Tuesday Magic Item – Charm: Paper Armor

10 January, 2012

The priestess walked slowly down the line of nervous villagers, each clutching a simple tool that they hoped to use as an effective weapon. Stopping in front of each, she placed a charm against each villagers chest and in a second, they were clad in white paper armor.  While the protection the charms gave was limited, it gave the villagers hope that they would be able to stand against those



who would harm their homes and families.

Charm: Paper Armor

These paper charm are marked with the symbols for protection and safety.  When the command words (or prayers) are spoken and the charm is placed on a person, it unfolds into a suit of paper armor to protect them for a short time.

Activating the Paper Armor Charm is a standard action, the armor created provides a +2 armor bonus, that is effective against incorporeal creatures and touch spells, and the first save made while wearing it, is made with a +1 resistance bonus.  The armor has no weight and causes no penalties, it lasts for three hours and then dissolves into a handful of shredded paper.

Aura faint abjuration; CL 3rd
Slot none; Price 80; Weight
Construction Requirements
Scribe Scroll, Wondrous Item, mage armor or shield of faith, mending, resistance; Cost 40 (+3 XP for D&D)

Notes: I like simple, expendable magics.  A character should probably be allowed to make batches of these quickly if needed, they are not very powerful but useful is some circumstance.

Image from Wikimedia Commons and is in the public domain.


  1. Great effect Sean! Mind if I borrow the concept and write up a version of the charm for an Ars Magica game?

    • Be my guest! I am pleased to inspire.

      • Excellent! I’ll make sure to backlink and also slap in another comment here too. Thank you!

  2. […] neat idea lifted from Sea of Stars is a Paper Charm that gives the target better armour (that’s armor for you North American folks) by Sean Holland. In the example the AC is […]

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