Gifts of the Gods, divine artifacts, beginning the RPG Blog Carnival

1 February, 2021

Is all right in the heavens?Welcome to the RPG Blog Carnival for the Month of February, 2021, on the theme of Gifts of the Gods, divine artifacts,

Such items figure in highly legends such as:

  • The Aegis of Athena, the shield that protects her (and indirectly the Olympians).
  • Mjölnir, the hammer of Thor, popularized in the Marvel comics and movies.
  • The Yata no Kagami (the sacred mirror) of Japanese legend.
  • And in fiction with such items as Stormbringer, the soul-drinking demonic sword and tool of the gods of Chaos.

A small number of such items, the thunderbolts used by Zeus, are mass produced.

So, let your imagination run wild!  Make up new items or stat up those from myth, describe places where lost items can be found or quests set by the gods for those who wish to “borrow” item for an important task, what artifacts would your campaign villain seek?  What is the craftsman of the gods working on?

I hope you find inspiration.  Please leave a comment on this post with a link to your submission.  As people post link, please take a look as the idea is to share, inspire and bounce of one another’s ideas.  At the end of the month, all of the links will be collected in a wrap up post.

If you are not a blogger hopefully you will be still be inspired.  If you start a relevant thread on Reddit or Discord or a forum or whatever, then please post a link to it in the comments so that can be shared too.  The more people involved, the merrier!  Let us create some wondrous things together!

My first contribution, the Third Celestial Armory.

Notes:  This will be the third time the Sea of Stars has hosted the RPG Blog Carnival, the first time back in May, 2017 with the theme of Occult Mysteries, and the second time in February, 2019 with the theme of Making Magic Wondrous.

Image Royal Armory at Leeds by Lofty found on Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


  1. Unusual for me to be straight out of the gate but I was contemplating reasons why making those gifts central to the plot without making PCs overpowered is important and how a GM can use it to further their story and encourage engagement.


    • Good advice there. Thank you for joining in.

  2. Reblogged this on Full Moon Storytelling and commented:
    My RPG Carnival post will be about the Lorebooks and Font of the Everflow, the items which combined to shift the Land of Kin from some more typical fantasy worlds.

    • Thanks for the signal boost and look forward to your contribution.

  3. Dr Who canon describes an archive of Forbidden Weapons collected over the eons by the Time Lords. For the “Dr Who: Vortex of War” campaign I was going to need descriptions of all those nightmare devices – so I’ve started writing them at Campaign Mastery. Some can be adapted to service in other genres, like D&D/Pathfinder, and it’s the closest thing I have on tap that fits your Carnival Theme. Hope you enjoy 🙂 http://www.campaignmastery.com/blog/forbidden-weapons-omega-archive-1/

    • Always fun to see some Doctor Who being drawn into a wider world of gaming. Thanks for joining in!

  4. Blogged about this has worked in the dark, misty realm of Ravenloft. After I finished laughing at the thought of OP Murder Hobos.


    • Thank you for joining in. The Dark Powers of Ravenloft will certainly do their best to warp any divine gift to darkness.

  5. […] I was thinking about what to write about this month’s RPG Blog Carnival, hosted at the Sea of Stars RPG Design Journal, I remembered I had some notes on Kloinjer, a renowned artifact from the Eberron Campaign Setting. […]

  6. Let’s talk about how to introduce relics in our campaigns, and I’ll give you the mighty Kloinjer as an example.


    • Thanks for joining in! I know very little about the relics of the Eberron setting. Good to learn a little more.

  7. I explained how a small gift from an absent god created a merchant-church that is as powerful as a nation.


    • Thanks for joining in! From small things come great changes.

  8. Visiting a homebrew world and the “gifts” bestowed by a strange being from another plane…


    • Nicely mysterious piece there. Thanks for joining in.

  9. Thanks for hosting!
    We added two cruel magical items for those of you playing darker games of Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Enjoy!

    • Cruel indeed. Those villains could make good use of that coin.

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