In RPG use - especially in fRPGs - the term may also imply a magic item of unusual (and frequently unique) power, often one that cannot be recreated using the normal rules for magic item creation due to its divine or otherworldly origins. Precursors are also excellent sources of artifacts, often radically misapplied by their clueless successors - in sci-fi RPGs the sufficiently advanced technology of precursor artifacts will often serve as the nearest approach to magic to be had.
List of Artifacts
- Antikythera Mechanism
- Ark of the Covenant
- Coso Artifact
- Dropa Stones
- Piri Reis Map
- Venerable Man
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Game and Story Use
- Artifacts make excellent MacGuffins for the PCs to quest after.