Icon of the Insightful
An Icon of the Insightful is also known as an Icon of the Measured, Icon of the Shrewd, Icon of the Astute, and of course an Icon of the Wise. It allows a priest to perform ceremonies as if they were dedicated to the virtue of Wisdom. It generally takes the form of a piece of religious art, usually depicting a paragon or exemplar of Wisdom such as Zoria or Avigliana. The Icon is not always a portrait, however - in Varushka it often takes the form of a statuette of a squirrel, and is known as a Wise Gatherer. In Wintermark it is sometimes crafted in the form of a medallion or short rod decorated with the bones and feathers of ravens, generally decorated with the Rune of Wisdom (or the Rune of Thought), which is known as an Icon of the Raven or an Icon of the Blade (Staff). Other less common variants are certainly possible - from the finely written scrolls of the Brass Coast to the clear crystal trapezohedron the Urizen call a White Star.
The icon is equally valuable to a priest who is dedicated to one of the other six virtues as it is to a priest who is dedicated to none of them. It allows them to perform ceremonies such as anointing, consecration, and hallow, and create auras of Wisdom in place of the auras they would otherwise have access to. It also allows a priest to cooperate with priests dedicated to Wisdom who are not part of their sect.
- Form: Weapon. Takes the form of an icon. You must be holding this item in hand to use its magical properties.
- Requirement: You must have the dedication skill to bond to this item.
- Effect: You may perform ceremonial skills other than dedication as if you were dedicated to the virtue of Wisdom.
- Materials: Crafting an Icon of the Insightful requires 5 measures of iridescent gloaming, 7 measures of beggar's lye, and 9 measures of dragonbone; It takes 1 month to make one of these items.