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Tuesday Magic Item – Manifesto of Unity

21 February, 2017

Rebels of the worlds unite!Voddick ducked back around the corner after discharging his crossbow.  “They are still coming and I am running out of bolts.”

Gollaon nodded grimly.  “Revolutionary organizations are rarely so disciplined.  Something more is at work here.”

“Could it be that document that they signed?”

“The Manifesto!  Of course!  That is the binding magic that I have been feeling.”

“Well, what do we do?” asked Voddick as he recocked his crossbow.

“Destroy the Manifesto or run.”

“Run it is!”

Manifesto of Unity

Crafted after hundreds, if not thousands of hours, of debate to distill a political philosophy and desire into  direct and understandable program, these manifesto are charged with potential energy that with the correct magical push can bind (some would say ensnare) the signers into a greater whole.

Once someone has freely signed their name to the manifesto, some requite it to be in blood, the signer is bound to pursue the aims and dictates of the manifesto.  More More importantly, it creates a shared consciousness between the signers, they cannot read each others thoughts, but they synchronize their actions perfectly without verbal communication.  This allows them to take the Aid Another action, as long as it benefits another signer of the manifesto, as a move action.  Additionally, a group of manifesto bound gain a +4 bonus to their initiative and a +4 morale bonus to Will save to resist effects that would turn them from pursuing their path.

However, those who have signed the manifesto find their thinking and desires become increasingly dominated by plans to enact the goals of the manifesto.  After a few years, the politics of the manifesto is all that motivates them to take action and it shades every action that they take.

Aura strong enchantment; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 15,000; Weight 1 lb or more
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, Scribe Scroll, detect thoughts, geas; Cost 7,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item, rare

First paragraph as above

Once some one has freely signed their name to the manifesto, some requite it to be in blood, the signer is bound to pursue the aims and dictates of the manifesto.  More insidiously, it creates a shared consciousness between the signers, they cannot read each others thought, but they synchronize their actions perfectly without verbal communication.  This allows them to take the Help action, as long as it benefits another signer of the manifesto, as a bonus action.  Additionally, a group of manifesto bound gain a advantage on initiative rolls and on Intelligence, Wisdom or Charisma saves to resist effects that would turn them from pursuing their path.

However, those who have signed the manifesto find their thinking and desires become increasingly dominated by plans to enact the goals of the manifesto.  After a few years, the politics of the manifesto is all that motivates them to take action and it shades every action that they take.

Notes: Obliquely inspired by the Communist Manifesto published on this date in 1848.  Again, a semi-cursed item and a good excuse to have things spiral out of control if their is a revolutionary faction in a scenario.

Image from the Shadowfist Dynamic Card Game and used with permission.

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