Friday, October 11, 2013

Two Last Ones for Gorgonmilk's Table of Magical Gems Found in the Eye Sockets of Animated Skeletons

Gorgonmilk's latest community project is located here. Here are my last entries.

Eye of the Beholder
This large white pearl has a hypnotic blue-black swirl radiating from its center to the outside of the stone. The gem is rumored to be a fossilized Beholder eye, but this rumor is only partly true; it is a fossilized tear duct from a Beholder’s eye stalk.

Anyone who stares at the pearl for more than 15 seconds will find themselves at the mercy of one of two effects.

Roll 1d6:

On any result other than a 1, the PC finds himself open to a Suggestion spell that lasts up to 1d6 turns (no Save).

Anyone under the Suggestion spell will immediately carry out any off-hand remark or suggestion as if it was a command; anything from “I wouldn’t do that if I were you” to “Go stick your head up your arse” to “Cover me!” will result in the PC attempting to carry out the literal meaning of the remark. This effect cannot be dispelled by magical means.

On a roll of 1, the pearl emits a Finger of Death; the PC must make a Save vs. Death Ray. If the PC fails the save, he dies and is immediately reduced to a pile of ash and bone fragments. If the PC succeeds the Save, he takes 3d6+13 points of damage.

Both of these effects are possible during combat with the animated skeleton in which the gem is housed.

Ovum of Ner'ak
This sparking agate cabochon is engraved with a cameo of Ner'ak, Reemhik goddess of desire. An ancient stone, created before craftsmen developed the ability to facet-cut precious gems, the Ovum is a supreme example of relief carving, featuring a voluptuous and seductively posed nude Ner'ak glancing backward over her shoulder.

If a character rubs the cameo thirteen times, there is a 1 in 6 chance that Ner'ak will manifest and demand one of three things from that PC (roll 1d3):

1. The PC must make love to her. There is a 25% chance that this results in PC death (no save).

2. The PC must pick another character to make love to Ner'ak. There is a 30% chance this results in PC death (Save vs. Death Ray; if successful, take 2d12 damage).

3. The PC must immediately leave the party and become the concubine of Ner'ak's high priest/priestess. After serving 1d4 days in this role, the PC will be returned to the party, taking 2d12 damage upon return.

Submitting to any of these demands results in a permanent +7 to Charisma.

On the un-engraved side of the stone is a message written in ancient Reemhik runes. Translated, it says "I am not worthy to kiss Her hem." This is a Reemhik euphemism for a particular sexual act. If the PC making love to Ner'ak performs this act, Ner'ak will grant the PC a reasonable boon.

Finally, if the Ovum is placed in a bowl of goat's milk, it will imbue the milk with a powerful aphrodisiac; anyone who drinks this "liquid lust" will be immediately attracted to the person who gave them the drink and will act as if Charmed by that person—but will still make any and every attempt to seduce the target of their affection, too. A Cure Disease spell cast by at least a 11th level caster can remove this effect.

Note: if Ner'ak coupled with a male, there is a 10% chance that she becomes pregnant. She will raise this child as a demigod who will eventually come hunting for his/her father—–to what end is up to the DM.

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