An Artifact (Surprise!)June 17, 2016
This one’s actually for me; I may end up using it in a game, if I ever play one!
Spirit Razor (Orichalcum Dire Lance – Artifact ***)
An exorcist’s dream, Spirit Razor has existed since the High First Age, a tool for Solar Exalted to root out the intruders from the Underworld by understanding and banishing them. An orichalcum haft-and-blade with an azure tassel binding at the join, Spirit Razor is an elegant weapon, engraved with dozens of mudras and prayers to the Unconquered Sun and dedicated to the placation of ghosts. Though it is efficacious at doing so, this is not a weapon made simply to slay spirits. It is meant to be carried by one who truly wishes to understand and benefit them.
Evocations of Spirit Razor
A Solar Exalted who attunes to Spirit Razor finds his blade more efficaciously slices through ghosts. When using Spirit-Cutting Attack against a ghost, its cost is reduced to 0m.
Reading the Immaterial
Cost: 3m; Mins: Essence 1
Spirit Razor grants its wielder uncanny insight into the minds of spirits, the better to aid in placating them or, in the case of ghosts, laying them to rest. This Evocation may be activated after a successful withering attack with Spirit Razor against a spirit. Reading the Immaterial allows the wielder to make a reflexive Read Intentions action against that spirit, re-rolling 6s until 6s no longer appear. If successful, the wielder learns one of the spirit’s Intimacies. Against a ghost, he also learns the nature of one of its Fetters.
Rending the Immaterial
Cost: 5m; Mins: Essence 2
Prerequisites: Reading the Immaterial
Spirits belong in the spirit world, and their invasion into Creation can be seen as an affront. Still, Spirit Razor does not wish simply to drive them away, but to slay their concerns so they do not return. This Evocation supplements a decisive attack with Spirit Razor against a spirit. If successful, Rending the Immaterial can immediately reduce the strength of a known Intimacy or Fetter by one level. If this reduces the Intimacy or Fetter to non-existence, the spirit takes no damage from the attack.
Putting the Immaterial to Rest
Cost: None; Mins: Essence 2
Prerequisites: Ghost-Eating Technique, Rending the Immaterial
Souls are a precious commodity, and should not be wasted simply by devouring them. When a Solar who knows this Evocation uses Ghost-Eating Technique to slay a ghost, he may choose to regain no Essence. If he so chooses, the ghost is sent to Lethe rather than devoured by the Solar, sending the spirit on to its properly ordained reincarnation. The catharsis of doing so allows the Solar to gain one temporary Willpower; this may put the Solar above his normal maximum, or even above ten.