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Tuesday Magic Item – Warrior’s Carnyx

19 March, 2019

Call to war!Voddick had to nearly shout to be heard.  “They do like their horns this lot.”

“It would be unnerving if you were not use to such things,” replied Gollaon.

“Still, better than just standing around in silence, eh?”

“Better than the actual fighting part at least,” replied Gollaon with a grin.

Voddick nodded and grinned back.

Warrior’s Carnyx

The long horns are reinforced and made of metal, suitable for use both as a musical instrument and as a weapon.  They are prized by certain types of warrior-musicians who love both music and battle.

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Down and Out in Taren Kost – Campaign Report Interlude 1 – Letter from the Matriarch

18 March, 2019

We could only get three of us together but, by gum! we were going to game. So this is a brief interlude taking place after Episode 4.

Let me in!Our cast for this interlude:

Hartesa Wormwort Ulshyve, dark elf mushroom farmer and inferniculturalist, and self-described hick, with imp familiar “Portobello”.  (Warlock, played by B2)

Reed Greenbottle, Visse agent of Taren Kost’s Trade Directorate, License Enforcement, and stickler for the proper rules.  (Rogue, played by R)

Interlude 1: Letter from the Matriarch

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The Empress is Watching.

16 March, 2019

 

The Empress

Here is the official piece for the Draconic Empress of the Sea of Stars, in her human form because it is much easier to get administrative work done when you are not at risk of destroying all of the paperwork the empire requires to function on with a twitch of a tail.

This lovely piece is by the ever-talented Ron Randall, comic book artist and creator of the Trekker series (which I also recommend).  Who I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with at many Portland Comic Cons back in the 1990s.  The photo does not fully do it justice and I will need to get a big flatbed scanner to get it converted to an image for use in the Sea of Stars campaign book.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday Magic Item – Command Flag

12 March, 2019

CommandVoddick wiped his brow and took a swig from his canteen.  “While I am happy to be working with professionals again, the constant drilling is getting tiresome.”

“Not all have your innate discipline, my friend,” said Gollaon with a grin.

“You seem to have found time away from the drill.”

“My talents are not well suited to walking in a straight line.”

Voddick snorted.  “You can say that.”

Command Flag

These flags come in a variety of styles and complexities from a single color marked with a character to complex designs in decorative threads.  However, they are always of a good size so they can be seen across a battlefield.

These flags convey orders even across the tumult of the battlefield, the orders must be simple, “wheel left” or “stand firm” the limit of complexity would be along the lines of “advance to the bridge and hold it.”  While acting on the order, the soldiers gain a +1 morale bonus to melee damage rolls and to saves against fear.

The flag can issue a magically empowered order as often as every five minutes.  However, the order can only be issued to recognized units of up to one hundred and twenty soldiers that have paraded in front of the flag and the commander.  A commander may have as many flags active as their Charisma modifier (minimum one).

Aura moderate enchantment; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 21,000; Weight 6+ lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, mass command or mass suggestion; Cost 10,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (flag), rare (requires attunment and see below)

First paragraph as above.

These flags convey orders even across the tumult of the battlefield, the orders must be simple, “wheel left” or “stand firm” the limit of complexity would be along the lines of “advance to the bridge and hold it.”  While acting on the order, the soldiers gain advantage on saving throws against fear.

The flag can issue a magically empowered order as often as every five minutes.  However, the order can only be issued to recognized units of up to one hundred and twenty soldiers that have paraded in front of the flag and the commander.  A commander may have as many flags attuned as their Charisma modifier (minimum one) counting all such flags attuned as only a single attunment.

Notes: Flags and banners are a common theme here, it seems like the sort of item that would be made in a magical world.  Not so useful for adventurers but very useful to governments and mercenaries.  Which can make them good targets for capture or destruction (or recovery from tombs) in a more politics and military themed campaign.

Flag of the “Black Flag Army” Musee de l’Armee, Paris, photo by PHGCOM found on Wikimedia Commons and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Kidney Sling Stone

5 March, 2019

Painful all the timeVoddick looked almost physically pained as he watched the sling stones being handed by use of tongs to the slingers, who avoided touched them as well.  “I am disturbed that we are working with people who would use such weapons,” he said quietly.

“There are terrible but they only incapacitate.  There are worse magics out there,” said Gollaon, though there was not much conviction in his voice.

Voddick shook his head.  “Inflicting unnecessary pain is not our role.”

“But sadly attached to our work,” sighed Gollaon.

“Truth.”

Kidney Sling Stone

These shaped stones are often crusted with odd mineral formations and they have an organic feel to their shape.  They are warm to touch and quickly becoming feverishly hot when handled.

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Marching out of February

28 February, 2019

Ares/MarsWith the start of March the Equinox and Spring draw near, though with the weather here cannot make up its mind on what it wants to do.  The name of March is drawn from the Roman month Martius which in turn gains its name from Mars, the Roman god of war (and more a soldier than a warrior as opposed to his Greek counterpart Ares).

The theme for March is the military and things martial.  If there is anything in particular you would like to see, please let me know.  I will try to do something, spell or item, for the Equinox as well.

February, 2019, this journal saw the following posts here:

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Making Magic Wondrous – February RPG Blog Carnival Wrap Up

28 February, 2019

Magic is ColorfulAs is the way of February, it comes to a close quickly and with it, February 2019’s RPG Blog Carnival on Making Magic Wondrous comes to an end (though late submissions are always welcome).

The introductory article is here.  And I wrote a supporting piece, Everyday Magic in the Sea of Stars.

Contributions:

Roll4Net brings us the 3 Laws of Magic, showing how magic can work in a world.  And it is supported by the 3 Laws of Enchantment as well.

The Library of Legends uses an eponymously named article to look at magic items and gives advice I strongly agree with (I removed Detect Magic from the Sea of Stars years ago).

Codex Anathema looks at The Color of Magic to see what Magic: the Gathering can suggest to designing magic systems for RPGs.

Campaign Mastery, who is hosting March’s Carnival, contributed the math heavy but intriguing The Language Of Magic: A Sense of Wonder for the Feb 2019 Blog Carnival.

Thank you all for your words and thoughts!

Notes: Photo is “colour drops” by friedwater is licensed under CC by 2.0.

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