Tuesday Magic Item – Coward’s Friend

13 March, 2012

While no one would trust Valmenes the Crossbowman, or the Coward as he is more widely known, to stand up to a cavalry charge -or even a mean barmaid- but his skill with his weapon and his knack for getting out of danger still make him a useful friend to have.  Just do not count on him sticking around after he takes his shot.

Coward’s Friend

These worn silver talismans have a wing design on one side and what once was a motto on the back.  When worn, they are almost impossible to lose or to have stolen, for reasons unknown.

Not one of these


The person wearing Coward’s Friend gains a +3 competence bonus to Perception checks to notice ambushes, traps and other such dangers.  They also gain a +1 dodge bonus to armor class when using the Total Defense or Withdraw actions.

However, the wearer suffers a -3 penalty to resist fear-based effects -and can never be made immune to fear- but while suffering from fear they gain the following bonuses when retreating (or fleeing) from the source of fear:*

  • Shaken, +1 dodge bonus to armor class and +5′ of movement.
  • Scared, +2 dodge bonus to armor class, +1 to reflex saves and +10′ of movement.
  • Panicked, +3 dodge bonus to armor class, +1 to reflex saves and +15′ of movement.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot neck; Price 1,750; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, cat’s grace, cause fear, expeditious retreat, resistance; Cost 875 (+70 xp for D&D)

*If using the affrighted fear system, these bonus are half affrighted number (round down) as dodge bonus to AC, one quarter affrighted number (round down) as bonus to reflex saves, and half affrighted number (round up) in extra 5′ movement increases.

Notes: Just thinking more about fear in games after yesterday’s article so thought that I should make an item tied directly into using fear for something useful.

Photo by Nathaniel_U and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.




  1. Interesting. I missed yesterdays article, so headed over there now…

  2. Yet another item that I want for Bradley

  3. I’m going through Carrion Crown right now, and I must admit that this item actually looks a bit tempting. When the haunts come for me, I’ll be long gone!

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