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“Another side effect of the Jewish Necromancers failed attempt to use Lot# 4.”

“Acquired by our Acquisitioners imbedded with the Crusader Armies during the sack of Constantinople in 1203 during the so-called “Fourth Crusade”. Many long stagnant items were seized from the Eastern Capital by the western Christians. Ironically, this, the actual spear, was housed in a royal sanctuary of relics whose authenticity was suspect or known to be outright fakes. But our Researchers are the best on the planet.”

“As you know the ritual needed to utilize Lot# 4 requires an “Instrument of Delivery” to be made during the ritual.”

“You’ve used that term several times. What is an “Instrument of delivery”? Delivery from WHAT?”

“An instrument that delivers you FROM death by first killing you. The spell as discussed with Lot #4 takes place over several days with key events having to be manipulated into happening after the sacrificed sorcerer attempting eternal life is unable to direct these events. As such he or she must have the support of assistants or followers who are absolutely loyal. At the pivotal moment the sorcerer is required to be killed by the instrument.”

“A spear?”

“No, this was merely a happenstance choice. The Instrument of Delivery can be the most common place of items. Sword, cudgel, even a simple rock. Provided it is the item that causes your death.”

“The Necromancer had arranged for his body to be collected by a close confidant, the same wealthy and influential tin merchant who’d assisted him in acquiring Lot # 4 from Persia. The Necromancer was prepared to die by crucifixion, his instrument being made into that which would kill him: the nails. It was planned that he would bleed to death, the tin merchant having handsomely bribed the Centurions to leave his body intact. The legs you see, were routinely broken to speed death. His body would then be collected by his followers. In that instance they assumed no Roman would care if several crucifixion nails went missing. But the plan went awry. His followers were barred from the hill of execution. Desperate, they watched and attempted to make secondary plans.”

“By the time the Necromancer was inert and unresponsive an impatient Legionnaire, Longinus decided to test the criminals to see if his duty was completed for the day, thinking of nothing more pressing than a flagon of wine and his usual prostitute that night. To that end he stabbed the still but barley alive Necromancer with this spear.”

“It is a damaged and cast off “Pillum”, a Roman javelin from the Infantry. The equivalent of a half-broken garden tool in the shed. Useless for battle but still useful during executions. Though no pilum was made for stabbing, built to bend once thrown and caught through either shield or man or multiple men, thus hobbling the recipient and preventing movement. But it COULD stab the mostly inert bodies on crosses. The Romans wasted nothing militarily.”

“Of course, as with the inadvertent cursing of the Wandering Jew from Lot#7 the arcane powers that flowed through the necromancer’s body during this ritual also altered Longinus as well, though not so horrendously.”

“The soldier had been suffering from cataracts, which is why he was on the lowly detail of guarding dying convicts, his sight too degraded for combat or policing duties in the volatile Jerusalem streets.”

“As the “blood and water” fell from the body it landed in his eyes restoring his sight. He instantly became a devotee of the man he’d just slain. Dashing off into the city with delirious joy, spear point in hand. And the Necromancers devotees, however desperate, could not accost a Roman Soldier without dying themselves. Abandoning the army, he took his spear head and disappeared. Apparently burying the lance in the floor of a building in Antioch before he died upon which coincidentally a church would be built in later centuries. It was then discovered by the Crusaders of the First Crusade while under siege in Antioch by Saracen forces.”

“You see whereas Lot# 4 will provide immortality the item used to kill makes one invincible if gathered by the one who has come back to life. The Resurrected must possess the item that killed them and repeat the killing act again once resurrected to gain immortality and invincibility. The resurrected returning after 3 days to reclaim his life from that which took it.  Thus, completing the spell. Lot# 4 gives youth and vigor and everlasting life, if it’s spell is completed properly. Whereas the Instrument if unused gives command, power and preternatural “luck” by means of passive temporal causality manipulation. Simply put, as long as you possess the spear you will not grow old, or weak or be defeated in your endeavors simply through “Luck””.

“How?”

“The Instrument will bend fate to your benefit.”

“The Necromancer simply missed his chance. By the time he had resurrected Longinus had long since departed with the spear.  His mad scrambling’s to locate the man and the weapon accounts for his erratic appearances post-resurrection in your holy book. They were his haphazard, various hurried and desperate attempts to question his devotees as to the soldier’s location.  Failing to complete the ritual by recovery and reuse of the Instrument returns one to life, but as a mortal. A LONG-LIVED mortal but mortal. The Necromancer fled, grew old and died in what is today France. “

“He had learned these conditions in the Temples of Mithras. Mithras incidentally had also failed since he was gored to death by his bull after his ritual. Upon rising from the dead three days later he found the bull had been sacrificially eaten and the remains burnt by his devotees. He remained alive for far beyond one human life, founding Mithraism but died none the less.”

“Having failed the spear contains the trapped unused essence of the ritual providing whoever possesses it with invincibility only.”

“Isn’t that enough?”

“Not for some, you see invincibility is not immortality per se. But it does provide you with life so long as you possess it. By means of the afore-mentioned “luck” it provides. But it has a clause of fallibility, an Achilles heel if you take my meaning.”

“An inherent weakness?”

“Yes.”

“What is it?”

“The lance was not created for or by any owner past or future. Its intended recipient being long dead.”

“As such “fate” will conspire to take it from you. In a way the spear will ATTEMPT to leave its owner, having a “will” of sorts to find it’s intended master who is dust and bones in a grave in the Pyrenees. Its true purpose can never be fulfilled, but it will try for eternity to do so.”

“Thus far it has a perfect record of eventual loss. It varies from person to person, fate decides. Some attribute of your personal makeup which if exploited or repressed or even indulged or ignored will conspire for it to be lost. But in all cases loss of the spear, even in an abstract sense, such as in a vault that you own thousands of miles away that gets robbed, the holder is instantly vulnerable. Few survive long after that. It seems fate is attempting to “self-correct” the fact the item exists and is being used, but not by who it was intended for.”

“After having had invincibility. Those who have unknowingly lost the spear speak of a sense of great dread replacing a life of otherwise inherent confidence.”

INSPIRATION: Christian Mythology
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