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[[Image:Heliotrop.png|the Heliotrop sign from the FCR mod]]
 
[[Image:Heliotrop.png|the Heliotrop sign from the FCR mod]]
   
The '''Heliotrop Sign''' is a simple [[magic]]al [[sign]] used by [[witchers]]. It is made by crossing one's wrists, and works as a buffer to the effects of a magical attack. Geralt uses this sign in the short story "[[A Grain of Truth]]" when [[Vereena]] uses a sonic attack against him.
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The '''Heliotrop Sign''' is a simple [[magic]]al [[sign]] used by [[witchers]]. It is made by crossing one's wrists, and works as a buffer against magical attacks. Geralt uses this sign in the short story "[[A Grain of Truth]]" when [[Vereena]] uses a sonic attack against him.
   
 
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He also used the sign to protect himself, somewhat more successfully, from [[Yennefer]] when they first met in the short story "[[The Last Wish (short story)|The Last Wish]]".
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He also uses the sign to protect himself (somewhat more successfully) from [[Yennefer]] when they first meet in the short story "[[The Last Wish (short story)|The Last Wish]]".
   
 
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== In [[Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni]]==
 
== In [[Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni]]==
Heliotrop works as a shield against charms, spells, sounds and similar, but is useless against physical blows and projectiles.
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Heliotrop works as a shield against charms, spells, sounds and other energies directed towards it, but is useless against purely physical attacks.
   
 
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[[File:Tw2 skill controloverthepower.png|Control over power skill]]
 
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Heliotrop Sign is the ultimate ability (Sense of Magic) of the magic branch of the [[The Witcher 2 skills#Magic tree|skill tree]]. To use this ability you need to fill the adrenaline bar by using any of the other Signs. Once the bar is fully charged, you can activate the Sign by pressing X (by default) and the adrenaline level is set back to zero. The Heliotrop Sign creates a temporary immobile circular force-field area around Geralt, which considerably slows down everything inside the field except himself.
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Heliotrop Sign is the ultimate skill (Sense of Magic) on the Magic tree of Geralt's [[The Witcher 2 skills#Magic tree|skill set]]. To use it you must fill the adrenaline bar by using any of the other Signs. Once the bar is fully charged, activate the Sign by pressing X (by default); adrenaline will reset to zero. The Heliotrop Sign creates a temporary immobile circular force-field area around Geralt, which considerably slows down everything inside the field except himself.
*The adrenaline bar can start refilling immediately, even while the Sign lasts.
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*The adrenaline bar can start refilling immediately, even while the field is in effect.
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*Note that in the case of [[Quen]], ''casting'' does not increase adrenaline, but its discharges from receiving blows will - so if you are already under attack, it's usually worth starting the adrenaline buildup with Quen.
*Note that the adrenaline bar isn't filled by casting Quen Sign, but by its discharges.
 
   
 
== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
* The name of the Sign, which refers to the Greek word ''heliotropio,'' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower sunflower] which comes from Greek ''helios'', Sun and ''trepein'', to turn/change.
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* The name of the Sign refers to the Greek word for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower sunflower], ''heliotropio'', from ''helios'' (sun) and ''trepein'' (turn/change). ('Heliotrope' is sometimes used in English to refer to the color usually seen in sunflower petals.)
* Heliotrop is the only Sign not included in the original ''[[The Witcher (computer game)|"The Witcher"]]'' computer game.
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* Heliotrop is the only Sign ''not included'' in the [[The Witcher (computer game)|original]] computer game. ''However''...
* The [[FCR mod]] created by the IFRIT Creative Group implements a version of this sign
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* The [[FCR mod]] created by the IFRIT Creative Group implements a version of this sign for the original game!
   
   

Revision as of 07:03, 15 December 2012

the Heliotrop sign from the FCR mod

The Heliotrop Sign is a simple magical sign used by witchers. It is made by crossing one's wrists, and works as a buffer against magical attacks. Geralt uses this sign in the short story "A Grain of Truth" when Vereena uses a sonic attack against him.

The wave of sound hit the witcher like a battering ram, depriving him of breath, crushing his ribs, piercing his ears and brain with thorns of pain. Flying backwards he just managed to cross his wrists in the Sign of Heliotrop. The spell cushioned some of his impact with the wall but even so the world grew dark and the remainder of his breath burst from his lungs in a groan.

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He also uses the sign to protect himself (somewhat more successfully) from Yennefer when they first meet in the short story "The Last Wish".

He immediately regretted his sarcasm. The woman raised her hand and a golden streak shot out from her fingers. Geralt reacted instinctively, crossing both hands in the Sign of Heliotrop, and caught the spell just in front of his face, but the discharge was so strong that it threw him back against the wall. He sank to the floor.

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In Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni

Heliotrop works as a shield against charms, spells, sounds and other energies directed towards it, but is useless against purely physical attacks.

In The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Heliotrop Control over power skill

Heliotrop Sign is the ultimate skill (Sense of Magic) on the Magic tree of Geralt's skill set. To use it you must fill the adrenaline bar by using any of the other Signs. Once the bar is fully charged, activate the Sign by pressing X (by default); adrenaline will reset to zero. The Heliotrop Sign creates a temporary immobile circular force-field area around Geralt, which considerably slows down everything inside the field except himself.

  • The adrenaline bar can start refilling immediately, even while the field is in effect.
  • Note that in the case of Quen, casting does not increase adrenaline, but its discharges from receiving blows will - so if you are already under attack, it's usually worth starting the adrenaline buildup with Quen.

Notes

  • The name of the Sign refers to the Greek word for sunflower, heliotropio, from helios (sun) and trepein (turn/change). ('Heliotrope' is sometimes used in English to refer to the color usually seen in sunflower petals.)
  • Heliotrop is the only Sign not included in the original computer game. However...
  • The FCR mod created by the IFRIT Creative Group implements a version of this sign for the original game!


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