Tuesday Magic Item – Candle of Soul Protection

22 May, 2012

A guarded nameBurning ForeverIn the main Cathedral of Voskh, known as the Blue Cathedral, there are rows upon rows of black candles each burning for eternity with a pale blue light.  There are everywhere, in tiered chandeliers, on window sill and in rows along each wall.  Each bearing the name of a son or daughter of Voskh who went to war against the Shadow Lord and his deleathless minions.  As long as the candles burn, they will not return in unliving form to trouble their kin.

Candle of Soul Protection

These candle come in different forms for differing faith, but most common is a long white taper dipped in red and then black wax.  The wax and wick must be purified and blessed before the candle is made.

It is a simple item to use, a person’s name is cut into the way (or otherwise inscribed onto the candle) and the candle is lit.  As long as the person is alive, the candle burns with a pure white flame, once they have died, the flame turns a pale blue.

The flame cannot be extinguished except by magical means and as long as it is burning, the person whose name is on the candle cannot be raised as one of the undead.

Aura faint abjuration; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 1,250; Weight .25 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, continual flame, protection from evil, status; Cost 600 + 50 worth of ruby dust

Notes: There needs to be magic to combat the undead in an indirect way, in this case by preventing them from creating more of their own kind.  It seems logical that a way would be found to prevent one’s people from becoming tools of the evil they were fighting against after death.

First photo by Stéfan, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license, and the second by Philip Porter used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


  1. I like this a lot, and will totally lift it for Aurikesh if I ever run a game in that setting.

    • Please do. And if you do, let me know how they work out in play.

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