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Nerve staves were introduced at Duskruin Arena.

Category: Game Design Discussions
Topic: Items and Inventory
Message #: 1575
Author: GS4-REIDYN
Date: 03/01/2015 01:22 PM EST
Subject: Introducing a New Runestaff Script: NerveStaves

I announced this late last night in the Duskruin Arena topic and it occurs to me that I should probably post it over here as well, or at least point interested peoples (that's you!) in the right direction. The TL;DR version:

  • There's a new runestaff script, yay! It's debut venue is the upcoming Duskruin Arena. More yay!
  • It is a mechanical, combat oriented script with special flares and stuff. But you can enchant it. YAY!
  • It is tiered, and it also introduces its own version of bonding called Affinity. Until it likes you it can be a little mean to you. Give it time, it will come around.
  • Baseline, it comes with a defensive type flare that grants a temp Combat Maneuver Ranks enhancive effect. Inspired by Bubble Flares.
  • Offensive flares available at Tier 2 if it stick likes you enough (a lot, it has to like you a lot). You know how it was mean to you before? Well now it's mean to the poor, poor things you go hunt with it. It's the circle of life, or something.
  • When it's fully unlocked and it really, really likes you it gains a 1x/day Adrenal Surge(ish) ability what will fix popped muscles, break stuns, webs, binds, and get you to your feet if prone.

ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

I'm pleased to announce the upcoming release of a new runestaff script at Duskruin Arena! As it is a new script and its debut venue will operate without live merchant interaction, I thought it best to lay things out so that people could make an informed decision with their hard earned bloodscrip.

Some of you may be familiar with example of my other work, specifically Veola's and Voln Armor. This isn't anything like that, except for the fact that the script does a lot and is pretty complicated. What I'm saying is, go get a snack and maybe something to drink, because this is going to be long. I'll wait.... Okay!

The functionality of the script can be broken down into three basic categories: AFFINITY, BACKLASH, and FLARES. This is also a tiered script with 4 Tier levels including off-the-shelf(OTS), with additional benefits provided at each tier.

AFFINITY

A custom sort of attunement and bonding that effects the benefits and penalties conferred by the runestaff. The first successful hit* against a like level foe* while wielding the runestaff will result in the staff 'attuning' to the wielder. For lack of a better term, that person is then the owner of the runestaff.

Once the runestaff has attuned, Affinity points begin to accrue when further successful hits against like level foes are landed while wielding the runestaff, where one hit equals one point. There are five ranks in total: (Analyze messaging is in parenthesis.)

*Level 1: 1-199 points :(The _____ runestaff shares a slight Affinity with you! This will result in a bonus of 5 to Combat Maneuver Ranks being applied when the Muscle Memory flare is successfully triggered.)

*Level 2: 200-999 points :(The _____ runestaff shares a partial Affinity with you! This will result in a bonus of 6 to Combat Maneuver Ranks being applied when the Muscle Memory flare is successfully triggered.)

*Level 3: 1000-2999 points :(The _____runestaff shares a moderate Affinity with you! This will result in a bonus of 7 to Combat Maneuver Ranks being applied when the Muscle Memory flare is successfully triggered.)

*Level 4: 3000-9999 points: :(The _____runestaff shares a considerable Affinity with you! This will result in a bonus of 8 to Combat Maneuver Ranks being applied when the Muscle Memory flare is successfully triggered.)

*Level 5: 10000 points :(The _____ runestaff shares a complete Affinity with you! This will result in a bonus of 10 to Combat Maneuver Ranks being applied when the Muscle Memory flare is successfully triggered.")

Affinity can be worked off, and works in essentially the exact same way as gaining it does only in reverse. If a successful hit is landed against a like level foe by anyone other than the current owner then an Affinity point will be lost instead of gained. Affinity would only begin to accrue again once all the Affinity for the previous owner had been worked off. It is not meant to be easy, but absolutely possible if some one wants to badly enough.

BACKLASH

Until such a time that a full Affinity is shared between a runestaff and its owner, there will exist a small chance for backlashes to occur. As Affinity levels are gained the likelihood of these backlashes occurring decreases until being eliminated completely at full Affinity. The Backlash timer fires every 1 1/2 minutes while the runestaff is held. The base chance for a Backlash to occur is 4% at Affinity level 1 and decreases 1% per Affinity level gained.

Fine Print: Backlashes are much more likely to occur when the runestaff if being wielded by someone other than its current owner.

There are three distinct types of Backlashes that can occur:

  • Pain: 5-10 second stun

Several thin, fibrous red filaments erupt from your <runestaff> and bore viciously into your wrist and palm. Instantly, each nerve and fiber within your being is alight with incandescent pain. Moments stretch into eternity, until a final wave of unbearable suffering crashes over you and leaves you reeling and stunned!

  • Shock: Nervous System Damage

Several thin, fibrous white filaments erupt from your <runestaff> and bore viciously into your wrist and palm. A subtle, almost electric, force ripples through you, the current awakening a vague tingling within. Building rapidly, the faint tingling gives way to intense, wracking convulsions that subside only after the build up is released in a jarring explosion within your very nervous system.

  • Paralyze: 5-10 second immobilization

Several thin, fibrous black filaments erupt from your <runestaff> and bore viciously into your wrist and palm. In response, a powerful discordance emerges from somewhere deep within your core and permeates every cell. Suddenly a stranger to your own body, you are quickly overwhelmed and are rendered unable to move!

FLARES

Two basic flare types, one the 'baseline' defensive flare available on Tier 1(OTS) runestaffs, and the second an offensive flare that is only available on Tier 2 and above runestaffs that share a full Affinity with their wielder.

  • Muscle Memory Flare:

Grants a brief Combat Maneuver ranks enhancive benefit. Baseline chance for flare to trigger is 20%, with each unlocked Tier providing an additional 5%. Baseline benefit is +5 CM Ranks at Affinity level 1, +6 at Affinity level 2, +7 at Affinity level 3, +8 at Affinity level 4, and +10 at Affinity level 5.

  • Misery Unleashed Flare:

Offensive flare that essentially redirects the Backlash effects towards foes. The standard flare rate formula is used to determine if a flare will occur, and then a second roll is used to determine which flare effect will be used with some flares being more likely to occur.

  • Pain 70% | Random Impact Criticals
Several thin, fibrous red filaments erupt from your <runestaff> and swirl around each other in a chaotic dance. Straining to reach a <critter>, they unleash a wave unmitigated pain upon the object of their wrath.
  • Paralyze 20% | 6-12 seconds RT
Several thin, fibrous black filaments erupt from your <runestaff> and swirl around each other in a chaotic dance. Straining to reach a <critter>, they unleash an overpowering cacophony of sensation upon the object of their wrath and render <it> unable to move!
  • Shock 10% | Electrical Criticals to the dome
Several thin, fibrous white filaments erupt from your <runestaff> and swirl around each other in a chaotic dance. Straining to reach $X1, they unleash a powerful surge of electrical current upon the object of their wrath!

Additionally, fully unlocked (Tier 4) runestaffs gain the benefit of a 1x/day Adrenal Surge(ish) effect. This effect will ease 'popped' muscles, break webs, stuns, and binds, and return you to your feet.

VERBS

  • Clench: Availability = Tier 1

Gripping your <runestaff> firmly in hand, a powerful tingling sensation travels up the length of your arm. At first only mildly painful, the pins and needles penetrate deeper into your flesh, forcing you to summon all your willpower to maintain your hold on the <runestaff>."

  • Touch: Availability = Tier 1

No sooner than your fingers graze the surface of your <runestaff>, is your mind filled with hazy fragments of memory both foreign and familiar. One memory bleeds into the next, boundaries lost and meaningless. Gradually they begin to fade and allow your mind to still.

  • Stare: Availability = Tier 2

Chaos, in the form of swirling red, black, and white motes of light, momentarily occludes your vision. The kaleidoscope of color fades in and out of focus, each hue embodying a raw, primal emotion that evokes a near visceral response, before your vision finally clears.

  • Listen: Availability = Tier 3

Opening yourself to the full force of your <runestaff>, a distant and indecipherable whisper teases the dark corners of your mind. Powerful emotions -- rage, joy, sorrow, and love -- fill your consciousness as you realize you host fragments of a psyche not your own. Felt no less deeply for not being your own, the cacophony of feeling swirls within and rocks you to your core before quietly fading, leaving you your mind as your own once more.

  • Berserk: Availability = Tier 4 | 1x/day Adrenal Surge(ish) ability activator

So that, in a (very, very big) nutshell is it.

GM Reidyn