29 October 2020

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 112 - Unquenchable Fire

This is the one-hundred and twelfth 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 bracelet with a no Strain with Aggressive Attack combat option effect. Also to tie it in with a previous thread item—this one with a fire theme to complement the previous water theme. Much of the design was about contrasting and complementing the previous work. Connected, but still distinct and stands on its own.



Unquenchable Fire

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

A bracelet that seems to be cut from gleaming red crystal. The facets sparkle too much and in ways they shouldn’t when light shines on it, which belies its true nature. Once a thread is attached, the bracelet glows and blazes in time with the wearer’s heartbeat and disposition. The True fire never goes out, merely moving from a simmer to conflagration around the wearer’s arm. As the wearer’s understanding of the bracelet increases, and their control over themselves improves, so does their control of the bracelet’s flame.

Strange runes reveal themselves to the owner within the bracelet as the thread rank increases. These runes shift and change; they seem to tell a story that reveals slowly, but it is incomplete.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the bracelet’s Name.
Effect: The fire’s burning reflects in the wearer, making them warm and affable as required. The wearer gains a +1 bonus to Interaction tests.

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The fire wraps around their limbs, a reminder of how it both brings life and warmth, but is terrible in anger. The wearer gains a +1 bonus to close combat Attack tests.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the locations of where the True fire was harvested.
Effect: Uncontrolled fire runs rampant without regard, but when harnessed and focused, it is a tool. The wearer does not take Strain for the Aggressive Attack combat option.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: Fire consumes what is in its path. It is hungry and relentless. The wearer gains a +1 bonus to close combat Damage tests.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must begin to unravel the mysteries of the runes in the bracelet.
Deed: The owner must travel to the locations where the True fire was harvested and entreat with a fire spirit dwelling there.
Effect: Fire is defined not by how long it burns, but how bright and how hot. For 1 Strain, the wearer gains an additional +1 to Attack and Damage tests when using the Aggressive Attack combat option.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: Time is the unquenchable fire in which we burn. Once per round for 2 Strain, the wearer may spend an additional Karma Point on a direct, violent Action test.

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