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New Magic Item – Soldier Stones

20 October, 2020

An army in your pocket“We seem rather outnumbered,” said Voddick ducking back to recock his crossbow. Two arrows shattered on the stones behind him.

“I believe our companions have some tricks to help even the odds,” said Gollaon releasing an arrow and fading back as arrows broke around the stones. “Though there are even more of them than I thought.”

“I hope you are right about our companions.”

“Me too.”

Soldier Stones

These items are carved from stone, wood or bone in the form of a soldier. The materials to make them must have been taken from a battlefield, training ground or similar place that has a spiritual resonance to soldiers of the past.

Cast to the ground, the soldier stone becomes a stone soldier that will obey the person who cast it to the ground. The stone soldier will stay for 5d6 minutes then discorporate back to the figure, if the soldier is undamaged, it will return unbroken and can be used again in the future, but any damage will break the figure and the magic when the duration expires.

The echoes of the spirits tied to soldiers remember those who summoned them and sometimes the broken fragments will spontaneously generate stone soldiers that will seek to perform unfinished tasks or seek revenge against those who misused them.

Aura moderate conjuration [earth]; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 2,800; Weight 1/4 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, heroism, summon monster IV; Cost 1,400

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (carved figure), uncommon

As above.

Notes: To go with the earlier posted Stone Soldiers, obviously.

Photo A selection of pieces from the Lewis chessmen at the British Museum, photo by Andrew Dunn, found on Wikimedia Commons and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.


Tuesday Magic Item – Death-Eating Gloves

13 October, 2020

“The commander’s duelist seems twitchy and pale,” said Voddick quietly. “Not a good combination. Addiction or curse . . . or both?”

Gloves to die for

“Both I fear,” replied Gollaon equally quietly. “I finally managed to get a good look at his gloves. Necromagi work without a doubt.”


“Almost certainly,” agreed Gollaon. “We need to make a plan to remove him from the board before he turns into even more of a monster.”

“Alleyway ambush?”

“That usually works,” nodded Gollaon.

Death-Eating Gloves

These gloves are made of fine grained leather dyed a dark color, red and purple are common but black or blue are not unknown. They are close fitting, almost as a second skin. To those knowledgeable of such things, the gloves are obviously made of the tanned skin from a human or similar being.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Shade Manifesting Ring

6 October, 2020

Shadow of life and deathVoddick leaned heavily against the wall of the stairway. “If we never see another killer shadow, it will be years to soon.”

“Agreed,” said Gollaon wiping the blade of his sword with a blessed cloth. “But I suspect their master cannot have many more of them to throw at us. Such magic consume their user.”

“Well, let us finish this. Any using such foul magic deserves to be slain.”


Shade Manifesting Ring

These rings are usually made of some mix of bone, ivory and silver, usually tarnished black, with skull or other death motifs common. To the wearer, they feel warm and then can sense the flow of their blood, other others, it is as cold as a frozen corpse. Shadows seem to gather improbably around the wearer.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Metropolitan Signal Whistle

29 September, 2020

A whistle for help“Good to see a city with properly organized wardens,” said Voddick taking a drink from a fresh tankard of ale.

Gollaon nodded idly.  “It is a challenging thing to organize well.”

“So true, the opportunities for corruption are numerous,” said Voddick.  “It take people convinced of the value of laws to run such a system well.”

“Law?  What about justice?” asked Gollaon.

“Good laws, ably administered are a step towards justice,” replied Voddick.  “But true justice always proves elusive, so we do our best.”

“I will drink to that.”

Metropolitan Signal Whistle

These whistles are usually made of brass to a standardized design, practical and tough, they get the job done without being showy.

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New Magic Item – Shield of Balance

22 September, 2020

Is balance just?“Why did we get chosen to take the fight to the enemy wizards again?” asked Voddick as another bolt of fire sizzled by him.

“Triple pay and a bounty?” replied Gollaon snapping a shot off with his bow.

“Oh, right,” nodded Voddick just before something slammed into his shield.  “Acid?  I just got that shield.”  He said tossing the shield aside as the acid continued to eat it way through its layers.

“Let’s catch up with our brave leader, his shield has been magicked to resist such things, I think.”

Shield of Balance

These shield are always fairly large and often decorated with a simple symbol of balance, being painted half black and half white is common, on the back are inscribed complex calculations of the seasons and paired oppositional symbols of the elements.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Thief Catching Mirror

8 September, 2020

Mirror, mirrorGollaon frowned and moved to another stall in the market and then another.

“What is the matter?” asked Voddick, joining him with a clay cup of beer.

“All of these fine establishments,” he answered, gesturing to the market, “have poor quality mirrors strung up, no matter what they sell, which make me look terrible.  I cannot stand to see those distorted reflections staring back at me.”

“Vanity, vanity, all is vanity,” commented Voddick with a grin.  “But they are to deter thieves.”

“But few thieves are as handsome as me.”

Thief Catching Mirror

These brass or bronze mirror are mass produced and simple items designed for one purpose, the catch thieves.  The mirrors themselves are not very good, showing warped and blurred images.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Dragon Claw Gauntlets

1 September, 2020

Claws and effect“Do wizards imitate dragons because they want their power?” asked Voddick, observing the wizard run through complicated hand gestures wearing gloves reminiscent of a dragon’s claws.

“Does not everyone want a slice of the power of the dragons?” replied Gollaon with a smile.

“Not I, that sort of power attracts trouble.”

“True and we have trouble enough.”

Voddick raised his mug.  “Truth.”

Dragon Claw Gauntlets

These gauntlets are made to evoke the claws of dragonkine and are used by spell-casters to focus their arcane energies and protect the wearer.  Made from heavy leather, usually from rare creatures, with the claws made of metal or alchemically treated claws or talons.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Wallbreaker Maul

25 August, 2020

Knock knockVoddick refilled his mug of ale and sat back down beside Gollaon.  Voddick leaned over and asked, “Is he done boasting yet?”

Gollaon shook his head slightly.  “But it is only getting better.  He really has a high opinion of himself.”

“I had noticed,” grinned Voddick.

“He has moved on to what he is going to do tomorrow.”

“Is he going to win the battle single-handedly for us?”

“According to him, yes.”

Wallbreaker Maul

These long clubs are heavily constructed of stout wood with a heavy core and bound with copper, often decorated with storm and lightning iconography.  When swung, they occasionally crackle with electricity.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Women’s Banner of Progress

18 August, 2020

Forward!“It is nice to see such passion,” Gollaon said, keeping pace with the parade, the brightly colored banner leading the way.

“Though it seems odd that they must fight for such,” said Voddick.  “In my homeland, everyone is encouraged to seek the path they are best suited for.  All have a voice appropriate to their success.”

“As it should be but not all are so enlightened or practical,” Gollaon said with a grin.  “Let us work out how we can lend our support.”

“But we should be looking for a paying job?”

“This is the right thing to do.”

“Well, you are not wrong about that.”

Women’s Banner of Progress

These banners are always bright and colorful and thus highly visible, occasionally even crossing to the impracticably large, designed to inspire.

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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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