The Orb was a magical device designed by one of the first gods with the intention of killing the other, evil gods. When each god died, they would break into several aspects, which are the gods we came to know later on. After all the other gods were destroyed, the original Circle of Seven turned on their leader, who created the Orb, and used it to kill them. It was then broken into seven pieces, and scattered throughout the Multiverse.
Years later, the core was pilfered from the Monastery of Uthgar by The Tower of Grey, during the year 1716. It had previously been guarded, unknowingly, by Skud Derringer, who joined the Tower after the Monsatery was destroyed by Pyre. The orb also served as a map, that revealed several locations of unknown importance when one of the six dots along its surface were pressed1.
Searching for Lahnik "Lahni" Caplain's missing brother Lannie Caplain, the party encountered the Monastery in the desert of Ssathra, the southern continent of Drunkeros. There, they met Skud2, who gave them a tour, which included the treasure room. After taking out Skud's Old Master, whom Skud had attempted to bring back to life3, they investigated the treasure room, found the orb, and were pondering how it worked, and what to do with it, when they were attacked by Pyre1. Escaping to their airship, Toby Treacletart inspected the orb, noticing that one of its six dots was glowing. Pressing it revealed a shimmering, translucent image of a forest of strange trees4.
The party, due to unrelated reasons traveled to the Feywild5, and, unsure of what their next move should be, checked out the orb again. It behaved differently this time. The button, lit with a greenish-white color, revealed to the the ghostly image of the Castle of the Spring Court. The other buttons, while inactive before, this time lit up red when pressed, and revealed other locations, believed by the Tower of Grey to be other planes. One showed the City of Brass, a large city surrounded by a giant wall, made out of a strange gleaming metal. Another showed an eerie subterranean cave. A fourth, a flaming city, with building broken in half. There is a flowing stream in a rolling hills, and a barren plain, peaked with a massive fortress, made of a dull metal and surrounded by soldiers in "perfect lines"6. They went to the Castle of the Spring Court, and landed on top of it. They needed to get inside, but didn't know how, so they used the Orb to see what it would show them. That was a visual of the very castle they stood on. Not super helpful. Eventually, they made it inside7, and found the goddess Melora, Queen of Spring, trapped by the Jade Pyramid. At the top of the tiny Pyramid was a blinking red light, and Lahni, who had the Orb, noticed that the node for the Feywild was blinking as well. She had the idea to touch the two blinking nodes together, which had an effect. The Pyramid locked into place there, and from then on, the Orb and the Pyramid were fused together8.
The party next traveled to Elysium, at the suggestion of Melora. While crossing the portal to that world, Lahni noticed that two of the nodes were blinking, the one for Elysium, and the one for the metal walled city in a very hot place9. While there, they learned that the god of that realm, Pelor, had vanished10. This would be the second missing god in association with the Orb. Strange. The party speculated that, since there was a thing that attached to the Orb in the last location, probably there would be one here, too. They also inferred that the Orb acted as a sort of homing beacon; The closer they got to the location the Orb was pointing them too, the more specific the location shown became11.
As time went on, it was revealed that there were, in fact, six pyramids, each used to hold a god. As the Tower freed the gods, they asembeled the Orb more and more, revealing it to be, in actuality, a cube. This became apparent after they traveled to The Shadowfell and rescued both Pelor and Torog from their own Jade Pyramids. Pelor then directed them to Ioun, who told them all about the Orb's dark past, and that they must assemble it completely, and then destroy it.
She also told them about two of the remaining three locations on the orb, where they could find two of the remaining three pieces. The first was in the first layer of the Nine Hells, specifically, the headquarters of the bank, Ferrim Pecunia. The second was in The City of Brass, located in The Elemental Plane of Fire. The third location was unknown to Ioun. She claimed it must be some kind of trick, or the device was tampered with in some way.
- It was egg-shaped1, and roughly the size of a basketball6.
- Began forming a cube