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Tuesday Magic Item – Guardian Companion Amulet

17 October, 2017

Gold LocketGolloan gestured to an alleyway and hissed, “Quick this way.”

Voddick hustled their charged down the alley only to pull up short as three masked men blocked their way.

“Give us the child!” demanded the tallest and best dressed of the masked trio.  “You need not die today mercenaries.”

“Bugger that!” replied Voddick with a vicious punch to the groin to the masked speaker.

“More behind us!” shouted Gollaon flinging a rock at them.

“I can help,” said the child, grasping her locket.  A shimmering in the air resolved itself into a large, glowing cat which launched itself at the remain two masked people in front of them (the leaded having collapsed in pain).  The other two flinched aside from the slashing claws and tearing fangs of the spectral cat.

“Run!” shouted Golloan grabbing the child.

Guardian Companion Amulet

These lockets are made of love and grief, with a portrait of a companion animal and a token from them (usually fur or a tooth) inside, imbued with the spirit of the animal at the time of its death.  The spirit remains bound as long as it is held by those who love and care for it, the bonds of love, kindness and duty are important to maintaining the binding magic.

As long as it is worn, the wearer gains a +4 morale bonus to saves against fear.

While the guardian is awake, the wearer gains a +4 competence bonus to Perception checks to spot ambushes and when attacked the wearer gains temporary hit points equal to ten plus the age of the guardian in years divided by fifty (to a maximum of thirty) for five minutes.

Once a day, the wearer may summon forth the guardian companion from the amulet to guard and protect the wearer for a short time (see the Guardian Companion template).  If it is reduced to zero hit points while manifest, it retreats into the amulet to heal for a week and a day during which time it is asleep.

The guardian companion must be cared for, brought fourth at least once a week and given food and care for half an hour.  Each guardian companion has its own preferred foods and modes of care (playing, combing and such like) which must be met to keep the spirit happy.  These items are often passed down through families, each becoming attuned to the needs and foibles of the other.  An ill treated guardian may sulk and refuse to aid the wearer and, if pushed far enough, may leave all together disenchanting the amulet when it goes.

Aura moderate abjuration and necrourgy; CL 7th
Slot neck; Price 25,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, gentle repose, shield, speak with dead, a treasured pet and companion’s dying essence must be captured as it passes from this world to the next; Cost 12,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (amulet), rare (requires attunement)

First and last paragraph as above.

As long as it is worn, the wearer gains advantage on saves against fear.

While the guardian is awake, the wearer gains advantage 0n Wisdom (Perception) rolls to spot ambushes and when attacked the wearer gains temporary hit points equal to ten plus the age of the guardian in years divided by fifty (to a maximum of thirty) for five minutes.

Once a day, the wearer may summon forth the guardian companion from the amulet to guard and protect the wearer for a short time (see the Guardian Companion template).  If it is reduced to zero hit points while manifest, it retreats into the amulet to heal for a week and a day during which time it is asleep.

Notes:  Obviously, this is in a very small part a tribute to my dear and brave Aeolif who went west yesterday.  As well as part of the October theme of monsters and things relating to them.

Photo “Locket Pendant in Shape of Shell with Animal-Headed Cap Flanked by a Small Bird on Sides” via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

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