Description[edit | edit source]
As mentioned above, a relic was a magic item with a connection to a deity. This connection was created on crafting the item. It was possible for mortals to create these items, but on Toril, only deities were known to create them. These items were not always artifacts but the term was also applied to artifacts with divine origins.
Powers[edit | edit source]
A relic's power could only be used by a follower of the deity the relic was dedicated to. Even these people needed to unlock the relic's latent connection to the deity. This was done in one of two ways. First, a divine spellcaster of power could give up a part of his spellcasting to wake up the connection. The second way was for a powerful person to unlock this connection not by temporarily giving up part of spellcasting-abilities but by being a person of true faith, which unlocked the connection.
Reputation[edit | edit source]
A relic was a powerful magic item. It also had a lot of symbolic meaning to followers of the deity it was dedicated to. When a person owned one, they were held in high regard by these people. Being blessed by the deity in the eyes of these people, they were viewed as attractive leaders by them.
Notable Relics[edit | edit source]
- Amulet of Perfect Night
- Ashen Staff of Inevitability
- Coin of Jisan the Bountiful
- Pouch of Black Essence
- Ribbons of the Twice-Martyred
- Ring of Firehair
- Rod of Clenched Fists
- Shard of the sun, an Amaunatori relic owned by Daelegoth Orndeir.
- Talisman of Shajar
- The War Widow
- Trueword Buckler
Appendix[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- David Noonan (May 2004). Complete Divine. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 84, 91–92. ISBN 0-7869-3272-4.
- Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (March 2006). Power of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 49. ISBN 0-7869-3910-9.
- Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 95. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
- David Noonan (May 2004). Complete Divine. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 91–92. ISBN 0-7869-3272-4.
- George Swan (July 2005). “The Relics of Faerûn”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #333 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 49–54.
- David "Zeb" Cook (December 1993). Book of Artifacts. (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 978-1560766728.
- Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (March 2006). Power of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 61. ISBN 0-7869-3910-9.
- Steve Kurtz (1994). Al-Qadim: Cities of Bone: Campaign Guide. (TSR, Inc), pp. 14–15. ISBN 1-56076-847.