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Tuesday Magic Item – Meinrad’s Vestments

21 January, 2014

Traveling only with faithThe kindly hermit approached us with a wooden tray containing bread and a pitcher of water.  “Be welcome and be blessed travelers, my home is yours.”

“We saw bear tracks,” mentioned Little Karl, “a little way back, heading this way . . .”

“Oh, that is just Blackpaw,” the hermit said, “he drops by for scraps of bread now and then, as long as you do not bother him, he will not bother you.”

Little Karl seemed unconvinced but accepted the bread anyway.

Meinrad’s Vestments

 These consist of a tunic covered by a scapular and cowl with a hood made of plain but sturdy cloth, often but lovingly repaired.

While worn, the wearer is protected from inclement weather as though by the endure elements spell.  Further they are warded from natural animals as if protected by a sanctuary spell (DC 15).  Up to twice a day, when there are others present, the wearer may create food and water.  Lastly, when the wearer is seeking to aid others by healing or defending them, they gain a DR of 1/-.

However, the vestments requite its wearer to maintain high standards in return for its gifts.  The wearer cannot initiate combat  (except for against evil undead and outsiders, such metaphysical evil can be combated directly), deliberately cause harm to another or refuse to offer hospitality to visitors, such actions will cause the vestment to cease functioning until amends are made.

If the wearer is murdered, the murderer will be cursed: birds with harass and follow the murderer, being as disruptive as they can (without getting themselves killed) until the murderer confesses their crime to the appropriate authorities.

Aura moderate abjuration; CL 7th
Slot body; Price 12,500; Weight 5 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, aid, bestow curse, endure elements, create food and water, sanctuary; Cost 6,250

Notes: Inspired by the legend of Saint Meinrad of Einsiedeln, patron of hospitality.

Photo by dz roman and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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3 comments

  1. This is really cool! I like the unique flavor of these vestments, as well as the source material. I can imagine a desert or tundra ascetic wearing this.


    • Glad you like them. Having a strong story to work from can make for an interesting item and this one came out quite well I think.


  2. I like this very much — the vignette is awesome (I especially love Little Karl’s doubtfulness). And I love magic items with entailments. Finally, the Hitchcockian consequence at the end is very appropriate and evocative.



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