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Weave Summons Gauntlet (Relic)

posted Thursday, June 19th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

This unusual glove is woven together from the fur of a yeth hound, the quills of a howler, the hair of an angel, quartz from an elder earth elemental, the silk of a fiendish spider, the feathers of a celestial raven and the hide of an ethereal marauder. The Weave Summons Gauntlet was all that remained of Neko-Ali the Summoner when she was disintegrated in a mage-duel.

The wearer of the glove can metaphysically grasp the spirit of an extraplanar creature, reducing the casting time of any summon monster or summon nature’s ally spell to a standard action. Furthermore, when bargaining with a called creature such as in a planar binding or planar ally, the wearer’s control over all extraplanar creatures grants him a +2 morale bonus on the Charisma and Diplomacy checks.

Moderate conjuration; CL 13th; Price 29,000gp

Taren’s Boots (Relic)

posted Thursday, June 12th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Taren’s Boots
“Taren the Never-Dyingâ€?, a human adventurer, earned his nickname by managing to die no less than seven times during his adventuring career. When he eventually decided that life was too dangerous and that eternity in Valhalla was much preferable, his comrades were baffled to cast true resurrection only to retrieve nothing but his empty boots. The next man who stepped into Taren’s boots suddenly found himself skilled in the only thing Taren did well – fleeing!

Whoever wears Taren’s Boots finds that his footwear extends his stride as if he is in a hurry to get out of danger, increasing his base speed by 20ft. However, if the wearer knowingly attempts to move into a creature’s threatened area, the boots take huff and lose all power in the next round. The original owner of the boots met death so often that it’s said that Death himself feels nostalgia at seeing them, so they grant the wearer a +5 resistance bonus to saves versus death effects. Taren’s Boots are also nicknamed Coward’s Boots.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; Price 24,000gp; Weight 1 lb.

Sharkeye’s Stove (Relic)

posted Thursday, June 5th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Legend has it that a rich sea pirate by the name of Sharkeye gave up the seaman’s life to settle down and marry a woman he met on shore. When a particularly clumsy and dimwitted servant had burned his breakfast for the third time that month, he became enraged, ordering the man to sit upon the stove until he had gained some sense.

Amazingly, the man discovered himself feeling altogether cleverer and more eloquent through some unexplained magic of the stove. When word of this magic stove got out, the servant secretly auctioned off the stove at a high price. Unfortunately, he failed to realize the item’s only flaw, and found himself losing his intellect and charm the very next day.

Sharkeye’s Stove amazingly enlightens all who sit upon it, providing a permanent +2 inherent bonus to both Intelligence and Charisma when it is sat on for at least 10 minutes. However, if someone else later sits upon the Stove, the previous person immediately loses these benefits.

Strong evocation; CL 17th; Price 110,000gp; Weight 5 lb.

The Sacred Ash (Relic)

posted Thursday, May 29th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWeapons

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

When the head priest of an old cathedral was discovered to be acting suspiciously, one of his subordinates began to spy on him, only to find out a dark secret – the head priest was a vampire! Unfortunately, the poor priest was attacked by the vampire immediately after he discovered this secret. Fumbling for a weapon in the ensuing fight, the young cleric picked up the end of a chair leg broken in the melee, quickly blessed it and killed the vampire with the weapon.

The Sacred Ash is a simple, pale wooden stake made from ash wood, which glows faintly with sunlight when any vampire comes within thirty feet. When used as a weapon, the stake is treated as a +1 dagger, except that its threat range is 20/x2 instead of the usual 19-20/x2. By its unusual blessing, it ignores a vampire’s natural damage reduction, and furthermore its warming glow inflicts 3d4 extra damage against any creature for whom sunlight is deadly.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; Price 13,000gp; Weight: 1lb.

Rusted Faith (Relic)

posted Thursday, May 22nd 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWeapons

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Garamond, a fallen holy warrior who had lost his paladinhood, searched for five years for the legendary Holy Avenger in the hopes that finding it would restore his faith. When on a stormy night he reached an impassable river that marked the eastern border of the kingdom, he threw his sword into the torrential river in despair, and when he realized what he had just done he attempted to drown himself in the river. When he awoke a week later, he found himself washed up on his shore with his rusted sword next to him. Taking this as a sign, he fought unwaveringly with the sword for the rest of his life.

Rusted faith is a +2 holy longsword – although some reports claim that it may be a bastard sword. It appears as a slightly rusted, corroded sword, but in practice is miraculously just as strong as a normal sword of its type. Baptized in the river instead of by the hand of a mage, the weapon is not detected by detect magic, but has a moderate aura when detect good is used. As long as the weapon is carried, wielded or is set down sheathed within five feet of its owner, it sustains them without the need for food, water or air.

Furthermore, the wearer can activate the weapon’s Rusted Blade ability once per day as a free action, giving the weapon a rough orange glow until the ability is discharged. The next time the blade strikes a creature or object vulnerable to rusting, it infuses the “impureâ€? material with corrosion, affecting them as by a rusting grasp spell. The wielder of the weapon is immune to his own Rusted Blade ability.

Moderate transmutation; CL 11th; Price 37,315gp; Weight 4 lbs.

Revenge for the Drop (Relic)

posted Thursday, May 15th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

An unusually tall halfling by the name of Perrick was hanged by the long drop for the murder of a nobleman. When by luck a wandering priest offered to raise the nobleman from the dead, it was discovered that the nobleman was not murdered but had committed suicide – Perrick was innocent! The Priest attempted to resurrect Perrick, but was unable. The superstitious priest, fearing a curse of revenge, ordered the hangman’s rope and platform burned to ashes, but the noose itself mysteriously refused to burn. It was buried underneath the ground and forgotten, and only the vengeful ghost of Perrick knows where it was hidden.

Revenge for the drop is a slightly charred hangman’s noose, with the end of the rope burned off. When worn around a person’s neck similarly to an amulet, the wearer feels an unusual sense of power from the noose, an emotion of quiet anger.

Three times per day as a standard action, the wearer may unleash Perrick’s revenge on an opponent. A noose appears around the opponent’s neck and springs to life, making a grapple check with a bonus equal to the wearer’s base attack bonus plus his Charisma modifier. If successful, it manages to lift its victim three feet off the ground, strangling it for one minute (ten rounds), or until the strangled creature escapes from the grapple or the noose is cut. A strangled creature takes 1d6 damage each round, including the round that the rope initiates the grapple, in addition to suffering the usual consequences of both being grappled and of choking. A creature can only be grappled by one rope at a time.

Faint necromancy; CL 4th; Price 7,000gp; Weight: 1lb.

Pilgrim’s Hood (Relic)

posted Thursday, May 8th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

This simple-looking peasants robe looks and feels mundane, appearing non-magical even to detect magic. To look at it, few people would know that it was several centuries old. The Pilgrim’s Hood was the sole possession of Saint Taren of Rynwold, a pious king who eschewed his material wealth and traveled his kingdom anonymously, helping those in need. Some faithful villages still believe that Saint Taren walks among them unnoticed in times of strife, and parents in parts of the land commonly name their sons after this honorable figure.

The wearer of the Pilgrim’s Hood is divinely sustained without the need to eat or drink as long as he prays for ten minutes each morning and night. In addition, he begins to take on some of the mantle of the robe’s original kind-hearted owner. Spot checks to recognize his identity take a -4 circumstance penalty, and he gains a +4 competence bonus to Diplomacy checks. Like Saint Taren, they no longer fear journeying in hostile weather, and ignore the effects of both extreme hot and cold weather.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; Price 6,000gp; Weight 1lbs.

Lucky Underwear (Relic)

posted Thursday, May 1st 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Junnobel the Flighty was a traveling dilettante who made an incredible fortune as an adventurer by risking his life against unbeatable odds. When asked what his secret was, he jokingly replied, “I’m always wearing my lucky underpants!â€? That night, thieves replaced his underwear with an identical pair, and the next afternoon he tripped and fell from the top of a tower, dying on impact.

The otherwise mundane pair of underwear, it seemed, was a lucky charm after all. The player of a character wearing a pair of lucky underwear may, once per day, immediately choose to re-roll any die roll she just made. She must re-roll it after seeing the die roll, but before seeing the results – for example, if she rolls a natural 1 to save versus an unknown spell, she must choose whether or not to re-roll it before seeing the spell’s effect.

Moderate enchantment; CL 10th; Price 25,000gp

Junstarien’s Leg (Relic)

posted Thursday, April 24th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWeapons

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Religious archives tell of an ardent warrior named Sir Junstarien, a knight of the Church of Life’s Fire who joined the priesthood after his family was killed by a necromancer with a repertoire of massive skeletons. He channeled his anger into zeal and sought to avenge his family, but his skill with the sword and shield let him down in the battle with the necromancer. Wounded and disarmed, he quickly prayed for divine help and miraculously managed to wrest the thighbone right out of the nearest skeleton. He destroyed the skeletons and their master wielding the thighbone with supernatural efficacy, and kept it as his weapon of choice thereafter.

Junstarien’s Leg is effectively a +2 ghost touch undead-bane greatclub, a weapon forged not by magic but by Junstarien’s sheer faith and determination. The weapon is still imbued with the echoes of his stoic relentlessness, granting the wielder a +2 morale bonus on all saves versus any supernatural, spell-like, extraordinary or natural abilities, or spells, used by an undead. The weapon resonates with positive energy, dealing 2d6 damage per round to any undead who attempt to wield it.

Once per day as a standard action, the wielder may call upon Junstarien’s faith to extend the relic’s power to all allies within thirty feet, granting them the bonus on saves versus undead and temporarily giving all weapons they carry the ghost touch property. This lasts for one round per point of the wielder’s Charisma modifier.

Moderate evocation; CL 14th; Price 50,000gp; Weight 8lbs.

Heart of Fire (Relic)

posted Thursday, April 17th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

The mysterious elven fire sorcerer Gil-Lachel was said to be so perfectly in tune with the Elemental Plane of Fire that it was as if he was a creature of pure flame – a fire conjurer like no other. On the night of his death he tore open a rift to a distant outer plane and stepped through, and personally slew over three hundred powerful outsiders before he was consumed by his own fire – nobody knows why, or what the creatures were. The only part of Gil-Lachel that survived was a fragment of his fiery spirit that hid itself inside one of his many Ioun Stones.

The heart of fire is a unique Ioun Stone that appears as a yellow, flaming prism that burns only non-spellcasters who touch it. (It is said that Gil-Lachel’s amazing power and knowledge still burns within the stone.) It increases the effective caster level of all spells with the Fire descriptor by 2, and grants a +6 bonus to Knowledge (the planes) and Knowledge (arcana). The stone can absorb fire just as easily as it can raise it, and once per day the owner can either cast quench as a 10th level druid, or automatically Empower, as per the metamagic feat, any one spell with the Fire descriptor without increasing the spell’s level or casting time.

Strong evocation; CL 19th; Price 79,000gp.

Frozen Hellwater (Relic)

posted Thursday, April 10th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Trapped for centuries inside a glacier, the powerful water genie Zannaber plotted his revenge on the world until vile powers colluded to free him in the form of a chilling creature of dark ice. Rampaging across the world, he was eventually stopped by knights of a god of burning vengeance, whereupon his body was cut into a hundred pieces, melted down, stored in jars and scattered across the world to prevent him from returning.

One jar of this Frozen Hellwater can be used as a powerful grenade-like weapon, similar to alchemist’s fire or holy water. When a full jar of water touches a creature, it takes 5d6 cold damage and must make a successful Fortitude save (DC 20) or be permanently frozen over with rime. A frozen creature is unconscious and thus cannot take any actions (not even mental ones). A break enchantment, heal, miracle or wish is required to restore the creature to normal.

Any amount of water removed from the jar immediately freezes within one round, and the remaining water in the jar loses its ability to freeze victims solid. Frozen Hellwater gives off an evil aura when detect evil is used.

Moderate transmutation; CL 11th; Price 3,300gp; Weight 1 lbs.

Eye of Lauviah (Relic)

posted Thursday, April 3rd 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWands, Rods & Staffs

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

The lightning demon Lauviah once held this icy crystal ball – a sphere that magnified his power enough to wield his deadly lightning bolt attack with greater power and range than any other fiend of his kind. For hundreds of years he held his grip on the sphere, his claw still firmly embedded in it when he was eventually slain by a demon jealous of his power. Unable to remove the ball from Lauviah’s grip, he simply removed and kept the arm it was attached to – the form in which it exists today, though hardened and blackened with time.

Five times per day on command, the wielder of the eye of Lauviah can invoke the remnants of the ruined fiend’s power and fire a bolt of electricity at any target within 30 feet. The bolt requires a ranged touch attack, and deals 5d6 electricity damage (no save). The Eye glows a pale blue when one or more charges remain in it, emitting a very faint crackling noise at all times. It recharges at midnight.

Moderate evocation; CL 10th; Price 16,000gp; Weight: 1lb.

Drake’s Helmet (Relic)

posted Thursday, March 27th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Lord Barrack, a hero of legend in ancient feudal times, crafted this helmet from the first dragon he slew at the age of fifteen. Later that year, Barrack wrested control of his treacherous uncle’s armies and lands, and by the age of twenty-two he had conquered half of the country. He is said to have worn this helmet into a hundred battles, and never lost once.

Drake’s Helmet is made from the head of a red dragon, such that the wearer’s face appears to peer from the dragon’s open jaws. The head extends at the back to a long dragonhide cloak with the claws forming the epaulets.

Once per day while engaged in battle, the wearer may call upon the spirit of the slain dragon by making a roar or shout that causes all enemies within 30 feet to believe for a moment that he is a ferocious dragon. They become panicked and flee unless they succeed at a Will save (DC 15 + Cha modifier). This is a supernatural, mind-affecting effect.

The helmet is reputed to hold Lord Barrack’s indomitable spirit, and grants a +4 resistance bonus to all saves, increasing to +8 versus fear effects. If the wearer has the Leadership feat, then the prestige of owning the helmet increases his Leadership score by 1. However, for the purposes of how many magic items a person may wear, this powerful relic takes up both the “helmetâ€? and the “cloakâ€? slot.

Moderate enchantment; CL 14th; Price 42,000gp; Weight 3 lbs.

Deathscythe (Relic)

posted Thursday, March 20th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWeapons

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

In a kingdom ravaged by terrible creatures of living dead, the Deathscythes were first discovered as the weapons of choice of a new and powerful undead abomination formed by an archlich whose name is not spoken even today, lest it wake him from his sleep. Originally a nonmagical farming scythe, the corrupted spirits of ghostly slain farmers leaked into these weapons and gave them supernatural efficacy. Only a few Deathscythes are thought to still exist.

A Deathscythe is usually a +1 ghost touch scythe, although some are more powerful than normal. In addition, the vicious, life-hating spirit of the weapon deals +1d6 negative energy damage on a successful hit against a living creature.

Once per day, the wielder may call upon the fragment of undead spirit in the weapon and declare one attack a “Reaping of the Scytheâ€? before he rolls it. If the attack successfully hits and deals damage, the wielder must make a Fortitude save (DC 5 + half wielder’s character level+ Cha modifier) or be struck dead instantly. This is a death effect.

Moderate necromancy; CL 16th; Price 40,000gp; Weight 10lbs.

Bravestone (Relic)

posted Thursday, March 13th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Several thousand people attended the funeral of Saint Wesseth, a fierce holy warrior and an equally valiant diplomat. This unparalleled respect for the hero did not carry forth into future generations, and soon his resting place became a mere novelty for travelers to gawk at as they passed. Worse still, these passers-by would often stop at the grave, not to pay their respects to the hero, but to chisel off a shard of his gravestone to be worn on an amulet as a cheap souvenir. Eventually, not even a piece of his gravestone remained, and his shrine was forgotten.

Although taken with ill-respected, these pieces of stone still have meaning when worn by the faithful. If blessed by a cleric and dipped in holy water, a single Bravestone lends any faithful wearer some of the courage of Saint Wesseth, conferring them with a +4 bonus on saves versus fear.

Faint transmutation; CL 4th; Price 4,000gp; Weight: 1lb.

Bone of Contention (Relic)

posted Thursday, March 6th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWands, Rods & Staffs

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

Long ago, two young elven scribes were taken captive by a ruthless lich. The boys were kept locked up and fed poorly for centuries – for most of their natural lives. Both attempted suicide on several occasions, only to find their wounds healing instantaneously through some unknown curse placed in their cell. Anger at their captor filled them and bubbled like a kettle of water on a stove. Eventually, the rage became too great, and one of the elves turned on the other without reason, murdering him with his bare hands. The anger took too great a toll on the survivor who died on the spot of a heart attack, and the lich harvested one of his bones for use as a powerful relic.

The Bone of Contention holds such hatred that the mere sight of it can drive a man to violence. To use it, the wielder must hold it forth, which is a standard action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity, similar to turning undead. Anyone viewing the bone is inexplicably inspired to anger and feels a compulsion to attack the nearest person or creature, believing them to be an enemy. They must succeed at a Will save (DC 15) or else succumb to this urge, which they follow for one minute or until their target is incapacitated or dead. The current holder of the bone and his allies are immune to its effect, but feel a faint and ineffectual hatred if they stare at it.

However, the bone has a drawback. Once per month at a seemingly random time, the owner of the bone must make a successful Will save or become suddenly filled with hatred and immediately believe that the next person he sees is an enemy. This mental illusion lasts for one hour, after which the owner of the bone regains his senses.

Faint enchantment; CL 4th; Price 25,000gp; Weight: 1lb.

Bone Mask of Life (Relic)

posted Thursday, February 28th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
Game MaterialMagic Items & GearThird EditionWondrous Items

This magic item originally appeared 17 Relics by The Le Press. A relic is a powerful magic item which once formed part of the body or belongings of some great figure. See Seventeen Relics for special rules on relics.

This relic, fierce as it appears, is actually a holy artifact made from the skull of the first aasimar to become a king on the material plane. The mask, with horns coming out of the front, covers the top half of the wearer’s face except for the eyes and nose. It attaches securely to the wearer’s face, resizing to fit anyone with a head of general humanoid form, up to a maximum of Large size.

While wearing the mask, its fearsome visage confers a +2 competence bonus to all Intimidate checks, but the wearer suffers a -2 penalty to Diplomacy checks. The fierce soul of the bone mask increases the wearer’s level by one for the purposes of turning (but not rebuking) undead, and grants the wearer a +1 divine bonus to saves versus any the special abilities or spells of any undead.

The bone mask of life takes up the same “magic item slot� on the body as goggles or eyeglasses.

Faint necromancy; CL 7th; Price 30,000 gp; Weight: 1lb.

For Your Game: Seventeen Relics

posted Sunday, February 24th 2008 by Jonathan Drain
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Over the coming weeks I’ll be posting a series of new magic items to use in your game. Relics are items that once formed part of the body or possessions of some great figure, and by connection to these people they are mysteriously imbued with special power. These rare and priceless lesser artifacts were originally published in 17 Relics published by The Le Press.

What are Relics?

Ever since adventuring parties began coming together in the search for rare and valuable magic items, they have done so by looting the bodies of slain enemies and emptying tombs of their worth. Among the great and many magic items in invention, however, some of the most interesting are those rare artifacts which are not simply forged or created in the conventional sense, but unpredictably derive their power from some obscure, and often unique, set of circumstances.

A relic, in the traditional sense, is a piece of the body or possessions of a saint or other such pious person, often with some supernatural power attributed to it since the person’s death. In a world where many people, creatures, objects, places and beliefs hold magical power and the deities are many and influential, this definition can be expanded to include a greater variety of objects. In this sense, a relic is any part of a person or creature’s body or something very closely associated with them, which, despite not having been deliberately imbued with magic, has somehow found itself with supernatural power.

Relics cannot be made or replicated by the usual means of magic item creation – a relic’s power comes from divine providence, force of the original owner’s personality, unique and unusual circumstances, random bursts of magic or any combination of these. As such, you will not find item creation guidelines for any of these relics, nor should your character expect to be able to purchase them. The prices listed are given only as a guideline so that GMs can more easily judge their value as treasure. Should the player be lucky enough to find a relic for sale, its price may vary considerably depending on whether or not the seller realizes its value or knows how rare (often unique) the item really is.

Although earlier editions of the game defined relics as synonymous with artifacts, none of the items in this collection are beyond the power level of mortal magic items. However, they certainly are unique (or in some cases are nearly so) and are unusually resistant to the ravages of time and the wear and tear of daily use. GMs may consider making a relic the object of a quest or adventure, perhaps tying several adventures together in this manner. Alternatively, they might be given to the campaign’s villains or important NPCs, giving the players something to strive towards by creating potential loot or reward.

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