Tuesday Magic Item – Long Shadow Shield

22 December, 2015

Not quite this shiny“I am thinking we should abandon this contract,” said Voddick, scraping ice off his boots.

“While normally I hold contracts sacrosanct,” replied Gollaon, “but you may be right in this case.”  he pulled his cloak tighter around his frame.  “In our defense, his plan to bring eternal darkness and cold was not included in his pitch.”

“Exactly,” agreed Voddick.

Long Shadow Shield

This shield is made of dark oak bound with dull bronze, it never glints or reflects light.  It is exceeding solid and heavily build.  On the interior are carved runes of darkness and night.  Its simple construction only conceals its dark purpose.

The shield has two constant powers when held, the bearer gains 90′ darkvision (or increase their current darkvision by 30′ whichever is greater) and -except in direct sunlight- it reduces the light level in the 60′ around it by one level (bright to dim, dim to darkness).

The other powers of the shield depend on the time of year:

  • From the end of the Winter Solstice to the Spring Equinox it is a +2 heavy shield.
  • From the Spring Equinox to the Autumn Equinox it is a +1 heavy shield.
  • From the Autumn Equinox to the Winter Solstice it is a +3 heavy shield of fire resistance and on the winter solstice itself, its bonus increases to +5

Once a day for each +1 it currently has, as a swift action, the shield can cast deeper darkness only to counter a magical source of light.

The shield is neigh indestructible (hardness 40, 50 hit points) and it never takes damage from fire or light based attacks.

However, on the Summer Solstice, it loses all of it magic properties, except for its near indestructibility, being treated as simply a masterwork heavy shield.

Aura strong abjuration; CL 13th
Slot shield; Price 25,157; Weight 12.5 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, deeper darkness, owl’s wisdom, resist energy, stoneskin; Cost 12,500 + 157 for the shield

Notes: A solstice item, only a little late.  Working out the costing was challenging too.

Photo by Kim Traynor found on Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


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