Bitter Fury(Soulsteel Reaper Daiklaive - ●●●)
Type: Medium (+3 Acc, +10 Dmg, +1 Def, Ovw 4)
Tags: Lethal, Melee, Balanced
Hearthstone Slot(s): 1
Era: Time of Tumult
Setting sail from Skullstone, the Abyssal craftsman known simply as the Dark Maker prowled the western oceans, hunting for ruins and wreckage from the lost First Age. During once such endeavor the death knight’s fleet discovered a lost Peleps vessel, long separated from their armada by the wrath of a Storm Mother. Starved and thirsty, the crew fell prey to the Dark Maker with relative ease, increasing the Abyssal’s crew with each man that fell. The crew fell easily, that is, save for one. A valiant Fire Aspect fought tooth and nail at first to drive off the invaders, and once that cause was clearly lost, he battled to deny the brigands the spoils by sinking the very ship he battled on. His efforts, sadly, were for naught. The crew slain, the ship taken, the brave Prince of Creation was taken prisoner.
The Dark Maker returned to his hidden workshop, a manse corrupted by the dark essence of the shadowland that overtook it, with his spoils in tow. There he questioned the Fire Aspect with tortures both mundane and mystical for the knowledge of the Peleps navy’s movements. No matter the horrors inflicted, however, the man would not break. Frustrated but refusing to walk away without another prize, the Death Knight murdered the loyal Peleps soldier, smelting his soul and the souls of his crew with underworld iron in the cold flames of his balefire crucible. Working day and night without sleep or sustenance, ensuring that no light other than the heatless sun of the underworld or the green balefire of the forge touched the iron, the Dark Maker fashioned an elegant reaper daiklaive from the resulting soulsteel. The rage of Hesiesh is not so easily quenched, however, and the divine spark of the dragons had an unexpected effect on the blade. Re-entering creation, basking in the warmth of the Unconquered Sun’s light, the embers of the souls forged into the steel began to reignite, hungering for vengeance against the dark beings that trapped them.
Bitter Fury is an elegant, almost impossibly thin soulsteel reaper daiklaive. As further insult to the souls trapped within, its habaki and kashira are crafted from Malfean brass and the iron tsuba is carved in the shape of dragons bound in barbed chains. The same-kawa is fashioned from the skin of strange creatures fished from the depths of the underworld’s seas, the tsuka-ito is woven from the hair of dead sailors, and the mekugi that holds the whole blade together is carved from the Dragonblood’s finger bone. The pained faces indicative of soulsteel aren't visible in the hiraji, the metal instead appearing as a matte black void. With close inspection the faces are visible in the hamon, warped into silent screams of rage rather than pain, and they glow faintly as if the metal hasn’t fully cooled when the blade is drawn in Creation.
Evocations of Bitter Fury
Fire Aspect Dragonblooded are always resonant with this artifact as the Exalted essence trapped within knows its own.
When attuning themselves to Bitter Fury, the Exalt can accept the Major intimacy “Anathema (Hatred)” to awaken Hate’s Razor Edge at no cost. This intimacy cannot be reduced or increased in any way while the artifact is attuned, and while the Exalt is aware that the intimacy is not entirely their own, it functions for all intents and purposes as if it were. The Exalt can either purchase or re-purchase the evocation at standard cost to overcome the furious souls’ will, either waiving or removing the intimacy.
Hate’s Razor Edge
Cost: 3m; Mins: Essence 1
Keywords: Decisive-only, Resonant
Channeling the rage of hte souls trapped within, Bitter Fury’s edge cuts through armor as though it were ice. She ignores (Strength/2, rounded up) points of Hardness, plus an additional point for every 10 on her attack roll.
Resonant: An Exalt resonant with Bitter Fury doubles the Hardness ignored and inflicts aggravated damage against Creatures of Darkness or beings targeted by the weapon’s ingrained intimacy.
Cost: 3m; Mins: Essence 1
Duration: One scene
Whipping the trapped souls into a frenzy, the faces running the edge of the blade glow like coals stoked to roar a forge back to life. The weapon gains +1 Overwhelming and an enemy damaged by a decisive attack takes a -1 wound penalty until the end of his next turn as their nerves scream at the impossible heat.
Resonant: For an additional 2m and 1w, Bitter Fury inflicts aggravated damage against Creatures of Darkness or beings targeted by the weapon’s ingrained intimacy for the duration of this evocation.
Fury Knows No Bounds
Cost: 4m; Mins: Essence 2
Keywords: Dual, Resonant
Prerequisites: Hate’s Razor Edge, Vengeance’s Radiance
Once a warrior is this familiar with the blade and those that reside within, they can strike out at a distance. The Exalt makes a withering or decisive attack with (Dexterity + [Archery, Thrown, Melee, or an appropriate Martial Art]) against an enemy within short range. This attack deals lethal damage. Withering attacks have a damage of 10 + Essence, not adding strength. Decisive attacks double 10s on damage.
Resonant: This attack counts as a Flame weapon for any charms that make use of them.