This device appears to be any magical scarab. It was held by the Taldor for ages, in the hopes that it would aid them in their fight against the dwarves. It gives off a faint magical aura, however, and if it is held for one round, an inscription appears on its surface letting the holder know it is a protective device.
Property: The owner gains a + 2 bonus to all saving throws vs. spell. If no save is normally possible, this scarab allows a one in 20 chance of saving, adjusted by any other magical protections that normally give bonuses to saving throws. Thus, this device allows a saving throw vs. spell at base 20 against magic missile attacks, for example. If the target also has a +4 bonus for magical armor and a +1 bonus for a ring of protection, any roll of 15 or better would indicate that the missiles did no damage.
Property (Attuned): The scarab can also absorb up to 8 level-draining attacks (two level drains count as two absorptions), death touches, death rays,or fingers of death. However, after absorbing 12 such attacks the scarab turns to powder-totally useless.
Special: This brooch is one of the Lost Relics of Tarq.