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Tuesday Magic Item – Bloodline Chain (A to Z, B)

2 April, 2019

Chained together“I see the House’s Matriarch keeps a tight rein on her scions,” said Gollaon.

Voddick nodded.  “I noticed the chains marked with the the house seal as well.  Effective tools of control but not something a free man should wear.”

“Which is only one of a thousand reasons we will never be asked to wear one.”

“Thank the stars for that.”

“Truth.”

Bloodline Chain

This come in a variety of styles, chains worn around the neck, the wrist, ankle, upper arm or even the waist, in all cases though they are masterfully made and decorated with precious metals and even gems.  A mark, usually a seal, of the house they were made for is almost always incorporated into the design.

They come in two types, the Lord chain, of which there is only one, and Vassal chain, of which their can be many.  The wearer of the Vassal chain must pledge their loyalty to the wearer of the Lord chain who must share a bloodline (though literal blood, adoption or oath) and it cannot be removed .

The Vassal chain provides its wearer with:

  • The ability to send a message to the wearer of the Lord chain across any physical distance, five times a day.
  • +4 morale bonus to resist mind-affecting powers and abilities that would turn the wearer against the will or directive of the holder of the Lord chain.
  • The first time each day the wearer take damage, they gain 2d4 + their Charisma modifier (minimum 0) in temporary hit points that last five minutes.

The Master chain provides its wearer with:

  • The ability to send a message to any wearer of a Vassal chain across any physical distance, or repeat the message received from one Vassal chain wearer to the wearer of another.  As often as needed.
  • Once a day per Vassal chain, the wear of the Lord chain my transfer half the damage they take (rounded up) from an attack to the wearer of a Vassal chain.

If the wearer of the Master chain is killed, all of the Vassal chains fall from their wearers.

Aura strong necrourgy; CL 13th
Slot varies (see above); Price 7,500 (vassal) / 75,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bestow curse, message (and for the Lord Ring) limited wish; Cost 3,750 (vassal) 37,500 (lord)

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (jewelry), vassal – uncommon / lord very rare  (requires attunement)

The Vassal chain provides its wearer with:

  • The ability to send a message to the wearer of the Lord chain across any physical distance, five times a day.
  • Advantage to any saving through or attribute roll to resist any power or ability that would turn the wearer against the will or directive of the holder of the Lord chain.
  • The first time each day the wearer take damage, they gain 2d4 + their Charisma modifier (minimum 0) in temporary hit points that last five minutes.

The Master chain provides its wearer with:

  • The ability to send a message to any wearer of a Vassal chain across any physical distance, or repeat the message received from one Vassal chain wearer to the wearer of another.  As often as needed.
  • Once a day per Vassal chain, the wear of the Lord chain my transfer half the damage they take (rounded up) from an attack to the wearer of a Vassal chain.

If the wearer of the Master chain is killed, all of the Vassal chains fall from their wearers.

Notes: This also serves as my A to Z for B, I had intended to write up more for B (and still might) but for now . . .

Image from Dave Cain Chainmail and used with permission.

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