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Tuesday Magic Item – Solstice Spear

22 December, 2020

One  solstice or another“I knew we should not have gotten tangled up in the politics of the Fair Folk,” said Voddick hacking his way through the vines which seemed to gown back almost as quickly as they were cut.

“It seemed so easy,” said Gollaon pushing forward.  “Deliver the case, take payment and go.  How was I to know everyone would go crazy.”

“Fair folk,” snapped Voddick.

“Truth.  Never again.”

“That is what you said last time!”

Solstice Spear

This spear is a masterpiece of fae construction, the spear point is leaf-shaped with a long guard.  The shaft is inlaid with designs echoing leaves and vines.  At the height of the winter solstice, the spear point is silver with black runes and the shaft is dark gray with leaves the color of autumn, while during the summer solstice, the spear point is golden with red rune and the shaft is white with green leaves.  Between the two periods, the spear slowly changes from one state to the other. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Superior Soap

16 December, 2020

“So, what is in the box we spent so much effort acquiring?” asked Voddick looking over Gollaon’s shoulder as the later finished opening the lock.

“Let us see,” said Gollaon as he opened the lid of the small chest. revealing many small packets each wrapped in paper with a label.  Gollaon picked on up and handed it to Voddick.  It smelt clean, like freshly laundered sheets.

“Granduncle’s Superior Soap!?”

Gollaon slit open on of the packages with a thumbnail and opened it.  “It is the real stuff.  Superior soap.”

Superior Soap

These bars of soap can come in any color but are usually white and can be wrapped in paper or come in a box or tin.  They usually have a clean smell but when used to clean something, that scent vanishes as does any scents of the washed person or item. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Sudden Snowflakes

8 December, 2020

Let it snow!“I had not expected that,” said Voddick wiping his brow before taking a swig of water.

“Truth,” said Gollaon, “this sort of desert has probably not seen snow in . . . centuries or more.”

“It is a good trick, we should see if we can get some of those snowflakes for later use.”

“Excellent thought.”

Sudden Snowflake

These devices are in the form of a snowflake, usually made of crystal or silver or a mix of the two.  Most commonly they are about two inches (5 cm) across but they can be larger or smaller.  Sometimes they are work on necklaces or as earrings.  They are used by throwing them, sometimes with a command word, and they trigger on impact. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Ghost Clock

1 December, 2020

Ghost of time“Something is . . . off about this place,” said Gollaon raising the lantern.

“Agreed, though I cannot say what,” replied Voddick looking around.

“Do you hear that?” asked Gollaon, tilting his head to listen.  “The clock?”

“The ruined clock?”

“Oh dear.”

Ghost Clock

These clocks are the remnants of once beautiful and complex pieces of time-keeping machinery.  Something has happened to them and their relationship to time has become detached and disruptive to the flow of time around them. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Cornucopia of Friendship

24 November, 2020

Eat well!“Most kind of you to invite us to join you and your family, Madam Sugarfoot,” said Voddick spreading butter on a slice of fresh bread.

“Jan spoke highly of your and it is a time to be among family,” replied Madam Sugarfoot refilling Voddick’s mug of spiced ale.

“It is still very welcoming of you.” agreed Gollaon.  “I am sorry Jan was not able to be here, I looked forward to renewing our acquaintance.”

“Jan has found a very good position in a noble household, very prestigious”

“We done Jan!” said Gollaon raising a glass of spiced wine.

Cornucopia of Friendship

This cornucopia usually appears as made of woven straw, though it can take the form of a large animal horn or even of crafted metal.  It changes its form to be the least intrusive a large horn can be. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Pelican Medallion

17 November, 2020

Do they really?“The young queen is most admirable,” said Voddick, “to spend time among her wounded soldiers.”

“She understands what being a leader is about,” agreed Gollaon.  “Showing that you are willing to share danger with your people, being with them rather than hiding with luxuries.  It is good politics.”

“True, but I hope it is more than that.”

“I think it does, she is giving of her own life’s blood to heal some of the worst wounded,” said Gollaon.  “Like the Pelican, who gives its own blood for to feed its young.”

“I did not know that.”

Pelican Medallion

These medallions bear the image of the pelican wounding itself to feed its young, they can be simple or highly decorated.  They are warm and welcoming to the touch. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Staff of Reason

10 November, 2020

Is it Reason?Gollaon frowned.  “I must say, I do not trust fervent believers,” he said quietly as they made their way through the festival.

Voddick nodded.  “It is a short step from fanaticism to oppression.  We had best be careful.  You will have to restrain your biting wit,” he added with a smile.

“You would think people who devote themselves to what they call reason would be more . . . reasonable.”

“That is exactly what I was warning about.”

Staff of Reason

These staves are made from ivory or white wood with silver fittings, nothing seems to be able to stain them and dirt and muck just falls away from their surface.  The original creator of the staves is unknown but them seem to appear wherever someone is trying to suppress religion or superstition in the name of the public good.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Historian’s Quill

3 November, 2020

Training the foxes proved too difficult“Stop right where you are, my friend,” said Gollaon. “Unless you wish our conversation to become part of court records.”

Voddick stepped back. “Ah,” he gestured to a large book with a quill scribing away without human hands. “A historian’s great tome, I have heard of them. Recording the minutia of court.”

“Yes, I do not think we wish to be noted among such.”

Historian’s Quill

These are not always quills, they can be pens or brushes, whatever is commonly used for writing in the place where they were made, but they are always of the highest quality and usually decorated to match the colors of the court or the office of historians.

The quill, when set to a blank page will record anything spoken within 30′ as long as it has space to write. If set on a a stack of pages or a book, it will turn pages to get to a new page to continue recording. The quill never runs out of ink.

The quill will record different speakers in different styles of writing becoming more pronounced and unique the more time it has to ‘listen’ to the speaker.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 3,500; Weight
Construction Requirements
Create Wondrous Item, arcane mark, clairaudience, unseen servant; Cost 1,750

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item, uncommon

As above.

Notes: Partly inspired by the Korean show Rookie Historian: Goo Hae-Ryung which features historians recording the court. Also useful for spies, if you can conceal it properly.

Image edited from “fox writing with a quill pen” by 50 Watts is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Cannibal’s Crown

27 October, 2020

Found someplace like this perhaps“We must leave this place quickly, all of us,” whispered Gollaon, his hand dropping to his sword hilt.

“Agreed,” replied Voddick. “This place reeks of death. And no one more than the garish lord of this place.”

“We do not want to add to its reek. I will ready our mounts, you gather the others.”

“Meet at outside the stables?”

“Exactly what I was thinking.”

Cannibal’s Crown

From a distance, this crown seems opulent and valuable, all gold and red gems. On closer examination, it is composed of gilded bones, from humans and other sentient beings, bound together with red gold wire and set with blood red garnets.

Wearing the crown provides its wearer with a variety of protections: they gain a +2 natural armor bonus and a +4 resistance bonus to saves against death effects, disease, mind-affecting effects (charms, compulsions, morale effects, phantasms, and patterns), paralysis, poison, sleep, stun, as well as to fatigue and exhaustion effects. Additionally they are not at risk of death from massive damage. However, their flesh becomes rubbery and unpleasant to touch.

The owner also finds that only flesh has any taste to it, all other foods taste like ashes, and they never feel satiated . . . unless they eat the flesh of other sentient beings, others of the same kind as the owner are the most satisfying. Eating a full meal of such flesh is invigorating to the owner, gaining them 1d10 + their level in temporary hit points that last for the next eight hours and grants a +1 morale bonus to attack rolls for the same duration.

The more sentient flesh they consume, the more they crave it. After a year of such a diet, the owner flesh becomes grey and the become immune to disease and ghoul paralysis, the natural armor bonus provided becomes +4, and the owner’s teeth become sharp and tearing causing 1d6 piercing damage and carrying ghoul fever (Bite—injury; save Fort; onset 1 day; frequency 1 day; effect 1d3 Con and 1d3 Dex damage; cure 2 consecutive saves. The save DC is Charisma-based).

If the owner is killed, if they have consumed sentient flesh, they will rise again in seconds, as a ghoul of some nature; the more powerful the owner, the more powerful the unliving being it becomes.

If the crown is given away before the wearer consumes the flesh of a sentient, gradually their sense of taste will return. However, once they partake of sentient flesh, the desire for it will remain until the curse is broken (and their body will be more likely to rise as unliving upon their death).

Aura strong necrourgy; CL 15th; Weight 3 lbs.

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (crown), very rare (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above.

Wearing the crown provides its wearer with a variety of protections: their base AC becomes 11 + its Dexterity modifier and their gain advantage to saving throws against charm, death, disease, exhaustion, fear, paralysis, poison, sleep and stun. However, their flesh becomes rubbery and unpleasant to touch.

The owner also finds that only flesh has any taste to it, all other foods taste like ashes, and they never feel satiated . . . unless they eat the flesh of other sentient beings, others of the same kind as the owner are the most satisfying. Eating a full meal of such flesh is invigorating to the owner, gaining them 1d10 + their level in temporary hit points that lasts until their next long rest.

The more sentient flesh they consume, the more they crave it. After a year of such a diet, the owner flesh becomes grey and the become immune to disease and ghoul paralysis, their base AC becomes 13 + its Dexterity modifier, and the owner’s teeth become sharp and tearing causing 1d6 slashing damage and the target must make a Constitution save or suffer a level of exhaustion.

If the owner is killed, if they have consumed sentient flesh, they will rise again in seconds, as a ghoul of some nature; the more powerful the owner, the more powerful the unliving being it becomes.

If the crown is given away before the wearer consumes the flesh of a sentient, gradually their sense of taste will return. However, once they partake of sentient flesh, the desire for it will remain until the curse is broken (and their body will be more likely to rise as unliving upon their death).

Notes: And to end October’s magic items with one that turns you into a monster.

Photo edited from “File:Capela dos Ossos Chapel of Bones – Apr 2011.jpg” by Ken & Nyetta is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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New Magic Item – Soldier Stones

20 October, 2020

An army in your pocket“We seem rather outnumbered,” said Voddick ducking back to recock his crossbow. Two arrows shattered on the stones behind him.

“I believe our companions have some tricks to help even the odds,” said Gollaon releasing an arrow and fading back as arrows broke around the stones. “Though there are even more of them than I thought.”

“I hope you are right about our companions.”

“Me too.”

Soldier Stones

These items are carved from stone, wood or bone in the form of a soldier. The materials to make them must have been taken from a battlefield, training ground or similar place that has a spiritual resonance to soldiers of the past.

Cast to the ground, the soldier stone becomes a stone soldier that will obey the person who cast it to the ground. The stone soldier will stay for 5d6 minutes then discorporate back to the figure, if the soldier is undamaged, it will return unbroken and can be used again in the future, but any damage will break the figure and the magic when the duration expires.

The echoes of the spirits tied to soldiers remember those who summoned them and sometimes the broken fragments will spontaneously generate stone soldiers that will seek to perform unfinished tasks or seek revenge against those who misused them.

Aura moderate conjuration [earth]; CL 7th
Slot none; Price 2,800; Weight 1/4 lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, heroism, summon monster IV; Cost 1,400

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (carved figure), uncommon

As above.

Notes: To go with the earlier posted Stone Soldiers, obviously.

Photo A selection of pieces from the Lewis chessmen at the British Museum, photo by Andrew Dunn, found on Wikimedia Commons and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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