The Seeds of Midas

A handful of small, black melon seeds.

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The Seeds of Midas are small, unremarkable, black seeds, like those of a watermelon plant. The seeds do not radiate magic, but any divination spell cast within 10 feet of the seeds causes them to glow with a faint golden light (each equivalent to a candle) for 1 round.

If planted and given sufficient water, each seed sprouts into a melon plant in just six hours (no sunlight needed). Each plant sprouts 1d3 fruit, which are identical to normal watermelons. The melons radiate a strong aura of transmutation magic.

Anyone eating a melon grown from one of these seeds must make a Fortitude save or be slowly transformed into a golden statue the next time they sleep (it takes roughly 4 hours for the transformation to complete), gaining the petrified condition. The save DC depends on the amount eaten: DC 8 for a single slice, DC 10 for one-quarter of the fruit, DC 14 for half the fruit, and DC 18 for eating the entire fruit. Creatures of larger than medium size must eat a commensurately larger portion (2 whole melons for a large creature to save at DC 18). The effects of eating the fruit can be reversed by Stone to Flesh or similar spell.
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In statue form, the target has an effective weight of 20 times their base weight (thus a 200 lb human would weigh 2 tons as a gold statue) and a value of 1 Guinnea per pound of their original weight (so a 200 lb human would be worth 210£). If cut up or melted down, the bones and connective tissue of the original creature will be found inside.

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The Seeds of Midas

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