Price varies Akoben 450 gp; Ankh 1,250 gp; Hamsa 3,000 gp; Pentacle 600 gp; Scarab 600 gp; Triskelion 600 gp; Slot neck; CL varies; Weight 1 lb.; Aura varies
Each of these amulets is imbued with magic that allows it to protect its wearer against a very specific danger. A talisman triggers automatically as soon as the listed condition is fulfilled.
Although talismans occupy the neck slot, up to three talismans can be worn on one cord or chain. Wearing multiple talismans in this way offers a greater variety of protection, but a wearer can benefit from only one talisman’s effect at a time. If another talisman would be triggered while its wearer is under the effect of another talisman, that talisman is not triggered and can still be used later.
A lesser talisman carries only enough magical energy to protect its wearer once, after which it crumbles to dust.
Akoben Talisman: This ebony talisman is carved in the shape of a war horn. When the wearer fails a saving throw against a spell or effect that causes him to fall asleep, he immediately receives a second saving throw. If he succeeds at the second saving throw, the horn sounds a loud warning that only the wearer can hear. The wearer becomes deafened and immune to sleep for 1 round as the sound echoes in his mind. Aura faint abjuration; CL 3rd; alarm, ear-piercing scream.
Ankh Talisman: This cross has a loop at the top. When a living creature wears it as a talisman, it radiates a soft, golden glow. When the wearer is hit by a creature with the energy drain ability, he receives a saving throw to negate the energy drain, using the DC listed for the ability (which usually determines whether temporary negative levels become permanent). If the creature’s energy drain allows an initial saving throw, the talisman grants a second saving throw if the wearer fails his initial saving throw. If he succeeds at the saving throw granted by the talisman, the talisman releases a blast of force that automatically hits the attacker (as per force punch). Aura moderate necromancy; CL 7th; death ward, force punch.
Hamsa Talisman: A stern eye adorns the palm of this hand-shaped clay talisman. When the wearer fails a saving throw against a witch’s hex, a spell or spell-like ability with the curse descriptor, or a hag’s supernatural ability, he can attempt a second saving throw. If he succeeds at the second saving throw, the creature that targeted him must succeed at a saving throw using the same DC or suffer the effect. The talisman has no effect on spells and effects that don’t allow a saving throw. Aura strong abjuration; CL 13th; remove curse, spell turning.
Pentacle Talisman: The five-pointed star carved on this round silver talisman glows blue whenever an evil creature targets the wearer with magic jar, possession, or a similar effect, or with a charm or compulsion spell or effect that allows the creature to exercise control over the wearer (such as suggestion, but not sleep). If the spell or effect allows a saving throw and the wearer fails it, he receives a second saving throw. If he succeeds at the second saving throw, the wearer is also protected by protection from evil for 5 rounds. Aura faint abjuration; CL 1st; protection from evil.
Scarab Talisman: This amethyst necklace is carved in the shape of a scarab beetle. When the wearer fails a saving throw against a swarm’s poison or distraction ability, he can attempt a second saving throw. If he succeeds at the second saving throw, the wearer becomes immune to the poison and distraction abilities of swarms for 5 rounds. Aura faint conjuration; CL 3rd; summon swarm.
Triskelion Talisman: This bronze talisman is carved in the shape of three interlocking spirals. When the wearer fails a saving throw against an effect that would cause him to become entangled, paralyzed, or slowed, he receives a second saving throw. If he succeeds at the second saving throw, the wearer instead gains the benefits of longstrider for 5 rounds. Aura faint transmutation; CL 3rd; longstrider, remove paralysis.
Cost varies Akoben 225 gp; Ankh 625 gp; Hamsa 1,500 gp; Pentacle 300 gp; Scarab 300 gp; Triskelion 300 gp; Feats Craft Wondrous Item; Spells see text
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Horror Adventures © 2016, Paizo Inc.; Authors: John Bennett, Clinton J. Boomer, Logan Bonner, Robert Brookes, Jason Bulmahn, Ross Byers, Jim Groves, Steven Helt, Thurston Hillman, Eric Hindley, Brandon Hodge, Mikko Kallio, Jason Nelson, Tom Phillips, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Alistair Rigg, Alex Riggs, David N. Ross, F. Wesley Schneider, David Schwartz, Mark Seifter, and Linda Zayas-Palmer.