Hycathic Artifacts

Hycathic Artifacts

Notable artifacts:
Phoenix Stones (Reckoning Holds)

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A range of physical objects exist which store Hycathic magic. This stored magic can be preserved for future use, but it can also be used by people, even those who do not possess magic themselves. The two classes of Hycathic artifacts are Hycath Relics and Reckoning Holds.


Hycath Relics are objects that contain the magic of a Hycatha who has died without issue. When a Relic is wielded, it grants its user the ability to channel the power contained within it.

A Hycath Relic can be any physical object; if an object is near enough to the Hycatha at the time of her death, it will receive her magic and store it. Where a Hycatha dies without issue, the magic will be lost to the Relic forever. Though some have speculated through history that attempts have been made to allow blood relatives to retrieve her magic, there is no evidence of this ever being successful. 

If the dying Hycatha is a Baethla, her Relic will contain Baethla magic, and so on. As a result, Hycathae will only be interested in using Relics containing magic that is a level or two above theirs. For example, Baethlas would gain from using a Cyntha’s or Nyridia’s Relic. A Baethla using another Baethla’s Relic will gain no extra power from it. Hycathae are able to sense the presence of magic in these objects by touching them; humans cannot do this.

Non-magical users are known as Andrathae. For them, harnessing the magic of a Hycath Relic can be extremely dangerous. Without a lifetime of adapting to the effects of the magic, human bodies can suffer immense amounts of stress, often driving them into madness or even death when using Hycath Relics. One such example in early Hycathic history is Ranulf de Gernon, first husband of Lucy of Bolingbroke, Countess of Chester and a pivotal player in the First Hycath War.

Reckoning Holds

Reckoning Holds are objects that contain the eternally trapped soul of a Hycatha who has been Reckoned. These, too, can be any physical object, but are not to be confused with Hycath Relics as they are decidedly more dangerous. While Hycath Relics remain in the control of the person who wields them, touching a Reckoning Hold will lead to a person’s body being taken over and controlled by the still-conscious Hycatha trapped inside who will then wield her own magic through them.

Among Reckoning Holds of historical importance, the most notable are the Phoenix Stones, which have held the soul and magic of the three most prominent Blomgren sisters since their Reckoning in 1895 at the close of the Second Hycath War. The Hold of Lucy of Bolingbroke, whose exact whereabouts remain unknown, has become a semi-mythical object in Hycathic folklore.

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