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Tuesday Magic Item – Message Runner’s Baton

7 March, 2017

In commandVoddick checked his crossbow and looked out across the field as the mists slowly burned away as the sun moved across the sky.

Gollaon idly counted arrows as the enemy ranks were revealed by the fleeing fog.  “Good sized army,” he said mildly.  “Glad we are holding ground rather than trying to take it.”

“It will still be rough if they choose to fight.”

“At least we have the better trained army and good communications,” he nodded to the runner, pointed with his baton.

“Discipline is all well and good,” agreed Voddick, “but I would not mind having a few more soldiers on our side as well.”

“Truth.”

Message Runner’s Baton

These are made of hardy wood reinforced with metal, usually bronze or brass, and clearly marked with the symbols of the military that they were created for.  They are designed to be sturdy and distinctive but not flashy.

These batons are very well balanced and can be used as a masterwork light mace, though that is not their primary purpose.  The bearer gains a +5′ enhancement bonus to base speed and the baton is treated as a light shield providing a +1 shield bonus when it is carried.

When given a message to deliver, the bearer’s movement bonus increases to +15′ and they can ignore 10′ worth of difficult terrain each round when moving, they gain a +4 resistance bonus to saves against any effect that would impede their movement and they are protected as by a shield spell.  These effects can be active for a maximum of two hours, total, per day.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 20,000; Weight 2 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armour and Craft Wondrous Item, cat’s grace, expedition retreat, owl’s wisdom, shield, creator must know the Extend Spell metamagic feat; Cost 10,000

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (light mace), uncommon

First paragraph as above.

These batons are very well balanced and can be used as a mace, though that is not their primary purpose.  The bearer’s speed increases by 5 feet and the baton is treated as a shield when it is carried.

When given a message to deliver, the bearer’s speed bonus increases to +15′ and they can ignore 10′ worth of difficult terrain each round when moving, they gain advantage on saves against any effect that would impede their movement and as often as once every three rounds, they can call upon a shield effect as a reaction.  These effects can be active for a maximum of two hours, total, per day.

Notes: I was thinking about the message runners from the trenches of the Great War who could certainly have used anything that helped their speed and warded them from shell fragments.

Image: Alonso Sánchez Coello [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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2 comments

  1. Cool item. Would it work for flying (or even digging) movement as well as running?


    • It should target whatever is the primary mode of the holder’s movement, so if that is flying or digging, then yes!



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