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** [[Gold coins]] (around 100-4121, though more than 4121 gold coins have been discovered)
 
** [[Gold coins]] (around 100-4121, though more than 4121 gold coins have been discovered)
 
** [[Golden bricks]] (usually one, but up to three have been discovered)
 
** [[Golden bricks]] (usually one, but up to three have been discovered)
** A notarized document stating that the hero has died few times than thought, which reduces a hero’s death count by one or two, as indicated on the document  
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** A notarized document stating that the hero has died fewer times than thought, which reduces a hero’s death count by one or two, as indicated on the document  
 
** A scroll with instructions for a premature level up, which automatically increases the level of the hero by one  
 
** A scroll with instructions for a premature level up, which automatically increases the level of the hero by one  
 
** Nothing, but a [[hero]] gains experience points (around 3000) in the process  
 
** Nothing, but a [[hero]] gains experience points (around 3000) in the process  

Revision as of 06:23, 29 September 2013

Unleash the god from the machine!

Type: Activatable Artifact

The Deus ex machina is an activatable artifact that can affect a hero in a good or bad way.

Description

"Deus ex machina" is Latin for "god from the machine." In literature, it is a plot device to solve an impossible problem with an unexpected event. Writers generally frown upon the use of a Deus ex machina and readers have been known to riot upon witnessing one.

A Deus ex machina in Godville is a small box of highly technological design. It is three times the size of a hero's fist and weighs about three pounds. Manufactured by the Machina Corporation in the town of Tradeburg, the items are sold or given to monsters on a daily basis. While the production process is a heavily guarded secret, it is believed that the contents are not placed into the boxes until after they have been fully assembled. Others believe that a specially assigned God inserts the items mere moments before activation so that each box’s content is specific to the hero.

Merchants commonly purchase a Deus ex machina for approximately 1000-2000 gold coins.

Instructions for Use

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This item can affect your hero in a good or bad way (requires 50% of godpower to activate this item)
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Activation

Like in bad literature, a Deus ex machina in Godville can affect a hero in a random or ridiculous way. It is the ultimate lottery in the Godville universe.

Activating the Deus ex machina will instantly instill the hero with the desire or urge to open, examine, disassemble, shake, rub, or take apart the item. If the hero successfully opens the item, he may find gold coins, one or more golden bricks, a notarized death certificate, a notarized document, a note, a spiteful gremlin, a scroll, or nothing at all. Opening the item and finding nothing though is an arduous task and a hero usually gains experience points in the process. If the hero shakes or rubs the Deus ex machina and nothing happens, he will become annoyed and will try to break it with a golden brick. Since Deus ex machinas are very strong, smashing it with a golden brick just damages the golden brick.

!Hero's Diary
07:22 Felt a burning desire to open the Deus ex machina. Found inside something unbelievable — a scroll with instructions on how to get a premature level up!


Possible outcomes of activating a Deus ex machina

  • Positive outcomes include finding the following inside:
    • Gold coins (around 100-4121, though more than 4121 gold coins have been discovered)
    • Golden bricks (usually one, but up to three have been discovered)
    • A notarized document stating that the hero has died fewer times than thought, which reduces a hero’s death count by one or two, as indicated on the document
    • A scroll with instructions for a premature level up, which automatically increases the level of the hero by one
    • Nothing, but a hero gains experience points (around 3000) in the process
  • Negative outcomes include:
    • Finding a notarized death certificate inside, which increases a hero's death count by one
    • Finding a note inside stating that some of the hero's experience points were achieved by dishonest means, which reduces the hero's experience points
    • Releasing a spiteful gremlin from inside the item that will steal about half of the hero's gold coins
    • Nothing happening, which annoys the hero causing him to try to break the Deux ex machina with a golden brick resulting in the loss of the item and the golden brick

See Also