I am looking for an item and its reference page: a crystal shard that stores memories, up to an entire personality. I believe this particular item comes from one of the forgotten realms books, or possibly a web enhancement.

If I recall correctly, it was listed in association with elves (or perhaps the cited original creator was an elf), it was NOT a homebrew or third party source, and I think it was a magic item, rather than a psionic item.

Should be hand held in size, possibly a crystal shard around a human forearm length? It is not a spell, or power, and it is not the silver skull from Planescape, nor the thought bottle.

Please help me find the referenced item?


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Lost Empires of Faerûn describes telkiiras as "powerful lore-gems worn by the leaders of the mightiest elf clans. Each telkiira holds the knowledge, skills, and sometimes even a fragment of personality from each of the elves who previously wore it" (155—6). A telkiira does over five hundred words worth of stuff therefore too long, in my opinion, to reproduce fairly here, yet I suspect these gems are what you're remembering.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Hmm. That matches the points given... however after pondering some more the item I am thinking of did not grant any stat bonuses, and was capable of storing the entirety of a person's knowledge, possibly including a virtual copy of the personality as well? I seem to recall that it could answer questions out loud, and would do so using the typical voice and phrasing of the creator. Assuming I am recalling correctly, that is. \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Commented Mar 25 at 5:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @nijineko It's possible to conflate the telkiira with the spell soul shackles or the spell binding. The answers questions aspect seems more common among spells than magic items. I look forward to other answers. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 25 at 5:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ Not the amulet of spirit storing, either. \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Commented Mar 27 at 23:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ the Kiira N'Vaelahr is closer to what I remember, but still not exact. I'm wondering if it was a web article or dragon/dungeon mag magic item. \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Commented Apr 2 at 1:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Found it. It appears I was conflating two sources that neither of us mentioned. Though you were close to one of the sources. \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    Commented Apr 18 at 2:11

There are two methods which store up to and including a full personality, that do not include the ones already mentioned as excluded.

There is a Selu'kiira (one of the several kinds of telkiira, another of which was mentioned in this answer), which is a "High Lore Gem" variant of the kiira. This gem can store a memories and personalities, and judged whomever attempted to wear it for worthiness. Worthy means being an elf and not just any elf, but one which can handle the secrets of High Magic responsibly... as well as not die to the overbearing knowledge and power.

Non-elves who attempt to wear a Selu'kiira are pretty much universally killed by the housed and incensed personality via exploding their unworthy head. The Selu'kiira's personality may possess the unworthy and force them to bear the gem to a desired location prior to death. Unworthy elves may simply be mind-wiped of their encounter with the Selu'kiira after arriving upon location.

This item has no mechanics in 3.5, existing solely in the lore of that edition.

The other item is a small object created by the Living Memory psionic power (from the 3.5 Planescape site designated with Official Co-Ownership status with WotC), which can be nearly any sort of object so long as it is designed to store knowledge (book, power stone, scroll, tablet, runestave, etc.). This personal power takes 8 hours to manifest, with a subsequent instantaneous effect storing as many or as few memories desired into a single targeted object, as well as optionally including the full personality of the manifester.

The target object becomes a psionic construct. It communicates in the manner dictated by the manifester (a book may write answers to questions written in it, a mimir might sing tunes in binary, a power stone could converse telepathically, or whatever the object is it could just talk), including any limitations or rules (passwords, key phrases, only answering things phrased as questions or poetry, only talking to attractive beings, must recite an embarrassing phrase while hopping three times on the left leg, etc.) that the manifester can imagine.

By default, the power stores the entire personality and all memories of the manifester into the target object, meaning it will act exactly as the manifester would, nice for those who want to keep it simple. Other than the ability to communicate, there is no indication that the object has any other power or ability to move or affect the surroundings in any way, nor that it counts as a soul or as the character for the purposes of such effects. The knowledge and personality imparted to the psionic construct is static, containing only what was known to the manifester at the time of the object's creation, and cannot change or learn.

The power description tags itself as "DM decides what is allowed" thus requiring some degree of adjudication from the DM before it can be used, assuming the source is allowed to be used in game.

The object created by the Living Memory power was the item I was trying to recall, conflated with and confused by memories of the various kiira.


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