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Tuesday Magic Item – Peacock Guardian Brooch

13 November, 2012

Always in fashion“What a lovely brooch, my lady,” said Assistant Deputy High Judge Vess.

“It was a gift from my late husband,” she replied coyly, fluttering bother her fan and eyelashes at the functionary.  The peacock jewels flashing.

“A shame,” he said, adding, “about your husband.  Such a charming young woman, widowed at such a tender age.”

“A tragedy, truly,” she sighed.  “There are still some matters of his estate left unsettled, perhaps you could help me get an appointment with the High Judge to sort them out?”

Peacock Guardian Brooch

These ornate broaches are always of the finest materials set with gemstones in such a way to mimic the patters of a peacock’s tail.

The brooch has these powers when worn:

  • +3 competence bonus to Perception checks.
  • +1 resistance bonus to resist Charms and Charisma-based skills and abilities.
  • Resistance 5 to any energy damage, this then drops to Resistance 4 to the next energy attack and so on.  When this is reduced to 0, the amulet become inactive (and powerless) until the next dawn when its protection resets.

Set beside the wearer before they go to sleep and the words, “Watch over your master,” are spoken.  For the next eight hours, or until the brooch is placed to it owners breast, each time a creature of tiny or larger size approached within five feet of the owner or the brooch, it cries out like a peacock and anyone within 60 feet can hear it clearly, in quiet conditions, the cry can be heard faintly up to 180 feet away.  The cry lasts for 1 round.  However, ethereal and astral creatures do not trigger the alarm.

Aura moderate abjuration; CL 7th
Slot neck; Price 8,000 (or more depending on the value of the broach); Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, alarm, owl’s wisdom, protection from energy; Cost 3,750 + at least 500 for the broach

Notes: I have some more ideals for elemental peacock themed things which I hope to put up soon.  The flexibility of the brooches elemental protection is both useful and powerful but it is also so limited in the amount of damage that it actually stops that it is hardly game breaking.

Photo by shakko on Wikimedia commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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