The Book of Destruction
Plaguestones are lesser artifacts which were originally created by the Windborn family in Crinoa. They are a physical manifestation of negative energy, deepest black and about the size of a large fist (on average).
Plaguestones have some rather interesting effects:
- Souls cannot depart within the general vicinity of a Plaguestone (a 60’ radius, large stones have a larger radius). Anything that dies within that radius is raised the next round as an intelligent undead (ghoul typically) with the original owners soul (and thus not always evil) being what is animating the body.
- All dead bodies (that are at least 50% intact) within the radius are raised, pulling evil spirits from the negative energy plane to animate the bodies.
- Touching a Plaguestone inflicts 1d4 negative levels unless the victim can make a DC 20 (higher for larger stones) fortitude save each round they are in contact with the stone.
Plaguestones may only be destroyed in a few ways, the easiest (and most destructive) way is to submerge it completely in holy water. This immediately destroys the Plaguestone and anything within the radius it affects (dealing 20d6 negative energy dmg and ignoring up to hardness 10).
Creating a Plaguestone is an entirely evil act, requiring the creator to perform a two week long ritual and to expend 10,000 gp in materials.