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Tuesday Magic Item – Horseshoes of Hauling

14 January, 2020

Loadbearing animalsVoddick watched the tinker’s donkey go past, piled high with every manner of bit and bob that the fellow had for sale.  “That is a tough little beast,” he said.

“I could sell him to you,” said the tinker, “but he would need new shoes.”

As Voddick was pondering, Gollaon came over.  “No deal.  But good luck in your travels.”

Disappointed, the tinker headed on.

Once he was out of earshot, Gollaon leaned in.  “The donkey was wearing magic horseshoes.  It is a classic con.”

Horseshoes of Hauling

Once attached to an animal, they look just like any other horseshoe, the magic symbols that empower them are on the side that faces the animal’s hoof.  Original created for mine ponies, they spread to guilds and then to the nobility where they found favor among certain portly knights.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Distaff of Teaching

7 January, 2020

Hard work but vitalVoddick rode up to the old woman walking down the road, a distaff cradled in the crook of her arm.  “Need you an escort to the next village, grandmother?” he asked with a polite nod.

She nodded back.  “Should I feel safe traveling with such a disreputable pair?”

Gollaon crossed his hands over his heart.  “Disreputable?  You wound me.  Rakish, perhaps.”

“Well, if you are only raking, then you may accompany me,” said the old woman with a wink.

“Charmed,” smiled Gollaon.

“Honored,” nodded Voddick.

Distaff of Teaching

These distaffs are made of a simple length of wood, carved with blessing, carefully waxed and polished.  Such items are often overlooked as being potential magical or even valuable but are important to the spinning of raw fiber into thread for cloth.

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Tuesday Magic Item – New Year Dagger

31 December, 2019

Time has pointsVoddick looked back at the town and sighed. “Well it was nice while it lasted.”

“Truth.  But such a place in not for the likes of us,” said Gollaon.  “Not yet.”

“Why do news of serious threats to the future of the world always find us?”

“Part of being heroes, my friend.”

“You think we are heroes?” said Voddick with a frown.

“Well no one else is riding out to stop the evil are they?”

New Year Dagger

The origin of this singular weapon is unknown but it is believed to have come from elsewhere, it consists of a three-sided cloudy crystal blade with a grip made of some unknown dark metal fused to it.  It is surprisingly heavy and always cold except when it is using its magic, when it is nearly unbearably hot.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Festival Blessing Token

24 December, 2019

Take this and be safeVoddick put his feet up by the fire and sipped at his posset.  “Good to have some time to just rest without madmen and monster chasing after us.”

Gollaon swirled the mulled wine is his goblet.  “Truth, my friend.”

“While reflection, indeed, having the time to reflect, is not in our usual purview,” said Voddick, “it occurs to me now, that this is why I fight.  To allow people to have these happy times, free from fear.”

“It is a good goal,” nodded Gollaon. “And, yes, one I share in.  I would love to see a peaceful world, full of festivals and good cheer.”

“And it would give you more time for your preferred pursuits,” replied Voddick with a wink.

“There is truth to it though . . .”

Festival Blessing Token

These simple tokens are given as gifts during festivals, usually by friends and family, and their magic lasts until expended (or a year has passed) which ever comes first.  In fact, their magic only is activated when given as a gift during a festival, they tap into the enchantment generated by the event to activate their abilities.  Though a person may only have one of these items active at a time, not matter how many they received.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Festival Dice

17 December, 2019

Game with friends!Gollaon took another drink and tossed the dice.  “Ha!  I win again!”

“Good throw,” said Voddick around a mouthful of sweet bread.

Gollaon handed him a bowl of wine and shared part of his winning around.  “Time for us to be moving on.”  He waggled his eyebrows.  “I have someone to meet.”

Voddick gratefully took a drink.  “I suppose I will find myself some ceremony to watch while you enjoy yourself.”

“You can find someone to be with too, my friend.”

Voddick shook his head.  “Not today, I will just explore the festival.”

“As you like it, my friend.”

Festival Dice

These dice can be anything from simple knuckle bones to fancy carved bone or inlaid wood, there is always at least a pair and they are usually simple cubic dice (though other platonic solids are occasionally used).  Holding them, one just has the feeling that they want to be used.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Highwayman’s Ice Bow

3 December, 2019

Are bandits hiding nearby?Gollaon leaned back in his chair and sipped at his mulled wine.  “It seems that the war has given way to general lawlessness, bandits everywhere.  Do you think it is worth our while to hunt some of them down?”

Voddick leaned over his mulled ale.  “Perhaps.  I do not much care for thieves even the polite ones like some highwaymen.”

“One of the local bands is making quite a name for themselves, they have a magical frost casting bow.”

“I had heard about that band, they seem more or less reasonable sorts,” nodded Voddick.  “Or at least they understand a goose only plucked can be plucked again later.”

Gollaon laughed.  “That I can respect.”

Highwayman’s Ice Bow

These bows are made of wood harvested at the height of winter, they are always decorated often to the point of near garishness with inlaid silver, crystals and blue and white enamels and paints.  The bow is cold to the touch and the string will gather ice crystals is left still for too long.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Mother Sugarfoot’s Kitchen Accoutrement

26 November, 2019

Let us get to cookingVoddick leaned back in the chair sipping a nice cup of tea.  “Hand me another of those lovely almond pastries, will you please?”

Gollaon slide the plate over.  “It would be entirely too easy to just while away the rest of our time in a place like this.”

Voddick took a pastry and dunked it in his tea.  “Enjoy the moment, my friend.  Our lives will spin out of control soon enough.”

“Truth,” nodded Gollaon idly stirring his tea.

Mother Sugarfoot’s Kitchen Accoutrement

This is not one magic item, but rather a whole kitchen full of items with small enchantment: pots that will not scald their contents (or burn those that pick them up), self-grinding pestles, measures that do not spill, self-stirring spoons, automatic flour sifters, and so on and so on.  Universally they are functional, self-cleaning and self repairing.

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