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November 11, 2005, 3:55 pm

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The Guilded Crucifix


The crucifix (or insert holy pendant of your good mainstream religion of choice) is fairly old, more elaborate than normal, and would usually only be worn by someone of great piety or a female of some piety.

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The crucifix (or insert holy pendant of your good mainstream religion of choice) is fairly old, more elaborate than normal, and would usually only be worn by someone of great piety or a female of some piety. 

It was worn (and enchanted) by an Evil cultist of some skill. She made this a special tool for her cult work. (It was her “class ring”, personal tool.) The crucifix was an ironic choice of tools for her.  The item has the following abilities.
1) The item is invisible to all but the most powerful detection of mystical energies.
2)The ability to control undead and spectral minion
3) The ability to call undead and spectral minion
Aids in the ability to create undead/ spectral minion (adds energy to make it easier)
4) The ability to transfer damage from one person to another, giving the illusion of healing in many cases.
5) And lastly, makes the wearer appear to be “tainted” by the opposite celestrial force.  So if one is bound to an Evil Celestrial being, one appears associated with a positive/ good one. However, it works visa versa as well.

The item allowed her to appear as a pious female of the clerical persusasion, her “cover” for many years.  Since her death, this “relic” has floated about from hand to hand.  It has lead to many confusing situations. Everyone thinks it is a great holy item that allows the repulsion of undead and exceptional martyr healing, but it is odd.

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Voted Iain
November 11, 2005, 18:01
I very much like the concept of this: the explanation of why it would be mistaken for a holy artifact is perfect (and would apply to other evil artifacts that let one control undead too, if they were didn't appear evil). I've only given it 3.5 due to the lack of backstory (though I appreciate that this is probably because it's just been transferred from a thread).
July 20, 2007, 2:53
Actually, it does not have backstory because it is a class of items. It is not a single item, but something that is common in "Evil Cultist circles". Sure that makes it rare in everyday society, but in its environment it is an nice version of an everyday tool.
Voted Pariah
November 11, 2005, 21:19
Good item, many confusing situations indeed.
Voted Wulfhere
February 8, 2007, 18:52
An interesting item. I would expect it to eventually find its way to a collection of holy relics and items, then slowly spread discord, as the most pure of its bearers seem sinister and secretly wicked, while hypocritical ones appear to be quite holy. I would expect some bearers to actually come to believe the relic's false picture of themselves ("If only you knew the corruption that lurks within me!" or "I knew that my decision was righteous! Look at the aura of purity I bear!")

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