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Manual of Guardians

Wondrous Item, Very Rare (cost 16000 gp)
Crafting Components

Exquisite leather bound tome, giant squid ink

This thick, rune-bedecked tome is packed with arcane schematics and mystic instructions for creating a specific kind of guardian either chosen by the Narrator or randomly determined. 

Using the manual is difficult, and any creature that does not have at least two 5th-level spell slots takes 6d6 psychic damage when attempting to read it.

To create a guardian you must spend the requisite number of days working on the guardian (as seen on the Manual of Guardians table) without interruption with the manual at hand and resting no more than 8 hours per day. In addition, you must pay the requisite cost in materials.

When the guardian has been created, the book is consumed in eldritch flames. After sprinkling the book’s ashes on it, the guardian animates under your control and obeys your verbal commands.

Table: Manual of Guardians

d20 Guardian Time   Cost
1–5 Clay 30 days 65,000 gp
6–17 Flesh 60 days 50,000 gp
18 Iron 120 days 100,000 gp
19–20 Stone 90 days 80,000 gp