Make four cuts on the palm and be certain they meet in the center. Anoint the smoke of the Desah incense, then bleed into the bowl. Mix it with mercury and offer the container to the Verðandi.The Verðandi is a severed human head of indeterminable age. Most of its flesh has become mummified, though some remains in a state of perpetual decay without ever rotting away. Most notably, the head's tongue remain, bloated and blackened. Parts of the skull have been replaced or plated with metal in uneven segments of bronze, black iron and brass. Gemstones have replaced the teeth and stud places of the cranium. Even with the adornments, the skull is significantly heavier then one would expect with the center of mass being reported at the center of the skull. Light dims in the area around the Verðandi. No matter how much illumination is brought near, it will never rise above a gloomy twilight.
- Excerpt from the Rites of the Verðandi
Waking The VoiceThe head is not always still and dead. If the correct rites are performed and when offered a mixture of blood and mercury, the face will begin to move, the jaw will open and the tongue will extend up to twenty centimeters to lap the blood sacrifice. Once it has fed, it will speak. The Verðandi tells of arcane secrets and dark prophecy, sometimes offering advice or warning. The exact nature is unknown and in at least one recorded instance, it has offered nothing but an earth-shattering scream that killed the supplicant. Reports of the corpse being eaten by the Verðandi remain unconfirmed. But more than one owner have suddenly gone missing. The Verðandi is highly sought after for the secrets it whispers. The age and name of the being once decapitated is unknown, as is the means by which it cheats final oblivion.
The skull has proven resistant to destruction. Attempts to dislodge either jewel or metal have failed, while blows to the bone have at most created cracks and fractures. These blemishes never last for more then a few nights, knitting close when no one is watching.
It is unclear when the head of Verðandi first appeared or how it came into the possession of its first owner. Since then, it has changed hands several times, usually violently. It is known to to have been around for at least two centuries, but most believe it is likely older. The head has never shown any signs of higher thinking or personality. Questions about its name or nature never yield answers. It speaks any language the one who feeds it can understand, but not always about things that are within their ability to grasp. Even the name "Verðandi" is guess-work, at best. Some speculate that the head belongs to the original author of the Key of the Black Star while others argue that the head belongs to an entity far more ancient; perhaps, not even human.
Once, the head opened its eyes on its own accord and spoke.
- Item type
- Unique Artifact
- 80-100~ kg
- Circumference of 50~ cm
Price of powerThe secrets whispered by the Verðandi make it a priceless artefact for anyone who cares to listen. Many seek the head and for much of its existance, it has been kept hidden far away from jealous rivals of its whoever owned it. The Verðandi has not always content to remain hidden, however.
A ritual knife, created to the specification of the Ritual of Waking the Voice
Key of the Black Star The Key is a tome of arcane secrets and occult knowledge. No matter how many times it is destroyed, it always reappears with new chapters written by authors unknown. The first mention anyone can find of the word "Verðandi" comes from a fragment of the Key. Read about the Key of the Black Star