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Tuesday Magic Item – Cloak of Spectral Shielding

21 May, 2019

Cloaks for all“I am pleased to be among honorable folk again,” said Voddick, as he oiled and cleaned his crossbow.

“As am I,” agreed Gollaon, “they are good about seeing that we are properly fed and paid.”

“Cynical as always, my friend.”

“It has served us well so far.”

“Truth.”

Cloak of Spectral Shielding

These cloaks are usually handmade by the family of the person they are made for, as they require the touch of a spirit to empower the magic.  They look whole in bright light but tattered and worn otherwise but are always comfortable and warming for those wearing them.

The wearer gains a +1 deflection bonus to armor class and if they take ten of more points of damage from a melee attack, the cloak strikes back, inflicting 1d4 points of Cold, Darkness or Slashing damage (whichever is more effective is harming the attacker)to the being that caused the damage.  The wearer also gains a +2 sacred bonus to saves to resist the powers of the unquiet dead.

The spirit fragment bound into the cloak will sacrifice itself to save the life of its wearer, if it is a slow loss it cannot react quickly enough to massive damage, if the wearer is about to suffer enough damage to kill them from bleeding or hit point loss from the dying condition, the cloak will expend its magic, unraveling in the process, to bring its wearer to zero hit points and stable.

Aura moderate necrourgy; CL 7th
Slot shoulders; Price 5,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Create Wondrous Item, prayer, shield of faith, speak to dead; Cost 2,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (cloak), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The wearer gains a +1 bonus to armor class and if they take ten of more points of damage from a melee attack, the cloak lashes out, inflicting 1d4 points of Cold, Necrotic or Slashing damage (whichever is more effective is harming the attacker) to the being that caused the damage.  The wearer also gains advantage on all saving throws to resist the powers of the unquiet dead.

The spirit fragment bound into the cloak will sacrifice itself to save the life of its wearer, if it is a slow loss it cannot react quickly enough to massive damage, if the wearer is about to fail their third death save, the cloak will expend its magic, unraveling in the process, to bring its wearer to zone hit point.

Notes: A gift given to those headed out to war or long hunts, empowered by a spirit fragment of one of their relatives.  A nice concept I think.

Images Men in cloaks with large hats and women in dresses and jackets with flat hats. Etching from the Wellcome Collection used under CC BY.

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