July 27, 2016

For those unfamiliar, a Skycutter is an Artifact boomerang, razor-edged and about two-to-three feet long from tip to tip.  Very visually evocative!


Gleaming Crescent (Moonsilver Skycutter – Artifact ***)

Beautiful moonlight
Gleaming on the silver pond

Gibbous and deadly

So reads the stanza of Gleaming Crescent, an elegant arch of moonsilver forged near the end of the Shogunate. Baptized in the blood of the Fair Folk, it slew hundreds before its first and only wielder was dragged to his death by the teeming hordes of the Wyld. Now, it rests in the trophy room of the Cataphract-King called the Emperor of Sorrows, still bearing the bloodstains of the raksha it killed. The Emperor reads the haiku every day, shedding a single diamond tear for his fallen kin while he plots vengeance on the world that slew them.

Evocations of Gleaming Crescent

A Solar or Lunar who attunes to Gleaming Crescent finds that it will always return to his hand after an attack, even on a botched attack roll.

Strike from Behind
Cost: 3m; Mins: Essence 1
Type: Reflexive
Keywords: None
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: None

Gleaming Crescent always returns to its wielder’s hand, a fact that can sometimes be surprising to those who engage him. Immediately after making a withering attack at an opponent at least at Short range, the wielder may use this Evocation to unleash a second attack at a different opponent, who must be at Close range to the wielder. This second attack may be withering or decisive.

Thrown Protector
Cost: 6m; Mins: Essence 2
Type: Reflexive
Keywords: None
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: Strike from Behind

With uncanny skill and insight, the wielder of Gleaming Crescent may strike a ranged attack away from one he loves with but a flick of the wrist. To use this Evocation, someone toward whom the wielder holds a least a Minor positive Tie must be the target of a ranged attack. This Evocation is a reflexive (Dexterity + Thrown) roll against the total successes rolled on that attack. Every success on this roll subtracts one success from the attack roll, to a minimum of zero, before it is applied to the target’s Defense. As always, Gleaming Crescent immediately returns to its wielder’s hand after this “attack.”

Protect Thyself
Cost: 4m,1W; Mins: Essence 3
Type: Reflexive
Keywords: Clash, Decisive-only
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: Thrown Protector

By hurling Gleaming Crescent at an incoming attacker, the wielder may teach the offender that striking him is a fool’s errand. This Evocation allows the wielder to make a reflexive Thrown clash attack against an attack directed at him, regardless of his place in the Initiative order. This does not count as the wielder’s combat action.


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