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Tuesday Magic Item – Festival Dice

17 December, 2019

Game with friends!Gollaon took another drink and tossed the dice.  “Ha!  I win again!”

“Good throw,” said Voddick around a mouthful of sweet bread.

Gollaon handed him a bowl of wine and shared part of his winning around.  “Time for us to be moving on.”  He waggled his eyebrows.  “I have someone to meet.”

Voddick gratefully took a drink.  “I suppose I will find myself some ceremony to watch while you enjoy yourself.”

“You can find someone to be with too, my friend.”

Voddick shook his head.  “Not today, I will just explore the festival.”

“As you like it, my friend.”

Festival Dice

These dice can be anything from simple knuckle bones to fancy carved bone or inlaid wood, there is always at least a pair and they are usually simple cubic dice (though other platonic solids are occasionally used).  Holding them, one just has the feeling that they want to be used.

As long as the owner of the dice has them on their person, they are preternaturally lucky, gaining a +4 luck bonus on skill checks related to games of chance.  When gambling for fun and food, the dice multiply amount the amount the own wins by half again as long as they share part of their winning with those less lucky.

As long as the owner has participated in a festival in which gambling was a part, and they played in such game, once a day, they may reroll any one dice roll, taking their choice of results.

However, if the owner of the dice ever cheats as a game of chance for their own benefit, they will be cursed by the dice with ill fortune and the dice will be lost to them at the earliest opportunity.

Aura moderate abjuration; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 7,500; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, create food and drink, remove curse; Cost 3,750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (dice), rare (requires attunment)

First paragraph as above.

As long as the owner of the dice has them on their person, they are preternaturally lucky, gaining advantage on ability rolls related to games of chance.  When gambling for fun and food, the dice multiply amount the amount the own wins by half again as long as they share part of their winning with those less lucky.

As long as the owner has participated in a festival in which gambling was a part, and they played in such game, they may reroll any one dice roll, taking their choice of results.  This ability cannot be used again until the owner has had a long rest.

However, if the owner of the dice ever cheats as a game of chance for their own benefit, they will be cursed by the dice with ill fortune and the dice will be lost to them at the earliest opportunity.

Notes: How can gamers not want some magical dice?  These are in celebration of Saturnalia which starts today (And Happy Saturnalia all!) and gambling was a major theme of the festival, so roll some dice and honor the gods!

Image Dice players. Roman fresco from the Osteria della Via di Mercurio (VI 10,1.19, room b) in Pompeii, found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain.

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