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Tuesday Magic Item – Aztra Windrose’s Matchmaking Goblets

17 August, 2021

Drink and learn“Ah, young love,” said Gollaon watching the two young nobles chatting away.

“The matchmaker has a keen eye and ear for couples,” agreed Voddick.

“She is very good,” agreed Gollaon sipping at his fine.  “It is nice to see an expert at work.”

“Truth.  I am going to suggest that she could find good work back in my homeland.”

“This is a good thought.  Maybe we can convince her to hire us as escorts and guides?”

Aztra Windrose’s Matchmaking Goblets

These goblets are usually simple and elegant with a place to engrave coats of arms or other family symbols they are usually made in matched pairs (or whatever number is usually needed for dynastic marriages in the culture).  The coats of arms or other symbols with manifest when they are used.

The power of the goblets are triggered when the engaged people toast to each other’s love they are given deep, but momentary, insight into the other(s) hopes, dreams and desires.  It forms a bond, not necessary of love, but certainly of understanding.  Each gains a +4 competence bonus to understand the other or to communicate without outsiders noticing.

As long as they are all working together for the same goal and maintaining trust, they gain a +2 morale bonus to contested social checks and to resist abilities and magic that manipulation emotions or mental states.  When side by side and under attack, they gain a +1 dodge bonus to armor class.

On the death of one of the partners, the glasses cloud for a year and a day and at the end, the symbols have vanished and they are ready to be used again.

Aura moderate abjuration and enchantment; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 25,000; Weight 1/2 lb per goblet
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, detect thoughts, heroism; Cost 12,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (set of goblets), rare

First paragraph as above.

The power of the goblets are triggered when the engaged people toast to each other’s love they are given deep, but momentary, insight into the other(s) hopes, dreams and desires.  It forms a bond, not necessary of love, but certainly of understanding.  Each gains advantage to understand the other or to communicate without outsiders noticing.

As long as they are all working together for the same goal and maintaining trust, they gain advantage on contested social checks and to resist abilities and magic that manipulation emotions or mental states.  When side by side and under attack, they gain a +1 bonus to armor class.

On the death of one of the partners, the glasses cloud for a year and a day and at the end, the symbols have vanished and they are ready to be used again.

Notes: Aztra Windrose is an elven matchmaker of great renown, the goblets are part of her arsenal, but her judge of character and ability to get people to open up to her is far more valuable.  I have also discussed the challenge of using arranged marriage in roleplaying.  And for an item with a similar theme, look at the Twinned Hearts Amulet.

Image edited from “Sophus Petersen – Still Life with a Glass Goblet, a Silver Beaker, Grapes, and an Orange” by irinaraquel is marked with CC PDM 1.0.

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