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Siren no Orakio
June 4, 2007
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Votes: 6 / 3.666667
Stormspike    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

"Didja see the way way I nailed that, Marty?" "Thunderingly effective!"

CaptainPenguin
August 7, 2006
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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.750000
Mani Path-Hider    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

The wraith-witches of Bhudokima create these stones for the braves of the Mani tribes; they are tools of barbarian voodoo, infused with simple magic.

necromancer
January 17, 2006
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Comments: 17
Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 2.562500
Charstone    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

A stone that sustains fire might not seem like a rare object but men have died because of it and a stone that keeps a fire going could be a handy tool for adventurers.

Agar
January 16, 2006
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 2.916667
Gnomish Riveter    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

A metalworking hammer with a hollow handle and a small dial near the head. A useful tool and effective makeshift weapon.

Ria Hawk
January 13, 2006
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.928571
The Sailmaker's Needle    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

The most unassuming things are sometimes surprisingly powerful.  Particularly if they were once a fragment of a larger item…  Quest submission for The Shards of the Storm.

Siren no Orakio
December 6, 2005
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 4 / 4.375000
Soilturner of the Spring    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

In accordance with my own Quest:

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, the implements of war returning life to the land.

Scrasamax
June 11, 2005
Hits: 9116
Comments: 37
Ideas: 1
Votes: 30 / 4.750000
The Bone Stitcher    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

Appearing in the form of a massive bloody spider, the Bone Stitcher is one of the more macabre creations of the infernal…

Sentinel
December 8, 2004
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 1.750000
The Pen of the Fox    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

A pen? Yes, a pen. It has long been a treasured item for forgers who would like to have their hands on it…

Siren no Orakio
June 2, 2004
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Comments: 3
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 3.277778
Gloves of the Ironworker    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

Leather gloves that grant one the ability to manipulate metal.

EchoMirage
May 31, 2004
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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.750000
Cantor Thread    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

A tool to keep body and spirit fit!

Kassil
April 13, 2004
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.916667
Stonecleave    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

A mattock created in the age of legends, granted the ability to work marvels in stone…

Pieh
November 20, 2003
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Comments: 15
Ideas: 0
Votes: 16 / 4.093750
Flask of Many Liquids    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

An unremarkable flask that could turn up anywhere, but we all know not everything is as it seems…

Agar
November 20, 2003
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Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.416667
Dungeoneer's flashlight    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

If you don’t already know about this classic innovation, you really need to.

Strolen
February 17, 2003
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Comments: 16
Ideas: 0
Votes: 17 / 4.558824
Carpenter's Ring    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

Made for a wealthy carpenter to ease his workload, those that have it can find other uses for it. Used to cut perfect holes in wood or create wood doll rods.

Nimblefinder
August 8, 2001
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 13 / 3.115385
Ole Faithful    Items  (Tools)   (Magical)

Set of Lockpicks. The picks themselves are of tiny size that only a halfling or smaller can use. There are only a quarter of the usual amount of picks in this kit. Each pick is made out of a dull silver metal.

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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