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Tuesday Magic Item – Dwarven Work Boots

20 January, 2021
Pull yourself up“Now these are the sort of boots I have always wanted.” said Voddick admiring his new boots. “Well, they are nice if you like that sort of thing,” said Gollaon. “Look at that stitching!  And the sole, it will defeat most hazards.” “The yellow stitching seems a bit garish,” said Gollaon with a frown. “It is a signature of the boot maker,” said Voddick defensively.

Dwarven Work Boots

These boots are heavy and over-engineered, designed and reinforced with metal and magic to protect the wearers feet against most threats one is likely to encounter.  And for all of that, they are remarkable comfortable. Read the rest of this entry ?

Tuesday Magic Item – Portal Ring, Unstable

12 January, 2021
Where are you going?“How does he keep vanishing like that?” said Voddick, lowering his crossbow.  “It is most annoying.” “Agreed,” said Gollaon flipping a throwing knife and catching it. “Though he did not look so good that lost time.  I think the magic he is using is taking its toll upon him.” Voddick nodded.  “As this chase is on me.  Hopefully some of the other hunters have found him.”  A shout went up in the distance. “The hunt is back on.”

Portal Ring, Unstable

These rings are usually made of some mix of crystals and gems with the occasional splinter of bone or stone.   The crystals flicker with light occasionally. Read the rest of this entry ?

Tuesday Magic Item – Stable Snowshoes

5 January, 2021

Dashing through the snow“Snow is better experienced from the comfort of a warm window,” said Gollaon trudging along the snow.

“As least we are properly equipped,” said Voddick, tapping one of his snowshoes with his staff.  “Wading through this without them would be even less pleasant.”

“True . . . and the payment for delivering the message is good.”

“Enough to buy several nights in a warm inn at the very least.”

Stable Snowshoes

These snowshoes are well made in the local style using the best of materials, the enchantments used in creating them keep them flexible and strong even if poorly stored or treated.  Occasionally they are decorated but this is rare as they are primarily a practical item.

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Brave Folk (Badgerkin) for Dungeons & Dragons (5E)

30 December, 2020

Badgerkin (“Brave Folk”)
Badger the bard notIn the Crimson-Lined Valley, the Clans are guarded by the warriors of Drake’s Hold, the bravest of them are from the Badgerkin line. The origins of the Brave Folk are traced back to the Sundering when the Baron of Jackery drew upon all of their resources to defend the Crimson-Lined Valley from invasion. Among the defenders were the trained badgers of the young Baron. What happened has never made clear, but the Brave Folk returned from the battle having driven off the invaders, their leader was the young Baron henceforth known as Rolland the Brave.

Since then the Brave Folk have guarded the Crimson-Lined Valley from harm.

Physical Description: The Badgerkin are humanoid badgers, stocky and powerfully built, their bodies ripple with muscles under their wiry fur. Their fur is grey above and black on the under parts with a distinctive black and white striped face and white-tipped ears.

Their eyes are usually black, brown or amber, with the occasional green, blue eyes are not unknown but are exceptionally rare. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Soothsayer Sundial

29 December, 2020

Light Sorceress Sundial“Why are we hiding in a garden in the middle of the night?” asked Voddick in a whisper.

“To see who will avail themselves of the power of the sundial,” answered Gollaon passing a bit of candied fruit to his friend.

“What powers are those?” asked Voddick taking the fruit with a nod of thanks.

“Predictions of the future, I saw it being used at dawn.  But at the deep of night is when one asks about the darkest of deeds.”

Soothsayer Sundial

These sundials are always unique and unusual, speaking of something more than simple time keeping.  They are relatively large and difficult to move and will not work unless aligned properly so that they can display the time. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Solstice Spear

22 December, 2020

One  solstice or another“I knew we should not have gotten tangled up in the politics of the Fair Folk,” said Voddick hacking his way through the vines which seemed to gown back almost as quickly as they were cut.

“It seemed so easy,” said Gollaon pushing forward.  “Deliver the case, take payment and go.  How was I to know everyone would go crazy.”

“Fair folk,” snapped Voddick.

“Truth.  Never again.”

“That is what you said last time!”

Solstice Spear

This spear is a masterpiece of fae construction, the spear point is leaf-shaped with a long guard.  The shaft is inlaid with designs echoing leaves and vines.  At the height of the winter solstice, the spear point is silver with black runes and the shaft is dark gray with leaves the color of autumn, while during the summer solstice, the spear point is golden with red rune and the shaft is white with green leaves.  Between the two periods, the spear slowly changes from one state to the other. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Superior Soap

16 December, 2020

“So, what is in the box we spent so much effort acquiring?” asked Voddick looking over Gollaon’s shoulder as the later finished opening the lock.

“Let us see,” said Gollaon as he opened the lid of the small chest. revealing many small packets each wrapped in paper with a label.  Gollaon picked on up and handed it to Voddick.  It smelt clean, like freshly laundered sheets.

“Granduncle’s Superior Soap!?”

Gollaon slit open on of the packages with a thumbnail and opened it.  “It is the real stuff.  Superior soap.”

Superior Soap

These bars of soap can come in any color but are usually white and can be wrapped in paper or come in a box or tin.  They usually have a clean smell but when used to clean something, that scent vanishes as does any scents of the washed person or item. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Sudden Snowflakes

8 December, 2020

Let it snow!“I had not expected that,” said Voddick wiping his brow before taking a swig of water.

“Truth,” said Gollaon, “this sort of desert has probably not seen snow in . . . centuries or more.”

“It is a good trick, we should see if we can get some of those snowflakes for later use.”

“Excellent thought.”

Sudden Snowflake

These devices are in the form of a snowflake, usually made of crystal or silver or a mix of the two.  Most commonly they are about two inches (5 cm) across but they can be larger or smaller.  Sometimes they are work on necklaces or as earrings.  They are used by throwing them, sometimes with a command word, and they trigger on impact. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Ghost Clock

1 December, 2020

Ghost of time“Something is . . . off about this place,” said Gollaon raising the lantern.

“Agreed, though I cannot say what,” replied Voddick looking around.

“Do you hear that?” asked Gollaon, tilting his head to listen.  “The clock?”

“The ruined clock?”

“Oh dear.”

Ghost Clock

These clocks are the remnants of once beautiful and complex pieces of time-keeping machinery.  Something has happened to them and their relationship to time has become detached and disruptive to the flow of time around them. Read the rest of this entry ?


New Monk Path for D&D 5E – Way of the Sohei

29 November, 2020

Ready to fightWay of the Sohei

Monks of the Way of the Sohei are the unusual in that they use weapons and armor to enhance their formidable martial arts skills. Their focus is on defense and defending others, when an armored sohei blocks your path, they are difficult to get out of the way.

For the purpose of this document polearms refer to the following weapons from the OGL: glaive, halberd, quarterstaff, pike, spear, and trident. It may also apply to campaign specific weapons as well, talk to your DM.

The Way of the Sohei is inspired by the Japanese warrior monks of the same name who were once a fearsome presence on the battlefields of medieval Japan.

Armored in Life
When you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you gain proficiency in polearms, and in light and medium armor. Polearms are monk weapons for you.

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