Tuesday Magic Item – Francyn’s Belt and Scabbards

18 June, 2013

Have you heard of Hassard Francyn?  He was a lawman in these parts, as well as a scout, a gambler, and an outlaw.  He was known for his black leather belt with a silver buckle and his matched sword and dagger in their black scabbards with silver fittings.  Francyn became famous in the Masulium Lands for killing two men in self-defense before he killed one of his wives while drunk and in a fit of jealousy.  He served nine years in the garrison-prison of Highspur before he was pardoned and left for the gold fields of Shaggra.  He remarried twice in Shaggra before disappearing. 

But occasionally, some swordsman or woman will appear, claiming his legacy by wearing a belt like Francyn’s.

Francyn’s Belt and Scabbards

Only one of these sets in known to exist, but copies may have been made.  It is a belt of black leather, worn by use, with a silver buckle, attached are two scabbards, one for a sword and one for a dagger, with silver fittings.

Blades kept in the scabbards never rust and slide free easily, giving a +1 bonus to the users Initiative whenever the wearer needs to ready their blades.

The scabbards have two activated abilities:

•    By placing a hand on the hilt of each weapon in their scabbard (a swift action), the wearer gains a number of temporary hit points equal to their level plus their Charisma modifier (minimum of 1) for 4 + 1d6 minutes.  This effect can be used once a day.
•    When drawing a weapon with a flourish (a free action as part of a draw weapon action), once a day per scabbard, the weapon is treated as keen for the next 1d4+1 rounds.

However, the wear of the Belt and Scabbard finds it difficult to back down from fights and suffers a -2 penalty to resist anything that attempt to taunt or goad them into combat.

Aura faint necrourgy; CL 5th
Slot belt; Price 4,500; Weight 2 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, cat’s grace, false life, keen edge, make whole; Cost 2,250

Notes: Inspired by Franklin Leslie whose history closely parallels that of Francyn’s.


  1. I like the history with it.

    • Thank you. When I am stuck for inspiration, I hit random page on Wikipedia and see what comes up.

  2. Nice! There should be more magic belts. Now to be Gygaxian you need to create a cursed version that looks exactly the same — “Belt of Pants-Dropping” and “Scabbards of Unlubricatable Stickiness” =)

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