Belt of Rank[edit | edit source]

Price: Major artifact

Body Slot: Waist

Caster Level: 21st

Aura: Overwhelming; (DC 25) enchantment

Activation:

Weight: 1 lb.

This girdle is constructed of hardened leather inlaid with

gold, silver, and precious gems. The belt’s buckle is engraved

with the skull of a fierce half-man in the center of a field of red

flames. The Belt of Rank is an ancient symbol of the Dwarven

people, a sign of their once great heritage before the

Cleansing Wars devastated their race. This ancient artifact

was created by Dwarven clerics 4,000 years ago to be

worn by the leader of the Dwarven armies—generals of

great charisma and skill who were sworn to protect the

Dwarven race. The artifact was passed from general to general over

the centuries, finally being given to the Dwarven king

Rkard to use in defense of his race in the face of the

Cleansing Wars. Rkard was fatally wounded in battle by

Borys of Ebe, and the Belt of Rank was buried with him in

the city of Kemalok. Recently, it was given to the mul

gladiator Rikus of Tyr to assist him in retrieving the stolen

Book of Kemalok Kings and defeating an approaching army

from Urik. Though the army was overcome, Rikus was

unable to reclaim the book. Ashamed of this, the mul

returned the Belt of Rank to the dwarves of Kled, where it

remains hidden to this day, waiting for the day when a

dwarf general worthy of it will reclaim it once again.

The Belt of Rank will fit any Medium creature.

Halfgiants are too big and most halflings too small to wear the

artifact as the item does not magically adjust to fit the

wearer. If you are a dwarf, you receive a +8 competence

bonus on Charisma checks and Charisma –based skill

checks when dealing with other dwarves. If you are not a

dwarf, you receive a +4 competence bonus on Charisma

checks and Charisma–based skill checks when dealing

with dwarves. The belt provides you with a continual freedom of

movement, greater heroism, and protection from arrows effects

(all mundane missiles fired at you unerringly strike the

artifact’s buckle ).If you are a dwarf, and you succeed a ta‖

Charisma check (DC 20), you can access the accumulated

experience and knowledge of more than 40 centuries of

Dwarven kings.

You receive a +20 bonus on all

Knowledge (history) checks related to dwarves and +10

bonus on Knowledge (warcraft) checks.

Should the Belt of Rank be pilfered and summarily

worn, all dwarves viewing the artifact will know it was

stolen and do whatever they can to retrieve it. Should the

possessor of the Belt of Rank ever unjustly take the life of a

dwarf, the artifact will constrict to a diameter of four

inches—effectively crushing the wearer to death. Any

creature so affected is immediately reduced to -1 hit

points (no save) and is dying.

The Belt will be destroyed if it is ever submerged in

the blood of a hundred murdered dwarves.


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