Posts Tagged ‘Gods’

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Zelus’ Ring – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [Z]

30 April, 2011
Malachite

Malachite

Dieros the Poet, beloved of his home town, came to the large city of Aratanus to seek his fortune.  He was recognized and did well, writing and reciting poetry for patrons of ever increasing stature.  But when he was defeated in a competition by Noros the Fair, not in his view by superior poetry but because his rival was more handsome, he became bitter and sought to undermine Noros at every opportunity.

Indeed, he rejoiced when Norris misspoke to the tyrant of Syracasica and was thrown in chains.  Sadly, his bitterness caused Dieros’ poetry to suffer and he continued to find more things to be bitter about.

Zelus’ Ring

These items are thick silver rings set with a piece of polished malachite, inscribed on the interior of the ring is Do Your Best.  The rings are heavy and hard wearing but often pick up nicks and scratches as they are worn, though they are almost always found in pristine condition.

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Yazata’s Helm – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [Y]

29 April, 2011
Yazata

Yazata

[As y also does not show up in the Greek or Latin alphabet, we have had to go to Persia for our deity for today.]

The rider dismounted smoothly, his polished helm catching the last rays of the sun.  Seemingly unconcerned that he was surround by bandits.   With a practised grace, he moved, his body suddenly surrounded by light,  drew and threw a javelin into the nearest one of the ruffians; the javelin and bandit both burst into flames.  After that the battle was swift with the bandits losing heart and fleeing leaving three of their number behind.

The rider offered a prayer for the spirits of the two departed and took the one survivor to the local authorities.

Yazata’s Helm

These helms are made of alloyed brass decorated with swirling patterns of inlaid gold and silver.  They are lined with several layers of padded linen.  They are lighter than they appear being comfortable in all weather.

The helm provides a +5 competence bonus to Animal Handling for chariot driving and to Ride checks.  Three times a day, as a free action, the wearer can give any missile he launches the flaming burst quality.  While moving, the wearer is sheathed in an aura of opalescent, then also extend to any mount or chariot he may be riding and the passengers there of.  This light deflects incoming ranged attacks, missile and magical. Each ranged attack directed at you, your mount or your passenger which requires that the attacker to make an attack roll has a 20% miss chance. However, other attacks that simply work at a distance are not affected.

Note that some of these helms allow the wearer to give the missile they launch icy burst, shocking burst or even both the keen and thundering enhancement instead of flaming burst.  But the effect is set when the helm is created.

Aura moderate abjuration; CL 9th
Slot head; Price 8,500; Weight 3 lbs
Construction
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, flame strike, owl’s wisdom, shield other; Cost 4,250 (+340 xp for D&D)

Notes: The Yazata are minor deities that show up in Zoroastrianism in the role of helpers of the gods, rather like angels.

Photo from wikipedia and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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Wepwawet’s Arrows – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [W]

27 April, 2011
Wepwawet's Symbol

Wepwawet's Symbol

[As w does not show up in the Greek or Latin alphabet, we have had to go to Egypt for our deity for today.]

The hunter moved through the morning twilight, as watchful for spirits as he was for the enemy.   His hand reached back for his quiver, his fingers dancing over his arrows.  With a silent prayer to Wepwawet, he drew and released an arrow.

It flew true, finding its mark in the neck of the enemy scout who fell silently.  The hunter quickly closed to make sure the scout was dead. With another prayer to guide the spirit to the lands of the dead, he pulled the arrow free.

Wepwawet’s Arrows

These arrows come in a variety of types, stone, bronze or iron arrow heads on a slender shaft marked with the symbol and hieroglyphs of Wepwawet.  They are always fletched in grey and white.

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Veritas’ Ring – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [V]

26 April, 2011
Veritas

Veritas

The magistrate of Valies, Kaliste, a noble widow of regal bearing and piercing gaze, keeps her court in perfect order.  The only jewellery she wears is a silver ring.  Even hardened criminals find it difficult to speak untruths in her presence and her desire to see the truth come out and justice done is well known.

Kaliste’s reputation makes her unwelcome as a guest for even pleasant half-truth become hard to utter under her harsh gaze.

Veritas’ Ring

These items are plain bands  made of purest silver inside of which is inscribed Vox Veritas Vita (“Speak the Truth as a way of Life”).  While silver is not the hardest of metals, these rings never tarnish and are difficult to damage

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Uranus’ Sickle – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challege [U]

25 April, 2011
Flint Sickle

Flint Sickle

The dark priest stalked the slums, killing in a pattern only he understood.  When he was finally confronted by the Order of Three Oaths in his ramshackle temple, a few of the knights laughed at his stone sickle.  The laughing ended when the first squire to reach him went down in a spray of blood.

The dark priest was killed, but the flint sickle skittered across the blood slicked floor and was lost.

Uranus’ Sickle

This item is ancient, as old as the world itself, a simple sickle carved from a single piece of flint.  It seems fragile but is essentially indestructible.  When picked up, it seems very heavy at first but then it rests comfortably in the hand.

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Tempestes’ Girdle – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [T]

23 April, 2011
Tempestes

Tempestes at Play

While the storm roiled and lightning flared, the young woman stood and watched.  She had no fear of the storm and welcomed it, letting the rain wash over her.  A flash of lightning  showed that she was not alone.   Three men, bedraggled by the rain, moved to surround her.

In the echoes of the peel of thunder, they could hear her laughter and she leapt into the sky and was gone, carried to safety by the storm’s winds.

Tempestes’ Girdle

This girdle is made of dense black silk woven through with gold.  When it is not worn, it occasionally sparks with static electricity.  While worn, it crackles with electricity when the wearer is experiencing extreme emotion.

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Seirios’ Bow – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [S]

22 April, 2011
Archer

Archer

The archer moved through the night-shrouded forest like a ghost.  Pausing only to fire an arrow into one of the bandits.  The arrow bursting into a bright flower of fire as they struck, not only wounding but disorienting the target.

After losing four of their number, the bandits fled.  Never again to trouble the hills around the small shrine to the good of a star.

Seirios’ Bow

These self bows are made from wood that have been scorched in summer wildfires, the tips of which are shod in red bronze.  The grip is wrapped in red cord and a prayer to the goddess is lightly carved along the interior arc of the bow.

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Rumina’s Cup – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [R]

21 April, 2011

Young mothers and their children came to the temple, taking milk from the goats to make the libations.  The goddess would watch over them both for the next season.

Rumina’s Cup

These cups are made of silver with a bowl of delicately carved ivory.  The silver base is usually in the form of two maidens back to back holding up the bowl which is decorated with floral and fruit designs.

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Quirinius’ Spear – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [Q]

20 April, 2011
Spears and Shields

Fight for the City!

The city was under siege, most of the army was away fighting against another enemy army;  Only the militia and a handful of recuperating soldiers were there to defend the walls.  When the old priest appeared bedecked in an ancient panoply of war and carrying the antique spear that was the symbol of his office, most thought him mad, brave as well, but mad.

But after the first day, when the old priest led the militia to seal a breach in the wall, things changed.  That old spear proved quite effective in combat and the old man had a gift of inspiring others and spurring them on.  It is not an exaggeration to say that without him we would not have held out until the relief force came.

Quirinius’ Spear

This spear is constructed in an ancient and antique style, obviously from an age long past.  The bread spear head is decorated with patterns unlike any in use in the modern world.  The shaft is ancient wood, dark and heavy with age but still strong.

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Paidia’s Dice – New Magic Item / A to Z Blogging Challenge [P]

19 April, 2011
Roll a die

Roll a die

The venturers of Lucky’s Seven, though they often numbered fewer than seven depending on their fortune, come through town once or twice a year, spending money, playing games, and generally being a mobile party for the few days they are here.

Now, while many venturers are stand-offish and superior, Lucky’s boys and girls are friendly and treat us with respect.  They are happy to cast dice with us and do not complain if they lose.   If all venturers were like them, they would be more welcome in general.

Paidia’s Dice

These dice appear simply as dice, the only thing notable about them is that they are always clear and they never seem to chip no matter what sort of surface they are rolled upon.

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