Tuesday Magic Item – Brand of Exile

16 September, 2014

Marked permanently“You are sentenced to transportation to the penal colony of Rastonia, where you will serve at the Crown’s convenience building a better land for all,” announced the black robed judge followed by the striking of his gavel.

“But me Lord,,” protested the prisoner, “it was only a pie.”

“No matter, the law is clear,” said the judge.  “See that the prisoner is bound over for transportation and branded a criminal and exile in the eyes of the law and his countrymen.”

“Please no,” wailed the prisoner as they were dragged away by the bailiff’s thugs.

Brand of Exile

A solidly built iron brand with a decorated handle, usually marked with the symbol of the nation that had it made, the brand itself is usually simple and easily recognizable, marking the recipient as a criminal who is no longer welcome in their home country.

The brand must be heated until it is white hot and then applied to the subject, while this is extremely painful it does no lasting damage beyond branding the mark unto the subject.  The brand cannot be removed by healing magic or covered by make up, it will always be visible when looked for.

The branded character additionally finds the idea of returning to their home county difficult to contemplate, suffering a -1 penalty on all skill checks relating to trying to do so.  If they succeed in returning to their home country, they suffer a -3 penalty to all skill checks and a -1 penalty to all saves from a generalized sensation of dread and a desire to get out.

Aura moderate enchantment; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 15,000; Weight 2 lbs
Requirements Create Wondrous Item, arcane mark, false life, lesser geas; Cost 7,500

Notes: Not a happy item but one that makes sense to exist, the British Empire was big on transportation as a way to deal with criminals (in the broadest sense of the term, as people were caught in thewide  net of very oppressive laws)  in the late 18th and early 19th century.  With the American colonies, Australia and New Zealand being on the receiving end of such transport, providing labour and people to expand the colonies with mixed results.

Photo by Derek Gavey and used used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


  1. Definitely the sort of item that magical societies would come up with.

  2. Ostracism/exile has always been the best punishment — though these days it is more difficult to accomplish.

    • Makes for a great character background element too.

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