Friday, September 21, 2018

Madness & The Moon New OSR Relic - The Atlas Orbis Factus est ignis Spear For Your Old School Campaigns

“Her antiquity in preceding and surviving succeeding tellurian generations: her nocturnal predominance: her satellitic dependence: her luminary reflection: her constancy under all her phases, rising and setting by her appointed times, waxing and waning: the forced invariability of her aspect: her indeterminate response to inaffirmative interrogation: her potency over effluent and refluent waters: her power to enamour, to mortify, to invest with beauty, to render insane, to incite to and aid delinquency: the tranquil inscrutability of her visage: the terribility of her isolated dominant resplendent propinquity: her omens of tempest and of calm: the stimulation of her light, her motion and her presence: the admonition of her craters, her arid seas, her silence: her splendour, when visible: her attraction, when invisible.”
James Joyce, Ulysses

Forged at the heart of the sun by Zeus himself & cooled in on a dead star on the other side of the universe, the 
Atlas Orbis Factus est ignis was a seduction gift to the Roman goddes Luna.But the relic spear has became so much more. The  Atlas Orbis Factus est ignis is actually an occult  symbol of the moon's power between the world of the waking & the dream realms. It is also one of the secret symbols of the Roman Imperial cult of the goddess. The +3 spear has been lost to history but its cult & secret society live on across the planes & even into the modern era.

Luna's temples & their sacred mysteries &  secret knowledge  has been lost to history;
"Varro lists Luna among twelve deities who are vital to agriculture,[7] as does Vergil in a different list of twelve, in which he refers to Luna and Sol as clarissima mundi lumina, the world's clearest sources of light.[8] Varro also lists Luna among twenty principal gods of Rome (di selecti).[9] In this list, Luna is distinguished from both Diana and Juno, who also appear on it.
The Romans dated the cultivation of Luna as a goddess at Rome to the semi-legendary days of the kings. Titus Tatius was supposed to have imported the cult of Luna to Rome from the Sabines,[10] but Servius Tullius was credited with the creation of her temple on the Aventine Hill, just below a temple of Diana.[11] The anniversary of the temple founding (dies natalis) was celebrated annually on March 31.[12] It first appears in Roman literature in the story of how in 182 BC a windstorm of exceptional power blew off its doors, which crashed into the Temple of Ceres below it on the slope.[13] In 84 BC, it was struck by lightning, the same day the popularist leader Cinna was murdered by his troops.[14] The Aventine temple may have been destroyed by the Great Fire of Rome during the reign of Nero"
Her influence  was the divine power of the kings & royals from across world of the antiquities. The Atlas Orbis Factus est ignis spear allowed Luna's influence to be concentrated into her worshipers. Many mythological attributes were attributed to it including being able to slay any Lycanthropic creature it stabbed. But the spear must be purified in a stream sacred to Luna after any such act. Once per week the spear could also charm a Lycanthropic creature but only the most foolish would attempt such a feat.
It is said that the Atlas Orbis Factus est ignis  could three times per day in the hands of a cleric warrior of the goddess act as symbol of madness or insanity. The symbol dances madly in the air as the light of the moon illuminates it from within.

Once per week 
the Atlas Orbis Factus est ignis could cure insanity & heal serious wounds as per the spell in a temple of Luna. But its true power was tied to the phases of the moon itself & varied with the goddess's occult influences & power.  The owner of can call upon the following minor abilities randomly depending if goddess feels like lending her power to
the Atlas Orbis Factus est ignis. The owner of the Atlas Orbis Factus est ignis must roll on the table below to determine Luna's favor for the night.
Random Occult Powers Of The 
Atlas Orbis Factus est ignis
  1. New Moon - The spear allows its owner to divine the path of any person whose true name the owner knows. 
  2. Waxing Crescent - The spear will burn with a cold & unforgiving light like the wraith of its goddess which acts a continual light spell but with the ability to divine any liars & cheats within a 20 foot radius. Minor undead will flee from this light as it shows them the  unnatural & hideous states of their own souls. Even mindless undead recall their own lives only for a tortured moment. 
  3. First Quarter - the spear points to any true path put before it. The spear will always point to the way to the owner's home.Even powerful illusions & geas can not break this ability. 
  4. Waxing Gibbous- The spear can cut a doorway into the realms of dreams & back to the waking world. 
  5. Full Moon - The owner can frenzy himself into a beserk state under the spear's influence gaining a +1 to all melee & ranged attacks. 
  6.   Waning gibbous- The owner can communicate with any night creatures telepathically within a 20 foot radius & see through their eyes.
  7.  Third quarter- The owner gains true sight for a night & is immune to illusions. 
  8. Waning crescent - The owner gains the temporary form of a wolf for the night but must cast it off at sun rise or risk gaining lycanthropy of the were wolf.

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