Coin of Luck (Coin of Greed)
D&D 3e (3.0/3.5) Rules
This innocuous looking copper coin has two faces. Each face depicts the same heavy jowled merchant; one side smiles menacingly and the other sneers with uncontained scorn.
The coin grants good luck, but it is only Hiddukel who truly reaps the rewards of such luck. One encounter with the Coin of Luck, also known as the Coin of Greed, occurred when it came into the possession of a mediocre would be red-robed wizard named Balcombe. Balcombe had failed his Test of High Sorcery and was little more than a bloody mass cast outside the Tower of Wayreth when the coin appeared in his hand. Speaking through the coin, Hiddukel the Prince of Lies, made Balcombe a deal too good to refuse. He could remain alive and revenge himself on the Orders of High Sorcery if he would agree to serve Hiddukel. Balcombe agreed and was restored to life by Hiddukel. His resurrection came at high price. The Prince of Lies required the risen mage to trap souls in magic jars, which Hiddukel intended to feast on. Balcombe was defeated by those who would later become the Heroes of the Lance and the coin disappeared into the pouches of Tasslehoff Burrfoot. It has not been seen since.
The Coin of Luck acts as a Stone of Good Luck, granting it's possessor a +1 luck bonus to all saving throws, ability checks, and skill checks.
Through the coin's faces, Hiddukel can speak to the possessor.. When he is in a good mood the smiling faces, speaks, but when he is in foul temper the sneering side speaks. The coin periodically flips as Hiddukel's moods change. He only grants the coin to those with whom he has a bargain that cannot be denied.
Once the coin reveals itself to be a tool of the Prince of Lies, and the possessor makes a pact with him, all of the powers of the coin activate. Once per day the possessor of the coin can cast bane, bestow curse, and deeper darkness. Once per ten minutes, the possessor can cast suggestion. This ability is often used to sow discontent, dissent, and discord. At Hiddukel's command the coin can generate an anti-magic field. Hiddukel uses this ability to strip his servant of power so that he must bargain further with the Prince of Lies in return for his life. Activating the greater powers of the coin requires that the possessor succeed at a DC 17 Fortitude save or permanently lose 1 point of Charisma, becoming progressively more scarred and possessive of the coin.
It is said, that the Coin of Greed is part of a triad of artifacts imbued by Hiddukel, called the Triad of Betrayal. Also part of this triad, are a dagger (The Dagger of Righteous Vengeance, also known as the Dagger of Vengeance), and a golden circlet (The Circlet of Pride also known as The Golden Circlet). Exactly where either of the two latter artifacts are remains unknown.
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