New Magic Item – Bridge of Roots

21 March, 2011

The warriors of assembled tribes of Lorcornis found their route blocked, the recent heavy spring rains had cut a deep channel through the ford at Comarding and swept away the bridge above it.  The waters still ran fast and icy cold with more rain expected any day.   The first scout sent to look for a new ford were swept away when they lost their footing on the loose and slippery stone and mud.  Only one was recovered some miles downstream, nearly chilled to death.Jembatan akarphoto © 2010 ilham saibi | more info (via: Wylio)

The druid Liyn who accompanied the warriors studied the deadly river and found a place where two trees were almost perfectly placed across from each other.  She produced a twisted root, ancient and ripe with the power of the green.  With a prayer to the forest she touched it to the tree on her side and threw it across the water.  As it spun through the air, roots from both trees reached out for it, meeting in the middle of the water, wrapping around the ancient root and each other forming a bridge of roots wide enough for two men to pass each other on.  And the warriors continued on their journey.

Bridge of Roots

These are old and twisted roots taken from ancient groves.  They shift slowly as if seeking a place to root itself.

When cast out or down with a simple prayer, it grows into a bridge 5′ wide and up to 60′ long, capable of supporting up to 1,500 pounds of weight.  If each end is anchored to a tree, the bridge will be permanent, otherwise it will slowly die off, losing 100 pounds of carrying capacity each day.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 500; Weight 2 lbs
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, plant growth, wood shape; Cost 250 (+20 xp for D&D)

Notes:  Inspired partly by the Bridge of Roots (Jembatan Akar) in Indonesia.  You can see more photographs here by Sandra Eka and more information from an Indonesian tourist facebook page.

The price is lower than one might expect but compare to Feather Token, Tree.


  1. I haven’t had a chance to read as many blogs as in the past lately, but I really like your magic item design. I’m the kind of DM that uses magic item house rules in my games because I dislike what’s in the D&D books so much. Have you thought of compiling these or something? I think your ideas would be eminently publishable.

    • Thank you for your kind words. Off and on I have thought of such but never as far as actually working on it.

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