Tuesday Magic Item – Straw Helmet (for Pathfinder and D&D5)

15 March, 2016

Impressive“Well, our new troops are quiet, I’ll give them that,” said Voddick marching beside the straw soldier.

“And loyal to a fault,” agreed Gollaon, patting one of the straw soldier on the shoulder.  “But I am not thrilled about being the distraction in this plan.”

“Nor I, but better than leading the assault.”

“That is true.  Especially given the foolhardy nature of our allies in this fight, hopefully they will let us get into position before attacking.”

“Good point, we had best step up our pace,” said Voddick, matching action to words.

Straw Helmet

These helmets look quite impressive, from a distance, close up it is obvious that they are just painted and decorated woven straw or wicker.

Placed on an appropriate straw dummy, the Straw Helmet will animate the dummy as a Straw Soldier for six + 1d6 hours.  The animated dummy will take orders from anyone in the army of the person who animated it, oddly being able to determine ranks, they will follow the order last given to them by the highest ranked officer until given a different order by someone of equal or higher rank.

Each helmet is good for only one animation.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 150; Weight ½ lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Construct or Craft Wondrous Item, monster summoning III; Cost 75

For D&D5:

Wondrous item, uncommon

Otherwise as above.

Notes: Sometimes you need to make your army look more impressive than it is, or to screen a retreat, or any of a thousand and one tactical uses.  Disposable troops in one of those things that magic should be used for more often.

Helmet picture from the Australian Museum, found on Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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