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Tuesday Magic Item – Court-Martial Drum

14 March, 2017

Justice of a sortVoddick paced.  “I do not know why we are needed for this.”

Gollaon shrugged.  “Impartial witnesses?” he suggested and took a bite from his apple.

“I do not like it,” grumbled Voddick.

“Nor I, but they run their army the way they want and we get paid for standing around rather than being on a battlefield.”

Court-Martial Drum

These large drums are used for military signalling, thus they are often decorated with the symbols of the military unit they are attached to, and also for the trails of those brought before military justice.

Used as a signal drum, they are easy to hear above the din of battle.  Used in a court-martial, anyone who without coercion signed their name (or makes their mark) to the proceeding is compelled to speak the truth on the matter at hand and only the matter at hand.  If they speak, they must speak the truth, their willingness to sign their name overrides any save they would otherwise have only magical abilities that allow one to lie in such a situation can overcome this compulsion and even that requires a caster level check against the magic of the drum.

The drum’s court-martial magic can only be used once a day and only when following the proper code of the military unit it is part of for such proceedings.

Aura strong enchantment; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 15,000; Weight 25 lbs
Construction Requirements
Create Wondrous Item, greater command, quest, zone of truth; Cost 7,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item, rare

First paragraph as above.

Used as a signal drum, they are easy to hear above the din of battle.  Used in a court-martial, anyone who without coercion signed their name (or makes their mark) to the proceeding is compelled to speak the truth on the matter at hand and only the matter at hand.  If they speak, they must speak the truth, their willingness to sign their name overrides any save they would otherwise have only magical abilities that allow one to lie in such a situation can overcome this compulsion and even that requires a Charisma roll against the magic of the drum, DC 16.

The drum’s court-martial magic can only be used once a day and only when following the proper code of the military unit it is part of for such proceedings.

Notes: Inspired by drumhead courts-martial, so named, maybe, because drums were pressed into service as impromptu desks.

Image edited from one of Jacques Callot‘s images from the Miseries of War, found on de.wikipedia.org and in the Public Domain.

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