A thread item written for an online game I offered to help with thread items. This was written with the request of crystal plate. Since the intended recipient is a windling Cavalryman, that changes some of the assumptions on how the character operates and what benefits them the most. For whatever reason, I wanted to encourage movement. however keeping the armor viable for more than just a Cavalryman means fiddling a bit with how Movement Rate can be affected.
Death Flies on Sparkly Wings
Maximum Threads: 2
Mystic Defense: 12
This set of crystal plate armor is cut with facets to maximize how much it sparkles when light touches it. The back is shaped to allow ease and comfort for any windling wearing it, while still providing sufficient protection for a non-windling owner should they choose to wear armor clearly not made for them. Runes are carved along the spine, shoulders, and shoulder blades suggestive of stylized wings.
While the armor appears sized for a windling, it reluctantly automatically resizes to fit the wearer.
Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the armor’s Name.
Effect: The armor is Physical Armor 8.
Thread Rank Two
Effect: The armor is Mystic Armor 8.
Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the meaning of the runes.
Effect: The wearer gains the Death Flies on Sparkly Wings ability. As a Simple action for 1 Strain, glowing, sparkly dragonfly wings emerge from the wearer’s back. If the wearer already has wings, they glow and sparkle, becoming more impressive. The wearer can increase or decrease their Movement Rate by up to 4 until the end of the round. This also affects their mount, if applicable. These wings are just decorative for Namegivers unfortunate enough to be born without them.
Thread Rank Four
Effect: The armor sparkles and leaves shimmering contrails behind the wearer as they move when using Death Flies on Sparkly Wings. The wearer can use the Aggressive Attack combat option (Player’s Guide, p. 382) without spending Strain.
Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The wearer must learn about the first owner.
Effect: The wearer’s wings now feature shifting images of sparkly death and violence when using Death Flies on Sparkly Wings. The wearer can spend an additional Karma Point on a Damage test if they move at least half their (or their mount’s) Movement Rate prior to the attack or are using the Aggressive Attack combat option.
Thread Rank Six
Effect: Each facet of the armor features a different sparkling scene of macabre violence against the wearer’s opponents when using Death Flies on Sparkly Wings. The wearer can spend an additional Karma Point on an Attack test if they move at least half their (or their mount’s) Movement Rate prior to the attack or are using the Aggressive Attack combat option.