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Tuesday Magic Item – Library Bane

23 May, 2017

Before use“Don’t let him tear that!” shouted Gollaon, throwing a dagger at the spy.  Who ducked beneath it but momentary lost the firm grip on the paper needed.

“Right!” said Voddick feinting toward the paper and then driving his knee into the spy’s stomach.

“Bastard!” wheezed the spy trying to tear the paper only to have it snatched away from by Gollaon.  Voddick clocked the spy on the chin and they went down.

“What would that paper do?” asked Voddick kneeling to bind the spy.

“Destroy every book here,” he answered with a gesture to the shelves of the library.

Library Bane

Originally designed as a way for a commander to quickly destroy vital papers so they would not be of use to the enemy, spies then got hold of it and used it to protect their secret intelligence from falling into the hands of the rivals, but soon enough, someone realized that it could be used as an offensive weapon.  This item is a complex magical formula written on sturdy material, it is activated by deliberately tearing the formula. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Jurist’s Ring

16 May, 2017

Justice is blindVoddick leaned over to whisper.  “The judge seems very confident, I would be worried about getting something wrong in such an important case.”

“I suspect she has some magical or divine backing for that surety,” whispered back Gollaon.

“The truth will out,” said one of the other spectators quietly.

“I hope that is so,” agreed Gollaon and Voddick nodded.

Jurist’s Ring

These rings are usually heavy and decorated with either symbols of justice or a civic or royal seal.  Once placed on a finger they are difficult, but not impossible, to remove.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Assassin’s Eye and Cloak

9 May, 2017

Spot the assassin!Voddick launched a bolt down the corridor and was rewarded with a thunk as it hit flesh followed by a soft curse.  “I hate bastard who use magic to hide themselves.”  He struggled to recock his crossbow.

Gollaon wove patterns with his sword through the air.  “It is rare to fight so many unseen foes.”  He winced as a slash appeared on his thigh, he pivoted and thrust and was rewarded by a body, suddenly visible, crashing to the floor.

Revealed, the unseen attacker seemed far less dangerous.  A man of average height in nondescript leather armor, his only decoration a silver headband.

“Grab the headband!” shouted Voddick.  Firing another bolt down the corridor, it embedded itself in the far wall.  “Damn.”

Gollaon did.  “I can see them!  There are three of them and coming fast.”

“Damn,” Voddick tossed aside his crossbow and grabbed for his sword.

Assassin’s Eye and Cloak

These items are made in groups sometimes as small as pairs and rarely more than a dozen.  The cloak is  of a nondescript but durable make with a dull clasp, the eye is a headband sometime made of cloth or leather (especially for the expendable version) or of dulled copper or silver.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Secret Society Ring

2 May, 2017

Who are you?“The local nobles seem especially cliquish,” muttered Voddick over his mug of ale.

Gollaon nodded.  “More than just usual exclusion, I believe.  I suspect we are in a den of conspirators and not just one conspiracy but several,” he said in a quiet voice.

Voddick sighed.  “Idiots.  Open debate and honest disagreement produce a stronger polis than continually fragmenting conspiracies.  One day an outsider will come along and kick down the whole rotten house.”

“Agree, so we had best make our money quickly and move on.”

Secret Society Ring

These rings are defined entirely by their magic and rarely have any fixed appearance, they are made for expansive secret societies that for, whatever reason, have a far-flung membership and need a way to recognize each other that is more reliable than coded phrases.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Sword of the Dashing King

25 April, 2017

The Dashing King“So, we side with the rebels, lead by a former peasant and soldier, or we side with the corrupt governor in suppressing them?” asked Voddick, looking out over the gathering sides.

“Or we can just leave,” said Gollaon.

Voddick snorted.  “As though you would abandon a heroic underdog.”

“And just as you know if we flee we will be chased by both sides no matter who wins.”

Voddick sighed and loosened his sword in its scabbard and picked up his crossbow.  “Best get a good place before it comes to blows.  You know I hate arriving late at a battle.”

“Right you are.”

Sword of the Dashing King

This long sword is a practical weapon, unadorned and having seen hard use, but the grip is usually wrapped in bright leather with a colorful tassel once it has been used for a while.  Unless it is being used, there is very little about it to indicate its legendary nature and if found after having been long lost even the colorful wrapping and tassel are likely to have faded.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Parthenogenesis Amulet

18 April, 2017

Athena Parthenos

Voddick studied the paintings along the hall.  “The styles change but the subjects are obviously related.  A strong bloodline.”

“Indeed, the line passes from mother to daughter and has for centuries, a Matron always rules here,” said  Gollaon, running a finger along the bottom of one of the frames.

“No fathers pictured, though.  Unimportant people?”

“Unneeded,” answered Gollaon.  “The ruling line is only mother and daughters.”

“How does that work?”

Parthenogenesis Amulet

These amulets are made of ivory and gold and often decorated in repeating motifs, always of the finest detailed craftsmanship.  The source of the original amulet is lost to the mists of time, but the Empress was so charmed when she rediscovered it that she had a hundred and one of them commissioned and distributed throughout the Imperium.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Gelert’s Shield

11 April, 2017

Loyal

“The Commander’s new bodyguard did sterling work during the battle,” said Voddick.  “Without him things would have gone badly.  I saw him catch a spear that would have skewered the Commander on his shield.”

“You are among the few who noticed,” replied Gollaon pouring himself some wine.  “Not only in the bearer a selfless warrior but the shield itself make it harder to recognize their heroism.”

“How odd,” Voddick said before taking a swallow of ale.

“It is said that the court magician that build the first of these shields was jealous of the bodyguard and insured that they would never get the recognition they deserved.”

“Typical.”

Gelert’s Shield

These shields are solidly built and usually decorated with the arms or symbols of the patron who ordered it made.  They were custom fitted to their original user and would have fitted them comfortably.

Gelert’s Shield is a +3 Heavy Shield that can share its shield’s bonus with one adjacent ally against one attack per turn or against all attacks if the wielder possesses three or more Shield feats.  Up to thrice a day, the shield’s wielder can take half the damage from an attack (including magical attacks) that targets an adjacent ally.
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