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Arcane Art and Artifice

The Ankh of Isis was a prized posession of the god, Horus, given to him by his mother, Isis. He knew of Set's plan to return and conquer the world of men and worried about it. As the power of the gods began to wane, Horus placed a substantial amount of power and his knowledge of Set into the ankh. It lay in a pharoah's tomb until it was found by an archaeologist, Sakhr Junayd, who was deemed worthy of bearing the Ankh and releasing the avatar, Heru-sa-Aset. They are members of the superteam, Africa Force One.

Technical Note: Allows Multiform change to an avatar of Horus, Heru-sa-Aset

Contributed by Darren Woods

The Art of Chaos are three magic artifacts created during the height of magical power of Ranjin's power. Due to the nature of the Chaos Magic that formed them their magical powers depend largely upon the person that wields them. When the evil mage was imprisoned by Yorimitsu and his four companions, these three items were given to the mage Daigenja who in turn gave them to three different groups for safekeeping.

The Gong of Hikone, also known as the Gong of Bakemono or the Gong of Restful Sleep appears to be a flat bronze gong. One side is smooth and has no imperfections, the other is marred with scratches, dents, and smudges. In the hands of a Chaos mage, it allows a willing minion to be transformed into a monster. In the hands of most others, it puts a person into a very restful sleep that relieves negative psychological effects upon awakening.

The gong was recently recovered by Ranjin, currently calling himself Mister Chaos. He has used it to create monsters from Japanese legend, and now, having seen many DVD movies, is using it to create modern monsters.

Technical Note: Used for Chaos magic, this is a Major Transformation. Without direction this will create a random monster from the willing minion. If the mage has a general idea of the nature of a desired monster, he/she can direct the transformation; for example transforming a minion into an oni. Any other mage using this can do a Major Transformation that makes any Psych Limitation downgrade one step (i.e., Total to Strong, or Strong to Moderate, or Moderate to none). Any person, mage or non-mage, can use the gong to Heal Ego while the subject sleeps.

The Painted Image of Chaos, also known as the Painting of Chaotic Proportions or the Painting of Pathways through Time appears to be a painting that seems of the ukiyo-e style but is abstract. A Chaos mage can cause a minion to grow to gigantic proportions with this artifact. Any person that knows what the painting does can glimpse some and important event in his/her life but which he/she was not a part of. This event will take place in the near future or, rarely, will have taken place in the near past. A mage can modify the time thread to allow the person to be at the event and possibly affect it.

The painting was given to the Eternal Guardians, a minor samurai retainer of Yorimitsu and his wife who were taught special meditation techniques by Daigenja, for safekeeping. The Shrine of the Eternal Guardians is located in the forested Ibuki Sanchi valley in caverns behind a waterfall. There are three safeguards to the Shrine. First, it is difficult to find. Second, There is a large stone that seals the Shrine. And, finally, there is an enchantment that awakens the Guardians if someone should enter the Shrine.

Technical Note: Used for Chaos magic, this is a Growth, usable on others. Used by any other, it will be a Precognitive Clairsentience (all senses) with No Conscious Control. With no mage to help, it will have a limitation: Events Can Not Be Altered.

The The Waterspout of Peace and Chaos is an enchanted bamboo waterspout similar to that seen in decorative Japanese gardens. It has two sets of notches on the bottom where supports can be attached. In the hands of a Chaos mage, water that pours from the spout will bathe the minion in a dark shimmer of chaos that wards off nearly any attack, making the minion nearly invulnerable. If placed in a garden with water running through it, the waterspout will bring about tranquility and harmony in the nearby region. Anyone meditating upon the water flowing from the spout will gain increased focus and insight.

The watersput was given to the Harmonious Monks of Aobamatsu Monastery, an order of Buddhist monks. While they are taught to be peaceful, they are also consider themselves to be sentinels of peace and know how to attack and defend against Chaos.

Technical Note: Used for Chaos magic, this is a 75% Damage Reduction, Resistant (Energy and Physical), usable on others. Placed properly in a garden, it will create a continuous large area explosion of Mind Control with the set effect of diminishing aggression (but this doesn't work against Chaos magic or beings from the Chaos dimension).

Contributed by Neil M

The Gate of Santorini is a large bronze circle decorated with small ornate spires that was found at the ruins of Santorini, a Minoan city buried by the volcano at Thera. It is thought that the artifact was used by priests and priestesses of either Hecate or Athena. Beyond that, there is little known about its history and enchanter. A number of large, and similarly decorated, bronze disks were found as well at the site. On a whim, Dr. Heyerdahl of S.A.G.E. moved the large artifact to the Angkor Wat Facility where there was some indication of a general source of mana. Further study revealed that it was a mystic gate that can transport users to and from a disk to the gate or from the gate to a disk. One such disk was then place in each S.A.G.E. facility.

Technical Note: Teleportation, Megascale, Only between Disks and Gate

Contributed by Neil M

The Great Eye ...

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Contributed by Noah Thorp

The Mask of Set ...

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Contributed by Darren Woods

Merlin's Gaol was discovered by Dr. James Running Bear of S.A.G.E. beneath the ruins of Stonehenge. Because of the other things found in the tunnels, it is assumed that the wizard, Merlin, created the small room. There are numerous magical wards that haven't decayed (or perhaps can't decay) that makes the room a nearly impervious holding cell presumably created for holding demons. It works just as well for ubers. Along with the Gaol is an enchanted Gaolkeeper that watches over the Gaol.

Technical Note: Hardened Armored base room that is impervious to teleportation and proof against desolidification

Contributed by Neil M

The Mirror of Ages was the first metal-backed mirror ever created. Marco del Gallo's family had experimented and found a way to coat glass with mercury. Marco declared it perfect and that it would see history more perfectly than anything before. Others were sold for great profit throughout Europe and the Mediterranean through much of the 16th century, but the First Mirror was kept in the family. A niece of Marco's, Evangelina, dabbled in the arcane arts and finding the perfect element in the First Mirror enchanted it. Whether the spell was something known to other magi or whether it was a fluke due to an error in the recitation or some other part of a known spell is to this day unknown. Evangelina and the First Mirror were missing.

The Mirror was found by a Spanish conquistador in the city of Tenochtitlan and was presumed to be a treasure of Montezuma. He sold it to a merchant who sold it to a Spaniard Jesuit, Conde Hernando Gomez de la Cadiz. The Mirror was found by a mission in the Phillipines, ten years before the Mirror was sold to Conde Hernando. The mission sold the Mirror to a Dutch trader who sold it to a French collector of art and archeology. When the Nazi army stormed through Paris, the Mirror was among the looted items and came into the possession of Baron Wulf von Storm. He has used the Mirror numerous times and knows of its properties.

The Mirror of Ages allows travel through time in any direction. However, once used, it also disappears. That it exists at any single point in time is presumed to be true. But its location appears to be changing whenever it is possessed by no one.

Technical Note: Extra-Dimensional Movement, Travel through Time, 1 Recoverable Charge with Difficult Recovery

Contributed by Neil M

The Norn Mirror ...

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Contributed by Ben Langdon

Vanity's Mirror is a gold compact, vaguely victorian in design, shaped like a clam shell with a mother of pearl inlay in the shape of a dove. Reported to have once belonged to the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the uses the item has been put to over the years has warped the artifact's magic.

When light reflected from the compact's mirror is flashed into a person's eyes, the victim is blinded momentarily. Once his/her vision clears, the victim falls madly in love with the bearer of the object. The victim's sole desire is to please their new found love, even at the sacrifice of their own life.

Tragicly, the compact's magic is so warped now by the accumulated perversion of it's original intent that the bearer falls victim to his or her full karmic debt and dies shortly after its first use, often by their own hand, but always horribly.

The compact was originally recovered by an agent of the secret society known as the Order of the Phoenix (no relation to J.K Rowlings group of the same name.) in 1837 from a Parisian whore who had used the object as a way to exact revenge against several wealthy but sadistic patrons whose abuse had left her horribly scarred and crippled. Her last victim, a man she had secretly loved, despite his penchant for the cat-o-nine tails, had at her direction, filled a claw footed tub with absinthe, climbed infully clothed and soaked until his garments were saturated, then dropped a lit match into highly flammable liquid.

The resultant conflagration burned the entire building to the ground killing over 40 residents and guests, including the whore who had stayed to watch the execution. The compact was found in the ashes completely unscathed.

The compact had been safely locked behind wards in the Order's vaults in London until it was stolen by Edgar Faust and later sold as a curiosity. It's current whereabouts are unknown but it' suspected to have never left London.

Technical Notes: I don't have any formal item sheet for it, but would assume it would function either as a powerful mind control, or even a major transform, with a minor flash attack, at the outset of the item's effect. A sufficiently high ego (at or above the Faust campaign limits) or a sufficiently alien mind would have the ability to outright resist it's effects or be able to break free given suffucient impetus to do so. The item has almost exclusively been used as a tool of vengeance for many centuries, hence the karmic debt mentioned in the write up. The inspiration for the item is directly related to the Friday the 13th tv series, and Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' series (the Confessors' magic.)

Contributed by Darren Woods