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Tuesday Magic Item – Cornerstone Shield

21 March, 2017

Superior protection“Moon’s Gaze!” cursed Voddick as the cowering slave he was escorting away from the combat fell into two bloody pieces with only a bare squeak of pain.

Gollaon pivoted around, looking for the source of the attack, but no enemy was near to them.

Voddick knelt down.  “Dead.  But how?”

“The leader of the blighted realm, he has a magical shield, yes?” demanded Gollaon.

“Yes.  A massive and ancient thing,” replied Voddick closing the slave’s eyes.

“Damn all slave owners to hell!  We need to find out where he is fighting,” said Gollaon, pulling Voddick to his feet.

“What?  Why?”

“The shield’s magic is killing the slaves to keep its master alive!”

Cornerstone Shield

This shield is a masterwork of craftsmanship, the decoration depicting the subjugation of the some people to their, obviously in the ideology of the shield’s maker, superiors.  It weighs much more that it should, until it is strapped up, then it is as light as a feather if the bearer is a slave owner, otherwise its weight renders it unwieldy and clumsy.

For a non-slave owner, it is just a heavy shield, in all sense of the word.  But for a slave owner, it is a +3 moderate fortification heavy shield that has no weight (or armor check penalty) while worn and provides DR 10/-.

However, the damaged stopped by the Damage Reduction does not just vanish, it is transmitted to one of the shield user’s slaves.  Distance is no barrier to this damage transmission but planar boundaries and magical wards are.  If by transmittal of damage, all of the shield user’s slaves are killed (or inaccessible), the magic of the shield stops functioning.

Should the owner of the shield ever free a slave, for whatever reason, an amount of damage equal to the full amount that the shield had redirected to the slaves for the shield owner will be instantaneously be delivered to the owner, this damage cannot be reduced or redirected by any means.  The shield’s owner accepted the shield’s bargain and must live and die by it.

The shield cannot be destroyed, or even seriously damaged, as long as slavery exists on the world it is on.

Aura strong necrourgy; CL 18th; Weight 25 lbs. (or nothing, see above)

For D&D 5E:

Armor (shield), legendary (requires attunement)

First paragraph as above

For a non-slave owner, it is just a heavy shield, in all sense of the word.  But for a slave owner, while holding this shield, you have a +3 bonus to AC this bonus is in addition to the shield’s normal bonus to AC. Additionally, the bearer of the shield has resistance to bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage.

However, the damaged stopped by the resistance does not just vanish, it is transmitted to one of the shield user’s slaves.  Distance is no barrier to this damage transmission but planar boundaries and magical wards are.  If by transmittal of damage, all of the shield user’s slaves are killed (or inaccessible), the magic of the shield stops functioning.

Should the owner of the shield ever free a slave, for whatever reason, an amount of damage equal to the full amount that the shield had redirected to the slaves for the shield owner will be instantaneously be delivered to the owner, this damage cannot be reduced or redirected by any means.  The shield’s owner accepted the shield’s bargain and must live and die by it.

The shield cannot be destroyed, or even seriously damaged, as long as slavery exists on the world it is on.

Notes: This ugly and evil item was inspired and named after the Cornerstone Speech of Alexander Stephens, made on this date in 1861 and justifying the Confederate Constitution as a tool for ensuring the continuance of slavery.  I do not do artifacts very often but this power is too terrible to be anything but.  Also, it might be worth reading my discussion of the Fortification enhancement too.

Image is of “The Milton Shield” by Elkington Co. (British, Birmingham, 1829–1963), Léonard Morel Ladeuil (French, ca. 1820–1888), British, Birmingham via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0.

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New Magic Item – Movable Feast Cloth

20 March, 2017

Eat, drink and be merry“Nice of them to share their feast with us,” said Voddick tucking into a drumstick.

“We did drive those brigands off,” said Gollaon after taking a sip of ale.

“Truth.  But still, mercenary vagabonds such as ourselves are not always welcome.”

“But we are stylish and well dressed mercenary vagabonds, welcome most everywhere.”

Movable Feast Cloth

These embroidered cloths are obviously made by skilled local crafters, they do not show the technical sophistication or consistence of guild-made works but the love and care of people doing something they love.  The decorative motif is usually tied to the local religious traditions and adored with representation of local produce and dishes.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Court-Martial Drum

14 March, 2017

Justice of a sortVoddick paced.  “I do not know why we are needed for this.”

Gollaon shrugged.  “Impartial witnesses?” he suggested and took a bite from his apple.

“I do not like it,” grumbled Voddick.

“Nor I, but they run their army the way they want and we get paid for standing around rather than being on a battlefield.”

Court-Martial Drum

These large drums are used for military signalling, thus they are often decorated with the symbols of the military unit they are attached to, and also for the trails of those brought before military justice.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Message Runner’s Baton

7 March, 2017

In commandVoddick checked his crossbow and looked out across the field as the mists slowly burned away as the sun moved across the sky.

Gollaon idly counted arrows as the enemy ranks were revealed by the fleeing fog.  “Good sized army,” he said mildly.  “Glad we are holding ground rather than trying to take it.”

“It will still be rough if they choose to fight.”

“At least we have the better trained army and good communications,” he nodded to the runner, pointed with his baton.

“Discipline is all well and good,” agreed Voddick, “but I would not mind having a few more soldiers on our side as well.”

“Truth.”

Message Runner’s Baton

These are made of hardy wood reinforced with metal, usually bronze or brass, and clearly marked with the symbols of the military that they were created for.  They are designed to be sturdy and distinctive but not flashy.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Claimant’s Medallion

28 February, 2017

A familair face“That fellow, the one talking with the Count, he seems awfully familiar but I am sure we have not met,” said Voddick before taking another bite of sausage.

Gollaon looked across the mess hall and did a double take.  “By the Shadowed Path, he is a spitting image of Baron Danballion’s heir, Paxton.  The one that was killed in the Dark Star ambush.”

“You are right and he is carrying the house shield too.  Didn’t Paxton say he was an only child?  A cousin maybe?”

Gollaon studied the man with the Danballion shield.  “Perhaps . . .”

Claimant’s Medallion

These medallions contain a picture or image, changing to match the gender of the wearer, and have a secret compartment to place a twist of hair or other bit of body.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Manifesto of Unity

21 February, 2017

Rebels of the worlds unite!Voddick ducked back around the corner after discharging his crossbow.  “They are still coming and I am running out of bolts.”

Gollaon nodded grimly.  “Revolutionary organizations are rarely so disciplined.  Something more is at work here.”

“Could it be that document that they signed?”

“The Manifesto!  Of course!  That is the binding magic that I have been feeling.”

“Well, what do we do?” asked Voddick as he recocked his crossbow.

“Destroy the Manifesto or run.”

“Run it is!”

Manifesto of Unity

Crafted after hundreds, if not thousands of hours, of debate to distill a political philosophy and desire into  direct and understandable program, these manifesto are charged with potential energy that with the correct magical push can bind (some would say ensnare) the signers into a greater whole.

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New Magic Item – Flesh-Biting Blade

19 February, 2017

Dangerous to allGollaon looked over the captured sword.  “Nasty piece of work.”

Voddick, rubbed under the cut on his forehead, “Very.  I would be careful with it, my friend.  Such weapons often have evil spirits bound into them.”

“Not a wise choice,” Gollaon managed to force it back into its scabbard.

“No, weapon-bound spirits are dangerous enough, it is foolish to temp fate by binding one that is malevolent.”

Flesh-Biting Blade

These weapons usually look vicious with wavy or serrated blades, they are very hard to keep clean and often have bits of hair or skin caught in their edge, but this does not impair their sharpness and ability to inflict damage.

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