A Soulsteel Powerbow with EvocationsJune 2, 2016
Shrieking Wraith’s Requiem (Soulsteel Powerbow, Artifact ***)
Forged by the Mask of Winters as a prize for a loyal deathknight, he abandoned his plans for the bow when a Solar offered him her own powerbow in trade. Genuinely impressed by the honesty and generosity inherent in the naive gesture, the Mask of Winters offered her Shrieking Wraith’s Requiem as a gift in exchange, forming a tiny but existent spark of cooperative goodwill within the heart of the Deathlord. Now, the Night Caste named Hua Li wields Requiem, unaware of the power that slumbers within.
Shrieking Wraith’s Requiem is a recurve powerbow of soulsteel, with a grip wrapped in hide peeled from Juggernaut himself and a string of tightly-coiled human hair, treated with a wraith’s Essence for strength. The risers are sculpted into gleaming soulsteel skulls, while the limbs are carved into elaborate bone motifs. When fired, the bow sometimes seems to scream softly, the skulls’ mouths opening and closing with the motion of the bow.
Evocations of Shrieking Wraith’s Requiem
A Solar or Abyssal Exalt who attunes to Shrieking Wraith’s Requiem for five motes gains one dot in the Whispers Merit for free. Additionally, while attuned, the user can increase their Whispers rating by spending experience points. All Whispers gained in this manner, including the initial free dot, are lost if attunement lapses, but return if the user re-attunes to the bow.
Shriek of the Void
Cost: 1m/die; Mins: Essence 1
When infused with Essence, Requiem literally screams as she releases a nocked arrow, sending the missile on its way trailed by spiraling streamers of necrotic Essence. On a withering attack against a living target, the Exalt spends up to her (Whispers) rating in motes before making the attack. If the attack hits, each mote spent adds a single die to the post-soak damage of the attack. This strike has the potential to increase minimum damage (see Ex3, p. 184).
Requiem for the Damned
Cost: 5m; Mins: Essence 1
Prerequisites: Shriek of the Void
By charging Requiem with her own Essence, the wielder may temporarily awaken the spirits of those dead trapped within the bow, calling them forth into a phantasmal dirge. The skulls on the bow literally move and sing, a blasphemous glossolalia of dozens, if not hundreds, of spectral voices. This Evocation is a Performance-based Inspire action, using the wielder’s (Charisma + Performance) and adding her (Whispers) as automatic successes against the Resolve of her audience. If successful, the group is struck with either extreme sadness and lassitude or fear, at the Storyteller’s discretion, depending on the context of the scene. This Evocation functions equally well on the living or the mindful dead, though the dead almost always experience depression rather than terror. It generally has no effect on mindless undead. If used in conjunction with the Dawn Caste anima power, however, even mindless undead can know fear.
Clutching Wraith’s Embrace
Cost: 5m (+1W); Mins: Essence 2
Prerequisites: Requiem for the Damned
Those slain by Shrieking Wraith’s Requiem may know no peace; only an eternity of sorrowful wandering in the inhospitable wastes of the Underworld. This Evocation supplements a decisive attack. If the target is slain by this attack, at the end of the scene his hun soul will rise as an unquiet ghost, while his po will stir fitfully in his corpse. At the Storyteller’s discretion, the corpse is more likely to become a hungry ghost, while the hun spirit WILL become a ghost. If magic such as the Zenith’s anima power is used on the corpse before the end of the scene, this Evocation’s effect is negated. If used against a battle group, this Evocation costs an extra Willpower to activate, but it can animate the entire battle group.