Crystalline Flame


Image Crystal-Fire25.jpg
Description From a distance, you might mistake this strange chunk of greenish crystal for oddly colored fire. Even holding it in your hands, feeling the strange cold, the light plays off it to remind you of dancing flames.

You've heard these were part of a crystalline tree that had grown in the wreckage left by a disastrous Halloween party at Metroplex U. Midgard apparently wanted it to study, and you can imagine why, but Zack in Southside got ahold of them first.
Type Weapon
Effects +4 Etheric Power
+2 Melee Power


Zack's House of Coins - originally released November 25, 2009; see House of Coins page for current rotation


Winning fights with the crystalline flame or one of its upgraded forms equipped and an Etheric-type effect active charges the flame. At 16 charges it will change into one of three tier 1 forms, depending on which effect you have active. At 32 charges it upgrades to its tier 2 form if you have either Ocean Eyes or Fae Eyes. The glimmering flame does not seem to have a tier 2 form, but if you acquire one of the 'sight' skills it can become a drowning or (presumably) serene crystal (and retains its charges). When the flame changes form, this message is displayed after combat:

The crystal flame in your hand grows suddenly cold and glows with a strange green light.

Etheric Effect Etheric Ocean Sight Fae Sight
Tier 1 Glimmering Flame
+5 Etheric Power
+3 Melee Power
Whispering Flame
+7 Etheric Power
+3 Melee Power
Ringing Flame
+5 Etheric Power
+3 Melee Power
+3 Evasion Power
Tier 2 [No tier 2 form] Drowning Flame
+9 Etheric Power
+5 Melee Power
+1 Eclipse Duration
Serene Crystal
+5 Etheric Power
+5 Melee Power
+5 Evasion Power
+1 Eclipse Duration

Broken World, Muffled Sight, and Slags Poisoning also work as basic Etheric

Fighting with the crystal equipped can teach you several techniques:

Technique Unlock requirements Unlock text
Crystal Gate Ocean Sight The crystal in your hand grows suddenly dark, as though it's become a gateway to the endless void of space or the depths of the ocean.
Crystal Strike no etheric effect, using melee techniques Fighting with this crystal requires some strange adaptations, but you think you're getting the hang of it.
Defensive Burn Fae Sight The crystal in your hand rings with a faint sound like distant bells and flickers with light that beats in the same time.
Fist of the Herald any "Crystal" effect (see below), no etheric effect, using melee techniques The energy of the crystal continues to burn inside you, binding you closer.

Using any upgraded version of the flame gives X energy of one of the following effects, where X is the number of charges in your flame. This causes the upgraded form to revert back to an uncharged crystalline flame. Only one of these effects can be active at a time; using an upgraded flame again will replace all energy of the old effect with the new one (eg. I had five turns of Crystal Eyes left when I used a serene flame with 32 charges, resulting in 37 turns of Crystal Mind and no Crystal Eyes).

If you use a drowning flame or serene crystal, you also learn the technique Voice of Wrath. See the item pages for a long list of possible accompanying messages (with no mechanical effect).

If your lowest stat is… …gain energy of… …with the following text.
Perception Crystal Eyes
+4 Perception
Slightly Increased Chance of Perception XP
You stare deeply into the crystal, feeling its power pouring into your eyes. Neglect and lack of experience in your new life seem to wash away, rendering the world as clear as the crystal.
Reflexes Crystal Grace
+4 Reflexes
Slightly Increased Chance of Reflexes XP
You stare deeply into the crystal, feeling its power drive you and your body. A rhythm you hadn't noticed catches you, moving with the strange grace of the crystal's curves.
Strength Crystal Body
+4 Strength
Slightly Increased Chance of Strength XP
You stare deeply into the crystal, feeling its power pouring into your body. Little-used muscles tighten, becoming as resilient as the crystal.
Will Crystal Mind
+4 Will
Slightly Increased Chance of Will XP
You stare deeply into the crystal, feeling its power render you speechless for a moment. Weakness and doubt flee your mind, leaving you with a purpose as clear as the crystal you hold.
Hammer25.jpg This item is not a component for any kind of crafting.
toolbox.jpg This item cannot be salvaged.
GoldCoins.jpg This item cannot be added to a gang stash.
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