"Now, you must be very careful with this, good sir." I bowed my head and the wrinkly mage slid the pendant over my head and let it hang on my neck. "This should only be used as a last resort."
I smiled. "I promise I'll be careful. But you've seen the kind of enemies we face, Javi. At least, the ones Elizabeth likes to tangle with."
Javi chortled. "Well, it's not like you have to worry about them at home! They're all out there lurking in the mountains where she's at! I'd say you got the better end of the deal."
"But an invasion is possible," I said. "It's happened before."
"Yes, yes, you're right. It's good to be prepared. Now!" Javi tapped the emerald inset into the pendant's center. "As I mentioned before, the enhancements within this pendant, when activated, will unlock the hidden potential lurking within all men. You will become the pinnacle of power, intelligence, and courage. A nearly unstoppable force!"
"The last thing I need to do is establish the spoken command word to unlock its power." Javi threw open a large, dusty tome on his table, peeling pages apart until he reached a velvet bookmark in the middle of the volume. "It can be anything - a word, a normal incantation, or simply a certain phrase. Do you have anything in mind?"