Candle of Life

Clara Peeters (1594–): Still life with dainties, rosemary, wine, jewels and a burning candle
Clara Peeters (1594–): Still life with dainties, rosemary, wine, jewels and a burning candle
Relics & Rituals: Excalibur
© 2004 White Wolf Publishing, Inc. Distributed for Sword and Sorcery Studios by White Wolf Publishing, Inc.
By Evan Jamieson, Lizard, Aaron Rosenberg, Christina Stiles and Relics & Rituals: Excalibur team

This strange candle is a thick, heavy white wax cylinder, nearly four inches in diameter and one foot in height. When the candle is prepared for lighting, and its wick is first trimmed, the person performing the preparations names a particular person, and then imbeds a nail clipping or lock of hair from the subject in the base of the candle. The candle is now mystically linked to that person. Once lit, the candle stays lit as long as that person is still alive. It flickers when he is in doubt, flares when he is in trouble, and burns straight and clear when he is prospering. Whenever the person is hurt, the candle’s flame lowers, and by its height someone watching can tell how grievous the wound is. The candle goes out the instant the person dies, and cannot be relit by any means after 1d4 hours the entire candle crumbles as if it were ancient. Noble parents often light these candles for their children, and ladies light them for their lords, so that they can be sure of how their loved ones fare while away.

Strong divination; CL 13th; Craft Wondrous Item; sensory bond; Price 5000 gp; Weight 2 lb.