26 August 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 69 - Release

This is the sixty-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 a crossbow with a 1 Strain for +3 to Spot Armor Flaw and linked to a previous thread item. There's a lot going on here, though the complicated part may not be what it initially seems.

The previous thread item was a quiver written for a bow. Here is a crossbow. This may be a little thing, but these need to fit in my head. I used similar materials to connect them, while some orthogonal descriptions to make them askew (simple v. ornate, Sperethiel v. Scythan). Also, there's a continuation of the previous poem written as a reflection of the first, using similar themes and imagery.


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

An ornately carved medium crossbow with the stock covered with oxblood leather. The body is carved in the Scythan dialect, “Takes what the heart wants. Shuddering through their body. The final Release.”

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the crossbow’s Name.
Effect: The crossbow is Damage Step 6.

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The wielder gains +1 to Attack tests with the crossbow.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn what creature the leather came from and where.
Effect: The wielder gains the Release ability. As a Free action for 1 Strain, the carvings on the crossbow turn red until the end of the round. The wielder gains +3 to their next Spot Armor Flaw test.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: When using Release, the carvings shift and move under the wielder’s fingers in a soothing way. The wielder gains +1 rank to Anticipate Blow.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the Name of who created the crossbow and the significance of the words.
Effect: When using Release, the carvings move more urgently with hunger. The wielder gains +1 to their Initiative test.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: When using Release, the depressions in the carvings look as though they fill with blood. The wielder gains +2 to Damage tests with the crossbow against Wounded targets.

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