[New Magic Item] Godshearts



A great stone beetle bashed against the town’s walls, shaky the ground.

“What on earth is that?” Chalk asked. Koram dropped his mug of ale and grabbed his Crystal Sword. Knat the druidess began mumbling a spell as the Scholar of Wexos did the same. Nudge the gnome thief scurried around in circles as Valance looked a bit nervous himself.

“Is there something we should know?” the wizard asked.

“Maybe we played a prank on a priest of Locustus,” Valance finally said.

“Maybe?” squeaked Nudge. “No, we did!”

“Apparently not one that everyone finds amusing,” snarled Chalk. “Let’s get out of here before this town is destroyed!”


These large stone hearts are roughly twice the size of a human heart, but come in many diverse shapes, to reflect the nature of the deity they are attributed to. Prized by the devoted, priests and sometimes the desperate, godshearts have even played a part in entertainment, in which a half a dozen, or more, of these magic items are activated in an arena setting for cheering crowds, and sometimes these magical hearts have turned the tide of a battle by bringing destruction to an enemy’s door.

Benefit: When placed inside the mouth or chest of a wooden, stone (or other) statue of the deity that matches the heart the statue will animate as a golem of that particular type, with HD varying dramatically depending on the size of the statue (the HD may even be as low as 2HD for very small statues). If the person placing the heart into the statue is a worshiper of the particular deity the animated golem will do one deed for the devout as long as the request does not go against the influence or desires of the deity. Those neutral to the particular deity have a 60% chance of the godsheart fulfilling their request under the same stipulations as those who revere the deity in question while those of a belief system opposed will immediately be attacked by the animated statue (in some cases, this is done willingly as a symbol of defiance against a particular god or goddess).

Usable by: Anyone.

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2 Responses to [New Magic Item] Godshearts

  1. trey says:

    Awesome. I could see one of these as sort of the item in contention in sort of a caper-style adventure.

    • bat says:

      I will be using this idea in a Stars Without Number game myself….strange planet, mission to place ancient stone in an old statue. Madness ensues.

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