Tuesday Magic Item – Eavesdropper’s Earring

23 August, 2016

Good for twoVoddick sipped at his wine.  “Well, serving as bodyguards at a party is not a bad job.”  His free hand fiddled with his collar.  “Even if the clothes are a bit ridiculous.”

“You have no sense of fashion, my fiend,” replied Gollaon scanning the crowd.  “Take a note of the young woman by the arch, she is an agent but I am not sure if she is an ally or enemy.”

“The one with the long braid and the distracted look?”

“Precisely. Let me know if you see her playing with her earring.”

“As you wish,” said Voddick following the statement with another sip of wine.

Eavesdropper’s Earring

These earrings are fashionable but not overly flashy, except for often being set with multiple stones or decorative elements.  The other component of this item are one, or more, “echo anchors” of at least coin size with an ear displayed upon them, usually worked into the design of a portrait of a person or animal.

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

22 August, 2016

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 Twenty Three: Making Movies

Guest Starring: Double Up, Toru and introducing:

  • Jove, an arrogant skinflint ex-military eagle.  (A stand in for Joshua, an elven physical adept.  Played by M.)

Lights! Camera! Action!There is a movie being filmed near to the school where Pink, Sparky and Toru go and all of the students want to watch / see the actors / be extras.  Double Up and Jove are hired to work security for the movie company so Pink and co have to work out how to help the students without getting their friends in trouble.  So lots of misdirection and working together mixed with misunderstanding and working at cross-purposes.  Finally ends happily after Pink hacks the script and adds a scene at a high school that allows all of her classmates to appear as extras and meet the stars.

What really happened:

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Tuesday Magic Item – Regal Guitar (for Pathfinder and D&D5)

16 August, 2016

Music for allGollaon leaned back, letting the music flow over him.  He watched the singer, they seemed more attractive after each song yet he was barely sipping at his wine.

“Quite a talent,” whispered Voddick once the song had ended and the mistral took a break.

“Indeed,” nodded Gollaon, “but I think it is talent given a helping hand from some subtle magic.”

Voddick looked a little disappointed but then brightened as another set was begun with a strum on the guitar.

Regal Guitar

These finely crafted guitars often show signs of hard use and travel, yet they still play beautifully.  They are made of rare woods occasionally inlaid with ivory or other precious materials but most are simple superb examples of the guitar-makers art and when properly tuned, they produce lovely music.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Kettle of Mist

9 August, 2016

Fancy a cuppa?“Fog is not usually one of my favorite types of weather . . .” began Voddick.

“But today, it seems quite comforting,” finished Gollaon, pouring more water into the kettle.  “As long as the deception holds and our employer’s enemies are too cautious to move into the fog, we should be safe.”

Voddick tilted his head, listening to the other solders stomping around, trying to make it seem as if there were many more troops in the fog.  “How long do you think it wil work?”

“Long enough for us to slip away if it seems to be not working,” whispered Gollaon.

Kettle of Mist

It is widely beieved that these items were initially created by mistake but their usefulness has caused the process to become formalized.  They are sturdy metal kettles, usually fairly large, often with carved wooden handles.  There are runes inscribed on the inside of the kettle which can be seen when the lid is lifted.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Chain of Majesty (for Pathfinder and D&D5)

2 August, 2016

MayoralChain_SouthMolton_DevonVoddick stepped out of the way of the hurrying noble and scowled at the man’s back.  “Using wizardry is cheating, you fop,” he grumbled.

“Compelling magic?” asked Gollaon before taking a bite of peach.

Voddick nodded.  “All they have to do is ask and I’ll step aside, I have my manners . . . unlike them.”

Chain of Majesty

These chains are always highly visible if not positively ostentatious, gilded if not made of gold and ofttimes bearing coins and medals.

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July finishes and moving into to August

31 July, 2016

August (named after that most Roman of Romans Augustus Caesar) will be a month of personalities from the Sea of Stars (and possibly other places).  If there is someone -or something– in particular you would like to see, please comment.

I will be off to GenCon from the 1st-8th but page updates will continue during that time.  If you have not commented before, your comments will have to wait to be approved (sorry).

July, 2016, saw the following posts published on the journal:

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Wizards in the Sea of Stars

30 July, 2016

Wizard EarlMy, rather last minute, addition to this month’s RPG Blog Carnival theme of the Ways of the Wise hosted by my friend Brandes over at Harbinger of Doom.

Wizards were once a great power in the pre-Sundering Sea of Stars, indeed the gods feared that it would be the wizards that made a play to displace the divine beings and so agents of the faiths were actively working to undermine the power bases of the great wizards and keep them divided.  Unfortunately, the gods focus on the wizards caused them to almost entirely overlook the draconic conspiracy.

When the dragons attacked the gods, the wizards dithered, some arguing that the gods needed their help, others were happy to watch two rivals tear each other apart, most just waited and trying to figure out what was happening in the heavens.  A handful of ambitious wizards in the immediate aftermath of the Sundering tried to caim their own independent states, the Empress offer them one chance to bend the knee to her, most did not and were destroyed in swift and decisive action.  The other wizards either went into hiding or found draconic patrons, the choice was stark, avoid the eyes of the dragons or serve them.  The wizards’ ruins were left behind by the Empress’ wrath, she forbid anyone from looting them, leaving them as a testimony to her power.  Of course that has not stopped the greedy and the curious from exploring them, especially as Imperial oversight of the ruins fell away after centuries.

The wizards who found draconic patrons, most found them to be generous and willing to give them free reign as long as they produced the results there patron desired.  Such pressure to succeed does sometime lead to the cutting of corners and taking of risks, such as hiring of venturers to acquire needed items or information.

Those who went into hiding pursued various tactics to vanish, some found patrons among the elves, dwarves or even the criminal underworld, others traveled to the wilds at the edge of the world where few went, other concealed their skill and power and posed as hedge wizards or scholars.  Most managed to avoid detection by a few were swept up by Imperial forces or the Draconic houses to be pressed into service or executed.  After a century, the wizards had either integrated into their new lives or died, but the power of these rogue wizards was vastly reduced and the Imperial project to find them was wound down.

Wizards and their machinations, abandoned towers and labratories, can serve as adventure locations and seeds.  While not directly able to challenge the power of the dragons, the magic secrets of the wizards are a stepping stone toward equalizing the power imbalance between mortal and dragon.

Notes: Image of the Wizard Earl (Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland) by Nicholas Hilliard, held by the Rijksmuseum and is in the Pubic Domain.


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