The Spiteful Jest

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When Red Strife Artificer exalted, she claimed she would one day be the greatest smith in Creation. When her weapons brought about peace and order in a turbulent time, she claimed the need for her skill would someday pass. When she met her future wife, she swore to never forge another weapon again. When the ancient nephwrack Malevath devoured her wife’s soul, Red Strife Artificer broke her promise and returned to her forge.

For 10 long years, Red Strife Artificer made blade after blade, always unsatisfied with its result. The daiklave must be powerful enough to stop death itself, and so its foundation was orichalcum. However, her work was cut short when Malevath slew the exalt in her sleep. Inhabiting her corpse, Malevath saw potential in the unfinished blade and sought tutelage from her Deathlord master. It was in this way the Deathlord twisted the metal into soulsteel, binding the broken remnants of these lovers’ souls to the blade giving it the slaying power of death itself.

Evocations of The Spiteful Jest

An exalt who attunes to The Spiteful Jest gains +1 die on all join battle rolls. This daiklave will only open itself to an exalt that dedicates a large portion of their life to killing, vengeance, or physical combat in general. If they do not have at least a Minor positive intimacy towards violence in some form, the blade is silent and the evocations of The Spiteful Jest remain locked to them. Those who do maintain such an intimacy feel the blade’s internal need for bloodshed and vengeance. Simply put, the daiklave must kill. If the blade goes an entire story without shedding the blood of a worthy foe, it will lock its Evocations to the user, refunding the experience. Lost evocations must be relearned. If it goes two stories in a row, The Spiteful Jest will de-attune itself to the exalt until they slay a worthy foe in fair combat in the blade’s presence.

For the purposes of evocations for The Spiteful Jest, the value associated with Intimacy towards violence, combat, or killing is 1 for Minor, 2 for Major, and 3 for Defining.

Dutiful Denouement

Cost: 5m Mins: Essence 1
Type: Simple
Keywords: Decisive-Only
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: None

The daiklave is a tool of combat and The Spiteful Jest excels at it. More than that, the sword basks in its wielder’s desire for combat and channels it into a blow that strikes true. Slashing at their foe and activating Dutiful Denouement creates a Decisive attack, taking the exalt’s Intimacy towards violence and enhancing the strike. If damage is dealt by the attack, add an additional -1 wound penalty for a number of the target’s turns equal to (Intimacy’s strength). The damage that caused the penalty is considered Aggravated for the purposes of healing effects until the required turns have passed.

When the wielder slays a non-trivial foe with Dutiful Denouement, they gain motes equal to (Intimacy’s strength) of their love for battle.

A Worthy Death

Unlock Condition: Essence 2, Kill Three (3) Non-Trivial opponents with a strike enhanced by Dutiful Denouement.

Unknown Evocation

Unlock Condition: Essence 2, Unknown

Unknown Evocation

Unlock Condition: Essence 3, Unknown

Unknown Evocation

Unlock Condition: Essence 3, Unknown

Unknown Evocation

Unlock Condition: Essence 3, Unknown

The Spiteful Jest

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