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Tuesday Magic Item – Watchful Peacock Cloak

15 June, 2021

Juni“The queen mother’s cloak is quite spectacular,” said Voddick in a voice just above a whisper.

“An amazing piece of artistry and, I suspect, a powerful piece of magick,” replied Gollaon, equally quietly.  “It would be a shame not to at least guard all of that work.”

Voddick nodded. “She is rumored to be an amazing judge of character.”

“No doubt improved by her cloak,” smiled Gollaon.  “Let us go and make her acquaintance.”

“Is that wise?” asked Voddick to Gollaons back as they were already move to intercept the queen Mother.

Watchful Peacock Cloak

These cloaks are spectacularly colorful, usually mixing actual peacock feather with embroidery, bead work and metallic threads, creating a feast for the eyes.  But those observing the cloak have an unsettling feeling of being watched. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Bellona’s Torch

8 June, 2021

Sword of Bellona in action“How are we again opposing tyrants?” asked Voddick, back to the wall as he recocked his crossbow.

“There does seem to be a particularly large crop of them lately,” agreed Gollaon releasing an arrow and ducking back.

“It would be a much happier world if people would just let each other alone.”

“Agreed but then there would be less need for people like us.”

“Might that be for the best?” asked Voddick slotting a bolt into his crossbow.

Bellona’s Torch

These swords are harsh weapons of war, their blades blackened by flame and the the grips discolored from use.  Its balance is excellent and the blade stays sharp even after hard use.  They usually are marked with the helmet or torch of Bellona. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Pan of Perfect Pies

1 June, 2021

Pie!That was quite amazing, Madame Sugarfoot,” said Voddick pushing the now empty plate away.

Gollaon added one to the pile as well.  “Superb.  Among the best I have every had.  You know your pies, madame.”

Madame Sugarfoot smiled.  “Old family recipe and old family cookware.”

“You family is famous in stories and song for their skill with cooking,” said Gollaon.

“As they should be with pies like these,” said Voddick with a firm nod.

Pan of Perfect Pies

These pie pans can come in a variety of types, some metal, some fired clay, some fancy, some plain.  But they all bear and makers mark and some motto involving pies, such as “A perfect pie is a gift of friendship.” Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Traveller’s Helpful Book

25 May, 2021

Book“Books are not your usual purchase,” said Gollaon.

“The inscription on the front sold it to me,” said Voddick with a smile.  He showed the book to his friend.

“‘Panic not’, this reminds me of something.”

“Yes?  That does not surprise me, your knowledge of unusual things is unrivaled.”

“Well thank you my friend, it is good to have my talents recognized.”

Traveller’s Helpful Book

These books are deceptively slim, marked on the cover (in friendly letters) is the motto “Panic Not”.  The interior of the book is filled with information on more pages than could possibly fit into the volume. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Guardian Hive Amulet

18 May, 2021

Bees“I like bees, they are very industrious,” said Voddick, watching one fly by.

“Our new charges seems quite fond of them as well,” said Gollaon, looking around.

“The bees seem to like them as well, one happy family,” said Voddick with a smile.

“I suspect that has to do with the amulet.”

“That right, it has a bee design, does it not.”

“I suspect that is what cements the friendship.”

Guardian Hive Amulet

These amulets are usually made of precious metals and amber in the shape of a bee (or bees), honey combs and similar motifs.  In appropriate climbs, bees are attracted to the wearer but are never hostile (unless attacked by the wearer). Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Compass of New Worlds

11 May, 2021

Lead the way to adventure!“Well, good bye city life, hello new lands,” said Gollaon as the breeze ruffled their hair.

“I was enjoying city life.  A variety of ales and meats makes me quite happy,” said Voddick, only complaining a little.

“Well, there will be new ales and new meals as we travel,” said Gollaon leaning against the ship’s rail.

“Of the later, I have no doubt, the former . . .”

“Have we traveled anywhere where there was not some sort of ale, beer or wine?”

“Not yet, but there is always a first!”

Compass of New Worlds

These compasses are rare, having originally been made for the god of exploration, the design survived and has been replicated by they are challenging to build.  They are ship’s compasses made of fine materials and kept in sturdy and warded boxes to keep them from harm (and malign influences). Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Amulet of Mind Tricks

4 May, 2021

From far away and a distant time“Our new charge seem more more confident after acquiring that old amulet,” said Voddick before taking a sip of ale.

“Agreed,” said Gollaon.  He paused to dip some bread in his wine.  “Did you say odd or old?  Because it is both.”

“Old, but you are correct.  That iconography on it seems . . . very out of place.”

Gollaon looked back to see if he could get a better look, but no luck.  “I think it is something old or modeled on something old.  I have seen similar symbols on ancient ruins.”

Voddick nodded.  “We should try to learn more about it before it get our charge, or us, into trouble.”

Amulet of Mind Tricks

These amulets are old or, at least, give the impression of vast antiquity and being from a distant land.  They are always decorated with runes and symbols usually around a central design, usually made of brass decorated with gold or silver, occasional a crystal is inset, but this is not universal. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tuesday Magic Item – Weapons of the Arms-Sworn (A to Z)

27 April, 2021

A sword being refitted before being handed to the next generation“They are an odd lot, the arms-sworn.” said Voddick, “they managed to build a new society out of disaster and they have made it work for centuries.  Societies with easier births have fallen much sooner.”

“Perhaps it is because of that difficult birth that they have managed so well,” said Gollaon.  “Tempered metal is often stronger after all.”  He grinned at his friend.

“That’s right, throw my own proverb back at me,” replied Voddick with a smile and shake of his head.

“See, I have been paying attention, just not all the time.”

Weapons of the Arms-Sworn

Like the Arm-Sworn, these weapon are practical first, always well made and as they become heirlooms and are passed down from generation to generation, they begin to accumulate decorations and accoutrements especially if they have become part of someone’s story.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Quizzing Glass of Quizzicalness (A to Z)

20 April, 2021

Watching you, quizzing youVoddick finished cleaning his cosh.  “For ruffians they were not willing to put up much of a fight.”

“I suspect they were hired to put a scare into us and were not expecting us to fight back,” said Gollan.

“Our charge was more competent than I expected with that cane they carry,” said Voddick.

“Yes, between the three of us, we gave them a solid beating.”

“Indeed,” said Voddick, “but we must be more careful from now on.  The next group will be more serious, and more dangerous, when it comes to turning our client from their path.”

Quizzing Glass of Quizzicalness

These are quizzing glasses, a lens on a handle, some are magnifying lenses, other corrective, and the handles range from simple to extravagant.  They are often worn on a chain or ribbon around the neck.  While useful for investigation they also have their place as social tools.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Kavall’s Inquisitive Kit (A to Z)

13 April, 2021

What you need is inside“Well, I am glad to be back in a city,” said Voddick.

“As am I and a relaxing job, body-guarding an inquisitive,” said Gollaon.

“They are very diligent in the study of the area,” said Voddick, a note of approval in his voice.

“It is hard to know what will prove to be guide to the villains responsible.”

“And if we find them, I suspect our lives will be considerably less quiet,” said Voddick, instinctively checking his weapons.

Kavall’s Inquisitive Kit

The first of these kits was made for the skilled inquisitive Osimant Kavall who advocated a rigorous and systematic approach to inquisitive investigations.  There use has since spread throughout the inquisitive community,well among the successful ones in any case.  It is a large bag, the style of which depends on who is was made for, the original was an oxblood red leather case with brass fittings.  Inside are sample bottles, tools for investigation, notebooks, pens and inks. Read the rest of this entry ?

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