Archaic Strata D20s


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So if you haven’t been able to tell, we like making dice out of interesting materials.  We also LOVE making dice out of really old materials.  SO we decided, why don’t we make dice out of the oldest materials that we work with to make an absurd amalgamation of ancient d20???  So that is exactly what we have done here.  These dice are made of a laminate of Ancient Bog Oak as well as Ancient Kauri and THEN, for good measure, inlaid with Ancient Mammoth Tusk Ivory.  These dice are gorgeous and polish up to a brilliant shine.  What’s more than that is that these are produced on our Big Ass scale so you can see all of the grain and shimmer of the wood.

These dice are massive. Coming in at 8 times the volume and weight of our standard sized ¾” d20s and measuring a full 1 ½ ” face to face (roughly the perfect size to fit in minion’s palm), they are guaranteed to make your players cower in fear, or your DM green with envy.

So what happens when an oak tree soaks in a swamp for thousands of years? It turns a sinister black as the evil of that dank, fetid water is absorbed into the fibers of the once-mighty oak. This stuff is seriously cool, and it’s older than Methuselah dating to the Bronze Age when a tree fell in a swamp in what would one day become Eastern Russia. And, yes, it made a sound. The sound of gamers yet to be born crying out with glee in anticipation of obtaining an epic level Bronze Age relic for their gaming table.

Ancient Kauri Trees have been carbon-dated to 50,000 years old. In case you’re wondering, that’s like pegging the speedo at 150 mph and still accelerating down the autobahn. 50,000 years old is as far back as the carbon dating gauge goes, so these trees are more than likely even older than that. Before they died over 50,000 years ago, they lived for more than 2000 years, making them ancient even before they were buried in a bog in northern New Zealand eons ago.

The trees’ descendants can still be found growing around the Pacific Rim, and are protected by law. These ancient trees, however, are only found in the bogs of northern New Zealand, and the land is returned to its natural habitat once the trees have been reclaimed. This is the world’s oldest workable wood, and it’s environmentally friendly as well.

Inlaid with ground Mammoth Tusk from the huge, wooly, beasts that went extinct around 10,000 years ago. Though, a small population did survive on a remote Arctic island until about 6,400 years ago. Mammoth bones were first discovered in America by European explorers, though they were erroneously identified as bones belonging to giants that lived before the biblical flood of Noah. It wasn’t until African slaves were brought to America that Wooly Mammoth bones were correctly identified as being a type of elephant.

Wooly Mammoth tusks are of suitably epic proportions befitting one of the largest beasts to roam the grasslands during the last Ice Age. From time to time folks still stumble across their massive modified teeth as Mammoths can be quite well-preserved in the bogs and frozen temperatures in the far-flung reaches of the North. So well-preserved in fact that 25,000 year old wooly mammoth steaks were served at the 47th Annual Explorer’s Club Dinner.


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