The StormbladeJuly 22, 2016
The Stormblade (Blue Jade Daiklave – Artifact ***)
Forged in RY 223 by master bladesmith Manosque Zhennan for his cousin Sharmija, the Stormblade was confiscated during the purge of House Manosque and somehow ended up in the coffers of House Peleps, where it has remained until now. Given as a graduation present to the Lost Egg “Peleps” Kyshatrya, it now serves her will aboard the pirate-hunting vessel Lost Dragon’s Justice. The Stormblade itself is a long, curved blade with a basket-hilt crafted to look like a web of lightning around the wielder’s hand. The wide blade is graven with runes in Old Realm, exhorting the glory of the storm.
Evocations of the Stormblade
A Solar or Dragon-Blood who attunes to the Stormblade learns Lightning Strike at no cost.
Cost: 5m; Mins: Essence 1
Essence lightning arcs along the Stormblade, empowering its strike with the speed and ferocity of striking lightning. The wielder may use this Evocation to take her action (Essence or 3, whichever is greater) ticks higher in the initiative order than her actual initiative would allow. If she uses her turn to make a decisive attack against an enemy who has not yet acted, the damage roll counts the bonus from this Evocation as actual Initiative and receives doubled 10s on its damage roll.
Cost: 6m, 3i; Mins: Essence 2
Prerequisites: Lightning Strike
Hurling a bolt of Essence lightning from the tip of the sword, the wielder can use this Evocation to make an attack at a target at up to Short range. If the target of adecisive attack enhanced by this Evocation is standing in at least ankle-high water, the wielder may pay an additional Willpower to subject everyone else connected to that body of water to a one-time, lightning-based environmental hazard with the traits of a bonfire.
Eye of the Storm
Cost: 6m; Mins: Essence 2
Duration: One scene
With the Stormblade held high, the wielder calls the fury of the storm down into it like a lightning rod, protecting herself from the deleterious effects of the tempest. While this Evocation is in effect, the wielder suffers no environmental penalties from storm-based effects and takes no damage from storm-based environmental hazards. She also enjoys (Essence) automatic successes to resist the effects of Charms, Evocations and spells that invoke themes of thunder, wind and lightning.
Command the Storm
Cost: 10m, 1W; Mins: Essence 3
Prerequisites: Eye of the Storm
The truest power of the Stormblade is to command storms themselves. By using this Evocation, the wielder can mute or intensify the environmental penalties caused by a storm by one, to a minimum of 0 or a maximum of -3. This can create a storm from nothing or reduce an existing storm to non-existence, dissipating it unnaturally. If activated again in immediate subsequent actions, reduce the cost of the Evocation to 5m, 0W. Storms created by this Evocation tend to last until the end of the scene, though if conditions are right, they may grow and take on a life of their own at the Storyteller’s discretion. Finally, while a storm created or enhanced by this Evocation is present in a scene, the wielder may reduce the cost of Thunderbolt to 3m,1i.