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Overview of the Royal Artifacts of Southold

There are three symbols of the Kingship of Southold, handed down since the founding of the realm in 1066 by Athelstan. These are the Crown, the Scepter, and the Sword of Athelstan. All are known to have magic properties, and indeed are treated as holy artifacts. These were wielded by Athelstan, who most regard as an incarnation, or avatar, of Tyr himself. This is the reason that Tyr is regarded as the patron of Southold, and why his church has such power here. In fact, during times of trouble, when the succession was unclear, or when usurpers held the throne, these artifacts have disappeared. This is a prime reason why the King commands such autocratic power, for the holding of these artifacts is regarded as the mandate of Tyr himself. Indeed, the Kings of Southold are all members of the House of Athelstan, which means they have the blood of the gods in their veins (Athelstan married Elizabeth of Bywater (of the House of Cawdor) in the latter years of his reign and sired four sons before his sudden death at the age of forty-four). Several years ago the artifacts were briefly stolen by the Cortalish Vampire Patriarch, Count Victor von Drakov, though they were later recovered by the Intrepid Paragon adventuring group.

The Sword of Athelstan
Southron Artifact of Tyr

Description: The Sword of Athelstan is in the form of a saber. Its blade is formed of crystal glassteel, held by a platinum hilt and guard. It glows with a dim blue light 5' radius, when held.

History: This was the sword of the first King of Southold, Athelstan himself. Under his rule, the Videssians were driven from the land, and the Occupation was ended. It is widely believed that Athelstan was the actual incarnation of Tyr on Grund. No one knows where the Sword came from, nor its sister artifacts, the Scepter and Crown of Athelstan. Nevertheless, ever since, these artifacts have been the sign of office of the King's of Southold. Historically, they have disappeared when unjust kings reigned and thus confer Tyr's mandate on the King.

Major Powers:
Bestow Magic Resistance of 50% when held.
Resurrection once/week.
Total Immunity to all types of mental attacks (charm, hold, etc.)
+5 Saber - does double damage to Chaotic Evils, triple to Undead. Glows blue when Chaotic Evils are within 30'.

Minor Powers:
Can tell the one greatest weakness of a foe.
Casts Heal once/day
Regenerate 2 hp/turn

Side Effects:
User must follow the tenets of the Law in all respects. The Sword, though it cannot communicate, can control the user to follow the Law and also to slay the undead.

The Scepter of Athelstan
Southron Artifact of Tyr

Description: This rod is 3 feet long and made of adamantium. Its head is of platinum shaped like the sun, with a large crystal imbedded in its center.

History: This was the Scepter of the first King of Southold, Athelstan himself. Under his rule, the Videssians were driven from the land, and the Occupation was ended. It is widely believed that Athelstan was the actual incarnation of Tyr on Grund. No one knows where the Sword came from, nor its sister artifacts, the Sword and Crown of Athelstan. Nevertheless, ever since, these artifacts have been the sign of office of the King's of Southold. Historically, they have disappeared when unjust kings reigned and
thus confer Tyr's mandate on the King.

Major Powers:
Rod of Rulership once per day - effect lasts 1 turn
Staff of Command - can use each function once/day
When presented against undead, flares with the light of the sun.

Minor Powers:
Legend Lore 3 times a day
Speak w/Dead 3 times a day
adds +2 to a priest's turn undead roll
Slow once per day

Side Effects:
User must follow the tenets of the Law in all respects.
The Scepter, though it cannot communicate, can control the user to follow the Law and also to slay the undead.

The Crown of Athelstan
Southron Artifact of Tyr

Description: This crown of gold is studded with gems, encrusted into the cross of Dunador. Its precious stones are worth hundreds of thousands of nobles alone.

History: This was the crown of the first King of Southold, Athelstan himself. Under his rule, the Videssians were driven from the land, and the Occupation was ended. It is widely believed that Athelstan was the actual incarnation of Tyr on Grund. No one knows where the Crown came from, nor its sister artifacts, the Scepter and Sword of Athelstan. Nevertheless, ever since, these artifacts have been the sign of office of the King's of Southold. Historically, they have disappeared when unjust kings reigned and thus confer Tyr's mandate on the King.

Major Powers:
Total immunity to fire and cold attacks
Teleport without error three times a day
Restore Youth once per month (takes ten years off, can be granted only once per lifetime)

Minor Powers:
Stoneskin three times per day (one is always active while the crown is worn.)
Improves the Armor class of the wearer by six places
Comprehends any spoken or written language
Causes a liar's body to burst into flames (d8 per lie)

Side Effects:
User must follow the tenets of the Law in all respects.
The wearer must punish any crimes he witnesses immediately.

 

Athelstan, founder of Southold, bearin the tree royal artifacts

Athelstan, founder of Southold, bearing the tree royal artifacts

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