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Tuesday Magic Item – Ghost Clock

1 December, 2020

Ghost of time“Something is . . . off about this place,” said Gollaon raising the lantern.

“Agreed, though I cannot say what,” replied Voddick looking around.

“Do you hear that?” asked Gollaon, tilting his head to listen.  “The clock?”

“The ruined clock?”

“Oh dear.”

Ghost Clock

These clocks are the remnants of once beautiful and complex pieces of time-keeping machinery.  Something has happened to them and their relationship to time has become detached and disruptive to the flow of time around them.

The clock unravels time around it and re-knits it into odd and disturbing patterns.  If it is attuned to a person, it will try to protect them and their family.

The clock will cast slow (DC 16) to any point in the building it is in, this effect can be generated once an hour.

Anyone hostile to the owner or family, suffer a -4 morale penalty to all skill checks when attempting to to anything that would harm the owner or their family as their perceptions are distorted by the odd shifting of time and echoing memories.

The clock can generate one of the following effects to aid it owner, once per day: dimension door, dispel magic, or haste.

If the owner is killed they are bound to the clock as a ghost, though perhaps not a hostile one.

Aura strong necrougy; CL 11th; Weight 15+ lbs

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (clock), very rare (requires attunement)

First and second paragraphs as above.

The clock will cast slow (DC 15) to any point in the building it is in, this effect can be generated once an hour.

Anyone hostile to the owner or family, suffer disadvantage to all ability rolls when attempting to to anything that would harm the owner or their family as their perceptions are distorted by the odd shifting of time and echoing memories.

The clock can generate one of the following effects to aid it owner: dimension door, dispel magic, or haste.  Once this effect is generated, it cannot be generated again until the owner has had a long rest.

If the owner is killed they are bound to the clock as a ghost, though perhaps not a hostile one.

Notes: The idea was suggested by my lovely wife and I still think it is only partly realized but it would make a nice piece in a haunted house adventure.

Photo of the Ghost Clock by Wendell Castle (in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian) by ttarasiuk and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license.

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