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Tuesday Magic Item – Martin’s Dispatch Bag

28 November, 2017

Dispatches to deliverVoddick shot another pursuer and worked to reload his crossbow.  “This is easier when one is not mounted.”

Gollaon twisted and released an arrow.  “True.  At least who are out of the siege.”

“And being hunted by half their cavalry!”

“It would not be fun otherwise.  Now we had best catch up with that courier we are escorting.”

Martin’s Dispatch Bag

These dispatch bag are made of tough and worn leather, sometime decorated with the symbol of organization that made it, other times with the mark of its owner.

The bag protects its contents, keeping them safe as long as the bag survives (and it is extremely tough, hardness 12, hit points 15) and can only by opened by its bearer or anyone with a ring keyed to the dispatch bag.  If the bag is destroyed, so are its contents.

While seeking to deliver the bag and it contents, the bearer (and any mount they use) gain a +10′ bonus to ground movement and a +4 bonus to any save or check to avoid anything that would stop them or slow them down, including fatigue.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 5,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, arcane lock, haste, mage armor; Cost 2,500

Rings that unlock the bag cost 250 (and 125 to make) and must be created at the same time as the bag.

For D&D5E:

Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The bag protects its contents, keeping them safe as long as the bag survives (and it is extremely tough, AC 19, hit points 18, resistance to everything by magic slashing weapons) and can only by opened by its bearer or anyone with a ring keyed to the dispatch bag.  If the bag is destroyed, so are its contents.

While seeking to deliver the bag and it contents, the bearer (and any mount they use) gain a +10′ bonus to ground movement and aadvantage on any save or roll to avoid anything that would stop them or slow them down, including fatigue.

Notes: Named after, and loosely inspired by, Albert Martin who carried Col. Travis’  letter “To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World” and who died while defending the Alamo garrison after returning.

A good adventure would be to acquire one of the rings that allow a bag to be safely opened to obtain access to a courier bag for any number of nefarious purposes.

Photo by Conor Lawless and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license.

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One comment

  1. Great item. I will definitely use this one.



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