A key, crafted from precious metal, that can be found in ASCII's 1996 Wizardry Side Story IV: Throb of the Demon's Heart (Uiza-dorii Gaiden IV: Taima no Kodou) Nintendo Super Famicom roleplaying video game. Said title was one of the many Wizardry spinoffs published exclusively in Japan.
The Gold Key (Kin no Kagi) is located at the coordinates "18 North, 6 East" on the second basement level of the Ancient Cave (Ko no Doukutsu). Veteran RPG players should recognize that the Ancient Cave's initial quartet of levels are reproductions of the first four floors of the Maze in Wizardry I: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, as such, the Gold Key is found in exactly the same spot where it was located in the original Wizardry.
Newsprint, white glue, and acrylic paint.
7.7 cm/3.0 in. x 2 6 cm/1.0 in. (longest point x widest point)
A few hours on September 10, 2012.
My party has just discovered the Gold Key in Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (1999 Super Famicom Story of Llylgamyn compilation version).
In Wizardry: Throb of the Demon's Heart, my Level 32 Female Elf Bishop is carrying the Gold Key (Kin no Kagi) item in her inventory, indicated by the red arrow.
This is the in-game map of Basement Level 2 of the Ancient Cave in Wizardry: Throb of the Demon's Heart. My party, indicated by the orange arrow, is standing on the square where the Gold Key is located.
For comparison purposes, here's the second floor of the Maze in Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (again, from the 1999 Super Famicom version).
Wizardry I - II - III ~ Story of Llylgamyn ~ Super Famicom video game.
Wizardry Gaiden IV: Throb of the Demon's Heart Super Famicom video game.
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The repeating background graphic is the logo from the Wizardry: Throb of the Demon's Heart game.
The midi music playing is the "Camp/Preparations" track from Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord.