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Tuesday Magic Item – White Lotus of Enlightenment

8 May, 2018

Within the Lotus, EnlightenmentGollaon pushed the branch out of the way with his walking stick.  “Why did we end up in a jungle again?”

“The Quest paid well and promised no field battles,” replied Voddick swatting at a bug.

“Ah, yes, and flower hunting seemed much more attractive.”

“Agree.  But sadly the flower is somewhere in this bug infested hot house of a place.”

“Enlightenment is not easy to obtain,” said their Employer.

White Lotus of Enlightenment

These are perfect white lotuses only found in the most inaccessible and unusual places.  Once picked, they never wilt or wither, remaining a perfect version of a flower.

The lotus helps to open the bearer’s mind to the higher order of things, to edge closer to enlightenment.  By spending an hour meditating on the Lotus, the bearer gains a number of temporary hit points equal to their Wisdom or Charisma modifier (whichever is higher, minimum one) and:

  • If a Monk, one additional point of Ki pool.
  • If a spell-caster, they can memorize or cast, as appropriate to their tradition, one additional 1st level spell.
  • If neither of the above applies, they gain a +1 sacred bonus to Will saves, raised to +2 against Fear and Illusions.

The effects last for Twenty Four hours or until the bearer next sleeps, whichever comes first.

The White Lotus can also be used to open a gateway for the bearer (and companions, if that is the GM’s wish) to go on an enlightenment quest.  This adventure should be tailor to the character performing the quest and if successfully completed, they gain an inherent bonus of +2 to the mental ability of their choice.

Aura faint abjuration*; CL 17th; Slot none; Weight

*It is a relic, it gets to break rules if it wants.

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item, legendary (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The lotus helps to open the bearer’s mind to the higher order of things, to edge closer to enlightenment.  By spending an hour meditating on the Lotus, the bearer gains a number of temporary hit points equal to their Wisdom or Charisma modifier (whichever is higher, minimum one) and:

  • If a Monk, one additional Ki point.
  • If a spell-caster, they gain one additional 1st level spell slot.
  • If neither of the above applies, they gain advantage to saving throws against Fear and Illusions and they can choose to gain advantage on one Charisma or Wisdom save.

The effects last for Twenty Four hours or until the bearer next sleeps, whichever comes first.

The White Lotus can also be used to open a gateway for the bearer (and companions, if that is the GM’s wish) to go on an enlightenment quest.  This adventure should be tailor to the character performing the quest and if successfully completed, one mental statistic of your choice increases by two, as does the maximum for that score.

Notes: This is partly in honor of White Lotus Day (oh those wacky Theosophists) and also because I like an item that is useful and can serve as an adventure gateway.

White lotus photo “White Lotus (DSC_0065)” by Li-Ji is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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