It is a riddle wrapped inside a mystery inside an enigma...
"...it is the discovery of that enigma where one's true power lies.
It is on the brink of awakening where we thrive."
Requip: The Nephalem.
The sound reverberated far and wide, bouncing against distant walls of stone and a ceiling that seemed to touch the sky. The dust along the ground flinched for the first time in decades.
Splinters begin to give way as a warm orange glow peeks into the decrepit tomb of old memories.
The colossal barricaded doors finally fly free of their hinges. Light bathes the great hall and the stale air is finally breathed with new life. The Knox family manor had not offered a warm welcome for its' latest kin. However, in exchange, it had thoroughly protected its contents. Stepping forward across the damp pavement, Bechor could make out exactly what he had come here for. Rows of ancient armor and weapons lay dormant, shielded from the elements by elaborately ornate displays.
These artifacts of both angelic and demonic origin each belonged to an ancestor of the Knox family. Despite their already powerful takeover magic, these mages acquired hand forged equipment to supplement that power. Who could say how long some of these pieces had rested here? Bechor drew a blade from its sheath, the sword still heavy with magic power. Speaking aloud as though the armory understood, he said,
"You all may have forsaken me; left me to fade into obscurity and die, but it matters not. I don't care if you refuse to offer me your strength. I will steal it for myself."
Ryland Knox was a man who valued law and order above all else. Any criminal transgression would be paid back ten times over. He had no qualms about ending ten innocent lives if it meant that one guilty party would not escape. His gear certainly reflects this, empowering him to punish all who make an enemy of justice.
Rising Debt: Kushiel remembers all transgressions against her. Any strike suffered while this armor is equipped will have its power absorbed, proportionally buffing the users durability against subsequent attacks. D ◈ 3
Retribution: Kushiel can take any damage absorbed from Rising Debt and convert it into a proportionally powered magical attack, thereby expending all accumulated Rising Debt. This attack may be a physical strike from the armor directly, or be channeled by any weapon the user is wielding. D ◈ 1
Detainment: If Kushiel is able to pierce her foe's skin on three separate occasions within a short span of time, magical chains will emerge from the environment to bind the target in place for a brief duration. D ◈ 1
Judgement: Once a target is bound by Detainment, the user can decide the target's fate. If the user declares them innocent, the target will be immediately freed of detainment but will be unable to cast any spells of C-rank or lower for a brief duration. If the user declares them guilty, the chains binding the target will deliver a painful shock that will debilitate weaker targets. D ◈ 1
Lucian Knox hailed from a faraway land, never interacting with the greater family. He had made himself quite the reputation without the clan's name to fall back on. He spent his years challenging the masters of various schools of fighting, never failing to humiliate them. However, the powers that be soon tired of his exploits. His uniform is all that remains.
Shunpo: Orobas embodies adaptability. It passively raises the user's movement and combat speed. This bonus is increased exponentially the longer Orobas has been equipped, maxing out at the duration limit of 3. D ◈ 3
Ashura Senku: Orobas uses its blinding speed in conjunction with its innate magic power to create a perfect afterimage while the user quickly repositions to a nearby point. From an outside perspective, it appears as if the user is invulnerable as they move. D ◈ 1
Hellish Combination: Orobas thrives on unimpeded offense. Landing strikes on a target in quick succession exponentially increases the power of each subsequent strike. However, if the user were to suffer any damage themselves, this ability would be reset to 0. D ◈ 3
Gohadoken: Orobas is able to launch orbs of demonic magic from the user's palms. These projectiles deal moderate damage on their own but are also buffed by the effect of Hellish Combination. D ◈ 1
A genius tactician, Ezra Knox could turn the tide of any battle seemingly no matter the odds. He would soar far overhead, relaying enemy positions to his men as he went. During one fateful encounter, his wings were ripped clean of his flesh, grounding him for the rest of his military career. That was until his custom-made armor returned his flight to him.
Flight: Apollyon passively allows the user to fly in any direction for the same duration as the armor itself. C ◈ 5
Weapon Master: An expert in all methods of martial combat, Apollyon slightly increases the user's combat prowess and damage with all requiped weapons, regardless of what set they originate from. C ◈ 5
Perfect Balance: If one or both chakrams are thrown, they are able to strike the target multiple times in quick succession before returning to the hand of the user. Alternatively they may strike several individual targets once. C ◈ 1
Inverted World: Always prepared to create an opportunity in battle, Apollyon is able to release an enchanted mist that initially only dulls the senses of those that inhale it. However, when exposed for a longer period, those affected will have all of their senses completely reversed, unable to properly act and react. A step intended to go forward will instead retreat. C ◈ 5
Unlike most other members of the Knox family, Atom Knox was largely unknown even to his other kin. He was a demon who stalked the streets of Fiore at nightfall. His only purpose was to kill. As the mountain of corpses at his feet grew higher and higher, the Rune Knights could do nothing to locate him until suddenly the murders stopped. With the killer disappearing without a trace, the case went cold.
Tainted Touch: The King of Curses, Alastor, is able to spread his corruption onto any surface that he comes into contact with. Any nonorganic object he touches and wills is covered with a black tint and red cracks. This object can then be used as a weapon of equal rank to Alastor. C ◈ 5
Wither: Any object under the effect of Tainted Touch can be dissolved into dust at the will of the user. This does not apply to objects with magic power of a rank beyond Alastor. C ◈ 1
Sow: Every life that Alastor takes imbues him with more magic power, increasing the scythes damage output. The stronger the magic power of its' victim, the more potent the effect. C ◈ 5
Reap: Alastor consumes all accumulated stacks of Sow in order to summon a Shinigami. The user designates a target for the Shinigami which will promptly execute the target. The strength of the target that may be executed is determined by the amount of Sow stacks consumed, capping out at two ranks above Alastor. C ◈ 1
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