Iconic Shards - Achaea Online Help

8.21.6 Iconic Shards

(See also HELP ICONS, HELP ICON STARTING, HELP ICON PLACEMENT,
          HELP ICON POWERS, HELP ICON COMBAT, HELP ICON PHASE,
          and HELP ICON COMMANDS)


What are Iconic Shards?
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Iconic Shards are, as the name suggests, parts or shards of Icons (also known
as Great Icons or House Icons). Iconic Shards may be found in three different
general types - White/Jagged, Blue/Chipped, and Purple/Smooth. The weight of
the Iconic Shard indicates the power contained within. The heaviest and,
therefore, the most powerful Iconic Shards are the Purple/Smooth. The weights
of Iconic Shards currently range up to about 100 pounds.


What are Iconic Shards for?
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Iconic Shards are used to increase the power of Icons via STRENGTHEN ICON.
This can only be performed in the presence of a True Icon on the Plane of
Nishnatoba.

A successful use of an Iconic Shard through STRENGTHEN ICON will increase the
power of the Icon. If you probe the Icon before and after, you may not
necessarily _see_ a change in the strength of the Icon, especially if you are
using an Iconic Shard that is lighter than about 10 pounds. Rest assured: just
because you do not _see_ a change, this does not mean there was no change. The
change did occur!


How do I get Iconic Shards?
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Iconic Shards may be gained in at least these ways:
1 - by attacking and successfully damaging any House Icon.
2 - in hunting: the death of any denizen in combat places certain
    stresses on unnamed aspects of reality in a manner that may attract
    shards to the scene which will then appear in the current plane,
    falling to the surface. Despite common belief to the contrary,
    shards are not carried by denizens, nor do they fall from the
    corpses of denizens at or near the moment of death.


(See also HELP ICONS, HELP ICON STARTING, HELP ICON PLACEMENT,
          HELP ICON POWERS, HELP ICON COMBAT, HELP ICON PHASE,
          and HELP ICON COMMANDS)