initiative for each hit as normal, and opponents lose Initiative as normal-, then makes a Decisive attack against the remaining target, adding 1 success over their Defense value to their Raw damage on their attack for each foe they attacked beforehand. This charm may only be used once per scene.
                    Resonant; the Exalt also rerolls 1s on the damage roll one time for the Decisive attack.

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                    • #40
                      This is Sawao's sword; he comes from a family of Swordsmansmiths, who seek to both create their own weapons and then refine them through combat and crafting to be as good as they possibly can make them. As such, his weapon is constantly evolving, but he's also the most experienced with being one with your weapon and has unlocked many of it's Evocations.

                      Thunder Reign; Artifact 3 Blue Jade Reaper Daiklave

                      In the Valley of Storms, deep within the South, is a place where the warm air from the southern deserts collect and then are pushed upward, where it meets eternally cold air from the western ocean. This atmospheric condition ignites the weather in the valley year-round, causing massive thunderstorms at all times, each bolt scarring the landscape forever more. For Air Aspects who cannot afford to travel to the Pole or Air, or who do not wish to leave their lands, this location can form an excellent meditation ground on the aspects of Air.

                      In this storm, in the time of the Shogun, a young Dragonblooded journeyed to the center of these mighty storms, where the lightning struck always at the most furious, and brought with him his desires; to be a master swordsman, to be a master swordsmith, and to make his family proud. Rather than work with a hammer, he took his raw materials and placed them upon a rock, and then became one with the storm, using lightning bolts to heat and hammer the jade and rainstorms to quench it, containing a part of the storm itself into the shining edge of the blade. When bound, the sword struck as fast as lightning, even if it was not accurate; it embodied the rapid, unceasing tempest in the Valley of Storms, rather than some sort of surgical accuracy. He laid this blade in a hilt of rhino-skin and glass, with a hilt made of conductive material. When the weapon was swung and struck, lightning sparks would appear and fall from the blade in a rain of storms, leaving trails of lightning on the ground behind it.

                      Thunder Reign was used to defend the nascent Shogunate by its wielder, against thieves, monsters, demons and fae. it passed from welder to wielder, in defense of the Shogunate, always seeking to preserve the sanctity of Creation. In current times, it rests in the tomb of it’s last wielder, who fell in battle in the years leading up to the Balorian Crusade as part of the pre-war strategy by the architects of that calamity.

                      Storm; Like gathering Thunderclouds, Thunder Reign thrums with the power of Lightning and Thunder, building into a horrific fury. The sword tracks its ‘Storm’, which is how many attacks the user made in the previous round against the same target. So, Storm 1 is one attack, Storm 2 is 2, etc. There is still a limit to a character’s Storm; (Essence) for Resonant Exalts and ([Essence/2] +1) otherwise. The character can make more attacks than this, but their Storm will not match it.

                      Attunement; 5m Type; Light (Accuracy +3, Damage +12, OVW 5)
                      Tags: Lethal, Melee, Balanced
                      Hearthstone Slots: 1
                      Era: Creation of the Two Lords

                      Rampaging Thunderblade Onslaught
                      Cost; 5m, 4i Mins; Essence 1
                      Type; Simple
                      Keywords; Withering-Only
                      Duration; Instant
                      Prerequisites; None
                      Striking like a thousand thunderbolts, the Exalt and the Thunder Reign cut air so fast as to cause the rumbling of Thunder; even if these attacks don’t hit, or fail to strike, the weapon comes alight with sparking lightning. This charm creates a Withering Flurry, with a number of attacks equal to (Current Storm +1). The character divides her weapon’s Withering Damage equally across the amount of attacks she makes.

                      Striking Lightning Warden Stance
                      Cost; 3i Mins; Essence 1
                      Type; Reflexive
                      Keywords; Perilous
                      Duration; Instant
                      Prerequisites; None
                      When under assault by a foe, the Exalt directs her furious blows into an equally furious offense; how can her opponents hit her when her defenses form an impenetrable barrier of clashing blades. When the Exalt is attacked, she may activate this Charm after the attack is rolled to make the opponent reroll (Storm) 7s once.

                      Explosive Ion Discharge
                      Cost; 3m Mins; Essence 1
                      Type; Supplemental
                      Keywords; Withering-Only, Resonant
                      Duration; Instant
                      Prerequisites; Rumbling Thunderblade Onslaught
                      With furious sparks converging into a lightning covering of the blade, the Exalt strikes a blow that lights a foe’s nerves on fire with electric shocks. This charm adds (Storm) to the character’s Withering Damage.
                      Resonant; a Resonant Exalt reduces the cost of this charm by the number of attacks they have made this action against the same target, to a minimum of 1.

                      Ionizing Fury Strikes
                      Cost; 4m, 1wp Mins; Essence 2
                      Type; Simple
                      Keywords; Decisive-Only, Resonant
                      Duration; Instant
                      Prerequisites; Rumbling Thunderblade Onslaught
                      Capitalizing on furious force and the building storm, the Exalt’s blows turn deadly, battering foes until their defenses are unable to be maintained before they fall apart. This charm creates a decisive flurry of (Storm) attacks. Split the Exalt’s Initiative evenly for each attack. The Opponent’s Hardness is reduced by 1 point for each attack they have previously taken from the Exalt, per attack; the first attack has -0 hardness, the second has -1, and so on.
                      Resonant; a Resonant Exalt ignores Hardness on the flurried attacks.

                      Levincrown Destruction Impulse
                      Cost; 6m Mins; Essence 2
                      Type; Supplemental
                      Keywords; Decisive-Only, Resonant
                      Duration; Instant
                      Prerequisites; Ionizing Fury Strikes
                      Even if the attacks are furious and lacking in precision, when a flood of them assaults a foe, their openings in their defenses are found simply through statistics. The Exalt increases her Decisive damage by the extra successes on her attack roll.
                      Resonant; a Resonant Exalt reduces the cost of activating this charm by 1 mote per attack she’s made against the same target this round.

                      Cleansing Bolt of Storms
                      Cost; 8m, 2a 1wp Mins; Essence 3
                      Type; Simple
                      Keywords; Decisive-Only
                      Duration; Instant
                      Prerequisites; Levincrown Destruction Impulse
                      Gathering her flowing lightning across her blade, the Exalt swings her blade with the explosion of Thunder and the flash of a storm, sending a crackling bolt of energy into a foe’s body. This charm creates a Decisive attack at an opponent out to Medium range, which halves the Defense of the target and adds (Storm + 3) to the raw damage of the attack. This charm may only be used once per scene.

                      Strikes of 10,000 Volts
                      Cost; 5i Mins; Essence 3
                      Type; Reflexive
                      Keywords; None
                      Duration; Instant
                      Prerequisites; Cleansing Bolt of Storms
                      As she continues her relentless assault, the Exalt’s continuously increasing electricity sears her foe under its eternal stormwrath. When the Exalt successfully crashes someone with Rampaging Thunderbolt Onslaught, she may reflexively activate this charm to gain another attack with Ionizing Fury Strikes, treating her Storm as its maximum allowable value.

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                        Dinah is an archeologist and historian by trade, despite being a rather burly individual, she has a gentle touch and isn't prone to violence. She found the Full Moon Fang during an archeological dig and decided to use it as a weapon, but her nature is never one of a fighter, so while the Full Moon Fang has taken a form appropriate to the woman's immense size and strength, her temperament is not always in tune with the weapon or the desire to use it, so she has issues maintaining and communing with it to discover it's deeper powers, but does not wish to seek to reforge it at this time either. If her resolve as a combatant was hardened, then she would be much more effective with it.


                        Full Moon Fang Artifact 3 White Jade and Moonsilver Grand Grimcleaver.

                        Heavy Weapon; Accuracy +1, Damage +14, Defense +0, Overwhelming 5, Attunement: 5. Tags: Lethal, Melee, Chopping, Reaching, Two-Handed

                        The Full Moon Fang is technically the name of the axeblade.

                        Made by a Lunar dilettante named Shifting Seven Shadows in the ancient age, in the same way that they refused to be bound by such traits as height, weight, or even gender or sexuality, they had no desire to bind themselves to a single weapon or style of combat, and they wished a weapon as flexible and adaptable as they themselves were. So, they went to their thousand lovers, and took a broken promise from each of them, and wound them into a hammer, to forge Moonsilver for an entire month, but only while the shifting moon shone upon it. The metal turned liquid, solid, and gas as they hammered it, flowing across the anvil, rebuking the hammer, or dissipating around the forging strikes. But despite this, it was worked, and in the end, a perfect blade was formed, in the image of an empty moon, every angle and every side a blade. Shifting Seven Shadows used the Full Moon Fang in a variety of configurations, from greatsword to chakram to sawblade. But for all their focus on any number of studies, they never found one that truly took their focus, and this eventually led to their defeat. But Full Moon Fang persevered. It was used by the Solar Aidu Enno, the Dragonblooded Storm Princess, and even the Liminal exalt Shifting Sand.

                        The blade itself is a circular halo of Moonsilver that seems to always ripple like liquid metal, shimmering in sunlight and moonlight. With a handle it could be a Chakram instead, with the correct reshaping a greatsword, or a spear blade, or even a bladed shield. In its natural form it completes a bladed circle that can expand or contract in size. Its malleable nature helps it to enhance and expand the powers of whatever it’s expected to be, allowing it to fit into any role. In these situations, the Fang often gives up some of its magnificent flexibility, but in doing so becomes more powerful in what it can do.

                        For now, the Full Moon Fang is anchored to a massive White Jade pillar, with a wrapping of purple cloth spiraling around it. In this form, it takes the place of a massive axe fit for an executioner, it’s curling blade leaving a gap appropriate to fit a foe’s neck into. Relying on the massive weight of the pillar and Full Moon Fang’s own increasing weight, the user of the current iteration of the Full Moon Fang can scatter armies and shatter bones.

                        Reshaping the Full Moon Fang
                        Any Exalt can remake Full Moon Fang into a different weapon with the equivalent of a Repair Project- though its interval is only 6 weeks-. However, as one becomes more adapt in working with the Fang, and as one is more knowledgeable about how they intend to use the weapon, this becomes faster, as follows;
                        Each Prior Time that the character has reshaped Full Moon Fang; -1 week from the Interval for crafting
                        Each Combat Ability rated over 3 dots; -1 week from the Interval for crafting

                        In addition, each Evocation of Full Moon Fang unlocked at the time of reforging reduces the Gold Point Cost of making a roll by 1.

                        When the Full Moon Fang is reforged, any Evocations that would not fit its new shape are returned as EXP that can only be used to purchase new Evocations.

                        Lunar Exalted are always Resonant to Full Moon Fang, but any Exalt may be Resonant to it by incorporating a Magical Material they are Resonant with into the weapon.

                        Axe Might Rebuke
                        Cost; 4m Mins; Essence 1
                        Type; Supplemental
                        Keywords; Withering-Only
                        Duration; Instant
                        Prerequisites; None
                        The weight of the Jade Pillar and the cutting edge of Full Moon Fang turn a crack in defenses into a gaping wound. Add the Exalt's extra successes to her Overwhelming, to a maximum of (Essence or 2, whichever is higher)

                        Earthen Soul Crater Creator
                        Cost; 3i Mins; Essence 1
                        Type; Supplemental
                        Keywords; Dual
                        Duration; Instant
                        Prerequisites; Axe Might Rebuke
                        The Exalt's massive axe blade crushes her foe's center of gravity, almost embedding them in the earth under the weight of the slamming axe. This charm supplements either a Withering or Decisive attack, adding additional points of Onslaught equal to the Exalt's successes on the damage roll. The Exalt cannot add more than (Strength) Onslaught. For a Decisive attack, the successes also penalize their next attack, removing the same amount of dice.

                        Earth Dragon Dismisses the Petitioners
                        Cost; 3m Mins; Essence 1
                        Type; Reflexive
                        Keywords; Aura (Earth)
                        Duration; Instant
                        Prerequisites; None
                        Like the mighty Pasip shutting the doors of his chambers, the Exalt sends her foes packing. When she is attacked, she may activate this charm to change her Parry for an Instant, allowing her to replace her Dexterity with her Strength in the calculation. If the Opponent fails to best her Strength Parry, she does not take Onslaught.
                        Aura; If the Exalt is in Earth Aura, she gains Initiative on a successful block equal to the difference between her Parry and her Foe's attack.

                        Auroch Sweeps Her Horns
                        Cost; 6m, 1a, 2+i Mins; Essence 2
                        Type; Supplemental
                        Keywords; Uniform
                        Duration; Instant
                        Prerequisites; Axe Might Rebuke
                        The reach of the handle and the Fang's gleaming edge disperse multiple challengers in a single, sweeping blow, sending them flying. The attack supplemented by this Charm may target up to (Strength) opponents, paying 2 Initiative per additional target. Roll the attack once and apply it to all opponents.

                        Rhino Displacing the Gazelles
                        Cost; 4m, 1wp Mins; Essence 2
                        Type; Supplemental
                        Keywords; Decisive-only, Resonant
                        Duration; Instant
                        Prerequisites; Axe Might Rebuke
                        With a swing of the Full Moon Fang, those not strong enough to stand in the Exalt's presence are scattered like dust. This charm enhances a Decisive Smashing attack, replacing the cost of the action with this charm. If the opponent takes any decisive damage, the force of being struck makes the fall or flying especially painful; the opponent rolls additional damage dice equal to (Higher of the Exalt's Strength or Stamina), which ignores hardness. This charm may only be used once per scene, unless reset by building Initiative to 12+.
                        Resonant; A resonant Exalt who scores at least 5 decisive damage instead makes the opponent take (Strength + Stamina) bonus dice of damage.

                        Head Taking Grasp
                        Cost; 8m, 1wp Mins; Essence 2
                        Type; Simple
                        Keywords; Decisive-Only
                        Duration; Instant
                        Prerequisites; Rhino Displacing the Gazelles
                        Hooking the open moon of Full Moon Fang around a foe's neck or other appendage, the Exalt pulls tight at the same instant the blade suddenly retracts, a perfect combo to instantly remove a limb. This charm creates a special Grapple Gambit, which may be rolled with Melee instead of Brawl. If successful, the Exalt must then immediately Decisively Slam the opponent, removing the cap on additional damage from sacrificing rounds of control and making it do Lethal damage. If the Opponent takes a crippling injury to survive, the wound is always amputated completely.

                        Other Moon Ascertainment
                        Cost; 10m, 4i, 2wp Mins; Essence 3
                        Type; Simple
                        Keywords; None
                        Duration; Instant
                        Prerequisites; At least 5 Full Moon Fang charms.
                        The Exalt, at the edge of her limits and in need of protean protection, draws upon the possibility of what Full Moon Fang could be, and makes it so. This charm takes the form of a Special Gambit, rolling (Wits + Melee) against Difficulty 6, adding the amount of Evocations unlocked with Full Moon Fang as extra dice. If she succeeds, the Exalt then makes an Initiative roll, rerolling a 1 for each success over the difficulty. If she exceeds (12-Essence) Initiative, the Full Moon Fang shatters its bonds, once more becoming a wheel of possibility, then takes a new form. It may need a hilt suddenly pulled from a nearby tree, or a bowstring from the sitar of a Solar musician, or a handle grasped from the bone of a dead beast, but such things will be available for the Exalt to use. In activating this charm, the Exalt immediately reshapes Full Moon Fang into a new weapon, refunding all Experience points spent on Evocations that do not fit its new form. She may then dynamically create new ones, or apply some she had already considered for this new form, paying Experience points as normal for them as she and her weapon suddenly dance to a brand-new rhythm and exploit new and different openings. This charm may only be used once per Story.

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