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Tuesday Magic Item – Cloak of Many Colors

5 April, 2022

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“I have never seen someone so disliked by cats,” said Voddick watching the scout go by, their fur cloak flapping and the inn cat hissed.

“It is the cloak, such pieces of clothing come with their own curse,” said Gollaon.

“Yes?  Why?”

“It is made of cat pelts.”

“Oh.  But how do the cats know that?” ask Voddick.

Gollaon shrugged.  “I do not know, but somehow, they do.”

Cloak of Many Colors

These cloaks are made of the treated pelts taken from Cats of Many Colors.  The cloak is a fur cloak and usually defaults to a neutral color such as grey when its magic is not active.

The magic of the cloak activates when the wearer wishes it to, letting it shift color to match and blend in with its surroundings.  This provides a +5 competence bonus to Stealth checks.

Additionally, the wearer gains a +5 competence bonus to Acrobatic checks for the purpose of reducing falling damage.

However, cats find the wearer objectionable and no natural cat will ever be friendly with the owner.  Given the chance they will make life for the wearer difficult in subtle ways.  Additionally, the Stealth bonus from the cloak does not affect cats . . .

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot shoulders; Price 2,750; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft wondrous item, feather fall, invisibility; Cost 1,375

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (cloak), uncommon (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The magic of the cloak activates when the wearer wishes it to, letting it shift color to match and blend in with its surroundings.  This gives the wearer advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks to hide and has resistance to damage caused from the first 30′ of a fall (even if the fall is further, the resistance is only to the first 3d6 of falling damage).

However, cats find the wearer objectionable and no natural cat will ever be friendly with the owner.  Given the chance they will make life for the wearer difficult in subtle ways.  Additionally, the Stealth bonus from the cloak does not affect cats . . .

Notes: It was the obvious item to do after writing up the Cats of Many Colors.

Image Man in a cloak and fur cap leaning against a bank by Rembrandt van Rijn – National Gallery of Denmark, Denmark – CC0.

 

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