Hello. I'm reaching out to the community to get ideas for how to deal with a peculiar problem in my home campaign, which is set in the Theban Tribunal.
Short story - this is the result of an adventure done by a secondary storyteller, who made a really fun adventure, but who doesn't really have a good grasp of the setting beyond the ordes of hermes. The quest involved stopping a cult (possibly faerie or infernal-inspired) that was planning a mystic ceremony to resurrect Emperor Darius with the help of four ancient artifacts he held while alive:
- Darius' Bow
- Darius' Mantle
- Darius' Chariot
- Darius' Shield
The party came back with three of those, while the shield was left behind. Initially, the items were designed by the storyteller based on hermetic magic guidelines, and the devices replicated roughly the effects of Eye of the Hawk (Bow), Gift of the Bear's Fortitude (Mantle) and Unstoppable Steed (Chariot).
As the main story lead, I want to rebuild those items from the ground up and connect them to non-hermetic magic, largely because I don't like the idea of introducing ancient items that are based on a magic style that is posterior to it by a thousand years and I would like to have that ironed out before the party investigates the items in the laboratory. The intended effect can be changed as needed to fit the magic system, of course, or there is no point in doing that exercise. Is there any non-hermetic magic or device system that would fit for ancient persian artifacts? If not, what would you do?