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Tuesday Magic Item – Raven Cloak

29 January, 2019

Corvus Corax“I do admire that cloak,” said Gollaon, gazing from afar at it as it hung from the shoulders of the Supreme Magess of Valm.

“Usually you avoid black,” said Voddick before taking a drink of spiced ale.

“True,” agreed Gollaon nodding, “but it is not just the style, it is the enchantment that I truly desire.”

“Aye, there’s the rub,” nodded Vodick.

“Indeed,” sighed Gollaon.  “I do not suppose . . .”

“No.”

Raven Cloak

These black cloaks are exceedingly black, some are trimmed with feathers, others are covered in them and some have embroidered feathers.  But black with feathers is the impression you will get looking at one of these cloaks.

The cloak’s most basic power is to keep their wearer warm in any natural cold (as endure elements but only for cold) and they gain a +2 divine bonus to saves to resist cold, necrourgic attacks and the powers of the undead.

While wearing the cloak. the wearer’s senses are enhanced and finely tuned to matters of life and death, seeing all within 30′ as though through a deathwatch spell.  While wearing the cloak, this ability cannot be shut off, knowledge of life and death becomes the wearer’s constant companion.

Lastly, once per day, the wearer may shapeshift into the form of a raven for up to an hour (as beastshape II but they can still talk).  The wearer may end the transformation at anytime or it ends when the time expires or the wearer is render unconscious.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 9th
Slot shoulders; Price 19,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Create Wondrous Item, beastform II, deathwatch, endure elements; Cost 9,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (cloak), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The cloak’s most basic power is to keep their wearer warm in any natural coldand they gain advantage on saves to resist cold, necrourgic attacks and the powers of the undead.

While wearing the cloak. the wearer’s senses are enhanced and finely tuned to matters of life and death, seeing all within 30′ as though through a lens and being able to tell if the person is: healthy (more than half hit points). bloodied (less than half hit points), dying (zero hit points), dead, undead or neither (such as a construct).  While wearing the cloak, this ability cannot be shut off, knowledge of life and death becomes the wearer’s constant companion.

Lastly, the wearer may shapeshift into the form of a raven for up to an hour, while in this form, they may still talk.  The wearer may end the transformation at anytime or it ends when the time expires or the wearer is render unconscious.  This ability resets after a long rest.

Notes: Today is also the anniversary of the first publication of Edgar Alley Poe’s the Raven and it is a useful item for a traveler so it seemed appropriate.  It is also the sort of magic item the Ba’aikire would give as a gift.

Art A raven (Corvus corax). Coloured engraving by Whimper..{‘ ‘} Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

2 comments

  1. Oh this is fun, and so good for a mid-level guy. I can think of two characters in the current adventuring party who would just love this thing. I just sent the link to my DM. Thanks.


    • Excellent. If it gets used in your game, let me know how it turns out.



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