The Veiled Vanguard
An ancient forged used to switch the enchantments of items
Within the Ancient Kings of Mortals, Julianos, Lord of Mages stood as the foremost authority on matters of the arcane. A brilliant wizard and masterful craftsman, Julianos was the creator of many powerful arcane artifacts, one of which was the Runeforge. This double chamber forge was originally created as more of a utility for Julianos’s guards, but saw heavy use during the invasion of the Lords of Hell millennia ago.
In reality, the Runeforge are minor, reproducible artifacts that were built in multiple locations by Julianos during his days as a king. The true artifacts are the Keystones used by the forges to perform their duties. These stones were created and distributed to the individual forges throughout Rayjolus.
The Runeforge is split into two chambers, with the lower being the Underforge, and the upper being the Skyforge. The Underforge holds a cool, rolling, black flame that covers the inside of the chamber and obscures the base of the forge. The Skyforge is filled with a flickering white flame with a gentle warmth.
Each Keystone holds a particular magical enhancement for weapons and armor. The stones are divided into three families: Form Keystones, Magnitude Keystones, and Attunement Keystones. Form Keystones denote which type of item will be used for the magic item. Magnitude Keystones denote exactly how many Attunement Keystones can be used on the item. Finally, Attunement Keystones each hold a particular item enhancement.
In order to use the Runeforge, one Form Keystone matching the item to be used, and one Magnitude Keystone matching the number of enhancements desired on the item are placed on the Underforge. The Underforge is then filled with the required amount of gold and a magical material component sufficient to create the item. If the magical material component is sufficient, it will burn and the gold will melt into the black flames, creating a smooth liquid surface speckled with bright dots like the reflection of the night sky in a deep lake. The item to be transformed is then placed into the Underforge where it sinks into the dark surface. After a few moments, the liquid is absorbed by the item and reveals the item with the specific runes of the keystones etched into the item. The item will have an underscoring rune matching the item type, and a border rune the size of which is determined by the Magnitude Keystone used.
After the item has been prepared with the Underforge, a number of Attunement Keystones matching the Magnitude Keystone used are placed on the Skyforge. The item is then placed in the Skyforge with magical material components reflecting the enhancements to be added. The white flames then sear off any previous Attunement Keystones and replace them with new runes. Following the process, the item will have a number of circular runes filling the border rune with colors corresponding to the enhancements.
- Only masterwork items can be used in the Runeforge.
- Items that are artifacts or have preexisting item enhancements cannot be used in the forge.
- The gold needed to use the Underforge is equal to the listed vendor price of the item in gold. The cost of the magical material component is not included in this amount and will need to be obtained separately.
- If a magical material component is insufficient for the runes being used by the Underforge, the magical material component will burn and be consumed, but the gold will not melt.
- Runeforged items can be placed in the Skyforge again with new Keystones to change their enhancements. The only cost to do this is the magical material components corresponding to the nature of the enhancements.
- When the Underforge is used successfully, the height of the black flames dies down, and the Underforge cannot be used again for 3 days.
- When the Skyforge is used successfully, its flames do not fade. Thus it can be used any number of times in a given day so long as the magical material components are available.
- Items given enhancements by the Runeforge have the word “runeforged” preceeding the attributes of the weapon (ex. Runeforged Frost Holy Longsword). This is to keep track of which items can legally use the forge again and which cannot.