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January 27, 2006, 4:52 pm

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Malachrite Falcon


The Malachrite Falcon is one of those legendary treasures that people have been hunting for over the centuries. The Malachrite Falcon has a legendary past, mixed with the Great Orders of the Past. The Malachrite Cult, The Sethians, the Kings of Cronos, and just some of the great orders who have owned it. The last public owners were the Blades of the GoldenSun, a legendary order of warriors from the ancient Imperial days. The Blades were either the greatest warriors for Good or the most famous scam artists depending on who is writing the history. When the Blades were “broken” by Emperor Coscious the Mad, their treasuries were looted. The Falcon was one of the treasures not accounted for. It was considered spirited away by some Blades.

Full Item Description
Though the Malachrite Falcon would appear to be a crudly carved falcon made of a black lead one cubit tall, the black covers the soild gold statue underneith it. The gold is extremely valuable, but it is the historical worth of the Falcon, because of it various owners, that makes it more valuable. The item is said to have magical powers, but what those powers are is vague.

There have been dozens of forgeries and vanity copies made of the Falcon over the centuries. If you encounter a large black lead bird, it will probably be one of these (though some are almost as famous or infamous as the original).

Magic/Cursed Properties
There is a reason so many organizations have vied for this object. Inside of it is the bound spirit of the great Wizard Seer Quiro Vran or “The Black Wing”. This legendary Malachrite (his nationality/ society) wrote several of the most important early thesis on Magic. If one can speak to spirits and possesses the statue, you can ask the Black Wing questions about magic, the past, and sometimes the future. The Falcon has become a powerful tool used by the Great Orders.

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November 3, 2005, 9:57
This is a nice anchor piece to insert into a campaign. Once you put it in, there is so much you can build off of.

It makes a great McGuffin. It motivates adventurers to look for it, get it back for someone else, stop the Evil Cult that wants it, and so on.

The Blades are still there, in the background, as a secret or semi-secret organization. They can become patrons or use the PCs as pawn. (OF course the enemies of the Blades might do that as well.)

The Dolman is one of a dozen false Falcons made over the years. This one is special and has its own abilities. Feel free to make some of your own and link them to the Falcon.
Voted KendraHeart
November 4, 2005, 10:49
It is the Maltese Falcon without Bogart. But the secret Templar-esk organization and the other one is kind of neat all together.
Voted Mourngrymn
November 5, 2005, 14:58
As I stated in the copy of submission. I like it. It takes an old story and adds a very nice fantasy detail to it. It is a refreshing item and idea and definately one that I will attempt on my gamers. If not this, then one of my own design. Once again Moon top notch.
Voted Zylithan
November 29, 2005, 20:35
I like it. I assumed at first you were just misspelling the rock malachite, but then i found that not to be the case. Should have known better than to doubt :)

It's a little short, but you've given more details elsewhere and I like the idea of the forgeries become their own things...
Voted Murometz
March 17, 2006, 1:18
2 words PETER LORRE!!! (in all his bug-eyed splendor)
March 17, 2006, 1:20
Voted axlerowes
November 2, 2006, 15:29
I like the contained spirit angle on a previous idea. Not bad for a tribute piece.
Voted valadaar
October 30, 2013, 15:31
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