(Level Two) One of the Corax’s few combat-related Gifts, Razor Feathers operates only when the Corax is in Crinos form. The primary effect of Razor Feathers is to make the feathers along the edge of the raven’s wing hard and sharp as steel. The hardened feathers are strong enough to parry knives or claws, and are sharp enough to slice easily through unprotected flesh - or even stronger materials. Razor Feathers is taught by a steel-spirit.
To access this Gift, the Corax spends a point of Gnosis and rolls Stamina (difficulty 6). The number of successes indicates the number of turns that the effect lasts. With Razor Feathers active, the Corax can use the Wing Swipe maneuver.
Corax who know Razor Feathers have at their disposal a unique combat maneuver that takes full advantage of the possibilities the Gift offers. Once the Gift is in effect, the Corax simply drops his shoulder and brings the wing around in a vicious slash, which hopefully drags the cutting edge of the Razor Feathers across the wereraven's target. With any luck, even if the attack doesn't connect, the target is so busy spinning out of the way that he's off-balance for his next attack.
A Wing Swipe requires a Dexterity + Brawl roll (difficulty 7), but it does Strength + 3 levels of aggravated damage. Furthermore, even if the attack misses, the Corax's opponent must roll Dexterity (Difficulty 5) or be knocked off-balance by the assault. Off-balance opponents are at +1 difficulty to rolls the next round.
Successful Wing Swipes cause lengthy slashes that, while not deep, do bleed profusely. The force behind a Wing Swipe is also more than sufficient to cut ropes, break windows, slash tires, and so on.
This gift is learned by: Corax