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Cradle of Night

Source Cradle of Night pg. 57
Aura strong illusion [evil] CL 20th
Slot none; Price —; Weight 5 lbs.


Once each year, a Cradle of Night can infuse a single living creature that handles it with a manifestation of the shadowbound corruption. If the creature wishes to reject the manifestation, it can do so by succeeding at a DC 25 Will save, but if the creature fails this saving throw, it gains the manifestation’s stain without its gift. A creature with a manifestation of the shadowbound corruption that carries a Cradle of Night on its person ceases aging, gains a +4 profane bonus to Strength and Constitution, and gains fast healing equal to its total Hit Dice. These effects are suppressed whenever the creature is in bright light, but time spent not aging does not catch up to the bearer at such times.


A Cradle of Night that is exposed to direct sunlight for 8 consecutive hours becomes relatively fragile and can be destroyed by damage, but spending at least a minute in shadow or darkness removes this fragility. While fragile, a Cradle of Night has hardness 15 and 30 hp. If the artifact is destroyed, each creature that has willingly accepted a manifestation from the Cradle of Night must succeed at a DC 25 Fortitude save or be immediately destroyed, as if by a sphere of annihilation. Creatures that did not willingly gain the Cradle of Night’s manifestations instead immediately lose the shadowbound corruption (and all manifestations it granted), but suffer no other ill effect.