The Shield of the Wisent Witch was inspired by Hans Messersmith’s request and some of the great ideas the tavernites had for him.
The Codex is a #Stonetop -style spellbook. It’ll be one of the possible starting items for the Seeker, particularly for the Patriot background. The Patriot Seeker is a local of the town who has sensed the growing dangers in the world and sought out power from dangerous sources in order to protect their home. I’m not sure that the Patriot’s possible artifacts will all be this dark. But definitely sinister.