04 August 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 53 - Crucible of Purity

This is the fifty-third 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 a crystal raider shield with Initiative Penalty reduction. Which is fine. So I went a little sideways for inexplicable reasons. I have to entertain and interest myself too, okay.


Crucible of Purity

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

A smooth crystal raider shield carved with gentle, flowing glyphs across surfaces entirely devoid of facets. In truth, it looks more like a large basin than a shield as it lacks any way to hold it. Once a thread is attached, it securely fits to the owner’s arm without need for any physical method to secure it. Blue and green veins of True water and wood run throughout the crystal like a network of roots or veins.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the shield’s Name.
Effect: The wearer gains +3 to Mystic Defense.

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The wearer gains +3 to Physical Defense

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The Owner must learn where the Living Crystal was harvested.
Effect: The shield is Initiative Penalty 1.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: The shield gains the Crucible of Purity ability. As a Sustained action, the owner can pour water into the basin of the shield. The shield glows blue and green, illuminating glyphs carved into the crystal and causing the water to give an eerie but comforting light show over the course of a minute. The water is purified of mundane filth, but not poison or corruption, and is remarkably refreshing. Each such preparation makes a single drink regardless of the shield’s size and gives the imbiber a +1 bonus to their next Recovery test. This ability can be used thread rank times per day and like other bonuses from the same source, cannot be stacked.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn who created the Shield.
Effect: The wearer gains +4 to Mystic Defense.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: The water affected by Crucible of Purity now gives a +2 bonus to their next Recovery Test.

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