23 April 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 10 - Stone of Wisdom, The

This is the tenth 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 an update to The Stone of Wisdom (Shards Collection vol. 1, p. 29). A truly faithful adaptation isn't possible due to the Detect Influence ability which isn't present in 4E (and not coming back). This update is entirely focused on being a good leader. Also, Detect Influence is a really weird ability to give to an item from long before the Scourge. When Horrors weren't a thing.


The Stone of Wisdom

Maximum Threads: 1
Mystic Defense: 12
Legend Point Cost: Journeyman

The Stone of Wisdom is a beautiful pearl, about two inches in diameter, suspended on a silver chain of windling design. Within the pearl, a finely carved face is visible.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of the item.
Effect: The owner gains +1 to Interaction tests.

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

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of the item's creator (the face within the pearl).
Effect: The owner gains and additional +2 to Interaction (Insight) tests.

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

Thread Rank Five
Deed: The owner must assist a community leader in making a wise decision. The decision must be important enough to decide the fate of at least 30 Namegivers/
Effect: Once per day, the owner can meditate on a question for 1 hour and ask the pearl's wisdom. The question must be regarding governance and/or civil leadership. The owner makes an Interaction (Insight) test against Difficulty Number 10 and adds the thread rank as a bonus to the test. If successful, the owner gains insight into their question, but the pearl does not possess additional information, just a different, more objective perspective. Each additional success allows the owner to ask a follow-up question with the same restrictions as the initial question. The owner cannot ask the same question multiple times unless the situation changes significantly or the owner ganes significant additional information.

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

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