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Light spread everywhere, covering the entire lab in a bright flood of luminescence. Elana squinted into the bright light as she carefully transferred her own arcane power into the opalescent stone cradled in its beveled setting. The gem dimmed back to a soft glow as it hung on the necklace. Hope filled Elana as she prayed to the gods that this artifact will be powerful enough to protect her sister from the dangers they will face on the upcoming journey.

Ages ago, the ancients had the skills and knowledge to create artifacts–magic items that stored permanent arcane energy in the form of spells and preternatural effects. As the centuries passed, the mastery of crafting such relics had been forgotten. Until now.

After generations of dangerous explorations into the ruins of lost civilizations and long, arduous research in the most sophisticated arcane labs, artificers have unlocked the ability to produce artifacts once again. Now they share this collected knowledge with you in the Artificer’s Codex.

Artificer’s Codex presents new Setting Rules and Edges that allow artificers to create permanent magic items in a high-magic, fantasy Savage Worlds setting. While designed for fantasy settings, these rules can be adapted easily to other genres as well.

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Jerry P March 17, 2022 2:14 pm UTC
When I download this, it is only 2 pages. Does anyone else have this issue?
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Kristian S March 17, 2022 2:21 pm UTC
That's the page count as noted in the Product Information section of the page.
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Jerry P March 18, 2022 3:54 pm UTC
Ah, I missed that on the right side. Thanks.
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Kristian S March 18, 2022 4:03 pm UTC
No problem. Please leave us a review if you're willing. :)
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Colleen A December 08, 2021 6:24 pm UTC
Does this cover masterwork non-magical items?
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Kristian S December 08, 2021 6:36 pm UTC
Hi, Colleen. I'm not sure what specifically you're asking about, but to clarify the scope of the rules, this supplement addresses the ability to create permanent arcane devices—as presented in SWADE—that function similarly to minor and major artifacts presented in the loot tables found in the pre-SWADE Fantasy Companion.

However, rules for mundane masterwork items can be found in the Pathfinder for Savage Worlds core rules. Hopefully, we'll see similar rules in the SWADE version of the Fantasy Companion.
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Stephan S October 02, 2021 10:39 pm UTC
Hello! Love the supplement! I had a few questions about a few aspects, pricing in particular.

1. In the interest of lowering costs, can the Artificer use a lower Arcane skill die than their current die when creating minor artifacts?
2. Does the Artificer still have to pay for their Arcane skill die even if the artifact requires a different skill, such as shooting?
3. When is money spent during item creation? Having to pay extra for getting a raise on the Arcane skill completion roll when creating a major artifact implies money is spent after creation is complete, but it seems a bit odd not knowing how much it costs to create an artifact until it's already completed.

Some examples of pricing would also be helpful and appreciated!

Thank you for your work!
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Kristian S October 03, 2021 8:14 pm UTC
1. I don’t see why not. Although, the item risks being less effective. In theory, they could simply cast boost/lower Trait on themselves (or wear a magic item that has that power) before beginning the process.

2. It depends on the item. In the cases of items that use the wielder’s associated skill (Fighting, Shooting, Athletics (throwing), etc.), no. But if the item is a wearable item such as a cloak or headband, for example, and it uses the artificer’s arcane skill die, then yes.

3. As per the description, the monetary cost "represents the cost of materials, components, or tools needed to create the item," all of which would be an up front cost before the process begins.

Regarding examples of pricing, the pricing actually is based on the tables in the Fantasy Companion which in turn was based on the old (no longer published) Fantasy Gear Toolkit, but you are absolutely encouraged to adjust prices as appropriate for the setting.

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Stephan S October 04, 2021 2:29 am UTC
Thanks for the reply!

To clarify the third question: How do you determine the final price of a Major Artifact before the completion roll? An Artificer creating a Major Artifact would need to gather enough money to pay for the item's creation, and if the completion roll is a success the item is created. But what happens if a raise is rolled here? Does the Artificer suddenly have to pay an extra $500 per powerpoint, or am I misunderstanding the "raise" part of the the price table?

Apologies, by "pricing examples" I mean examples of the step by step procedure on how to price items, not a list of premade item and their prices. Something similar to the included example of creating the "Circlet of Subjective Stepping", but with pricing details included.

I will happily leave a review! At the moment I wish to make sure I'm not missing something or misunderstanding the supplement before forming a final opinion.

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Kristian S October 04, 2021 3:04 am UTC
Ah, I see! The raise would only increase the value, not the cost to create. We might clarify that with a future update.

When I was referring to the Fantasy Companion, I meant the loot tables for generating items. Those values are based on the same values for determining market values. Apologies if that was not clear.

Here's a breakdown of how a minor artifact might be priced.

$100: Mace
$0: Arcane Skill (Fighting is used instead)
$1,000: Smite, Novice power ($1,000/rank)
$2,000: 10 power points x $2,000/pp
$2,000: Improved Rapid Recharge
$5,100: Total market value

For the same item but as a major artifact with no recharge required–since it doesn't cost PP to activate–and with the Fatigue modifier added in:
$100: Mace
$0: Arcane Skill (Always on when wielded)
$1,000: Smite, Novice power ($1,000/rank)
$12,000: 4pp (the min. cost of 2pp + 2pp for the Fatigue modifier) x $3,000 for a raise (+4 damage)...See more
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Stephan S October 04, 2021 7:34 am UTC
That sums everything up perfectly! Thank you so much!
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Kristian S October 04, 2021 11:18 am UTC
You're absolutely welcome.
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Chris C March 14, 2021 7:38 pm UTC
IS this up to date? IE: Is it SWADE?
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Kristian S March 14, 2021 8:29 pm UTC
Yes, it is. It's designed to play off of the Artificer Edge which came out of SWADE while also working with major and minor artifacts in the existing Fantasy Companion.

Once the SWADE version of the FC comes out, we might update it for compatibility with that or keep it as is as a variant system.
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Chris C March 18, 2021 2:59 am UTC
That you for the quick reply and you sold a pdf :)
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Kristian S March 18, 2021 4:59 am UTC
Thank you very much! Please post a review if you're inclined, and let us know what you think.
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