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Tuesday Magic Item – Soldier’s Belt

8 March, 2022

Sword Hanger“This court feels very much like a preparation for war,” whispered Voddick.  “With all of these courtiers dressed in their martial finery.”

“I also feel that ill wind blowing,” replied Gollaon.

“If they would actually being going out into the field of battle, I suspect their taste for war would vanish.”

“But what then would hard-working mercenaries like our fine selves be reduced too?” replied Gollaon.

“I could stand to guard a few more caravans rather than fight on the warfield again.”

Soldier’s Belt

These belts are often simple, just well made leather straps and metal fastenings from wich a hanger for a sword sheath for a dagger or two and perhaps a quiver or box of ammunition can be suspended from.  Some, of course, are much fancier to show off the owner’s wealth and status, but they are not any more effective.

The magic of the belt keeps the weapon and items hung from it from catching on furniture or bits of terrain allowing the wear to move with confidence.

But perhaps more importantly, it subtle keeps the wearer’s weapons placed so that they are at the perfect angle to be drawn and readied, giving the wearer a +2 bonus to Initiative rolls in such situations where drawing a weapon is a factor.

Additionally, the belt keeps the weapons worn from it clean and oiled, so that they are always ready for use.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot belt; Price 1,500; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft wondrous item, mending, unseen servant; Cost 750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (belt), uncommon

First and second paragraph as above.

But perhaps more importantly, it subtle keeps the wearer’s weapons placed so that they are at the perfect angle to be drawn and readied, giving the wearer advantage on Initiative rolls in such situations where drawing a weapon is a factor.

Additionally, the belt keeps the weapons worn from it clean and oiled, so that they are always ready for use.

Notes: A useful item, if too high priced to often be used by rank and file soldiers, good for nobles and wealthy merchants playing at being soldiers and as a reward for professional soldiers for good service.

Image Design for a Sword-belt, Knife, and Stylus, Pierre Woeiriot de Bouzey II, from the Met and is in the Public Domain.  Obviously, this one is a fancier one for someone with money.

 

One comment

  1. I love this as a simple low-impact, but story flavorful item.



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