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Tuesday Magic Item – Shoes of the Wilis

28 June, 2022

Let's danceGollaon frowned and moved to get a better look at the dancer.  Voddick thought nothing of it at first, used to his friend trying to get a better look at handsome folk, but then he noticed that his friend’s attention was focused almost entirely on the dancer’s shoes.

Voddick sidled up to Gollaon.  “What is it, my friend?” he asked in a whisper.

“Those shoes, there is something about them, but I just cannot put my finger on it . . .”

Voddick looked closer.  “Something fae perhaps?”

Shoes of the Wilis

These shoes are always well made from the best of materials, though no iron or steel is ever used in their construction.  While obviously of the highest quality and value, to those who appreciate such things, they are never overly decorated or gaudy.

The shoes are very comfortable and obviously made to be moved in, the wearer may feel the urge to dance whenever there is music about and they gain the ability to move and dance with great grace.  Gaining a +5 competence bonus to Acrobatic checks involving footwork and Perform (Dance) and a +1 Dodge bonus to Armor Class.

The shoes are impossibly tough and protect the wearer’s feet exceptionally well (giving a +4 armor bonus against caltrops and similar hazards).

However, the shoes are not without their drawbacks, the wearer must make a Will save (DC 15) to resist any invitation to dance and must dance for at least one minute for each point the save was failed by.

Once a day and only against someone who has broken the heart of an innocent, they may inflict an irresistible dance (DC 23), this DC is increased by one for each heart the target has broken, and if the save is failed by ten or more, the victim suffers a dancing curse and must dance as long as music plays, they can do other things as well but they must dance.  However, using this ability mortgages the wearer’s soul and upon death, they will become a vengeful spirit seeking to avenge those betrayed by false lovers and seducers.

Aura strong enchantment and transmutation; CL 15th
Slot feet; Price 37,500; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, bestow curse, cat’s grace, irresistible dance; Cost 18,750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (shoes), rare (require attunement)

First paragraph as above.

The shoes are very comfortable and obviously made to be moved in, the wearer may feel the urge to dance whenever there is music about and they gain the ability to move and dance with great grace.  Gaining advantage on Dexterity (Acrobatics) checks involving footwork and Charisma (Perform) checks involving Dance and a +1 bonus to Armor Class as long as they are not immobilized.

The shoes are impossibly tough and protect the wearer’s feet exceptionally well (giving advantage on saving throws against caltrops and similar hazards).

However, the shoes are not without their drawbacks, the wearer must make a Wisdom saving throw (DC 13) to resist any invitation to dance and must dance for at least one minute for each point the save was failed by.

By touch and only against someone who has broken the heart of an innocent, they may inflict an irresistible dance (DC 18), this DC is increased by one for each heart the target has broken, and if the save is failed by ten or more, the victim suffers a dancing curse and must dance as long as music plays, they can do other things as well but they must dance.   Once this ability has been used, it cannot be used again until the wearer has had a long rest.  However, using this ability mortgages the wearer’s soul and upon death, they will become a vengeful spirit seeking to avenge those betrayed by false lovers and seducers.

Notes: The Wilis are a form of faerie or spirit that appear Adolphe Adam’s Romantic ballet Giselle and who punish the unfaithful.

Image Man’s Shoe by Dorothy Dwin, from the National Gallery of Art and is in the Public Domain.

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