Tuesday Magic Item – Purifying Leeches

14 October, 2014

Helpful bloodsuckers“Doctor Venn, can you help her?”

The old Doctor nodded slowly. “She has just gotten into some bad berries,” the Doctor turned over the palms of the young girl which were stained with red juices.


“We will need fresh water,”  said the Doctor, “and warm blankets.”

“Of course.”

Once she was along, the Doctor fished out a jar.  “Very few appreciate you as I do my soft bodied friends.”  She opened the jar and carefully and precisely placed three leeches on the body of the patient.

Purifying Leeches

These leeches are carefully raised and kept in special sustaining glass jars until needed for treatment of toxins and diseases.  They seem just like any other leech except to the trained eye who will notice that they are exceptional clean.

Applied to someone suffering from poison or disease, they provide a bonus to the next save against poison or disease made by the person they are applied to, the bonus is +1 for one leech, +2 for two and +4 for three (the most that can be safely applied).  This bonus stacks with those provided from a successful use of the Heal skill to Treat Disease or Poison.

The cleansing does not come without cost, if one leech is used, it inflicts one point of Strength damage, two, inflicts a point of Constitution damage as well, while three adds a point of Dexterity damage.  If more leeches than three are used, they inflict an additional point of damage to a random physical statistic.  The leeches, if left on, inflict the damage every day, but continue to provide the save bonus while attached.

The leeches must be feed fresh blood at least weekly or they will die.

A newly created jar of purifying leeches has eight plus 1d4 leeches.

Aura moderate conjuration and transmutation; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 750; Weight 3 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bear’s endurance or remove disease, neutralize poison or vampiric touch, creator must have 4 ranks in heal; Cost 375

Notes: Inspired by the traditional uses of leeches but specifically by this story (having nothing to do with medical uses of leeches).

Photo from Wikimedia commons and is in the public domain.



  1. Nice. Excellent combination of gross and beneficial.

  2. In retrospect, I’m surprised it’s taken so long for someone to think of this.

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