A classic pair, I like the line about cornblessing and lantern lighting, not being their cup of tea. Good voice on this piece, they are well-presented and described. Enough detail on the duo is provided that they can be included in plot-hooks, instead of just regurgitating minor items.
Ok, now I'll have to think of a few scroll additions. I was thinking dog-repellant robes, or maybe dyslexia-fixing spectacles. Go to Comment
This is an absolutely wonderful piece, both with regard to the idea and the excuition. I actually laughed out loud while reading it. Moon is right you could put this into any setting with a mystical component and indeed I want to changed my campaign worlds around so this store could fit into them. Thanks for writing this, I can't believe I haven't seen this before. What charcoal soul could give this piece anything less than a 5? Go to Comment
When worn these socks or stockings provide the wearer with a resistance to the temptation and experience of physical pleasure. The smell of baking bread will not make your mouth water, the feeling of smooth willing flesh under your palm will not quicken your heart, and a beautiful person spoon feeding you a smooth and creamy desert will bring you no more pleasure or excitement than the last spoonful of cold oatmeal your mother made you eat.
The effect of the socks is just an illusion, and your mouth really is watering, your hormones are raging, your pupils do dilate at the site of beauty and your brain is pumping out endorphins by the liter. The socks also have a limit and if the wear is sufficiently stimulated or tempted the socks will literally be blown right of his or her feet. Go to Comment
Simple bodily aliments have historically been one of the core uses for magic among the masses. Voodoo has charms for indigestion, sleeplessness, impotence and bad breath. Rake and new age medicine cover the same sort of ground using metaphysics to treat muscle tension and even cancer. And if you have any doubt about the desire of the medieval world to seek a metaphysical resolution to minor illnesses then look to the saints. The patron Saint of Toothaches: Saint Alena, Hemorrhoids: Saint Alexander, and numerous others were called forth to treat small pains. Medieval art produced enough depictions of people, women mostly, inducing men to vomit, and giving enemas that numerous examples still survive. I think in our days of ubiquitous medical care we forget how truly painful a impacted wisdom tooth could be without pain killers or dentistry. Constipation, cramps or digestive issues would be a major concern of any pre-industrial populace that had enough to eat and money to spend at a penny spell shop. For all this reasons I say a Scroll of Regularity is a an more than reasonable, it is absurd to envision its absence. Any arguments?
Scroll of Regularity
Be you a hardened soldier of fortune or a single mother raising the soldier's bastards, nobody has time for constipation. A Scroll of Regularity gives instant relief by mystically relaxing the bowel and softening the stool. Based on an Explosive Runes spell, all one needs to do is read the Scroll, and immediately they will void their bowels. Go to Comment
These small smooth rocks are each marked with a Ward of Fear. This ward is specific for rats, mice and squirrels, and each stone has radius of effect of roughly 11 inches. Any rodent that comes within 11 inches of one of these stones will be overcome with fear, as if confronted by a predator and bright lights. These items pay for themselves, tossing handfuls of these through out you pantry, garden or grain bin can save you fistfuls of coin. Go to Comment
Tired of digging for earthworms to place in your gardens or on your hooks? With the Stick of Earthworm Attraction you will never have to dig for worms again. Simply shove the tip of the stick into ground, speak the power word and wait. Within minutes earthworms will begin climbing to the surface and towards your wise purchase. Gather as many as you like, speak the release word, remove the stick and head on your way. Go to Comment
This small construct simply follows its master about and when directed into 'loot' mode, will go about picking up small items of apparent value. Its intelligence is vanishingly small, and is as likely to pick up glass shards and chainmail links as diamonds and gold, but then again, it might pick up something overlooked by others. It is also vulnerable to traps and misadventure, since its low cost precludes it being built that heavily. Usually constructed from wood in a varity of forms, most commonly that of a small money with a wicker backpack to contain it's loot.
There has been at least once case where one of these units was deliberately provided with a boobytrap as 'loot' and sent on its way back to its soon-to-be unfortunate master. Go to Comment
This is a great little story, and the feed back and contributions have made it even better. I will give you a 5 on this but let me know if you don't want me to vote on your work anymore. I will understand.
This ring, while worn, counters the effects of the majority of mundane illnesses and afflictions; such as influenza, measles, dyptheria, scarlet fever, gout, arthritis, scurvy and a host of other ailments and diseases. However, it must be noted that the magic does not actually cure such diseases; only masks the symptoms. In fact, when the ring is removed, the negative effects are most often exacerbated for a period of time. Although the wearer will look and feel fine while wearing the ring, whatever ailments they harbor continue to fester within. Hence, the ring is actually dangerous to wear for anything other than a short period of time; nullifying the body's natural responses to diseases for more than a brief period results is folly.
There was a recent incident wherein a client with rubella wore one of these rings for two weeks straight before dropping dead in the street; during that time he had inadvertently infected nearly fourty other persons through casual contact. Upon learning of this incident, Pinker had strong reservations about selling this product; it took quite a bit of convincing from his associate to keep the product alive. Even then, the ring is now sold with both a strong warning as well as disclaimer. Go to Comment
This tiny, ornamental dagger is little more than a letter opener. When held, and the user speaks the name of some item, the dagger will orient on and point in the direction of the nearest mundane item within 20 feet that matches the description. Descriptions are limited to two words. This item is quite useful for locating items that have gone missing. Some enterprising individuals have found uses for these as divining rods or even hunting up the odd coin or jewelry that others may have dropped. The description must be fairly specific; some examples of more common directions are "gold coin", "water", "mushroom", "silver earring". Directions such as "vorpal sword", "lich's lair", "dragon's hoard" and the like just send the blade spinning. Go to Comment
A watered-down takeoff of the Bag of Holding schtick, the Perfect penny pouch is a small purse that holds coinage. It can hold a bit more than its dimensions suggest, but not much. This pouch is ideal for merchants, or anyone else who needs to constantly make change; just state how much you need, reach in the purse, and you'll pull out the exact amount requested! Note that the proper coinage must actually be present in the purse for it to work; in other words, if you reach in for two shillings, two shillings (or the equivalent coinage) need to be present in the purse. Go to Comment
An abrasive material is sewn to the palms of these leather gloves. These are wildly popular in the kitchens of wealthier nobles and royalty. When the wearer grabs and holds a fruit, vegetable, or other food item with a skin, it is magically peeled within a matter of seconds. Potatoes, carrots, turnips, even apples all come out perfectly peeled. With a set of these gloves, the typical kitchen wench can whip through a mountain of potatoes in moments! Best of all, no skins to clean up or dispose of!
One enterprising owner also discovered another surprising use; by clapping his open palms to his cheeks, he was able to give himself a perfect shave; although his skin was severly chafed for the next several days. Go to Comment
This large-brimmed man's hat is made of grey felt. The hat turns a greenish color when or if the wearer's spouse or ladyfriend is unfaithful. Whereas a kiss would give the cap a greenish hue, an out-and-out affair would render the cap a brilliant green color.
Favored by the jealous husband type, the number of illicit affairs in town has drastically plummeted since the cap's inception. Go to Comment
Animals have parasites and diseases, so do plants, there are even bacteria that cann dissolve oil spills or plastic or what have you - why couldn't there be a disease living off magic - a magic item could be infected, losing power and speading the plague to other equipment it contacts, while a magic user would slowly lose his powers and contaminate all he works with or casts a spell at...