11 September 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 81 - Raven's Beak

This is the eighty-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 spear with a Standard Matrix. The character is a Shaman (among other things) and I do love a pun... so a bird theme was entirely appropriate.

As an aside, it always struck me how many swords containing a spell matrix there are in Earthdawn since 1E. Going through and updating them, it really struck me. It's a lot. Particularly given how this combination requires multiple Disciplines and orthogonal Disciplines at that. This isn't inherently bad, but the number of them was a curious thing.


Raven's Beak

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

This spear’s haft is a glossy black wood carved with distinctive runes along the length. A slightly curved obsidian blade is affixed to the haft and adorned with various raven feathers to complete the work. A single glyph is etched into each side of the obsidian.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the spear’s Name.
Effect: The spear contains a Standard Matrix with rank equal to the Thread Rank.

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The spear is Damage Step 5.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the meaning of the runes.
Effect: The wielder gains +1 to Attack tests with the spear.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: The spear is Damage Step 6.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn where the spear was enchanted.
Deed: The owner must travel to the location where the spear was enchanted, entreat with the spirit who dwells there and replace the feathers.
Effect: The wielder gains the Raven’s Beak special maneuver.

Raven’s Beak (Wielder, Close or Ranged Combat): The wielder can spend 1 Strain and an additional success on a close or ranged combat Attack test with Raven’s Beak to strike at the target’s eyes. They are partially blinded until the end of the next round.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: When the wielder uses Raven’s Beak, they can spend an additional 1 Strain to upgrade to full blindness.

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