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Maddening May: Armor of the Guardian

armor of the guardian
ARMOR OF THE GUARDIAN

Aura moderate abjuration; CL 9th
Slot body; Price 14,400 gp; Weight 33 lbs.
DESCRIPTION
This expertly crafted scale mail is formed from thick scales of the finest steel laid on a backing of wyvern leather. Although slightly heavier than most armor of a similar style, its inherent quality is obvious, though it lacks any formal signs or symbols from any previous owners, or any sign of damage from any combat.
This +2 impervious scale mail is sized for a Medium humanoid and sparkles with a faint eldritch twinkle that has no effect on illuminating the immediate area. Three times per day, the wearer can release a powerful scream that is inaudible to all but a single target. The target is dazed for one round and takes 4d6 points of sonic damage. A successful DC 15 Fortitude save negates the daze effect and halves the damage.

CONSTRUCTION
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, ear-piercing scream, fabricate; Cost 7,200 gp

HISTORY
Success on a Knowledge (local) or Knowledge (planes) check to learn more about the armor of the guardian reveals some facts about the unique item’s lore:
DC 20     This fine armor was created by the warlock Wassimir Kyrklan several hundred years ago for a trusted bodyguard, the tiefling fighter Kalghaler the Beast. Operating in his home city in the dusty Scorched Lands, this armor was recognized for its inherent quality as well as the brutality of its tainted bearer.
DC 25     Wassimir Kyrklan was known to be a consort in league with any and all things from HEL, although he kept his affairs very discrete. However, his many dealings attracted a fair amount of violence during his unnaturally long lifetime, and his bodyguard Kalghaler gathered fame enough for both. The tiefling’s war cry became a signature that many other infernally tainted warriors picked up for themselves, gathering all the more prestige for the devil dealing warlock.
DC 30     Wassimir was attempting to deal with a powerful barbed devil that he had summoned when a mouse passed over the threshold of the summoning circle that the warlock had chalked out, breaking the protection the circle offered. The devil—its name unrecorded—cremated Kalghaler from within his fine armor, making his screaming soul haunt the scale mail for all time, then seized Wassimir and dragged him down into HEL. The armor, along with other treasures, was claimed by various thieves after the building began falling into disrepair.
DC 35     Its present whereabouts were thought to be unknown, but the maddened King Jerrod is said to have rhymed several verses that included “the screaming scale mail of the beast” down in the subterranean swamps.
Original Creator Wassimir Kyrklan, approximately 514 years ago

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Maddening May: Azurewrath

Azurewrath [Rick Hershey]

AZUREWRATH
Aura moderate evocation; CL 9th
Slot none; Price 10,630 gp; Weight 4 lbs.

DESCRIPTION
This beautiful longsword is made of a blue-tinted steel and has been forged by a highly capable hand. The blade has a number of runes that blaze with a bright electric blue light that illuminates the surroundings of the weapon, while the handle is sheathed in the leather of a shocker lizard. The air around the longsword is heavy with the tang of ozone.

This +1 shock longsword is sized for a Medium humanoid and glows with an electric blue light that illuminates the area as a light spell (bright light radius of 20 ft. and shadowy light out to 40 ft.). Upon command (“arc” to activate, “ground” to deactivate, both in Draconic), this shock weapon is sheathed in crackling electricity. The electricity does not harm the wielder. The effect remains until another command is given. A shock weapon deals an extra 1d6 points of electricity damage on a successful hit.
The bearer of azurewrath gains an unnatural sense of impending danger. Three times per day, whenever the wielder has to make an initiative check, they gain a +3 insight bonus on that initiative check.
CONSTRUCTION
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, anticipate peril, lightning bolt; Cost 5,315 gp  

HISTORY
Success on a Knowledge (local) check to learn more about azurewrath reveals some facts about the unique item’s lore:
DC 15     Forged by a master smith over three centuries ago, azurewrath was wielded for many bloody decades by the famed eldritch knight Essima Oakdew. An elven warrior and mage of significant power, this weapon was a tribute to both disciplines as well as homage to the raw power of nature.
DC 20     Essima was known for her hatred of all things unnatural, slaying many minor demons and devils wherever she could. Although her reasoning for undertaking such actions was unfathomable to most, it is said that Essima had lost loved ones during an attack by outsiders on the lands of her home.
DC 25     Fleeing with her life to lusher lands to the southwest, Essima continued to roam as she tracked down and destroyed heretical cults and their allied outsiders. Many were destroyed, although some escaped her wrath through luck, force of arms, or good judgment. One such escapee managed to make good on its threat of revenge, and Essima was found murdered in her bed with an unrecognized yet foul symbol burnt onto her fair features. Her powerful sword was taken, and it is assumed that it has drifted with the murderer into one of the realms of HEL.
DC 30     The inscrutable doings of the Vaporous Veil are whimsical, however, and some have heard stories of azurewrath laying somewhere in the Dar’Spelun Slugmarsh, and such a blade is sure to prove useful in that lethal swamp of the Underworld…

Original Creator: Tylida Eraldi, approximately 319 years ago.

 

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Atalai Breastplate

Atal'ai's breastplate Atalai Breastplate
Aura 
moderate conjuration; CL 9th
Slot body; Price 12,700 gp; Weight 28 lbs.

DESCRIPTION

This masterful breastplate is created from the finest steel that has been polished to a bright sheen, inlaid with a series of intricate designs in gold. When viewed for several moments, you realize that the obscure design depicts the stars of a distant night sky circling around a celestial body whose form bears the likeness of a beautiful human female.

This +3 breastplate is sized for a Medium humanoid and sparkles with a gentle silver eldritch twinkle that illuminates the area equivalent to a light spell (bright light radius of 20 ft. and shadowy light out to 40 ft.). Three times per day, if worn by a paladin of 10th level or higher the breastplate can be used to cast remove disease on a single target—it is especially effective at removing lycanthropy, granting a +5 bonus to the caster check against it. When the spell is successful, it automatically triggers a lesser restoration.

 

HISTORY
Success on a Knowledge (local) or Knowledge (religion) check to learn more about atalai breastplate reveals some of the facts about the unique item’s lore
:

DC 20     This ancient breastplate was created by the crusading paladin Hrogar Hereot to fight a large group of evil werewolves that threatened a number of communities along the borders of known civilization. A devout worshiper of the goddess of the stars, Hrogar dedicated himself to limiting the predations of evil lycanthropes after the loss of his wife (Atal’ai) and young family to a singularly powerful werewolf.

DC 25     The armor defended the young paladin well for many years, for he was truly blessed by his patron and furthered her interests against the evil shapechangers, seemingly immune to their foul taint. Indeed, he was so successful that many evil lycanthropes sought refuge in easier regions away from his holy words, deadly sword, and burning zeal.

DC 30     Hrogar never remarried and died without naming an heir, while his success lead to him being named as a minor saint by his faith (although his name is rarely recognized or invoked nowadays). His famed breastplate, amongst other treasures, was claimed by his faith but all were stolen many centuries ago by parties unknown. It is said that the church would pay a handsome reward for the return of atalai breastplate .

CONSTRUCTION
Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, lesser restoration, remove disease; Cost 6,350 gp

Original Creator Hrogar Hereot, approximately 280 years ago.

 

[Submitted by Jonathan Ely!]

 

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