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Tuesday Magic Item – Offical’s Hat

20 September, 2022

Clothes, and hats, make the manGollaon signed.  “The worse form of tyranny is bureaucracy.”

Voddick nodded.  “In some way, yes.  But at least this is only costing us time and some coin.  Not blood and bone.”

“It feels like it is costing my soul,” Gollaon grumbled quietly.

“I grew used to it at home,” said Voddick.  “Some things must simply be endured to be overcome. Bureaucracy is often one of those things.”

Offical’s Hat

These hats are made to exact specifications that depend on the culture they are made in.  But they are instantly recognizable in the land they were made in.  At the very least, they are expertly made, and some are noticeably valuable in their own right with exquisite decorations.

The hats are also a sign of status and they make it easier to work with other members of the bureaucracy.  The hat also does what any hat does and keeps off the rain, in fact, it protects the wearer to some extent from all sorts of inclement weather so that they may arrive to their work with the proper, neat appearance.

The wearer gains a +5 competence bonus to Perception and Sense Motive checks related to their official position (such as a produce inspector scanning produce for defects or an investigator trying to pick out clues at a crime scene).

Lastly, they fortify the weapon against attempts to magically influence them, providing the wearer with a +2 resistance bonus to saves against charms, fear and other emotion-manipulating magics.

Aura faint abjuration and transmutation; CL 5th
Slot head; Price 3,000; Weight 1/2 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, endure elements, owl’s wisdom; Cost 1,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (hat), uncommon (requires attunement)

First and second paragraphs as above.

The wearer gains advantage on Intelligence (Investigation) and Wisdom (Insight or Perception) tests related to their official position (such as a produce inspector scanning produce for defects or an investigator trying to pick out clues at a crime scene).

Lastly, they fortify the weapon against attempts to magically influence them, providing the wearer with a +1 bonus to saving throws against charms, fear and other emotion-manipulating magics.

Notes: More hats!  I intend to write an article on the importance of hats soon.  But it seems only natural that government officials would seek to have their own magical items that would make their tasks easier.

Image of a Korean Man’s Hat from George Washington University’s Museum / Textile Museum, specifically from the Korean Fashion: From Royal Courts to Runway exhibit which is well worth seeing if such things interest you.  Photograph taken by me.

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