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Tuesday Magic Item – Banner of Authority

11 July, 2017

So many banners“I do not think I would mind seeing the Autocrat’s symbol everywhere if it was less . . . brutal,” finished Voddick as they walked down the main thoroughfare.

“I must agree, a crowned sword impaling a globe is hardly subtle,” said Gollaon idly flipping a coin.

“Subtle is not their strong suit here,” agreed Voddick.

“But I think they serve a more sinister purpose than simply showing the colors,” said Gollaon.  “I think they make one feel unsettled.”

“It is the banner causing that?  Not the armed men?”

“One reinforces the other.”

Banner of Authority

The banners are well made though often to identical designs, they are designed to showcase and display the authority of the state for which they were made and are usually produced in large numbers for such a state.  Individually, the effect of each banner is minor but combined they can prove very effective in maintaining the hold of an oppressive state.

Anyone who can see a banner and is within 120′ of it is affected by its ability, even if they are not looking directly at it.  Agents of the state are emboldened gaining a +1 morale bonus to attack roll and Intimidate checks,  all others have a constant sensation of being watched and suffer a -1 morale penalty on all skill checks that do not aid the state.

If one is within the over lapping areas of five or more banners, agents of the state gain an additional +1 morale bonus to melee damage rolls, while those opposed to the state are even more oppressed and suffer a -1 morale penalty on Will saves and attacks against leaders of the state.

Lastly, if one is within the overlapping area of twenty-five or more banners, agents of the state gain temporary hit points equal to their level which are restored every dawn and dusk and a +4 morale bonus to saves against fear.  While those opposed to the state must make a Will save (DC 15) to be able to act against the state, this save can be made each round and once made the character is immune to this effect for twenty-four hours.

However, destroying one (or more) of these banners reverse the effects for the next 1d6 minutes, but they are tough to destroy (hardness 5, 20 hit points).

Aura moderate enchantment and necromancy; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 1,500; Weight 8 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, false life, fear, lesser geas; Cost 750*
*If ten or more are made at the same time the cost is reduced by 5% and if an hundred or more are manufactured as a single lost the cost is reduced by a tenth.

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item, uncommon

First paragraph as above.

Anyone who can see a banner and is within 120′ of it is effected by its ability, even if they are not looking directly at it.  Agents of the state are emboldened gaining a +1 bonus to Charisma (Intimidate) rolls,  all others have a constant sensation of being watched.

If one is within the over lapping areas of five or more banners, agents of the state gain a +1 bonus to melee damage rolls, while those opposed to the state are even more oppressed and suffer disadvantage on their first Charisma save or attack against a leader of the state (this ability resets after the victim has had a short or long rest).

Lastly, if one is within the overlapping area of twenty-five or more banners, agents of the state gain temporary hit points equal to their level which are restored after a long rest and a advantage to saving throws against fear.  While those opposed to the state must make a Charisma save (DC 13) to be able to act against the state, this save can be made each round and once made the character is immune to this effect for twenty-four hours.

However, destroying one (or more) of these banners reverse the effects for the next 1d6 minutes, but they are tough to destroy.

Notes: Wanted something thematic and a partial explanation to how authoritarian states stay in power in a magical society.  Not too annoying if there is just one or two, but a rally with dozens of these items would be terrifying, as it should be.

Image original here by zeevveez is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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