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Tuesday Magic Item – Mouse Bridle

15 January, 2013

The assassin sped away on a horse, that the guard captain was sure had not been there a minute before, speeding away from his pursuers.

Unbridled Mice

Unbridled

But the guards knew the city better than the killer and the townsfolk were more than happy to direct them after the man who had so foully attacked the Prince.

The alley he had been spotted riding into had no exit.  But when the guards closed in, they found no horse and the dead mouse with the foam-specked mouth was trodden underfoot.

Mouse Bridle

These items are delicately crafted bridles made of leather and wire of the size to fit a mouse (or other rodent), usually there is a tag hanging from the bridle which has the command word upon it.

The abilities of the Mouse Bridle only work once it has been placed on a mouse or other rodent.  Once placed and the command word spoken, the rodent is transformed into a light horse if it is the size of an average rat or smaller or a heavy horse if larger.  The horse has a bridle but no saddle and will obey the person who activated the item as best it can but it will not fight unless cornered.

The mouse remains transformed for 3d6 minutes and then the bridle dissipates and the mouse rodent returns to its normal form over the course of 1d4+1 rounds and then perishes from the strain 1d4 rounds thereafter.  Naturally, each mouse bridle is only good for one use.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 75; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, baleful polymorph, charm monster, polymorph; Cost 37.5

Notes: You may ask, why does an item using such high end magic cost so little?  That is because it is categorically worse than using a one-shot item that generates a 1st level Mount spell.

Photo by Ruud Hein and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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