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| othernames = Congenio's pebbles
 
| othernames = Congenio's pebbles
 
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| type = Magic item
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| type = Wondrous item
 
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| school3e = Varies
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| casterlevel3e = 12
 
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| value3e = 4,000 – 40,000 [[gp]]
 
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| refs3e = <ref name="DMG35-p260">{{Cite book/Dungeon Master's Guide 3.5 edition|260-261}}</ref>
 
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'''''Ioun stones''''', originally called '''''Congenio's pebbles''''',<ref name="Neth">{{Cite book/Netheril: Empire of Magic}}</ref> were magical items often manufactured by spellcasters.
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'''''Ioun stones''''', originally called '''''Congenio's pebbles''''',<ref name="Neth">{{Cite book/Netheril: Empire of Magic}}</ref> were magical stones that granted enhancements or powers to a creature.<ref name="Bazaar">{{Cite dragon/174/Bazaar of the Bizarre: Ioun stones}}</ref><ref name="DMG35-p260"/>
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==Description==
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They were small, crystalline stones, coming in a wide range of colors and shapes that determined their powers.<ref name="DMG35-p260"/>
   
 
==Powers==
 
==Powers==
When functioning, ioun stones floated in a circular pattern around their bearer's head, and granted various benefits based on their color. Two stones of the same type would repel each other. When drained of power, a stone became a dull grey, but still possessed the characteristic floating power.<ref name="Bazaar">{{Cite dragon/174/Bazaar of the Bizarre: Ioun stones}}</ref>
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''Ioun stones'' hovered permanently in the air.<ref name="DMG35-p260"/>
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When one acquired a stone and wished to receive its benefits, they had to first hold it for a brief time and then release it. Thereafter, when functioning, the ''ioun stone'' floated in a circular pattern around the bearer's head, at a distance of 1–3 ft (30–91 cm). They could only bestow their benefit on an owner when within this range. Two stones of the same type would repel each other.<ref name="Bazaar"/><ref name="DMG35-p260"/> Another person could try to catch or net the stone to steal it, or break it. The bearer could freely grab and pocket a stone, such as when going to sleep, to keep it safe, but they could no longer receive its benefits.<ref name="DMG35-p260"/>
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The stones granted various benefits based on their color, as listed below. When drained of power, a stone became a dull grey, but it still possessed the characteristic floating power.<ref name="Bazaar"/>
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{|border="1" cellpadding="3" style="border-collapse:collapse; margin-left:5px;"
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|style="text-align:left; background-color:#afeeee;"| '''Color & Shape'''
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|style="text-align:left; background-color:#afeeee;"| '''Benefit'''
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|style="text-align:left; background-color:#afeeee;"| '''Cost ([[gp]])'''
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|-
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| Clear spindle || May go without food or water || 4000
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|-
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| Dusty-rose prism || Insight to defense || 5000
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| Deep-red sphere || Enhanced agility & dexterity || 8000
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|-
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| Incandescent-blue sphere || Enhanced wisdom || 8000
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|-
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| Pale-blue rhomboid || Enhanced strength || 8000
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|-
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| Pink rhomboid || Enhanced constitution || 8000
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|-
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| Pink-and-green sphere || Enhanced charisma || 8000
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|-
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| Scarlet-and-blue sphere || Enhanced intellect || 8000
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|-
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| Scarlet-and-blue sphere || Enhanced intellect || 8000
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| Dark-blue rhomboid || Greater alertness || 10,000
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|-
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| Vibrant-purple prism || Stores [[spell]]s as a ''[[ring of spell storing]]'' || 36,000
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| Iridescent spindle || May go without air || 18,000
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| Pale-lavender ellipsoid || Absorbs low-level spells as a ''[[rod of absorption]]'' when readied || 20,000
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| Pearly-white spindle || May regenerate wounds or damage by the hour as a ''[[ring of regeneration]]'' || 20,000
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| Pale-green prism || Greater talent in attack, skill, resistance, and physical and mental feats || 30,000
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| Orange prism || Increasing level of spellcasting || 30,000
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| Lavender-and-green ellipsoid || Absorbs all but the highest-level spells as a ''rod of absorption'' when readied || 40,000
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|}
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==Creation==
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''Ioun stones'' could only be created by a veteran spellcaster well versed in the crafting of wondrous magical items.<ref name="DMG35-p260"/>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==

Revision as of 09:54, March 25, 2016

Ioun stones, originally called Congenio's pebbles,[2] were magical stones that granted enhancements or powers to a creature.[3][1]

Description

They were small, crystalline stones, coming in a wide range of colors and shapes that determined their powers.[1]

Powers

Ioun stones hovered permanently in the air.[1]

When one acquired a stone and wished to receive its benefits, they had to first hold it for a brief time and then release it. Thereafter, when functioning, the ioun stone floated in a circular pattern around the bearer's head, at a distance of 1–3 ft (30–91 cm). They could only bestow their benefit on an owner when within this range. Two stones of the same type would repel each other.[3][1] Another person could try to catch or net the stone to steal it, or break it. The bearer could freely grab and pocket a stone, such as when going to sleep, to keep it safe, but they could no longer receive its benefits.[1]

The stones granted various benefits based on their color, as listed below. When drained of power, a stone became a dull grey, but it still possessed the characteristic floating power.[3]

Color & Shape Benefit Cost (gp)
Clear spindle May go without food or water 4000
Dusty-rose prism Insight to defense 5000
Deep-red sphere Enhanced agility & dexterity 8000
Incandescent-blue sphere Enhanced wisdom 8000
Pale-blue rhomboid Enhanced strength 8000
Pink rhomboid Enhanced constitution 8000
Pink-and-green sphere Enhanced charisma 8000
Scarlet-and-blue sphere Enhanced intellect 8000
Scarlet-and-blue sphere Enhanced intellect 8000
Dark-blue rhomboid Greater alertness 10,000
Vibrant-purple prism Stores spells as a ring of spell storing 36,000
Iridescent spindle May go without air 18,000
Pale-lavender ellipsoid Absorbs low-level spells as a rod of absorption when readied 20,000
Pearly-white spindle May regenerate wounds or damage by the hour as a ring of regeneration 20,000
Pale-green prism Greater talent in attack, skill, resistance, and physical and mental feats 30,000
Orange prism Increasing level of spellcasting 30,000
Lavender-and-green ellipsoid Absorbs all but the highest-level spells as a rod of absorption when readied 40,000

Creation

Ioun stones could only be created by a veteran spellcaster well versed in the crafting of wondrous magical items.[1]

History

Congenio Ioun, an arcanist of Netheril, created the first ioun stones.[2][4]

References

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