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[[AncientArtifact Ancient Artifacts]] are common in the {{fantasy}} genre, where their power is usually derived from supernatural sources. The tools and weapons of the gods are textbook examples of [[AncientArtifact Ancient Artifacts]], as are certain religious relics. Supremely powerful instruments of mortal magic -- usually described as extremely dangerous or difficult to create, or made by long-forgotten means, in order to explain their scarcity -- are another type of AncientArtifact.

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[[AncientArtifact Ancient Artifacts]] are common in the {{fantasy}} genre, where their power is usually derived from supernatural sources. The tools and weapons of the gods are textbook examples of [[AncientArtifact Ancient Artifacts]], as are certain religious relics. Supremely powerful instruments of mortal magic -- usually described as extremely dangerous or difficult to create, or magic, made by long-forgotten means, in order to explain their scarcity -- are another type of AncientArtifact.
4th Jan '18 8:12:01 AM Existential_Tempest
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* Toys/{{Bionicle}}'s Kanohi Ignika, the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Legendary]] [[MaskOfPower Mask of Life]], was forged by the [[{{Precursors}} Great Beings]]. It grants the user a variety of powerful abilities, the most important being [[SacrificialRevivalSpell resurrection at the cost of the user's own life]], designed to save the life of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. Its other primary purpose is to [[DoomsdayDevice extinguish all life in the Matoran Universe]] if something goes horribly wrong with it. To keep it out of the wrong hands, the mask was [[SentientPhlebotinum given a mind]] and the ability to [[{{Curse}} curse]] [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield those not destined to use it]].

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* Toys/{{Bionicle}}'s Kanohi Ignika, the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Legendary]] [[MaskOfPower Mask of Life]], was forged by the [[{{Precursors}} Great Beings]].Beings]] one hundred thousand years ago. It grants the user a variety of powerful abilities, the most important being [[SacrificialRevivalSpell resurrection at the cost of the user's own life]], designed to save the life of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. Its other primary purpose is to [[DoomsdayDevice extinguish all life in the Matoran Universe]] if something goes horribly wrong with it. To keep it out of the wrong hands, the mask was [[SentientPhlebotinum given a mind]] and the ability to [[{{Curse}} curse]] [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield those not destined to use it]].
4th Jan '18 8:11:23 AM Existential_Tempest
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* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}}]]'s Kanohi Ignika, the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Legendary]] [[MaskOfPower Mask of Life]], was forged by the [[{{Precursors}} Great Beings]]. It grants the user a variety of powerful abilities, the most important being [[SacrificialRevivalSpell resurrection at the cost of the user's own life]], designed to save the life of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. Its other primary purpose is to [[DoomsdayDevice extinguish all life in the Matoran Universe]] if something goes horribly wrong with it. To keep it out of the wrong hands, the mask was [[SentientPhlebotinum given a mind]] and the ability to [[{{Curse}} curse]] [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield those not destined to use it]].

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* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}}]]'s Toys/{{Bionicle}}'s Kanohi Ignika, the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Legendary]] [[MaskOfPower Mask of Life]], was forged by the [[{{Precursors}} Great Beings]]. It grants the user a variety of powerful abilities, the most important being [[SacrificialRevivalSpell resurrection at the cost of the user's own life]], designed to save the life of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. Its other primary purpose is to [[DoomsdayDevice extinguish all life in the Matoran Universe]] if something goes horribly wrong with it. To keep it out of the wrong hands, the mask was [[SentientPhlebotinum given a mind]] and the ability to [[{{Curse}} curse]] [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield those not destined to use it]].
4th Jan '18 8:11:06 AM Existential_Tempest
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* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}}'s Kanohi Ignika, the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Legendary]] [[MaskOfPower Mask of Life]] was forged by the [[{{Precursors}} Great Beings]]. It grants the user a variety of powerful abilities, the most important being [[SacrificialRevivalSpell resurrection at the cost of the user's own life]], designed to save the life of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. Its other primary purpose is to [[DoomsdayDevice extinguish all life in the Matoran Universe]] if something goes horribly wrong with it. To keep it out of the wrong hands, the mask was [[SentientPhlebotinum given a mind]] and the ability to [[{{Curse}} curse]] [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield those not destined to use it]].

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* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}}'s [[Toys/{{Bionicle}}]]'s Kanohi Ignika, the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Legendary]] [[MaskOfPower Mask of Life]] Life]], was forged by the [[{{Precursors}} Great Beings]]. It grants the user a variety of powerful abilities, the most important being [[SacrificialRevivalSpell resurrection at the cost of the user's own life]], designed to save the life of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. Its other primary purpose is to [[DoomsdayDevice extinguish all life in the Matoran Universe]] if something goes horribly wrong with it. To keep it out of the wrong hands, the mask was [[SentientPhlebotinum given a mind]] and the ability to [[{{Curse}} curse]] [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield those not destined to use it]].
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\n[[/folder]]* [[Toys/{{Bionicle}}'s Kanohi Ignika, the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Legendary]] [[MaskOfPower Mask of Life]] was forged by the [[{{Precursors}} Great Beings]]. It grants the user a variety of powerful abilities, the most important being [[SacrificialRevivalSpell resurrection at the cost of the user's own life]], designed to save the life of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. Its other primary purpose is to [[DoomsdayDevice extinguish all life in the Matoran Universe]] if something goes horribly wrong with it. To keep it out of the wrong hands, the mask was [[SentientPhlebotinum given a mind]] and the ability to [[{{Curse}} curse]] [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield those not destined to use it]].
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A form of phlebotinum, an AncientArtifact is a form of ArtifactOfPower.
It is also invariably old -- in fact, typically, [[OlderIsBetter the older the artifact, the more powerful it is]].

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A form of phlebotinum, an An AncientArtifact is a form of ArtifactOfPower.
ArtifactOfPower. It is also invariably old -- in fact, typically, [[OlderIsBetter the older the artifact, the more powerful it is]].
4th Jan '18 7:40:19 AM Existential_Tempest
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Most of the time, they are also unique. That is, while a story may have many [[AncientArtifact Ancient Artifacts]], each one will be the only one of its kind: there is only one {{Excalibur}}, one Gáe Bulg, and one [[{{Kusanagi}} Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi]].

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Most of the time, they are also unique. That is, while a story may have many [[AncientArtifact Ancient Artifacts]], each one will be the only one of its kind: there is only one {{Excalibur}}, one Gáe Bulg, and one [[{{Kusanagi}} Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi]].
Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi]]. If not, they will often form part of [[SetBonus a group of linked artifacts]].
4th Jan '18 7:37:39 AM Existential_Tempest
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Subtrope of ArtifactOfPower Unrelated to TheArtifact.

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Subtrope of ArtifactOfPower ArtifactOfPower. Unrelated to TheArtifact.
4th Jan '18 7:37:22 AM Existential_Tempest
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A form of phlebotinum, an AncientArtifact is some object that bestows special abilities on its possessor. Unlike some types of phlebotinum, Ancient Artifacts are not naturally occurring: they are constructed. (The word "artifact" literally means "something made by humans," and contains the same root as "artificial.")

While any tool could be said to "bestow abilities on its user," an artifact is no mere tool. An artifact is both rare and extraordinary, and the abilities it grants are beyond -- often ''far'' beyond -- the scope of the technology available in the story. Artifacts are also invariably old -- the older, the better. Newly invented super-science devices, no matter how awesome, would not usually be called artifacts.

Some artifacts are not tools, and don't need to be actively used -- they influence the world by their very existence. This tends to be true more of {{curse}}d artifacts, which bring bad luck or worse to their owners.

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A form of phlebotinum, an AncientArtifact is some object that bestows special abilities on its possessor. Unlike some types a form of phlebotinum, Ancient Artifacts are not naturally occurring: they are constructed. (The word "artifact" literally means "something made by humans," and contains the same root as "artificial.")

While any tool could be said to "bestow abilities on its user," an artifact
ArtifactOfPower.
It
is no mere tool. An artifact is both rare and extraordinary, and the abilities it grants are beyond -- often ''far'' beyond -- the scope of the technology available in the story. Artifacts are also invariably old -- in fact, typically, [[OlderIsBetter the older, older the better. Newly invented super-science devices, no matter how awesome, would not usually be called artifacts.

Some artifacts are not tools, and don't need to be actively used -- they influence
artifact, the world by their very existence. This tends to be true more of {{curse}}d artifacts, which bring bad luck or worse to their owners.
powerful it is]].



[[AncientArtifact Ancient Artifacts]] are common in the {{fantasy}} genre, where their power is usually derived from supernatural sources. The tools and weapons of the gods are textbook examples of artifacts, as are certain religious relics. Supremely powerful instruments of mortal magic -- usually described as extremely dangerous or difficult to create, or made by long-forgotten means, in order to explain their scarcity -- are another type of artifact.

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[[AncientArtifact Ancient Artifacts]] are common in the {{fantasy}} genre, where their power is usually derived from supernatural sources. The tools and weapons of the gods are textbook examples of artifacts, [[AncientArtifact Ancient Artifacts]], as are certain religious relics. Supremely powerful instruments of mortal magic -- usually described as extremely dangerous or difficult to create, or made by long-forgotten means, in order to explain their scarcity -- are another type of artifact.
AncientArtifact.
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