Dossta, thanks for keeping up with this collection. Each item alone is a great sub, but taken together they are exceptional. I really like the concept and the execution.
This horn is formidable, and I particularly like the subtle twist that could easily be the downfall of the horn's wielder, as he erodes away the inhibitions of his own men, slowly ebbing their humanity away. So far, the darkest of the seven item. I like!
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- Adelheim's Seven Favours
- King Mosanggar's favours/tokens/gifts
- Adelheim's Aegis (with the implication that all the items are only facets of the aegis)
- The Steward's Prizes
- The Seven Sentinels
- The Seven Keys to Adelheim
- Mosanggar's Seven Legacies
- The Princes' Birthright
- Mosanggar's Wards (as in, protective spells)
- Mosanggar's Binding
- The Prince's Circle
- The Princes' Chain (a chain is only strong as...)
- The Stars of Adelheim
- The Adelheimian Unity
- The Princes' Pledges
Sadly, the maddest and most self-assured of egomaniacal villains are exceedingly difficult to judge by this artifact. But then, perhaps nothing else can stop a certain nefarious antagonist except the black sword of the crown?
I can think of something to add - a note of how the willpower "test" is affected by circumstances: so may the life-giving judgment be more difficult as time passes from the death of the one to be restored. The more powerful the life-force of a target, the more difficult it is to snuff out with the black flame. Etc.
I really like this item. I've been reading your series of the seven artifacts and found it really enjoyable, but this one is my favorite so far.
It's probably not something that I'd actually give to PCs, but it's a brilliant item. I really like the imagery of the flame wreathed crown, and having the judgement be a willpower contest is a wonderful idea.
I can see an entire campaign built around these seven artifacts, with a failing kingdom, and a band of adventurer tasked with finding all seven tokens and match them to seven worthy descendants of the original seven kings to restore the kingdom to its former glory.
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Looking forward to the other artifacts.