19 October 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 105 - Spaid's Noir Crystal

This is the one-hundred and fifth 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 crystalweave armor with a bonus to Toughness. After that, it quickly turned into a pun. Just puns on puns.

I offer no apologies.

Spaid's Noir Crystal

Maximum Threads: 1
Mystic Defense: 12
Legend Point Cost: Journeyman

This crystalweave armor is made from ivy with variegated leaves, going from almost black to lighter green. The living crystal is clear to smoky gray with intricate runes carved along it.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the armor’s Name.
Effect: The armor is Physical Armor 4.

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The wearer gains +1 rank to Tracking

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn about the bound spirit, including its Name and specific spirit type (more specific than “wood spirit,” but what kind of wood spirit). [Marlowe, a bannion wood spirit]
Effect: The ivy in the armor becomes slightly animated, shifting and moving to draw the wearer’s attention. The wearer gains +1 rank to Awareness.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: The ivy reaches up to scratch the wearer’s chin, helping them see beyond the obfuscations of weather. The wearer’s Tracking tests are unaffected by weather conditions.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn what kind of ivy was used to create the armor and where it can be found. [Noir ivy, Glenwood Deep]
Effect: The ivy shifts, creating noise that sounds like whispers, aiding the wearer to focus and see beyond the passage of time. Increased Tracking Difficulty Numbers due to passing time are reduced by 3.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: The wearer's skin becomes like hard, boiled leather and gains +2 to their Toughness Value.

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