|Alternate names||Stilbine |
|Notable examples||Europe |
A fulgar, also known as an astrapecrith, is a lazhar whose body has been modified to be able to generate electricity. The calendar equivalent is stilbine. They have been around for at least 200 years and first came to widespread attention during the Battle of the Gates.
Most of a fulgar's abilities, collectively known as eclatics, have been demonstrated by Europe. These include:
- Defeasance/Scinderation: A rare and risky technique in which such a powerful electric charge is run through living matter that any liquid within it becomes superheated and bursts. Used by Europe to kill Pater Pontiflex Maupin.
- Impelling: Forcing a target to move or not move by taking a hold of someone.
- Resisting: Generating small electrical charges between two parts of the body, such as from hand to hand, thumb to forefinger, or hand to thigh. In this way a fulgar can charge their entire body with electricity, which will be transmitted to anyone who grabs them.
- Thermistoring: Attracting lightning from the sky and channeling it to targets up to 100 yards away.
- Vacillating: A means of counteracting the antics of a wit by sending a mild arc through the fulgar's body, which needs to be strengthened proportionatly if the wit strives harder.
- Vendette: Forcing someone to confess the truth before the agony and shock of being hit with powerful arcing kills them. Used by Europe on Featherhead to determine who was behind the ambush at Step Dribble.
A fulgar normally requires direct physical contact with an opponent to use their abilities. While they can fight with their bare hands, they can also use a pair of rods wrapped with metal wire known as fulgaris to extend their reach and deflect weapons. Thermistoring is an exception as the fulgar can use the fulgaris to both attract and direct lightning from the sky at their targets.
"Fulgar" is probably taken from the latin word fulgur, meaning "thunderbolt."