The Adventures of The Stonelanders
Nybor Wandering Zulkir of Enchantment
Nybor, Wandering Zulkir of Enchantment: +3 defending spell storing dagger; AL NE; Int 19, Wis 12, Cha 17; Speech, telepathy, 120 ft. darkvision, blindsense, and hearing; Ego score 23.
Languages Known: Abyssal, Common, Infernal, Mulhorandi, Thayan; the dagger can read all languages and use read magic.
Lesser Powers: Knowledge (arcana) +14, Knowledge (local — Thay) +14, Spellcraft +14, detect magic at will. Nybor does not shed light.
Greater Powers:Cause fear at will, dismissal 1/day, hold person 3/day.
Description: This dagger looks like a well-crafted terkoum (a Thayan ceremonial dagger used in rituals and spellcasting). Its black hilt is wrapped tightly in a bright red leather strap and its blade is carved with magical symbols. The crossguard has a small icon of a woman’s face on one side, with diamonds for eyes and a sapphire at the center of power on the forehead.
Personality: Nybor, like the Thayan archmage who bears the same name, is a cruel and domineering thing, and she enjoys using her power over others. (The dagger’s physical and mental voice is definitely female.) In the hands of someone she considers inferior, she quickly uses her powers to drive them to suicide (such as using cause fear when climbing a cliff wall) or cripples them in dangerous situations (such as using hold person in a dangerous part of town or in the middle of a fight). She considers it beneath herself to be wielded as a weapon and becomes disgusted with anyone who suggests it. When carried by someone sympathetic to her personality and outlook, she easily slips into a mentoring role, though she is still stern and intolerant of negligence, just like a Thayan wizard dealing with an apprentice. She gets excited when facing enemy wizards, particularly Thayans who specialized in something other than enchantment.
The origin of the dagger is unknown, and her own memories are fuzzy on the subject. She may be an experiment by zulkir Nybor to transfer her consciousness into an object to make a like-minded ally. She may be the zulkir’s attempt at immortality without resorting to lichdom (and seeing as she worked with and against Szass Tam when she was a zulkir, she knew what lichdom entailed). Perhaps a spell went awry in the attack that caused her disappearance and an echo of the dead zulkir’s mind was trapped in her terkoum. What is certain is that the dagger calls herself Nybor, knows personal details of Nybor’s life that only someone close to her would know, and is well-versed in magic and Thayan lore.
Strong enchantment; CL 20th; Craft Magic Arms and Armor, cause fear, comprehend languages, detect magic, dismissal, hold person, read magic, shield, creator must be a caster of at least 12th level; Price 122,102 gp. Cost 61,202 gp + 4,872 XP.
History: While many scholars in Faerûn know the name Nybor because of the wicked spells bearing that name, few know much about the woman who created those spells or where she is now. Those few who study Thayan history say that she was once the zulkir of enchantment, seizing that position at an early age by clever manipulation of lovers, servants, spies, and assassins. The young Nybor used her new power to indulge her magical whims, wiping out an entire army of human and monstrous soldiers in testing will-sapping spells and other mind-reaving magic. Unlike other Red Wizards who hoarded their magic, she gave copies of her now-famous spells to many key teachers and as a result her name is famous in Thay and elsewhere. She dabbled in item creation, particularly animate and intelligent weapons, and the few who know anything about her believe she was working on a way to animate a battlefield full of weapons with the stolen minds of enemy soldiers.
What little else is known about her is that she disappeared in 1296 DR (the Year of the Black Hound), leaving her mansion unexpectedly in the middle of the night without instructions. Her senior waited a week before entering her inner sanctum, and there he found two large pools of blood. Her work table had been used recently but whatever she was working on was gone. After six months of mundane detective work and repeated divinations showed she was either dead or not on Toril, a new zulkir was appointed to her position.
A few years after her disappearance, a Thayan wizard in Thesk claimed to have a magic dagger with all of Nybor’s memories. He was found dead in his room, burned to a crisp and dismembered, and his bodyguards turned to stone. Every few years someone else claims to find this dagger and usually comes to a foul end shortly after, and the dagger is nowhere to be found. Included in the ranks of the unfortunate victims of the dagger’s “curse” are Lerem the Lucky (an adventuring rogue of Luskan), who was found stabbed to death in an alley of Calimport; Saint Schend of Waterdeep (an aasimar paladin of Ilmater), who was nearly killed in Menzoberranzan when an unknown attacker’s spell left him paralyzed just before a drow assassin’s attack; and Maurgus the Black Bolt, a skilled but secretive Zhent assassin, who was seen screaming in fear and running directly into the conflict between Cyric and Xvim that moments later destroyed much of Zhentil Keep.
Last Known Bearer: Graytooth, Theskan (formerly Zhent) orc soldier
Graytooth was a disciplined orc soldier formerly stationed at Zhentil Keep and assigned with many of his fellows to travel east to stop the Tuigan Horde. He remained in Thesk (like the surviving members of the Zhent orc army), found a human bride, and raised a family on a small farm. None of his neighbors know how he found the strange dagger, only that one day he was wearing it on his belt and wasn’t afraid to show it off to anyone who asked — or who crossed him. In early autumn of 1372 he awoke early as normal, but instead of tending his fields he wandered into the forest without saying goodbye. His garroted body (sans dagger) was found a week later. Because of the means of his death, most believe some thief or assassin killed him to bring the dagger to a guild, possibly the Shadowmasters of Telflamm. The lack of a trail leading away from Graytooth’s body supports this idea, since the Shadowmasters are rumored to have the power to transport themselves through shadows.