are unnaturally resilient and can only be destroyed by extraordinary means. The secret to destroying an artifact is often as well-guarded and mysterious as the artifact itself, requiring a successful Research check (DC 25) to uncover.
Destroying the artifact
is even more arduous-and frequently the basis for an entire adventure.
To illustrate the difficulty of destroying an artifact
, several means of destruction are presented below (and the GM is encouraged to devise other means).
• Locate and retrieve an ancient Babylonian scroll with a transform
, which will turn the artifact
into something that can be destroyed by conventional means.
• Find the living descendant of an ancient Mongol dynasty whose blood, when spilled on the artifact
, will cause it to dissolve.
• Place the artifact
on an altar in a Paris cathedral, then splash it with holy water from the Aspergillum of Saint Javier, which was stolen from the cathedral in the 15th century and was last seen in a private art collection in Singapore.
• Persuade or trick a red dragon
emperor or empress into devouring the artifact
, which will be consumed in the fires of its stomach.
• Locate an Egyptian brazier with the power to summon an efreeti
noble, then use a wish to command the efreeti
to smash the artifact
with its great iron falchion.