Tuesday Magic Item – Spying Songbird

15 January, 2019

Watching youVoddick peered over the mug of his ale at the singer.  “I do not entirely trust this new performer.  They seem too chummy with the officers already.”

Gollaon nodded and poured himself another drink.  “Have you paid attention to their songbird accompaniment?”

Voddick shook his head.  “You know I do not care for cloying love songs.”

“Nor I really,” said Gollaon before sipping at his wine.  “Though watch it next time.  It is not a living bird.”

“Indeed.”  He studied the singer even more intently.

Spying Songbird

These items appear as perfectly normal songbirds except they do not eat, they stay close to their owner and obey the verbal commands that their owner gives.  Otherwise just acting as a normal bird.

The songbird can accompany the owner’s when they perform, granting a +3 circumstance bonus to any perform check that makes sense.

It can also act as a spy for the owner, if the songbird is within 600′ the owner can see or hear as if they were at the songbird’s location (as though using clairaudience/clairvoyance).  The owner can use this ability for up to 30 minutes a day, but each use, no matter how brief, uses at least a minute of that time.

Once, and only once as doing so destroys the songbird, the owner may move instantaneously to the location of songbird (as though using a dimension door) as long as it is within 600′.

The bird has an AC of 18 (+5 Dex, +3 Size), hp 8, Hardness 5 and Stealth +15.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 27,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, clairaudience/clairvoyance, dimension door, eagle’s splendor, summon monster III; Cost 13,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (bird), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The songbird can accompany the owner’s when they perform, granting advantage to Charisma (Performance) rolls that makes sense.

Third and fourth paragraph as above.

The bird has an AC of 16, hp 8, Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing, and Dexterity (Stealth) +10.

Notes: Not quite fitting into the theme, though it does have a travel component.  But I like the idea and multipurpose items, especially one so divergent as this, is rare.

Photo by Ferran Pestaña and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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