Prayer beads, once charged sufficiently, can be used in rituals instead of holy amulets, holy symbols and holy relics, reducing burden, inventory clutter and complication in performing rituals (you only have to have your beads to hand, not a whole host of holy components). Note that while beads must be held in order to charge them, they do not need to be held while performing rituals that require them - although they must be in your immediately accessible inventory (i.e. not inside a container).
AM$50 from temple shops.
Carried by no-one, although occasionally they can be found (sometimes even ready charged) in player shops. Beware of consecrating prayer beads to another god if they are not newly acquired - any charge in them will be lost. You can no longer reconsecrate beads to the same god; to remove a remember, for example, you will have to use the "scour" command.
Custom prayer beads in a wide variety of colours and materials can be bought from Gemma in the Temple of Small Gods, one floor up from the ground floor.
Charging prayer beads
Beads are charged whenever they are held while performing rituals, praying, consecrating, or ritual burying.
Newly bought beads are uncharged and can safely be consecrated to your god if none are available in your temple. Note that consecrating beads to another god once charged to any extent will remove any charge that has previously been instilled into the item, they can however be reconsecrated to the same god (to remove a remembered place, for example). The beads can be used by anyone that worships the God that they have been consecrated to, whether they are charged by themselves or another. Once charged, beads do not lose charge unless they are consecrated to another god, and can even be vaulted without losing their charge.
The effects of charged beads are:
- An increase to wisdom of 1 when the beads are held after being charged to a little over 40% (Partway through 'bright').
- An increase to wisdom of 2 when the beads are held after being charged to 'radiant'.
- Acting as a substitute for holy symbols, holy amulets, and relics, whilst held or carried in your inventory. The prayer beads act as a substitute after a certain number of religious acts (rituals, prayers, etc) have been performed while holding the prayer beads.
The beads give off varying degrees of holy auras (which can only be observed by those of the faith) that give an indication as to the amount of guild points that have been instilled within them. The second part relates to the number of religious acts performed while holding the beads:
|It is surrounded by a strong holy aura instilled by the numerous invocations it has been involved in.|
Starting from the time at which the first guild points are instilled up to fully charged at 5 million guild points, the progression of auras is as follows:
- pale, flickering
- weakly flickering
- pale (holy symbol and amulet replacement)
- strong (symbol, amulet and relic replacement)
- bright (symbol, amulet and relic replacement; +1 wisdom when held)
- radiant (symbol, amulet and relic replacement; +2 wisdom when held)
These holy auras are not evenly spaced in terms of guild points needed to obtain each successive aura, being more exponential in nature. The diagram below gives some idea as to the scale involved (The listed auras being at the start of their respective ranges).
After the prayer beads have reached the stage of bright it takes approximatley another 5000 gp until the beads give you the +1 Wisdom when held
As a rough guide, at 4 guild point per heartbeat regen the process of charging to 'radiant' takes roughly 21 hours, depending on lag, if all guild points are instilled into the beads. At the more normal 3 guild point regen this figure is closer to 28 hours.
Moving and clicking
One or more beads on prayer beads can also be "move"d or "click"ed around. This appears to involve a faith.rituals.special check but seems purely aesthetic with no functional use beyond counting prayers. Unholding the beads will reset the count.
| > click bead on latent beads
You move one bead around the set of worn onyx prayer beads with a fumbling motion of your fingers and a tremulous click.