Lute of Friendship
Aura moderate enchantment; CL 10th
Slot none; Price 18,000 gp; Weight 4 lbs.
Description This beautifully crafted lute has a stout, polished brass handle parallel to the bridge, and the metal continues around the entire frame of the instrument. Unique designs chase the front of the lacquered wooden drum, marking it unique among its peers.
Twice per day, the wielder of this weapon (which operates as a +1 club) may trigger the instrument’s enchantment (Will DC 16) as an immediate action after connecting with a successful attack roll. On a failed save, the victim suddenly forgets everything that happened to them in the past five minutes (the wielder of the lute of friendship cannot imbue or modify any memories, or remove any memories more than five minutes old.) Any time that a character wielding this instrument as a weapon rolls a natural 1 on their attack roll, they accidentally activate the enchantment (even if there were no previous charges) against themselves.
History With a successful Knowledge (local) check, bits of lore relating to the lute of friendship are revealed to the PCs; how much is determined by the following DCs:
DC 10 The first appearance of this unique instrument was in the traveling comedic show, Bankwizzle and Zankizzle. One of the two would be continuously humiliated, smacked with the lute of friendship, humiliated again and then smacked with the weaponized lute a second time.
DC 15 Whom exactly was going to be the humiliated clown every evening was a point of great contention, and the pair quickly developed a vicious rivalry. While they might have become popular much earlier, neither would part with the designs for the lute of friendship out of spite for the other.
DC 20 The real argument wasn’t at all about the act – it was about Lucretia, a halfling of exquisite beauty and grace that charmed both comedians. Enraptured, they eventually parted ways over the notoriously gorgeous woman.
DC 25 The real end of the Bankwizzle and Zankizzle stage act was the discovery that Lucretia was not as she appeared – one night both comedians realized that she was actually a (very ugly) goblin. Neither could deal with being the butt of the joke – they sold the designs to a bard college and “left for pastures less green”.
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, modify memory; Cost 9,000 gp (360 xp)
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