Icon of the Smith
Also known as an Icon of the Forge, Icon of the Weaver, or Icon of the Carpenter, this ceremonial tool allows a priest to perform a Liao ceremony in the same manner as several other icons. These icons often bear images of paragons and exemplars such as Isenbrad who are closely associated with crafting, or characters such as Bolstering Bill or Inga Tarn whose legends are connected with special objects. An Icon of the Smith is sometimes designed to open so that an object can be placed inside it during the ceremony. Other common forms include a bowl or jug used with purified water or oils, or a hefty aspergil or thurible.
It can take months for a skilled artisan to create an Icon of the Smith. The materials used often include small amounts of magical materials, and it is very common for a crafter to use tools inlaid with dragonbone when working on an icon. More so than other icons, the Icon of the Smith tends to be intricately worked and some artisans who specialise in making religious accoutrements take great care and Pride in making an icon that allows a priest to lay auras over the work of their peers. In Wintermark it is common to see one marked with runes, while in some parts of The Marches and Dawn these icons tend to be more practical in appearance - but still solidly made and decorated.
- 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: While you are wielding this icon you can perform the hallow ceremony as if you knew it.
- Materials: Crafting an Icon of the Smith requires no special materials. It takes two months to make one of these items.