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Thorncrown of Iomedae

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Thorncrown of Iomedae
(Magic item)
Aura Overwhelming conjuration
and evocation
Caster Level 21st
Type Major artifact
Slot Head
Origin Absalom
Affiliation Iomedae

Source: Artifacts & Legends, pg(s). 54

The Thorncrown of Iomedae, or, as it is known to the faithful of Iomedae, the Truecrown of Iomedae is a major artifact made from the blasted remnants of Iomedae's helmet left after she succeeded in the Test of the Starstone.[1]


The Thorncrown appears as a wooden circlet impaled with the jagged spikes of metal, the remains of Iomedae's helmet. When worn by a paladin, its true form is revealed, transforming into a brilliant halo of divine power.[1]


For any wearer, the Thorncrown of Iomedae functions similarly to a crown of blasting; however, only when worn by a pious paladin are the Thorncrown's true powers unlocked. For a paladin wearing it, the Thorncrown of Iomedae enhances their ability to lay on hands, their mercies, and their ability to smite evil. If a paladin is slain while wearing it, the Thorncrown of Iomedae can even briefly resurrect the paladin to continue his sworn duties just a little while longer before passing on. The Thorncrown is damaging to any evil creature who wears it, and bears an exacting burden for a paladin, as any who break their paladin code whilst wearing the artifact is instantly disintegrated.[1]


As Iomedae stepped forth from the Starstone Cathedral, her armour melted from her new divine form. She soon departed to serve her god Aroden, and her new followers gathered the molten remains of her armour to be forged into holy relics of her new religion. Her helmet survived more intact than the rest of her armour and has become known amongst her followers of the Truecrown of Iomedae. The Truecrown was returned from Absalom to distant Lastwall by the knightly order Iomedae had once led, the Knights of Ozem. Upon reaching Lastwall's capital of Vigil, her dedicated knights began work on Iomedae's first cathedral, the Sancta Iomedaea, to house the Thorncrown of Iomedae. On the eve of the cathedral's consecration, the Thorncrown's guardians were found slain and the artifact was gone.[1]

No one knows who stole the Thorncrown of Iomedae or where it went; its history continued when it turned up fifteen years later in the possession of the Pathfinder Society. The burgeoning Church of Iomedae petitioned the Pathfinder Society to return the sacred artifact, but were unfortunately ignored. The Thorncrown was then moved constantly between various Pathfinder lodges for eight centuries as various experts tried to unlock its mysteries including any kind of insight into what the Test of the Starstone truly is. Unfortunately, the Thorncrown of Iomedae was located in the Pathfinder lodge in Woodsedge when the Red Revolution swept Galt, and was lost to looters. Since then, reports of the Thorncrown have surfaced in places as distant as Qadira and Varisia where both the Pathfinder Society and the Church of Iomedae still hunt for the missing relic.[1]