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Tuesday Magic Item – Peacemaker’s Baton

16 November, 2021

Keep the Peace“Why are we escorting the envoy again?  They are protected by a peace banner and that fancy baton,” grumbled Voddick

“Because we are mercenaries and ultimately expendable,” answered Gollaon cheerfully.

“Ah, right, all the pay, all the glory,” said Voddick.

“Not enjoying the sellsword’s life?”

“Not at the moment, if we had not been rushed out without breakfast, I would be in a cheerier mood.”

Peacemaker’s Baton

These batons can be short of long enough to serve as banner pole, depending on what is traditional among the culture that made it, but must are small enough to be easily held in one hand.  They are usually made of light colored materials to be highly visible and decorated with symbols of peace.

To use the Peacemaker’s Baton, it must be openly displayed, the bearer gains a +5 competence bonus to Diplomacy checks to make, build and maintain peace.  As long as they are peacemaking, they gain the benefits of a tongues spell.

While on a peacemaking mission, the bearer and up to six assistants (as long as they stay within 50′) are warded by a sanctuary spell (DC 20).  Additionally, as long as they do not initiate combat or attack, they gain a +2 deflection bonus to armor class.

However, if anyone under the protection of the baton uses it to break the bonds of the peacemaker to treacherously attack those that are being negotiated with, are cursed.  First, they can never gain the benefit of a Peacemaker’s Baton again.  Second, they are marked as untrustworthy and suffer a -10 penalty to all Charisma based skill checks, except for Intimidation.

Aura moderate abjuration and divination; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 60,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, armor of faith, sanctuary, tongue; Cost 30,000

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (baton), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

To use the Peacemaker’s Baton, it must be openly displayed, the bearer gains advantage on Charisma (Persuasion) check to make, build and maintain peace.  As long as they are peacemaking, they gain the benefits of a tongues spell.

While on a peacemaking mission, the bearer and up to six assistants (as long as they stay within 50′) are warded by a sanctuary spell (DC 17).  Additionally, as long as they do not initiate combat or attack, they gain a +1 bonus to armor class.

However, if anyone under the protection of the baton uses it to break the bonds of the peacemaker to treacherously attack those that are being negotiated with, are cursed.  First, they can never gain the benefit of a Peacemaker’s Baton again.  Second, they are marked as untrustworthy and suffer disadvantage and -1d4 to Charisma rolls, except for Intimidation.

Notes: Inspired by the anniversary of first assembly of the League of Nations which happened earlier this week.

Also, my players love to talk to people and things and things that are also people, and an item that allows them the chance to do so . . . well, will probably be abused, but what the hay.

Image Commander’s baton of the Dutch Governor of the Gold Coast – Rijksmuseum, Netherlands – Public Domain.

 

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