Wachaza's Lesson (now more commonly known as Crystal’s Choker)
The “Choker” is an intricate necklace made of black lace. Several black pearls dangle from it and an enormous black diamond is embedded into the lace itself at the center of the necklace.
Associated: Wachaza, Black Fang.
Hostile: Engizi, if they somehow learned the history of the item.
Enemy: Any sky/light cult (and many others) would probably see the item as being demonic (or at least dangerous) if they knew about the history and/or binding enchantment.
Automatic (strength increase), Cult Secret (the rest), One of a Kind
The lace necklace itself is an ancient, one-of-a-kind artifact from the God times.
Once upon a (god) time, the great war god Wachaza became infatuated with an extremely seductive barracuda, who was actually the great sea-nymph Crystalossa. Wachaza, being a god of death uninitiated in the ways of love, did not know how to approach the nymph. The god pirated and plundered, but never found a fitting gift. It was only when he looked into his old bag of curses that he found the perfect present--an enormous black diamond--the eye of his demonic mother. He blessed the gem so that anyone who carried it would gain the strength of the sea--the greatest offering the war god could think of. Crystalossa accepted the gift with delight as she felt her strength growing to that of the sea, but the demonic energy within the diamond quickly began its work on her ungodly spirit. The next time Wachaza came to her, the nymph’s corruption had already taken its toll. He had not felt his mother’s presence in the stone, as her demonic aura was natural to him. Wachaza attempted to save the nymph by subduing her, hoping to wrestle the diamond away. His attempts failed as she ripped through his nets with ease and escaped his hold. The god chased the demon across the seas until she reached the soft waters of Engizi, the Sky River Titan. Engizi intercepted the demon and immediately trapped her with his indestructible net. Wachaza pleaded Engizi from the sea, but the river god did not hear him, and along with all of his water elementals and naiads, he pulled the net tighter and tighter until the demon-nymph was completely crushed. When Engizi unwrapped his net, Crystalossa’s black blood had stained it, and the black diamond was fused within its mesh. He unknotted and swiftly disposed of the black, diamond-encrusted netting, sending it downstream back to the sea. Wachaza kept it to remind himself and his worshippers of their dark nature and their incompatibility with love and fertility.
Recently, it is said that a Blackfang agent--codename “Crystal”--acquired the necklace from a Wachaza War Master during a mission to recover the Laask Artifact for a secret client. Disguised as a courtesan at some docks in Vormain, she managed to seduce and decapitate the War Master by desperately using the necklace as a garrote while her feet were submerged in seawater. The agent later brought the necklace to Pavis, where she spent much of her substantial payment getting the black diamond inscribed by a Flintnail master. The inscriptions were later enchanted by Blackfang shamen at the agent's request--as part of her reward.
The original item(s) and their powers are unique, but the magic point matrix and spirit spell matrixes could be reproduced on another item.
The netting/lace of the necklace is indestructible.
The diamond is naturally extremely strong (virtually indestructible) and doubles the strength of the wearer as long as they are touching sea-water.
The diamond is cleansed of the demonic presence that once corrupted it, but it has an empty binding enchantment that has the capacity to bind any demon.
The Blackfang shamen also enchanted the diamond with a Magic point matrix of 12mp, and a Glue 4 spirit spell matrix.
Enchantment conditions cause the necklace to cast Glue 4 on itself (using the stored magic points) as soon as it wraps around a person’s throat (under SIZ 30) and dispells itself once the attuned user says a unique catchphrase. When successfully used as a garrote, the user now has the option to “glue” the necklace’s ends to each other at the tightest point possible, forcing the victim to resist the attack with their STR vs the glue’s STR of 40 each round, instead of the usual STR+DEX of the victim vs. STR+DEX of the attacker. As long as the victim has the necklace wrapped tightly around their throat, they cannot speak or cast spells.
Attuning to the diamond stops the Glue spell from auto-casting when the user wears the necklace themselves and permits them to dispell the Glue effect.
Wachaza cultists would pay as much (and kill as much) as they could to get this sacred item back to a temple.
Assassins who understand the properties and their usefulness would pay up to 5000L for it.
As jewelry, it is a collector’s item worth at least a few thousand lunars, as the black diamond is the largest in the known (non-Mostali) World, and the black pearls are real, although not magical.