Throne of Brass

Wondrous item, artifact (requires attunement by the Great Sultan of the City of Brass)

The stately Throne of Brass sits atop a dais of 42 steps in the center of the back wall of the Hall of Kings in the Grand Palace of the Sultan of the Efreet. High-backed with armrests in the shape of dragons, the entire throne is cast from living brass and encrusted with thousands of elemental gemstones harvested from the volcanic fissures of the Plane of Molten Skies. The Throne of Brass is a throne built for an immense figure, a regal chair for an awesome planar power.

Most petitioners granted an audience with the Sultan stand before the Advocates’ Throne, where they either make their offering to the Sultan or plead their case. The advocates then repeat this plea to the Sultan who makes his judgment known to the entire court. Rarely is a petitioner granted leave to climb the dais and stand before the Sultan himself. In this event, the petitioner must succeed on a DC 25 Wisdom saving throw for every six of the 42 steps climbed (thus it takes seven saves to reach the top). On a failed save, the petitioner succumbs to the awe and power of the Throne of Brass, crawling the remaining way to the top (no more saves are required), and is immediately affected as if a suggestion spell had been cast on the petitioner by the Sultan.

The Sultan’s Protector. While the Great Sultan is within 5 feet of the Throne of Brass, he gains the continuous effects of the following spells: detect thoughts, globe of invulnerability, and zone of truth. The Sultan is exempted from the effects of the zone of truth. As a bonus action while within 5 feet of the Throne of Brass, the Sultan can create a globe-shaped wall of force around the Throne. The Sultan must use another bonus action to dismiss the wall.

Symbols of Power. The Throne of Brass is inscribed with eight symbol spells, one of each kind. These symbols are hidden by magic and only appear when the Great Sultan wills it. As a bonus action while within 5 feet of the Throne of Brass, the Sultan can speak a command word and reveal a symbol, affecting the area with its effects. The Sultan is exempted from the effects of these symbols. Once a symbol has been used, it can’t be used again until the next dawn.

Destroying the Throne of Brass. The Throne of Brass is made of living brass and repairs any damage done to it, no matter how severe. Its fate is tied to the City of Brass, and it can be destroyed only when the City itself falls. To destroy the Throne of Brass, a descendant of the previous Sultan and Sultana, must coat the Brazen Scimitar in the blood of the dying Great Sultan before plunging the blade into the Throne of Brass. With the scimitar sheathed thusly in the throne, the City of Brass must then be abandoned by the efreet for one thousand years, at the end of which time the City and the Throne of Brass crumble to dust.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

City of Brass ©2018 Frog God Games; Authors: Casey Christofferson and Scott Greene

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