Sankara Stone

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A powerful artifact from the South, linked with one of their strange barbarian Gods. The stones come in Greater and Lesser varieties. The party has encountered a few of them that have been buried or otherwise hidden in the Empire. Bearers of the Stones inside the Empire find the effects reversed-- the stone of Kali, which provides extra dice for destructive actions when in the South, reduces dice for destruction inside the Empire. Similarly, the Lesser Sankara Stone of Death (Yama), which allows the bearer to succeed at all death checks in the South, causes all death checks to be failed inside the Empire. (We think. We haven't technically tested that one.)

"The tale of a monk who carried a stone that could not be broken, which he said was the heaviest stone in the world. He said that it was his burden to carry, and carrying the burden would make him stronger."
  • Greater Sankara Stone of Destruction
  • Lesser Sankara Stone of Death
  • Sankara Stone of Night