"Great Tharizdun, Master of Darkness and Decay, hear me now! Give me a token so that I may rule unquestioned and my people may bow down to me and me alone!"
Shattados the Cruel, before the fall of Sulm

The Scorpion Crown is an artifact sacred to Tharizdun. It was gifted to Shattados the Cruel, ruler of Sulm, shortly before his empire collapsed.[1]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Scorpion Crown is a crown of black iron, shaped like a scorpion.[1] The legs of the scorpion ring around the head, and the stinging tail reaches over the head. The crown is heavy and always cold.[2]

Properties[edit | edit source]

Powers[edit | edit source]

The crown has no beneficial powers.

Drawbacks[edit | edit source]

Shattados of Sulm, the king who first accepted this gift, found himself transformed into a terrible monster. His people became monstrous scorpion-folk, and his great kingdom became a lifeless sandy desert.[1]

Anyone who wears this artifacts is immediately transformed into a monstrous creature known as a master scorpion. Worse, the curse affects all those who owe the wearer allegiance, including servants, henchmen or subjects. Those people all assume the form of a manscorpion, a beast with the head and torso of a human but the lower half of a giant scorpion.

The crown is also responsible for the ruin of the surrounding lands.

Destruction[edit | edit source]

The Scorpion Crown is a major artifact, and cannot be destroyed by normal means.

Rumored ways to destroy the crown include dropping it into an active volcano in the Hellfurnaces,[2] melting it in the breath of a lawful good great wyrm dragon,[2] taking it to somewhere like the Negative Material Plane where it cannot survive,[2] or carrying it by spelljamming ship to the space between planets and feeding it to a massive spacefaring creature.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Creation[edit | edit source]

The dark god Tharizdun created this artifact as a gift to Shattados, king of Sulm, around the year -700 CY. Shattados beseeched that malign entity's power to allow him to rule unquestioned over his unruly people.[1]

Only when it was too late did he learn that Tharizdun's artifacts are terribly cursed. The land where Sulm once stood decayed into what is now the Bright Desert.

Recent history[edit | edit source]

In 584 CY, Rary the Traitor murdered the archmages Tenser and Otiluke before fleeing to the Bright Desert in search of the Scorpion Crown.

Publication history[edit | edit source]

AD&D 2nd edition[edit | edit source]

The Scorpion Crown was mentioned in Rary the Traitor (1992).[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rary the Traitor (1992), p.22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Rary the Traitor (1992), p.32-34.
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