Tuesday Magic Item – Brickmaker’s Shovel

22 September, 2015

Hard working womanVoddick mopped his brow and leaned on the shovel.  “How is it we have ended up doing manual labor again?”

Gollaon shrugged and turned to hammed in another stake.  “We are getting paid as mercenaries and are not in the front line, so it is not all bad.”

“Put that way, you have the right of it,” agreed Voddick stretching.  “Though I am impressed they were able to gather so many building supplies in such an abandoned corned of the kingdom.”

“I suspect they cheated,” said Gollaon with a nod toward the royal mages tent.

Brickmaker’s Shovel

These shovels are of expert make using the finest hardened metal and treated wood, usually they are decorated with a variety of magic sigils both protective and otherwise, though they are often too covered in earth and mud to read them.

The shovel is very good at being a shovel, providing a +3 competence bonus to any task a shovel would be useful for and the users Strength is treated as being 2 higher for shoveling tasks.  (In emergencies, it can be used as a masterwork short spear but it cannot be thrown effectively.)

But its most useful ability is once a day, it can transform ninety cubic feet (2.55 cubic meters) of appropriate material into bricks: sand becomes sandstone bricks, mud and straw becomes mud bricks and clay become clay bricks.  It does not work on metals, stone or wood.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 1,500; Weight 4 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bull’s strength, fabricate, mending; Cost 750

Notes: Another practical item with a multitude of uses, all you need to do is be clever with it.

Photo from Roger and Renate Rossing found at Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license.




  1. Magical shovel! Yes.

  2. I think (my players at least) would have an amusing response to this: first disappointment that its not a magical weapon, then settling into considering the possibilities.

    • A good magic item should make you think, I think.

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