Queen Ehlissa's Marvelous Nightingale

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Queen Ehlissa's
Marvelous Nightingale
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Queen Ehlissa's Marvelous Nightingale, as depicted in the Book of Artifacts (1993).
Type Artifact
Body slot N/A
Caster level
First appearance Eldritch Wizardry (1976).

Queen Ehlissa's Marvelous Nightingale is a powerful artifact of the world of Oerth.


The artifact resembles a bejeweled bird with crystal eyes and golden feathers. A small key on its belly makes the bird appear to be powered at least partly through clockwork. A cage with a mesh of golden wires encases the Nightingale and prevents it from escaping.

The Nightingale is animate, and will hop on its perch to perform, spreading its wings and singing beautiful songs.



The Nightingale is rumored to emit beams of brilliant light from its eyes, different colored beams having various different effects. Those who remain within 30 feet of the artifact neither hunger or thirst. Other rumored powers include the restoration of lost energy levels, a slow effect, speak with animals, bless, detect evil, music of the spheres, zone of truth, and emotion.

Baneful effects

"Queen Ehlissa's Marvelous Nightingale," as presented in the Spellfire collectible card game.

The owner of the Marvelous Nightingale becomes increasingly childlike, insomniac, and easily frightened, and must always speak the complete truth.

There is a cumulative chance that the power within the artifact will break free, possessing its owner and going on an enraged killing spree.


The Nightingale was created some 1,700 years ago at the direction of Queen Ehlissa the Enchantress. Mordenkainen believes much of the thaumaturgy in its creation to have been performed by the mysterious Xagy and the goddess Joramy.

Somehow, Ehlissa managed to keep the force imprisoned within the Nightingale from escaping in all the centuries of her reign.


  • Cook, David. Book of Artifacts. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1993.