Full Item Description
A small token made of finely wound copper wire into the form of a preying mantis. They have been seen in various poses, the most common being them standing still with their claws folded in front of it.
These tokens were made by clerics that followed a pagan god whose name has long since been forgotten, but whose symbol was a mantis.
The leader of the order was a cleric named Seffa, a man who also was an accomplished mage. It is said that these mantis tokens were made to protect the temple in a time of need, during a time when all of the pagan gods were being cleansed from Aeristi.
Twelve of them were rumored to have been made, but other rumors say there were fifteen, Seffa keeping 3 on his person at all times.
The temple eventually fell, the power of the opposition proved to be too great for the defenses in place. Seffa fled before he could be hanged as a heretic like all of those who remained in the temple.
The tokens were taken and thought to be nothing more than idols of a false god, were cast into the fire of the burning temple. Over the years, they had been scavenged by less savory people and have made their way across Aeristi. The token obeys who ever activates it, willing to defend them to the death.
A Copper Mantis token will transform into large, living preying mantis if someone in possession of it speaks the command word, "anima." After but a few seconds of the command word being spoken, the mantis will be fully transformed and willing to fight for its owner. It will remain transformed for 1-3 minutes or until it is defeated.
If it is not defeated, it simply returns to its token form and can not be summoned until after the next sunrise. If it is defeated, it needs more time to rest. Three sunrises must pass before it can be summoned again.