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The Bloodless is an artificing device developed by Kvothe during his time at the University. Its purpose is to protect travelers by sympathetically stopping arrows shot by highwaymen. It resembles an eight-sided all-metal lantern.

The device was named by Elodin.


The device stops arrows using a bear-trap spring to negate or deflect the motion of the incoming arrow. The sygaldry binds with any incoming piece of iron, obsidian, glass, or thin cylindrical piece of wood. When such an object is within range of the device and traveling at a sufficient velocity, the spring triggers, deflecting or negating the momentum from the incoming object. The Bloodless can stop eight arrows before the springs need to be reset. Although there is one spring on each face of the lantern, the device hangs on a pivot ring enabling it to stop multiple arrows shot from a single direction. Furthermore, the energy of an incoming arrow tends to swing the device around to the nearest untriggered spring, similar to how a weathervane points into the wind. The device is sold for eight talents each. 

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