Tearing at the Roots

Tearing at the Roots

Cost: 3m; Mins: Martial Arts 4, Essence 3; Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Combo-OK, Obvious
Duration: Instant
Prerequisite Charms: Winding Ivy Form

There is no crack or crevice into which the ivy does not reach, shifting stone and boring into earth, life brings decay, always. So it is with all the forces that erode. Pernicious and patient, they tear at the foundations of the world.

The tendrils of essence which bind the martial artist’s enemies grow thorny and dig deep, questing for the heart and tearing at the soul itself. This charm enhances an attempt to maintain a clinch with Creepers’ Grasp, adding (Essence) automatic successes to the martial artist’s roll, and inflicting damage as with a Crush (Core, page 157).

If the target is killed by this attack, the essence pattern of the martial artist’s charm collapses around him, consuming his body and capturing his souls in a shimmering lattice of energy. This construct is functionally identical to a Yasal Crystal (Core, Page 381), except that the martial artist must reflexively pay 1wp each day at dawn, or its magic dissipates and the souls are freed.

Tearing at the Roots

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