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Source Gamemastery Guide pg. 94
Some extraordinary magic items grow in power along with a character, gaining abilities that add to an adventurer’s legend. These are called relics, and owning one can define a character more than any other magic item could.

Relic Gifts

Gifts are divided up into three tiers. Minor gifts grant useful, often scaling abilities and are available early in a character’s career. Major gifts define a relic, determining its true purpose and granting powerful abilities. Grand gifts are the pinnacle of power, and most relics never have more than one.

The more gifts there are of one aspect, the more the relic reflects that aspect, and the more influence the aspect has on the character who wields it. An item with multiple shadow gifts might begin to lose its color. With four or five, the character that wields it might take on an ashen tone and the relic might become entirely made of shadow.

Gift Saves and Spell Attack Rolls

Many gifts allow for a saving throw or have other abilities that change as the relic goes up in level. The DC for any saving throw called for by a gift is its owner’s class DC or spell DC. The spell attack modifier of a gift is 10 lower than that DC. A relic’s counteract modifier is equal to its owner’s counteract modifier.

Soul Seeds

Part magical item, part undefined mote of sentience, soul seeds are sources of magic that come to reside within a creature, granting diverse and powerful abilities. In the rare cases when a soul seed isn't already bound to a living soul, it looks like a glowing mote with a crystal-like center, often centering on a point of light. For more detailed rules on soul seeds, read here.

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Shadow Gifts

Encompassing DarknessMinor Gift

Source Gamemastery Guide pg. 104
Aspect shadow
The shadows at your feet can hold objects. You can Interact with your shadow to store or remove objects, just like you would a mundane container. Your shadow can contain 3 Bulk of objects, which don’t count toward the Bulk you are carrying. At 6th level, and every 4 levels thereafter, you can store 1 additional Bulk of objects in your shadow. While the items are in your shadow and can be detected normally, you gain a +4 circumstance bonus to Stealth checks to Conceal the Objects unless someone knows to check your shadow for items.

ObscureMinor Gift

Source Gamemastery Guide pg. 104
Aspect shadow
Your relic absorbs light and wraps shadow around you, hiding you in darkness. As long as you are in dim light in an area of shadows, you can attempt a Stealth check to Hide, even if you aren’t concealed against the creature, such as with a creature with darkvision.

Shadow SmithMinor Gift

Source Gamemastery Guide pg. 104
Aspect shadow
Activate Interact; Effect Your relic pulls at nearby shadows, twisting them into the shape of a simple weapon or a simple tool or item, such as a rope or crowbar. It lasts until it is used for a single activity, until you use shadow smith again, or for 1 minute, whichever comes first, after which it dissipates.

Dancing ShadowMajor Gift

Source Gamemastery Guide pg. 104
Aspect shadow; Prerequisite The relic is a weapon.
Activate command, Interact; Frequency once per hour; Effect Your relic’s shadow detaches from your relic and dances through the air to attack an enemy. When you Activate the relic, designate a target. The relic’s shadow flies up to 60 feet until it is adjacent to that foe and then makes a Strike against it, dealing 5d8 damage on a success or double that on a critical success; the damage type is of any type normally dealt by your relic. The shadow uses your attack bonus with the relic, and it uses and contributes to your multiple attack penalty. While this activation is in effect, you can use a single action, which has the attack and concentrate traits, to mentally direct the shadow to make another Strike against the same target. The shadow lasts until that target is reduced to 0 Hit Points, that target moves more than 400 feet from you, or that target moves to an area where no shadow could be cast, such as an area of complete darkness, whichever comes first.

The shadow doesn’t take up space, grant flanking, or have any other attributes a creature would, and it automatically follows the chosen foe. The shadow can’t make any attack other than its Strike, and feats or spells that affect weapons do not apply to it.

Dark RoadsMajor Gift

Source Gamemastery Guide pg. 104
Aspect shadow
Activate command, envision; Effect Your relic creates a path from your shadow to a nearby one, teleporting you and any items you’re wearing or holding from your current space to an unoccupied one within 30 feet that you can see. You can’t use the dark roads gift again for 1d4 rounds. If the destination is not within an area of bright light, the range is instead 60 feet. If this would bring another creature with you—even if you’re carrying it in an extradimensional container—the gift fails.

Umbral BodyGrand Gift

Source Gamemastery Guide pg. 105
Aspect shadow
Activate command, Interact; Effect Shadowy essence infuses your body, and you can reshape wisps of yourself into a variety of damaging shadows. This has the effect of a 6th-level shadow blast, choosing from only bludgeoning, slashing, or piercing damage. You can’t use this activation again for 1d4 rounds.