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Tuesday Magic Item – Gift of Life

10 December, 2019

Like the phoenic, you riseGollaon coughed up blood and sat up, his eyes wide and starting.  “Wha . . .” he coughed again.  “What happened?”

“You took a spear to the chest, hit your heart and lung,” replied Voddick.

“Sounds bad,” croaked out Gollaon.

“You have no idea, you were stone dead, my friend,” replied a grave Voddick.

“Then how?”

“That your lover of yours, the one you charmed last week was more taken with you then I thought.  They pushed themself to the bring of death to bring you back.  We have them wrapped up in warm blankets, they should recover, given a few days of peace.”

“Did we win that at least?”  Gollaon tried to look around.

“I think so,” nodded Voddick, “for the sake of both of you.”

Gift of Life

These tokens come in a variety of shapes and sizes, always made of silver or more valuable metal sometime decorated with designs in enamel or inlaid in other precious metals, the design call to healing, life and rebirth, a phoenix being especially popular.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Highwayman’s Ice Bow

3 December, 2019

Are bandits hiding nearby?Gollaon leaned back in his chair and sipped at his mulled wine.  “It seems that the war has given way to general lawlessness, bandits everywhere.  Do you think it is worth our while to hunt some of them down?”

Voddick leaned over his mulled ale.  “Perhaps.  I do not much care for thieves even the polite ones like some highwaymen.”

“One of the local bands is making quite a name for themselves, they have a magical frost casting bow.”

“I had heard about that band, they seem more or less reasonable sorts,” nodded Voddick.  “Or at least they understand a goose only plucked can be plucked again later.”

Gollaon laughed.  “That I can respect.”

Highwayman’s Ice Bow

These bows are made of wood harvested at the height of winter, they are always decorated often to the point of near garishness with inlaid silver, crystals and blue and white enamels and paints.  The bow is cold to the touch and the string will gather ice crystals is left still for too long.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Mother Sugarfoot’s Kitchen Accoutrement

26 November, 2019

Let us get to cookingVoddick leaned back in the chair sipping a nice cup of tea.  “Hand me another of those lovely almond pastries, will you please?”

Gollaon slide the plate over.  “It would be entirely too easy to just while away the rest of our time in a place like this.”

Voddick took a pastry and dunked it in his tea.  “Enjoy the moment, my friend.  Our lives will spin out of control soon enough.”

“Truth,” nodded Gollaon idly stirring his tea.

Mother Sugarfoot’s Kitchen Accoutrement

This is not one magic item, but rather a whole kitchen full of items with small enchantment: pots that will not scald their contents (or burn those that pick them up), self-grinding pestles, measures that do not spill, self-stirring spoons, automatic flour sifters, and so on and so on.  Universally they are functional, self-cleaning and self repairing.

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Ratikin Species for Dungeons & Dragons (5E)

20 November, 2019

"This ends now!"“We have always lived in the undercity, for more generations than you can count, keeping the city safe from what lies beneath.  But they do not appreciate our work, calling us vermin or worse, but we persevere, as we must.”

Ratikin

The origin of the Ratikin species is unknown, however, there is no indication of them existing before the Sundering so they are believed to have been created by that cataclysmic event.  The Ratikin, like their animal namesake, have spread widely through the Sea of Stars living in the shadows of, and on the castoffs of, the big folk.

The Ratikin tend to keep to themselves, working (and stealing) at the edges of the larger society and, generally, society likes it that way.  The Ratikin organize themselves around family groups which in turn fit into larger clans that come together for mutual defense or larger projects.

Ratikin are usually tolerated at best and often scorned and shunned.  Dwarven communities can always find tasks for them and so many end up in the outer edges of the Dwarven lands.  The Visse, as a general rule, despise the Ratilkin and try to keep them out of Imperial lands when possible. The Dark Star Dominion has impressed all the Ratikin it can and uses them as sappers and expandable engineering troops making it both hated and feared.

Ratikin Traits

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Tuesday Magic Item – Windrose Compass

19 November, 2019

Wither goest thou?Voddick stopped to mop his brow.  “From heroic last stands to being lost in the desert, our lives are never dull.”

“Our guide will find the way, my friend, do not worry,” said Gollaon adjusting the brim of his wide hat.

“Indeed not,” said the guide producing an elegant compass, “we shall soon be on our way again.”

Voddick just nodded.

“Lead the way,” said Gollaon.

Just then a cooling breeze washed over them.  “That is the sign for us to move on,” said the guide, waving the group forward.

Windrose Compass

These compasses are beautifully made and decorated with a mix of cartographic and magical symbols, they are also surprisingly tough able to survive considerable abuse.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Last Battle Medallion

12 November, 2019

RememberVoddick and Golloan stood alongside the old folk, veterans of wars that had ended years, decades ago, clad in their armor, some finely polished, other patchwork.  They did not let their age bow them as they stood waiting for what they knew would be their final battle.

“A finer company could not be asked for,” said Voddick.

“Truth, my friend,” replied Golloan.  “Together we will half the invaders long enough for the next army to be raised.  These fine people will not give up.”

“No, we will not,” said the old woman next to them, the paint on her shield faded but her spear was newly polished.  “They will see our mettle and be broken by it.”

Last Battle Medallion

These medallions are usual made in small numbers for the veterans of a particular group that served together, often with something related to the service they performed together with a personal token on the back.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Swiftsure Horseshoes

5 November, 2019

To the rescue!

Voddick aimed fired and recocked his crossbow.  “Keep it up lads and lassies, we only need to hold out a little longer.”

Gollaon loosed his last arrow and scooped up some loose stones to toss.  “The Swiftsure Riders will be here, we just need to keep these fools focused on us until they do.”

Quietly Voddick asked, “Do you think they will make it in time?  We are close to being overrun.”

“We had best hope so,” Gollaon answered equally quietly.

Then a cheer went up from the defenders as the pennants of the Swiftsure Cavalry appeared over the ridge.

Swiftsure Horseshoes

These horseshoes are made of polished metal and inlaid with a small amount of gold or silver, the inside is marked with runes and sigils.  Their magic keeps them bright and they often strike sparks when ridden across cobbles.

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