And its companion piece –
Mushi Armor – Orichalcum and White Jade Articulated Plate (Artifact ***)
Forged during the Shogunate for a sworn brotherhood, five identical suits of this armor were initially created, though only three are known to exist in the Time of Tumult. Each is a suit of immaculately crafted articulated plate, white jade decorated in orichalcum trim. One suit stands in the hallways of the Imperial Manse, one in the storehouses of Lookshy, and one is wielded by a newly-Exalted Anathema in the threshold.
The armor is designed to protect the wearer even as he or she protects her sworn brothers. It tightens the bonds of friendship until they are themselves armor against even the most grievous attacks. A full brotherhood of Dragon-Blooded, each contained within a suit of this armor, would be a potent force indeed.
Evocations of Mushi Armor
A Solar or Dragon-Blooded who attunes to this armor gains 1 point of Initiative when taking a Defend Other action. This benefit cannot occur more than once per turn.
The Ties that Bind
Cost: 5m; Mins: Essence 1
The first power of the armor is to bind its wearer to his charge, ensuring that a firm bond is forged between brothers. This Evocation may be activated whenever the wearer is attacked while taking a Defend Other action while wearing this armor. He automatically gains a Minor Tie of brotherhood toward his charge. If he already has a Tie of brotherhood, that Tie is instead strengthened by one level.
The Brother’s Bond
Cost: 2m; Mins: Essence 1
Keywords: Perilous, Withering-only
Duration: One turn
Prerequisites: The Ties that Bind
The stronger the wearer’s love for his brother, the stronger the armor becomes. This Evocation may be activated whenever the wearer is attacked while taking a Defend Other action while wearing this armor. His withering soak increases by an amount determined by the strength of his Tie toward the defended character: +2 soak for a Minor Tie, +3 soak for a Major Tie, or +4 soak for a Defining Tie.
Cost: 1m/Initiative; Mins: Essence 1
Prerequisites: The Brother’s Bond
“Those who would strike my brother would strike me.” This is the mudra of the Mushi Armor. This Evocation may be activated whenever the wearer is attacked while taking a Defend Other action while wearing this armor. He may steal from the attacker a number of points of Initiative equal to his Tie towards the defended character: 1 Initiative for a Minor Tie, 2 for a Major, and 3 for a Defining Tie. This Initiative is stolen immediately before the attack is resolved, which can affect the outcome of a decisive attack.