It is not just an object or, simply, an artifact It is an Aboleth, named Galorr that was, by magic, bound to the stone
You may also cast Legend Lore as an action (10 mins) using the stone. 3 charges. Regains 1d3 charges each dawn.
Not a voice, exactly; thoughts and ideas. It asks what you would like to know of it.
You see an image of an extremely Low-light, watery area. You are uncertain where this is. Suddenly there is a ton of action; thrashing and fighting… You see 5 smaller figures around this creature- its tentacles all over… Then everything goes black. (Uncertain as to specifics, but these smaller creatures were fighting it.)
Flashes of images and faces… Probably 30 before you see an image you recognize (The woman, Amath) then several more people, then your face.
Feels pretty sentient. No traditional language, but definitely sentient.
You get more words than previously, though not full sentences.
You see the location of this mausoleum, which you understand to be in the city, not too great a distance away. It is in the City of the Dead. See the name "Brandath" atop this mausoleum. You go through the mausoleum, then your vision cuts to an image of the door…
Golden dragons are known for being "good" - they are distinctly on the side of good. They tend to take their quests very seriously. That includes protecting whatever (potentially humanoid) communities they live in, or whatever they were requested to protect. Some are capable of shapeshifting into humanoid or beast forms, and they are very, very strong believers in the "greater good" and "rule of order" to the point where they are sometimes considered "arrogant and dismissive". Overall it is easier to have a discussion w/ a golden dragon than a chromatic. With a chromatic, you'd likely not live to get the chance.
Reinier's theory as to why he was originally kidnapped was because someone wanted his help finding this vault of his father's money
If Reinier shows up… then? He can frequently be found at the Yawning Portal.
Detect Magic does not reveal anything around us in the room.
Note to self: We know a golden dragon, I think.
The legend states that Neverember embezzled money and hid it in the city somewhere
You see a bunch of images of, what you assume to be, areas all over the world. Beach, forest(?), mountain, swamp, libraries, ancient ruins. There is a different face associated with each of these. You get the impression that it doesn't care to stay in one place for too long, and it is interested in knowledge.
We learn… what Tree told us.
Also learn that it causes an illness, and the nature of the illness.
Note: this dialogue has been subtly edited for readability
You hear a question burrowing in the back of your mind… "What are you?"
Tree is 3 weeks old. Tree thinks. Tree thinks hard. "I was designed to protect. I don't know. I am a… thing."
"I've seen many things. I've not seen your kind. What are you?"
"I am a creation. I was created… by one person, I believe. I was created to protect. I was created to learn. Why do you need to know?"
"I want to know all"
"I do too. Is there anything that you can teach me, and then I can teach you in reply."
"If you ask the right questions."
They seem to come to an understanding.
Tree: "I will answer any questions I can, and I assume you will do the same?"