Posts Tagged ‘Curse’

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Rattail Blade (A to Z, Tuesday Magic Item)

21 April, 2020

The god of rats and vermin was one of the last gods to be hunted down and before he was killed, he set in motion what he hoped would be his vengeance (see Osquip, Stellar).  Others, learning of the divine hatred imbued in the Osquip has taken to using that magic to build weapons.

Rats rememberVoddick and Gollaon watched as the guards searched one fellow heading into the Senatehouse of the Serene Republic.  They looked at each other and followed.  “Something wrong,” said Voddick.

“Very wrong,” agreed Gollaon.  “His eyes were too dark.”

“And a twitchy nose.”

They looked at each other.  “Rat tail.”

The man they were following spotted them and started to run.

Rattail Blade

These weapons are always narrow and usually long, their blades are a dull color usually gray or blackened, and their grips are rough leather.  The sheaths are always pale leather.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Dagger of Cupidity

25 February, 2020

A lovely dagger for a crimeVoddick fell back to join Gollaon.  “I do not trust our new associate, he seem far too interested in coin and not enough on the job at hand.”

“I had noticed that as well,” said Gollaon.

“Yesterday, Koz said that she saw him rifling a passed out drunk for loose coins.”

“Yes, he takes every chance to enrich himself.  We will have to watch out so that does not cause us trouble or drag us into danger.”

Voddick nodded.

Dagger of Cupidity

The hilts of these daggers are well decorated but close examination will usually reveal the decoration is gilding and semiprecious stones or cut glass.  The blades are entirely practical and usually blued so as not to catch the light.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Serpentsoul Dagger

18 February, 2020

Like this but wrap the hilt in snakeskinVoddick kicked the dagger away from the body of their attacker.  “Best to be sure.”

Gollain nodded, his sword still pointed at the still form.  “Who hates us enough to send a killer after us when we are relaxing?”

“Shall I make a list?  We may be here some time,” sighed Voddick.

“Truth.  We do end up annoying a considerable number of powerful people,” said Gollaon.  “But why now?  We have not been a thorn in anyone’s side in months.”

Voddick just shrugged.

Serpentsoul Dagger

These daggers have beautiful watered steel blades that shimmer like snake skin, their grips are always made of snake skin and usually their sheaths are too,  Held, it is a weapon that wants to be used, wants to strike.  Made in secret by members of a snake-demon cult, over the years some these weapons have fallen into the hands of outsiders.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Cabinet of Repairs

11 February, 2020

Broken things in . . .Voddick sorted his broken bolts.  “See, I told you it was worthwhile collecting them.”

“Well, how was I to know that you were friends with a magical repairer?” replied Gollaon checking his arrows for breaks.

“Well,” Voddick leaned in, “not so much a friend as a distant cousin.  He has always been considered a little shady by my side of the family.”

“Ah,” nodded Gollaon, “that explains much.  So, we should be careful?”

Voddick nodded back.

Cabinet of Repairs

These cabinets come is a variety of shapes and sizes but are always well made, some are fancy, others are practical for hard use and travel.  The secrets to their manufacture has spread far and rise and they are very popular among armies, large households and traveling tinkers.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Spendthrift Coin

4 February, 2020

More valuable than you knowVoddick glanced down, took another few steps, paused and returned.  “Surely that is not a gold dragon?”

Golloan strode over and say the coin sitting perfectly on the center of a cobblestone.  “It is and do not touch it, my friend.”  Gollaon began looking around.

Voddick stopped in midreach.  “Why?”

“Curse,” replied Gollaon springing over and pulling a man dressed in what were once fine clothes, but now were shabbily and stained.

“Please, please, Take that coin from me, it has ruined me.” he pleaded, falling to his knees.  Gollaon and Voddick slowly backed away, leaving the man to his fate.

Spendthrift Coin

These gold coins come from no known mint but are often marked with a wheel of fate or scales of justice, looking at them carefully, something just seems off with them.

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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 – Spectator’s Mirror

19 February, 2019

Mirror mirrorVoddick looked behind the tapestry, again.

“What is the matter?” asked Gollaon, eyebrow canted curiously.

“I just cannot shake the feeling that we are being watched,” explained Voddick, bending to look under a table.

“Hmm.”  Gollaon took a silver coin and set it spinning on the table, seemingly unconcerned.  When it stopped spinning and landed with on side up, he glanced at it and swept it up with his hand.  “We are being watched by some sort of magic.”

“Ah, that explains it,” nodded Voddick.  “But why?”

“No idea.”

Spectator’s Mirror

These mirrors always seem to have some small flaw, not quite casting a prefect reflection.  They usually have ornate frames and can be of medium to large size.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Showman’s Blade

5 February, 2019

That sword

“It is good to have some time to enjoy a carnival,” said Voddick enjoying a mug of spiced ale.

“But we should keep our wits about us,” said Gollaon eating some honeyed almonds.

“Truth.  Some here are looking for entertainment of a more violent fashion.” Voddick nodded to a group of swaggering toughs.

“We had best keep an eye on them so they do not spoil the festival for the rest,” said Gollaon with a sigh.

Showman’s Blade

These weapons, almost always swords, have elaborately decorated hilts and are often decorated with runes or designs on the blade that flare with magical power when it is used.  Unlike many swords with overly elaborate hilts, the blades are well made and suiting to combat not just show.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Serpent of Ambition

3 July, 2018

Clutching a serpent can be dangerous“I think we should get out of the contract as soon as possible,” said Voddick.

“Why?  It pays well,” replied Gollaon.  “And we are in a city again.”  He gestured to the beautiful buildings around them.

“Both true statement,” agreed Voddick.  “But I fear our employer is too ambitious.”

“We have worked for ambitious nobles before.”

“But this one embraces a snake as a symbol.”

Gollaon paused.  “True.  Let us start looking for ways to extricate ourselves from this situation.”

Serpent of Ambition

These magic item can be any type of jewelry by are usually a broach or ring, they always have a serpent prominent in their design while there may be other design elements partly disguising it, the serpent can always be seen.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Lucky Helm

13 February, 2018

Keeps YOU safe“Hey, that Geoff!” said Voddick turning in his saddle to get a better look as the soldiers passing by.

“Geoff?! We have not seen him since that skirmish in Volak,” said Gollaon giving a wave to the trouping warriors.

“He was with a Red Banner then,” said Voddick.  “Wonder how he ended up with the Gold Snakes?”

“I heard the Red Banner was near wiped out in a campaign against some pirates.”

“Hmm.  Well Geoff’s luck has held and he still has that stupid helm.”

Lucky Helm

These helms are usually a little battered but well loved by their owners who often decorate them as best they can, while dented and scarred, they have no breaks or flaws to endanger their wearer.

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