Pathfinder - Carrion Crown
A curious coin medallion bearing an engraved skull with two gray, darkened stones for eyes
Aura strong necromancy; CL 12th
Slot none; Price 40,000 gp; Weight 1/2 lb.
Greater agents of the Whispering Way use these silver medallions as keys to their sanctuaries. Each moribund key bears an engraved skull with two gray, burned-out ioun stones for eyes. Small openings line the coin’s outer edge. By turning the skull’s head, an inner plate marked with runic symbols lines up with these openings to establish different combinations. Each setting matches symbols inscribed on objects of great importance to the cult, such as statues, paintings, and doors. The proper arrangement of these runes activates stored spell effects in such objects, including powerful wards, programmed images, or the release of arcane locks. The bearer of a moribund key can cast message at will, and spectral hand and vampiric touch 3 times per day. In addition, the skull’s eyes glow
when undead approach within 60 feet. A moribund key bestows one negative level on any good creature carrying it. The negative level remains as long as the medallion is carried and cannot be overcome in any way while the medallion is in that creature’s possession.
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, detect undead, knock, message, spectral hand, vampiric touch; Cost 20,000 gp