Jade Regent (Derby)
You black out. All of a sudden you’re in Minkai. You’re not sure how you know that – you’ve never been there – but somehow you are certain that’s where you are. You see an army of terrible fiends – with burning skin, glaring eyes, and sharp tusks, wearing strange armour and wielding exotic weapons – emerge in a storm from a vast forest, then descend upon the nation.
This vision is swiftly followed by another: a young man dressed in royal robes – who you know to Emperor Shigure of Minkai – is standing by a simple well, a friend by his side. Suddenly, the friend grows nearly three times in size and is sheathed in a frightening suit of jade armour. The jade warrior draws a sword and strikes down his royal friend, and then holds the bloody sword aloft in triumph.
Next you see a young Tian man handing a beautiful sword to a richly dressed Ulfen man in exchange for a bag of gold. You know the eastern man to be Ameiko’s grandfather and that his real name is Amatatsu Tsutoku. The man he is with is named Fynn Snaevald and they are both in the city of Kalsguard. Amatatsu is one of five royal families of Minkai – indeed the last surviving royal family.
The sword sold is named Suishen, an intelligent sword that could impart much more knowledge of the Amatatsu family legacy if recovered.
Finally, the vision fades, and you see Ameiko waking from her deep sleep, but she is dressed in the finery of an empress. She rises from sleep not in a Varisian caravan, but from a resting spot within the arms of a jade throne.
You also know the abilities of the following items:
Warding Box (Minor Artifact)
Aura Strong abjuration; CL 20th
Slot none; Weight 5 lbs.
A warding box is a powerful magical container built to obscure and confound any attempt to locate objects kept inside. The box can hold one object no larger than 8 inches × 8 inches × 3 inches (or up to 25 pounds) in each of its three compartments at any one time. The box’s lid and additional compartments are sealed, but the box can be opened or closed as a full-round action. While the lid is closed, the warding box and all objects inside it are protected from all divination spells. In this state, no divination spell save for those employed by the gods can detect the warding box or its contents.
A warding box can be destroyed by placing a portable hole inside it, closing the lid, and then placing the box inside a second portable hole. This second portable hole must be closed, and then a wish must be used to switch the two portable holes. Doing so destroys both portable holes and the warding box along with them.
Amatatsu Seal (Minor Artifact)
Aura strong (all schools); CL 20th
Slot none; Weight —
This stone statuette of a dragon is one of five royal seals of Minkai, and represents the Amatatsu family’s divine right to rule the empire of Minkai. Should no Amatatsus of pure blood be able to take up that charge, however, the Amatatsu Seal can invest the right to rule as an Amatatsu in any number of living humanoid hosts. These Amatatsu scions often experience a series of visions of the past, present, and possible future.
The Amatatsu Seal has a daily allotment of 5 charges that it can use to cast the following spells on an Amatatsu scion: cure serious wounds, remove curse, remove disease, or restoration. Each casting uses up 1 daily charge. Alternatively, the seal can cast heal on an Amatatsu scion, but doing so expends all 5 charges. Finally, and only at the seal’s discretion, it can cast resurrection on an Amatatsu scion, but doing so renders its spellcasting powers useless for a month.
The Amatatsu Seal itself radiates strong magic, and those with the proper resources can sense this magic across oceans and continents, allowing it to be tracked across any distance. Originally meant to allow its rightful owners the ability to track it if stolen, this feature makes it dangerous to remove the seal from its warding box, for as long as the warding box is open, the oni of the Five Storms can track it. The repercussions of this are detailed in later adventures in the Jade Regent Adventure Path.
One final ward exists on the Amatatsu Seal, confounding attempts to whisk it quickly away from its homeland but also making returning a stolen seal home an arduous task. The Amatatsu Seal can never be transported by teleportation magic or dimensional travel. It cannot be taken from the Material Plane save via special portals blessed by the gods, and characters who carry the seal cannot cast or otherwise use teleportation effects.
To destroy the Amatatsu Seal, rightful scions of each of the five royal families of Minkai must, of their own free will, cast their families’ seals together into the Well of Demons in the Imperial Shrine in Kasai Harbour.
You have now been marked as a Amatatsu scion.