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Tuesday Magic Item – Distaff of Teaching

7 January, 2020

Hard work but vitalVoddick rode up to the old woman walking down the road, a distaff cradled in the crook of her arm.  “Need you an escort to the next village, grandmother?” he asked with a polite nod.

She nodded back.  “Should I feel safe traveling with such a disreputable pair?”

Gollaon crossed his hands over his heart.  “Disreputable?  You wound me.  Rakish, perhaps.”

“Well, if you are only raking, then you may accompany me,” said the old woman with a wink.

“Charmed,” smiled Gollaon.

“Honored,” nodded Voddick.

Distaff of Teaching

These distaffs are made of a simple length of wood, carved with blessing, carefully waxed and polished.  Such items are often overlooked as being potential magical or even valuable but are important to the spinning of raw fiber into thread for cloth.

These items are used to hold the fibers being spun into thread, they enhance the ability of the bearer to teach these skills to others.  The bearer gains a +6 bonus to their Craft (spinning) checks and spins at twice their normal rate, all the people they are teaching gain a +3 bonus and spin at half again their normal rate.

The distaff has two other more overtly magical powers:

  • The bearer may cause the fibers wrapped around the distaff to animate as an entangle spell (DC 15), once a day.
  • During distaff day, the bearer my use the prestidigitation cantrip at will.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 1,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, mage hand, web; Cost 500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (distaff), uncommon (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

These items are used to hold the fibers being spun into thread, they enhance the ability of the bearer to teach these skills to others.  The bearer gains advantages on tool use to spin and spins at twice their normal rate, all the people they are teaching also gain advantage on tool use and spin at half again their normal rate.

The distaff has two other more overtly magical powers:

  • The bearer may cause the fibers wrapped around the distaff to animate as an entangle spell (DC 13), this ability can only be used once and then resets after the owner has a long rest.
  • During distaff day, the bearer my use the prestidigitation at will.

Notes: Inspired by the fact that today is Distaff Day!  Also always happy to work on another folk magic item, we need more of those.  The value of one of these to a village or community can hardly be overstated, the time saved in making thread (or the amount of extra thread that could be made in the same time) would make life much easier.

Picture The Spinner (1873) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain.

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