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Magic Item Monday (Macabre Manses): Jack-o-Lantern

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Jack-o-Lantern
Aura strong necromancy; CL 15th
Slot none; Price 6,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

DESCRIPTION
This pumpkin has a frightening visage carved into the front of it and a light from inside casts flickering shadows across the walls.

When lit a jack-o-lantern projects shadows on the floor, walls and ceilings within 30 ft., all taking on the shape of the carving on the pumpkin. There are as many as 2d4+1 of these shadows projected. The projected shadows require a DC 18 Perception check to spot. Each of these shadows can make a melee touch attack vs. a single target with a +4 bonus, dealing 1 Strength damage on a successful hit (no save), and causing the target to be frightened for 1d4 rounds, or shaken for 1 round if a successful DC 15 Will Save is made. The shadow disappears after the attack, successful or not. The shadows can be destroyed by exposure to sunlight or the equivalent; when they have all attacked or been destroyed, the jack-o-lantern‘s light winks out.

The pumpkin itself can be physically destroyed (AC 5, 2 hp) but if it is physically destroyed, the light immediately goes out and a single shadow streams out of the pumpkin, attacking the jack-o-lantern’s destroyer. There is a 5% chance that shadow is a greater shadow.

Once lit, the pumpkins are active for 8 hours, and then they no longer function. They do not function in daylight.

HISTORY
DC 15     Bad things happen to those that disturb a jack-o-lantern.
DC 20     Jack-o-lanterns are often found near and around occult ceremonies.
DC 25     Jack-o-lanterns are deployed to guard their own.

CONSTRUCTION
Requirements one pumpkin (5 lbs. or more), create undead, cause fear; Cost 3,000 gp

The Macabre Manse’s grounds have been liberally sprinkled with jack-o-lanterns—the mere sight of these keeps most at bay.

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Magic Item Monday (Banlan Backlash!): Dimensional Wheel

DIMENSIONAL WHEEL
Aura strong conjuration; CL 13th
Slot —; Price 4,200 gp; Weight 50 lbs.
DESCRIPTION
This wagon wheel has a 5% chance of activating whenever it hits a pothole, divot, or any similar irregularity on a road. When activated. the wagon, its passengers, and its cargo are transported to a random plane (as plane shift). Each creature transported can resist with a successful DC 24 Will save; the wheel is a single charge item and cannot be used for further planar travel once expended.
CONSTRUCTION
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, plane shift; Cost 2,100 gp
[Originally appearing as the planar wheel on TrapADay.com. -MM]

578px-1905_Fire_Wagon_wheelBorys has a final task for the PCs—after the pass was blasted and the alligotonium cloud descended upon Steamtown, PNE has more enchanted ore than they know what to do with, and it may be possessed by revenants (or worse). Too valuable to leave here in its raw state and too dangerous to try to fashion useful items out of, since it’s rightly the property of PNE, they’ve decided to send it to a smelter in the city of Nyamo in far off Timeaus, a facility in good standing with the Samsara Mining Conglomerate. They have both the facilities and magical knowledge to deal with this ore safely.

Borys points at four full wagons of the ore. “These need to get to Nyamo, and I need you to guard them along the way. Some agents from SMC have just arrived and they’ll travel with you as well. Once these safely reach Nyamo, you are to be given 100 pounds of the ore as a reward; once it is determined to be safe, of course.

Six agents (male LN human fighter 4/wizard 2) travel with the PCs, each carrying a hidden magic item that acts as a dimensional anchor. During the journey, they talk to the PCs to feel them out—the conversation eventually focuses on the authoritarian nature of Timerian rule and the different groups opposing it.

The party makes a series of Diplomacy checks during the course of the trip to try to befriend the agents, who start out with an Indifferent attitude toward the adventurers (the difficulty of each check is the base DC of the attitude +7.) On a failure of 5 or more, an agent’s attitude drops by one step, and on a success, it increases by one step. These checks can be done once per day. After one week the agents spring a trap, but if the attitude of the agents towards the PCs is Helpful, they hand one member of the party a hand written note before springing the trap. [The note’s contents to be revealed in an upcoming post! – RT ]

Each wagon has a single dimensional wheel and the hidden items carried by the subversive agents traveling with the PCs are enchanted to not only allow the alligotonium to teleport (which it normally cannot do), but to send it within 50 ft. to a specific location in Nyamo—the wheels simply have to hit a big enough pothole to activate. About a week in to the journey, the caravan reaches a road littered with potholes and instead of avoiding them, the drivers purposely head towards the pits and divots. Each of the 4 wagon wheels activates, triggering a DC 29 Will save to avoid being teleported, the specialized trinkets of the bandits facilitating the transition.

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Assassin’s Sash

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Assassin’s Sash

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th

Slot waist; Price 1,800 gp; Weight

DESCRIPTION

This corded sash is woven from golden thread.

The assassin’s sash can be thrown once per day as standard action (this is a ranged touch attack). If successful, it grapples an opponent, wrapping around its neck. The target must make a DC 15 Fortitude save or be rendered unconscious. On a successful save, the assassin’s sash falls harmlessly to the ground. Otherwise, the unconscious victim is killed in a number of rounds equal to its Constitution score. Anyone can remove an assassin’s sash from an unconscious victim as a standard action.

HISTORY

Success on a Knowledge (nobility) check to learn more about the assassin’s sash reveals some facts about the unique item’s lore:

DC 15     Uncanny and unexpected, these mischevious ropes have been found in the deaths of countless nobles. Any magical artisans found making an assassin’s sash are suspect to intense investigation and, sometimes, a lengthy incarceration.

DC 20     The simple design of the assassin’s sash is a bit of a recognition to its original designer. Many say the craftsmen to first create one of these enchanted ropes began their lot as a stage hand or simple orderly of a noble court.

DC 25     Ricka was actually a royal gardener that dabbled in magic. After a nobleman had announced displeasure toward—and sought retribution against—the halfling botanist, the next time he opened his mouth to yell at the hardworking laborer from his bedroom, an assassin’s sash came flying through the window. Its creator Ricka left the area not long afterward, and for a time many thought the noble had just slipped and in a bizarre accident, strangled himself to death with a curtain’s rope.

DC 30     The assassin’s sash quickly earned notice from nobles across the realm and Ricka was forced to flee to other lands as several angry royal families actively sought his head. Thieves, assassins, and adventurers alike all are keen to get their hands on one, but doing so is a difficult thing to do. However, you’ve heard of one for sale in a nearby town…

CONSTRUCTION

Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, animate rope, sleep; Cost 900 gp