Torc of Unified Action (2.5)


Artifact Rating: 2
Mote Commitment: 3
Repair: 3

This device is a braided torc woven from strands of each of the five magical materials and filled with Essence-based circuitry. Each of these items contains a setting for a single hearthstone. To attune this artifact, the owner must commit three motes of Essence. Alone, this artifact is nothing more than a setting for a hearthstone, but these torcs are typically found in groups of between two and five. If several characters put on these items, hold hands and each spend a point of temporary Willpower, their torcs forge a bond to each other.

Once the wearers have attuned their collars to one another, any of them can spend one mote to be able to communicate with any or all of the other wearers for a full scene. Wearers can send messages to all other wearers or any subset of wearers they wish, regardless of how far the wearers are from each other. All such communication is reflexive and takes no more effort than ordinary speech. Wearers can also send any or all sensory impression they are experiencing to other wearers. If two or more wearers both spend one mote to initiate communication, they can choose to share their surface thoughts.

When activated, a group of characters wearing these torcs can automatically coordinate attacks (see Exalted, p. 144). The character leading the attack gains a number of automatic successes equal to the number of characters wearing torcs who have opened themselves up to communication. These automatic successes can be used to coordinate attacks only between linked torc wearers, and the maximum possible bonus gained from this coordinated attack is limited to the number of characters involved in the coordinated attack. Linked characters may always parry on each other’s behalf as though they had used a Defend Other action to set this up.

Design Commentary

This is a revision of the Torc of Unified Action from the Wonders of the Lost Age designed to bring it in line with the errata to the charm With One Mind and the addition of the Defend Other action.


Although this artifact was originally developed during the High First Age, many Celestial Exalted were unwilling to share themselves so closely with anyone except their spouses. As a result, this artifact was more widely used by sworn brotherhoods during the Shogunate. Although several workshops in the Realm can make these devices, today, these artifacts are mostly used by Immaculate monks and members of the Wyld Hunt because few other Dynasts will tolerate even their sworn brothers knowing their innermost thoughts. This artifact remains popular in Lookshy, however, where it is regularly used by elite special-forces units. Even here, the mental intimacy it produces largely limits its use to warfare or when wearers need to send discreet or otherwise important messages.

Torc of Unified Action (2.5)

Her Redness's School for Exalts Gilheru