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Tuesday Magic Item – Person Egg

7 May, 2013

What waits to hatch?When the dragons realized that they could take human form, it was inevitable that some would experiment in the pleasures of the flesh . . . and the results there of.  The Lady Mirth of House Shel’liochassa, in her bid to aid the recovery of the elven race took their form and later gave birth to the first of the Shadowelves.  After such an experience she vowed, never again, and set her House’s wizards and sorcerers to building for her a way to bring her progeny to term in the more eminently practical, to her view, eggs of her draconic heritage.

The development of person eggs was fraught with difficulty -and a few dead alchemists and wizards- before the method was perfected but once it was several variant types emerged, from the traditional egg to reusable crystal cases and other forms.

Person Egg

These items are rare and come in a variety of form ranging from literal magical eggs (which are destroyed when the person hatches) to ornate permanent installations that are as much works of art as functional tools.

Their function is simple, once a living fetus has been placed inside a person egg, it seals around them and protects and nourishes the child until they are ready to emerge.  It depends on the design of the person egg whether the child can be seen to grow, how much they can perceive of the outside world and so on.  Some of the permanent installations include music for the children and soothing displays of patterns.

For the single use person eggs, when it is time, the shell will begin to crack and the child will break through the shell and cry out.  For the others, they will have some way to signal that the child is ready to emerge and if they are not, the item will gently eject them once there is a chance that keeping them in the artificial womb will damage them (this is the extent of the egg’s ability to understand its charge).

Single Use person eggs have a Hardness of 8 and 8+2d6 hit points, Fixed Location eggs have a minimum Hardness of 12 and 20 hit points, and Portable person eggs have a Hardness of 17 and 30 hit points, taking no damage from cold and half damage from all other energy types.

Single Use
Aura strong transmutation; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 5,000; Weight 15 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bear’s endurance, breath of life or polymorph or reincarnate, endure elements, regenerate or limited wish, resistance, water breathing; Cost 2,500

Fixed Location
Aura strong transmutation; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 50,000; Weight 100+ lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bear’s endurance, breath of life or polymorph or reincarnate, endure elements, make whole, regenerate or limited wish, resistance, water breathing; Cost 25,000

Portable
Aura strong transmutation; CL 13th
Slot none; Price 60,000; Weight 15 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, barkskin or shield or shield of faith, bear’s endurance, breath of life or polymorph or reincarnate, endure elements, protection from energy, regenerate or limited wish, resistance, water breathing; Cost 30,000

Notes:Inspired by Brianna Sheldon’s G+ post: “Creepy idea: play a lady barbarian who carries her in-gestation baby in a magical jar in a backpack. Why deal with pregnancy when you have magic?”

How do you get the fetus to the person egg?  Try this spell.

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

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2 comments

  1. A prudent wizard might have several of these stashed away with clones and a means to transfer his or her spirit into a new body.


    • I had not even thought about using them in such a way. Very pulp. Good suggestion.



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