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20th Feb '17 6:39:48 PM Guide
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' provides the page image has many cards that will take away life points in exchange for a benefit. Ironically, the page image is not an example- it's an alternate art for [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=630 Mox Jet]], which has no cost and is considered such a GameBreaker that it's a member of the Power Nine. It costs nothing and taps for one black mana, just like a Swamp. But it's an artifact instead of a land, meaning that ''unlike'' a Swamp, it's not restricted to one per turn.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' provides the page image image, and has many cards that will take away life points in exchange for a benefit. Ironically, the page image is not an example- it's an alternate art for [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=630 Mox Jet]], which has no cost and is considered such a GameBreaker that it's a member of the Power Nine. It costs nothing and taps for one black mana, just like a Swamp. But it's an artifact instead of a land, meaning that ''unlike'' a Swamp, it's not restricted to one per turn.
16th Dec '16 7:54:41 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' has a rather more mundane artefact of death than many on this list, for a given value of mundane. Ladite Radium Swords are made from a bronze-radium alloy, making them incredibly sharp and able to reflect RAY blaster beams due to the fact that they are so radioactive they glow in the daytime. Of course wielding one for any length of time is enough to give the user cancer. They can also be deliberately shattered and explode, killing both the wielder and their enemies.

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* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' has a rather more mundane artefact artifact of death than many on this list, for a given value of mundane. Ladite Radium Swords are made from a bronze-radium alloy, making them incredibly sharp and able to reflect RAY blaster beams due to the fact that they are so radioactive they glow in the daytime. Of course wielding one for any length of time is enough to give the user cancer. They can also be deliberately shattered and explode, killing both the wielder and their enemies.
16th Dec '16 7:44:40 PM NozzDogg
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* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' has a rather more mundane artefact of death than many on this list, for a given value of mundane. Ladite Radium Swords are made from a bronze-radium alloy, making them incredibly sharp and able to reflect RAY blaster beams due to the fact that they are so radioactive they glow in the daytime. Of course wielding one for any length of time is enough to give the user cancer. They can also be deliberately shattered and explode, killing both the wielder and their enemies.
15th Dec '16 6:41:21 PM MaxWest2
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* The ''Literature/NintendoAdventureBooks'' series had items you could collect; however one item in each book would lead to one of the bad endings. A specific example was the anchor in ''Leaping Lizards''. If Luigi collected it around the beginning, he'd sink later on when trying to swim in water and end up trapped in Pipe Land, leading to a NonStandardGameOver.
25th Nov '16 9:17:56 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Champions}} Universe'' of superheroes had the Juggernaut suit of power armour which can turn any ordinary schlub into someone able to throw down with the strongest superhumans on Earth. However, it's powered by a tiny but improperly shielded nuclear reactor so you'll be dead in a matter of months after starting to use it.

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* The ''{{Champions}} ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}} Universe'' of superheroes had the Juggernaut suit of power armour which can turn any ordinary schlub into someone able to throw down with the strongest superhumans on Earth. However, it's powered by a tiny but improperly shielded nuclear reactor so you'll be dead in a matter of months after starting to use it.
9th Nov '16 11:55:40 PM AnonymousCowherd
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* Although debatably not an artifact in the sense that it was not intentionally created, the so-called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corium_(nuclear_reactor)#Chernobyl_accident Elephants Foot]] could be considered this. After it was initially formed it was so radioactive that anyone looking at it with the naked eye would have received a lethal dose of radiation. And it killed the first robotic vehicle sent in to inspect it.
2nd Nov '16 10:15:59 AM __Vano
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If the artifact keeps bringing death to its wielders not by itself but at the hands of others seeking to possess it, it's an ArtifactOfAttraction -- even if it has a property to induce unnatural desire towards it.
27th Oct '16 6:55:07 AM shadowbeast
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* One ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' short featured a pen which caused the posessor to absently pick it up and write out a terrible death for themselves, only to find it coming true, apart from them being the only ones to see it, even if others may hear it (it was found after a grisly murder during which neighbours reported hearing a train rushed through the house, though none was apparent, ie. no huge holes in the house, but a living room covered in red paint that was once a man). Our Heroes manage to find the shutdown magic, which the creator seemed to have forgotten (leading to a trail of death as the thing kept on killing after the murder for which it was created) in time to stop a character being eaten by a shark on dry land.
27th Oct '16 6:47:16 AM shadowbeast
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' features quite a few, in the form of Rune Weapons, some of which are actively out to get you, such as a helm in one issue of the ''Rifter'', which caused a series of great victories for the wearer until a certain point, after which they and their army would be wiped out; Bio-wizard parasites in ''Atlantis'', which grant super powers but will take a certain price straight out of your body tissues, leading to permanent disability, disfigurement and death; and any variant of the Juicer system, which also grants super powers but at the cost of reducing your lifespan to a few years, how many exactly depending on what type of juicer you were, eg. if you were a [[FragileSpeedster hyperion]] you wouldn't live for five years, a [[MagiTek dragon juicer]] could live maybe twice as long as a standard juicer, while the Bio-wizard Para-Sym organism gives you 48 hours to enjoy a juicer's powers before it explodes, taking you with it as the next stage of its life cycle.
* ''1001 Science Fiction Weapons'' for D20 features a couple of artefacts/relics, including the Xugulor, a vampiric thing which covers your forearm requiring surgical removal, and drains 1 CON point permanently per every 2d10 of damage it does. Also worth mentioning is the entire chapter on things you can use to hit other characters with, which are radioactive.
25th Aug '16 5:25:54 PM Doug86
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necklace_of_Harmonia Necklace of Harmonia]] in Myth/GreekMythology was cursed. It did not harm to Harmonia herself (she being divine) but every mortal descendant who owned it came to a bad end, or brought misfortune on her family. Betrayal, murder, and tragic deaths followed the necklace from legend to legend.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necklace_of_Harmonia Necklace of Harmonia]] in Myth/GreekMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology was cursed. It did not harm to Harmonia herself (she being divine) but every mortal descendant who owned it came to a bad end, or brought misfortune on her family. Betrayal, murder, and tragic deaths followed the necklace from legend to legend.
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