06 April 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 09 - Razorclaw

This is the ninth 4E Anatomy of a Thread Item, an ongoing series about Earthdawn Fourth Edition. Introduction and Index.

Everything contained here is the work of a fan and not associated with FASA Games.

This presents both a straight update to Razorclaw (Shards Collection vol. 1, p. 28) and a different take on it.



Razorclaw

Maximum Threads: 2
Mystic Defense: 11
Legend Point Cost: Journeyman


A beautifully crafted troll sword with an exceptionally keen edge, the crossguards on Razorclaw's hlt are shaped like eagle's talons. Runes are etched down the blade with fine writing, and another strange-looking rune is stamped on the pommel.

With no threads attached, Razorclaw is a normal troll sword.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of the sword.
Effect:
 The sword is now Damage Step 7.


Thread Rank Two
Effect: The owner gains +1 to Physical Defense.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of who last owned Razorclaw.
Effect: 
The sword is now Damage Step 8.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: The owner gains +2 to Physical Defense.

This is faithful to the original, but offers only four thread ranks for a Journeyman tier thread item. Below is a version still faithful to the original, but expanded to six thread ranks.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of the sword.
Effect:
 The sword is now Damage Step 7.


Thread Rank Two
Effect: The owner gains +1 to Physical Defense.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of who last owned Razorclaw.
Effect: 
The sword is now Damage Step 8.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: The owner gains +2 to Physical Defense.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of the Weaponsmith who crafted the sword and their personal rune is stamped on the pommel.
Effect: The sword is now Damage Step 9.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: The owner gains +3 to Physical Defense.

The version above expands the thread ranks to six, adds a new Key Knowledge at Thread Rank Five. However, it's a little bland. Let's see about making it more interesting:


Razorclaw


Maximum Threads: 2
Mystic Defense: 12
Legend Point Cost: Journeyman

A beautifully crafted troll sword with an exceptionally keen edge, the crossguards on Razorclaw's hlt are shaped like eagle's talons. Runes are etched down the blade with fine writing, and another strange-looking rune is stamped on the pommel.

With no threads attached, Razorclaw is a normal troll sword. Once a thread is attached, the sword resizes to be the maximum one-handed weapon size to the wielder.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of the sword.
Effect: The sword gains +1 to Damage Step (Damage Step 7 as a troll sword).

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The owner gains +1 to Physical Defense.


Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of the Weaponsmith who crafted the sword and their personal rune is stamped on the pommel.
Effect: The owner may use the Razorclaw ability as a Simple Action. For 1 Strain, the runes on the blade and pommel glow, and the owner may divide up to +2 between their Attack and Damage tests with Razorclaw until the end of the round. For example, they add +2 to their Attack tests, +2 to Damage tests, or +1 to Attack and Damage tests.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: The owner gains +2 to Physical Defense.


Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of who last owned Razorclaw.
Effect: The Razorclaw ability is now +3.

Thread Rank Six
Deed: The owner must include their personal rune on the blade in the same style as the run on the pommel.
Effect: The Razorclaw ability is now +4 and may increase Physical Defense in addition to Attack and Damage.

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