Emblems

Emblems are rectangular bits of nearly indestructible material bout three inches long by two inches wide. Since characters should not be aware of the actual nature of the different technological items found on the hive, descriptions have been provided for most of the unusual items that they might find. The emblems will appear as a heavy filigreed metal object with strange etchings in it, surrounded by a border of thicker metal. Excessive poking and prodding will result in a series of small tentacles unwrapping from the borders and feeling around the host. No clues to their function should be given, as the characters must figure out their proper use. While some colors are specific, most will serve to open maws to areas which are keyed to lesser rank color. The colors are given below, with descending order of rank and general description of the rank/occupation- profession of holder each was designed for.

NOTE: Golems and Fleshpriests will follow the orders of targets who have the emblem of higher designation than theirs, provided the emblemished limb is held forth during the command. Once an emblem is ‘used’ by the user placing their hand in the door, the Emblem will fuse with the palm of their hands, growing into their flesh. The experience is painful but otherwise harmless.

R (Red emblem) - Hive Templar Emblem. On it is a hieroglyph of a strange creature that looks a bit like a Chuul, or a perhaps a very large crayfish. The literal translation is 'Quandlo'. It appears to be brandishing a flaming staff whose hieroglyph stands for 'justice'.

G (Gray emblem) - Hive Overlord Emblem. On it is a gray hieroglyph of a Kanshai Overlord, a coalecanth-like fish with tentacles emerging from its face. Other smaller yellow hieroglyphs inside the larger one read 'high servant'.

Y (Yellow emblem) - High Servant Emblem. This emblem has a yellow hieroglyph for 'High Servant' and also 'Kanshai Enforcer', side by side. They look a bit like strange large humanoids. One is carrying some sort of wand and is wearing ornate ceremonial vestments. The other looks a bit more monstrous and has an ornate looking spear in its hand. Beneath them and between them cower many stylized orange heiroglyphs for 'Fleshwarper' and 'Hive Whisper'.

O (orange emblem) - Fleshwarper Lord Emblem. This emblem has a stylized orange heiroglyph for 'Fleshwarper Lord'. It shows a priest-like being holding up a head of a strange creature with a dagger in his other hand. Beneath him gather a pyramid of violet colored 'Hive Whisperer' heiroglyphs, each missing body parts.

V (Violet emblem) - Hive Whisperer Emblem. On it is a violet heiroglyph of a Hive Whisperer. Arranged around it in a circle are a number of brown heiroglyphs, translating to 'murkslave' and 'hive slave'.

B (brown emblem) - Murkslave Emblem. Simple brown heiroglyphs that translates to 'Murkslave' and 'Hive Slave' and 'Hive Slave' adorn this emblem.

J (jetblack emblem) - Toilers and Infester Emblem. This Emblem contains two simple jet-black hieroglyphs side by side. One translates to 'Toiler' and seems to be a large, bulky creature with large claws. The other translates to 'Infester' and shows a more delicate creature with claws and multiple legs.

ROLLS
Use magic device/knowledge arcana/knowledge history

DC 1-5 – I don't know.
DC 10-15 – Emblems like these are sometimes used to denote social rank in Aklon. Slaves that manage to escape often have emblems like these etched in their hands.
DC 15 – 20 – The Emblems are often found on the hands of those who were once slaves in the kingdom of Aklon, an Aboleth-held territory deep in Median Abyss. The Emblems allow slaves to pass through special corridors of their master's lairs to perform less glamorous tasks.
DC 20 – 25 – The Emblems are often found on the hands of those who were once slaves in the kingdom of Aklon, an Aboleth-held territory deep in Median Abyss. The Emblems allow slaves to pass through special corridors of their master's lairs to perform less glamorous tasks. They are known as 'signs' in common parlance. It is rumored that other 'signs' exist denoting higher-ranking members of Aklonian society, such as the clandestine priests of secret societies dedicated to the worship of the Aklonian dreamers.

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