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Tuesday Magic Item – Black Cat Talisman

29 October, 2019

Cats will be catsGollaon fingered his new talisman, “Suits me, do you not think so?”

“A cat is a fitting symbol for you, my friend,” nodded Voddick.

“For I am swift-footed and agile,” said Gollaon with a quick dance.

“For you are vain and prideful,” retorted Voddick with a grin.

Gollaon shrugged and grinned back.  “That as well”

Black Cat Talisman

These talisman are usually discrete in appearance , the cat motif working in among other designs, with allusions to luck woven in as well.  Carved jet and onyx are popular choices for material for these items.

The wearer gains some of the fortunate agility of a cat, gaining a +4 competence bonus to Acrobatic checks to reduce damage from falling.

Thrice per day, the wearer can, as an immediate action, reroll any one d20 roll just made before the results of the roll are revealed. You are stuck with the result of the reroll, even if it is worse than the original roll.  Or, the wearer may use the same action to cause a successful attack roll against them to be rerolled with the same caveat as above.

However, if the wearer ever deliberately harms a cat, and it is not in self-defense, the talisman falls from them and cannot be retrieved and, worse, they are cursed with bad luck, up to three times per game session, the GM can call upon the character to reroll any d20 roll, taking the worst result of the two rolls.

Aura strong abjuration; CL 13th
Slot neck; Price 60,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, bestow curse, limited wish; Cost 30,000

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (talisman), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The wearer gains some of the fortunate agility of a cat, gaining a advantage on Dexterity (Acrobatics) rolls related to falling.

The wearer can reroll any one d20 roll just made before the results of the roll are revealed. You are stuck with the result of the reroll, even if it is worse than the original roll.  Or, the wearer may use the same action to cause a successful attack roll against them to be rerolled with the same caveat as above.  This can be used up to three times before requiring a long rest to regain use of it again.

However, if the wearer ever deliberately harms a cat, and it is not in self-defense, the talisman falls from them and cannot be retrieved and, worse, they are cursed with bad luck, up to three times per game session, the DM can call upon the character to reroll any d20 roll, taking the worst result of the two rolls.

Notes: I considered adding some limitations or costs to using the item, but they all seemed like a bookkeeping chore, so out they went!  Also, it is National Cat Day!  Snuggles your furry friend in its honor.

Image Fond of Jewellery by Henriëtte Ronner-Knip, found on Wikimedia Commons, and is in the Public Domain.

 

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