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Tuesday Magic Item – Tyrant’s Bane Ribbon

23 August, 2022

A ribbon for justiceGollaon turned down the alleyway and gestured for Voddick to follow.  “More guards,” he whispered.

Voddick pressed himself into a doorway.  “More Tyrants.  Cannot we ever be free of such petty cruelty?”

“We just need to do our job and keep them busy chasing shadows for the new few hours.  The locals have a plan to finish the Tyrant off.” said Gollaon, weighing a few stones in their hand.

“As long as we can avoid actually getting into a fight with any of the Tyrant’s soldiers, it should work out.”

Tyrant’s Bane Ribbon

These ribbons seem ordinary but they are woven of tears, sorrow and a desire for justice, not the easiest materials to work with.  They are usually black but if another color is common for mourning in the culture it was made in, it will likely be that color.

The ribbon may be worn in a variety of ways, as a bracelet, around the neck, tying up one’s hair, whatever the wearer wishes.   The basic abilities of the ribbon are simple:

  • The wearer is fortified against Charms and Fear, gaining +4 morale bonus to such saves.
  • They can transform the ribbon, as a free action, into a blade of dagger or short sword length as the wielder wishes, it is a +1 keen weapon but it cannot be thrown.

But each of these items is keyed to a particular tyrant, when used against that being, their wielder gains resistance 10 to all attacks from that tyrant, a +3 to all saves against powers and ability, and the blade gains the bane quality against the tyrant.  While it loses these abilities once the tyrant has been slain it keeps it base powers and could, in theory, be “rekeyed” against another tyrant.

Lastly, it is nearly impossible to detect that the ribbon is magical, requiring a caster level check against a DC of 26 for a spell or ability to recognize that it is a potent magical item.

Aura strong illusion, transmutation and necrourgy; CL 15th

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (ribbon), very rare

First paragraph as above.

The ribbon may be worn in a variety of ways, as a bracelet, around the neck, tying up one’s hair, whatever the wearer wishes.   The basic abilities of the ribbon are simple:

  • The wearer is fortified against Charms and Fear, gaining on such saving throws.
  • They can transform the ribbon, as a free action, into a blade of dagger or short sword length as the wielder wishes, it is magic weapon and the wielder gains a +1 on to hit and damage rolls but it cannot be thrown.

But each of these items is keyed to a particular tyrant, when used against that being, their wielder gains resistance to all attacks from that tyrant, advantage on all saving throws against powers and ability from that tyrant, and the blade gains an additional 2d6 points of damage when used against the tyrant.  While it loses these abilities once the tyrant has been slain it keeps it base powers and could, in theory, be “rekeyed” against another tyrant.

Lastly, it is nearly impossible to detect that the ribbon is magical, it simply does not register as magic to magical attempt to look at it.

Notes: To counter the crown from last week, a weapon that hunts tyrants.  Also inspired by the fact that today is Black Ribbon Day.  And, lastly, a ribbon is an easy thing to sneak in, even if the tyrant is excessively cautious.

Image Bracelet of black velvet ribbon with gilt metal clasp, France, 19th century. from the Victoria and Albert Museum and is in the Public Domain.

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