Icon of the Watchful
An Icon of the Watchful allows a priest to perform ceremonies as if they were dedicated to the virtue of Vigilance. It generally takes the form of a piece of religious art, usually depicting a paragon or exemplar of Wisdom such as Vardas or Berechiah. The Icon is not always a portrait, however - in Varushka it often takes the form of a statuette of a goose, and is known as a Vigilant Goose - or occasionally a Vigilant Swan; when a visitor queries the name, pointing out the statue is obviously a goose, they are congratulated on their keen perception. In Wintermark it is sometimes crafted in the form of a medallion or short rod decorated with the bones and feathers of the same bird, generally decorated with the Rune of Revelation, which is known as an Icon of the Goose or a Bright Icon. Other less common variants are certainly possible - from the colourful illuminated scrolls recounting the lives of the exemplars popular in the Brass Coast to the delicate green crystal spindles wrapped in weltsilver the Urizen call an Emerald Beacon.
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 Vigilance in place of the auras they would otherwise have access to. It also allows a priest to cooperate with priests dedicated to Vigilance 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 Vigilance.
- Materials: Crafting an Icon of the Watchful requires 5 measures of iridescent gloaming, 7 ingots of weltsilver, and 9 measures of dragonbone; It takes 1 month to make one of these items.