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New Magic Item – Campaign Medal

26 August, 2012

Sergeant Lorvik stood proud as the Princess Elesana pinned the medal for bravery in service against the savage tribes of Koraloo on his

Médaille du Maintien de l'Ordre

For Service.

chest.  Such an award was rare, especially among the lower ranks, but it was his third.

Lorvik parried the spear and counter thrust, piercing the tribesman through the heart.  He spun and barked a command to short up the right of the line.  From his left came a shout.  More tribesmen.  He touched his fist clenched around the hilt of his sword to his medals and felt the strength of the kingdom flow through him.

“Come on you dogs!  Let us drive these savages back and show them the steel of civilization!”  He took the lead and counter charged the advancing warriors.

Campaign Medal, Inspirational and Life Saving

These come in a variety of forms from highly decorative designs on colorful cloth to simple markers of carved stone or metal.  But part of what gives them their power is the public presentation of these markers of bravery and devotion.

A campaign medal does not take up a magic item slot and only works once.

The Inspirational Medal triggers in times of immense danger and stress, that triggers as a free action, providing the wearer with 1d8+5 temporary hit points and the wearer and all allies within 30′ with a +1 moral bonus to attack and saves against fear for 5 minutes.

The Life Saving Medal triggers when the wearer drops to 0 or fewer hit points, promptly healing them of 1d8+5 hit points of damage.

Inspirational
Aura faint abjuration; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 750; Weight -
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, aid, bless; Cost 375

Life Saving
Aura faint conjuration; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 400; Weight -
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, cure light wound, stabilize; Cost 200

Optionally, a medal may be recharged for half price as part of a ritual recognizing the purpose of the medal and the devotion of the wearer.

Notes: These are just two examples, various other low level spells could be embedded as well.

I used a similar item as a reward for a group of character that had saved a city, one of who was a noble of the city and another a citizen.

The medal pictured is a French one from the last gasp of Colonialism on the North African coast and the image from wikimedia commons by Fdutil and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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2 comments

  1. Cool. I could see this working in the City.


    • It would. I did not think about the City. A medal hunter might make an interesting character, someone who combs pawn shops for still active campaign medals for some use, probably sinister.



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