Yesterday, Conor and Marko caught a fugitive in Gildhaven’s capital, Soppoman, who had arrived from the nation neighboring us to the south. They stumbled upon a piece of a great artifact: the Shard of Pride, a piece of the legendary Sihedron Star!
Reassembling the Shard will require the efforts of the entire Guild. Finding each shard involves a long, challenging quest! Tell the Grandmaster if you want to join one of the Quests: guildgrandmaster AT gmail DOT com.
Also, finding a Shard means attaining power and wealth. For example, the Shard of Pride gives you +2 on all saving throws and the ability to cast a major image illusion once per day. Conor and Marko can decide who holds the Shard of Pride in the Guild on any particular day. Also, the Pathfinder Society grants those who find it a large reward in gold equal to 50% of your wealth.
Thousands of years ago, the ancient civilization of Thassilon ruled our continent, and it was much larger and more advanced in science and magic than the nations that exist now. It was founded and led by a great king named Xin. He forged the Sihedron Star out of seven fantastically rare skymetals, to embody the seven virtues — humility, charity, love, temperance, generosity, kindness and zeal. He propounded these virtues as the foundations of his civilization and the sources of magic itself. It hovered behind his head as an emblem of his authority and a source of great magical power.
In the last decades of his life, Xin devoted himself exclusively to magical research and left the business of rule to his seven apprentices, the seven Runelords. Under the Runelords, the virtues were perverted into the sins of pride, greed, lust, gluttony, envy, wrath and sloth, and Thassilon became corrupt and decadent. The Runelords banded together and assassinated Xin, the Sihedron shattered, and each took a shard of the Sihedron with them.
Since the fall of Thassilon in a great cataclysm ten thousand years ago, the shards have been lost and scattered throughout the continent. Legends and myths from far-flung cultures tell tales of powerful beings corrupted by and granted power by strange metal objects. If the shards can somehow be found, their power controlled, and reunited, the original Sihedron can become a great artifact that will advance and protect Civilization.
Grasping the Shard of Pride grants its holder visions of the current locations of the remaining Shards. Here is info and the visions on the other six Shards (see below). Here is info on the seven Shards:
This was once held by Karzoug, the Runelord of Greed. The vision is of a bridge piling — one of the columns supporting a giant, ancient bridge.
This was once held by Sorshen, the Runelord of Lust. The vision is of a giant statue of a woman, just off of a swampy coast.
This was once held by Zutha, the Runelord of Gluttony. The vision is of a great city on top of a great cliff.
This was once held by Belimarius, the Runelord of Envy. The vision is of a mountain with a giant face carved on it, with a giant bridge leading out of it and a ruined city at its base.
This was once held by Alaznist, the Runelord of Wrath. The vision is of a dragon flying over an ancient ruin in a mountainous region.
This was once held by Krune, the Runelord of Sloth. The vision is of a towering spire of strange, green stone in a scarred landscape.