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Emperor of Hellfire and Ash

July 20, 2016

This one is a joint effort (honestly, they all are), this time between forum-user Aranfan and myself.  Behold, the first Motonic Amplification Instrument of 3E!

Emperor of Hellfire and Ash (Orichalcum and Starmetal Motonic Amplification Instrument – Artifact ****)

The Emperor of Hellfire and Ash is a guitar of hellish design, made by Ligier to give a “proper instrument” to a human musician who greatly pleased Malfeas during a command performance. While it operates best in the hands of an exalt, in the hands of a mortal it remains a perfectly serviceable exceptional quality guitar that can be played with no penalties for lack of attunement.

The Emperor of Hellfire and Ash costs 2 motes to attune.

Evocations of Emperor of Hellfire and Ash

By attuning to the Emperor of Hellfire and Ash, a Solar or Sidereal gains a bonus non-charm die to Performance actions involving the instrument, on top of the normal die for its Exceptional quality.

Hellforged Wonder of Sound
Cost: 2m; Mins: Essence 1
Type: Supplemental
Keywords: None
Duration: One Performance Action
Prerequisites: None

Emperor of Hellfire and Ash sparks with green fire as the Exalt strums out a tune worthy of the ages. This Evocation supplements a Performance action, re-rolling 1s and 2s until 1s and 2s fail to appear.

Malfeas-Pleasing Performance
Cost: 2m; Mins: Essence 2
Type: Supplemental
Keywords: None
Duration: One Performance Action
Prerequisites: Hellforged Wonder of Sound

The Emperor of Hellfire and Ash was forged to honor a musician who played the greatest song in the world for The King of Hell, and all later songs played on it glory in that tribute. This Evocation supplements a Performance action, reducing the target number for that action by one (normally to 6 but to a minimum of 4).

Munificent Synthesizer Emulation
Cost: –; Mins: Essence 2
Type: Permanent
Keywords: None
Duration: Permanent
Prerequisites: Malfeas-Pleasing Performance

The Emperor of Hellfire and Ash hides within it the secrets of timbre, as well as pitch and volume. At no cost, the Emperor of Hellfire and Ash may produce the sound of any instrument the Exalt desires, eliminating any penalties for not having the proper instrument. A strum on the brass strings could produce the melodious whistle of a flute, the discordant blurt of a bagpipe, or even the percussive effects of a drum. Players are encouraged to use this as appropriate stunt fodder.

Pied Guitarist of Hell
Cost: 5m; Mins: Essence 3
Type: Simple
Keywords: Psyche
Duration: One Performance Action
Prerequisites: Munificent Synthesizer Emulation

The song performed by the first bearer of the Emperor of Hellfire and Ash brought the Brass Dancer to his feet, and when Malfeas rises to dance, all present follow suit. This Evocation functions as a Performance-based Instill action, made with (Essence) automatic successes. If the roll overcomes a target’s Resolve, he or she gains a Minor Principle of “I love to dance.” Demons have their Resolve reduced by two against this effect, and the Intimacy so instilled is at Major strength. Repeated uses of this Evocation can increase the strength of an instilled Intimacy.

The Show Must Go On
Cost: 6m, 1wp; Min: Essence 3
Type: Simple
Keywords: Psyche
Duration: Indefinite
Prerequisites: Pied Guitarist Of Hell

The hatred and rage Malfeas feels towards the Solar Exalted knows no bounds, yet when the mortal performer exalted as a Zenith right in front of him, his hand was stayed by the quality and emotional resonance of the song. If Music can calm the rage of Malfeas then what being can resist being similarly swayed?

This charm acts as a performance based Persuade action with (Essence) non-charm automatic successes against the guitarist’s enemies to allow the musician and his allies to flee. This persuasion costs an extra point of Willpower to resist.

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