02 September 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 74 - Moonlit Toccata

This is the seventy-fourth 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 warbow that can be easily switched between a companion weapon (a lance). This is the second part of the pair and shows how they work together. The theming and what the Name says is even more dense here than the partner. They present a lot of power together, but also important choices and how to use them. When is exactly the right time. Following the tempo of the conflict is important and takes some considerable skill to play it just right.

Moonlit Tocatta

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

This ash bow is carved with silvery runes and wrapped with tattered blue and silver ribbons. Whenever an arrow is nocked, a soft, cold light can be seen just behind the arrowhead from all angles—nothing to reveal it, but an eerie glow to those nearby. Each attack with the bow plays a single, clear note with vibrato as the arrow is loosed, followed by a second note as it strikes, forming a coda to the attack.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the bow's Name.
Effect: The bow is Damage Step 6. A glyph appears on the arrowhead as the arrow is nocked. It disappears if the arrow goes unfired, but is permanent if fired.

Thread Rank Two
Effect: True air infuses the wielder’s actions, allowing them to ready or stow the bow as a Simple action.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn about the glyphs on the arrows.
Effect: The wielder gains the Moonlit Toccata ability. As a Simple action for 1 Strain, the glow around the arrow intensifies, surrounding it and streaming back toward the wielder. The wielder gains +2 to their Attack tests with the bow until the end of the round.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: When Moonlit Toccata is active, the runes along the bow glow with a cool, soft light. The wielder can also spend 1 Strain when activated to gain +2 to the associated Damage tests.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn about the runes and what they represent.
Deed: The owner must have a thread tied to Moonlit Crescendo.
Effect: When Moonlit Toccata is active, the wielder can spend an additional Karma Point on the Attack test. Doing so causes an additional note to be played, creating a distinctive leitmotif.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: When Moonlit Toccata is used, each attack builds an aria with mounting intensity. A successful associated Attack test adds one “count.” For 1 Strain, the wielder gains an additional +1 to Attack tests with the bow while using Moonlit Toccata per count. If the wielder misses, the count is reduced to 0.

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