Tuesday Magic Item – Hangmanay Black Bun

31 December, 2013

Black BunAs so, as the New Year began, people sang and danced, visiting their friends home, hoping to bring them luck as the first-foot across the threshold.  Gifts were exchanged to symbolize such hopes, including salt, short bread and black bun to bring good fortune to all in the New Year.

Food was eaten, drinks drunk and songs sung as friends and neighbors welcomed the New Year with hope and festivities.

Hangmanay Black Bun

Like all black buns, this is a fruit cake wrapped in pastry.  The cake itself is a traditional fruit cake, including ingredients such as raisins and currants along with spices such as cinnamon, black pepper and allspice.  There is always some secret ingredient by each baker and prayers and blessings are usually spoken over the black bun as it is baking.

When used as part of a first-foot ceremony, formal or informal, each of the people who consume at least one slice of the black bun may once in the coming year, reroll any roll you have just made before the results of the roll are revealed, they may roll twice and take the more favorable result.  But any person can only benefit from one Hangmanay Black Bun each year.

Aura faint abjuration; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 50; Weight 2 lbs (serves up to 10 people)
Construction Requirements
Brew Potion or Craft Wondrous Item, bless, guidance, resistance, maker must have 1 rank in Craft (baking or cooking); Cost 25

Notes: Inspired by Hogmanay traditions especially first-footing and the serving of black bun.

Photo from wikimedia commons by Philippe Giabbanelli and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


  1. Ugh, raisins. 😉

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