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Artifacts in Higher Ground are unique items of immense power. No character may have more than one of them at a time. Attempting to pick one up while one is already in your possession will result in a massive explosion (2000 points of magic damage in a very large radius) and the loss of both artifacts.

Ability Enhancing Artifacts

These artifacts grant ability enhancements. Only one can ever be used per character, so choose wisely. They may not be used before level 55. Six grant +2 to one stat and they all grant one or more special effects.

Artifact Stat Increase Effects
Hand of Vecna+2 STRImmunity to death magic and stun
Death attack 1/rest DC = character level including legendary levels
Mask of Vhaerun +2 DEX Permanent ultravision
Immunity to blindness
Darkness unlimited/rest
The Orb of Dragonkind +2 CON perm +8 regen
Immunity to poison
Dragon breath once/5 minutes, reduces enemy fire immunity by 50%
Halves KD duration
The Eye of Vecna +2 INT Immunity to Confusion, perm True Sight
Dominate (no save)1/rest
Pyramid Energy +2 WIS Immunity to Fear
+500hp 1/rest
Lock of Sune Firehair's Hair +2 CHA perm 10% fire immunity
Immunity to deafness
Fireshield (as Elemental Shield, but double duration and damage) 1/rest
Tymora's Lucky Charm +3 to all saves
perm haste
+20 to skills 1/day (applies to +50 magical cap)
Sigil of Mystra +1 spell penetration
perm SR 10+level
+3 caster level, DC and SP 1/day for 10 rounds
Tear of Selune increased movement speed
immunity: movement speed decrease
blind enemies 1/day
Greater Sanctuary 1/day


If you use a stat artifact, it is used up and you are no longer carrying it as it is irrevocably bound to your character (barring a change during Reincarnation). In other words, characters who have used an artifact can carry an artifact item. For example wizards who have used The Eye of Vecna can carry the Ssith torch.

Be careful in non-immo places when picking up an artifact. If you already have one in your inventory you will cause a huge area 2000 Magical damage explosion in addition to losing both artifacts.


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