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The Skald of Seven Shapes
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Phaidros's comment on 2011-12-04 12:25 PM
Of all the magic items on this site, definately the first I would like to own right now. So far, all the items of the seven list are good, but this one is just making me salivate. Though that own sentience might be a spoiler.

I am imagining a campaign/story, where the bastard child of a poor nobleman get as only inheritance this old hat. The hat finds the orphan's heart pure, and guides him/her to find other items and other worthy heirs, and then together the New Seven revive the kingdom. Of course, other people will want to have the items too, or do not want to have the kingdom refounded.... Go to Comment
The Skald of Seven Shapes
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Dossta's comment on 2011-12-02 05:12 PM


This item was inspired a great deal by Masterharper Robinton from Anne McCaffery's Dragonriders of Pern series.  If placing this into a game, I'd highly recommend reading a few of the Harper Hall books to get a sense for his personality.


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The Skald of Seven Shapes
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Dossta's comment on 2011-12-06 03:02 PM
I agree that this would make a good introductory item to the King's set. The Skald knows a great deal about what happened between the brothers (possibly the characters' ancestors), though it may be reluctant to relive old wounds. Go to Comment
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-12-02 05:25 PM
Another excellent entry in this series. Go to Comment
The Skald of Seven Shapes
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-12-02 05:26 PM
It's been a few years but I remember those books with great fondness. Go to Comment
The Crown of Seven Swords
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EchoMirage's comment on 2011-12-01 10:24 AM


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.


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The Crown of Seven Swords
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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-11-30 03:00 PM


It's an amazing thing.


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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-11-30 10:28 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Crown of Seven Swords
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Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-30 05:59 PM
Another good item, keep it up! Go to Comment
The Crown of Seven Swords
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valadaar's comment on 2014-08-14 10:46 AM
Great stuff here - just the kind of thing your legendary high fantasy king could use. Go to Comment
The Crown of Seven Swords
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dark_dragon's comment on 2011-12-01 12:11 AM


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.



Looking forward to the other artifacts.

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The Crown of Seven Swords
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Dossta's comment on 2011-12-02 12:39 AM


I will admit that I wasn't really thinking about balance when designing these items -- it would indeed be foolhardy to give the party anything with this much power straight up. However, that's the whole point of the set really. Even if the party manages to recover 3-4 after years worth of effort, they still will not have access to the full powers of each artifact. Since most gaming groups have fewer than seven players, they would also have to find some trustworthy NPCs to wield the remainder if they ever wanted to unlock the full potential of the Seven.



On the other hand, a group which has collected several of these would be strongly motivated to cooperate. I *think* that the price of betrayal -- losing most of their item's power and suffering additional ill effects -- is high enough, but more penalties can always be added by the GM. I never considered that the party might be motivated to recover these for someone other than themselves, but I like really your campaign idea. Thank you for the constructive feedback, and I hope that you enjoy the last three artifacts as well. :)

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The Crown of Seven Swords
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-11-30 02:42 PM


It seems that a lack of willpower would start a vicious cycle. Failing once might give the sovereign more trepidation the second time around, making it easier to fail. And so on. The reputation of the king would suffer publicly. I doubt such a ruler would last long on the throne with the strong-willed and power hungry about.



Of course, the reverse might also be true. A strong king, able to intimidate all law breakers would be perceived as unbreakable of spirit.


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The Ring of Seven Stones
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Strolen's comment on 2012-01-08 07:59 AM


I tried to graze the other subs to see how they connected but didn't hit on a key. Is there something the owner does to activate these different powers? Quests or judgements he has to do for them to light up? I also didn't know what other items were meant "the others" as far as knowing when they were betrayed and losing powers. Seems that would be a good spot to itemize the items that were connected...or explain how the king links items with the ring if that is how it works. 


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The Ring of Seven Stones
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Strolen's comment on 2012-01-08 08:13 AM
This was the first one I read of the "sevens." Now it makes sense. What confused me was that there are 8 sevens I think. They don't count themselves I guess. :) Go to Comment
The Ring of Seven Stones
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Scrasamax's comment on 2011-11-30 09:49 AM


I approve of this ring.


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The Ring of Seven Stones
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Cheka Man's comment on 2011-11-29 01:31 PM


I want it.


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The Ring of Seven Stones
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Phaidros's comment on 2011-11-29 08:06 PM
"One Ring to rule them all"....

While its powers are quite subtle and at first low-powered, its wielded would be impelled to keep the users of the other seven items together, and with the growing powers of the ring, that might become quite easy. The ring-wielder better make sure that the cause they all pledge to is very favorable for him!

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The Ring of Seven Stones
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valadaar's comment on 2014-08-14 07:47 AM
This is nifty! Very useful and pushes collecting :)
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MysticMoon's comment on 2011-11-29 09:34 AM


Very good.


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