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Tuesday Magic Item – Corpse Custodian Pin

11 September, 2018

PinnedVoddick tossed the shovel aside.  “Ready!”

Gollaon gave him a hand up.  “They are ready to lay the corpses in.”

Voddick dropped his voice once they were away.  “I were prefer to put them on a pyre, with those necrourgists out there.”

“You must give our employers their traditions and they have protections.”

“Hopefully it will be enough.”

Corpse Custodian Pin

These are often mass produced with a disc of copper or silver usually decorated with religious iconography and sayings;  The pins that attach them are strong and made of steel or iron.

These pins are used to protect corpses from the predation of necrourgists and various form of spirits and other creatures, driven into a corpse they spread protective magic throughout.  A corpse pinned with one of these items cannot be animated by necrourgic magic or possessed by spirits.

Attempting to animate or possess a pinned corpse, or to move it without proper religious rites, will cause the pin to wail and howl, audible to 240′ away.  Any attempt to dismantle the corpse will cause any part severed to ignite, causing 2d4 points of fire damage to anyone holding such.  Removing the pin will cause the entire corpse to ignite, causing 3d8 fire damage to whoever removed the pin (no save) and all within 5′ suffer the same amount of damage (Reflex save DC16 for half).

Aura moderate abjuration; CL 6th
Slot none; Price 750; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, glyph of warding, magic circle against evil; Cost 375

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (pin), common

First and second paragraph as above.

Attempting to animate or possess a pinned corpse, or to move it without proper religious rites, will cause the pin to wail and howl, audible to 240′ away.  Any attempt to dismantle the corpse will cause any part severed to ignite, causing 2d4 points of fire damage to anyone holding such.  Removing the pin will cause the entire corpse to ignite, causing 3d8 fire damage to whoever removed the pin (no save) and all within 5′ suffer the same amount of damage (Dexterity save DC14 for half).

Notes: The Wikipedia featured article was about the Burke and Hare Murders and part of that was the ways that people tried to protect their corpses from being stolen, magic can help with that.  I have some ideas for variants which I hope to develop.

Image “Silver Pin” by Inca via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0

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