Thrice-Cursed Heart

Wondrous item, artifact (requires attunement)

This jeweled egg is fashioned of gold and platinum, detailed with colored enamel, and set with tiny jewels.

The orb has a hidden door that opens to reveal a gold clockwork heart. A tiny turnkey protrudes from the heart. If this key is turned, the heart beats, creating music. A chain of metal beads (each containing a scrap of paper with musical notes) is wrapped about the heart within the orb. This chain functions as a liches phylactery. If the chain is removed and destroyed, so is the lich. This allows someone else to attune to the artifact.

Random Properties. The Thrice-Cursed Heart has the following random properties. Consult the appropriate tables in the core rules to determine effects.

  • 2 minor beneficial properties
  • 1 major beneficial property
  • 2 minor detrimental properties
  • 1 major detrimental property

Detrimental properties of the Thrice-Cursed Heart are suppressed while the lich is attuned to it, and it serves as his phylactery.

Harmony of the Song. Any spell slot you expend to cast a bard or cleric spell counts as one spell slot higher.

Secrets of Creation. The music created by the Heart provides insight into the universe and its secrets. You gain advantage on all Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma skill checks.

Spells. The Heart has 8 charges. You can use an action and expend 1 or more charges to cast one of the following spells (save DC 18) from it: bestow curse (2 charges), chaotic world* (2 charges), feeblemind (4 charges), hard heart* (1 charge), harry* (2 charges), heartache* (1 charge), mass suggestion (3 charges), or screaming ray* (1 charge).

Destroying the Heart. As long as the Thrice-Cursed Heart serves as the lich’s phylactery, it can only be destroyed by being crushed underfoot by a member of the lich’s bloodline who is an innocent. If it no longer serves as the lich’s phylactery, the Heart can be destroyed if a reformed former follower of one of the three evil goddesses that corrupted the Heart strikes it with a holy avenger. It is rumored that a high priestess once discovered a way to cleanse the Heart, returning it to a righteous state as a holy relic, but she died before she could reveal the method.

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