Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stone Idol of Chaos

The small stone statue gazed balefully at them from the altar.  Standing only a couple of hands tall, the crude figure represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind.  It’s pure black eyes seemed to absorb the flickering torchlight the adventurers brought with them into this oppressive chamber.  Various gems, coins, and a leather bound book were spread about it on the altar. 

Nimble slipped around Rathgar, who was gripping his sword tightly, and started to reach for the idol.  Allianora grabbed his pack, and hissed “DON’T!” Nimble turned to look at her in shock.  “Don’t touch it.  Don’t look at it.  Leave!  We must go!” She started to pull Nimble away. 

Rathgar nodded, and helped Allianora frog march Nimble from the room.  Feris trailed behind them, closing the door.  He turned and glanced through the slight opening, his eyes lingering upon the creature.  His spine chilled as he thought it looked back at him, and he pulled the door shut.

Stone Idol of Chaos

History: This greenish-gray statue is a representation of a being of chaos, a thing from before the universe was as it is now.  While the being is currently dormant, it is not a restful sleep.  Certain dark cults are driven by it’s dreams to worship this being and to perform a variety of perverse rites in its name.  The creation of an idol is a foul process involving many sacrifices of both unwilling lives and of willing souls.  If successful this idol will be attuned to the dreams of the being, and assist in furthering the primordial chaos

Description: Standing only a couple of hands tall, the crude figure represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind, perched upon a stone block 

  • Powers: The Idol of Chaos has the following powers:
  • Mass Charm, 120’ range (gaze attack).
  • Polymorph Other, 120’ range, one target (gaze attack)
  • Gate
  • Growth of Plants, 120 range (area transformation)
  • Immunity to Poison
  • Immunity to Energy Drain
  • Immunity to Paralysis
  • Lore

Handicap: Anyone taking possession of the Idol will immediately begin to transform into an abomination.  They will grow extra eyes (which they will have no control over), extra mouths which will whisper gibberish, their limbs will be replaced with tentacles, all of which will reduce their charisma by 1 point and raise either their strength or constitution by 1 point (to a maximum of 18) for every week the idol is in their possession, until their charisma reaches 3. 

Penalty: The use of any of the Idol’s powers causes the possessor’s wisdom to drop by 1 point.  Each point may be regained with a days rest, a blood sacrifice, and a successful save vs Spells.  A failed save further reduces the possessor’s wisdom by 1 point.  Should the possessor’s wisdom drop to 3 they will lose any grip on sanity forever, and all physical changes they have undergone due to the Idol’s handicap becomes permanent. 

Note: This is an EVIL and CHAOTIC artifact, and it has corrupted all who have claimed it.  It will detect as both powerful and evil.  Normal animals will refuse to go within 200 feet of the idol, and lawful creatures will feel a great unease when near it.



I built this guy out of paper mache and some water bottles.  Thought you'd all like to see it.

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