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ghostapathy
My character is a druid, I wanted to enchant a No-dachi as a weapon vessel. Since the focus must be in my tradition, can I do that?
Ancient History
Sure. Throw some ogham runes on there, bless it with mistletoe, sharpen it on a rock from a sacred circle, and you're good to go.
hahnsoo
Is a "weapon vessel" the same thing as a weapon focus? I thought a vessel was an object that you prepared, in order for a spirit to inhabit it. Oddly enough, vessels that are also weapons can damage Astral Entities, since they are dual-natured (Street Magic, p 87).

In either case, a druid can enchant a No-Daichi as either a vessel or a weapon focus. You'd suffer the -4 Mundane Telesma penalty for using a No-Daichi off the shelf (unless you have a LONG time and a good Armorer skill to forge your own, and the sufficient knowledge to do so), but it can be done fairly easily.
Ol' Scratch
Why a no-dachi when you can go with a claymore? You seem worried about staying true to your character's flavor, with heavy emphasis that he's more Europeanish than Asianish. If I'm not mistaking, the claymore has nearly the same stats and certainly fits in better with the feel of that region of the continent.

But if you have some reason you're using a no-dachi instead, there's nothing at all stopping you from preparing it as a vessel and/or turning it into a focus. Magic is, first and foremost, a personal thing in Shadowrun. Your tradition only represents your general outlook.
Neraph
QUOTE (Dr. Funkenstein @ Nov 22 2009, 03:30 PM) *
Why a no-dachi when you can go with a claymore? You seem worried about staying true to your character's flavor, with heavy emphasis that he's more Europeanish than Asianish. If I'm not mistaking, the claymore has nearly the same stats and certainly fits in better with the feel of that region of the continent.

But if you have some reason you're using a no-dachi instead, there's nothing at all stopping you from preparing it as a vessel and/or turning it into a focus. Magic is, first and foremost, a personal thing in Shadowrun. Your tradition only represents your general outlook.

I agree. Claymores are simply better, but I may be a little biased, as I'm of Scottish/Irish descent. Even though I have studied the Asian martial arts extensively.

But seriously, they are cheaper, they have a lower availability, and the only thing the 'dachi has to show for it is an extra -1 AP. [/shrug]
AllTheNothing
QUOTE (Neraph @ Nov 23 2009, 06:42 AM) *
I agree. Claymores are simply better, but I may be a little biased, as I'm of Scottish/Irish descent. Even though I have studied the Asian martial arts extensively.

But seriously, they are cheaper, they have a lower availability, and the only thing the 'dachi has to show for it is an extra -1 AP. [/shrug]

If a Claymore is too Scottish you can go with a two handed sword. wink.gif
Dahrken
I have always read "the focus must be of your tradition" as meaning "the focus must be prepared according to your tradition" - for exemple while your druid can use a focus prepared by another follower of the Druidic tradition, he would not be able to use one prepared by a Chaos mage (or a shinto´st).

The item itself is somewhat irrelevant, it's the rituals done on it that aspects it toward one tradition or another.
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