Akbar the Great's Water Container


Akbar the Great


Earthenware Container


Allows up to nine people to share conscious thoughts


Mental convergence



Collected by

Sandy Calecer







Date of Collection

17 May 2016


Origin[edit | edit source]

Akbar the Great, or Abu'l-Fath Jalal ud-din Muhammad Akbar, was a sixteenth century Mughal leader from 1556 to 1605, who inherited the throne at the age of fourteen. Generally lauded as one of the best Mughal leaders of all time, Akbar is noted not only for his military prowess but his pursuits in expanding the cultural influence of his empire.

A sympathetic and fair ruler, Akbar made the unique decision to not tax India's population of non-Muslims, and even went so far as to participate in non-Muslim festivals so as to show his support. Though his multiculturalism did not earn him favors among his detractors, Akbar's religious curiosity meant he often hosted scholars of other belief systems. Some of these people ended up in his famous navaratna, or "nine gems."

Akbar's navaratna was a group of nine courtiers who served to entertain and advise Akbar, and included Abul Fazl, Akbar's biographer, Abul Faizi, a poet and scholar as well as Abul Fazl's brother; Miyan Tansen, a singer and musician; Raja Birbal, the court jester; Raja Todar Mal, Akbar's minister of finance; Raja Man Singh, an esteemed lieutenant; Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana, a poet; and Fagir Aziao-Din and Mullah Do Piaza, who were both advisors.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Akbar's water container, which he would regularly fill with water from the Ganges River, was infused with his dedication to maintaining an open mind. People who drink from the jug are able to share conscious thoughts with each other, an effect that remains until a person drinks from the container a second time. However, only up to nine people are able to use this artifact at any given point.

Furthermore, the longer the artifact is active, the harder it becomes for the users to differentiate themselves as subconscious thoughts begin to leak together. After a while the users' mental identities will fuse into one.

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