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The Ashen Crown
The Artifact that has been a major presence in the campaign. Wherever History is seen, the Crown is there.
In is combined form, the Crown has enviable power.
Item Slot: Head.
Property: You gain a + 1 item bonus to Arcana checks, History
checks, and Religion checks.
Property: You gain a + 1 item bonus to all defenses against the
attacks of aberrant creatures.
Power (Encounter): Immediate Interrupt. Trigger: You are hit
by an attack that deals typed nonweapon damage. Effect:
You gain resist 5 against typed nonweapon damage until
the end of your next turn.
Power (Encounter): Free Action. Trigger: You score a critical
hit on your turn. Effect: The target of the critical hit slides
2 squares and is knocked prone.
Power (Daily): Free Action. Trigger: You hit with an attack.
Effect: A target of the attack is dazed until the end of your
next turn. An aberrant creature is also restrained and cannot
teleport until the end of your next turn.
Power (Daily): Free Action. Trigger: You hit a target that is
granting combat advantage to you. Effect: You deal 1d6 extra
damage to that target.
Power (Daily): Standard Action. As the ritual Gentle Repose
(PH 305), but no components are required.
Power (Weekly): As the ritual Speak with Dead (PH 311),
with a +5 item bonus to the Religion check.
Power (Monthly): As the ritual Raise Dead (PH 311), with a
performance time of 1 hour instead of 8 hours.
When the Crown is pleased with its bearers, its powers grow…
The Ashen Crown is an ancient relic, created by the Keepers of the Past of the Valaes Tairn, then taken by the Dhakaani during the wars that drove the elves back to Aerenal. As crafted by the elves, the Liryana’tani (Crown of Remembrance) was used to return great warriors to life, and to maintain a connection to the ancient heroes of Xen’drik. When the Crown was claimed by the Dhakaani, goblin mages subtly reshaped its power to create Arkantaash . As the Ashen Crown, the artifact reflected the goblins’ reverence for ancestors and history.
In its sundered form, the Ashen Crown consists of a magic circlet to which the other magic items are attached. A byeshk blade, magically shapeable, is the Crown’s front ornament. Two gems-one a magic solitaire, the other a small orb-are set to either side. A braided cord of mithral and gold wraps tightly around the Crown’s circlet.
Arkantaash was sundered shortly before the fall of Dhakaan. Legendary goblin heroes wielded the pieces, and each part now bears the name of its last wielder. When the goblin empire fell, the Crown fragments were lost with it for five thousand years.
The Crown can be sundered or reassembled by the performance of a special ritual—the Rite of Arkantaash