The Crown of Shadows

Powerful Evil Artifact - AKA The Crown of Fallen Heroes

Category:
headgear
Description:

Property:
+2 item bonus to Intimidate and Stealth

Powers:

  • Necrotic Bolt (standard, at-will)
    Ranged 10; [best ability score] vs. Fortitude; 2d8 + [best ability score] necrotic damage.
  • Shadowed Host (when you roll initiative or are first bloodied; at-will)
    Close burst 10; you call four shades of fallen heroes from the crown. Each appears in one square within the burst. They enter the initiative order immediately after you and can act normally in the round they appear. If a shade of fallen heroes ends its turn more than 20 squares from you, it is destroyed.
  • Summon Shade (minor 1/round; requires fewer than four shades of fallen heroes within 20 squares; at-will)
    Close burst 10; Call a shade of fallen heroes from the crown into one square within the burst. You cannot summon more than four shades at one time, between this power and shadowed host. The shade enters the initiative order immediately after you and can act normally in the round it appears. If the shade of fallen heroes ends its turn more than 20 squares from you, it is destroyed.
  • Crown of Shades (move; at-will) ✦ Teleportation
    Swap places with a shade of fallen heroes within 10 squares.
  • Steal Soul (standard – encounter)
    Range 10; [best ability score] vs. fortitude
    Effect: Any living creature with zero or less hit points has its soul removed if it fails a save. This creature is trapped within the crown and becomes a shade to serve you.

Shade of Fallen Heroes Level 10 Minion
Medium shadow humanoid (undead)
Initiative +8 Senses Perception +7
HP 1 a missed attack never damages a minion.
AC 24 Fortitude 22, Reflex 23, Will 21
Immune disease, poison; Resist 10 necrotic
Speed 6 fly 6 (hover)

  • Shade Strike (standard; at-will)
    +15 vs. AC 8 necrotic damage.
  • Shadow Lash (standard at-will)
    Ranged 10 +13 vs. Reflex 8 necrotic damage.
    Alignment Unaligned Languages Common
    Str 14 (+7) Dex 16 (+8) Wis 14 (+7)
    Con 12 (+6) Int 10 (+5) Cha 14 (+7)
Bio:

First Encountered this crown being warn by the Troll King who plagued the village of Silvertown. It was found smashed into the head of the troll king who’s head had regenerated around it, making it part of his body.

The Knights of Goldenhawk Tower recovered Troll King Crown and instantly understood it was a powerful item indeed. Quagmire wanted to use the crown and thought of it as a gift. Dorian and Quill would have none of it, however, and forbid anyone to use it. Dorian kept it wrapped up and hidden away in his pack for the duration of the journey to Amn.

Later the group uncovered lore about the crown in the Secret Library of the Cowled Wizards. Here is what was discovered:
The crown’s true name is “The Crown of Fallen Heroes” or “The Crown of Shades”. It is an ancient artifact forged long ago by the Lich Mordoch of Thay. It has the power to trap men’s souls within the crown. The wearer of the crown can summon forth the souls of those trapped within to assume a shadowy form so that they may serve the master of the crown. Mordoch infused the crown with his evil and like a phylactery, the lich lord can use the souls trapped inside to restore his physical body should it be destroyed. Mordoch lost the crown when it was stolen by Aglarond adventurers. But it was lost to history when the adventurers went into the underdark to try and escape Mordoch’s wrath. There is a way to free those trapped within the crown but to do so requires the crown’s destruction. The ritual to free the souls of those trapped inside the crown is complicated and takes a week to complete. In essence it is done by duplicating the crown, transferring the souls to the duplicate, disenchanting the duplicate, and making whole the resulting residuum. The original crown can only be destroyed by someone who was trapped inside of it.

Dorian kept the crown but never used it. He wanted to destroy it but did not have the time since all efforts were being pursued to rescue Quagmire from Spellhold. Eventually, however, with the assault on Spellhold concluded, The Knights of Goldenhawk Tower performed a ritual to free the souls trapped inside the crown and ultimately destroy the crown.

The Crown of Shadows

Knights of Goldenhawk Tower jlandis