Figurines of Wondrous Power
by Robert J. Schwalb
The figurines of wondrous power made their return to Dungeons & Dragons in Adventurer’s Vault. From the loyal onyx dog to the fearsome golden lion, adventurers had at their disposal constant companions they could call forth from their diminutive statue forms to aid them in battle. The nine items provide an ample selection for heroic adventurers, but what about paragon or epic tier adventurers? Tales abound of figurines that harbor greater magic that when called forth transforms the animal statuettes into dangerous servants whose power is beyond imagining. The following figurines expand on the options available, extending their use further into the game for characters beyond the heroic tier.
Some believe the fragile coral dragons were the first figurines created and that they house the spirits of those noble dragons who aided Bahamut and Tiamat in overcoming the King of Terror. Others claim the coral dragons are not figurines at all, but are instead memories of forgotten dragon gods from another world. Regardless of their origins, seers and diviners prize these relics for the wisdom they contain, while cruder champions see great power in the violence of which the figurines are capable.
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About the Author
Robert J. Schwalb is an award-winning game designer whose more recent work can be found in Player’s Handbook 3, Martial Power 2, and Draconomicon 2: Metallic Dragons. Robert would like to thank Teeuwynn Woodruff and Tim Beach for the inspiration and ideas drawn from their Bazaar of the Bizarre article in Dragon #196.