Tuesday Magic Item – Hidden Heart

17 July, 2013

A fragment of a soul is trapped withinSayaril shut the door to the secret room in his country home, making sure that the tapestry covered the concealed opening, as usual, a sense of well being enveloped him immediately after he visited his hidden heart, as it always did.

But for now, he must resume his role, taking his place as one of the usurper’s men until the whole rotten edifice could be pulled down.  When that day came, he could be his true self again but until then . . .

Hidden Heart

These unusual items comprise two parts, a gemstone and a box.  The gem must be undamaged and are the size of a marble and the box can be as ornate or as plain as desired, but the interior is always marked with a protective wards and sigila.  They are prized by spies, infiltrators and double agents.

The gem must be attuned with the user, and this can only be done if it is not attuned either because it is new or the previous one attuned has died or renounced the link, the attunement takes eight hours and is very taxing as it takes a piece of the person’s soul and stores it away, the process leaves the person fatigued and having taken one point of damage to each Charisma, Intelligence and Wisdom.

Once attuned, the gem must be placed in the box and the box sealed, from that point on, the person to whom the gem is attuned to cannot have their alignment or allegiances magically detected, nor can they be compelled to speak and they gain a +6 bonus to saves against spirit and mind-affecting spells and abilities.  If items symbolic to an alignment or allegiance are placed on top of the box (such as a holy symbol), the attuned person will read as though those were their allegiances.

Once the attuned person is away from the hidden heart gem for more than twelve hours, they gain one negative level, which is restored only when they handle the gem again.  Going for more than ten days without contact with the hidden heart gem requires a Will save each day (DC equal to the number of days passed) or the attuned person takes one point of damage to Charisma, Intelligence or Wisdom (determined randomly) this increases to 1d3 points of damage if they fail the save by 10 or more.

If the gem is destroyed (Hardness 20, 3 hit points) the fragment of the attuned person’s soul is immediately restored in the roughest possible way, they must make a Will save (DC 25) or be stunned for one round and then dazed for 1d3 rounds, on a successful save they are only dazed for one round (but if they are suffering from a negative level from being away from the hidden heart gem, it is restored).

Aura moderate necrourgy; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 75,100; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, arcane lock, misdirection, protection from evil, soul jar; Cost 37,500 + 100 for the gem

Notes: Yes, I know it is Wens but yesterday I ended up going to see Pacific Rim (and it was wonderful) and I forgot to get this finished up.  Partially inspired by the exploits of Phạm Ngọc Thảo.

Photo by Tim Evanson and used and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 Generic license.



  1. Nice. Next you should do the “hungry heart. ” 😉

  2. Awesome for sneaky villains!

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