Tuesday Magic Item – Sleep Thief

24 July, 2012

“Here is your gold,” said the man in the grey clothes, gesturing to the pillows so carefully doctored, “now see these make it into the rooms of those ‘adventurers’.”

The servant nodded, tucking the gold coin away.  “You are sure I will not get in trouble?”

“I am sure.  There is another gold in it for you if you keep quite until they have left town.”

The servant gathered the pillows and left.  The grey man stroked the vials around his neck and smiled.

Sleep Thief

These insidious items appear as two small crystal vials worn on a silver chain, one holds a dark blue liquid, the other may hold a sky blue liquid.

The dark blue vial holds six drops of its liquid, refilling each midnight, a drop placed upon a pillow, or similar, makes anyone who using the pillow drowsy, Fortitude or Will -whichever is worse- against a DC of 13 or take a -3 penalty to Perception checks and a -1 penalty to Will saves to resist sleep.  Anyone who falls asleep on this pillow, suffers a restless night of sleep, getting no rest (Fortitude or Will DC 17 -whichever is worse- to resist this effect).

Each time this happens, the second vial fills a little more.  Each night’s sleep stolen from another allows the wearer to gain the effect of one hour of sleep in an instant (a free action).  Using eight hours of sleep, gives the effect of a full night’s rest including healing and the ability to relearn Arcane spells.  The owner may store a number of days of stolen sleep equal to his Constitution or Charisma score (whichever is higher).

The wearer may also expend a stolen night sleep to negate a Sleep effect or one round of Stunning (as a free action).

Aura strong necrourgy; CL 11th
Slot neck; Price 50,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bestow curse, false life, sleep, vampiric touch; Cost 25,000

Notes: The sort of thing I imagine the evil vizier using  in one of the tales of the Arabian Nights.  It is quite potent and I may have undercosted it.


  1. Very clever! I think I’ll have to use this one.

    • Thank you. I like the ‘messes with your enemies in a subtle way while giving you advantage’ nature of it. Let me know how it works out for you.

  2. Awesome item! Considered it stolen.

    • If you end up using it in a game, please let us know how it worked out.

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