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Tuesday Magic Item – Healer’s Hive

16 June, 2015

Bee live here“Do we have to?” said Voddick, eying the healer’s tent with suspicion as he cradled his broken arm.

“You are the one with a shattered bone, my friend,” replied Gollaon.  “If you would rather it blackened and fell off . . .”

“Oh very well,” muttered Voddick.  “I just do not like her methods.”

“I understand.  But you must admit, they have been effective.”

Healer’s Hive

These wooden boxes are sturdily built and usually circular with a sturdy carrying handle.  They unfold revealing many drawers and compartments that are, in turn, stocked with jars and other containers primarily holding living insects and other small invertebrate creatures.

It acts as a healer’s kit with ten uses that replenishes two uses each morning.  It provides a +1 competence bonus to Heal checks, raised to +5 if the healer has five or more ranks of Knowledge (nature) or any other ability that would allow them to understand the medicinal use of insects and other such creatures.

For those with the talent to use it properly, they have access to these abilities as well:

  • Ants to use to close wounds, providing a +1 morale bonus to saves against fear while they are attached (usually they last two days).
  • Honey to clean and purify wounds, giving a +2 equipment bonus to prevent disease or infection from spreading from those wounds.
  • Use of up to four purifying leeches a day.
  • One dose of antitoxin per day that is only effective against the poisons and venoms of insects, arachnids and similar creatures. (This antitoxin must be used within six hours or it spoils.)

While the treatments accessed from the healer’s hive are undoubtedly effective, some are squeamish about being treated with such.

Aura faint conjuration; CL 5th
Slot –; Price 8,000; Weight 5 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, cure light wounds, summon nature’s ally III; Cost 4,000

Notes: The ants as sutures has some basis in reality and I remember reading about it when I was in grade school.  Some forms of honey are an excellent natural antibiotics.  And it is just a fun idea, especially well suited for a druid or agent of the Pattern.  Probably best used with my variant healing rules too.

Photo by Mike and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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3 comments

  1. A very creative way to handle a healing item! Good stuff.


    • Thank you. Druidic healing does not get enough support.


  2. I like it…good color for healing.



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