Hidden bracer

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Hidden bracers (vambraces) were sought after minor service items sold at Return to Coraesine Field and Cessation of Coraesine Field, there are currently four in the lands (3 in Platinum). They can be loaded with certain ammo, such as lockmastery trap components, smooth stones, sneezing vials, poison vials, scarabs, exploding mushroom spores, darts and brimstone gems. They can also discreetly store a small metal-bladed weapon. Hidden bracers use a functional wrist spot in inventory and cannot be used against player characters. GM Wyrom was inspired to make these by Ezio's bracer in Assassin's Creed II.

A good dexterity is required to use hidden bracers, or else they can jam while loading ammunition. The ammunition will then need to be unloaded. Users can also unload a loaded bracer at any time, but it will result in destroying any ammunition. No ammunition can be recovered once loaded, including that which jammed.

Once loaded, the bracer can be pointed at a target to shoot the ammunition at it. The user will undergo a series of checks to perception and dexterity, as well as taking the target creature's level into account. If successful, the target will be damaged. Failure will result in the bracer misfiring and/or backfiring. The ammunition is destroyed on contact and cannot be recovered.

Each type of ammunition will cause the bracer to overheat at different levels; thus, different types of ammunition have different cool down periods. If the bracer isn't used for an hour and hasn't overheated, it will cool down. But once it overheats, its user will need to wait an hour before fixing it. Occasionally, the firing pin will break, requiring a steel spring to fix it.

To fire the bracer, it will require an empty hand. It can switch which forearm it is worn on by turning it. A highly perceptive user will have much better success when using the bracer, as well as being able to aim a lot better. It also has a narrow slit at the base of the bracer where a small metal-bladed weapon can be stored. By prodding and snapping the bracer, its handler can quickly access this weapon.

Hidden bracers can be hidden under clothing using push and revealed using pull. If for some reason the garment concealing your bracer is removed, the next action you do with your bracer will reveal it.

In StormFront, the item's drop down menu provides all the commands to interact with the bracer (vambrace) in its own submenu. The bracers also have a short custom loresong.

Status (look)
>look my guard
The leather forearm guard is set to be worn on the left forearm.  It doesn't appear to be overheating.  The guard's small chamber isn't currently loaded.  A glint of steel can be seen in a narrow slit at the base of the leather forearm guard.  There is a small lever on the side of the guard.
>l my guard
The leather forearm guard is set to be worn on the left forearm.  It is completely overheated and should cool down in roughly 21 minutes.  The guard's small chamber isn't currently loaded.  A glint of steel can be seen in a narrow slit at the base of the leather forearm guard.  There is a small lever on the side of the guard.
Analyze
You analyze your leather forearm guard and sense that the item is largely free from merchant alteration restrictions.

The creator has also provided the following information:

This item can be altered, keeping in mind parts of the show description are part of the script and cannot be changed.  This also supports having both a long and a show description.

Usage Instructions:

The leather forearm guard can be loaded with certain ammo, such as lockmastery trap components, smooth stones, poison vials, sneezing vials, darts, mushroom spores and brimstone gems.  It can also discreetly store a small metal-bladed weapon.  If the user is not very dexterous, they can jam the ammo while loading it.  It will then need to be unloaded.  The user can also unload a loaded guard at any time, but it will result in destroying any ammo.  No ammo can be recovered once loaded, included jammed ammo.

Once loaded, the guard can be pointed at a target to fire the ammo at it.  The user will undergo a series of checks to perception and dexterity, as well as the target creature's level and user's stance.  If successful, the target will be damaged.  Failure will result in the guard misfiring and/or backfiring.  All ammo is destroyed after usage and cannot be recovered.

Each type of ammo will cause the guard to overheat at different levels.  If the guard isn't used for an hour and hasn't overheated, it will cool down.  But once it overheats, the user will need to wait an hour before fixing it.  Occasionally, the firing pin will break, requiring a steel spring to fix it.

To fire the guard, it will require an empty hand.  It can switch which forearm it is worn on by turning it.  A highly perceptive user will have much better success when using the guard, as well as being able to aim a lot better.  It also has a narrow slit at the base of the guard where a small metal-bladed weapon can be stored.  By prodding and snapping the guard, its handler can quickly access this weapon.  And finally, you can conceal the guard by pushing it, as long as you're wearing a cloak or armor.  Pulling it will expose it from being hidden.  If for some reason you find yourself losing your cloak or armor after the guard has been hidden, the next action you perform on the guard will reveal it.

StormFront users will have a drop down menu on the guard for all commands.

You get no sense of whether or not the guard may be further lightened.
Brimstone

(Note: all combat samples were performed with a sorcerer not exactly optimized to use the bracer.)

>load guard with diamond
You load an eye-shaped diamond into a small chamber on your leather forearm guard, where it securely fits into place.

You point your open left hand at a jungle troll and pull down on a small lever on the side of your leather forearm guard.  With a roar, an eye-shaped  diamond comes firing out of the guard and hits the jungle troll in the left arm!  The diamond explodes on contact.
  ... 20 points of damage!
  Minor burns to left arm.  That hurts a bit.
The jungle troll howls in agony as the flames dance over his body!
  ... 20 points of damage!
  Minor burns to back.  Looks uncomfortable.

  ... 25 points of damage!
  Minor burns to left arm.  That hurts a bit.
The jungle troll howls in agony as the flames dance over his body!
  ... 25 points of damage!
  Minor burns to back.  Looks uncomfortable.

  ... 30 points of damage!
  Burst of flames to neck chars skin.  Yuck!
  The jungle troll is stunned!
The jungle troll bellows in agony as the fire toasts his body!
  ... 30 points of damage!
  Burst of flames to head catches ears on fire!  Yeeoww!

The leather forearm guard begins to overheat.
Roundtime: 2 sec.
Sphere
You point your open left hand at a jungle troll and pull down on a small lever on the side of your leather forearm guard.  With a roar, a tiny wavering sphere comes firing out of the guard and hits the jungle troll in the neck!  The sphere explodes on contact.
  ... 25 points of damage!
  Veins in neck stand out briefly!
The leather forearm guard begins to overheat.
Roundtime: 3 sec.
Sneezing powder
>point guard at chief
You point your open left hand at a jungle troll chieftain and pull down on a small lever on the side of your leather forearm guard.  With a roar, a hazy glass vial comes firing out of the guard and hits the troll chieftain in the chest!  The vial shatters on the troll chieftain, releasing its contents.
  ... 10 points of damage!
  Strike glances off the chest.
The leather forearm guard begins to overheat.
Roundtime: 4 sec.
R>
A jungle troll chieftain's flesh wounds regenerate slowly.
A jungle troll chieftain's chest regenerates and looks fully healed.

A jungle troll chieftain quickly snaps her head to the side and gives a loud sneeze.

>
A jungle troll chieftain quickly snaps her head to the side and gives a loud sneeze.
>
A jungle troll chieftain's flesh wounds regenerate slowly.
A jungle troll chieftain grunts, pointing at you!
You feel no effect from the sounds.
>
A jungle troll chieftain sneezes loudly.
>
A jungle troll chieftain lets out a great honking sneeze!
>
A jungle troll bellows, "Sr'krans tsrat 'kr'ramri s'r'v'lar'!"
A jungle troll swings a bamboo-hilted machete at you!
  AS: +209 vs DS: +395 with AvD: +28 + d100 roll: +32 = -126
  A clean miss.
>get via in bag
A jungle troll chieftain gives a couple of short sniffles, appearing more relaxed.
>
You remove a hazy glass vial containing fine white powder from in your leather plunder bag.
>load my guard with my via
You load a hazy glass vial containing fine white powder into a small chamber on your leather forearm guard, where it securely fits into place.
>
A jungle troll swings a bamboo-hilted machete at you!
  AS: +209 vs DS: +395 with AvD: +28 + d100 roll: +35 = -123
  A clean miss.
>
A jungle troll swings a bamboo-hilted machete at you!
  AS: +209 vs DS: +395 with AvD: +28 + d100 roll: +26 = -132
  A clean miss.
>off
You are now in an offensive stance.
>point guard at troll
A jungle troll chieftain utters a harsh, guttural phrase.
>
You point your open left hand at a jungle troll and pull down on a small lever on the side of your leather forearm guard.  With a roar, a hazy glass vial comes firing out of the guard and hits the jungle troll in the left leg!  The vial shatters on the jungle troll, releasing its contents.
  ... 10 points of damage!
  Blow grazes left leg.
The leather forearm guard is completely overheated!
Roundtime: 3 sec.
R>
A jungle troll sneezes.
>
A jungle troll gives a couple of short sniffles, appearing more relaxed.
Wrong stance
R>point guard at troll
You point your open left hand at a jungle troll and pull down on a small lever on the side of your leather forearm guard.  With a roar, a miniature emerald sphere comes firing out of the guard, but you miss the jungle troll altogether.  The sphere explodes on the ground.
Roundtime: 2 sec.

Loresong

This is a small item, under a pound.  In your best estimation, it's worth about 1,000,000 silvers.

Roundtime: 6 sec.

From the pitch of the vibration you determine that the purpose of the guard is as a decorative one, perhaps.  You are not sure exactly.

Roundtime: 6 sec.

This is a mechanical device of some sort.

Roundtime: 6 sec.

This is an item of war, and was created to do the work of an assassin.