Icon of the Righteous
An Icon of the Righteous allows a priest to perform ceremonies as if they were dedicated to the virtue of Courage. It generally takes the form of a piece of religious art, usually depicting a paragon or exemplar of Courage such as Inga Tarn or Isaella. The Icon is not always a portrait - in Wintermark it is often crafted in the form of a medallion or short rod decorated with the feathers and bones of jackdaws, painted with the Rune of Battle, and called either a Jackdaw Icon or a Thunderhead Blade. In Varushka, it is commonly crafted as a statue called variously a Brave Bear or a Courageous Boar. In some parts of the Marches, the Varushkan style of Icon has proved surprisingly popular - a statuette of a boar called a Brave Pig is used by many friars.
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 Courage in place of the auras they would otherwise have access to. It also allows a priest to cooperate with priests dedicated to Courage 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 Courage.
- Materials: Crafting an Icon of the Righteous requires 7 ingots of tempest jade, 5 measures of iridescent gloaming, and 9 measures of dragonbone; It takes 1 month to make one of these items.