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Tuesday Magic Item – Negation Seal (A to Z, N)

16 April, 2019

Gollaon sauntered around the corner, turned on his heel and came back.  “We have to go,” he said to Voddick.”

“Why?” asked Voddick.

“Imperial Auditor,” Gollaon shot back.

“Oh?  Oh!” said Voddick and hurried to catch up.  “That cannot be good.”

“Indeed not.  I think we should not stick around to see the inevitable conclusion.”

“We can steal horses.”

Negation Seal

These seals bear the mark of their issuing power, by that empress, queen or high priestess, decorated in enamels or colored precious metal and are made from hard metal, often platinum, with the seal itself usually an equally hard stone.  The bearer must take an oath to serve and uphold the law of the issuing power and the seal only work as long as they maintain that oath.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Heart Crystal Armor (A to Z, H)

9 April, 2019

CrystalVoddick watched the squad of dwarven warriors troop by, the sunlight glinting on the crystal encasing their bodies.  He gave them a salute as they vanished around the corner.

“It is rare to see so many who have taken the crystal at once,” commented Gollaon.  “I hope it is not a warning of danger to come.”

“Given the symbolism of their arms, I suspect they are part of the sovereign guard of the Ruby hierarchy,” said Voddick.  “Possibly a high level trade meeting.”

“If that is the case, we should see about getting ourselves a cut of the action.”

“Indeed,” said Voddick as they set out to follow the dwarves.

Heart Crystal Armor

This magic armor is rare due to the physical and psychological cost of wearing it, as unlike normal armor, the heart crystal armor is magically and spiritually bonded to the wearer.  It is made up of plates of living crystal that are embedded inside the wearer’s body along the long muscles.  Drawing upon the magic of the character’s blood the crystals to grow until the crystals covers the wearer’s skin, solid plates over muscle and geometric scales over the joints.

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Gems and Gem Magic in the Sea of Stars (A to Z, G)

8 April, 2019

GemsGems, crystals, and such materials are useful focuses for magic in the Sea of Stars valuable for their role in magic working as well as their rarity and beauty.

Those dragons who are fortunate enough to rule over dwarven holds often demand their tribute from them at least partially in gems.  The Empress herself is constantly seeking the most perfect examples of the various gems . . . though what she does with them is unknown as her jewelry is simple and rarely changes.  There are many theories: the Empress is known as an expert crafter of magic items, perhaps she is using them to make even more powerful items?  Why would the Empress’ hoard contain anything but the rarest and most valuable things?  They are part of a long term magical working that will do . . . something amazing?

While a few other dragons have explored the possibilities of gem magic, it is the dwarves who are its masters.  Making everything from weapons to armor, jewelry and even skyships powered by forges that burn gems for motive power.  Naturally, the dwarves tend to work with the gems tied to the clan lines, diamond, emerald, ruby and so on.  All work with crystal and use it to supplement and reinforce the magic of the primary gems.  Most gem workers start with simple crystal and have to be at least journeymen before they are allowed to begin working with the actual gemstones.

Very few of the other species work with gems, though some have apprentices with the dwarves they rarely advance beyond apprenticeship.  The Sen’tek have experimented with crystal weapons but produced through alchemical means rather than magic.  The Ypsarian serpentfolk work with salt but it is possible that such techniques could be turned to other types of crystal.

Notes: Photo of African gems from the Smithsonian Institute and are used under the SI’s Fair Use policy.

 

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Tuesday Magic Item – Bloodline Chain (A to Z, B)

2 April, 2019

Chained together“I see the House’s Matriarch keeps a tight rein on her scions,” said Gollaon.

Voddick nodded.  “I noticed the chains marked with the the house seal as well.  Effective tools of control but not something a free man should wear.”

“Which is only one of a thousand reasons we will never be asked to wear one.”

“Thank the stars for that.”

“Truth.”

Bloodline Chain

This come in a variety of styles, chains worn around the neck, the wrist, ankle, upper arm or even the waist, in all cases though they are masterfully made and decorated with precious metals and even gems.  A mark, usually a seal, of the house they were made for is almost always incorporated into the design.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Warrior’s Carnyx

19 March, 2019

Call to war!Voddick had to nearly shout to be heard.  “They do like their horns this lot.”

“It would be unnerving if you were not use to such things,” replied Gollaon.

“Still, better than just standing around in silence, eh?”

“Better than the actual fighting part at least,” replied Gollaon with a grin.

Voddick nodded and grinned back.

Warrior’s Carnyx

The long horns are reinforced and made of metal, suitable for use both as a musical instrument and as a weapon.  They are prized by certain types of warrior-musicians who love both music and battle.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Command Flag

12 March, 2019

CommandVoddick wiped his brow and took a swig from his canteen.  “While I am happy to be working with professionals again, the constant drilling is getting tiresome.”

“Not all have your innate discipline, my friend,” said Gollaon with a grin.

“You seem to have found time away from the drill.”

“My talents are not well suited to walking in a straight line.”

Voddick snorted.  “You can say that.”

Command Flag

These flags come in a variety of styles and complexities from a single color marked with a character to complex designs in decorative threads.  However, they are always of a good size so they can be seen across a battlefield.

These flags convey orders even across the tumult of the battlefield, the orders must be simple, “wheel left” or “stand firm” the limit of complexity would be along the lines of “advance to the bridge and hold it.”  While acting on the order, the soldiers gain a +1 morale bonus to melee damage rolls and to saves against fear.

The flag can issue a magically empowered order as often as every five minutes.  However, the order can only be issued to recognized units of up to one hundred and twenty soldiers that have paraded in front of the flag and the commander.  A commander may have as many flags active as their Charisma modifier (minimum one).

Aura moderate enchantment; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 21,000; Weight 6+ lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, mass command or mass suggestion; Cost 10,500

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (flag), rare (requires attunment and see below)

First paragraph as above.

These flags convey orders even across the tumult of the battlefield, the orders must be simple, “wheel left” or “stand firm” the limit of complexity would be along the lines of “advance to the bridge and hold it.”  While acting on the order, the soldiers gain advantage on saving throws against fear.

The flag can issue a magically empowered order as often as every five minutes.  However, the order can only be issued to recognized units of up to one hundred and twenty soldiers that have paraded in front of the flag and the commander.  A commander may have as many flags attuned as their Charisma modifier (minimum one) counting all such flags attuned as only a single attunment.

Notes: Flags and banners are a common theme here, it seems like the sort of item that would be made in a magical world.  Not so useful for adventurers but very useful to governments and mercenaries.  Which can make them good targets for capture or destruction (or recovery from tombs) in a more politics and military themed campaign.

Flag of the “Black Flag Army” Musee de l’Armee, Paris, photo by PHGCOM found on Wikimedia Commons and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Kidney Sling Stone

5 March, 2019

Painful all the timeVoddick looked almost physically pained as he watched the sling stones being handed by use of tongs to the slingers, who avoided touched them as well.  “I am disturbed that we are working with people who would use such weapons,” he said quietly.

“There are terrible but they only incapacitate.  There are worse magics out there,” said Gollaon, though there was not much conviction in his voice.

Voddick shook his head.  “Inflicting unnecessary pain is not our role.”

“But sadly attached to our work,” sighed Gollaon.

“Truth.”

Kidney Sling Stone

These shaped stones are often crusted with odd mineral formations and they have an organic feel to their shape.  They are warm to touch and quickly becoming feverishly hot when handled.

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