Ancestral Relic

( Book of Exalted Deeds, p. 39)


You own an ancestral heirloom and can invest it with increasing power.


Any good alignment, character level 3rd,


Choose an item you own. The item must be of masterwork quality, and it must be an item that once belonged to a member of your family. Alternatively, the item may have belonged to another person to whom you are somehow connected, such as another member of your religious order.

At any time, you may retreat to a consecrated or hallowed location and spend time in prayer in order to awaken the spirits in your ancestral relic. This requires a sacrifice of valuable items worth the difference between the market price of the magic item your relic will become and the market price of your current relic. This sacrifice does not have to be gold—you can sacrifice magic items or other goods worth the required amount, rather than selling your goods (at half value) to pay for the sacrifice. You must spend 1 day per 1,000 gp value you sacrifice. During this time, you must spend at least 8 hours each day in prayer or meditation, not stopping to eat or rest.

For example, a 4th-level paladin has a masterwork bastard sword she inherited from her grandfather. She makes sacrifices worth 2,000 gp and spends two days in prayer and fasting in the temple of Heironeous. When she emerges, her devotion has awakened the magic inherent in the blade, making it a +1 bastard sword. When she reaches 7th level, she once again retreats to the temple for 6 days, sacrificing items worth an additional 6,000 gp to make her weapon a +2 bastard sword (market price 8,000 gp). When she reaches 11th level, she can make it a +2 holy bastard sword by making sacrifices worth 24,000 gp (the difference between 32,000 and 8,000 gp) and spending 24 days in prayer.

A character's level dictates the maximum value of his or her ancestral relic, as shown in Table 4-2. No character may have more than one ancestral relic.

Character Level Maximum Relic Value Character Level Maximum
3rd 1,350 gp 12th 44,000 gp
4th 2,700 gp 13th 55,000 gp
5th 4,500 gp 14th 75,000 gp
6th 6,500 gp 15th 100,000 gp
7th 9,500 gp 16th 130,000 gp
8th 13,500 gp 17th 170,000 gp
9th 18,000 gp 18th 220,000 gp
10th 24,500 gp 19th 290,000 gp
11th 33,000 gp 20th 380,000 gp

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