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.

Hinged doors open to reveal a gold orb suspended in the middle of the egg by chains of white gold. 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 ties the item to Salamondre (see Song Undying in Chapter 9), allowing it to function as his phylactery. If the chain is removed and destroyed, so is Salamondre.

This allows someone else to attune to the artifact.

Created by a devoted servant of Lada, the goddess imbued her power within the object, intending it to be an instrument of peace, love, and healing. The artifact was named Lada’s Heart. However, the goldsmith’s work also gathered the attention of Lada’s enemies, those her church calls the three evil sisters: Marena, Sarastra, and the White Goddess. They were furious at the thought of such a symbol of Lada’s power being present in the world. They worked together to corrupt the egg, adding their own magics to twist and warp the original intent of the item, and transformed it into a subtle, corrupting evil item, veiled by beauty. Thus, it became the Thrice?Cursed Heart.

Random Properties. The Thrice-Cursed Heart has the following random properties:

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

The detrimental properties of the Thrice-Cursed Heart are suppressed while Salamondre is attuned to it and while it still 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). (* See Deep Magic.)
  • Destroying the Heart. As long as the Thrice-Cursed Heart serves as Salamondre’s phylactery, it can only be destroyed by being crushed underfoot by a member of Salamondre’s bloodline who is an innocent. If no longer serving as Salamondre’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 of Lada once discovered a way to cleanse the Heart, returning it to the holy relic it was supposed to be, but she died before she was able to reveal the method to do so.
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