03 February 2021

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Thread Item 122 - Thriving Stag

This is the one-hundred and twenty-second 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 and happens to be the last item before I resigned. This was written with the request of a helmet with a bonus to Toughness Value. After mulling it over for quite a while, I decided to go with a life theme for the Toughness. Antlers and warm bronze went well with that.


Thriving Stag

Maximum Threads: 1
Mystic Defense: 16
Legend Point Cost: Master

This bronze helmet is of a curious design. It resembles a Corinthian helmet with massive antlers affixed to it and extending out. Swirling, circular glyphs are etched into the surface with a tidy row of runes carved along the edge. These runes are most prominent along the nasal and cheeks. The helmet’s metal has a warm patina of use and a faint green sheen when the light strikes it just right.

When a thread is attached, the helmet adjusts to fit the wearer, including allowing for a troll's horns along with the antlers. An aventail of morning glory vines begins growing from the helmet, extending in length as the wearer’s thread rank increases.

Thread Rank One
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the helmet’s Name.
Effect: The wearer gains +1 to their Physical Armor.

Thread Rank Two
Effect: The wearer gains +1 rank to Wood Skin. When the wearer activates Wood Skin, the trailing flowers wind around the wearer and appear as part of the appearance.

Thread Rank Three
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the meaning of the glyphs etched into the helmet.
Effect: The wearer gains +1 to their Mystic Armor.

Thread Rank Four
Effect: The wearer gains +2 ranks to Wood Skin.

Thread Rank Five
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the runes carved into the helmet.
Effect: The wearer gains +1 Recovery Test per day.

Thread Rank Six
Effect: The wearer gains +2 to their Toughness Value.

Thread Rank Seven
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn where the flower cutting used for the helmet originated.
Deed: The owner must visit this site and gather additional flower cuttings to incorporate into the helmet.
Effect: When the wearer uses Wood Skin, the vines grow into the wearer’s skin and the flowers are pink variegated. All tests the wearer makes to heal damage gain a +2 bonus if their Wood Skin is active.

Thread Rank Eight
Effect: The wearer gains +2 ranks to Lifesight.

Thread Rank Nine
Key Knowledge: The owner must learn the stag’s Name whose antlers adorn the helmet.
Deed: The owner must find one of that stag’s legendary offspring and earn their antlers to replace on the helmet.
Effect: The wearer gains the Thriving Stag ability. As a Simple action for 1 Strain when their Wood Skin is active, the wearer’s eyes glow green within the helmet as the flowers and vines become animated. They make a Lifesight test (the cost pays for the Lifesight cost) against a target’s Mystic Defense. If successful, they can more effectively see the target’s energy moving through their body, giving them a +2 bonus to their next Action test against the target and an associated Effect test (including Damage, Effect from a spell, or Recovery test caused by the Action test).

Thread Rank Ten
Effect: The wearer gains +4 ranks to Lifesight.

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