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PostSubject: Staff of Legion (from the Legendary Artifacts Book)   Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:56 am

Staff of Legion

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With the power of a thousand demons and the might of a hungry Leviathan the Staff of Legion wrecks havoc across Naalgrom. This Artifact ruined many armies during the War of the Leviathans. Whole villages were slaughtered underneath the influence of this potent staff. Even the mighty armies of the gnomes suffered horrendous losses from the destructive capabilities of this nefarious device. The Staff of Legion has yet to be destroyed or defeated.

Standing only waist-high to a man, the Staff of Legion radiates power despite its small stature. A midnight-blue shadow flows around the staff, preventing normal and god-sight from seeing the staff, its wielder, and those near it (Disguise Miracle). Carved into its surface are the faces of the demons it captured in many shrieking poses.

This staff has the unique ability to bind and force demons to do its bidding. This effect can also be applied to wraiths and normal spirits, but the staff prefers demons. Staff of Legion feeds off of Terror created by the acts it forces demons to execute. This includes haunting, possessions, and the welding of flesh into horrible creations.

No one has seen the staff in over two centuries but legends abound concerning this wicked Artifact.

Body d20+10
Spirit d20+10
Nimbus d12 x2


• Miracles

Attract Demons: The staff attracts demons much like a magnet draws iron. This Miracle is cast by the Staff if the number of demons in its control is below five hundred. It merely sends an empathic message to demons within a territory to come forth and receive power. Demons must make a mind roll vs. d12+6 or else be drawn towards the Staff of Legion.

Cost 96(Legendary Alteration of Control 6, Duration +1, Location +1, Scale +3 Total 5) (Mythical Amplification +6 Cost 6)

Bind the Demons: Once the demons are attracted within a visible line of sight distance, the staff will try and bind them to its will. The average binding miracle is set for one hundred souls; this can be altered in cost up to a thousand or down to one. The demon must make a mind roll vs. the Miracle’s power of d12+6 or else be bound.

Cost 186(Legendary Alteration of Control 6, Duration +3, Location +1, Scale +2 Total 6) (Mythical Amplification +6 Cost 6)

Coercion of the Dammed: Demons by nature will try and rid themselves of the binding. This spell counteracts their unruly, anarchy nature with empathetic whispers of power. Demons within the staffs control must make a mind roll vs. d12+6 or else be fully under the Artifact and the Artifact’s owner’s control.

Cost 186(Legendary Alteration of Control 6, Duration +3, Location +0, Scale +3 Total 6) (Mythical Amplification +6 Cost 6)

Shroud of the Legion: A thick midnight-blue shadow envelops the staff and all those in proximity to it (up to 10,000 can be affected). This effect will hide all activities from everyone—even gods—who fail to penetrate this. It is a permanent effect of the staff. (Note: this is a costly disguise miracle with an effect of d20+10 vs. a Scrying. See New Gods of Mankind the Celestial Gardens Appendix A for more information.)

Cost 430/215 (Mythical Innovation of Creation 14, Duration +3, Location +0, Scale +3 Total 6) (Grandiose Amplification +10 Cost 10/ 5)

Haunting of the Legion: A shadowy fog rolls forth from the staff to an area up to the size of a territory. Inside the fog are the bound, coerced demons that will do the bidding of the staff. The Staff of Legion’s goal is to cause havoc and ruin. This can consist of playing mind tricks on unsuspecting villagers, damming rivers, or killing cattle by possessing the animals and turning them on one another. This effect will cause Terror and last for one conflict (See New Gods of Mankind New God’s Handbook Chapter 5).

Cost 246(Legendary Innovation of Destruction 8, Duration +1, Location +2, Scale +3 Total 6) (Mythical Amplification +6 Cost 6)

Mass Possession: The shadowy fog of demons storms forth with a new intent—to possess all those within the territory. The intent is to possess a thousand living mortals who will be under the direct control of the staff. Victims must roll vs. a d12+6 or else be possessed. After this possession the mortals are marched toward the staff by their demon possessors to transform into Legion Hounds. (Note since this staff is not a god it must use a more costly miracle to possess. See New Gods of Mankind the Celestial Gardens Appendix A for more information.)

Possession Cost 756 (Legendary Alteration of Control 6, Duration +3, Location +2, Scale +3 Total Cool (Mythical Amplification +6 Cost 6/3)

Forming of the Legion Hounds: An ill fate awaits those mortals possessed by the Staff of Legion. For every ten possessed mortals the staff transforms their flesh and bones into gigantic gristly hounds with wrinkled, smooth pink skin, and large oversized fangs. The demons at this time release their control in order for the humans to experience true terror before their death. Terror is gained during this genocidal transformation. These Legion Hounds will fight on a household scale (ten) with stats as follows: Body d12+6 Mind d4 Spirit D12+6 (one demon spirit returns to the hound to possess it after the transformation). These abominations are used to spread fear across the land as their appearance causes Terror.

Cost 70/35 (Legendary Innovation of Creation 8, Duration +3, Location +0, Scale +1 Total 4) (Mythical Amplification +6 Cost 6/3)


• Terror: 20,000

• Legends

Slaughter at the gnome mines of Rhok Kanmor

One particular legend dealing with the threat of the Staff of Legion involves a gnome mining colony located in the far western reaches of Rhok Kanmor. An engraver named Thohen hastily recorded this tale in stone for others to know of his doom.

Our work was going well. We found a new vein of iron for us to tap. Goven, Faath, and I were several thousand paces away from the main encampment when we heard the sounds. Strange shrieking sounds along with loud gnashing of fangs echoed through the tunnels. We hurried back along the newly carved tunnels until I heard an odd popping sound.

I turned around to find the sound when I saw Goven. His head hung limply off of his shoulders to the front as if a puppeteer dropped the string attached to his head. Horrified I ran to him “Goven! What happened to you?” I touched his shoulder to give him aid. He fell down in a heap; the puppeteer was through with him.

“Faath we need to pick him up and carry him back” I stated.

We made it to a cross tunnel when our friend awoke strangely.

“Now is the time for Damnation, friend!” Goven shouted. But it was not him. It could not have been him. The voice echoed in my head and Goven never moved his mouth. He only stared at me with foreign eyes, not bejeweled as a gnome but filled with a malevolent fire.

Faath and I dropped our friend in terror. Slowly we backed up as our comrade rose up from his disjointed pose on the floor.

Goven, now a stranger spoke “Feel that? It is the Staff of Legion! It comes for you to make you hounds in its service. You cannot escape. Just stand still and you will be overcome with joy.”

I ran as hard as I could down the tunnels to a storage room. Something tried to enter my mind as I ran. But it fled as I raced to my safety.

Now I am here with no food and little water. Gnomes do not eat much but we still need something to sustain our bodies.

I write this now in hopes someone will find this.

Someone or something has found me. I can hear it clawing at my door. My doom is at hand.

Gnorr have mercy on my soul and all of my kin.

Destruction of the armies of Hrace

Brief mention is made among the human wise men of Hrace of an interloper during their war with the Gnomes. A scholar named Herodotus wrote in his journal about an unusual incident during the campaign.

“I must note now of an abnormal event during this campaign as we marched forward to Rhok Galenth and the meeting of our foe.

A scouting party of over twenty men was sent forward to check the passes into the mountains. They never returned so we assumed they were either captured or killed.

After a week of sending three more scores of scouts only to never return Commander Iclasius halted all troop movements except for the army as a whole.

After the day of this command we were attacked by those same men who vanished!

They felt no pain, their eyes glowed crimson, and they laughed a cackling discord that disturbed me. But this was not the last event to perturb me this night.

After this initial attack the men ran away as swiftly as they came.

Hours later the howling began lasting well into the night. No one slept.

The next day no one saw the traitorous men or found any evidence of what could make such a hideous howl.

We met the gnomish army that same day.
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PostSubject: Re: Staff of Legion (from the Legendary Artifacts Book)   Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:56 am

On a final note: The Staff of Legion must still cast the simple Binding and Possession Miraculous God Abilities covered in Appendix A of the Celestial Gardens after the Miracles it uses to force its will on the Demons and Men: Bind the Demons and Mass Possession.

Coercion of the Dammed counters the yearly test/ upkeep for the Demons by making them willing participants instead of having to try and escape once a year.

Demons, Gods and Men fear this staff and should.
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PostSubject: Re: Staff of Legion (from the Legendary Artifacts Book)   Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:59 pm

The prize perhaps for... Khorne? Twisted Evil Ha ha ha ha ah...
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PostSubject: Re: Staff of Legion (from the Legendary Artifacts Book)   Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:36 pm

Khorne wrote:
The prize perhaps for... Khorne? Twisted Evil Ha ha ha ha ah...
*aims a crystal sword at throat* don't even think about it. No
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