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Lyton, the Ravenous

Rune Item


A piece of armor designed as a mouth mask that wraps around the head and clamps shut in the back. Over the mouth of the mask is carved monstrous teeth to give a demonic look to the wearer.


Type: Rune Mask; Greater Rune Item.

Damage: None.

Alignment: Miscreant.

Powers: All the common rune powers plus the following:

1) Bio-Regeneration: Whoever wears Lyton is bestowed with remarkable regenerative abilities. The body automatically heals an amazing 1D6x10 H.P./S.D.C. (in Rifts and other mega-damage settings, this ability can heal mega-damage for M.D.C. beings)  per melee round (15 seconds). This regeneration is so powerful that it can even bring someone back from the dead! Like anyone else, once the wearer falls to zero hit points (or less) he/she falls into a coma. Just like anyone else, the character can only survive one point of damage below zero for each P.E. point. However, as long as the wearer of the mask doesn't fall below twice his/her P.E. attribute, the regeneration will still kick in and bring the character back from the dead. This resurrection is automatic and doesn't require any rolls. Example: The wearer has a P.E. of 9. He/she can survive in a coma up to -9 hit points below zero before dying. The character can still be revived by the mask up to -18 hit points below zero.

2) Sustain: The regeneration helps to sustain a character. Whoever wears the mask will not need to eat or drink to survive, but still feels hunger and thirst.

3) Extended Life: Due to the regenerative energies of the mask, the life expectancy of the wearer doubles. While this doesn't make the wearer immortal, this extended life along with the ability to come back from the dead can make a character appear immortal.

Curse: Eternal hunger. No matter what the wearer does, he will always feel hungry. Nothing can ever satiate this gnawing hunger, not even if the owner literally eats a horse, but eating a full meal every couple of hours can at least reduce the discomfort. Once bonded, the mask can no longer be removed and is stuck on the user until the user dies. With the mask permanently locked on, this means the user cannot eat to even try to appease his endless appetite.

Personality: The only thing Lyton knows is an unending hunger. Whether part of his nature or just due to being bonded to so many criminals in his history, the only way he knows to fill the growing hunger is by killing. His thirst for blood knows no end and the only way to keep him happy is to have a regular flow of death (he doesn't care if they're good people or bad people). Due to their history, Lyton has a phobia of "The Gatekeeper" (rune weapon), and any conflict between the two will give Lyton the desire to flee and constant panicked pleas to the wearer until they are clear.

History: Lyton is not designed as a weapon or even a piece of armor, but as an instrument of torture. Details of the era remain unreliable, but what can be ascertained is that Lyton was used to torment prisoners of a dungeon. The dungeon master wielded a rune berdiche called "The Gatekeeper," which he'd use to cut into the flesh of his prisoners. However he came to find that his prisoners couldn't withstand the pain for long enough and wanted to find a way to prolong their punishment, so he could literally take his pound of flesh from every prisoner. With Lyton, he could prolong the anguish of the vilest prisoners for as long as he desired.