Tuesday, October 16, 2007

+3 Shield of Fiber

After an hour, the mage finished the last rune to needed to complete the eldritch ring.

Give me the sword, he said, holding out a bony hand.

Its about time, grunted the warrior, holding out the massive two-handed sword. He smirked as the mage almost dropped the weapon, but never-the-less took a step back when it was unsheathed and placed within the circle.

I will now begin the spell. The mage began to chant, hands weaving in a complex and subtle pattern over the weapon. After ten minutes, there was a flash and the chalk ring disappeared in a blaze of green.

Well? Said the warrior.

I have it, said the wizard, after a moment. This sword is called Azure Flame. Its edge will never dull and it will glow with a blue flame when fighting any of the tribe of Kheth.

A true treasure! My thanks, sorcerer. The warrior stepped forward, reaching down to pick up the blade.

Wait! The mage held up a hand. There is more. Additionally, he who bears the sword will always smell pleasantly of lilac.


And his hair will always shine and be full of body.

Do you dare mock me, wizard?

You wished to know the properties of the blade. I am merely informing you of my findings.

Both of them looked down at the sword.

Good hair? Asked the warrior.


The warrior raised an eyebrow. Huh.

During a rousing game of DnD the other day, it occurred to me that magic items in games and fiction always tend to be useful or combat oriented. However, for every handsome hero or beautiful sorceress, there has to be a least a couple balding heroes with big noses or witches with thick ankles and a moustache problem. They might want a little something extra in their magic items, something to improve the image, so to speak.

Tomorrow: Chainmail that lifts and separates!


Marc said...

Have you ever played the computer version of D&D (3rd Ed.); 'Neverwinter Nights'? Your post reminded me of one suit of enchanted heavy armor that can be found -- it was called "Armor of Comfort". On top of it's other qualities, it also generated a pleasant odor (I think it was lilac) while worn. Great powers cast on items are a good thing, but there should be some practical (or mundane, if you prefer) applications too. When I played P&P AD&D, I'd use my Flametongue longsword to start the campfire...no more flint and tinder for my Ranger!

Leigh Kellogg said...

I remember that armor. They had a lot of fun items in the Baldur's Gate series as well.

Jason Janicki said...

I have played most of Baldurs Gate/Neverwinter Nights stuff to death, but I always play either monks or mages, so I missed that armor completely.