Another Artifact!June 8, 2016
Soul’s Reflection – Moonsilver Grimscythe (****)
Forged by a No Moon sorcerer for her impulsive Changing Moon lover and packmate, Soul’s Reflection is intended to give the wild-hearted trickster some pause before charging into a situation – or at least to better equip him if and when he charges in anyway. The haft of the grimscythe is plain, but the head is shaped like a bird’s skull, with the blade extending beneath the beak. The blade itself is polished to a mirror-shine that never fades or tarnishes, within which can sometimes be seen the true nature of things.
Evocations of Soul’s Reflection
A Solar or Lunar Exalt who attunes to Soul’s Reflection for five motes finds his body moving instinctively to react to danger, adding one die to his Join Battle.
Intuiting the Heart
Cost: 3m; Mins: Essence 1
When the wielder of Soul’s Reflection gazes into the mirror-sheen of the blade, he can see the truth of a person reflected therein with but a single, intuitive glance. This Evocation is a reflexive Read Intentions action to determine one of a target’s Intimacies.
Intuiting the Soul
Cost: 4m; Mins: Essence 1
Prerequisites: Intuiting the Heart
True intuition is more than simply a hunch, but a deeper understanding which the mirror-blade of Soul’s Reflection can impart in an instantaneous flash of inspiration. This Evocation is a reflexive Profile Character action that can be taken after a handful of seconds of interaction rather than a full five minutes.
Cost: None; Mins: Essence 2
Prerequisites: Intuiting the Soul
Knowledge is power, and intuition is nothing if not knowledge. This Evocation provides a permanent +1 non-Charm bonus to the wielder’s Guile against any character he has profiled using its prerequisite.
Robbery of Instinct
Cost: 2m; Mins: Essence 1
It is not enough to function on instinct alone. Understanding of one’s opponents brings a keener knowledge of their movements. This Evocation supplements a withering attack, allowing the Exalt to steal a number of additional Initiative from the target on a successful attack equal to the number of that target’s Intimacies he knows.
Application of Instinct
Cost: 2m; Mins: Essence 1
Duration: One Action
Prerequisites: Robbery of Instinct
True instinct is more than intuition; it is action melded with thought, bordering on precognition. This Evocation may be activated to raise the wielder’s Evasion by 3 against the last enemy he has profiled using a Profile Character action.
Cost: 5m, 1W; Mins: Essence 2
Keywords: Clash, Decisive-only
Prerequisites: Application of Instinct, Intuiting the Heart
Against those he understands, the Exalt moves like lightning, acting before even he fully understands why. Yet instinct is not action without thought, but one with it, melding the two into a fluid whole. This Evocation allows the wielder to make a reflexive clash attack with Soul’s Reflection against an attack directed at him by a target against whom he has successfully used a Read Intentions or Profile Character action in the same scene, regardless of his place in the Initiative order. This does not count as the wielder’s combat action.