Ink Monkey Bones #14: Essence-Lensing Jewel

Here’s another dusty Ink Monkeys 2e Charm that’s unlikely to see print in any form in Exalted Third Edition, for various reasons. Elemental lenses have a… troubled history. (If you have any particularly entertaining—or depressing!—elemental lens stories, please post them in the comments.)

<3>Essence-Lensing Jewel

<n>Cost: 2m; Mins: Lore 3, Essence 3; Type: Reflexive (Step 1)

Keywords: Combo-OK, Elemental

Duration: Indefinite

Prerequisite Charms: Elemental Bolt Attack

A Terrestrial hearthstone is a crystallized expression of one of the five elements of Creation. This Charm causes an elementally-aspected hearthstone to resonate with the character’s expressions of that element. Whenever the character uses a Terrestrial Charm to create or enhance a physical attack, if that Charm possesses the Elemental keyword and its element is the same as the hearthstone’s aspect, she adds the hearthstone’s Manse rating to the raw damage of her attack(s). Charms that create environmental hazards add half the above-mentioned bonus to damage at each interval.

The hearthstone, or the artifact it is set into, must serve as a conduit for the elemental energies. For example, a hearthstone socketed into a daiklave could be used in concert with Melee Charms, or to hurl an Elemental Bolt by channeling the blast through the daiklave, but it could not be used to enhance an Archery Charm.

Only one hearthstone may be used at a time with this Charm. If used in concert with Glorious Birthright Font, the damage added by this Charm is halved (rounding up). This Charm does not stack with any artifact which directly augments elemental energy attacks, such as an Elemental Lens.


One comment

  1. I had an Essence 6 Devil Tiger with an Infernal Lens once. It didn’t seem to break anything. If anything, it made the damage from MHM and his custom fire-breathing charm relevant in comparison to the Zenith PC’s one-shot-everything Melee charms and the Lunar’s flurries of 12 attacks with 25 dice each.

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