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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spirit of Renewal

This heavy pendant is a single irregular chunk of bright green glass, its surface has a smooth, almost melted appearance. The pendant hangs from a simple silver chain about forty inches long. The chain runs through a narrow hole in the stone, apparently a natural formation. If one studies the stone closely a dim, flickering yellow light can be seen in the heart of the pendant.

The pendant radiates Superb spirit and protective magic, though these effects do not accurately reflect the device's nature. The pendant is a spirit snare, designed to capture and hold an elemental creature of nature. The creature contained within is a life-giving elemental with only a dim awareness of its surroundings. A Great test of divination magic will reveal the process required to tap into the trapped spirit's powers, while a Superb test will reveal the process required to free the spirit contained within.

To activate the pendant's powers the owner must meditate upon the flickering light it contains, opening their will to that of the spirit contained within. Obtaining the proper mindset to do this requires a Great test of will. After ten minutes meditation the spirit will form a spiritual bond with the owner, which has two effects:
  • Maintaining the bond drains the owner's will, causing a two rank penalty to any skill tests or resistance checks involving willpower.
  • The owner gains the spirit's powers of renewal, healing one rank of damage every ten minutes, and gaining a two rank bonus to any resistance checks versus poison, disease, or other natural damage sources.
The spiritual bond lasts four hours, but maintaining it is draining on both the owner and the spirit, it can be attempted no more than once per day.

Should the owner attempt the rite required to free the spirit, a Good difficulty ritual, the pendant will shatter, leaving the owner with nothing but a Good value silver chain and broken bits of green glass. Note that the spirit is not particularly unhappy with its current status, as it is a very low order entity.


Timeshadows said...

Very interesting.
--Works pretty well with my Elemental Blood mechanism in UWoM.

Mark Thomas said...

A mechanism which is really cool BTW! I've always had a warm place in my heart for structured elementals and the interactions and conflicts they raise.

Timeshadows said...

Thanks. :D
--I'm glad you like it. :)

I've given the Playtest party a map that will lead them to one of these items.
--I'll let you know if they go after-, and find it. ;)