Six magical items? I thought this series was 5 Magical Items? Well, yeah, but then inspiration for an artifact hit me and I had to make it six. Oh well.
Last time I visited the matriarchal Drow and before that the hags, but this time we delve a little deeper than the Underdark, visiting the Nine Hells themselves!
Anyway, who doesn’t love devils? The caricature of lawyers everywhere! Means a lot of flavorful options for me to write on. Hope you enjoy!
Drow, the misandrist elves that we either love or hate. I, for one, love them. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be making this. Last time, I did 5 Magical Items: Hag Edition (check that out if you love occult stuff!), now it’s time for the dark-skinned knife-ears to get the same love.
Drow Slave Collar
Wondrous Item, Common
Luck! Everyone loves being lucky. I know I do. Even if I roll like garbage, I'd like to have the feeling of being lucky. This was converted from a Pathfinder rogue archetype of the same name that you can find here! If you like Pathfinder, I highly suggest getting Drop Dead Studios' stuff. Love all of it.
Roguish Archetype (Lucky Bastard)
While other rogues might be the best in the business, with their “skills” and their “talents”, you’re different. All your success? Everything that got you to this point? Pure, unfiltered luck.
But, hey, your luck hasn’t run out yet.
Hags are fairly common enemies in DnD. They’re essentially stronger witches, and witches are all about weird ritual items and odd body parts. Hags should have super occult pieces of loot then, right? So let’s see five magical artifacts they might have!
Elvish Finger of Guidance
Wondrous Item, Common
This slender, severed finger always knows the four cardinal directions. When asked, the finger points itself that way. If it is truly impossible to tell direction -- for example, in a magical plane without any concept of direction -- then the finger curls in upon itself.
Spell duels are a fun mechanic that shows arcane prowess in wizards and other casting classes. I've converted this mechanic to the Pathfinder rule set to 5E. For an example of what an awesome, high-level spell duel would look like, look no further than here (as long as you consider Harry a third combatant under the Frightened condition). A low-level spell duel that ends in a middle of a fight would be Harry vs. Malfoy.
This way of fighting is meant to be honorable, as a measure between wizards on how to settle conflicts -- with sheer magical power and cunning.
Starting a Duel
A spell duel is a form of combat, but unlike ordinary combat, the participants must all agree to willingly enter the duel and abide by its rules. If either side breaks the rules, it is considered the loser of the duel, regardless of any other outcome, and if its members continue aggressive action, the fight returns to the standard rules for combat.
This is a simple conversion for the most part. I love goliaths with a passion. I love Pathfinder with a passion. So I just did the obvious. Hope you enjoy!
The history or origin of the goliath race is ancient and unclear, though myths do speak of legendary mountain-climbers. Mountain men by nature, goliaths are stoic yet retain a competitive bent that few can match. Goliaths will keep track of their victories to an almost obsessive degree. In this way, fair play and honor and as essential to life for goliaths. One would rather commit suicide than cheat to win.
I enjoy Paizo adventure paths. For anyone with a busy schedule and a severe lack of creativity (such as I), they are useful tools. However, I don’t recommend anyone to use them as-is. Change them. Adjust for your own group. Make them your own. That’s how you run an adventure path.
In any case, my favorite of them is Iron Gods, sheerly for the novelty and atmosphere it brings to the table. Barbarian tribes mixed with chainsaws and laser guns? Who doesn’t like that? People who don’t like fun, that’s who.
So what is the list below me? A list of items from/for Iron Gods, except translated to the 5e setting. Though a good chunk of the list is of my own creation, an even larger chunk is taken from another fellow who has compiled his own list. So, yes, I am standing on the shoulders of giants. I highly recommend checking his blog out here.
Keep in mind I’m only writing in the technological items in. The magical items introduced are not in this list. Cybernetics is an entirely other beast altogether and will likely be continued in a different post.
I do apologize for some of the weird formatting. I've tried to fix it. Didn't work. Shrug.
Hope you enjoy!
A man of few talents but many words, Pip began his foray into tabletop when he was a wee child and continues even now as a wee adult. He writes primarily for his preferred system: Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition!