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Tuesday Magic Item – Bloodsnake Venom

15 October, 2019

Red blood, red belly“Ambush!” Voddick shouted, snapping a shot at the attackers with his crossbow.

Gollaon deflect an arrow aimed at their charge.  “Thrice cursed bandits!”  He turned to see one of the other guard writhing in pain and his spilled blood congealing into a serpent that in turn attacked its progenitor.  “Assassins!”

“Bastards!” said Voddick as he stomping on the snake and then recocked his crossbow.

“Let’s get out of here!” Gollaon lent actions to words, pushes their charge before him as he caught another arrow with his sword.

Bloodsnake Venom

This foul concoction is made of various magical and rare ingredients, many of which are related to snakes and serpents, the end result is a greenish-red paste that smells of dry copper and that adheres to most weapons.  It must be kept sealed in opaque glass or porcelain or it loses its potency.  A container usually contains enough for three weapons.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Houndmaster’s Spear and Collars

8 October, 2019

To huntVoddick took aim with his crossbow and fired to be rewarded with a yelp of pain.  “I hate fighting animals.  They did not ask to be here.”

“And we did?” said Gollaon helping his friend up higher on the hill.

“Well, no, but we knew the risks.”  He paused to recock his crossbow.  “If we can just get a shot at the hunter.”

“We can finish this,” nodded Gollaon, nocking an arrow.

Houndmaster’s Spear and Collars

These spears usually appear very practical and plain, especially for an enchanted item, with minimal decoration around their hardy shaft and brutal spear point.  Most include a butt spike for bracing into the earth against the charge of animals.  The collars are equally practical, usually studded leather echoing the colors and design of the spear they are tied to.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Monster’s Mask

1 October, 2019

Before monsterfication“Again with the masked people,” hissed Voddick,his hand dropping to his weapon.

“And these do not seem very friendly,” answered Gollaon quietly.  “I think they are trophy hunters so they are probably after beasts rather than us.”

“Probably?”

“Hopefully.”

Monster’s Mask

These masks are plain, at least before their magic is activated, though solidly built and inscribed with magical runes.

Its magic is activated by painting fresh blood from an animal, monster or beast slain by the mask’s wearer.  The mask then takes on the visage of the creature whose blood was painted upon it.  This gives the following abilities:

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Tuesday Magic Item – Autumnal Wand

24 September, 2019

Autumn leavesVoddick took a deep breath.  “Ah, the smells of an autumn festival.  Spiced drinks, pies, and other wonderful foods.”

Gollaon nodded around a bite of pie.  “Truth.  It is good to be among people who are enjoying themselves.  Too much war wears on the soul.”

“Indeed,” smiled Voddick.  “Such times lift my spirits and give hope for the future.”

Gollaon laughed.  “Such poetry.  Let us go and watch a show.”

“Have another pie.”

Autumnal Wand

These wands are made of wood, always, are of of the colors of the season it represents: orange, gold and browns.  They feel comfortable to the touch, as if warmed by sunlight.  These wands are created for entertainment and amusement, but can be turned to more creative ends.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Dragon Mask

17 September, 2019

What hides behind a friendly face?Voddick leaned in to whisper to Gollaon as they marched through the streets. “Being surrounded by masked people makes me a touch nervous.  Especially when they are hiding behind dragon masks.”

“I think they are more showing off than hiding, given the elaborate decoration,” replied Gollaon, equally quietly.  “But I understand your concern.”

“Still . . .”

“Yes, we had best be careful.  People who seek to idolize dragons are . . . unpredictable.”

Dragon Mask

These masks can be symbolic or faithful depictions of actual dragons, made of a variety of materials but always masterworks and often decorated in precious materials and gems.  They always cover the wearer face entirely.

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Tuesday Magic Item – War Mage’s Gauntlets

11 September, 2019

Handy“Good to be working with competent people again,” said Gollaon, parrying a pirate’s slash.

Voddick smashed his shield into the over extended pirate knocking him off balance and into the hold.  “Truth.  Would be nice to have a fewer enemies however,” he said just before ducking under a hurled spear.

A crackle of electrical sparks and flashes washed across the deck of the pirate ship.  Their new ally gave them a cheery wave.

“That seems to have helped,” said Gollaon stabbing another pirate in the calf.

“Indeed it has,” agreed Voddick, following up with a punch to the pirate’s stomach.

War Mage’s Gauntlets

These gauntlets come in a wide variety of styles from simple leather gloves, to articulated leather gauntlets, to masterpieces of the glover’s art.  They are always made of the highest quality materials and to the highest standards, often decorated with symbolism particular to the society it was made for.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Sabre Tooth Daggers

3 September, 2019

The better tostab you with“That woman is a spectacular combatant,” said Voddick with admiration.

“Indeed, a brutal but effective style,” nodded Gollaon.  “Powerful and direct.”

“Her weapon choice is unusual, made of bone?”

“And almost certainly enchanted.  I think they are from a rare type of hunting cat.”

“That explains much of her style,” commented Vodick watching more closely.

Sabre Tooth Daggers

These daggers are made from the teeth of sabre tooth tigers, which must have been killed by a hunter using a melee a weapon, carefully honed and treated, blessed and worked, often using additional bone of strips of tiger hide to create a grip.

They are +1 keen daggers that on a critical hit, inflict 1 point of bleed damage as well.  When used as a pair, the wielder gains a +4 enhancement bonus to initiative rolls and gain the effects of jump spell when moving to engage in combat, any attack made at the end of a jump gains a +4 to attack.

Additionally, when worn as a pair, the bearer gains low-light vision.

Aura Moderate Transmutation; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 21,301; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, cat’s grace, polymorph; Cost 10,500 + 301 for each dagger

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (dagger), rare (requires attunement, see below)

First paragraph as above.

They are magic daggers that gain a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls, and on a critical hit, and the target loses one hit point from bleeding at the start of each of its turns for six rounds unless it receives magical healing. Bleeding damage is cumulative; the target loses 1 hp per round for each bleeding wound it’s taken from a sabre tooth dagger.  When used as a pair, the wielder gains advantage on initiative rolls and gain the effects of jump spell when moving to engage in combat, any attack made at the end of a jump gains +1d4 added to the attack roll.

Additionally, when worn as a pair, the bearer gains dark vision.

Attuning a pair of these weapons counts as only a single attunement for a character.

Notes: Inspired by the beautiful sabre tooth tiger skeleton in the Smithsonian that we saw in the new fossil hall yesterday.

Photo of the sabre tooth tiger skeleton from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and taken by me.

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