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Tuesday Magic Item – Assassin’s Eye and Cloak

9 May, 2017

Spot the assassin!Voddick launched a bolt down the corridor and was rewarded with a thunk as it hit flesh followed by a soft curse.  “I hate bastard who use magic to hide themselves.”  He struggled to recock his crossbow.

Gollaon wove patterns with his sword through the air.  “It is rare to fight so many unseen foes.”  He winced as a slash appeared on his thigh, he pivoted and thrust and was rewarded by a body, suddenly visible, crashing to the floor.

Revealed, the unseen attacker seemed far less dangerous.  A man of average height in nondescript leather armor, his only decoration a silver headband.

“Grab the headband!” shouted Voddick.  Firing another bolt down the corridor, it embedded itself in the far wall.  “Damn.”

Gollaon did.  “I can see them!  There are three of them and coming fast.”

“Damn,” Voddick tossed aside his crossbow and grabbed for his sword.

Assassin’s Eye and Cloak

These items are made in groups sometimes as small as pairs and rarely more than a dozen.  The cloak is  of a nondescript but durable make with a dull clasp, the eye is a headband sometime made of cloth or leather (especially for the expendable version) or of dulled copper or silver.

The Eye and Cloak are a paired set of items for use by a team of assassins, the Cloak allows for the wearer to become invisible for one minute, the next time it is activated it provides greater invisibility for thirty seconds and the last time it is activated, it again makes the wearer invisible for one minute.  The Eye allows the wearer to see the other cloak wearers when invisible, it also has the additional effect of giving the wearer a +4 enhancement bonus to perception checks to perceive invisible things.

They are made in two types: Expendable, which are only good for one use and the magic of the Eye is expended when the last of the Cloak’s invisibility is used up.  And Permanent, which can use the invisibility sequence each day.

Aura moderate illusion; CL 10th
Slot headband and shoulders; Price expendable 2,000 / permanent 10,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Create Wondrous Item, detect invisibility, greater invisibility; Cost expendable 1,000 / 5,000 permanent

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item, if expendable, uncommon (requires attunement), if permanent, very rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The Eye and Cloak is a paired item for use by a team of assassins, the Cloak allows for the wearer to become invisible for one minute, the next time it is activated it provides invisibility for thirty seconds which is not dispelled when the wearer attacks and the last time it is activated, it again makes the wearer invisible for one minute.  The Eye allows the wearer to see the other cloak wearers when invisible, it also has the additional effect of giving the wearer advantage on Wisdom (perception) rolls to perceive invisible things.

They are made in two types: Expendable, which are only good for one use and the magic of the Eye is expended when the last of the Cloak’s invisibility is used up.  And Permanent, which can use the invisibility sequence once and it is refreshed when its wearer takes a long rest.

Notes: I was pondering magical secret societies and the assassins they might employ and then started to wonder how a team of invisible assassins would avoid getting in each others’ way.

Photo: “Drawing room with pictures of the Lohengrin saga, Neuschwanstein Castle, Upper Bavaria, Germany, 1886” by trialsanderrors is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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One comment

  1. Should this sentence:

    “I had bastard who use magic to hide themselves.”

    be

    “I hate bastards who use magic to hide themselves.”

    ?



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