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Tuesday Magic Item – Metropolitan Signal Whistle

29 September, 2020

A whistle for help“Good to see a city with properly organized wardens,” said Voddick taking a drink from a fresh tankard of ale.

Gollaon nodded idly.  “It is a challenging thing to organize well.”

“So true, the opportunities for corruption are numerous,” said Voddick.  “It take people convinced of the value of laws to run such a system well.”

“Law?  What about justice?” asked Gollaon.

“Good laws, ably administered are a step towards justice,” replied Voddick.  “But true justice always proves elusive, so we do our best.”

“I will drink to that.”

Metropolitan Signal Whistle

These whistles are usually made of brass to a standardized design, practical and tough, they get the job done without being showy.

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Visit Scenic Petrichor

29 September, 2020

I have been running learn to play D&D sessions monthly, so I thought I should consolidate the information on the usual location to make it easier for the players to reference.

Petrichor

What emerges after the rain?Many odd places exist in the Sea of Stars, one such place was the Wash, a large island that was constantly under pounding rain.  While a few hardy (or unfortunate) souls set up small settlements to sell fresh water to passing ships, expeditions into the exterior never returned or came back with stories of washed out plains and low hills of mud.  Even the expansionist powers gave up on settling the fringe of an island whose only resource was rainwater.

Then, the rain stopped, entirely.  The omnipresent clouds, blew away.  Suddenly, the Wash was just another island.  Cautiously, exploration began, after all the rains could come back at any time.  To their surprise, there were forests, mountains and lush grasslands, rivers and streams, even ruins.  It was as if the real nature of the land had been held ayont, waiting for the rains to stop before they returned.

Now, there is a great rush to claim this new land.  While in the capital, lawyers and surveyors argue over who owns the lands, everyone knows that it will be the facts on the ground that ultimately decide the division of this new realm.

Setting: The Sea of Stars, a new frontier thereof.  Characters who are venturing upon such land for reasons of their own.

  •    Continuity: Episodic with continuity, season arcs.
  •    Rating: PG13, themes of colonialism, slavery and exploitation are likely to appear.
  •    Style: Exploration, politics, community building.
  •    Tone: Serious but not aiming for dark, just thoughtful.

Rules: D&D5, with standard Sea of Stars modifications (see character creation notes here). Read the rest of this entry ?

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New Magic Item – Shield of Balance

22 September, 2020

Is balance just?“Why did we get chosen to take the fight to the enemy wizards again?” asked Voddick as another bolt of fire sizzled by him.

“Triple pay and a bounty?” replied Gollaon snapping a shot off with his bow.

“Oh, right,” nodded Voddick just before something slammed into his shield.  “Acid?  I just got that shield.”  He said tossing the shield aside as the acid continued to eat it way through its layers.

“Let’s catch up with our brave leader, his shield has been magicked to resist such things, I think.”

Shield of Balance

These shield are always fairly large and often decorated with a simple symbol of balance, being painted half black and half white is common, on the back are inscribed complex calculations of the seasons and paired oppositional symbols of the elements.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Thief Catching Mirror

8 September, 2020

Mirror, mirrorGollaon frowned and moved to another stall in the market and then another.

“What is the matter?” asked Voddick, joining him with a clay cup of beer.

“All of these fine establishments,” he answered, gesturing to the market, “have poor quality mirrors strung up, no matter what they sell, which make me look terrible.  I cannot stand to see those distorted reflections staring back at me.”

“Vanity, vanity, all is vanity,” commented Voddick with a grin.  “But they are to deter thieves.”

“But few thieves are as handsome as me.”

Thief Catching Mirror

These brass or bronze mirror are mass produced and simple items designed for one purpose, the catch thieves.  The mirrors themselves are not very good, showing warped and blurred images.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Dragon Claw Gauntlets

1 September, 2020

Claws and effect“Do wizards imitate dragons because they want their power?” asked Voddick, observing the wizard run through complicated hand gestures wearing gloves reminiscent of a dragon’s claws.

“Does not everyone want a slice of the power of the dragons?” replied Gollaon with a smile.

“Not I, that sort of power attracts trouble.”

“True and we have trouble enough.”

Voddick raised his mug.  “Truth.”

Dragon Claw Gauntlets

These gauntlets are made to evoke the claws of dragonkine and are used by spell-casters to focus their arcane energies and protect the wearer.  Made from heavy leather, usually from rare creatures, with the claws made of metal or alchemically treated claws or talons.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Wallbreaker Maul

25 August, 2020

Knock knockVoddick refilled his mug of ale and sat back down beside Gollaon.  Voddick leaned over and asked, “Is he done boasting yet?”

Gollaon shook his head slightly.  “But it is only getting better.  He really has a high opinion of himself.”

“I had noticed,” grinned Voddick.

“He has moved on to what he is going to do tomorrow.”

“Is he going to win the battle single-handedly for us?”

“According to him, yes.”

Wallbreaker Maul

These long clubs are heavily constructed of stout wood with a heavy core and bound with copper, often decorated with storm and lightning iconography.  When swung, they occasionally crackle with electricity.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Women’s Banner of Progress

18 August, 2020

Forward!“It is nice to see such passion,” Gollaon said, keeping pace with the parade, the brightly colored banner leading the way.

“Though it seems odd that they must fight for such,” said Voddick.  “In my homeland, everyone is encouraged to seek the path they are best suited for.  All have a voice appropriate to their success.”

“As it should be but not all are so enlightened or practical,” Gollaon said with a grin.  “Let us work out how we can lend our support.”

“But we should be looking for a paying job?”

“This is the right thing to do.”

“Well, you are not wrong about that.”

Women’s Banner of Progress

These banners are always bright and colorful and thus highly visible, occasionally even crossing to the impracticably large, designed to inspire.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Cat’s Eye Bracelet and Collars

11 August, 2020

Is it your favorite too?Gollaon idly stroked the cat.  “The Baroness and Baron seem very well informed.”

“Well placed spies, I shouldn’t wonder,” said Voddick shooing the cat away from his ale.

“That seems likely.  They seem the cunning sorts.”

Voddick nodded, picking a bit of cat hair from his drink before taking a drink.  “But more importantly, are their allies or enemies?”

“That is an excellent question, we will have to find out.”

Cat’s Eye Bracelet and Collars

These useful items consist of at least two pieces, a bracelet, often a silver chain with cat charms, and one of more cat collars which, while well made, do not -usually- indicate great value.  There is almost always a subtle connection in the design between bracelet and collars.

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New Magic Item – Crystal Shield Staff

7 August, 2020

Crystals have powerCreated by the dwarven wizardress Aramasia Diamond “the Crystal Shield” before she left on her last adventure, it is believed the staff was lost when she did not return.  It is a flawless length of hexagonal crystal, so transparent as to be nearly invisible except as light catches on its edges.  As the magic of the staff is used, the crystal become increasingly cloudy.

Crystal Shield Staff

Staff, very rare (requires attunement by a sorcerer, warlock, or wizard)

This staff can be wielded as a magic quarterstaff that grants a +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with it and you can choose to deal force damage rather than bludgeoning damage. While holding it, you gain a +2 bonus to Armor Class and saving throws.

The staff has 20 charges for the following properties. The staff regains 2d8 + 4 expended charges daily at dawn. If you expend the last charge, roll a d20. On a 1, the staff retains its +1 bonus to attack and damage rolls but loses all other properties. On a 20, the staff regains 1d8 + 2 charges. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Rossum’s Useful Toolkit

4 August, 2020

Everything a working person needsVoddick squinted, trying to get a better look as the tinker worked on repairing the inn’s mantle clock.

“Something the matter, my friend?” asked Gollaon returning with fresh drinks.

“Yes, I cannot say why but I find the tinker’s toolkit . . . troubling.”

“Troubling?”  Gollaon sat down and looked over at it.  “Did it just move?”

“Yes, it shifts to make certain that the tinker never has to stretch too far for a tool.”

“Fascinating.”

Rossum’s Useful Toolkit

These toolkit are always large enough, often battered and stained, but always holding together.  Indeed, they are nearly impossible to destroy and difficult to steal from.

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