Cutlass of CoralOctober 21, 2016
Cutlass of Coral (Black Jade Daiklave – Artifact ***)
A significant embarrassment for House Iselsi, the creation of the Cutlass of Coral was to have been a significant triumph. For a House near dissolution, the forging of a potent Artifact weapon would have added a much-needed laurel to their dangerously small list of accolades, but the Cutlass of Coral was lost on its first mission. In the hands of Iselsi Turi, the blade was meant to bring to heel a vicious pirate and his crew aboard the Purgatory’s Zenith. Instead, Iselsi Turi was slain, his crew and ship captured, and the Cutlass of Coral fell into the hands of a newly Exalted Anathema. In hopes of avoiding the shame of Turi’s failure, House Iselsi has scrubbed all records of the daiklave’s existence.
The Cutlass of Coral is a black jade daiklave with a slightly curved blade, covered in Old Realm script praising Danaa’d, the Elemental Dragon of Water, the basket hilt of the sword is crafted to appear as a many-tentacled sea beast wrapping down around the hand of the wielder. These tentacles actually grip the hand of the sword’s bearer, making it nearly impossible to disarm him while he lives.
Evocations of the Cutlass of Coral
A Solar or Dragon-Blood who attunes to the Cutlass of Coral finds that the tentacles of the basket hilt grip his hand tightly, adding two to the difficulty of any Disarm gambits made against the wielder.
Razor-Edged Coral Blade
Cost: 3m; Mins: Essence 1
The edge of the Cutlass of Coral can sprout razor sharp coral filigree, making its strikes especially dangerous. A withering attack supplemented by this Evocation gains double 9s on its damage roll. A decisive attack instead adds the wielder’s (Essence) in bonus dice to the damage roll. The filigree desiccates and crumbles to dust immediately after the attack is completed.
Cost:6m, 1W; Mins: Essence 1
Prerequisites: Razor-Edged Coral Blade
With the force of the tides, the wielder of the Cutlass of Coral can thrust his target away from himself with an effort of will. On a successful attack, the wielder may activate this Evocation to push his opponent back to Short range as though he had succeeded on a Disengage action.
Crushing Grasp of Coral
Cost: 8m,1W; Mins: Essence 3
Prerequisites: Tidal Thrust
A strike from the Cutlass of Coral can envelop a foe in ropes of strangling, razor-edged coral, sprouting from the ground beneath the enemy like vines. A successful decisive attack supplemented by this Evocation imposes a -2 penalty on all the enemy’s actions for the remainder of the scene, as coral growths impede her movement. Further, anytime that enemy takes a Rush or Disengage action, she suffers the wielder’s (Essence) in dice of lethal damage. Finally, an enemy slain either by this decisive attack or by the damage from the coral ropes is rapidly overgrown by coral. In seconds, the corpse becomes a lifelike, if horrific, statue of coral; all the victim’s non-Artifact belongings are likewise transmuted to coral.