Item Card: Void, the Assimilated
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This dagger is designed to be a permanent companion to a character, regardless of level. It has vampiric properties and can summon a portal to your own personal area of the Shadowfell. Perhaps a place to think, to store ill-gotten gains. Perhaps a place to commune with the Ruler of the Shadowfell, The Raven Queen. Her ghostly face can be seen in the gem within the pommel, drifting into view when not being viewed directly. It features a raven skull and can change form to suit the needs of the user. Certainly an unsettling weapon.
Below is a quick story to describe where this dagger came from:
This unique dagger was created in a conflux of many circumstances coming together to form something terrible. An evil of endless hunger, now perhaps ... tamed.
Magdalen Odanove was a general within the greatest military force Rhun had seen in many generations. The force swept outwards from the human region of Zulthan, Magdalen being at the forefront. This position was not without consequence. When Magdalen's father passed, he did not give inheritance. Magdalen's father happened to be ruler of Odanove, home of all gnomes in Rhun. Magdalen was passed over for rulership, a slight that was not forgiven.
Magdalen sought revenge in many ways, driven by a greed that grew, becoming a hunger, becoming insatiable. Magdalen had been denied his birthright. Now, he would not be denied what was his.
When a cosmic event brought this military force to an end, destroying its mightiest city and its king, the "Immortal" Sarnon Zulthan, Magdalen was killed in the blast... or so it seemed. The Raven Queen had other ideas.
She visited the spirit of Magdalen as he drifted between worlds. His dagger drifted with him, strapped to his belt. The Raven Queen proposed a deal: Magdalen would work for her, bringing back sights, memories, feelings. In exchange, she would allow him to live once more. Additionally, she offered to "finish" his dagger, being a blacksmith of sorts herself.
Naturally, Magdalen agreed. In a burst of other-worldly energy, Magdalen was sent back to the land of the living. His dagger sent back also. However, something came back with him, an entity became attached to his dagger. This entity embodied everything that Magdalen had grown to become. It was an entity of infinite greed. It had the power to change fate, manipulating its location in the world to separate from Magdalen, wandering and consuming. Changing hands many times throughout thousands of years. Magdalen hunted it endlessly, always seeming one step behind... until he found it.
He came across the dagger in the hands of an ex-assassin. An elf, one who ran when things got too hard. This dagger had taken the Elf's son before his eyes. When Magdalen finally found the dagger again, the entity revealed itself to be known as Void, The Insatiable. They struck a bargain. They would fight and the winner would absorb the other. Thus Void was tamed, becoming part of Magdalen.
Magdalen is now forever changed. The greed, the hunger that once consumed him had been made manifest. It had roamed and eaten. Now at last, it was subsumed, for better or worse. Magdalen had been alive for thousands of years by this point, his lifespan artificially altered by the Raven Queen. He had sired children, birthing a new race of Gnomes called the Lómingold, who now wandered their own paths. Now what remained was the future.
What is to become of Magdalen Odanove, uncrowned heir of the gnomish lands, now a master of his greed? Only The Raven Queen knows.