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Tuesday Magic Item – Beauty’s Artwork

6 December, 2022

Classic beautyGollaon paced around the bust. “The workmanship is amazing.  So very lifelike and . . . sublimely beautiful.”

Voddick nodded.  “Very well shaped, truly a masterwork.”

“Considering its age, it is remarkable how much it resembles the current queen mother . . .” Gollain stopped when Voddick put a finger to his lips

Voddick drew Gollaon aside into another room.  “It was watching you.”

Beauty’s Artwork

These fine artworks come in many types but they are always precisely to scale with life, whether it is a portrait, bust, or other sculpture and they are always made in an unnervingly realistic style.

The artwork must be bound to its owner with a short ritual and a drop of blood which reduces the bound person’s hit points by one as long as they remain bound.  The binding can be ended with a simple renunciation in front of the artwork.

It provides the bound person with the following benefits:

  • They gain the reflected beauty of the artwork, gaining a +5 bonus to Charisma-based checks with those who find such beauty alluring.
  • They can perceive through the statue as though they were there, using their senses.  (While this is being used, it may be noticed on a DC 21 perception check that the artwork is watched them.)  However, when they are doing so, they are insensate to the world around their body.
  • Once per day, they may transfer a negative condition on them to the artwork for 1d4 rounds.  At the end of this time the condition, if still active, returns to the character.

If the artwork is destroyed, the character is exhausted, but the person (or persons) who destroyed the artwork are cursed (usually with ugliness).

Aura moderate abjuration and divination; CL 11th
Slot none; Price 27,500; Weight 6+ lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, bestow curse, eagle’s splendor, simulacrum; Cost 13.750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (artwork), very rare (see below)

First paragraph as above.

The artwork must be bound to its owner with a short ritual and a drop of blood which reduces the bound person’s hit points by one as long as they remain bound.  The binding can be ended with a simple renunciation in front of the artwork.

It provides the bound person with the following benefits:

  • They gain the reflected beauty of the artwork, gaining advantage on Charisma tests with those who find such beauty alluring.
  • They can perceive through the statue as though they were there, using their senses.  (While this is being used, it may be noticed on a DC 17 perception check that the artwork is watched them.)  However, when they are doing so, they are insensate to the world around their body.
  • Once per day, they may transfer a negative condition on them to the artwork for 1d4 rounds.  At the end of this time the condition, if still active, returns to the character.

If the artwork is destroyed, the character gains four levels of exhaustion, but the person (or persons) who destroyed the artwork are cursed (usually with ugliness).

Notes: Inspired by the bust of Nefertiti which I wanted to work into a magic item, so here it is.

Image edited from this photo found on Wikimedia Commons and is in the Public Domain

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