Tuesday Magic Item – Midnight’s Collar

29 September, 2009

For those that like familairs, something to provide them with a boost.

Midnight’s Collar

An animal’s collar, always of finest quality material, some are simple others are ornate as reflecting the personalities of their owners.

This item can only be used by a sorcerer’s or wizard’s familiar and is designed to protect and enhance a familiar for a short periods.  By a command word from the familiar’s master (free action), the familiar gains the following bonus for three hours, once a day:

•    +2 competence modifier on attack rolls, saves and damage
•    +2 enhancement bonus to natural armor and a +2 dodge bonus to Armor Class
•    A 25% chance to avoid extra damage from critical hits and sneak attacks.
•    Lastly, the familiar gains 2d8 temporary hit points.

For larger than normal familiars, the collars can be imbedded with a spell that reduces their size by half (and weight by 90%) until commanded (free action) when they instantly return to their full size.  A second command word, once again reduces the familiar.  (While under the effects of this size reduction, the familiar is at -5 Strength.)

Strong abjuration and transmutation; CL 7th; Create Wondrous Items, bear’s endurance, bull’s strength, cat’s grace, mage armor; Price: 14,000 (7,000 + 560 xp).
With size reduction, add reduce person to prerequisites; Market Price +4,000 (+2,000 +160xp).

Notes: I am a fan of familiars as they allow for fun roleplaying, and are occasionally even useful.  But I always worry about how fragile they can be, therefor, an item to protect them.  It was heavilyinspired by the familair protecting spells from back in Tome and Blood.

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