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Artifact – The Gauntlet of Dreams

October 19, 2016

The Gauntlet of Dreams (Orichalculm Smashfist – Artifact *****)

Once upon a time, an Eclipse-Caste Solar Exalt ventured into the Deep Wyld, wrapped in layers of sorcery and protective oaths.  He found the court of the Fair Folk known as the Witch Queen, for her power over the minds of mortals.  Her court was littered with the soul-eaten husks of the men and women she had seduced and drained; her appetite was insatiable, and she set her sights on the Eclipse the moment he stepped into her domain.

But the Eclipse was no fool, and he evaded her snares with cunning and style.  Within a fortnight in her domain, it was the Witch Queen who found herself seduced, and the Eclipse who soon sat upon her jade throne.  When he finally took his leave, laden with the jewels and gems of her court, she threw herself at his feet, begging him to take her with him.  Knowing she would wither and die in Creation’s harsh light, he wrapped her in his arms and breathed in her Essence, forging her in that instant into an orichalcum gauntlet, which he wore to the end of his days.  This is the Gauntlet of Dreams.

Said to have the power to command the Wyld itself, the Gauntlet of Dreams was lost at the end of the First Age, when the Eclipse, Hapshet-Kur, was slain by his trusted viziers and entombed with all his riches.  It is said that, the moment his tomb was sealed, a wail of purest sorrow screamed from every stone, and a Wyld storm rose around the Tomb, too thick to be pierced by mortal men.  Since that day, the Tomb of Hapshet-Kur has lain undisturbed, until now.  For no discernible reason, the Wyld zone has lessened (though not vanished), and glimpses of the Tomb can be seen through the edges of the gemstone forest that surrounds it.  Who will dare to venture into the Tomb, and will they be able to claim the Gauntlet from the creatures that protect it still?

Evocations of the Gauntlet of Dreams

The strength of the Gauntlet as a weapon is the least of its powers.  A Solar who attunes to the Gauntlet finds the powers of the Fair Folk slide off him, unable to find purchase.  Such an attuned wielder raises the difficulty to use any Fair Folk magic against him by two.  If the power in question has no difficulty, it instead has its cost doubled.

Command the Least Dreams
Cost: 3m, 1W; Mins: Essence 1
Type: Simple
Keywords: Psyche
Duration: One Scene
Prerequisites: None

The hobgoblins of the Fair Folk are little more than wisps of imagination wrapped around a single feeding maw.  With this Evocation, the bearer of the Gauntlet of Dreams can command those wisps to do his bidding as though he were a raksha noble.  For the Duration of the Evocation, the bearer treats any social influence made against a hobgoblin or similar least Fair Folk as though it exploited a Defining Intimacy.

Untouched by Madness
Cost: 8m; Mins: Essence 2
Type: Simple
Keywords: None
Duration: Indefinite
Prerequisites: Command the Least Dreams

With a wave of his gauntleted hand, the bearer of this Artifact can drive away the worst horrors of the Wyld, protecting himself from their mutating touch.  While the activation motes remain committed, the wielder of the Gauntlet cannot be directly harmed by the power of the Wyld, exactly as though he were under the effects of Integrity-Protecting Prana.  If the wielder knows that Charm, this Evocation instead removes the Willpower cost to use it.

Command the Greater Dreams
Cost: -; Mins: Essence 3
Type: Permanent
Keywords: Psyche
Duration: Permanent
Prerequisites: Untouched by Madness

With this Evocation, the wielder’s command over the creatures of the Wyld increases dramatically.  This Evocation enhances Command the Least Dreams, allowing it to be wielded against any creature of the Wyld, including Fair Folk.  If used against a hobgoblin, Command the Least Dreams now also increases the Willpower cost to resist the wielder’s social influence by one.

Strike Down the Imagination
Cost: – (1W); Mins: Essence 3
Type: Permanent
Keywords: None
Duration: Permanent
Prerequisites: Untouched by Madness

Channeling the power of the Gauntlet to command the Wyld, the wielder can strike down creatures of the Wyld with martial impunity.  This Evocation allows any attack the wielder makes with the Gauntlet to deal Aggravated damage to any creature of the Wyld if the wielder wishes; this enhancement is optional.  Additionally, the wielder may pay one Willpower to enhance any such attack, ignoring all soak or Hardness from gossamer armor or Fair Folk magic.

Warp the Weft of the Wyld
Cost: -; Mins: Essence 5
Type: Permanent
Keywords: None
Duration: Permanent
Prerequisites: Command the Greater Dreams, Strike Down the Imagination, Wyld-Shaping Technique

The truest power of the Gauntlet of Dreams is to enhance Wyld-Shaping Technique.  When the wielder knows this Evocation and uses Wyld-Shaping Technique, he reduces the difficulty by one, adds one to the result of the Encounter Roll, and may use a free, full Lore Excellency once per scene of Wyld shaping.  This free Excellency may be reset by defeating a behemoth drawn to the site of the Wyld shaping by an Encounter Roll.

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