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Tuesday Magic Item – Ring and Bookmark of the Poet

2 June, 2020

Pure silver, pure poetryGollaon rode alongside the young poet and their companions, listing but rarely speaking.

As camp was being set up, Voddick came over to Gollaon, “It is not like you to be so quiet, my friend. Are you intimidated?” he teased.

“No, just trying to find the rhythm of the group, it is not worth disruption the poet’s . . . weave to satisfy any of my desires for recognition.”

“You are most in love with this poetry,” laughed Voddick.

“It is spectacular, I am glad it is being written down,” Gollaon replied, a bit snippy.

“Someone has a good memory?”

“Magic.”

Ring and Bookmark of the Poet

These paired items are created together, the decoration of the ring is echoed in the bookmark and vice versa.  It is said the patterned subtly change over time, reflecting the personality of the wearer.

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Tuesday Magic Item- Hofkapellmeister’s Rod

26 May, 2020
A Master of Courtly Musicks

Voddick leaned back on the bench, letting the music wash over him.

“Remind you of home?” whispered Gollaon leaning in.

Voddick nodded.  “We had choirs there.  It is a good memory.”

“It is impressive, kind of them to invite us.”

Voddick nodded again.  “So, relax and listen.  It is rare to get to enjoy such a large orchestra.  They are expensive to maintain.”

It was Gollain’s turn to nod.  “Means they should be able to afford us.”

Hofkapellmeister’s Rod

These rods are usually simple wood except for the handle which is usually decorated with some sort of allusion to music and to the noble house which commissioned it.  The handle is usually wrapped in cloth or soft leather to make it more comfortable to use.  It is a sign of authority and skill among musician to be awarded such a title and object.

Using the rod make one more aware of the flow and harmony of music, and when such are out of balance, gaining a +3 resistance bonus to save against any magic that is part of song or music.  The user also gains a +4 competence bonus to Profession (composer) and Profession (conductor) or other similar checks as well as to all Perform (musical instrument or singing) checks when working with a orchestra that has been instructed by the rod’s owner.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Twinned Hearts Amulets

19 May, 2020

Love is“It seems a long journey just to deliver a letter, a portrait and some jewellery,” said Voddick quietly while watching said items being presented to the local rulers.

“Such is the way of arranged marriages among the nobility,” replied Gollaon equally quietly.  “At least they are making an effort to make this a happy and pleasant experience for their children.”

“Yes?” asked Voddick curiously.

“The amulet is one of a pair, if both accept them willingly, it will help their love to blossom.”

“Hmm, I thought that magic could not compel love,” said Voddick.

“It is tricky but not impossible.”

Twinned Hearts Amulets

These amulets are always made in pairs, either matching or complementary and often bearing the coat of arms (or similar heraldic markings) of the families it was first made for.  They are usually made of valuable material, gold and gems, showing the   Due to their nature, of agreements and debits, fae enchanters are often tasked with the creation of such items.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Sling Snake

12 May, 2020

Snake not sling“Not that I have anything against anyone keeping snakes for pets,” said Gollaon quietly.

“But many snakes for pets is a bit disturbing,” agreed Voddick, sipping at his beer and watching the people.

Gollaon shooed one away with their boot.  “I . . . am not a person who likes snakes as a general rule.”

“Well, we must at least pretend while we are here, it would not do to insult our hosts.”

“Indeed not and they seem to have done well by them.”

Sling Snake

These snakes are specially bred and fed a diet of magical treated food buy the Fae, they gain the ability to flatten themselves and they become docile in the hands of a bonded owner.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Mirror of Three Kingdoms

5 May, 2020

Three visions of you

“That noble did not seem that charming yesterday,” said Voddick in a whisper.

“Nor as clumsy,” mentioned Gollaon, equally quietly, as they almost tripped on the edge of a carpet.

“But that speech, its quite good.”

“Surprisingly so.”

“Something is up, isn’t it?”

“Yes, but I am not sure what,” said Gollaon studying the noble carefully.

Mirror of Three Kingdoms

These mirrors are always beautiful in unusual and unexpected ways, something about the design is just slightly off.  Which would be because the mirror was made in the fae lands.  The mirror will sometimes decide it is needed by someone else and will move of its own accord which has been known to cause all sort of problems.

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Zymology and Zoophagy (A to Z)

30 April, 2020

Have a drink!Zymurgy is the science of brewing and fermentation because, as we know, if it can be turned into alcohol people will find a way to do so.  That is as true in the Sea of Stars as it is here and in the Sea of Stars there are even more bizarre things to brew drinks such as:

Blood Wine, a red ice wine fortified with spices and . . . other additives.  Packs a very potent punch even though it has a moderate alcohol content.

Flame Mead, brewed from fire bee honey, which is naturally warm and will self-ignite if left out in the Sun.

Liquid Lightning, captured in the outer banks of North Battavel, where the lightning and rain mix together, this charged water is used to brew the local beer which causes an electric tingle all the way through the drinkers system.  Definitely an acquired taste.

Ruby Wine, made from the ruby raspberry of Uvenhome, it has the most beautiful ruby color and if allowed to freeze, it crystallizes and retains that crystal shape unless it is raised to almost boiling.  Making it very useful for decoration.

And so many others (such as Badgerkin Beer).

Zoophagy is simply the feeding on animals by other animals, this can be natural or forced.  Many dragons keep pets and prefer predators.  Some of those dragons in turn feed on those predators reinforcing their place at the top of the food chain.

A few even agree with:

The Ogre philosopher Gnerdel believed the purpose of life was to live as high on the food chain as possible. She refused to eat vegetarians, preferring to live entirely on creatures that preyed on sentient beings.

(From the Magic: the Gathering card Grey Ogre, not a great card but a great quote)

NotesAnd with that, we wrap up another Blogging from A to Z.  Hope you enjoyed a wander through the odd corners of the Sea of Stars.

Image Visitors in a brewery storeroom full of casks of ale. Wood-engraving, c. 1847. Wellcome Collection. License CC BY.

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Years and Yesterdays (A to Z)

29 April, 2020

Time and Seasons pass for allThe Empress controls the seasons and the time of day across the entirety of the Sea of Stars, indeed the seasons and day length are universal across the all the lands, via her control of the Sun.

The year in the Sea of Stars is thirteen months long, each month consisting of twenty-eight days (divided up into four weeks, each of seven days); Fall, Winter and Spring are each three months long while Summer lasts for four.  The Empress’ Birthday an extra-calendary day is placed in the middle of Summer making a total of three hundred and sixty-five days a year.

While some cultures maintain their own calendars, most use the Imperial calendar for taxes and official business, it is easier (and safer) to coordinate with the Imperial officials after all.

While many cultures and traditions look back on the time before the Sundering as a Golden Era before the dragons ruined everything, the dragons themselves rarely look backwards in time, nostalgia has no place in their make up.  The majority of dragons live looking forward, making plans for decades or ever centuries in the future, though a small few are pure sensualists that live only in the present and near future.  People are advised to avoid the sensualists among the dragons as they are mercurial in mood and very dangerous to more fragile creatures.

While one can use magic to travel forward in time is the Sea of Stars, traveling to the past is impossible.

Notes:  Y is a another tricky one, so just some cultural bits for the day.

Image Clocks: a watch-maker seated at his workbench with a long-case and a bracket clock behind him, diagrams of movements above his head. Engraving. From the Wellcome Collection.  License Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).

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