Banner of the Bold
The intricate needlework required to embroider a banner of the bold is time consuming in the extreme. Trace amounts of dragonbone and iridescent gloaming are used to trim and reinforce the sturdy cloth of the standard, but it is the intricate designs worked into the fabric itself that provide most of the magic.
The true potency of this banner becomes clear when the bearer is exposed to malignant auras such as those produced by some horrors or eternals, evoked by heretics and blasphemers, or brought into being by enemies of the Empire to protect key areas.
As with most magical banners, a banner of the bold bears the appropriate symbols for the heraldry or livery of the soldiers who will fight beneath it. This means that the banners are most often made for commission, although some artisans focus their attention on producing fine blank canvases which can be embroidered or painted with appropriate symbols after they have been sold.
A banner of the bold often bears the runes Feresh or Tykonus worked into the banner pole, or embroidered around the edge. Some banners, especially those made by Dawnish weaver cabals use the intricate Summer sigil, carefully worked in thin silver or gold thread into the reverse of the flag proper.
Unlike many magic standards, a banner of the bold is bonded to only a single individual rather than an entire band. The protection and support it offers allows the standard bearer to brave dangerous situations to support their comrades, and gives them a small measure of inner strength to draw on while they do so.
- Form: Magical standard. The phys-rep requirements for a magical standard are more stringent than those of similar items. You must be bearing this banner aloft to use its magical properties.
- Effect: While wielding this standard, you gain an additional hero point, and can treat it as a source of spiritual strength for purposes of overcoming roleplaying effects.
- Materials: Crafting a banner of the bold requires no special materials. It takes two months to make one of these items.