Goldwood Pipes allow a priest to use a musical performance to draw on the power of the consecration of Wisdom to revitalise the spirit of their audience. The profound sense of possibility - of the ability to overcome any challenge with the right questions - fills the spirit of the audience and leaves them revitalised and ready for anything. The power of the magical musical instrument itself is only part of the process that brings about this spiritual experience - the performance itself helps connect the spirit of the audience with the power of the potent consecrated aura.
A set of Goldwood Pipes may be any type of musical instrument, but are most often it is a soft or quiet woodwind instrument. They take their common name from the ambergelt varnish with which they are finished, It is common for a magical musical instrument of this type to be decorated with koans, parables or wise sayings. Some artisans believe Wisdom is represented by Irremais, Rune of Wisdom, and this rune is often worked into the instrument in some way. In Varushka - where they are quite popular - these instruments are often called Squirrel Pipes or Spider Pipes and bear likenesses of those virtuous animals. The Navarr call them Gildenwood Pipes and swear that the best examples are made with wood harvested from the golden trees of Miaren.
Like may ceremonial items, Goldwood Pipes are often hallowed. The Hallowing of Avigliana is particularly popular - a "captive audience" is an excellent opportunity to spread ideas and share knowledge with others. When using the instrument a priest will often intersperse their performance with a few carefully chosen readings, typically short sections from the lives of the Paragons and Exemplars of Wisdom, which further help to inspire their audience.
- Form: Weapon. Takes the form of any kind of musical instrument. You must be performing music with this item to use its magical properties.
- Requirement: You must have the dedication skill to bond to this item.
- Effect: You must be dedicated to Wisdom to use this item. Once per day, while you are in an area consecrated to Wisdom, you may spend ten minutes of appropriate roleplaying that includes playing this musical instrument. Any listener who was in the area for the entire period recovers all hero points. You cannot use this ability if you are on a battlefield or in a similar stressful environment. A listener who has lost the ability to recover hero points overnight is not effected by this power.
- Materials: Crafting Goldwood Pipes requires 7 measures of ambergelt, 9 measures of beggar's lye, and 5 measures of dragonbone; It takes 1 month to make one of these items.