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December 26, 2006, 6:41 pm

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Funeral Gold and Grave Silver


Untold years, laying in the deep
Sheltered in the sepulchre earth
Borne by the dead who never speak
Funeral Gold and Grave Silver
Beware the gift
Beware the giver

Full Item Description
Assorted gold and silver jewelry with necklaces and rings being the most common, since it is pretty easy to lose one earring and they should be had in pairs.

It is customary in almost every society for the bodies of the dead to be laid to rest with some sort of offering. while some may take it to the extreme, with massive temple-tombs and hosts of ritually sacrificed slaves to the austere bundle of flowers laid on a stone cairn. Coins my be laid over eyes as passage to the blessed afterlife, while in other cultures the dead are decked out in their finest clothes and their finest, non-heirloom jewelry. Rings adorn cold fingers and lockets are placed between still breasts. All of this is done with respect and reverence, with love and remorse.

Then some a-hole with a sword and a torch comes along and muchs things up. Snatching the jewels and breaking brittle dry fingers to steal rings.This ranges from honest to goodness graverobbery to inconsiderate looting by PCs.

I hack the zombie and take the gold and XP.

Except that the gold was the zombie’s wedding band worn for a decade after his wife died. Tch tch tch. Bad form.

Magic/Cursed Properties
While the anger and rage of the dead is powerful, if it was as powerful as cursed and haunted items demonstrate the living would cower in fear of the wrath of the dead. It takes a massive amount of ego on the part of the deceased, and a massive amount of desecration on the part of the living to create the powerful relics of undeath. These are the less powerful, or possibly the least powerful and the most common.

The grave goods of the dead carry with them the ill will and malice of the desecrated. The gold coins carry a stigma. The bearer might be more likely to get mugged violently, or may find himself or herself coming down with mild but constantly irritating illness. Dreams could be made unpleasant or into sweaty nightmares, depending on the callousness of the acts involved. (Degree of desecration)

Last but not least, the who are privvy to the worlds of the dead, such as funeral priests, necromancers and such will recognize cursed grave goods as such. A nosy priest could certainly cause a PC party some trouble if they are turned into the authority as grave robbers.

Plot Hooks
Temptation of the Gold - The PCs are given a basic morality test and have to deal with the consequences. They are offered a chance to loot a nice tomb, laiden with several valuable pieces of silver and gold. Certainly enough to buy up to the next character level, purchase magic item X, or whatever else their munchkin dreams desire. Their gains demonstrate themselves to be ill-gotten, and the PCs are afflicted by bad luck.

Thieves! Thieves! - After a tough battle with some undead, the PCs are accosted by locals who want to know why the PCs have some of the treasure that was buried with poor insert famous local dead guy. They will demand that the PCs return what they have stolen, or else.

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Voted Cheka Man
December 3, 2005, 18:19
Now this is the best recent thing that I've seen here.A Necromancer who is not an evil world-domination type,and a very good item to go with him.
Voted Ancient Gamer
December 4, 2005, 1:39
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Cheka Man
August 16, 2006, 16:40
5/5 One of my favourite item's here, + the NPC that goes with it.
Voted manfred
August 17, 2006, 2:32
Well this is not an NPC, but fine items still. Like them!
Voted Pariah
January 21, 2007, 18:34
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December 6, 2012, 6:43
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Voted Dakeyras
April 14, 2013, 11:21
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Voted valadaar
May 4, 2013, 20:59
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Voted Moonlake
June 22, 2013, 2:14
A nice class of items to throw in a world of loot and plunder.

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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

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Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

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