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Icon of Darkness (minor artifact)

D&D 3e (3.0/3.5) Rules

by Clive Squire


Icon of Darkness (Minor Artifact)

The icon of darkness is a small, palm-sized mass of interlocking carvings. The carvings on closer examination resemble five interlocking crescents. The icon is fashioned from what looks to be ancient bone and the icon of darkness is actually fashioned from pieces from five knuckles, taken from the remains of the first five good dragons, after the first five evil dragons defeated them.

The icon of darkness is a token used by the Queen of Darkness whenever Paladine and his good dragons beset her forces. Takhisis has corrupted the bones, twisting them into an anathema to all good-aligned dragons and good-aligned creatures.

The icon of darkness means that only those with evil in their hearts can carry the icon of darkness without penalty. Any neutral-aligned creature that carries the icon of darkness suffers 1 negative level and good-aligned characters carrying it suffer 3 negative levels. These negative levels remain with the character carrying the icon of darkness until the icon is put down. The negative levels never result in actual level loss, but they cannot be overcome in any way (including restoration spells) while the character carries it.

The icon of darkness acts much like bracers of armor, granting an evil character carrying them +2 armour. Due to the profane nature of the icon of darkness, evil characters gain a further +2 profane bonus to their AC against attacks from good-aligned creatures as well as +2 profane bonus to all saves made against spells and spell-like effects from good-aligned creatures.

The icon of darkness can be commanded to produce a Queen of Darkness' spite and venom spell, cast at 20th level, once per week.

Price: –
Body Slot: Throat
Caster Level: 20th
Aura: Overpowering evocation and necromancy [evil]
Activation: – Swift (command)
Weight: 6 oz

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