Hebe’s Cup – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [H]

9 April, 2011


At the beginning of every season, the wealthier parents would make the children to the temple of Hebe and receive the blessing and protection of the goddess of youth.  The were instructed and taught the proper rituals to seek Hebe’s favor and the proper sacrifices to be made.

Lesser known were the visits, often under cover of twilight, of wealthy matrons to the temple to buy a night of temporary youth from the patron goddess of such in exchange for appropriate sacrifices.

Hebe’s Cup

These small and delicate cups are usually made from bronze occasional set with a few semi-precious (but hard) gems and the bowl itself being gilded.  They are usually decorated in simple geometric patterns.

Drinking from Hebe’s cup has one of two affects, depending on the age of the drinker, in either case the cup must be filled with fine wine (worth at least 25) part of which is spilled in a libation to the goddess.  The effects are:

  • For a child, +1 sacred bonus to all Fortitude saves for the next season and once during that time they may reroll a failed save against death magic, disease or poison.
  • For an adult, a blush of youth providing a +1 sacred bonus to Fortitude saves and a +1 bonus to social rolls for the next day.

The blessing of the cup are immediately dispelled if the effected person insults or denies Hebe or with malice aforethought inflicts harm on a child.

Aura faint abjuration; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 2,500; Weight 1 lb
Requirements Craft Wondrous Items, bless, bear’s endurance, eagle’s splendor, resistance; Cost 1,250 (+100 xp for D&D)

Notes: Image from Theoi Greek Mythology, an excellent resorce site.

Hebe is the goddess of youth, one of the cup bearers of the gods,  and also the wife of Hercules.

Another odd item to price out, as it provides a very useful ability, if you are a child and a fun one if you are an adult, but neither ability is all that powerful.



  1. Nice item. It feels authentic to the mythological source.

    • Thank you. That has been an interesting challenge to make the various item fit with the mythology and be an interesting and useful magic item.

  2. This is a wonderful post, because it really evokes the sense of tradition and gives it a “real world” feel!

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