Robot Viking’s (Failed) Entry for RPG Superstar 2012

I decided to enter Paizo’s RPG Superstar for the first time this year, adapting an old artifact used in my 3.5 campaign into a wondrous item. It didn’t go all that well.

Here’s the item I entered:

Lich’s Heart Amulet
Aura strong necromancy; CL 13th
Slot neck; Price 90,000 gp; Weight

This filigreed silver necklace is set with a large obsidian gem cut in the rough shape of a heart. The wearer gains a +2 deflection bonus to AC and a +2 resistance bonus on saves. These bonuses only apply to attacks made or effects created by undead creatures. Once per day, the user can speak the command word and control undead, just like the spell.

In addition to protecting against undead, the amulet also attracts them. Whenever a Lich’s Heart stays in one area (roughly one square mile) for 12 consecutive hours, there is a 25 percent chance that 2d8 HD of mindless undead will arrive and attack the bearer of the amulet and any other living beings around it. This occurs regardless of whether the amulet is worn or used during the 12-hour period. If the area where the amulet is kept is near a graveyard, battlefield or other location with a high concentration of corpses, the chance goes up to 75 percent. While intelligent undead are immune to the attraction effect, they are not immune to the amulet’s other abilities.

Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, control undead, protection from evil; Cost 45,000 gp

Here are the judges’ hilariously terse comments:

  • No more need to go adventuring. Let the adventure come to you. And while you’re at it, bring an entire undead scourge upon any town you stay at for awhile.
  • Vote to Reject.
  • Agreed. Reject.
  • Rejected.

In any case, if you’d like to follow along the remaining rounds of RPG Superstar, there’s plenty of debate and design still to come.

5 Responses to Robot Viking’s (Failed) Entry for RPG Superstar 2012

  1. Haters be hatin’, man. Let it slide. Make it into an adventure hook and throw it at us, I’ll play it.

  2. Obviously, he couldn’t see the full range of possibilities.

    Short on work? Hide it somewhere in a town. Soon, the mayor will be banging on your door to help you deal with this undead menace!

    Wizard in need of an army? Hang out near a graveyard and soon you’ll have plenty of undead to command.

    Not to mention the pranks.

  3. Holy Discrimination Batman. The initial judge’s comment clearly indicates that they were only interested in magic items that are to be used by players, while still compelling them to go to dungeons.

    Railroad Much?

    Was there anything in the contest description that stated it was for PC’s only? A villain with that is a big deal as we well know. That’s what made it fun.

  4. I like this, and it just now became the boss level McGuffin for the undead themed campaign I’ve had on the back burner for a while.

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