Piece is cursed I tells ya— if ya fire on oneathem witches? Yer gun's gon kid, you ain't never gon' see yer shiny piece agin.The Jape is a gun that replaces the firearms of any who attempt to attack the Laatapika Ladies, who inhabit a portion of the oil-drenched Laatapika forest.
No matter what firearm is utilized— be it a shotgun, rifle, revolver, or gatling gun— after one attempts to attack a member of the coven, they will quickly find their gun replaced with The Jape— pointed at themselves. The Jape is simple in structure, appearing as a standard toy gun— a simple block and cylinder of brightly painted wood, carved vaguely into the shape of a rifle. There is one major difference, however, and that is that the barrel of The Jape is always pointed backwards, towards the wielder. As The Jape typically appears once an attacker has already begun to pull the trigger— most who hold it fall victim to its myriad strange projectiles.
The Big Joke
A Partial LegacyThe very first Jape was created by the founder of the Laatapika Ladies, a former gunsmith by the name of Yiilay, who was the first Sotikaaput woman to join the profession. Originally, the gun was created as no more than the name implies— a practical joke. After she left the Roywalaap faith, and founded the Laatapika Ladies, however, the gun became a proper tool for defense. The Ladies keep a stockpile of Japes on hand, ready to swap with those of their attackers at any moment.
Insult to injuryThe Jape does not fire bullets, however— it fires just about anything else. It cannot be manually loaded or unloaded as there is no method through which to do so— how anything is loaded into its chamber to begin with is nothing less than magic. Once the trigger is pulled, The Jape will fire the most humiliating thing possible onto the wielder, reading their Spirit to do so. Past projectiles have included custard, manure, sand, shredded bills, and marbles.
Is awful I tells ya! Jus' awful! One minit I's got me sights on a witch, an' tha' nex I's got a facefulla them false snakes!