“Stop! Gah, too late, you selfish imp.”
“Master, help! I can’t get this pot off my hand. I was only feeling inside for spiders. Help me remove it, please!”
“It is too late, sluglet. Once you’ve placed your hand inside a gnashing scarab pot there can be only one ending.”
“You lose whatever you thoughtlessly thrust into it, of course, in a little under a minute from now if it follows the usual pattern. That’s the trouble with pharaoh objects, they are almost always horribly trapped, or cursed, or both. Now, hand me my catalogue of pharaohic artifacts I asked you to find over an hour ago, and get some mint tea ready for my visitor. He has bulging pockets and an obsessive love of things looted from pyramids. And be quick about it. You have only fifty seconds left.”
Treasures come in all shapes and sizes—and from a variety of places. With treasure, variety is almost always a good thing. Our list this week is 50 outré or disturbing treasures found in the land of the pharaohs. These objects need not be looted from pyramids and temples, however. They can be found in any collection, perhaps as part of a vast trove of someone who has an unhealthy love of pyramids and tomb robbing.
The values have not been entered so that you can add those as you wish. Where magic is incorporated, however, be sure to make a judgment accordingly on when and how it is found.
Consider whether such treasures might also be trapped, particularly if the PCs are the first to touch them in centuries. Do they contain poison needles, biting mechanisms, or curses? Do the objects hold further secrets within them that require puzzling, facing further traps, or breaking them?
- A clay pot with four faces; one a jackal, one a crocodile, the third a vulture, and the fourth a grinning hawk swallowing a human eye.
- A large pot scarab filled with mummified human fingers
- A large stone needle carved with figures running from a pyramid with a single eye floating above it; the eye is made from obsidian and set with a ruby center
- A funeral urn sealed with a stopper depicting a golden-haired jackal
- A mummy wearing a magnificent lapis lazuli necklace
- A mummified hand still bearing a scarab ring
- Ebony statue of a sphinx with three faces
- An ankh of clear thought carved from basalt with a ring of the ram and a ring of protection +2 somehow all threaded through each other
- A bamboo staff with a skeletal jackal head
- A sun token made of pure gold with dried leather headdress fittings still hanging from it
- A gold and human skin figurine of a fish-tailed goat
- A clay soul bird figurine pot sealed with a wax owl-head and holding the chaotic remains of a hundred and one owls sealed alive within.
- A figurine of a human-headed owl made from mummified body parts, its mouth filled with alligator teeth and its crop holding a pink rhomboid ioun stone
- Wooden model of servants preparing food. One of the figures is carved to resemble a spoon, and functions as a sustaining spoon.
- Bronze lamp with leaping sun figure being pulled by three heavily pregnant sphinx
- The remains of four mummies clearly buried alive in the same sarcophagus
- Calcite alabaster panel with a bull-headed god holding two crossed swords upon which are impaled lambs
- Large fragment of a basalt statue of a god feasting upon live jackals
- A papyrus scroll depicting a ritual disemboweling
- A half wooden false foot complete with carved pair of toes set with gold nails
- A mummified baby wrapped in funerary wrappings with a solid silver and gold scarab on its neck on a very tight dried leather thong
- The skull of a sphinx set with a gold torc depicting a sphinx being pulled apart by wild elephants
- A set of toy carved wooden birds made using real bird skulls and feathers
- A gigantic sphinx head fully ten feet round
- Bronze bull figurine
- Green glass intaglio of an aristocrat
- A human skull with half a dozen holes drilled into its top
- Wooden tomb model of a golden-headed sun god
- Section of a relief made with gold and depicting a jackal-headed god pulling down the sun. The sun is actually a ring of djinni-calling
- A false door for a tomb inlaid with semiprecious stones
- Bronze horse figurine trampling on slave children
- Painted limestone incense burner set with a garnet
- Painted limestone statue of a crocodile-headed figure standing 6 ft. tall
- Red granite sarcophagus containing three interwoven mummies wearing silk shawls with gold wire
- Black basalt statue of a lion wearing a gold crown and crushing slaves beneath its paws
- Bronze head of a deformed man. Held within the head is a bronze flask that functions as an eversmoking bottle. The head must be broken to access the flask
- Archery case painted with brutal scenes of elephant hunting
- Mummy sealed in tight spiked girdle, the nails thrusting under the binding
- Silver coins of great age depicting forgotten gods and god-kings engaged in carnal acts
- Bronze and jasper prow from a barge representing a female god parting waves
- Terracotta lamp with silver filigree work depicting lions killing escaping slaves
- Sandals with human tendon straps
- Ankh made of carved human bone
- Bronze incense burner with an ibex figure with a human female body
- Gold earring fashioned to represent a man being eaten by a crocodile
- Wooden coffin depicting a young woman but holding athe mummy of a jackal
- Bronze mirror depicting two falcons fighting over a slave
- Burial linen containing a silver and gold funerary mask depicting a raven
- Decorative scarab containing human teeth
- Mummy pierced with seven spears, clearly thrust in as part of a ritual killing.