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Tuesday Magic Item / A to Z – Mercenary Contract

17 April, 2018

ContractVoddick cleaned his knife and stared at the contract.  “I hate signing these contracts.”

“There are not my favorite but at least you know what you are signing up for,” said Gollaon.  “They are very explicit.”

“True,” Voddick nodded.  “That is a small comfort.”

“Agreed.”

Mercenary Contract

Originally created by the god known as the Prince of Mercenaries for use by his followers.  These contracts are made of durable material, vellum, leather, thick paper, though even wood or sheets of metal have been used.  They are inactive until freely signed in blood both by the employer and the employed.

The contract spells out the duties of both employer and employed, including an end date, and binds them to meet the terms set forth.  Both are under a geas until the terms or the contract are met, if the employer attempts to break the binding magically, they are struck with a greater bestow curse that marks they as an oath breaker (-6 to Charisma and all who look or speak with them know what they are) and frees their employees from the contract, an employee is punished with a lesser punishment, only a bestow curse as an oath breaker (-3 to Charisma and all who look or speak with them know what they are).

Each contract is good for only one use but that use may include any number of signatories (up to available space).

Aura strong necrourgy [curse]; CL 15th
Slot none; Price 5,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Scribe Scroll or Craft Wondrous Item, geas, greater bestow curse; Cost 2,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (contract), uncommon

First paragraph as above.

The contract spells out the duties of both employer and employed, including an end date, and binds them to meet the terms set forth.  Both are under a geas until the terms or the contract are met, if the employer attempts to break the binding magically, they are struck with a bestow curse (as a 9th level spell) that marks they as an oath breaker (-2 to Charisma and disadvantage to all Charisma rolls and all who look or speak with them know what they are) and frees their employees from the contract, an employee is punished with a lesser punishment, only a bestow curse (as a 9th level spell) as an oath breaker (disadvantage to all Charisma rolls and all who look or speak with them know what they are).

Each contract is good for only one use but that use may include any number of signatories (up to available space).

Notes: According to legend, the Dragon Empress used such a contract to remove the Prince of Mercenaries from the equation during the Gods War.

Image “The New Treaty between King Philip and Henry VII, from Der Weisskunig” by Hans Burgkmair (German, Augsburg 1473–1531 Augsburg), Jost de Negker (1480–1546), Written by Marx Treitz-Sauerwein von Ehrentreitz (died 1527) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

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