Crown of the Stars
The Lost Crown of a Dying Empire
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The long-lost Crown of the Stars is the Imperial Crown of the Avalonian Empire. Its disappearance left the Empire bereft of a leader. The Empire subsequently fragmented, until it deteriorated into a shell of its former self. It is said that only the destined Arcorael (Emperor or Empress) can don the Crown without dying a horrible death; and yet, fighting for the Crown has shaped the history of the elves, and devastated them as a people. The Crown of the Stars has a companion, the Crown of the Earth, which is the crown of the Royal Consort. It, too, is lost to time and space.
DescriptionAvalonian Calendar year. Bards and poets write that if one gazes for long enough into the Crown's transparent depths, shapes of constellations, nebulae, or even galaxies appear. They also claim that when the full powers of the Crown are called upon, its brilliance can be literally blinding.
A Brief History
The Succession WarsThe Succession Wars shattered the Avalonian Empire and led directly to the loss of the Royal Crowns. Sources dispute the cause of the initial conflict, but it is generally accepted that Sidhe, Sluagh, and others disputed the monopoly that the Ruaalfar and Alfar seemed to hold over the Succession. In 3304 AC, the Royal Family was attacked in the city of Tohvassneris and the Heir Apparent was kidnapped by dark elves. The Crowns were lost in the conflict. Some say they remain in the possession of the Sluagh, but that none among them meet the criteria to wear it. However, there is no evidence to support this other than convenient timing. Other sources claim the Crowns were lost when the First Interstellar War broke out. Still others claim that the Crowns remain buried in the ruins of Tohvassneris, awaiting the Heir's return, or that the Tyrannen Empire took the Crowns, and either buried them in the secret grave of their Emperor, or that the Archmage Adinarik Vramyr took them for his own purposes when the Tyrannen fell.
Mechanics & Inner Workings
According to legend, the Crown of the Stars allows its wearer to control all Starseed ships in a system. How it does this, exactly, remains a mystery. Some sources say it was constructed of the crystallized "wood" of a dead Tree of Life and maintains an affinity for the species; others, that powerful, lost elven magic, or even divine intervention, is responsible for this power. Other rumoured powers of the Crown include:
- the power to permanently blind enemies of the elven people
- the power to destroy undead who suffer under the powers of sunlight
- the power to "throw stars" at enemies of the monarch
- the power to heal the most grievous of wounds, or even to raise the dead
If the Crown was fashioned by a mortal elven hand, it was surely by someone who was not only a grandmaster of their craft, but a powerful Archmage.
The Crown of the Stars represents the Avalonian Empire and the mandate of rule over it. Finding the Crown, and its companion, the Crown of the Earth, would reunite the Avalonian Empire, and potentially reverse elven decline.
There was something about the elf’s name, though. The archaic use of the old tongue for his name… there was something significant about that. And it wasn’t just that it indicated the elf was a scion of one of the ancient lines of the lost Avalonian Empire’s nobility, either. There was something about the name itself that he ought to remember from his history studies. It was later that night that Shaundar remembered it. “Khi’Marinae” was the name of the last ruling family of the Avalonian Empire. If the legendary Crown of the Stars could ever be found, Selnaris Khi’Marinae would be High King.
--Brothers in Arms by Diane Morrison
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1.6kg / 3.53lbs
7 inches (17.78 cm) high, with a diameter of about 16 inches (40.64 cm)
A priceless treasure, literally worth a king's ransom
Raw materials & Components
Though representations of the Crown of the Stars have been made in quartz, lead crystal and glass, the noted historian Selnaris Khi'Marinae writes that it was originally formed of the "wood" from an ancient Tree of Life. However, Khi'Marinae also claims that the gems of the crown actually contain captured stars. Astrophysicists and metaphysicists generally scoff at this claim, since the Crown of the Stars would clearly destroy its wearer and almost everything around them if this were true, either by burning them to a crisp, poisoning them with radiation, or simply crushing them with the force of its gravitation.