The octahedron was larger than expected, could barely fit in my hands. It had a golden-white glow about it and was deathly cold. When I found out what it was, the phrase “deathy” seemed quite apt…
An octahedron is a polyhedron with 8 faces. Some say it looks like two pyramids stuck together. It was this realisation which gave the necromancer Gulan Negee, famed throughout the land for being one of the few popular necromancers, her most famous idea/Creation was, what became known as the “Necromancy Octahedron”. Necromancy is the magical art of interacting with the dead. Some necromancers use their art to simply communicate and bring peace to the dead, whist other use it for more nefarious means, such as raising the dead to act as servants and minions to do their bidding. Gulan was not like that. She viewed necromancy as a tool. After a trip to a desert based culture and seeing what they called pyramids for the first time, she set about studying them and their effects. Eventually coming to the conclusion that the shape of the construction is what gave it power, her studies further revealed that other shapes, built to particular instructions, would have other effects in her home land. After much experimentation she hit upon the octahedron. As stated before this resembles two pyramids stuck together, only much smaller. When activated it becomes big enough for one or more people to be inside at any one time, along with the user.
The activation process
Activating the NO, having once acquired one, is quite simple:
- Attune or study the NO
- Figure out the command word (each NO has it’s own)
- Make sure there is enough space for the full-sized NO
- Speak the command word
From the surface(when activated) , a Necromancy Octahedron (NO) is like any other pyramid, just as mentioned much smaller. It is the second, inverse and upside pyramid where the magic literally happens. Activating the NO’s main power is quite simple. A drop of blood that belongs to the one who shall be using the pyramid is placed at the apex of the upper pyramid. Then, on entering the lower half below ground, the user must sit in the spot which is the exact middle. At this point the power of the pyramid amplifies the users necromantic abilities by approximately 40% or more. The stronger the user, the greater the effect. This boost to power lasts until the user moves from the spot they are it or the blood dries out, which ever occurs first. This may be repeated as many times as required. It is believed there is a secondary power that goes along with this. If there is more than one NO within a mile of each other, the boost is increased by a rough % equal to the number of active octahedrons. Some also say that those within the lower chambers can communicate and share minds and knowledge with other necromancers in the network, but this has not been verified.
Unknown for sure, but some tales mention that the bone-white coloration that streaks through it comes from the bones of the creators own child, but this cannot be confirmed one way or the other.
The NO is of high Necromatic significance. There are persistent rumors that to become one of the leaders of the school of necromancy, one must posses a NO.
- Item type
- Very Rare
- Less that 1KG. For all it’s sturdiness and size, the NO is quite light. When activated it ways many tons and it’s true weight is impossible to figure out.
- Inactive – Each side is approximately 10 cms long, from apex to apex. Active – Varies from 100 meters for each edge (all are same size) to almost a kilometer. Some tales says that the stronger the user, the larger the NO becomes.
- Base Price
- No price given
- Raw materials & Components
- Primary material is believed to be a form a gold mixed with some kind of bone like substance, giving it the gold/white appearance
World Anvil Page for the item listed above can be found HERE.
My World Anvil page/game world, Easthalen, can be found HERE. It is updated often , as and when I can.
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