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Tuesday Magic Item – Mercenaries’ Ledger

9 June, 2020

To be paid“It has been sometime since we have signed one of these,” said Voddick as they made their way forward.

“I must say, I have not missed them,” replied Gollaon.  “But rules are rules and these people are honorable enough.”

“True and the contract is simple enough.  I like direct and clear in such things.”

“As do I and it means we will be paid.”

Mercenaries’ Ledger

These ledger books are made of strong paper bound in warded leather.  The front section lays out the duties of the mercenaries hired, followed but the duties of the employer towards those hired.  The main body is place for those hired to place their names.

The magic of the ledger is activated by one signing of their own free will, this costs a spark of life (1d4 points of damage) and binds the signatory to the contract.  The ledger tracks pay due and the status, living or dead of its signatories.

If the signer breaks the contract, they suffer some punishment spelled out in the document, blindness is common.  If the employer break the contact, usually this happens due to failure to pay, and the signer is free but still owned the money and the ledger will demand it.  As long as at least one signatory is alive, the ledger is neigh indestructible.

While serving within the terms of the contract, the signatories have a +2 morale bonus to saves against fear and any magical compulsions that would force them to break the terms of the ledger’s contract.

Aura strong enchantment; CL 11th
Slot – ; Price 50,000; Weight 5 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, geas, heroism, scrying; Cost 25,000

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (book), rare (requires attunement by the ledger keeper)

First three paragraphs as above.

While serving within the terms of the contract, the signatories have advantage on saving throws against fear and any magical compulsions that would force them to break the terms of the ledger’s contract.

Notes: I have been reading about the New Model Army and the difficulty of keeping troops in the field.

Image Marlborough Summer School 2008 (17 of 75)” by alh1 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

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