Fancy Bastard Scales of War
Arrow of Fate
The flesh-wrapped bone arrow described by Amyria appears to be the artifact known as the Arrow of Fate, a relic from the terrible Dawn War, when gods fought primordials for control of the world. The original dragon god Io was cut down during that struggle by the primordial known as the King of Terror. When the sundered halves of the deity fell to the ground, they sprang up as the twin gods Tiamat and Bahamut. A single fragment of Io’s physical form remained separated from the newly birthed gods, and it was this tiny shard of divinity that became the Arrow.
The Arrow of Fate is a potent weapon against both the primordial and the divine, forged as it was during the upheaval of the Dawn War. As time wore on, claims arose that it was capable of exerting a powerful influence over the forces of life and death. Eventually the artifact became an issue of contention between the archdevil Asmodeus and the trio of gods Erathis, Ioun, and Pelor. Asmodeus sought access to Hestavar’s knowledge for his devils and followers. In a show of cooperation characteristic of an earlier age, the three gods granted this, but only with guarantees that Asmodeus and his adherents would treat Hestavar, its environs, and the souls of its inhabitants as strictly off-limits for their usual deviltry. Asmodeus agreed, and to cement this bargain, the Arrow of Fate was locked away in Hestavar on condition that the pact would stand for as long as the Arrow remained within the city. Sealing away the Arrow was Asmodeus’s suggestion, but it suited the interests of all parties.
To safeguard the Arrow and ensure that the accord would last, Erathis, Ioun, and Pelor wove a great ritual in four parts, one for each of the deities and a fourth representing their collaboration. Each of the gods warded their seal in their own way. Pelor forged his into the form of a great bell that would announce the coming of dawn and set a garrison of angels to watch over the bastion constructed to hold it. Erathis bound her seal into the very flagstones of the largest market square upon the mercantile earthmote and neighborhood of Methion. Ioun secreted hers away within the Sealed Library, a cloistered haven hidden within the fabric of the domain, where a trusted few researched sensitive projects for their lady. The fourth seal, protected by the first three, rests under the constant storm that marks the Salts district. It is accessible only should each of the others be undone. Even so, the gods set a terrible foe from the Dawn War to guard the Arrow from any who would disturb it.