Mercury WaspLevel 16 Uncommon

This curious glass figurine contains quicksilver.

Wondrous Item        45,000 gp

Power (Conjuration) Daily (Standard Action)

Use this figurine to conjure a swarm of stinging wasps (see below for statistics). As a free action, you can spend a healing surge when activating this item to give the creature temporary hit points equal to your healing surge value.

Power (Standard Action)

The mercury wasp swarm regains the use of its angry swarm power

Mercury Wasp Swarm
Medium natural animate (swarm)

Initiative as conjurer        Senses Perception +11; tremorsense 5
Cloud of Stingers aura 1; any creature other than the conjurer that starts its turn within the aura takes 5 poison damage.
HP 21; Bloodied 10
AC 27; Fortitude 25, Reflex 26, Will 24
Resist half damage from melee and ranged attacks; Vulnerable 5 against close and area attacks
Speed 1, fly 4 (hover, altitude limit 2)

Stinging Swarm (standard, at-will) Poison

+14 vs Fortitude; 2d10 poison damage.

Angry Swarm (standard, encounter) Poison

Close burst 1; +14 vs Fortitude; 2d10 poison damage, and the target takes a -2 penalty to attack rolls (save ends).

Alignment Unaligned        Languages -
Str 10 (+8)      Dex 23 (+14)      Wis 17 (+11)
Con 21 (+13)      Int 1 (+3)      Cha 1 (+3)

Description: Shifting dunes, obsidian islands, and nomadic tiefling bands are all that remain of the once mighty empire obliterated by devastating magic long ago. Called the Sea of Dust, few dare travel the trackless wastes because terrors beyond counting exist here, and the area’s landscape is as dangerous as the fiercest monster. For all the dangers it poses, adventurers still mount expeditions into the wastes in hopes of recovering the fabulous treasures believed to be housed in lost ruins and decimated cities. Few adventurers recover items, but the rare magic discovered is enough to draw new explorers from all over the world.

The mercury wasps were uncovered from the fabled Forgotten City. Mages deemed the items to be figurines of wondrous power since they shared the same properties as other items, but they had one distinctive quality. Rather than conjure a single creature, the figurine summoned a swarm of thumb-size black wasps that seethed and hummed with unexpected fury. Many believe these wasps speak to the character of the lost peoples destroyed long ago.

Published in Dragon Magazine 384, page(s) 22.