Tuesday Magic Item – Water Box

27 December, 2022

Gollaon washed their hands yet again and then closed the tap.  “While it may not be magic, it is just as good.”

Voddick nodded.  “Not having to run and fetch water makes life so much easier.  The flow here is helped by water boxes.”

“That sounds familiar,” said Gollaon.

“Boxes with water spirits inside to push the water along and keep it fresh.  Quite handy but you have to treat the spirits well or they get mischievous.”

Water Box

These boxes are usually made of hard stone, some type of material that will not wear quickly from the flow of water.  Sometimes ceramic or glazed clay is used and the rare water box made to be portable is usually made of metal.

The water box is designed to filter and transport water through itself and, in some conditions, actually produce water.

Water boxes are usually added to existing water systems to improve them, they can do the following:

  • Move water, the water box can be used to pump water through pipes or fountains, with considerable force if it wishes.
  • Purify water, this can be complete purification or just removing harmful properties but leaving minerals and other non-harmful trace elements.  If the water needs a great deal of purifying, such as salt water, needs a way for the accumulated
  • Create water, the water box can produce as much as one gallon (4 liters) per minute, which does not seem like much but it will keep a small community in water,  However, the water spirit does not like doing this, especially on a long term basis and must be appeased in some way to continue doing so.

In all cases, the water spirit will do its job more efficiently and in a happier mood, if its efforts are acknowledged and it is given thanks, be those thanks literal or figuratively in the form of small offerings.  If it does not feel appreciated, it will let unpleasant (but not dangerous) flavors through, varying water pressure, and causing other small problems until it is given the respect it feels it deserves.

Aura faint conjuration; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 1,500; Weight 10+ lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, summon monster III; Cost 750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (box), uncommon

As above.

Notes: We had a pipe freeze and burst, so we did not have water for three days, and one does not appreciate running water until one does not have it.  So, naturally, it got me to thinking about how magic would be used to help with the water issue.  Running water is totally magic, appreciate it.

Image edited from one found at the Blogspot of the Lexington Theological Seminary – Anniversary trip to Turkey and Greece legal status unknown and used without permission but no challenge to rights is implied.


  1. Yeah, these are getting added to my world.

    • Glad to be helpful. Tell me what people think of them when encountered if you remember.

Please share your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: