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One of the most dangerous and mysterious of combat skills, the Iron Vortex is a deadly force to be reckoned with.
The Hero rips open the fabric of time and space into an alternate reality that few know about. This causes a tunnel to materialize in the air, releasing a cyclonic storm of metal that slams into any foe, often leading to serious damage that can inflict dismemberment of limbs, severe lacerations and cuts, even decapitation.
This skill has proven highly useful against soft opponents with minimal armor.
Against mechanical opponents it also appears to have an adverse effect as metal scrapes on metal, resulting in a terrific din and a welding of joints.
It has been said that those who have mastered this skill will forgo using the portal, and instead draw the metal from their surrounds, in the ground or from equipment, and have even summoned a twister of razor sharp metal to bear down upon their foes, leaving nothing but a pool of their essential ingredients.
- In the beginning stages, the hero is sometimes able to conjure a small paperclip twister which is immensely practical for paperwork and slightly annoying for monsters.
- As the power of the skill grows, larger and sharper metal shards are expelled, inflicting severe lacerations in a 10 foot cone in front of the user, and causing pink eye to any unlucky bystanders with the metal filings.
- At later levels, the loose iron filings are concentrated into a serrated edge, increasing the chances of causing severe damage to the intended target while drastically reducing the public health risks.
- At mastery level, the iron vortex is mysteriously rusted, invoking a chance to inflict a slow and painful death by tetanus upon any foe who happens to survive the first blast. With greater mastery, the amount of iron summoned increases until it is less of a vortex more of a spinning saw blade salad.