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The '''Gatekeeper's Crystal''' was a powerful magical device, which, according to legend, had been created by a powerful [[lich]].<ref name="FH-p33">{{Cite book/Forsaken House|33}}</ref> The truth, however, is that it originated from the [[Outlands]], having been carried by a mysterious being called the Gatekeeper, whose sole duty was apparently to guard a crossroads of ''[[gate]]''s across the planes and spheres, preventing anyone who wished to restrict access to it from blocking the travel of others. It was stolen by an ice-priestess lich of the [[Great Glacier]] known as the Ice Queen (with the assistance of a deity, it was said) as part of her attempt to conquer [[Myth Ondath]].<ref name="Volo-ALM-p107">{{Cite book/Volo's_Guide_to_All_Things_Magical|107}}</ref>
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The '''Gatekeeper's Crystal''' was a powerful magical device, which, according to legend, had been created by a powerful [[lich]].<ref name="FH-p33">{{Cite book/Forsaken House|33}}</ref> The truth, however, is that it originated from the [[Outlands]], having been carried by a mysterious being called the Gatekeeper, whose sole duty was apparently to guard a crossroads of ''[[gate]]''s across the planes and spheres, preventing anyone who wished to restrict access to it from blocking the travel of others. It was stolen (with the assistance of a deity, it was said) by [[Iyraclea]], an ice-priestess of [[Auril]] of the [[Great Glacier]] known as the Ice Queen, as part of her attempt to conquer [[Myth Ondath]].<ref name="GHR-p93">{{Cite book/The Grand History of the Realms|93}}</ref> <ref name="Volo-ATM-p107">{{Cite book/Volo's Guide to All Things Magical|107}}</ref>
   
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
When assembled, the device looked like a three-pointed star almost 1 inch (30 cm) in diameter.<ref name="FH-p40">{{cite book/Forsaken House|40}}</ref> It was carved from onyx, with a metal no one could identify woven throughout it.<ref name="Volo-ALM-p106">{{Cite book/Volo's_Guide_to_All_Things_Magical|106}}</ref>
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When assembled, the device looked like a three-pointed star almost 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter.<ref name="FH-p40">{{cite book/Forsaken House|40}}</ref> It was carved from onyx, with a metal no one could identify woven throughout it.<ref name="Volo-ATM-p106">{{Cite book/Volo's Guide to All Things Magical|106}}</ref>
   
 
==Powers==
 
==Powers==
It was made up of three separate shards, each of which were powerful in their own right, but devastating when brought together as a whole. When the crystal was used as a whole, particularly to destroy a mythal, its three shards separated and scattered across a vast area, almost always including other planes.<ref name="FH-p33" />
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It was made up of three separate shards, each of which were powerful in their own right, but devastating when brought together as a whole. When the crystal was used as a whole, particularly to destroy a ''[[mythal]]'', its three shards separated and scattered across a vast area, almost always including other planes.<ref name="FH-p33" />
   
 
Anyone who touched any of the three shards of the crystal would know instantly the direction in which the other shards lay, although if they were not on the same plane that fact would be all that could be discerned.
 
Anyone who touched any of the three shards of the crystal would know instantly the direction in which the other shards lay, although if they were not on the same plane that fact would be all that could be discerned.
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Individually, the first shard also blocked necromantic, transmutation, and enchantment spells; the second shard blocked evocation, conjuration, and illusion spells; and the third blocked divination, abjuration, and enchantment spells.
 
Individually, the first shard also blocked necromantic, transmutation, and enchantment spells; the second shard blocked evocation, conjuration, and illusion spells; and the third blocked divination, abjuration, and enchantment spells.
   
If all three shards of the crystal were divided and carried out so as to surround an area and their powers cast, any [[mythal]] or ward which lay partly or completely inside their triangle would be destroyed in an explosion of fiery, violet light, an act which usually also collapsed any buildings and slew any creatures found in the area, as well as many miles around it, thanks to the resultant earth tremors.<ref name="Volo-ALM-p107-108" />
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If all three shards of the crystal were divided and carried out so as to surround an area and their powers cast, any ''[[mythal]]'' or ward which lay partly or completely inside their triangle would be destroyed in an explosion of fiery, violet light&mdash;an act which usually also collapsed any buildings and slew any creatures found in the area, as well as many miles around it, thanks to the resultant earth tremors.<ref name="Volo-ATM-p107-108">{{Cite book/Volo's Guide to All Things Magical|107-108}}</ref>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
Once stolen by the Ice Queen, the Gatekeeper's Crystal was used around a thousand years before [[1374 DR]] to destroy the defences of [[Myth Ondath]], an act which incidentally also took out her general, the lich Vrandak the Burnished, and almost the entirety of her army.<ref name="Volo-ALM-p107" />
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Once stolen by the Ice Queen, the Gatekeeper's Crystal was used in [[633 DR]] to destroy the defences of [[Myth Ondath]], an act which incidentally also took out her general, the lich [[Vrandak the Burnished]], and almost the entirety of her army.<ref name="Volo-ATM-p107" />
   
The crystal resurfaced in [[712 DR]] when the nycaloths [[Aulmpiter]], Gaulguth and Malimshaer attempted to gather its shards so as to destroy the mythal of [[Myth Drannor]]. Thankfully a brave Leiran priestess sneaked into the fiends' citadel and managed to steal one of the shards; the others were lost when the Army of Darkness and Fflar's defenders slew each other and the city fell.<ref name="Volo-ALM-p107" />
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The crystal resurfaced in [[712 DR]] when the nycaloths [[Aulmpiter]], Gaulguth and Malimshaer attempted to gather its shards so as to destroy the ''[[mythal]]'' of [[Myth Drannor]]. Thankfully a brave Leiran priestess sneaked into the fiends' citadel and managed to steal one of the shards; the others were lost when the Army of Darkness and Fflar's defenders slew each other and the city fell.<ref name="Volo-ATM-p107" />
   
It was used again in [[1369 DR]] by the [[Harpers]], with the aid of an archmage known as the Mistmaster, to raze [[Hellgate Keep]]. One shard was found in the ruins of Hellgate Keep by [[Sarya Dlardrageth]]. Sarya found another in [[1370 DR]] in a volcano in [[Avernus]].<ref name="FH-p40" />
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It was used again in [[1369 DR]] by the [[Harpers]], with the aid of an archmage known as the [[Mistmaster]], to raze [[Hellgate Keep]]. One shard was found in the ruins of Hellgate Keep by [[Sarya Dlardrageth]]. Sarya found another in [[1370 DR]] in a volcano in [[Avernus]].<ref name="FH-p40" />
   
 
In [[1371 DR]] the mages of [[Reilloch Domayr]] located one of the shards and kept it in Nandiyerron's Armory in [[Tower Reilloch]]. It was stolen by demonic invaders in [[1374 DR]]<ref name="FH-p33" /> and returned to Sarya, thus completing the device.
 
In [[1371 DR]] the mages of [[Reilloch Domayr]] located one of the shards and kept it in Nandiyerron's Armory in [[Tower Reilloch]]. It was stolen by demonic invaders in [[1374 DR]]<ref name="FH-p33" /> and returned to Sarya, thus completing the device.
   
On [[Alturiak 16]], 1374 DR, Sarya used the complete crystal to utterly dispel all of the magical protections of [[Nar Kerymhoarth]] and freed almost two thousand [[fey'ri]] imprisoned within for the past five thousand years.<ref name="FH-p55-57">{{Cite book/Forsaken House|55-57}}</ref> After that, the crystal disappeared again, but in the same year [[Araevin Teshurr]] decided to assemble the crystal one more time when it turned out that it could be used to seal the [[Waymeet]],<ref name="FG-23">{{Cite book/Final Gate|23}}</ref> a powerful interplanar [[mythal]] that could create portals between any two planes, of which Sarya and [[Malkizid]] tried to gain control in [[Myth Drannor]].
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On [[Alturiak 16]], 1374 DR, Sarya used the complete crystal to utterly dispel all of the magical protections of [[Nar Kerymhoarth]] and freed almost two thousand [[fey'ri]] imprisoned within for the past five thousand years.<ref name="FH-p55-57">{{Cite book/Forsaken House|55-57}}</ref> After that, the crystal disappeared again.
The first shard was found in Nar Kerymhoarth in a lair of [[ophidian]]s, who recognized it as an idol, and was stolen from there by [[Maresa Rost]]<ref name="FG-57-59">{{Cite book/Final Gate|57-59}}</ref>.
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In the same year [[Araevin Teshurr]] decided to assemble the crystal one more time when it turned out that it could be used to seal the [[Waymeet]],<ref name="FG-23">{{Cite book/Final Gate|23}}</ref> a powerful interplanar ''[[mythal]]'' that consisted of hundreds, if not thousands, of portals of which [[Malkizid]] tried to gain control. The first shard was found in Nar Kerymhoarth in a lair of [[ophidian]]s, who recognized it as an idol, and was stolen from there by [[Maresa Rost]]<ref name="FG-57-59">{{Cite book/Final Gate|57-59}}</ref>. The second piece was stolen by Araevin and his friends from the [[Selydra|Pale Sybil]] deep in [[Lorosfyr]].<ref name="FH-p200">{{Cite book/Forsaken House|200}}</ref> The third piece was also stolen by Araevin and his friends from Malkizid's base of operations in the [[Blood Rift]].<ref name="FH-p284">{{Cite book/Forsaken House|284}}</ref> Having assembled the three pieces, Araevin used the Gatekeeper Crystal to first disassemble and take control of the corrupted mythal surrounding [[Myth Drannor]] so that [[Seiveril Miritar]]'s army could wrest control of the ancient elven city from Sarya.<ref name="FH-p298-302">{{Cite book/Forsaken House|298-302}}</ref> He then took the crystal to the Waymeet and used it to destroy the Gatekeeper itself, thus closing the Waymeet and defeating Malkizid's plans to use it.<ref name="FH-p317">{{Cite book/Forsaken House|317}}</ref>
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==Destruction==
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According to the knowledge gleaned of it over the centuries, the Gatekeeper's Crystal could be destroyed in one of three ways: by being joined together by the [[Magister]] and then sundered by [[Azuth]], [[Mystra]], and [[Savras]] (something which as of [[1385 DR]] was sadly no longer possible); by placing it inside a whole and uncorrupted ''[[mythal]]'' for 1,001 years; or by closing the nexus of the planes which the Gatekeeper guarded.<ref name="Volo-ATM-p108">{{Cite book/Volo's_Guide_to_All_Things_Magical|108}}</ref>''<nowiki/>''
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==Notable Owners==
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* [[Iyraclea]], Ice Queen of the Great Glacier and priestess of Auril
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* The [[Mistmaster]]
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* [[Sarya Dlardrageth]]
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* [[Araevin Teshurr]]
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

Latest revision as of 02:16, March 4, 2020

The Gatekeeper's Crystal was a powerful magical device, which, according to legend, had been created by a powerful lich.[2] The truth, however, is that it originated from the Outlands, having been carried by a mysterious being called the Gatekeeper, whose sole duty was apparently to guard a crossroads of gates across the planes and spheres, preventing anyone who wished to restrict access to it from blocking the travel of others. It was stolen (with the assistance of a deity, it was said) by Iyraclea, an ice-priestess of Auril of the Great Glacier known as the Ice Queen, as part of her attempt to conquer Myth Ondath.[3] [1]

DescriptionEdit

When assembled, the device looked like a three-pointed star almost 1 foot (30 cm) in diameter.[4] It was carved from onyx, with a metal no one could identify woven throughout it.[5]

PowersEdit

It was made up of three separate shards, each of which were powerful in their own right, but devastating when brought together as a whole. When the crystal was used as a whole, particularly to destroy a mythal, its three shards separated and scattered across a vast area, almost always including other planes.[2]

Anyone who touched any of the three shards of the crystal would know instantly the direction in which the other shards lay, although if they were not on the same plane that fact would be all that could be discerned.

When the three shards were joined, the wielder of the crystal was given the ability to create either a dead-magic zone or a wild magic zone, as well as knowledge of any gates or portals within 50 miles (and the ability to open or close them).

Bringing the crystal in contact with any creature or item that was not native to the plane where it was found would send it back to that to which it was native.

Combining the shards of the crystal in pairs manifested different effects: the first and second blocked clerics, paladins, and rangers from using their magical abilities within their range; the second and third did the same to wizards, sorcerers, and bards; while the first and third blocked undead from the Positive Energy Plane or Negative Energy Plane, if they bore such a connection.

Individually, the first shard also blocked necromantic, transmutation, and enchantment spells; the second shard blocked evocation, conjuration, and illusion spells; and the third blocked divination, abjuration, and enchantment spells.

If all three shards of the crystal were divided and carried out so as to surround an area and their powers cast, any mythal or ward which lay partly or completely inside their triangle would be destroyed in an explosion of fiery, violet light—an act which usually also collapsed any buildings and slew any creatures found in the area, as well as many miles around it, thanks to the resultant earth tremors.[6]

HistoryEdit

Once stolen by the Ice Queen, the Gatekeeper's Crystal was used in 633 DR to destroy the defences of Myth Ondath, an act which incidentally also took out her general, the lich Vrandak the Burnished, and almost the entirety of her army.[1]

The crystal resurfaced in 712 DR when the nycaloths Aulmpiter, Gaulguth and Malimshaer attempted to gather its shards so as to destroy the mythal of Myth Drannor. Thankfully a brave Leiran priestess sneaked into the fiends' citadel and managed to steal one of the shards; the others were lost when the Army of Darkness and Fflar's defenders slew each other and the city fell.[1]

It was used again in 1369 DR by the Harpers, with the aid of an archmage known as the Mistmaster, to raze Hellgate Keep. One shard was found in the ruins of Hellgate Keep by Sarya Dlardrageth. Sarya found another in 1370 DR in a volcano in Avernus.[4]

In 1371 DR the mages of Reilloch Domayr located one of the shards and kept it in Nandiyerron's Armory in Tower Reilloch. It was stolen by demonic invaders in 1374 DR[2] and returned to Sarya, thus completing the device.

On Alturiak 16, 1374 DR, Sarya used the complete crystal to utterly dispel all of the magical protections of Nar Kerymhoarth and freed almost two thousand fey'ri imprisoned within for the past five thousand years.[7] After that, the crystal disappeared again.

In the same year Araevin Teshurr decided to assemble the crystal one more time when it turned out that it could be used to seal the Waymeet,[8] a powerful interplanar mythal that consisted of hundreds, if not thousands, of portals of which Malkizid tried to gain control. The first shard was found in Nar Kerymhoarth in a lair of ophidians, who recognized it as an idol, and was stolen from there by Maresa Rost[9]. The second piece was stolen by Araevin and his friends from the Pale Sybil deep in Lorosfyr.[10] The third piece was also stolen by Araevin and his friends from Malkizid's base of operations in the Blood Rift.[11] Having assembled the three pieces, Araevin used the Gatekeeper Crystal to first disassemble and take control of the corrupted mythal surrounding Myth Drannor so that Seiveril Miritar's army could wrest control of the ancient elven city from Sarya.[12] He then took the crystal to the Waymeet and used it to destroy the Gatekeeper itself, thus closing the Waymeet and defeating Malkizid's plans to use it.[13]

DestructionEdit

According to the knowledge gleaned of it over the centuries, the Gatekeeper's Crystal could be destroyed in one of three ways: by being joined together by the Magister and then sundered by Azuth, Mystra, and Savras (something which as of 1385 DR was sadly no longer possible); by placing it inside a whole and uncorrupted mythal for 1,001 years; or by closing the nexus of the planes which the Gatekeeper guarded.[14]

Notable OwnersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 107. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Richard Baker (August 2004). Forsaken House. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 33. ISBN 0-7869-3260-0.
  3. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 93. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Richard Baker (August 2004). Forsaken House. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 40. ISBN 0-7869-3260-0.
  5. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 106. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  6. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), pp. 107–108. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  7. Richard Baker (August 2004). Forsaken House. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 55–57. ISBN 0-7869-3260-0.
  8. Richard Baker (June 2006). Final Gate. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 23. ISBN 0-7869-4002-6.
  9. Richard Baker (June 2006). Final Gate. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 57–59. ISBN 0-7869-4002-6.
  10. Richard Baker (August 2004). Forsaken House. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 200. ISBN 0-7869-3260-0.
  11. Richard Baker (August 2004). Forsaken House. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 284. ISBN 0-7869-3260-0.
  12. Richard Baker (August 2004). Forsaken House. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 298–302. ISBN 0-7869-3260-0.
  13. Richard Baker (August 2004). Forsaken House. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 317. ISBN 0-7869-3260-0.
  14. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 108. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
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