Dungeons and Dragons is not just a simple role playing game. There are a lot of really cool storylines in it’s lore.
One of those great stories is that of Vecna. It is not known if Vecna was human or half-elf, but there is no doubt he was a very powerful magic user. So powerful that he was able to cast an undead spell on himself so he would never really die.
Vecna progressed from being a Lich (Liches are spellcasters who seek to defy death by magical means) to being a demi-god. Vecna was ultimately betrayed by his lieutenant, Kas. The only parts of Vecna to remain were his left hand and his eye. Both of these items have great magical powers.
It appears as an agate until it is placed into the eye socket of a living character. Once pressed into the eye socket it will instantly (and permanently) graft itself into the skull of the character in question. It can never be removed or harmed without killing the character possessing it. The alignment of the character will become neutral evil and cannot be changed.
The Hand of Vecna appears as a mummified extremity. It is a black and shriveled hand. Possibly from a burned body. If the hand is pressed to the stump of an arm it will instantly graft itself to that arm becoming a powerful arm. The alignment of the person doing so becomes neutral evil.
The Hand and Eye of Vecna are not always found together. But as powerful evil relics it is entirely possible (and likely) that the objects are aware of the location of each other. It is also possible (likely in fact) that the objects will desire to be reunited. For together they may have greater powers.
Early editions did not specify the method of destruction. But later editions did. In Fifth Edition the hand and eye must be attached to the same person. If that person is destroyed with the Sword of Kas then both the hand and eye will burst into flame and turn to ash. They will be destroyed forever. All other attempts will appear to work but instead the items will reappear in one of Vecna’s many hidden vaults.
Cursed artifacts of Vecna, found and preserved
Seldom is the name of Vecna spoken except in a hushed voice. Vecna was, in his time, one of the mightiest of all wizards. Through dark magic and conquest, he forged a terrible empire. For all his power, Vecna couldn’t escape his own mortality. He began to fear death and take steps to prevent his end from ever coming about.
Orcus, the demon prince of undeath, taught Vecna a ritual that would allow him to live on as a lich. Beyond death, he became the greatest of all liches.
Some say that Vecna’s lieutenant Kas coveted the Spider Throne for himself, or that the sword his lord made for him seduced him into rebellion. Whatever the reason, Kas brought the Undying King’s rule to an end in a terrible battle that left Vecna’s tower a heap of ash. Of Vecna, all that remained were one hand and one eye, grisly artifacts that still seek to work the Whispered One’s will in the world.
The Eye of Vecna and the Hand of Vecna might be found together or separately. The eye looks like a bloodshot organ torn free from the socket. The hand is a mummified and shriveled left extremity.
Perfect for a spot of honor in your game room, or on display in your store, now you can add both relics to your illustrious collection! The bloodshot, golden-green eye measures 1.5” and perches between the fingers of its companion hand. Conversely, the shriveled mummified hand measures about 7.5” in length, and nests for all to see upon a red swath of satin in a bell jar display case. The wooden display base measures 7” while the glass cover stands about 10.5” in height.
Eye of Vecna
Hand of Vecna
Wood Display Platform
Display Satin Cloth
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