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Yet Another Artifact

June 15, 2016

Maybe I should make this ‘blog about Artifacts… it certainly seems like that’s where my interests have been lately!

 

The Adder’s Fang (Green Jade Throwing Knife – Artifact ***)

Forged during the height of the Shogunate for one of Shogun Shuoqing’s favored daimyos, the Adder’s Fang is a perfectly balanced throwing knife of green jade with a trio of pearls set into the hilt. The Fang has a long and storied history of murder, including the assassination of Shogun Shuoqing by his daimyo. In fact, everyone who has ever given the Adder’s Fang as a gift has, thus far, been killed by it. Whether this is a true curse or merely ill fortune is hotly debated by those who discuss such things.

Evocations of the Adder’s Fang

A Solar or Dragon-Blood who attunes to the Adder’s Fang grants the weapon the Balanced and Special tags. The Special tag indicates that the Fang, once thrown, returns to its wielder’s hand like an Infinite Chakram. The Fang otherwise behaves as a Light Artifact Thrown weapon with the Thrown (Short) tag.

Adder’s Venom
Cost: 3m; Mins: Essence 1
Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Decisive-only
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: None

The least and most obvious power of the Adder’s Fang is to produce a dose of a highly-potent nerve toxin, injected into a victim’s bloodstream by even the smallest scratch. The toxin goes to work on the victim’s chakras in seconds, slowing his reactions and causing his muscles to spasm and twitch uncontrollably. A successful decisive attack made with this Evocation injects the target with a dose of Snake Venom.

Toxic Bond
Cost: 1m; Mins: Essence 1
Type: Reflexive
Keywords: Perilous
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: Adder’s Venom

The power of the Adder’s Fang is not merely in the wound it deals, but in the venom that courses through the target’s veins thereafter. By activating this Evocation, the wielder can forge an instantaneous bond between herself and any target currently suffering from at least one dose of Snake Venom applied through this Evocation’s prerequisite. This bond funnels the strength sapped by the venom from the victim into the wielder. Any Initiative lost due to Adder’s Venom this turn is immediately gained by the wielder.

Venomous Whisper
Cost: 5m,1W; Mins: Essence 2
Type: Reflexive
Keywords: Psyche
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: Toxic Bond

The magic of the Adder’s Fang is such that it can poison the mind as well as the body. This Evocation can be activated only when a target is suffering from Adder’s Venom and has been the target of Toxic Bond in the same scene. While the poison courses through his veins, he begins to hallucinate, and the wielder of the blade gets a single, tortured glimpse of his psyche, functioning as a reflexive Read Intentions action to determine a Minor Tie. In that instant, she can metaphysically twist and cause that existing Tie of Minor strength to invert its emotional context, from hate to love, for example, or from pleasure to disgust. She must know the Tie she seeks to twist, and she cannot change the emotional context in any way but reversing it – she could not turn a man’s love of his wife into lust, for example – only hatred.

If used against the same target, and the same Tie, in the same scene, reduce the Evocation’s cost to 3m and the Evocation can intensify the Tie to Major strength.

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