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Tuesday Magic Item – Trail Guides

23 January, 2018

At the begin8ing and end of a journeyGollaon set a piece of bread and poured a drop of wine on the standing stone, reciting a few words in an ancient language.

Voddick bowed his head and waited patiently until he finished.

“That is done,” smiled Gollaon, taking a quick pull of wine for himself.

“No problems?  The spirits or whatever will help us travel this twice-overgrown wilderness?”

“I believe so, the ritual I used was at least as ancient as the stone and their was no rejection of the gifts.”

“Good, then let us get going,” Voddick shouldered his heavy pack.  “The sooner we are back in civilization the better.”

“I could not agree more.”

Trail Guides

These marker stones are placed at the beginnings, and thus also the ends of trails, through the wild corners of the world.  Each is marked with runes or symbols that the initiated can understand warning of the dangers ahead.  A small sacrifice will enlist the aid of the spirits aligned with each stone to make travel along the trails less hazardous.

A small sacrifice, usually food and drink, and a brief prayer must be done before starting along the trail marked by the stones , this requires a successful Knowledge (Religion) check DC 10 or Knowledge (Nature) check DC 15, if successful done, the effects of the sacrifice last as long as the petitioners continues on the trail.

The petitioner gain a +4 competence bonus to Perception checks to notice dangers along the trail and to saves against natural weather.

Each sacrifice is good for up to three people or animals.

Aura faint abjuration; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 1,500; Weight 300+ lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, endure elements, prayer; Cost 750

For D&D 5E:

Standing stone, common

First and last paragraph as above.

A small sacrifice, usually food and drink, and a brief prayer must be done before starting along the trail marked by the stones , this requires a successful Intelligence (Religion) roll DC 9 or Intelligence (Nature) roll DC 13, if successful done, the effects of the sacrifice last as long as the petitioners continues on the trail.

The petitioners receive advantage on Wisdom (Perception) rolls to notice dangers along the trail and when saving against natural weather.

Notes: A companion piece to the Incense of Safe Travel, such markers would be useful for the wilder areas and its inhabitants (and for venturers who learn their secrets).

Photo by me of the Indian Trail market just down from where I work, a little more information here.

 

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