|FR-14: Fire of Asshurbanipal [R/U]|
Bane of Ninevah
|Action: exhaust to choose and destroy a Location card with printed cost X or lower. X is the number of Artifact cards you control.|
The Fire of Asshurbanipal first appeared in the story The Fire of Asshurbanipal (Robert E. Howard, 1936).
The Fire of Asshurbanipal is a gem found in the ruins of Kara-Shehr in the hands of a long-dead king. Legend has it that the wizard Xuthltan brought the gem out of Hell. Evil befell the land, and the king blamed the sorcerer, torturing him to death. With his last breath, his victim called the vengeance of the stone’s guardian down upon that land. Wanderers in the desert tell of finding the palace’s throne room with the mummified king sitting in his throne, the stone in his hand.
The gem could be used to scry the future, but only by a powerful magician who could bind the demon who guarded the stone.