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  • Lioness
    started a topic Evocations for Canonical Characters

    Evocations for Canonical Characters

    So I wanted to take this time to think about the Evocations of the artifacts owned by canonical characters, I'm going to be focusing primarily on the Dragon-Blooded characters in What Fire Hath Wrought but there's no reason to limit ourselves for that.

    Going to get the ball rolling.

    Omphalos’ Embrace (Mnemon's Jade Reinforced Breastplate)
    I reasoned that by far the most interesting origin for this armour is that it's the very same that Ragara tried to assassinate her with and kept as a reminder that she can only really trust herself. As such I saw its Evocations rewarding patience and caution, offering additional protection against enemies whose patterns she could predict and understand and helping against popular assassination methods such as ambush and (ironically) poison.

    I really don't know what to do for the Sword of Sorrows though.

  • Lioness
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    Oh I like it. Thank you both.

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  • Iceblade44
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    Yeah I dig that. With an Evocative Name as Black Vein Compass, I certainly see for her Daiklaive, combat is a secondary purpose. In battle, especially in War I can see it giving her insights on her opponents Stratagems, maybe giving her own a boost thanks to that or such. Another would probably just be a Magical Stratagem of it's own, building of the War Water Sig possibly.

    Another would be literal accuracy boosters for combat. And stuff like that.

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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    Anyone have any ideas for Berit's equipment?
    A couple of things I note is that 1) Berit has pretty good Read Intentions (8 dice base, +2 successes, suggesting she's at or near the max on Socialize), and 2) she has a Major Intimacy of "Mastering the enemy general is no challenge compared to mastering oneself". Also, her daiklave is definitely jade, and probably black jade, given its name and her aspect, and black jade's associations include "intuition, emotion, [...] change, [and] adaptation". So I think an interesting evocation for Black Vein's Compass there might be one that lets her read Intimacies in her opponents, possibly at a distance or just by examining evidence they leave, and then altering her own Intimacies in order to more effectively oppose them. So if an enemy has an Intimacy of "I won't cause the innocent to suffer unnecessarily", she might be able to suppress any Intimacies of her own that covered compassion, or even gain a new Principle like "If it means completing the task, no suffering is unnecessary", and be able to really exploit the enemy's weaknesses.

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  • JohnDoe244
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    Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
    Where's her writeup?
    It is in WFHW.

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  • TheCountAlucard
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    Anyone have any ideas for Berit's equipment?
    Where's her writeup?

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  • Lioness
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    Anyone have any ideas for Berit's equipment?

    It's kind of difficult for me to get a read on her personality due to what happens to people "taken by Berit" being left to the Storyteller to decide and I've yet to create my own version of Berit to see about answering that for myself.

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  • Flare
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    Something like Saibok Gauto's Still Spry Approach as a base effect but damage dependent?
    Exactly. If you're making a raid boss, especially one that could be a.campagin ender like Ragara, you need to be able to manipulate it's mechanics and understand how to avoid it, rather then just it being a straight effect that procs once.

    Imagine having to fight Ragara while the best Scions of his house are basically doing everything that can to make sure he gets that blade in you to start getting him into fighting shape.

    I also see it as maybe being able to do something like permanently restore crippling injuries by eating things; such as a calvalrywoman paralyzed from the waist down using the weapon to try and get her legs back, and needing to hit some amount of total 'points' eaten.

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  • Lioness
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    Originally posted by Sunder the Gold View Post
    I have some prototype Evocations for such a weapon, though they were originally written for a moonsilver bow based on the idea of being a Scary Elf Sentinel scaring people who trespass into Hidden Elf Village territory.
    Yeah, Moonsilver and Soulsteel do have a lot of overlap (see also the Ichneumon Blades which have come out so Soulsteel that it raises interesting questions about Prince Balor.
    Originally posted by Flare View Post
    Ragara's Blood Zenith is interesting to me. It is implied if he got the Lower Soul of a Solar, he'd be back in fighting shape, and that the Sword absorbs Lower Souls.

    But even Animals all have Lower Souls, so what does it look like when Ragara absorbs non-Solar souls with Blood Zenith?

    I'm imagining something like Kagemaru from Yugioh GX or even Mumm-Ra, an old man suddenly becoming Buff and Strong, even if only for an instant. For a real sort of terrifying idea, maybe he gets X rounds of being at full power, where X is the health levels of an animal he kills, or that amount divided by 2 or something, and then for damaging Exalts he gets a 1:1 set of turns at full power for each Decisive Health Level he does. With that taking up the majority of power of the sword, I'd lean towards the other charms being more basic damage and defense boosters, possibly getting benefits for specific animals or Exalts Blood Zenith has eaten; perhaps a Defense boost that also grants points of soak if he's eaten the soul of an Animal that has Legendary Size in the scene, or an attack charm that is better for having damaged a Celestial Exalt.
    Something like Saibok Gauto's Still Spry Approach as a base effect but damage dependent?

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  • Sunder the Gold
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    Hanging Judgement Arc would almost certainly be a prerequsite to some of its Evocations.

    Extreme Prejudice (Dreadful Adjudicator of Law's Assault Crossbow)
    The signature Soulsteel Caste's crossbow is presumably comprised of the stuff as well. My notion is of it functioning primarily as a weapon of intimidation, staring down the stock of a loaded crossbow is the kind of thing that can inspire the sort of primal terror that can make them give up there and then. A basic idea I've had for this is that an aim action from this weapon can be used to aid an intimidation attempt as well as an attack. Even against the sort of foes for whom giving up isn't an option he can still force them to take actions that might be more favourable to him such as taking cover. Its particularly devastating to battle groups because each of his kills saps the will to fight from the rest.
    I have some prototype Evocations for such a weapon, though they were originally written for a moonsilver bow based on the idea of being a Scary Elf Sentinel scaring people who trespass into Hidden Elf Village territory.

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  • Flare
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    Ragara's Blood Zenith is interesting to me. It is implied if he got the Lower Soul of a Solar, he'd be back in fighting shape, and that the Sword absorbs Lower Souls.

    But even Animals all have Lower Souls, so what does it look like when Ragara absorbs non-Solar souls with Blood Zenith?

    I'm imagining something like Kagemaru from Yugioh GX or even Mumm-Ra, an old man suddenly becoming Buff and Strong, even if only for an instant. For a real sort of terrifying idea, maybe he gets X rounds of being at full power, where X is the health levels of an animal he kills, or that amount divided by 2 or something, and then for damaging Exalts he gets a 1:1 set of turns at full power for each Decisive Health Level he does. With that taking up the majority of power of the sword, I'd lean towards the other charms being more basic damage and defense boosters, possibly getting benefits for specific animals or Exalts Blood Zenith has eaten; perhaps a Defense boost that also grants points of soak if he's eaten the soul of an Animal that has Legendary Size in the scene, or an attack charm that is better for having damaged a Celestial Exalt.

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  • Lioness
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    Originally posted by Kelly Pedersen View Post
    Given who he's a pastiche of, I'd say Dreadful Adjudicator's crossbow should also have some effects involving changing the type of ammunition, as well, capable of producing breaching shots, explosives, incapacitating rounds, and so forth.
    I'm reluctant to directly invoke that.
    Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
    I would propose that it had an effect to designate a target reasonably suspected of having breached a law as a fugitive, on whom it has some enhanced or exclusive effects.
    That could have potential.

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  • Isator Levi
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    Hanging Judgement Arc would almost certainly be a prerequsite to some of its Evocations.

    Extreme Prejudice (Dreadful Adjudicator of Law's Assault Crossbow)
    The signature Soulsteel Caste's crossbow is presumably comprised of the stuff as well. My notion is of it functioning primarily as a weapon of intimidation, staring down the stock of a loaded crossbow is the kind of thing that can inspire the sort of primal terror that can make them give up there and then. A basic idea I've had for this is that an aim action from this weapon can be used to aid an intimidation attempt as well as an attack. Even against the sort of foes for whom giving up isn't an option he can still force them to take actions that might be more favourable to him such as taking cover. Its particularly devastating to battle groups because each of his kills saps the will to fight from the rest.
    I would propose that it had an effect to designate a target reasonably suspected of having breached a law as a fugitive, on whom it has some enhanced or exclusive effects.

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  • Kelly Pedersen
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    Originally posted by Lioness View Post
    Extreme Prejudice (Dreadful Adjudicator of Law's Assault Crossbow)
    Given who he's a pastiche of, I'd say Dreadful Adjudicator's crossbow should also have some effects involving changing the type of ammunition, as well, capable of producing breaching shots, explosives, incapacitating rounds, and so forth.

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  • Lioness
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    Hanging Judgement Arc would almost certainly be a prerequsite to some of its Evocations.

    Extreme Prejudice (Dreadful Adjudicator of Law's Assault Crossbow)
    The signature Soulsteel Caste's crossbow is presumably comprised of the stuff as well. My notion is of it functioning primarily as a weapon of intimidation, staring down the stock of a loaded crossbow is the kind of thing that can inspire the sort of primal terror that can make them give up there and then. A basic idea I've had for this is that an aim action from this weapon can be used to aid an intimidation attempt as well as an attack. Even against the sort of foes for whom giving up isn't an option he can still force them to take actions that might be more favourable to him such as taking cover. Its particularly devastating to battle groups because each of his kills saps the will to fight from the rest.
    Last edited by Lioness; 03-03-2019, 11:39 AM.

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