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Tuesday Magic Item – Swift Sparrow Amulet

30 January, 2018

Sparrow“It is so good to be back in a city,” said Voddick with a wide sweep of his hands.

“Agreed, and this one is exceptionally fine,” said Gollaon watching some of the young nobles ride by.

“Watch where you are going!” shouted Voddick as a messenger ran by him quickly followed by another.  “You too!”  He shouted as they vanished into the crowds.

“Fast and skillful,” said Gollaon.

“But a little rude.”

“They get paid for speed I imagine.”

Swift Sparrow Amulet

These amulets can be plain or gaudy but they always feature a sparrow, usually in flight but not always.  They are never worn on a chain but always on a cord.

The wearer of the amulet gains a +10′ enhancement bonus to their ground speed and they do not treat crowds as difficult terrain. The wearer gains a +4 competence bonus to Athletics checks to maneuver around in an urban or build up environment.

As long as the wearer is not dressed outlandishly, pursuers have a =4 circumstance penalty to pick out the wearer among crowds.

However, like the sparrow, the wearer is vulnerable to lustful desires, suffering a -4 penalty to resist such temptations.

Aura moderate transformation; CL 5th
Slot neck; Price 3,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, cat’s grace, haste; Cost 1,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (amulet), uncommon

First paragraph as above.

The wearer of the amulet gains +10′ to their ground speed and they do not treat crowds as difficult terrain. The wearer gains advantage on Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (Acrobatics) checks to maneuver around in an urban or build up environment.

As long as the wearer is not dressed outlandishly, pursuers are at disadvantage when trying to pick out the wearer from a crowds.

However, like the sparrow, the wearer is vulnerable to lustful desires, suffering disadvantage when trying to resist such temptations.

Notes: It sort of plays into the monthly theme, even if the travel bonuses are restricted to in city.  The sparrow is symbolically associated with Aphrodite, thus its reputed lustful nature.

Image “Netsuke of Sparrow (Split-tongue)” by Japan via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

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