A Thundering Drum allow a priest to use a musical performance to draw on the power of the consecration of Loyalty to inspire their audience. Listeners are filled with a profound sense of the connections they have with other people, and reminded of the things they would be prepared to sacrifice their own lives to protect. 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, and with the spirits of the other people sharing the same space with them..
These instruments may be any type of musical instrument but commonly takes the form of a straightforward instrument that may be struck. A common form is a simple drum or even tambourine, something that can be played to produce a tune that an audience or other participants in the ceremony can easily take up with clapped hands, stamped feet or instruments of their own. Indeed, it is the prevalence of such performances that gives the Thundering Drum its name - the thunder in question is the sound of a room full of people bound together for a few moments by the music of the priest. Such instruments have the advantage that they can easily be combined with song - and a group of the faithful singing a song together lead by a priest can create a powerful experience all by itself.
Some artificers believe Loyalty is represented by Lann, Rune of Bargains, and thus include this rune as part of the decoration of the instrument. As with many religious items, it is common for a Chorus of the Righteous to be hallowed. A popular choice is the Hallowing of the Marked's Oath - an audience of people inspired by the virtue of Loyalty makes a fertile recruiting ground.
- 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 Loyalty to use this item. Once per day, while you are in an area consecrated to Loyalty, 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 a Thundering Drum requires 7 ingots of tempest jade, 9 ingots of green iron, and 5 measures of dragonbone; It takes 1 month to make one of these items.