Friday, August 11, 2017

1d6 System Lost Relics of Ancient Atlantis For Your Old School Campaigns

"Above its domes the gulfs accumulate.
Far up, the sea-gales blare their bitter screed:
But here the buried waters take no heed—
Deaf, and with welded lips pressed down by weight
Of the upper ocean. Dim, interminate,
In cities over-webbed with somber weed,
Where galleons crumble and the krakens breed,
The slow tide coils through sunken court and gate.

From out the ocean's phosphor-starry dome,
A ghostly light is dubitably shed
On altars of a goddess garlanded
With blossoms of some weird and hueless vine;
And, wingéd, fleet, through skies beneath the foam,
Like silent birds the sea-things dart and shine."
Atlantis A poem By Clark Aston Smith 

The destruction of Atlantis echoes across the corridors of eternity even today & there are objects that tumble through history & the treasure chests of the lost or damned. The ancient city state empire's reach even went to the stars! Out among the Outer worlds even today objects from  the ancient legacy of Atlantis turn up sometimes much to the tinge and horror of explorers and outlaws.

Objects such as this have a 20% chance of carrying a minor curse or to have a history tinged with tradedgy and adventure meaning a Great Old One or minor demon lord might have some vague interest or connection to the piece. Often these objects or relics are guarded by horrors such as 'Squirmers'  &  other far less savory entities.

These relics & objects often turn up in the asteroid field near the outer debris fields of Mars. The inner worldlets near Jupiter also from time to time have turned up some dangerous relics from the capital of Atlantis. These worldlets sometimes only partially exist within our universe and from time to time drift on the tides of the Outer Darkness. There is a 5% chance of attracting the attentions of a deadly demon of the Outer Void when using atomic drives or rockets in these areas.

'We will roam in the marts of forgotten cities of jasper, and carnelian-builded ports beyond Cathay; and I will buy you a gown of peacock azure damascened with copper and gold and vermilion; and a gown of black samite with runes of orange, woven by fantastic sorcery without the touch of hands, in a dim land of spells and philtres. "
The Muse of Atlantis By Clark Ashton Smith

So here are 1d6 objects tainted with the legacy & weirdness of ancient Atlantis where the PC's are least likely to expect to find them out in the Old Solar System.

1d6 System Lost Relics of Ancient Atlantis 

  1. A bracelet worth 700 gold pieces of beaten bronze & lupus for an older noble woman that contains a miniature star map of a long forgotten system. The place was once the  home to one of the star traders to the Atlantis merchants and contains a vast dungeon of forgotten and forbidden alien artifacts. The information can be read with a 'read technology' spell. 
  2.  A bronze head containing the preserved brain of a lich once the court wizard to a minor ruler of Mu. The head could be made to function with 400,000 gold pieces worth of work by a necromancer or black wizard. The thing will be vengeful, mad, & will try to possess the body of a male youth of Eighteen years or older to exact vengeance on the living but he knows some very interesting & valuable forbidden secrets. 
  3.  The Right Hand of GoT - This preserved hand is actually a mechanism designed by the artifact maker Got of Thebes, its actually a clock work computer that when a piece of coal or a pencil is put between its fingers will draw out ancient star charts and forbidden system maps now lost. The thing is priceless to an astronomer or astrologer and they will pay minimum of a 130,000 gold pieces. There is however an alien race that wants the thing back and will gate in within 1d8 months after the thing is found. They will demand it back. 
  4. A ring belonging to a knight who was tracking down a murderer from Atlantis. The ruby, bronze, and gold ring contains his spirit & he will make himself known as his spirit is still within the ring. The murderer went off world and so did the knight. He doesn't know that the murderer was a creature of ancient Mars and still dwells within one of the forgotten red sea bottom cities. The ring is worth 6000 gold pieces to the knight's order as it was originally used for trading and other monetary purposes.
  5. A  slab of pure gold that is a map to a treasure vault now lost among the debris and worldlets of the belt. The original location was smashed but the vault is intact and tablet tells of it. The reverse side has a summoning spell that summons a spirit of 'Thoth' that will tell the legend of the vault's place in the merchant history of the empire. The tablet is worth 40,000 gold pieces but the treasures was originally meant for one of the Great Old Ones cults and they'd love to recover it still. 
  6. The mirror of PU - This mirror is a black onyx & silver metal affair that shows the soul & its astral auras but its true purpose is to teleport the owner to the abode of several minor Lovecraftian entities that live among the asteroid belt. These Lovecraftian alien demons will grant a twisted and horrid form of lichdom & immortality to the owner. The mirror is worth 760,000 gold pieces but its better that its lost in the sands of the asteroid belt. 

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