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Orbs of Dragonkind
Those who would bear an Orb of Dragonkind should consider the following.
Few dragons view the Orbs of Dragonkind as anything other than a weapon: a way to enslave them and their brethren, and a chink in even the best prepared dragon’s defenses. When a dragon raises an orb against her brethren—even those of opposed breeds—it is betrayal, and for a lesser creature to control of an Orb of Dragonkind is an abomination. Dragons will not stand for a non-dragon possessing one of the orbs, and their reaction to such an occurrence varies from demands to brutal attacks, depending on the breed of dragon taking action.
The bearer of an Orb of Dragonkind can communicate verbally and visually with those who possess the other orbs.
Every Orb of Dragonkind possesses the essence and personality of an ancient dragon paragon, yet accounts differ as to what extent these dragon spirits are aware and willing to interact with an orb’s bearer. One theory posits that the essences within regularly slumber, entering ages-long torpors as bearers who disinterest them or don’t share their philosophies make use of their powers. The orbs function as described while in the hands of such bearers, but are little more than potent tools. When a more worthy bearer claims an Orb of Dragonkind, though, or one proves his worth through use of the artifact, it’s possible the dragon within the orb makes itself known. Typically, only dragons of the same breed of the dragon whose essence inspires the orb—and even then usually only direct descendants of that dragon—cause the spirit within to awake. However, other creatures of singular worthiness or those imploring an orb in a time of world-shaking need might also awaken the spirit within. These ancient dragon personalities bring with them powers of potent intelligent items, but also possess overwhelming egos. One who awakens an orb’s personality should be exceptionally wary, for unless his agenda coincides with that of the orb, he might find himself slave to the orb’s ageless will.
Lesser Orbs of Dragonkind
The Orbs of Dragonkind number among the most legendary of all artifacts, spanning not just the lore of different cultures but the epics of distant worlds and far-flung planes. Yet the number of these reports openly defies the existence of a mere 10 Orbs of Dragonkind. Such conflicting tales likely arise from the existence of lesser variants, potent creations with appearances and powers similar to the true orbs, but more limited despite their greater number and variety. Thus, many who seek the Orbs of Dragonkind unwittingly discover one of the following.