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Tuesday Magic Item – Incense of Swift Travel

16 January, 2018

A gift to the stoneVoddick watched the smoke curl up from the incense set on the milestone, he whispered to Gollaon.  “It is rare to see such ceremonies, their roots obviously date far back.”

“Well spotted,” replied Gollaon with an appreciative raised eyebrow.  “I do would place it origins in the mists of time before the Imperium.”

“Will it still work?”

“I suppose that we will find out soon enough.”

Incense of Swift Travel

This incense must be made specifically for each road requiring either careful study of the route or access to an existing formula.  It is usually made in discs or coils to be placed on shrines or milestones.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Door of Diminution

10 January, 2018

Big door, little peopleVoddick was about to pound on the door when Gollaon pulled him back.  “Do not touch the door!”

“Why not?” asked Voddick a little unbalanced by the interruption and demand.

Gollaon pointed to the ground in front of the door where there was a tiny shoe.  “I have heard of wizards using such traps for the unwary.  An enchantment on the door shrinks those who try to open it.  Most wizards who use such a trap also have many large and hungry cats who also know of the door’s properties.”

“The fiend,” said Voddick.

“We had best find another way to approach the wizard within.”

“Agreed.”

Door of Diminution

It is not known what cruel wizard first created these nasty traps, but legend said they was killed by a very angry (though very small) dragon.  These doors are always very heavily built with magical glyphs and sigils worked into the design, often along the edge where they cannot be seen by the casual observer.

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New Magic Item – Lantern of Dancing Shadows

4 January, 2018

Dance shadow, danceVoddick sipped his mulled ale and listened to the beautiful song.  He smiled as the shadows began to dance in tune with the music.

Gollaon sat down beside him with his spiced wine.  “Sublime music and subtle magic, how beautiful.”

“Indeed,” nodded Voddick.

Lantern of Dancing Shadows

These lanterns are always of the highest craftsmanship and are usually decorated with scenes of entertainment and merriment.  While rarely made of material more valuable than copper and glass, they are sometimes adorned with crystals and decorations in gold or silver.

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Fare thee Well December and the Year MMXVII, let us Welcome MMXVIII

2 January, 2018

JanusJanuary, 2018, and the New Year and are just around the corner.   Good fortune to all in MMXVIII!

January is named after Janus (Ianuarius) the god of doorways, usually pictured as looking both forward and back.   We will revisit the themes of doorways, transport and travel for January what with moving into the New Year and all its possibilities.  As usual, if there is something on this theme you would like to see, let me know.

Looking back over December, 2017, we find a rather tame month but not without interest:

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PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Toy Story” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

31 December, 2017

To understand what is going on here, you had best read the first PinkCat: Running in the Shade post, but short summary, this is a campaign report for our Shadowrun campaign set in NorCal through the filter of a cartoon made by one of the team members.

Episode Thirty Three: Toy Story

Guest Starring: Clawz.

So many toysToys are going missing from the drop boxes for local charities, so Pink, Glitter and Clawz decide to look into the mystery.  They start by staking out local donation sites which lead to a variety of misunderstandings, accidental snagging people secretly donating toys, little kids sneaking a look, even some debil rats trying to steal donated candy.  Unfortunately, none of this gets them any closer to finding who really is stealing the toys.  So they gather at StellarBucks to discuss the situation and have hot chocolate.  While waiting, they see a group of homeless kids sneaking by and follow them, they are the one taking the toys!  The team confronts them with food and blankets and places to stay and gets them to a much happier place for the holidays.  Happy Holidays everyone!

What really happened:

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Tuesday Magic Item – Charitable Box

26 December, 2017

A Box of Good Hopes“I am not sure how much use that old cloak and hose will be to anyone,” said Voddick closing the lid on the box.

“Well, along with that much mended tunic and socks I added, they should keep someone warm,” replied Gollaon.

“I hope so, that cloak keep me safe on more than one cold night.”

“And from more than one dagger thrust as I recall,” said Gollaon with a grin.

“True, one of the reason it was so patched.”

Charitable Box

These solidly built wooden chests have a clasp but no lock, they are often battered and damaged from hard use.  They refused to be sealed, ropes untie, chains unlock and magic fails to keep them from opening.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Silver Bells of Winter

19 December, 2017

Dashing through the snowVoddick trudged through the snow.  “Not much further now, yes?”

“If we have followed the route correctly we should make it to the town by nightfall,” replied Gollaon.

“I hope so, it is cold enough as it is.”

A distant but approaching ringing brought the mercenaries hands to their weapons as a sled pulled by a horse bedecked by bells.  The driver reined in.  “Ho travelers!  Headed to town?  Climb aboard, there is room for you.”

“Thank you,” said the pair in unison.

Silver Bells of Winter

These sets of silver bells are usually found attached to a harness and only work in sets of six or more.  They have a lovely, cheerful tone when shaken by the movement of those wearing them.

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