Far in the ancient past, Amazons found their glorious arboreal city of Tran Athulua under siege by the pirates of the Twin Seas. These cut-throats were determined to turn the Amazon Islands into their base of operations. The conflict lasted many months as the pirates laid in for a long siege. During the battle, supplies ran short, and the Amazon archers found themselves without ammunition. Realizing that their defense rested solely upon the ability of the archers to keep the corsairs at bay, the priests of the city prayed to Athulua to aid them. In answer, Athula infused the minds of the Amazons with the power to harness their natural spiritual energies. One by one the archers melded their determination and will into shards of physical force that they then unleashed from their bows by the thousands, firmly routing the corsairs back to sea.
Effect: Creates an arrow composed entirely from Mana. Damage starts at the same level as a normal arrow and increases with higher levels of training.
Hefaetms is the Amazonian god of fire and rebirth who lives deep within the great volcano, Mount Amazeus, on the island of Philios. Although primarily the patron deity of farmers, from time to time he bestows his favors upon the warriors of the Islands, so they may keep safe his congregation. Through proper prayer and the sacrifice of many fierce enemies, an especially brave Amazon can attain the power to imbue her shots with the destructive power of fire, allowing her to rake blazing missiles from her bow.
Effect: Enchants an arrow with the additional damage of foe.
Although winter never seems to find its way to the ever-balmy Amazon Islands, cold climates ate not unheard of. The summit of Mount Karcheus on the island of Philios is coveted with snow all year long. Deep within an icy cave secluded amongst its towering peaks, is the Great Hall of Mirrors where mighty Karcheus the Watcher sits upon his throne. Ever vigilant, Karcheus keeps watch over the people of the Amazons. Warriors who have trained within his temple are able to instill their shots with the power of a freezing wind.
Effect: Enchants an arrow, adding cold damage and slowing your enemy.
Legend has it that the fabled Amazon archer, Palashia, bragged in her youth that she could best the combined skills of all her gieatest rivals. Taking umbrage; her rivals gatheted to challenge her outrageous boast, ananging a contest to decide the question. To preserve her honor, Palashia was to strike the targets of all her rivals before they could land a single arrow. When dawn arose on the day of the contest, Palashia stood ready with her bow. At the signal her rivals nocked their atrows and loosed a volley towards their targets. Palashia gatheted her energies, and let fly with her own, single arrow. To the amazement of onlookers, her arrow split into many, cleaving the atrows of her rivals, and moving on to strike evety target directly in their centets. This mysterious technique quickly became a martial secret that only the finest archeis ate able to master.
Effect: Splits one arrow into several.
Another gift of Hefaetms, an Amazon warrior practiced in this skill can imbue the arrows that she fires with the ability to explode upon impact. The resulting detonation not only allows her to damage her intended target, but also anything caught within the explosive blast. The sight of a full battalion of Amazon archers firing a volley of such arrows is eerily beautiful. Many warriors, having witnessed good friends consumed by the flames of these arrows, vow never to fight against Amazon warriors ever again.
Effect: Adds fire damage to normal arrows and explodes on impact.
The second of the prizes Karcheus bestows to a true warrior, this skill enables the Amazon to instill her arrows with the glacial force of a fierce blizzard. Enemies struck by this power not only feel the icy sting of the enchanted shaft, but also the force of a chilling arctic wind that, mysteriously, they alone can feel.
Effect: Arrows have additional cold damage and momentarily freeze the target.
Hunting and fighting during the night and in the deepest darkness is a necessaiy skill to any daughter of the Amazon islands. Devoted disciples of Athulua can, with great difficulty and strict discipline, train themselves to fire their arrows at targets blindly, as if the hand of Athulua herself guided the arrows. As might be imagined, this is an art that the Sisters of the Sightless Eye have long envied and yet have never replicated.
Effect: Imbues an arrow with the ability to seek its nearest target.
Once a warrior has attained this facility, she can fire a volley of arrows with amazing speed and precision, striking one target after another. Veteran mercenaries often tell a tale of a new recruit who was nearly struck down in battle because he was too distracted when first seeing an Amazon use this ability. Do not doubt his word, as he is probably referring to himself. Just smile and buy him another tankaid of ale.
Effect: Fires a volley of arrows at multiple nearby targets.
Hefaetms will sometimes bestow this ability to his greatest champions. These fire-instilled arrows bum with such a fierce intensity that the veiy earth surrounding where they impact ignites into flame. Although the fires last but a few moments, some say the effect is as if the pillars of the mighty kingdom of Hefaetms were reaching up through the ground to strike down the enemies who linger nearby.
Effect: Enchants an arrow that does fire damage, and explodes into a patch of file on the ground. Creatures passing through the Barnes take additional damage.
The greatest of the powers attained by those dedicated to Karcheus is the skill to imbue their arrows with the freezing power of a devastating avalanche. Enemies within the impact of a freezing arrow are frozen in their tracks and feel crushing pain, as if a mass of magical ice had toppled onto them.
Effect: Enchants an arrow to deliver cold damage that freezes any monsters near the point of impact.
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