02 July 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 32 - Storm Dancer

This is the thirty-second 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.

A thread item written for an online game I offered to help with thread items. This was written with the request of an espagra cloak with Karma storage. I was hoping to see something a lot like this come across my desk from the same character since I like doing item sets when possible. At least building up a theme for a character that complements them well. The first item for this character was Gale Cutter and this goes well with it without being a required piece.

Storm Dancer

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

This particular cut of cloak has not been popular for hundreds of years and was last seen in the Western Kingdoms. Cloaks of this style were especially popular and identified practitioners of a particular fighting style that emphasized grace rather than power. It falls to the wearer’s mid-shin and has comfortably loose sleeves, notably lacking a hood entirely. The espagra hide used is a brilliant white with delicate blue and gray shading. The length sparkles with True air and flows in an ever present breeze. Deep blue cuffs embroidered with orichalcum thread complete the once highly fashionable look.

The cloak resizes to fit the wearer when a thread is attached.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the armor’s Name.
Effect: The armor is Physical Armor 4.

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The wearer gains +1 to their Initiative test.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn of the fighting style associated with this cloak design.
Effect: The wearer gains the Storm Dancer ability. As a Free action for 1 Strain, storm clouds roll across the cloak and lightning crackles from them, wreathing the wearer’s arms. The owner gains a separate Step 4/D6 Lightning Die with their next Damage test against an opponent with lower Initiative.
Thread Rank Four
Effect: The wearer gains +2 to their Initiative test.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the variety of espagra the cloak was made from and where it lives.
Effect: The owner may store Karma Points up to the thread rank in the armor. The wearer may transfer Karma Points between their Karma pool and the armor as a Standard action, and may spend Karma from the armor as if it were in their Karma pool.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: When Storm Dancer is active, the wearer can spend a Karma Point on any Action test against an opponent with lower Initiative. This can be used once per round.

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