For: Hollow Powers Name: Scarlet Thorn Type: Offensive Cost: Moderate Range: Short Description: Auberon extends his fingertip towards his target, and from it, a thorn-shaped projection of blood extends outward, ripping through his own flesh as it spears towards a foe. This spear is not fired - it literally extends all the way from fingertip to target, remaining connected to Auberon throughout the technique. Sound harmless? Not quite; this blood is under so much unnatural haemokinetic pressure that it is in a solid state of matter, and an extremely dense one at that. It's tip is extremely sharp enabling it to pierce armor and barriers quite easily (His SEI has to be higher than opponents SEI/HAN to penetrate). Though great for breaking through armor and shields, the puncture wound itself does not actually deal much damage, just because the thorn is narrow. Puncture damage as a whole does not inflict much damage - but this particular technique does inflict bleeding on it's targets. After usage, the Scarlet Thorn is sucked back into Auberon's finger, returning to his rather hefty blood supply. Max range: 15 feet Cooldown: 1 post Damage: Low, but breaks armor and causes moderate bleeding. the thorn itself is only about an inch thick away from the tip.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2013 20:52:10 GMT -5 by AUBERON
If it can break armor then it needs to be at least medium cost, and you need to have it so that it's your SEI or HAK is higher than their HAN if you wish to keep it able to break armor. If it's a weak attack then how is it expected to break armor?
I did as you asked. Part of it was already as you requested; "one's HAN or REI would need to be twice as great as Auberon's SEI to actually block the high penetration power of the thorn" means whichever stat is in use, depending on if someone is making a barrier, or if it is natural armoring on their body like Hierro. It should be in order. You don't really need to read what's below in this post if you want, it's just my response to your question on how does it penetrate if it is not really all that powerful.
Ability to inflict damage does not equal penetration. For example, A seele schneider does not cut because of it's sheer spiritual power, but because it is essentially the fastest saw in the world, grinding through things in an instant as it's blade makes impossibly fast rotations (even though that's an arrow).
Another example is bullets, quite simply. If I use a Hollow Point round, the bullet will basically explode inside of my target, blowing off limbs and ruining internal organs. That's some serious bang. But let's say I equip an armored piercing round... I no longer damage the tissue surrounding the area where my bullet enters my enemy's body. It just makes a hole straight through. There are hundreds of places on your body where you could put a one inch thick hole though, and survive just fine.
Puncture damage is generally inferior because, unlike slashing, it doesn't rip through a bunch of stuff and leave an open bleeding gash. Blunt force damage damages a lot of tissue because the force moves over a large area, even if no bleeding occurs just yet. Now puncture-type damage? That is different; it's the reason why dog bites are often less severe than lacerations inflicted by the claws of, say, an animal of equal size. Puncture wounds penetrate and cause bleeding, but don't shred tendons, they're not going to sever a bunch of arteries, nor will they damage near the amount of sheer area that slashes or blunt impacts will. It's just a straight line through, thus you're only really in danger if a vital is struck - but you're in danger anyway if any attack hits your vitals, really. But understandably the use of reiatsu might complicate things so a moderate cost is also perfectly reasonable, I was just shooting for something that was more of a high penetration low damage sort of deal.
It's a wording issue, it can come off the wrong way, so if you could fix the possible misunderstanding then it'd be fine. It's really not that hard to fix and would take less than ten seconds. Right now it sounds as if it will penetrate the armor regardless of his SEI stat unless their opposing stat is double his SEI, so wording it so that it's his SEI having to be higher than their HAN/SEI/REI would eradicate the confusion. Please just fix this, arguing will only delay the approval of this technique.