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Tuesday Magic Item – Purifying Bough

1 May, 2012

Gather the juniper, rowan and may and tie it tight with grass and wild flowers.   Place it above your door for protection from evil spells and spirits.

If you are worried that ill has afallen you, burn two such boughs and dance or walk between them to chase away the evil influences.

-Words of advice from the High Hill Country of Castrabra

Purifying Bough

These bundles of branches of specific trees and plants tied together rely upon the power of the natural world to protect or cleanse those who gather them.

When placed over a doorway, they give all who live in the house a +1 resistance bonus to saves against harmful magic, poison and disease (raised to +2 against curses, death or evil magic).  The protection lasts half a year or until someone of the household fails a save against a curse, death or evil magic (which drains the bough of its power and it turns gray and ashy but lets the household know it has been effected).

Two purifying boughs can be burned creating a cleansing portal between them, anyone who passes through that area during the two minutes they burn high gains an additional save against disease, poison or any magical effect that they suffer from.  If the purification takes place on a holy day and under the supervision of an appropriate authority, a +2 sacred bonus is gained on this additional saving throw.

Aura faint abjuration; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 500; Weight 2 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bless, remove curse, remove disease, resistance; Cost 250

Notes: Just trying to simulate some of the folk magic as today is Beltane.  Useful as a way to aid venturers who have helped a rural community.

It is probably slightly under-costed for the household protection effect but extremely over-costed as it is a piece of folk magic (where it is essentially free if properly gathered).

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