Was Scepter

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Was Scepter
(Magic item)

Aura (1E)
Overwhelming abjuration and transmutation
Caster Level (1E)
Slot (1E)
Source: The Slave Trenches of Hakotep, pg(s). 75

The Was Scepter was the symbol of office of the very first Ancient Osirian pharaohs. It is made from ivory and has two golden handles, one fork-shaped, and the other stylised like a sha.1


While it was a formidable melee weapon, the scepter's true value lay in its ability to grant dominion over specific areas, people, reality, and time.1


Allegedly created by Azghaad, founder of Osirion, with the help of Nethys, the Was Scepter was wielded by his successors until vanishing in -3170 AR. While successive pharaohs started to carry replicas of the Was Scepter, recovering the real one was believed to be the casus belli of certain wars between Osirion and the Tekritanin League and Jistka Imperium. This practice ended with the reign of the Pharaohs of Ascension.1


It is said that someone with royal blood who carries the Was Scepter into Sothis will be mandated to rule Osirion, a story that some figures in Khemet III's court are rumoured to actively prevent in order to maintain the current power structure. According to some old scrolls in Tephu, the Was Scepter has been guarded by powerful otherworldly beings underneath Sothis since it was lost, but the ancient city described in these scrolls is very different from the modern city.1


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Tim Hitchcock. (2014). Lost Treasures of Ancient Osirion. The Slave Trenches of Hakotep, p. 75. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-592-1