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Artifact: First-Striking Dawn

July 6, 2016

First-Striking Dawn (Orichalcum and Moonsilver Infinite Chakram – Artifact ***)

Lovely was the Dawn
Stippled in silver and gold
Lethal as a kiss

A razor-edged ring of orichalcum with the above haiku written on its edges in carefully crafted moonsilver, First-Striking Dawn was made for and named after a warrior-princess from the First Age, a Solar queen of great beauty and combat puissance. Yet, it never fit entirely properly in her hand, and though she wielded First-Striking Dawn with aplomb and dignity, she never unlocked all its Evocations, a fact that often disappointed her Lunar mate (and the craftsman of the weapon). When she was slain, the Lunar, Quick-Witted Aken, stole the weapon from her killers and fled with it into the Wyld. It has been passed down from generation to generation of Lunars, all of whom have failed to unlock its final secret. Whether that is some property of the weapon or merely lack of motivation on the part of its wielders is unknown.

Evocations of First-Striking Dawn
When a Solar or Lunar attunes to First-Striking Dawn for one additional mote, she gains a +1 non-Charm die bonus on Join Battle rolls.

Striking First
Cost: 3m; Mins: Essence 1
Type: Supplemental
Keywords: None
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: None

First-Striking Dawn is not a complex weapon, forged with a single goal. To that end, she seems to almost materialize in her wielder’s hand in her moment of need. This Evocation can be used to enhance a Join Battle roll, allowing its bearer to re-roll 6s on that roll until 6s no longer appear.

Sure-Striking Dawn
Cost: 3m; Mins: Essence 1
Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Uniform
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: Striking First

The second Evocation of First-Striking Dawn, and the most potent yet unlocked by its bearers, is a surety of purpose that comes with unhesitating speed. If the wielder’s Initiative is higher than his target’s, he may activate this Evocation to supplement an attack against the target. By doing so, he re-rolls all 1s and 2s on the attack roll until 1s and 2s fail to appear.

Dawn’s Final Kiss
Cost: 4m; Mins: Essence 2
Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Decisive-only
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: Sure-Striking Dawn

The final secret of First-Striking Dawn is her true name – Last-Striking Dawn. This Evocations grants double 10s on a decisive damage roll.

Special Activation Rules: This final Evocation is unlocked when a user who meets the prerequisites loves her mate without compunction or reservation and seals that love with a kiss. The wielder must be a Solar or Lunar, must have a Defining Tie of Love toward their Solar/Lunar mate, and must kiss that mate while holding First-Striking Dawn. At that moment, Dawn’s Final Kiss awakens at no experience cost.

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