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Tuesday Magic Item- Hofkapellmeister’s Rod

26 May, 2020
A Master of Courtly Musicks

Voddick leaned back on the bench, letting the music wash over him.

“Remind you of home?” whispered Gollaon leaning in.

Voddick nodded.  “We had choirs there.  It is a good memory.”

“It is impressive, kind of them to invite us.”

Voddick nodded again.  “So, relax and listen.  It is rare to get to enjoy such a large orchestra.  They are expensive to maintain.”

It was Gollain’s turn to nod.  “Means they should be able to afford us.”

Hofkapellmeister’s Rod

These rods are usually simple wood except for the handle which is usually decorated with some sort of allusion to music and to the noble house which commissioned it.  The handle is usually wrapped in cloth or soft leather to make it more comfortable to use.  It is a sign of authority and skill among musician to be awarded such a title and object.

Using the rod make one more aware of the flow and harmony of music, and when such are out of balance, gaining a +3 resistance bonus to save against any magic that is part of song or music.  The user also gains a +4 competence bonus to Profession (composer) and Profession (conductor) or other similar checks as well as to all Perform (musical instrument or singing) checks when working with a orchestra that has been instructed by the rod’s owner.

If the rod’s owner is a bard, when they have the backing of a full orchestra who have been instructed by the owner using the rod, all of their music effects are treated as if the bard was two levels higher and any save DC is increased by 1.

Aura moderate enchantment; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 12,000; Weight
Construction Requirements
Create Wondrous Item, eagle’s splendor, heroism; Cost 6,000

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (rod), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

Using the rod make one more aware of the flow and harmony of music, and when such are out of balance, gaining advantage to any saving throw against any magic that is part of song or music.  The user also gains advantage on any roll related to musical composition, conducting an orchestra or similar as well as to all Charisma (Perform) attribute rolls when working with a orchestra that has been instructed by the rod’s owner.

If the rod’s owner is a bard, when they have the backing of a full orchestra who have been instructed by the owner using the rod, all of their music effects are treated as if the bard was using a spell slot one level high and any save DC is increased by 1.

Notes: Obviously a German word designating a person in charge of music-making, dating from back when powerful Nobles maintained their own private orchestras.  There must be some potential adventure ideas there.

Image English Baroque composer Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666), who was also the King of England’s Master of the King’s Musick and a similar post to a Hofkapellmeister, and the image is in the Public Domain.

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