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Tuesday Magic Item – Cat’s Eye Bracelet and Collars

11 August, 2020

Is it your favorite too?Gollaon idly stroked the cat.  “The Baroness and Baron seem very well informed.”

“Well placed spies, I shouldn’t wonder,” said Voddick shooing the cat away from his ale.

“That seems likely.  They seem the cunning sorts.”

Voddick nodded, picking a bit of cat hair from his drink before taking a drink.  “But more importantly, are their allies or enemies?”

“That is an excellent question, we will have to find out.”

Cat’s Eye Bracelet and Collars

These useful items consist of at least two pieces, a bracelet, often a silver chain with cat charms, and one of more cat collars which, while well made, do not -usually- indicate great value.  There is almost always a subtle connection in the design between bracelet and collars.

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New Magic Item – Crystal Shield Staff

7 August, 2020

Crystals have powerCreated by the dwarven wizardress Aramasia Diamond “the Crystal Shield” before she left on her last adventure, it is believed the staff was lost when she did not return.  It is a flawless length of hexagonal crystal, so transparent as to be nearly invisible except as light catches on its edges.  As the magic of the staff is used, the crystal become increasingly cloudy.

Crystal Shield Staff

Staff, very rare (requires attunement by a sorcerer, warlock, or wizard)

This staff can be wielded as a magic quarterstaff that grants a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with it and you can choose to deal force damage rather than bludgeoning damage. While holding it, you gain a +2 bonus to Armor Class and saving throws.

The staff has 20 charges for the following properties. The staff regains 2d8 + 4 expended charges daily at dawn. If you expend the last charge, roll a d20. On a 1, the staff retains its +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls but loses all other properties. On a 20, the staff regains 1d8 + 2 charges. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Rossum’s Useful Toolkit

4 August, 2020

Everything a working person needsVoddick squinted, trying to get a better look as the tinker worked on repairing the inn’s mantle clock.

“Something the matter, my friend?” asked Gollaon returning with fresh drinks.

“Yes, I cannot say why but I find the tinker’s toolkit . . . troubling.”

“Troubling?”  Gollaon sat down and looked over at it.  “Did it just move?”

“Yes, it shifts to make certain that the tinker never has to stretch too far for a tool.”


Rossum’s Useful Toolkit

These toolkit are always large enough, often battered and stained, but always holding together.  Indeed, they are nearly impossible to destroy and difficult to steal from.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Honorary Colonel’s Uniform

28 July, 2020

Dressed to command“I am not sure if I approve of military command being given just because of royal ties,” said Voddick quietly.

“The Lieutenant-Colonel handles most of actual command,” replied Gollaon.  “They are more here for inspiration and as a sign of royal favor to both the noble and the soldiers.”

“Well, I can see a willingness to risk the dangers of battle being somewhat inspirational,” agreed Voddick.  “As long as they do not take too many risks.”

“The Lieutenant-Colonel will make sure of that, believe me.”

Honorary Colonel’s Uniform

These uniforms are always of the highest quality, with the finest fit and exquisite tailoring  They are modeled on the uniform of the unit that the honor colonel is technically in command of, but better and more stylish in almost every possible way.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Ring of Inclination Insight

21 July, 2020

I see

“That Countess is sharp tongued and perceptive,” said Voddick quietly, “I would steer clear, my friend.  She might see right through you.”

“Do I hear a challenge,” said Gollaon with a smile.

“No, just a warning,” replied Voddick, taking another cup of wine.

Gollaon did the same and sipped at it.  “Very well, for the moment, I will just observe and learn.”

Ring of Inclination Insight

These rings are usually decorated simply, never garishly, but are obviously valuable and well made.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Revolution’s Crimson Banner

14 July, 2020

To the fight!Gollaon looked out the window.  “The crowds are gathering and they do not seem happy.”

“Time to take our charge and leave,” said Voddick as he finished packing.  “It will not be a good time to be a noble in this city if I am reading the political winds correctly.”

“I fear you are correct, best to flee the storm rather than try and weather it,” Gollaon grabbed his cloak and bag.  “Shame, I was enjoying the theatre here.”

“We can find other theatres.”

A hue and cry when up from the not to distant crowds.  “Right you are.”

Revolution’s Crimson Banner

These banners are often roughly made, and contrary to their name can be of any color or design, but they usually express a desire or concern of the people who made it.  The banner is deigned to inspire and support those seeking change or redress of wrongs.

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New Monster – StagWolf (for D&D 5E)

12 July, 2020

Oh, it is just some deer.  Wait!  There is something wrong.  Look at that muzzle and tail.  Oh no.  Run!  Just run!  Stagwolves!

Stags! Or StagWolves?StagWolf
Medium monstrosity (chimeric), unaligned

Armor Class 13

Hit Points 54 (8d8+16)

Speed Walk 55ft.

STR 17 (+ 3) DEX 17 (+ 3) CON 15 (+2) INT 6 ( -2) WIS 14 (+ 2) CHA 12 ( +1)

Saving Throws Dex + 5, Con + 5,  Wis + 4

Skills Perception +4, Stealth +5

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 15

Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Appear Harmless: A casual glance will perceive the stagwolf as just a simple stag. A Will save (DC 12) will dispel the harmless guise.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Horns of Ambition

7 July, 2020

Your ambition is showingVoddick leaned back and sipped at his ale. “Something is wrong,” he muttered.

Gollaon nodded, watching the other patrons in the common room. “The newly arrived noble and retinue are . . . impressive?”

“Yes, they are dressed to overawe.”

“Indeed, expensively if not stylishly,” critiqued Gollaon swirling the wine in his glass.

“And something is the matter with that noble’s hat.”

“I suspect it is covering up more than just a bad hair style.”

Horns of Ambition

If found, unused, they are but a pair of small bone nodes with a concave side. Picking them up, the person will hear whispers promising power all they must do is attach the nodes to their skull.  If so done, the node will, painfully, meld with the flash and bone and reemerge where they thing is aesthetically pleasing as small horns.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Blue Jacket of Bravery

30 June, 2020

Worn by all the stylish officers.“I am sure I have seen that coat before,” said Gollaon, watching the commander talk with some of the other officers.

Voddick nodded slowly, “Was that not Commander CœurdeLion’s jacket?”

Gollaon’s eyes widened.  “You are right.  The braiding has been removed and it has been repaired, but, yes, it is the same jacket.”

“I am amazed it survived his final stand.”

“It must possess some of his luck.”

Blue Jacket of Bravery

This blue jacket has seen much action and is much repaired, yet the underlying structure remains intact even as braids, ribbons, medals or other decorations are added and removed.  It is a military coat and nothing can be done to disguise that.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Sugarfoot’s Bowl of Comfort

23 June, 2020

But it is what it contains that mattersVoddick leaned back and set the bowl down.  “Where is that bread?  I cannot waste even a drop if this.”

Gollaon was still eating from his bowl.  He pointed with a spoon.

“Thank you,” Voddick said tearing a hunk off of the loaf.

“Brings back memories,” sighed Gollaon.


Sugarfoot’s Bowl of Comfort

These bowls are simply, but well and sturdily, made with the symbol of the Sugarfoot family somewhere upon them.

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