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Tuesday Magic Item – Sceptre of Feudal Oaths

29 August, 2017

Kingly Sceptre“I am glad we are just mercenaries,” whispered Gollaon to his friend as they stood in the back of the grand hall, surrounded by the assembled nobles of the realm.

“Yes?  What am I missing?” Voddick stretched up trying to get a look at what was going on at the heart of the chamber.

“Oaths to the ruler, ones that will be enforced by an ancient magic,” answered Gollaon.

“Ah, best to avoid those entanglements, especially in war,” nodded Voddick.  “At least the feast should be spectacular.”

Sceptre of Feudal Oaths

These items are usually ancient having acquired their authority from decades or centuries of use and tradition.  The sceptres are usually old and often appear outdated when compared to modern regalia, but are sturdily built and often richly decorated.  They come from an era of fierce war leaders who demanded personal loyalty and we willing to enforce their dictates with violence as needed.

The sceptre is a +1 oath-breaker bane light mace if wielded in combat but this is not its primary use.

It is used to enforce the ruler’s will in a less direct way, once a day, the owner of the sceptre my have one of their vassal’s swear an oath to preform a task.  Those who do so are bound by a geas to preform that task but more importantly, their direct vassals are bound to the same oath by a lesser geas.

Once a year, the ruler may impose such an oath on all of his direct vassals, this must be done publicly and with great fanfare, and this oath also flows to the direct vassals of those who take the oath from their ruler.

As long as a legitimate heir to the royal family who created this item is alive, the sceptre cannot be destroyed.

Aura strong enchantment; CL 17th; Slot none; Weight 4 lbs

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (sceptre), legendary (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The sceptre can be used as a mace with a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with it, it causes an additional 2d6 points of bludgeoning damage against any oath-breaker.

It is used to enforce the ruler’s will in a less direct way, once a day, the owner of the sceptre my have one of their vassal’s swear an oath to preform a task.  Those who do so are bound by a geas, lasting a year or until fulfilled, to preform that task but more importantly, their direct vassals are bound to the same oath by a weaker version of the geas, only causing 2d10 psychic damage.

Once a year, the ruler may impose such an oath on all of his direct vassals, this must be done publicly and with great fanfare, and this oath also flows to the direct vassals of those who take the oath from their ruler.

As long as a legitimate heir to the royal family who created this item is alive, the sceptre cannot be destroyed.

Notes: Went for the British spelling for this item.  Decided to finish the theme for the month with a big item.

Image “The King of Cambodia standing with a sceptre in his right hand” by Anonymous, François Jollain (French, Paris 1641–1704 Paris) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

 

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One comment

  1. And the “minor” attribute could lead to *such* interesting quests…



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