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Tuesday Magic Item – Dragon’s Tongue Disc

16 November, 2016

Tail or tongue?“I know dragons have their own language, and that is all well and good,” said Voddick quietly over his ale, “but people speaking it always makes me uncomfortable.”

“Agreed,” said Gollaon, “it is not meant for human tongue and throat.  It has a certain majesty when spoken by the dragons themselves.  Though the one in livery speaks it extremely well.”

“She does not pause much and speaks well, from what I can tell,” noted Voddick after listening for a moment.

“You have a good ear,” nodded Gollaon.  “She must have been raised in Draconic house.”

Dragon’s Tongue Disc

These small discs are made from precious metals and usually marked with the crest of one of the draconic houses.  Designed to quickly provide newly inducted members of the House with the ability to speak “a proper language”.  Placed on one’s tongue, it bonds to the flesh in a particularly painful fashion.

The disc bonds painfully to the flesh of the tongue, inflicting a -4 penalty on attack rolls, skill checks, and ability checks, this effect last for one hour after the bonding and the character cannot speak for an entire day afterward.  The disc can only be removed by cutting it free, mangling the tongue beyond usefulness.

As long as it is bound to the tongue, the character is fluent in Low Draconic but vulnerable to enchantment spells cast by anyone with a draconic bloodline, suffering a -2 penalty to saves against such.

Aura moderate divination; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 9,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bestow curse, tongues; Cost 4,500

For D&D 5e:

wondrous item, uncommon

First paragraph as above.

The disc bonds painfully to the flesh of the tongue, inflicting disadvantage on attacks and ability rolls, this effect last for one hour after the bonding and the character cannot speak for an entire day afterward.  The disc can only be removed by cutting it free, mangling the tongue beyond usefulness.

As long as it is bound to the tongue, the character is fluent in Low Draconic but vulnerable to enchantment spells cast by anyone with a draconic bloodline, suffering disadvantage on saves against such.

Notes: A quick but unpleasant way to master a language.

Art by Owain Owain for “The Dragon’s Tongue” a monthly Welsh language magazine dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Welsh language found on Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

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2 comments

  1. Body mods! Very 5e. =)


  2. “What ails you? Dragon got your tongue?”



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