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Tuesday Magic Item – Metropolitan Signal Whistle

29 September, 2020

A whistle for help“Good to see a city with properly organized wardens,” said Voddick taking a drink from a fresh tankard of ale.

Gollaon nodded idly.  “It is a challenging thing to organize well.”

“So true, the opportunities for corruption are numerous,” said Voddick.  “It take people convinced of the value of laws to run such a system well.”

“Law?  What about justice?” asked Gollaon.

“Good laws, ably administered are a step towards justice,” replied Voddick.  “But true justice always proves elusive, so we do our best.”

“I will drink to that.”

Metropolitan Signal Whistle

These whistles are usually made of brass to a standardized design, practical and tough, they get the job done without being showy.

The basic power is that when blown, they produce a clear, distinct note that can be heard for a considerable distance.  Anyone else with a whistle from the same organization gains a +5′ enhancement bonus to ground movement bonus when moving to join with someone who has blown a whistle.

Once a day, the bearer may blow an emergency whistle, which sounds different.  The person who blew the whistle gains a +2 defection bonus to Armor Class and a +1 resistance bonus to saves for the next two rounds and anyone rushing to their aid gains +10′ enhancement bonus to ground movement (instead of the normal 5).

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 6th
Slot neck; Price 500; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, expeditious retreat, shout; Cost 250

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (whistle), common (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The basic power is that when blown, they produce a clear, distinct note that can be heard for a considerable distance.  Anyone else with a whistle from the same organization gains a +5′ bonus to ground movement bonus when moving to join with someone who has blown a whistle.

The bearer may blow an emergency whistle, which sounds different.  The person who blew the whistle gains a +2 to Armor Class and advantage on the first saving throw made in the the next two rounds and anyone rushing to their aid gains +10′ bonus to ground movement (instead of the normal 5).  This ability cannot be used again until the bearer has had a long rest.

Notes: Inspired by the founding of the Metropolitan Police Force on this date in 1829.

Image of a Hong Kong police whistle(?), found on the internet, source and ownership status unknown, used without permission.

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