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Tuesday Magic Item – Mazer of Misrule

19 December, 2018

MazerVoddick sipped at the mulled wine and passed the mazer down the table.  “Good,” he nodded.

Gollaon did the same.  He learned in to whisper to his companion.  “The cup is enchanted, we had best keep our wits about us.”

“Enchanted?  How?”

“To reduce inhibitions.  A sip of this wine makes you as . . . open minded as if you had drunk an amphora,” explained Gollaon.

Voddick looked up and down the tables.  “And everyone here has been drinking from it . . . Yes, we had definitely keep our wits about us.”

Mazer of Misrule

Mazers are special type of wooden drinking vessel, a wide cup or shallow bowl without handles, with a broad flat foot and a knob or boss in the center of the inside.  These are made to be used and shared by a group on special occasions, drinking and toasting together.

Under normal circumstance, it just makes people more conivial and ready to relax with friends and family.

But on special occasions, such as a feast of fools, it helps to strip the inhibitions from all, making everyone more willing to join in on the party (this imposes a -4 penalty to resist temptations of a friendly and non-violent nature).  In the hands of an appointed Lord of Misrule during such event, they may suggest to those who have imbibed actions of a transgressive nature, such as same gender dancing, sitting on the floor, or other actions that violate polite custom but that do not cause violence or harm (or direct benefit to the Lord of Misrule).

Aura moderate enchantment; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 5,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, greater command or mass suggestion; Cost 2,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (mazer), rare

First and second paragraphs as above.

But on special occasions, such as a feast of fools, it helps to strip the inhibitions from all, making everyone more willing to join in on the party (this imposes disadvantage to resist temptations of a friendly and non-violent nature).  In the hands of an appointed Lord of Misrule during such event, they may suggest to those who have imbibed actions of a transgressive nature, such as same gender dancing, sitting on the floor, or other actions that violate polite custom but that do not cause violence or harm (or direct benefit to the Lord of Misrule).

Notes: Inspired by Saturnalia (which was yesterday) and the spirits of traditions such as the Feast of Fools and the Lord of Misrule with the mazer being suggested by my lovely wife.

Photo from VAwebteam and found at Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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