Inktober Day 3: Kelilah Kilyah

This kidney cultist will kill ya.

Kelilah Kilyah represents the Kidney among the Souls Division of the Bavel Macrostructure’s Yetzer Ra’ cult. She handles battlefield logistics and supplies the troops.

Kilyah is a knavish careerist who works herself to death to achieve the End of History. On the surface she reins in her emotions, but her innermost thoughts, feelings and morals all steer toward annihilation.

She also is a hoarder who always wants to collect the complete set of everything: weapons, clothing, accessories, tools, consumables — you name it. Her powerful strength lets her carry a massive lacquered Provision Pot, which boasts a near-infinite storage capacity. And in a pinch, her bean-shaped ocarina is a sonic weapon too.

Kilyah was inspired by the כלי shoesh root and related family, which has to do with completion, kidneys, vessels, tools, instruments and potential. It also fulfills Inktober’s Day 3 theme of “Vessel.”

Inktober #2: Substitute Suit

The Substitute blocks shots.

Tired of getting your best clothes dirty or destroyed? Wish you didn’t pass away after that finishing blow landed? Now, from the makers of “Milhamah: Fighting Words,” there’s the Substitute Suit!

The Substitute Suit reproduces clones of itself that absorb stains, damage and more before vanishing. It even deflects slaughtering knives! It’s perfect for any quests into dangerous territory. (Spare parts not included.)

The suit comes with the חלף shoresh root, which broadly refers to changes, alternatives, money exchange, passing, suits, knives, swordfish, amoebas, blight and so much more.

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Arid Annihilator Sword is cut and dried

The Arid Annihilator will evaporate the enemy's chances at victory.

The Arid Annihilator Sword is a cut-and-dried weapon used by many warriors in the Milḥamah War. Its slash wreaks havoc on an enemy’s body, but the blade rarely gets bloody since all liquids quickly dissolve or evaporate upon its surface. However, wielders have to watch out for dehydration, so they usually use this sword for limited amounts of time.

The weapon is based on the חרב shoresh root, which has to do with destruction, droughts and carob.

Arid Annihilator Sword in Milhamah RPG

Shoresh: חרב
Gematria: 210
Type: Melee Weapon: Sword
Handedness: One
Rarity: Lv. 2 (Silver)
Value: ₪2400
Size: Medium
Encumbrance: I triomino
Base Attribute Modifiers: CRE+1D, GRA+1D
Skill Modifiers: Intimidation +1D
Damage type:
Heat, Slashing
Semantic Domains: Weapon, Destroy, Dry, Liquid Removal, Weather, Agriculture
Speech acts:

  • Drought of Destruction (חרב): Qal stance. The user dwells on fiery anger or passion, imbuing his body with hydrophobic heat and causing the moisture to evaporate from objects and the air within a spherical area. The affected area might also be prone to cosmetic heat haze. 
    • Noncombat: Roll DOM or VIG to hit. On average (3S), this speech act has a higher cost (2 MP), takes two items with relevant semantic domains to prepare, two minutes to enact, lasts up to two hours and covers a radius of about 100 meters (or 300 feet). It is difficult (2S minimum required) to control well.
    • Success: The air in the affected area feels dry, plants may wither and living beings may get thirsty or fatigued. In areas with high moisture or lots of water, this skill might not actually harm ordinary living creatures and instead, for instance, evaporate pools of water or dry out soaked clothes. But in temperate or already dry climates, it may do combat damage.
    • Failure to hit: Failure can mean no dehydration occurs, or the area becomes wetter and more humid. Botching can cause the user to take 1DN Dry damage, and 1 Wound (ignoring armor) if the user has Water or Wet semantic domains. In addition, botching may cause combat damage to targets in range when unintended.
    • Combat Damage: When intending to harm, this skill on average does Success Margin +1DN Dry damage, and 1 Wound (ignoring armor) if the user has Water or Wet semantic domains.

General’s Epaulets report for duty

The general's epaulets give expertise and authority to the wearer.

The general’s epaulets are worn by the head honchos of the ‘Ivrit Revival Movement. They give expertise and authority to the wearer, but are rare to find! Will the Holy Tongue Society be able to dig some up in the Ulpan?

This artifact is based on the אלף and כתף shoresh roots. The first root is based on training (including generals), and the other is based on shoulders.

The following stats below are for the beta of the Milhamah RPG:

General’s epaulets

Artifact
Size: Small
Weight: Very Light
Worn: Torso
Stat adjustments: DOM +1D, WIS +2D
While worn, the user gains the Intimidation skill at +1D as well as the Tactics skill at +2D.

‘Ezrä ‘Ezer with Assistant Arm

'Ezra 'Ezer lends a helping hand.

‘Ezrä ‘Ezer, the auxiliary verb, is a junior member of the Holy Tongue Society who’s an assistant to Pelë Po’al. While growing up on a farm gave him super strength, he also has a knack for a mechanics. And the Assistant Arm on his back gives him an additional helping hand!

This bionic arm, which is standard equipment among the Society, not only packs a powerful punch that fractures foes. Due to its ties to the זרע shoresh root, it also launches parasitic seed berries that can force enemies to fight for you! The only weakness it can’t overcome is ‘Ezrä’s compulsion to support his friends at all costs!

This drawing is the first digital art that I made on my new Wacom Cintiq 16 tablet via Clip Studio Paint. In 2021, I plan on developing my digital drawing skills in tandem with my standard vector art. If I can make CSP art quickly and efficiently, I might switch the comic over to B&W manga style in exchange of releasing more content quickly!

‘Ezrä ‘Ezer

Shoresh: עזר
Kind: Ben Adam
Affiliation: Holy Tongue Society
Part: Verb
Size:Medium
Liability Points:
25
Stats: DOM: 2 LIF: 3 GRA: 1 CRE: 3 WIS: 1 SHA: 2 BLE: 2
Skills:
Survival: +2, Medicine: +1, Electronics +1
Equipment:
Torso: Assistant Arm

 

Assistant Arm

Shoresh: זרע
Type: Instrument: Weapon: Glove
Rarity: Carnelian
Size: Medium
Stat Modifiers: DOM: +1D CRE: +1D
Abilities: This weapon acts as a fully functioning arm and hand. It may carry a weapon, shield or other relevant item.

  • Mighty Arm (זרע): A powerful punch fractures its foe.
    • Bashing Touch Melee Attack, user cost: 1D LP
    • DOM+2D to hit, hit target must make LIF save or have LIF -1D until rest.
  • Seed Shot (זרע): Berries sow parasitic seeds into a target.
    • Piercing Long-ranged Attack, Medium Spread, one-turn cooldown
    • CRE +3D to hit, hit target must make SHA save or get charmed status ailment.