The Cross of the Seven Jewels

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In my story. "The Cross of the Seven Jewels" is set in 1904 Russia. The MacGuffin is the Cross. The problem I am facing at the moment is what power would it possess. I tell that the cross is connected to the mysterious 13th apostle. And that once it touches your skin, you will not age. I'm looking for supernatural/paranormal power. What would they be?
 

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What power would serve your plot best? Is it actually going to be used? I think it would be funny if everyone believed a different myth about what it could do.
 

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In my story. "The Cross of the Seven Jewels" is set in 1904 Russia. The MacGuffin is the Cross. The problem I am facing at the moment is what power would it possess. I tell that the cross is connected to the mysterious 13th apostle. And that once it touches your skin, you will not age. I'm looking for supernatural/paranormal power. What would they be?

Once used, you're enslaved to it until you meet your death . You quickly discover that the youth it grants isn't permanent and you with to dust if you don't feed others to the cross periodically.
 

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I'm just looking for supernatural powers that I could use in my story. Like they were in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
 

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Once used, you're enslaved to it until you meet your death . You quickly discover that the youth it grants isn't permanent and you with to dust if you don't feed others to the cross periodically.

Isn't that a bit like Deathnote?
 

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I suggest you investigate about the Armenians and their symbol of eternity (8-pointed star), since Georgia (at that time was Russian territory), being on the eastern border of Russia, it is valid to use all its rich mythology (which goes from ancient Babylon and Assyria to the Turks) to support your story line. There you really have a vein that can give you very good ideas. In fact the famous Mount Nemrut is just a little further west in Turkey and don't forget that if you're looking to create an Indiana Jones type adventure there are always at least three sites involved. A third could be the old Romania, for example. The truth is that in ancient times the Black Sea communicated many of these cultures with each other. Oh, and don't go screwing up referring to the Greeks as such anyway, because the correct term is "Hellenic", since the whole Greek thing was an invention of the British East India Company back in 1820. It's thing to look what even the current flag of Greece is a copy of it. :ninja:
 

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I suggest you investigate about the Armenians and their symbol of eternity (8-pointed star), since Georgia (at that time was Russian territory), being on the eastern border of Russia, it is valid to use all its rich mythology (which goes from ancient Babylon and Assyria to the Turks) to support your story line. There you really have a vein that can give you very good ideas. In fact the famous Mount Nemrut is just a little further west in Turkey and don't forget that if you're looking to create an Indiana Jones type adventure there are always at least three sites involved. A third could be the old Romania, for example. The truth is that in ancient times the Black Sea communicated many of these cultures with each other. Oh, and don't go screwing up referring to the Greeks as such anyway, because the correct term is "Hellenic", since the whole Greek thing was an invention of the British East India Company back in 1820. It's thing to look what even the current flag of Greece is a copy of it. :ninja:
Thanx.
 

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Needless to say, you are already an expert in the orthodox religion. Therefore any precious and sacred object should have its origin after 1054, when the Byzantine Empire separated from the Holy Roman Empire. In fact, is it so necessary or forced that the events of your story take place in 1904? Because you have the Tunguska event just around the corner and also in 1908 the First World War was almost cooked. I don't know, it's something that just occurred to me putting dates together. Anyway, in 1904 there is also the Russo-Japan war. :ninja:
 

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Maybe your artifact can allow the wearer/holder to detect if someone is a heretic or a heathen? -or converselly allow the wearer to pass among heretics or heathens as if they are part of the group.
 

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And one year later came the 'Great Dress Rehearsal' for the Russian revolution.
Exactly, but I imagine @Timben has considered that aspect. It is also a characteristic of historical thrillers that the protagonists of those stories even have scenes where they interact with the real characters that existed at that time. The importance of these scenes, of course, can vary, but it is an item that speaks well of the protagonist's own importance. That is, he is not a simple spectator who sees the kings from afar. At least he makes a cameo. For example, he may be part of a cabal of advisers that is selling weapons to Russia in the same way that the US sold them to Japan as part of its modernization process that ended the samurai castes. The truth is that there may even be a romance with some of the Tsar's daughters, although I don't know how old they were at that time. Although it could also be an affair with one of the maids, right? :ninja:
 

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Needless to say, you are already an expert in the orthodox religion. Therefore any precious and sacred object should have its origin after 1054, when the Byzantine Empire separated from the Holy Roman Empire. In fact, is it so necessary or forced that the events of your story take place in 1904? Because you have the Tunguska event just around the corner and also in 1908 the First World War was almost cooked. I don't know, it's something that just occurred to me putting dates together. Anyway, in 1904 there is also the Russo-Japan war. :ninja:
The story that I'm writing does have the elements of the Russo-Japanese War in it.
 

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Well, there is also a certain religious aspect there since for centuries the samurai were the first Christian dynasty. In fact, it is possible to think that its annihilation was not due to a process of modernization of Japanese society, but to a sinister plan of secret societies, carefully elaborated whose main objective was to end Christianity in Europe (Germany, France, Spain, etc.) , the Ottoman Empire and Russia. Your Cross of the Seven Jewels could in fact refer to the current great seven nations. This is why it is essential that you do a more or less extensive research work. For example, right there you have a key, because if the CSJ is related to eternity, by definition it conflicts with the dogmas of Christianity, which assume the virtuous overcoming of mortality to aspire to that eternity. On the other hand, CSJ is the abbreviation of a religious congregation founded in 1650, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon, and although this happened in France, the story of your protagonist could very well begin in Mexico, perhaps looking for a clue in the grave of a sister. A crucifix seems like the most obvious. It also gives you the excuse to present a bunch of bad-tempered Mexicans armed to the teeth chasing your hero. Lot of adventure. :ninja:
 

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