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Tuesday Magic Item – Portrait of a Heroine

11 December, 2018

The heroine“Our new commander seems willing to take great risks,” said Voddick as he oiled the bow of his crossbow.

Gollaon finished tying a new grip on his dagger.  “Yes, but I think she has an angle.”

“The mysterious healing?”

“Exactly, I think someone is watching over her from afar.”

“Ah, your are thinking she has one of Cossalo’s portraits,” said Voddick waggling a bolt at his friend.

“Exactly and I had heard he was working in Eosiant.”

“And his apprentice was getting quite skilled as well.”

Portrait of a Heroine

These life-sized portraits are painted with the highest skill and usually present their subject in minimal clothing, it always presents their current physical state, showing wounds and injuries quite clearly. The backgrounds are vague and change as the subject travels, giving a clue to the subjects current location but never enough information to pinpoint it.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Winter Whip

5 December, 2018

A whipping chillVoddick made sure his cleats where tightly attached to his boots before he opened the door and stopped out into the driving snow.

Gollaon followed.  “Well, the pay is good.”  He said through the scarf wrapped around his face.

“I do not mind, the ice, or the snow, or even the bitter wind,” said Voddick.  “But I hate falling and looking ridiculous.”

“True,” nodded Gollaon.  “Pride does help keep one warm.”

“Damn straight.”

Winter Whip

These whips are made of white leather, taken from arctic creatures, the grip is wrapped around a length of rock crystal and tied with silver wire.  They are cool to the touch, moving to cold when used.  Frost gathers around the whip when it is set down, even in summer weather.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Gloves of the Oracle

27 November, 2018

Untangle fateVoddick sat on the steps of the shrine.  “I have never understood the desire to learn the future.”

“Agreed,” said Gollaon pouring wine for the both of them.  “If it is ill-fortune, you will go crazy trying to avoid it.  If it is good, you will not enjoy it as much because you expect it.”

Voddick nodded and took the cup.  “Though I am amused by the fact we are visiting blind seers.”

Golloan laughed.  “I had not thought of that.”  He raised the wine cup to his friend.  “To the future.”

“The future.”

Gloves of the Oracle

These gloves are made of thin and supple leather, most are stained and worn, but very little can damage them seriously.  The interior is written with prophecies in dark ink that can never be read for if the gloves are turned inside out, the writings always remain on the inside.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Knife of Letterlocking

20 November, 2018

Cuts paper and more

Gollaon toyed with the slender blade. “Well, are we committed to resigning?”

Voddick sighed heavily and nodded.  “This is not the war for us.”

“And the other thing?”  Gollaon tapped the knife on the letter.

“Yes, send it.  The Queen needs to know what is being done in her name.”

“As long as we both agree.  As it will likely lead to trouble for both of us.”

Voddick nodded again.  “Sometime even we must do the right thing.”

Knife of Letterlocking

These knives are usually slender and easy to pack away (or to conceal) but their primary purpose is not combat but to aid their owner in securing their letters from molestation.  Their blade are made of fine razor edged steel and ofttimes have a highly decorated hilt.

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New Magic Item – Traveler’s Safe Meal Kit

15 November, 2018

Eat up!Voddick unrolled the leather sheet and with a snap it hardened and curled up at the edges. 

“I do like that touch,” observed Gollaon, who was making do with a battered borrowed plate.

“You could have gotten one for yourself,” said Voddick.

“Well, there was that hat . . .”

“And that charming lady . . .”

“And that handsome young man . . .”

Traveler’s Safe Meal Kit

This item consists of four parts: An eating knife, a spoon, a rectangle of leather or heavy cloth and a thick metal disk.  The rectangle rolls into a cone and the knife and spoon can be stored inside with the disk acting as a seal.  Unrolled, the rectangle assumed the strength of metal at a gesture or command word, the disc expands into a cup in the same manner, another command returns them to their transportable state.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Portable Porter

7 November, 2018

Hat for servant“Sometimes it is not so bad working with wizards,” said Voddick as he watched the magical manifestations carry and load the goods for the journey.

“Truth,” replied Gollaon with nod.  “But at some point on this journey, we will be doing that same task.”

“Without doubt.  But we are not doing it now and for that, I am grateful.  Now let us see if we can get another drink before we leave.”

“Excellent plan.”

Portable Porter

These bowler hats are well made and inevitably black, hidden under the interior lining are the runes and inscribed spells that power their magic workings.

Worn, the hat provides a +4 resistance bonus / +4 natural armor bonus to resist physical attacks and traps that target the top of the head.

But it is more useful when placed on the ground and a command word spoken, then a servant rises to fill the hat,  It will follow the orders of the person who placed the hat, though it cannot initiate violence or even defend itself.  Treat it as an unseen servant with a Strength of 4 and a +1 bonus on Craft and Profession checks that can only be used for aid another checks.  The servant may be summoned for up to nine hours each day but each summoning uses at least one hour no matter for how short a period the servant is used for.

Aura faint conjuration; CL 5th
Slot head; Price 2,750; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Create Wondrous Items, bull’s strength, fox’s cunning, mage armor, owl’s wisdom, unseen servant; Cost 1,375

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (hat), uncommon (requires attunement and see below)

First paragraph as above.

Worn, the hat provides advantage to saving throws to resist physical attacks and traps that target the top of the head suffer disadvantage on their attack.

But it is more useful when placed on the ground and a command word spoken, then a servant rises to fill the hat,  It will follow the orders of the person who placed the hat, though it cannot initiate violence or even defend itself.  Treat it as an unseen servant except that it has AC 11, 1 hit point, and a Strength of 4.   It can help on tool proficiency checks if directed to by its summoner.  The servant may be summoned for up to nine hours each day but each summoning uses at least one hour no matter for how short a period the servant is used for.

While the Portable Porter requires attunement, a person may be attuned up to three of them that only counts a one item for the limit of attuned items.

Notes: I was off at a trade show the last couple of days and having someone to help carry things would have been helpful on several occasions.

Photo by Wonderlane and used under the CC BY 2.0.

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Horror Fiction – Cannon forged of Chains

31 October, 2018

Athens, State of Georgia
12 November, 1891

Dear Hannah,

It is done, I will be on the next train back to you. I cannot say I will be sad to be leaving the South, it is not welcoming to a man of my temperaments.

When last I wrote, our local agent, Jon Butler, and I were close on the heels of an artefact tied to the men behind the Order of the White Sword. Using the cache of letters of one Augustus Bartholomew as a guide to trace what had become of the ingots of tainted iron, iron rendered from the chains of slaves, but not any slave chains -as if slave chains are not evil enough- but the chains used to transport escaped slaves back for execution. Anything made from the iron would be at best cursed and at worst, a weapon for evil.

The war was a chaotic time, so much of the paperwork and records of the period were lost. This made tracking the iron into difficult task if not impossible. Records in Atlanta where useless but they set us onto a collection of papers in Athens at the University of Georgia library. There a scrap of information indicated that the iron had been shipped to Athens for use by John Gilleland, to cast a double-barreled cannon. Nothing in our research showed that Gilleland, who designed the cannon, knew the source of the metal used but someone was working with or for the Dark insured that it was the iron used.

Double Barreled CannonThe cannon and reports on it were not difficult to find. It was our good luck that the cannon was still here in Athens. Silver powder applied surreptitiously to the cannon tarnished instantly. It was truly cursed, the souls of the murdered slaves were still bound into the metal shown by the black green of the silver. Mr. Butler believed that is why the cannon failed so spectacularly when it was tested, the angry spirits would not let it be turned against those that were trying to free them. But someone knew what had been created. Why they did not finish binding the spirits to the cannon, indeed, even who was behind it, we could not discover. Mr. Butler believed he was a Confederate officer who was called away and killed before he could complete the magic. It seemed plausible but I doubt we will never know. Read the rest of this entry ?

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