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Tuesday Magic Item – Comet Bridle

27 July, 2021

Bridle“Are you certain this will work?” ask Voddick for at least the eighth time.

“Yes, yes, I have been thoroughly instructed in how it functions,” Gollaon replied holding up the bridle.

“Does it have to be done on a clifftop?”

“Honestly, I suspect not, but it is so much more dramatic this way!”

Comet Bridle

These bridles are made of leather from exotics beasts, lavishly decorated metal work and the bit is of strong metal often dragon steel or godsmetal.  The decoration are usually astrological or geometric in design.  The whole thing is immensely strong and difficult to damage.  The owner of the bridle has the ability to catch and ride a comet across the night sky to (somewhere near) their final destination.

It can only be used at night when the stars can be seen (so partly cloudy or clearer), the bearer must hold the bridle high and speak a command word.  A comet will swoop down and pick them, and as many as four other people (or an amount of goods equal to 180kg/400lb per person not being carried), and carry them across the night sky. 

The bearer must make a Will save, DC 15 + 2 per hour traveled, to properly direct the comet to its destination.  On a failed save, they are delivered to a safe point 1d12km/1d8 miles away from the destination for each point the save was missed by. The comet travels at the equivalent of 800kph/500mph and can travel until sunrise, if that is not enough time to get where the bearer wishes to go, they (and any passengers and cargo) will be set down at a safe location as close to destination as it can before the comet flies off back up into the sky.

Once used, it cannot be used again for 20+1d20 days, waiting for the stars and comets to realign.  Spending 4+1d4 hours with astronomy chart and a success Knowledge (Arcana) check against a DC of 20 can reduce this by 1 day + 1 day for each 2 points the check succeeded by to a minimum of fourteen days.

Naturally, arriving by comet is quite impressive, and those that arrive on a comet gain a +4 circumstance bonus to Charisma based skills for the hour following with anyone who saw them arrive.

Aura moderate conjuration; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 15,000; Weight 2 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, teleport; Cost 7,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (bridle), very rare

First paragraph as above.

It can only be used at night when the stars can be seen (so partly cloudy or clearer), the bearer must hold the bridle high and speak a command word.  A comet will swoop down and pick them, and as many as four other people (or an amount of goods equal to 180kg/400lb per person not being carried), and carry them across the night sky. 

The bearer must make a Wisdom save, DC 13 + 1 per hour traveled, to properly direct the comet to its destination.  On a failed save, they are delivered to a safe point 1d12km/1d8 miles away from the destination for each point the save was missed by. The comet travels at the equivalent of 800kph/500mph and can travel until sunrise, if that is not enough time to get where the bearer wishes to go, they (and any passengers and cargo) will be set down at a safe location as close to destination as it can before the comet flies off back up into the sky.

Once used, it cannot be used again for 20+1d20 days, waiting for the stars and comets to realign.  Spending 4+1d4 hours with astronomy chart and a success Intelligence (Arcane) check against a DC of 15 can reduce this by 1 day + 1 day for each point the check succeeded by to a minimum of fourteen days.

Naturally, arriving by comet is quite impressive, and those that arrive on a comet gain advantage to Charisma checks for the hour following with anyone who saw them arrive.

Notes: Something very high fantasy, even fairy tale like, for today’s item.  Sometimes, you just need something wonderful.  Though mechanically, it is just a teleport with a very cool special effect.

Image “Bit and Bridle” from The Met Museum is marked with CC0 1.0.

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