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Abyssal Mirror Charms

September 1, 2010

Abyssal Exalted, being corrupted Solars, have a Charm technology known as Mirror Charms: Abyssal Charms that behave in the same manner as their Solar counterparts, though with some thematic (and occasionally minor mechanical) differences. I have long felt that the Abyssals needed an improved Thrown Charm tree, and so, through use of Mirror technology, I have granted it to them. Enjoy!

Necrotic Agony Attack
Cost: 2m; Mins: Thrown 3, Essence 1; Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Combo-OK, Crippling, Martial-ready, Mirror (Joint-Wounding Attack; Exalted, p. 195)
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: None

It is usually the case that living flesh begins to decay only after the spirit has departed. Usually. This Charm enhances a Thrown attack, inflicting necrotic decay on the victim, wracking them with waves of rippling agony that make any action difficult.
Martial-ready: Archery, Martial Arts, Melee

Ghost Strikes from the Shadows
Cost: 1m; Mins: Thrown 3, Essence 2; Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Combo-OK, Mirror (Observer-Deceiving Attack; Exalted, p. 195)
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: None

When a hungry ghost strikes, it is often as surprising to the ghost as to the victim. Though the Abyssals are more self-aware, this is little comfort to their victims, whose restless shades are often left wondering what killed them.

Hangman’s Choked Victim
Cost: 1m per action; Mins: Thrown 4, Essence 3; Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Combo-OK, Crippling, Martial, Mirror (Mist on Water Attack; Exalted, pp. 195-196)
Duration: Varies
Prerequisite Charms: Ghost Strikes from the Shadows

Victims of an Abyssal’s spite are often choked into silence, their screams never reaching their companions. It is small comfort to them that the Neverborn hear their screams and laugh. This Charm supplements a Thrown attack, shrouding it in necrotic Essence that muffles and swallows sound.  This Charm functions thanks to the inevitability of the Abyssal’s murderous intent.  It will not function if the Abyssal stabs himself or an ally in order to enjoy enhanced stealth.
Martial: Archery

One Less Victim
Cost: 1m; Mins: Thrown 4, Essence 3; Type: Reflexive (Step 7)
Keywords: Combo-OK, Mirror (Falling Icicle Strike; Exalted, p. 196)
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: Ghost Strikes from the Shadows

Rare is the victim who survives an assault from a cloaked Abyssal. More often, there is simply one fewer target in Creation. This Charm supplements an unexpected Thrown attack, cloaking the weapon in Underworld Essence that bites into a subject’s awareness (or lack thereof) as much as their flesh.

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