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New Magic Item – Escape Key

26 February, 2011

The tarnished silver key sat in the middle of the cell among discarded shackles and gags which until a brief moment ago had held the master sorcerer-thief, the Shadow of Mar.

“But we had searched him and shackled his hands and feet,” said the Guard, “he was blindfolded and gagged.”

“The cell was warded against transit magic,” said the Priest of the Law.

“I sealed the door with arcane locks,” said the Court Mage.

“Yet, he is gone,” said the Prince.

Escape Key

These potent items are favored by thieves, assassins and political radicals.  They are simple bright silver keys with ornate and complex patterns inscribed.

To be activated, the escape key must be swallowed.  As long as it is being stored, the “bearer” is treated as having 2 points of Constitution damage which cannot be healed until the key is used or removed.  The key can only be magically detected by making a caster level check against a DC of 27.  The owner of the key may, as a swift action, shift into the shadow plane leaving the key, now tarnished and non-magical, behind along with anything confining the using.  No magical effect can prevent this escape, but it costs the user an amount of Constitution damage equal to the level of the spell that was circumvented.

An escape key can only be used once.

Aura strong universal; CL 17th
Slot none; Price 13,000; Weight
Construction
Requirements Create Wondrous Items, greater invisibility, limited wish, non-detection, shadow walk; Cost 5,000 + 1,500 in powered gems (+400 xp for D&D)

Notes: A more potent version of the Get out of Jail Free Card.  A little silly perhaps but sometimes, the villain just needs to escape.

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