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New Magic Item – Traveler’s Safe Meal Kit

15 November, 2018

Eat up!Voddick unrolled the leather sheet and with a snap it hardened and curled up at the edges. 

“I do like that touch,” observed Gollaon, who was making do with a battered borrowed plate.

“You could have gotten one for yourself,” said Voddick.

“Well, there was that hat . . .”

“And that charming lady . . .”

“And that handsome young man . . .”

Traveler’s Safe Meal Kit

This item consists of four parts: An eating knife, a spoon, a rectangle of leather or heavy cloth and a thick metal disk.  The rectangle rolls into a cone and the knife and spoon can be stored inside with the disk acting as a seal.  Unrolled, the rectangle assumed the strength of metal at a gesture or command word, the disc expands into a cup in the same manner, another command returns them to their transportable state.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Portable Porter

7 November, 2018

Hat for servant“Sometimes it is not so bad working with wizards,” said Voddick as he watched the magical manifestations carry and load the goods for the journey.

“Truth,” replied Gollaon with nod.  “But at some point on this journey, we will be doing that same task.”

“Without doubt.  But we are not doing it now and for that, I am grateful.  Now let us see if we can get another drink before we leave.”

“Excellent plan.”

Portable Porter

These bowler hats are well made and inevitably black, hidden under the interior lining are the runes and inscribed spells that power their magic workings.

Worn, the hat provides a +4 resistance bonus / +4 natural armor bonus to resist physical attacks and traps that target the top of the head.

But it is more useful when placed on the ground and a command word spoken, then a servant rises to fill the hat,  It will follow the orders of the person who placed the hat, though it cannot initiate violence or even defend itself.  Treat it as an unseen servant with a Strength of 4 and a +1 bonus on Craft and Profession checks that can only be used for aid another checks.  The servant may be summoned for up to nine hours each day but each summoning uses at least one hour no matter for how short a period the servant is used for.

Aura faint conjuration; CL 5th
Slot head; Price 2,750; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Create Wondrous Items, bull’s strength, fox’s cunning, mage armor, owl’s wisdom, unseen servant; Cost 1,375

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (hat), uncommon (requires attunement and see below)

First paragraph as above.

Worn, the hat provides advantage to saving throws to resist physical attacks and traps that target the top of the head suffer disadvantage on their attack.

But it is more useful when placed on the ground and a command word spoken, then a servant rises to fill the hat,  It will follow the orders of the person who placed the hat, though it cannot initiate violence or even defend itself.  Treat it as an unseen servant except that it has AC 11, 1 hit point, and a Strength of 4.   It can help on tool proficiency checks if directed to by its summoner.  The servant may be summoned for up to nine hours each day but each summoning uses at least one hour no matter for how short a period the servant is used for.

While the Portable Porter requires attunement, a person may be attuned up to three of them that only counts a one item for the limit of attuned items.

Notes: I was off at a trade show the last couple of days and having someone to help carry things would have been helpful on several occasions.

Photo by Wonderlane and used under the CC BY 2.0.

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All Hallows today, All Saints tomorrow as October passes into November

31 October, 2018

All SaintsHappy All Hallows Day and Eve all!  Enjoy costumes, food and whatever else one does on this lovely holiday!  Tomorrow is the beginning of November with All Saints Day; November is the ninth month of the Roman calendar, and -in the traditional Irish calendar- the start of Winter.   Tomorrow is also the beginning of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which I will be participating in, as usual, to spur me to write.

In light of that, and seeing no obvious theme to November I will just write about whatever inspires me.   I will keep up with the Tuesday magic items and whatever else I can fit.  However, if you have any requests, anything you would like to see or any theme you would like me to expand upon, please let me know and I will try to fit it in.

October, 2018, saw the following posts here:

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Horror Fiction – Cannon forged of Chains

31 October, 2018

Athens, State of Georgia
12 November, 1891

Dear Hannah,

It is done, I will be on the next train back to you. I cannot say I will be sad to be leaving the South, it is not welcoming to a man of my temperaments.

When last I wrote, our local agent, Jon Butler, and I were close on the heels of an artefact tied to the men behind the Order of the White Sword. Using the cache of letters of one Augustus Bartholomew as a guide to trace what had become of the ingots of tainted iron, iron rendered from the chains of slaves, but not any slave chains -as if slave chains are not evil enough- but the chains used to transport escaped slaves back for execution. Anything made from the iron would be at best cursed and at worst, a weapon for evil.

The war was a chaotic time, so much of the paperwork and records of the period were lost. This made tracking the iron into difficult task if not impossible. Records in Atlanta where useless but they set us onto a collection of papers in Athens at the University of Georgia library. There a scrap of information indicated that the iron had been shipped to Athens for use by John Gilleland, to cast a double-barreled cannon. Nothing in our research showed that Gilleland, who designed the cannon, knew the source of the metal used but someone was working with or for the Dark insured that it was the iron used.

Double Barreled CannonThe cannon and reports on it were not difficult to find. It was our good luck that the cannon was still here in Athens. Silver powder applied surreptitiously to the cannon tarnished instantly. It was truly cursed, the souls of the murdered slaves were still bound into the metal shown by the black green of the silver. Mr. Butler believed that is why the cannon failed so spectacularly when it was tested, the angry spirits would not let it be turned against those that were trying to free them. But someone knew what had been created. Why they did not finish binding the spirits to the cannon, indeed, even who was behind it, we could not discover. Mr. Butler believed he was a Confederate officer who was called away and killed before he could complete the magic. It seemed plausible but I doubt we will never know. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday Magic Item – Collar of the Clever Cat

30 October, 2018

Isis' collar“Cats!  Again?!” said Voddick shooing them out of the saddle bags.  “Must we always be plagued by feline felons?”

“They might be friendly,” replied Gollaon with a grin.

“Seems unlikely,” Voddick said pulling another cat out and sending it on its way.

“Well, cats are useful, keeping vermin down.”

“True,” sighed Voddick.  “And shooing cats is better than killing rats.”

“That is the spirit.”

Collar of the Clever Cat

These collars are always beautifully made, sometime bejeweled but always of the highest quality materials.  They always fit snugly, but comfortably, no matter if they are put around the neck of a person or cat.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Scepter of Unending War

23 October, 2018

An ugly sceptre for ugly magicVoddick finished oiling and cleaning his war axe. “I am so very tired of dealing with the unliving or having to mutilate the corpses of our enemies.  Honorable warrior deserve better.”

“You will have to take that up with their ruler, them seem very uncompromising about pursuing the war to the bitter end,” said Gollaon sewing up a tear in his cloak.

“I would be happy to,” said Voddick taking a practice swing.  “If we can get through the army of living and unliving guard, through the castle and whatever death traps are waiting there.”

“I suspect we could get our employer to back such a raid.,” mused Gollaon.

“Better than this slog through blood and rotting flesh.”

Scepter of Unending War

This scepter is not a pretty decoration of royalty but a rod of roughly forged iron, said to be iron mined in the underworld and forged with dragon’s fire and quenched in the blood of innocents.  However it was made, it contains powerful enchantment and necrourgic magics of the most fell nature.

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New Monster – Corpse Custodian Projection

22 October, 2018

A ghostly appearance

You open the crypt revealing a body decked in valuables, as you reach for them, swirling motes of dust coalesce into the spectral form of a small person. “Halt varlet! Neither those riches not this body is for you! Flee now or taste my blade!” It brandishes a translucent sword to back up its statement.

Corpse Custodian Projection CR 2

XP 600
N Small construct (ancestral, force)
Init +3; Senses darkvision, low-light vision; Perception +6

DEFENSE
AC 20, touch 14, flat-footed 17 (+3 Dex, +6 armor, +1 size)
hp 26 (3d10+10)
Fort +1, Ref +4, Will +4
Special Defense DR 5/Magic, Resistance to Acid, Cold, Electricity, and Fire 10

OFFENSE
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