29 July 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 49 - Wyvern Oil

This is the forty-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.

A thread item written for an online game I offered to help with thread items. This was written with the request of wyvern skin armor with resistance to grappling. There's a few different ways to interpret that and strategies to aid against it. The most obvious is increasing Physical Defense against grappling attacks. So that went in there. However, most creatures initiate grappling through special maneuvers rather than a specific grappling attack - this makes the gamemaster's life easier since they don't have to frontload attacks with those details and can just add from a menu of options afterward. Making those special manevuers more difficult to pull off greatly reduces their frequency. So that went in there too. There's also improving the ability to escape, which went in as well. If you grew up in the country, the odds of you watching adolescent and older boys attempt to wrestle a greased pig increases significantly. Which became the guiding imagery here.


Wyvern Oil

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

Iridescent blue and green scales cover this wyvern skin armor and have a glistening sheen to them. Unlike the typical texture of wyvern scales, these are slick to the touch and have beautiful runes infused with True water carved into them. When light hits the scales just right, the sheen on the surface reveals patterns forming glyphs across the surface.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the armor’s Name.
Effect: The armor is Mystic Armor 2.
Thread Rank Two
Effect: The armor is Mystic Armor 3.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn about the runes and glyphs of the armor.
Effect: The wearer gains the Wyvern Oil ability. As a Simple action for 1 Strain, the armor begins secreting a prodigious amount of oil until the end of the next round, quickly coating the armor and everything nearby, making the wearer quite a slippery little devil. The wearer gains +3 to their Physical Defense against Attack tests to grapple them and +3 to tests to escape from a grapple.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: When the wearer uses Wyvern Oil, they experience the joys of nearly zero friction and the armor is Initiative Penalty 2.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn where the wyvern used to create the armor lived.
Effect: The benefits from Wyvern Oil increase to +3 to Physical Defense against Attack tests to grapple them and +4 to tests to escape from a grapple.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: When the wearer uses Wyvern Oil, the oil is slightly noxious. If a special maneuver allows an opponent to initiate a grapple against the wearer, it requires an additional success to use.

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