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Tuesday Magic Item – Fae Torc of Forms

17 May, 2022

Change your look“Was not that . . .” whispered Voddick.

“The Duchess, now the Duke,” answered Gollaon.  “They seem to have acquired a rather potent magic item for form shifting.”

“Hmm,” mused Voddick.  “I can see uses for it I suppose but I do not think such magics are for me.”

“Some people are not comfortable with the form they were born with, nothing wrong with them finding one that suits them better.”

“Truth.”

Fae Torc of Forms

These torcs can be made of various precious metals, from copper to gold, and subtly decorated with runes and symbols representing various genders and kindreds, these are so carefully worked that it requires careful examination to even notice them.  Rarely they are decorated with gems or enamel work.

The torc’s magic is about reshaping the wearer, while wearing the torc, the wearer can alter self, but only for themself and only into human and humanoid forms, it does not change clothes or accoutrement, for up to six hours a day, unlike the spell, the wearer must choose their form at the time of activation and it cannot be changed during that time (but can be ended early if the wearer so wishes).

Once the wearer has found a form they are comfortable with, they may choose to assume it permanently.  The wearer just shifts their shape and . . . it stays that way, gaining all of the features of their new form (except lifespan).  Once this is done, the wearer can no longer use the power to alter self.  As long as the torc is being worn, the effect is almost impossible to dispel (treat it as if cast by a 20th level caster).

However, being fae magic, it does have a price, if the wearer chooses to change their form permanently, they lose one-tenth of their life span, thus leading to an earlier death, to the creator of the torc.   The wearer will sense this cost before making their final choice and can choose not to make that permanent change but many consider it an acceptable price to pay to live as the person they wish to be.  What the creator of the torc does with all of these stolen years is unknown.

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 13th
Slot neck; Price 15,000; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft wondrous item, alter self, limited wish; Cost 7,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (torc), rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The torc’s magic is about reshaping the wearer, while wearing the torc, the wearer can alter self, but only for themself and only into human and humanoid forms, it does not change clothes or accoutrement, for up to six hours, unlike the spell, the wearer must choose their form at the time of activation and it cannot be changed during that time (but can be ended early if the wearer so wishes).  Once used, it cannot be used again until the wearer has had a long rest.

Once the wearer has found a form they are comfortable with, they may choose to assume it permanently.  The wearer just shifts their shape and . . . it stays that way, gaining all of the features of their new form (except lifespan).  Once this is done, the wearer can no longer use the power to alter self.  As long as the torc is being worn, the effect is almost impossible to dispel (treat it as if cast as a 9th level spell).

However, being fae magic, it does have a price, if the wearer chooses to change their form permanently, they lose one-tenth of their life span, thus leading to an earlier death, to the creator of the torc.   The wearer will sense this cost before making their final choice and can choose not to make that permanent change but many consider it an acceptable price to pay to live as the person they wish to be.  What the creator of the torc does with all of these stolen years is unknown.

Notes: Something fae for the month and changing guise is very much a fae trick.  Also, in a fantasy world, there should be ways to physical reshape yourself into the person you want to be.  Again, something the fae are happy to cater to as long as they get paid.

Image twisted torc from the Yale University Art Gallery and is in the Public Domain.

 

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