Ganesha's Broken Tusk




Elephant Tusk


Absorbs creativity and knowledge for problem solving forays


Moral obligation to follow any agreement



Collected by

Warehouse 6







Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

Ganesha is one of the most recognizable Hindu deities, identifiable at first glance from his prominent elephant’s head. Many narratives believe Ganesha was born to the love goddess Parvati, was beheaded by Shiva in a fit of rage and had his top replaced with a majestic elephant to say sorry. Ganesha himself is commonly associated with the removal of obstacles, whether physical or spiritual in nature, along with intellectual endeavors and wisdom.

One widely retold account explains how Ganesha’s left tusk was broken, a consistent detail in many depictions. Ganesha wanted to transcribe an oral poem from the sage Vyasa, but specified having an uninterrupted recital to keep his flow. Vyasa agreed on the condition that Ganesha would have to understand each line before writing it down, meaning Vyasa only needed to say a couple verbose verses to get a break. As Ganesha was copying, his feather pen became unusable and unwilling to forfeit the agreement, snapped off his own tusk to continue writing. Other versions argue Ganesha cordially allowed an axe belonging to Shiva to strike him, as he would have brought disrespect for avoiding a blow from his father’s weapon.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Grasping will momentarily channel nearby wisdom and creativity into the wielder, allowing them to plan how to defeat any obstacle. Most plans involve using the skills and knowledge the wielder already has and combining it with anything useful in their environment. User will also be compelled to fulfill any promises or agreements no matter what personal harm they may incur.

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