Tuesday Magic Item – Venturer’s Friend at Court

24 January, 2012

First crafted by the bard Rufus Friend of the Commons for a delegation of simple villagers to the court of the King; a keen-eyed dwarven venturer sniffed out the magic behind the commoners’ excellent manners and commissioned one for himself and his companions, who often had trouble dealing with nobility.

Key to the Kingdom?

Etiquette is Key

Since then, the use of the these items have quickly spread throughout the venturing community.  They often change hands at the last moment before court for inflated prices for it is better to loose some coins than your head from accidentally insulting the prince royal.

Venturer’s Friend at Court

These innocuous pieces of jewellery, often earrings, headband or a necklace, are almost always made of silver and if set with gems, they are always just semiprecious stones (such as amethyst or jet) in subtle and tasteful amounts.  They are by their nature understated and well made.

These items are enchanted with a variety of minor magics to help a novice manage in a courtly situation. They are:

  • +3 competence bonus to Diplomacy checks in all matters of courtly etiquette and formal decorum.
  • +1 competence bonus to any Perform skill used in courtly way in a courtly setting, allowing them to participate in courtly dances, poetry readings and such like without appearing utterly hopeless at such tasks.
  • +3 competence bonus to Sense Motive checks to notice poor advice on how to act or behave.
  • +1 competence bonus to Knowledge (Local) and Knowledge (Nobility) to recognize people or situations and the ability to make this knowledge check if unskilled, three times a day.

Aura faint divination; CL 4th
Slot head, headband or neck (by style); Price 1,200; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, detect thoughts or zone of truth, eagle’s splendor, fox’s cunning, creator must have Bardic Knowledge or 5 ranks in each Knowledge (local) and Knowledge (nobility), 5 rank in Diplomacy, and 5 ranks in three different Perform skills; Cost 600 (+48 xp for D&D)

Adventure Seeds: The character have been called before the Queen, who is a known stickler for etiquette and proper behavior in court, perhaps acquiring a few of these items might be a good backup for the less couth members of the party.

Notes: Social situation are often more dangerous than dungeons to adventurers, this item is to help those poor souls function better on that unusual place filled with social interactions.

Photo by Etsy Ketsy and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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