Heartleeches (Godrippers •••)
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By TheUnsungHero

Green Jade Godrippers, Artifact •••

The Heartleeches are a pair of long artifact daggers made of Green Jade. They are molded in a wicked, barbed pattern which makes them nasty to pull out of a target impaled by them. They seem to reflect light in odd colors. Godrippers function as Light Artifact Weapons with the Melee, Lethal, Thrown (Short), and Piercing tags. There is a hearthstone socket in the pommel of each Heartleech.

Evocations of Heartleeches

Solars or Dragonblooded who attune to the Heartleeches regain (Essence) free motes of essence any time they successfully deal damage with a Decisive attack.

Spirit Bane Strike
Cost: 2m (+1wp) Mins: Essence 1
Type: Supplemental
Keywords: Uniform
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: None

The Heartleeches cut at the soul of their target, slicing away pieces of their divinity. An attack supplemented with Spirit Bane Strike may exchange threshold successes from their attack roll to burn away an equal amount of Essence from the victim. Alternatively, for an extra willpower in cost, the exalt may burn away a single point of Willpower from the target.

Soul Exhausting Stab
Cost: 4m, 1wp Mins: Essence 2
Type: Reflexive
Keywords: Decisive-Only
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: Spirit Bane Strike

With a mighty throw or a forceful thrust, the Heartleech digs into the victim, coopting their power for the exalt. Soul Exhausting Stab is a special Decisive attack that if successful, after the damage phase the Heartleech is left embedded in the body of the target. As long as the exalt is holding the other Heartleech, the daggers steal 1 mote of essence from the target and grant it to the exalt at the start of each round. The dagger may be removed by the exalt as a reflexive action if in close range. The target may remove the dagger as a miscellaneous action, but doing so deals 2 dice of Lethal damage that ignores hardness. Alternatively, they may more carefully remove it and ignore the damage, but the miscellaneous action becomes unflurriable.

For 2 additional motes in the activation of this evocation (or after a second successful use of it with the other Heartleech, in which case waive the willpower cost) the exalt may embed the second dagger into the target as well. While both godrippers are stuck into the target, the feedback from the drain causes an Essence-bleed of 5 motes at the start of each round, although these motes are simply lost as the exalt is not holding either of the daggers. Removing each Heartleech must be a separate miscellaneous action for the target.

Heart Tearing Skewer
Cost: 6m, 1wp Mins: Essence 3
Type: Simple
Keywords: Decisive-Only
Duration: Instant
Prerequisites: Soul Exhausting Stab

With a smooth motion, the exalt retrieves their weapons much to their foe’s dismay. Heart Tearing skewer may only be activated when Soul Exhausting Stab has been used to have at least 1 Heartleech embedded in the target. Grabbing hold of the godripper, the exalt tears it free sundering their foe and scattering their power.

This evocation is a Decisive attack that gains Essence bonus dice on the attack roll. If the attack is successful, the exalt shatters all non-permanent magical effects that the target may have around them, ending them prematurely. Additionally, the target’s heart is weakened by the power of the blades, causing all willpower expenditures to require an extra point to use for the remainder of the scene. This includes charm and spell costs, overturning social influence, and die rerolls.

If the attack is enhanced with Spirit Bane Strike, each threshold success burns away 2 essence instead of 1, or if used to attack their willpower pool, it burns away 2.

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