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September 30, 2006, 3:12 pm

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Thie pearly material is also known by the sinister name of Demon’s Tooth.

Full Item Description
Agnoscite is a pearly white material that has a low hardness score and behaves similar to mother of pearl. This material is very rare and is occassionally found in the ruins of old churches or in nodules in cemetaries. It is found in clusters of stony buds or polyps that many people think looks like a pile of large teeth. Like ivory or mother of pearl it can be carved, or used in inays for more durable goods, but it is too soft and brittle to be used as any sort of weapon and certainly not any type of armor.

According to the myths of the Via Mortus agnoscite comes from two sources. The more common agnoscite is said to be formed from the particulate generated by hypocrites, false prophets and those unmoved by piety and faith, who yet go through the motions. This is the sort found in the ruins of churches and in old graveyards where crocodile tears and shed and pretenders lead flocks of faithless masquerading as the faithful. A few antique references call the material Heartstone as in older times it was thought that the material was accumulated within the heart of a living creature much like the oyster’s pearl.

The more rare and slightly more durable form of agnoscite is said to be fragmentary remains of Atma’s corporeal form destroyed several millenia ago. Atma was accorded to be the World Demon and played the position of primary antagonist in the quasi-Buddhist Vedas of the primitive Ozian peoples.

This material is very rare regardless of it’s various attributed sources, easily on par with tassite harvested from exposed clathrates. There are currently no veins, or mines of the material, and the entire supply in the world might be a few pounds at the most. This is primarily found in the form of carved trinkets, amulets, and innocuous items like being set in rings, necklaces, and the like. About once a century or so a new supply of the material is found, much to the displeasure of the mother church.

Magic/Cursed Properties
Agnoscite has the unique power of completely negating all clerical orisons, prayers, miracles and other works of magic done by divine spellcasters. This has no effect or protection against arcane sorcery, nor does it impede the function of traditional magic items unless they are implicitly divine in nature. If a piece of agnoscite is carried, the carrier literally becomes invisible to the gods, and by proxy, by demons and the like as well.

Sample Items
The Amulet of the Minister of Errors - The most common of the agnoscite trinkets, if such items can be considered common, this amulet is carved from a single piece and hung on a necklace. Often in the form of a heretic saint, or notable sorcerer of old, this amulet protects the wearer from clerical spells.

The Manacles of Perdition - A matched pair of black iron manacles, each set with a small stone, these can be used to take a priest into captivity without fear of him using divine spells. The manacles even prevent the cleric from praying to his chosen diety. A unique item, the church would very much love to find and have these destroyed.

The Hypocrit Sword - Also a unique item, this is a masterwork sword crafted for the church and enchanced with arcane magics. It has a large piece of agnoscite in the pommel of the weapon which renders the weapon and the wielder immune to demonic and clerical powers. This item was carried by Jude, the companion of St. Duncan, who was often defending the exorcist from demons and their ilk, who are all too often immune to things like iron.

Plot Hooks
Found! - A large cluster of agnoscite nodules have been found in a backwater community. While it might be their clerical duty to see the material consigned to hammers and smelting fires, the villagers are tihnking of selling the lump to the highest bidder. Various agents have been around, and the PCs have been sent by an agency to purchase/destroy the material, or find out who does get it if they fail.

Lost! - an agnoscite relic has been lost from it’s coffer or treasury. The Church has sent agents to recover and destroy the relic if possible while others are looking to recover it for the reward, or for their own masters. A game of cat and mouse ensues as the dingus passes from hand to hand. Even better if the initial thief is ignorant of the prize he carries.

The Inquisition - The PCs often frequent the hallowed halls of the faith, and xould quite by accident discover nodules cof the material during one of their forays into the catacombs. Is this a remnant from an elder time when the church went through a dangerous schism, or is it a signal of a far worse and secular cancer within the heart of the faith.

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Voted Cheka Man
September 30, 2006, 15:09
5/5 and an HOH
Voted Wulfhere
September 30, 2006, 16:40
Very interesting! A little potent for my tastes, but watered down a bit, I'd like to find a way to plug it in.
Voted CaptainPenguin
September 30, 2006, 17:16
Only voted
Voted Murometz
September 30, 2006, 20:25
I like when Scras picks a mineral and makes a post around it. Last time it was yellow jade, now we get Agnoscite.

Nice use of links, and I enjoyed the sample items!
Voted MoonHunter
October 1, 2006, 11:17
Nice element to be added for a world.
Voted valadaar
February 8, 2007, 19:23
Awesome - nice and complete. I like fantasy materials...
September 26, 2007, 21:58
Interesting element. I may try it out.
Voted Chaosmark
January 20, 2009, 18:44
As Wulf stated, I think this is a bit powerful; total shielding from divine power and notice is quite potent. This could certainly find use in most worlds, if in a slightly watered down form.

On the flip side, it's quite unique. Normally you see anti-arcane things, but not anti-divine.
January 20, 2009, 23:46
It is powerful, but on the balancing side, it is extraordinarily rare, not something that is just found sitting on a shelf. As I mentioned in the post, there might be a few pounds in an entire realm, so an ounce or a piece the size of a button would cost a kingdom's ransom on the black market, and should it be found by clerical hands, it will likely be quickly destroyed.
January 21, 2009, 0:23
True, however, it seems to be that any real amount of it invokes it's shielding power. Even a few pounds of it worldwide can go a long way if pinched off a bit at a time.
Cheka Man
January 21, 2009, 10:34
What if someone secretly put a bt of this into a n important clerical item, to weaken the church linked with it?

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Hooper McFin's Two Shot Portal

       By: dudeington

Now, this ol' ramblin fellow tends to walk his talk a bit too far down the train sometimes.. So I'll be brief in my recantin' of how it was my Tavern "came to bein'" on the multiverse as a weave of it's own spell.. And how I'm even alive to tell the story!

You see it's simple really, trust me.. that's my specialty, keepin it elementary. And you can trust this old Bard.

Anyway, this one night these wizards get a ramblin' on about the temporal exististance of space and time and how it could be manifested in a weave of super dimensional space. whereupon the folded space would give rise to an infinite number of entrances and exits to one or many spaces. Now, seein' how my talkin' sometimes get's locked into the way us folks used to talk back in the ol' west. These wizards didn't know I was a master of the word. and I had heard everything they said. They were also a bit over the wagon, while I was steerin' the show.

So that's how it came to pass, I struck a bargain with the wizards. They come to me in the morning and conjure up their idea into reality and I'd pledge them my life, my existance.. in essence my soul. but in a much nicer sense of the word. So they came by in the morning a half remembering our talks the prior evenin'. And I recanted their words verbatum, and that's how it came to be. The spell was complete that afternoon. My tavern would be the super dimensional cube that would exist in this weave of space and time, folks could come and go as they please, knowin in mind some of the rules and limitations set forth.

A few of 'em as follows.

No feller can be causin a ruckus inside any of my fine establishments, as always rule number one god damnit.

n' second the portal works kinda tricky. When ya outside ya cast the spell and lend your will to luck a bit and regardless the doors to the bar will appear, the windows a luminescent amber.. you can hear the chattee but ya can't see in. And the catch is the door might be locked, in which case you chalk it up to lady luck and go walk off and try again in an hour. Now most times the door pops right open and from the outside you always come in the front door, immediately greeted by myself or one of our many fine patrons of Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

Now when ya cast the spell from inside the Tavern, another catch comes up. The back door is mainly a secret for the non-initiated staff and the regulars but for sake of the prose let's assume we all know there's a secret door in the back with a portal there. Now when you go on through this one, you got two scenario's you oughta be aware of. One is ya pop outside relative to the same spot you came out. The other is, you walk back on into this one or another of our many Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

so it's a clever quantum railroad I got my tavern and my people's caught on. But, Hey the show's sure as always goin. ohhh' rutin tootin skidoodle -

** And that's it.. that's the only notes I found on the spell, apparently out there somewhere is a Tavern caught on the mighty ebb and flow of the multiverse. Well. at least I can put to rest my torment as to the condition now referred to as "Hooper McFin's Teleportation Paranoia".

Dr. Clarke T. Mulligan - Professional researcher of Time & Space.

Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse

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