Xiaolin Showdown has me interested in adding magical artifacts to my fictional world. I only have one fleshed out artifact for my Singayn universe so far: The Dog’s Lantern, and I haven’t even used it.
Okay then… since I have nothing better to do tonight, let’s write something.
"What’s that?" the traveler asked the antique merchant, pointing at an old lantern gathering dust in one corner.
"That? I don’t think you would want that. It has been broken ever since a swindler tricked me into buying it. If you are interested in lanterns, however, I do have a fine collection straight from the Verasj lantern-scribes, complete with…"
"Let me see it," he interrupted, still pointing.
The merchant shrugged and retrieved the lantern, wiping away most of the dust with his right sleeve rag before handing the thing to the young man.
He examined the lantern. Lines were engraved unto the glass, too small to figure out what they formed, but as he passed his fingers across them, he felt… strange. [“His fingers would be fine for a scribe,” his teacher always said, “as sharp and calculating as his wit.”]
He coughed. “It seems to be in pristine condition.”
"It’s useless. No match or Paper can force it to light itself. Trust me, I have tried." When the traveler did not let go of the lantern, however, the merchant continued talking. "But, it does have a design unlike any other, doesn’t it? Look at how all these lines just seem to fade softly into…”
This lantern is writ powerfully. "How much for it?"
The merchants eyes widened. “Five hundred of your coins. No less.”
"Five hundred for a broken lantern?"
"Five hundred. Or if you think it too much, I can still show you the Verasj collection. They burn beautifully and will cost you much lower…”
"I’ll give you two hundred."
"Five hundred or nothing. The craftsmanship is just too exquisite."
"Fine," the traveler said, handing over a five-hundred token. The lantern held extremely powerful magic, and he would not let someone’s greed ruin his chance to study it.
He left the shop, calling his shadow back from the streets.
I have a self-consistent system of rules concerning this object, and I think it would be fun fleshing it out, no?
One: Legend has it that the Dog’s Lantern will help you find truth.
Two: It was created by the Firstmen, the near-mythical people who first colonized the land of Haven.
Three: It can only be used by day.
Four: One of these four points is wrong.