20 January 2021

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 120 - Godot's Crossbow

This is the one-hundred and twentieth 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 medium crossbow with some kind of bonus against an opponent who already took their action. Players, amirite? So... I went with a pun that made sense to me at the time. And built on that pun. And eventually, there was a whole item.

I offer no apologies for this series of events because this would imply I somehow feel some kind of remorse or shame for what I did. Which is not true. I have no shame nor remorse. It has happened before. It will happen again. Not if, but when.


Godot's Crossbow

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

This crossbow appears as a standard issue for some long-forgotten military or mercenary unit, though it appears it was never used. Always waiting to be fired.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the crossbow’s Name.
Effect: The crossbow is Damage Step 6.

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The wielder gains +1 to Attack tests with the crossbow.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the unit the crossbow is associated with. [Lucky Pozzo’s Boys]
Effect: The crossbow is Damage Step 7.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: The wielder gains +2 to Attack tests with the crossbow.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the first owner’s fate. [Died fighting an estragon Named Vlad.]
Effect: The wielder gains the Godot’s Crossbow ability. As a Simple action for 1 Strain, the wielder’s bolts fired from the crossbow seem to travel lazily, without any hurry to their target. An opponent who has already performed a Standard action struck by a bolt suffers a similar malaise and suffers a -2 penalty to their next Initiative test.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: The slowness inflicted by Godot’s Crossbow intensifies and targets affected by the Initiative penalty also suffer a -2 penalty to their Physical Defense until the end of the next round.

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