Each was a sphere of the most pure gold, 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter. They were imprinted with the symbols of the Siluvanedenn noble houses that owned them. They were carried in different ways, such as hung from fine chains and worn as pendants, or simply held or pocketed, or even further enchanted to hover around an owner, like ioun stones did.
Designed to shield against a foe's first magical assault, a golden orb held a Siluvanedenn abjuration spell much like the later Elminster's effulgent epuration, being able to absorb and negate a spell directed at the bearer. It functioned continuously, but it could absorb only one spell a day. The bearer could choose whether to use it, but the orb granted no knowledge of the incoming spell.
The golden orbs were so costly to craft that each noble house could only own one. This was traditionally borne by the eldest member of the house.
The golden orbs were created by Siluvanedenn sun elves of the greater noble houses, at the height of their realm's power.
Another golden orb existed in the hoard of the "Druid Dragon" Gildenfire by the Year of Lightning Storms, 1374 DR. It was hidden in a disguised weir tree in one of his treasure caches in the High Forest.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 155. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
- ↑ Richard Baker, Ed Bonny, Travis Stout (February 2005). Lost Empires of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 93–94. ISBN 0-7869-3654-1.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd, Eytan Bernstein (August 2006). Dragons of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 12. ISBN 0-7869-3923-0.