Shadowmancy

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The art of Shadowmancy was the foundation of the Tsol'teth fighting style. While Terminus is arguably the art they are more infamous for, it is Shadowmancy that underpins their entire fighting style.

Practitioners of this skill are never truly helpless, for where there is darkness they are mighty, and where there is a Depthswalker darkness soon follows. The abilities vary greatly, ranging from the foundational concepts--manifesting weapons from nothing but shadows--to the ultimate expression of the art: turning a foe's own shadow against its host in a final, brutal betrayal.

Abilities in Shadowmancy

Ability Description
Enshroud Cloak your location in blackest night.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW ENSHROUD
Details:

Create a magical darkness to completely enshroud your location.

Manifest Forge weapons from the shadows that surround you.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW MANIFEST <SCYTHE|DAGGER>
Details:

The very shadows shall come together to form your blade. You may manifest both a dagger and scythe, which will be utilised for different abilities that you shall learn as your abilities improve. If you already have either a dagger or scythe in existence, performing this ability shall summon it back to you, rather than creating a new one.

Note that for the initial manifestation, you must be surrounded by magical darkness.

Cull Your foes are wheat before the storm.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW CULL <target>
Works on/against: Adventurers and denizens
Details:

This powerful attack with your scythe deals high damage but is somewhat slow.

Intone The shadows are your voice and more.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW INTONE [anonymous] <message>
Details:

When standing in a location cloaked in magical darkness, you may project your voice so that all those who also stand in said darkness may hear you, regardless of distance or boundaries.

Cloak The cloak of power from ancient lore.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW CLOAK
Details:

The cloaks of power were a secret known only to the Tsol'teth Overlords of ancient times. While wearing this cloak, you may perform many of the more mysterious of the shadow abilities. Additionally, the cloak shall grant you protection from various forms of attack.

Disperse Melt away into the darkness.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW DISPERSE
Details:

While wearing your cloak, you may draw the shadows in about your person. When leaving a location shrouded in magical darkness, the direction you left in has a chance to be hidden.

Strike You shall not suffer obstructions.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW STRIKE <target>
Works on/against: Adventurers and denizens
Details:

Command your shadow to rend asunder any magical shields that your opponent may have raised as protection.

You must be wielding a manifested dagger to carry out this ability.

Phylactery A prison for the fallen.
Known: Yes
Syntax: PHYLACTERY CREATE
PHYLACTERY RECALL
PHYLACTERY LIST
PHYLACTERY RELEASE <shadow>
Details:

The true masters of the art are able to contain the shadows of those they vanquish in battle. However, even they require a receptacle of sufficient power to store the shadows, and thus the phylactery was conceived.

To create a phylactery, you must stand within a darkened room and possess six bone and three silver commodities. The phylactery must be forged from an organic substance to retain its power, and wood has been found to lack a sufficient lifespan.

If you were to lose your phylactery, you may RECALL it at any time from anywhere through your bond with it. Note that due to this bond, only you will be able to utilise your phylactery, and you will be unable to utilise a phylactery created by someone else.

Finally, you may LIST those shadows that you have currently bound within your phylactery. You may only store a given number of shadows within the phylactery, so choose wisely. Note that you can RELEASE a shadow at any time, if you deem it no longer worthwhile to retain it.

Instill The might of the Overlords directed through your weapon.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW INSTILL <weapon> WITH <power>
Details:

It is said in ancient times the Tsol'teth Overlords were capable of directing the greatest of the shadow abilities with no more than a gesture. Alas, such total mastery has been long since lost. Now a medium is required to channel such powers, and weapons manifested from shadow are more than satisfactory for such a purpose.

When you instill a weapon with one of the powers, striking an individual with that weapon shall cause the power to effect them alongside the blow. See the relevant ability files for each instill for details of what shall befall the unfortunate victim.

Note: the curare venom and depression/madness instillations cannot exist upon the same weapon at once.

Degeneration Attack their physical capability
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW INSTILL <weapon> WITH DEGENERATION
Details:

This instillation of a weapon shall cause the target to be afflicted with progressively more debilitating afflictions. It shall first afflict them with weariness, then clumsiness, and finally paralysis. If they suffer from all of the afflictions, it shall deal non-trivial damage.

Envenom Coat a weapon in venoms.
Known: Yes
Syntax: ENVENOM <weapon> WITH <venom>
WIPE <weapon>
Details:

With this ability, you may layer venoms on an edged weapon. Each time that weapon hits somebody, one venom will poison your opponent, and disappear from the weapon. They work on a last-on, first-off basis, so if you put xentio on a weapon, and then put voyria on, the voyria would come off first, and the xentio second. You must have the selected venom in a vial in your inventory. In order to get rid of the venoms on a weapon, simply WIPE <weapon>.

Convey Good help is hard to find.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW CONVEY <item> TO <person>
Works on/against: Adventurers
Details:

You may now separate yourself from your shadow for a brief time, and have it convey items to other adventurers. Your shadow can reach anyone on the same continent as you, or anyone standing within magical darkness. This latter case even functions across planes of existence, so is formidable indeed.

Reap Your onslaught shall claim them all.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW REAP <target> [venom]
Details:

A reaping blow with the scythe, that forsakes damage for superior speed.

Depression Turn their focus inward.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW INSTILL <weapon> WITH DEPRESSION
Details:

This instillation causes your foe to become depressed. Depression is a curse created by an ancient Tsol'teth Overlord, and its danger is in its long term effects. For each phobia or madness that the victim suffers from, they will suffer in both body and mind when the symptoms manifest themselves.

Note that if the subject already suffers from depression, this instillation shall give nausea, then hypochondria, and finally, if all other afflictions are present, both anorexia and masochism simultaneously.

Vortex Bring the fight to you.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW VORTEX
Works on/against: Adventurers
Details:

Summon forth a vortex of shadows to suck in all adventurers from adjacent locations.

Retribution There shall be no salvation.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW INSTILL <weapon> WITH RETRIBUTION
Details:

The instillation of retribution is a powerful one indeed. First, it shall strike down your enemy with justice. Then, it shall deliver the curse of retribution. If both are present, it shall burn away some of the victim's mana reserves.

Retribution was a curse created in the early days of Tsol'teth experimentation as a method by which they could overcome those foes with far greater capabilities than their own. It fell out of use after the individual might of the Tsol'teth reached such a point as to be unrivalled. Whenever one afflicted with the retribution curse drinks a mana elixir, they shall find that their physical body suffers for half as much mana was restored.

Sever A minor mercy.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW SEVER <target>
Details:

Sometimes, you may wish to prove a point without necessarily killing your foe. In the event of such an eventuality, you may sever their shadow, leaving them grievously injured but alive. This shall add their shadow to your phylactery, but unlike other methods they shall survive the ordeal.

Note that this ability takes some time to complete during which you may not be interrupted, and requires the use of a shadow dagger.

Step None are beyond your reach.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW STEP <target>
Details:

This ability will allow you to cross a great distance to a given target in an instant. A monolith sigil on either end of the movement shall prevent the attempt.

Note that if you possess a shadow of the target in your phylactery, you may cross the distance whether they stand within magical darkness or not. If you do not, they must be standing in magical darkness and must be within the same area.

Note that each phylactery-empowered step to a non-mutual ally shall have a chance to destroy the shadow stored within your phylactery.

Preeminence The shadows tell you all.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW PREEMINENCE
Details:

While standing within magical darkness, you may form a connection with all other locations shrouded in a similar form, determining anyone that stands within said shadows.

Madness Insanity is a torture all its own.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW INSTILL <weapon> WITH MADNESS
Details:

This instillation shall bring down the curse of madness on your victim. This particular curse causes the unfortunate subject to be periodically afflicted with a random phobia; additionally, it doubles the recovery time of focus attempts, and significantly increases the mana cost.

If this instillation strikes someone already afflicted by madness, they will suffer vertigo, then hallucinations. If all three afflictions are present, they shall be stunned.

Consume They shall sustain you.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW CONSUME <target>
Works on/against: Adventurers
Details:

While wielding a manifested dagger of shadows, you may plunge it into the shadow of your foe, leaching away some of their mana and adding it to your own.

Redeem Grant respite to a former foe.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW REDEEM <person>
Details:

You may release the shadow of someone from your phylactery, fully healing the health and mana of the owner where ever they may be. Note that this has a long per target cooldown.

Contemplation Perceive the state of another's mental strength.
Known: Yes
Syntax: CONTEMPLATE <target>
Details:

With this ability, you may see how much mana an adventurer has.

Attune Minor alteration can have major repercussions.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW ATTUNE <target> to <MADNESS|DEGENERATION>
Details:

By attuning a person's shadow, you will cause them to be periodically afflicted. Attuning to madness gives periodic phobias and insanities; attuning to degeneration gives afflictions that will hinder the target.

Attuning requires the use of a manifested dagger.

Leach Their weakness is your strength.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW INSTILL <weapon> WITH LEACH
Details:

The leaching instillation was conceptualised to allow Tsol'teth warriors to fight on and appear tireless and implacable. The first strike of this instillation delivers the fabled parasitic curse. If parasite is already present, the subject is struck down with healthleech; if both are present, they are afflicted with manaleech. Finally, if all afflictions are present, you shall claim the very shadow of your foe with your strike.

The parasitic curse will cause all natural regeneration(*) to be given to you instead of the afflicted subject.

  • This does not include regeneration from tattoos.
Veil Cloak your movements to the paramount degree.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW VEIL
EMERGE
Details:

While wearing your cloak, you may invoke this highest of the shadow evasion abilities. You will be so hidden as to not appear on alertness or similar detection methods.

At the time of your choosing, you may EMERGE from the shadows.

Mutilate Beyond all recognition.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW MUTILATE <target> [venom]
Works on/against: Adventurers
Details:

If you hold someone's shadow within your phylactery, you may shred it with a manifested dagger, causing significant health and mana damage to the unfortunate soul. This will cause you to lose their shadow from your phylactery. You may also instill the shadow with a venom in the process.

Unlike other phylactery-related abilities, they must be in your location for you to do this.

Extinguish The shadows are your dominion.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW EXTINGUISH
Details:

The greatest demonstration of your might over the masses manifests through this ability. With nothing but your mastery over darkness, bring down blackness upon an entire area, cloaking every location within in magical darkness. Be warned, all standing in the area will be warned of the impending darkness before it falls.

Dictate Death is but a word away.
Known: Yes
Syntax: SHADOW DICTATE <target>
Details:

The ultimate expression of your power, this ability allows you to command a person's shadow to execute your sentence. If a target is below 40% of their maximum mana, you may carry out this ability, having their shadow act as their own executioner.

The threshold raises for 5% for each of depression, madness, retribution, and parasite that are present on the target.

See also