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Tuesday Magic Item – Zoomorphic Amulet (A to Z, Z)

30 April, 2019

Animals!“Good to have found some allies,” said Voddick, “but I am not sure we will be able to get back in time to break the siege.”

“We will do the best we can,” answered Gollaon.  “They are used to traveling quickly.”

“I would rather be leading a heroic rescue than a mission of vengeance.”

“As would I,” nodded Gollaon.  “So we had best pick up the pace, our allies are outpacing us.”

Zoomorphic Amulet

These amulets are decorated with a variety of animal designs, they are often made of slices of bone and horn layered and then bound with brass or copper. Sometime the animals are stylized, other times they are highly realistic, it depends on the artistic preferences of the culture creating them.

The amulet allows the wearer to draw upon the potential of the animals portrayed to gain one of the following:

  • Endurance, gains a +4 enhancement bonus to Constitution, a +1 enhancement bonus to natural armor and a +2 morale bonus to Will saves to resist fear and negative emotions.  However, the character becomes single-minded, focused only on the task at hand and suffers a -4 morale penalty to any skill check that is not directly related to their focused drive.
  • Power, gains a +4 enhancement bonus to Strength, a +10′ enhancement bonus to ground movement when charging and DR 1/Magic.  However, the character becomes extremely aggressive and suffers a -4 morale penalty to resist any attempt to taunt them or goad them into a fight and they will not retreat from a fight without a successful Will save (DC 14).
  • Speed, gains a +4 enhancement bonus to Dexterity and a +10′ enhancement bonus to ground movement and a +5 enhancement bonus to Climb and Swimming speeds (if possessed).  However, the character becomes impulsive, hating to wait for plans, wanting to act now!  They must make a Will save (DC 11) to avoid taking action rather than be idle.

The bonuses can be used up to three times a day, in any combination but only one at a time, for up to fifteen minutes.  While active, the user’s features become more bestial, mimicking the sort of animal they are drawing potential (this may give a small bonus to intimidate checks), the bestial appearance and the downside last for 2d4 hours and the negative effects can overlap.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 9th
Slot neck; Price 15,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, bear’s endurance, bull’s strength, cat’s grace, polymorph; Cost 7,500

For D&D 5E:

First paragraph as above.

The amulet allows the wearer to draw upon the potential of the animals portrayed to gain one of the following:

  • Endurance, gains their Level + half Constitution score (rounded up) in temporary hit points, and advantage on any Constitution saving throw and any saving throw to resist fear and negative emotions.  However, the character becomes single-minded, focused only on the task at hand and suffers disadvantage to any Characteristic roll that is not directly related to their focused drive.
  • Power, gains advantage on all Strength rolls, +1d4 to melee damage, a +10′ bonus to ground movement when moving toward a fight.  However, the character becomes extremely aggressive and suffers a disadvantage to resist any attempt to taunt them or goad them into a fight and they will not retreat from a fight without a successful Wisdom save (DC 12).
  • Speed, gains advantage on all Dexterity and a +10′ bonus to ground movement and a +5 enhancement bonus to Climb and Swimming speeds (if possessed).  However, the character becomes impulsive, hating to wait for plans, wanting to act now!  They must make a Wisdom save (DC 9) to avoid taking action rather than be idle.

The bonuses can be used up to three times, in any combination but only one at a time, for up to fifteen minutes before needed a long rest to recharge.  While active, the user’s features become more bestial, mimicking the sort of animal they are drawing potential (this may give a small bonus to intimidate checks), the bestial appearance and the downside last for 2d4 hours and the negative effects can overlap.

Notes: And this rounds out this year’s A to Z Challenge.  I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have creating them.  I quite like Zoomorphic things, talking about the concept last year, and built a nasty trap around it some time ago.

Image “Belt Buckle with Zoomorphic Design” is licensed under CC CC0 1.0.

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