Tuesday Magic Item – Chalice of Punishment (for Pathfinder and D&D5)

7 June, 2016

Drink deep“I hate these spectacles,” muttered Voddick.

“As do I, but the Empress takes the security of her currency very seriously,” whispered Gollaon back.  “And it might look suspicious if we try and leave.”

“Agreed,” sighed Voddick.

Up on the podium, the sentence was announced and the counterfeiter’s head was pulled back, the steaming contents of the chalice, molten silver, was poured down has throat.  “Feast on the wealth you so desired.”

Voddick looked away

Chalice of Punishment

These chalices are large and decorated with symbols of authority and justice, they are made of metal usually platinum.

The basic power of the chalice is to boil any liquid placed inside when one of the symbols upon it is traced, useful for those who like hot drinks.

Once a day, when another symbol is traced and a particular phrase is spoken (the Empress likes, “By the Will of the Empress, let Justice be done.”) it will boil anything metallic placed inside.  Such must be poured out quickly or it will quickly solidify.  If poured while still boiling, all of the metal will completely flow out leaving the bowl of the chalice perfectly clean.

In both cases, anyone holding the chalice is protected from the heat of its contents while it is held.

Aura moderate invocation; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 5,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, fireball, mage armor, protection from energy; Cost 2,500

For D&D5:

Wondrous item, rare

Otherwise as above.

Notes: The Empress maintain the purity and value of Imperial coinage but having anyone having found to have clipped, counterfeited, debased or shaved Imperial currency publicly executed by having the primary metal they tried to steal made molten and poured down their throat “slaking their thirst for it”.  Brutal but effective and Imperial coinage is accepted at face value universally.

Photo by AJ and used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.



  1. Useful backup for an adventurer during a home invasion. They can quickly melt some of their loot would-be thieves are after and use it as a weapon.

    • Indeed. Also it would be a useful tool for the very sorts of people (counterfeiters, debasers) that it is designed to deter.

  2. Stupid Empress. Jerkface.

    • All you have to do to avoid punishment is not screw with the currency, how hard is that?

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