Note: This is an extract from Mystical Artefacts for the Gas-Lamp Fantasy Role-Playing Game. The supplement, when released, will feature details of all manner of strange and wonderful items to be found in the Gas-Lamp World, from the Ark of the Covenant to Blackbeard’s Coat.
The Heart of Ice
The Heart of Ice is an artefact which appears to have been caved from blue ice. It is as large as two fists put together, and is roughly octahedral in shape, but lengthened out slightly, there being two sharp points, at it top and its base, and the other edges being slightly rounded off.
The Heart of Ice was discovered in northern Norway almost two hundred years ago. It is not known if it is an item which has been created through some fluke of nature, or if it was specifically manufactured by some powerful wizard. It is thought to be the latter, but nobody has come up with proof as to who might have created it.
The Heart of Ice became a possession of Denmark, as Denmark controlled Norway, in the year that it was discovered, 1799. The Heart of Ice was taken to Copenhagen, where it was studied by academics from the University of Copenhagen.
It was soon discovered that any water coming into contact with the Heart of Ice would immediately turn to ice (indeed, the Heart of Ice had originally been discovered inside a block of ice). It is not known how big an amount of water can be transformed into ice – the largest amount transformed, so far, has been the water in a swimming pool in Copenhagen. It is possible that if the Heart of Ice was thrown into the North Sea that the entire North Sea would become a single block of ice.
The surface of the heart of Ice is well below freezing, and is so cool that it will injure anybody touching it with unprotected skin. However, detection spells suggest that it is far colder inside the Heart of Ice. Magick suggests that the temperature at the core of the Heart of Ice is -288 degrees Celsius, even though absolute zero is supposed to be -273.15 Celsius. Thus the Heart of Ice appears, at its core, to be 15 degrees colder than should be possible.
The Heart of Ice is kept in a special climate-controlled room in the University of Copenhagen, a room in which all moisture is sucked out of the air. People are only allowed to enter the room for study purposes, as the Heart of Ice could be very dangerous if it ever came into contact with the seas all around Copenhagen.