28 August 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 71 - Worm Horn, The

This is the seventy-first 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 horn with the Command Nightflyer power. To be perfectly honest, this leans heavily on the silvered horn from Iopos: Lair of Deceit, but I can only write so many magical horns in a year. And this is two. So it's not a very big number. Still, it manages to be similar, but unique and still focused on the Command Nightflyer talent.

The Worm Horn

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

This signal horn is made in the style of the Iopan plain, using the traditional coiled horn of a hoop horn. Gleaming silver plating wraps the horn, enhancing the acoustics, and runes are carved in the silver along the coil. A simple leather strap allows the horn to be worn when not in use.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the horn’s Name.
Effect: For 1 Strain, the owner can project any sound they make twice as far. This makes it louder, never deafening, but not louder in proportion to the distance. Each thread rank doubles this distance (e.g., Rank Two is four times further).

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The wearer gains +1 rank to Command Nightflyer.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the significance of the runes.
Effect: For 1 Strain, the owner gains Enhanced Senses [Hearing] (2) for minutes equal to the thread rank.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: The wearer gains +1 to Social Defense.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn who created the horn.
Effect: The wearer gains +2 ranks to Command Nightflyer.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: The owner can use the horn to issue commands to affected nightflyers with the horn, allowing them to be issued from a distance. For 1 Strain, the owner can change the frequency of the horn so only nightflyers and those with Enhanced Hearing can detect it.

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