Aquinnah
The Forgotten Daughter

Survivor
Asset. Ally

Ally.

Cost: 5. XP: 1.
Test Icons:
Health: 1. Sanity: 4.

When an enemy attacks you, exhaust Aquinnah and deal 1 horror to her: Deal that enemy's damage to another enemy at your location, instead. (You still take horror dealt by the attack.)

"Do not be frightened by what you see. Be frightened by what you cannot see."
Tommy Arnold
Core Set #82.
Aquinnah
Reviews

Sweet Aquinnah, i always wanted to welcome you and embrace you as a friend when embarking on a new campaign. You look absolutely gorgeous in your black dress and the neckband! Besides, you are so familiar with horrors of all kind, i really would side with you against the tides of darkness.... if you were not such a self-opinionated person!

Only the loneliest hermit would scrape together the sum to buy your company. Even then, you would not raise a finger to help your fellow in affliction, you would rather soothe him with eloquent words. Don't lose heart! Only in moments of utmost importance you are willing to bundle your mental powers to mesmerize a foe and make it attack one of his kind. Alas, most people disdain your laziness, yes, but me, myself, i would love to tease out your ability! Several times i tried, but you hoodwinked me all the time.

The basic version of Aquinnah(1) requires two or more enemies present at your location to trigger in the Enemy phase (Step 3.3). Furthermore, only the damage is redirected to another target, the horror still has to be dealt with. It's logical that enemies who inflict high damage also inflict high horror, so the investigator who uses Aquinnah has to take massive horror from the redirected slash. If the redirected slash does not suffice to kill the second enemy, the investigator has to take damage and horror from that second enemy's attack, too, if ready and engaged.

Since the experienced Aquinnah(3) has been released, i would recommend to buy the basic version only in case you plan to upgrade her and do not have the 3xp to spend in one go.

Pros

  • On it's own, Aquinnah comes with some good sanity and can always be used as an expensive sanity shield.
  • If done right, Aquinnah can kill one enemy in the Enemy phase before it can attack.
  • The redirected attack can target any (other-than-the-beater) enemy at that location, also an Aloof or otherwise engaged enemy.
  • Activated as a reaction. You don't lose an action, you only pay for it upfront by playing Aquinnah.
  • Does work on any type of attacking enemy, including Elite and Massive.
  • Could be combined with "If it bleeds..." and Evidence!. It was your ally's skill that killed the creature, is not that true?

Cons

  • High install cost.
  • Occupies the Ally slot. So many other sweethearts give you more versatile bonuses.
  • Aquinnah has very low health.
  • Very difficult to find a situation where the reaction gets triggered.
  • Ability does not work on spoiler.
Synisill · 239
When upgraded Aquinnah teams up with Ashcan Pete, Aquinnah's ability can trigger twice — Heyenzzz · 1860