A piece of very light chain, each link of a different metal or alloy, with two handles of polished wood attached ... what could this be? A deadly weapon? A tool to ensnare your foes at your command? No, it is a skipping rope…
Harroth Cloudrider, a wizard of no little power, but still young of heart, felt strong feelings for Saewynn Firsing, and she replied in kind, yet they bot knew that their hot tempers and wizardly peculiarities would soon have them starting fights, and with wizards, those can get ugly. So, they stayed in a loose relationship, seeing each other once in two weeks for either a common trip to a pleasant location, attending to a party, just for a chit-chat over a mug of beer, or a night of love, both returning to their own life and work afterwards.
They knew that they were unable to work together, but that did not prevent them from working for each other, and thus they started to give each other small, nice presents. He gave her a stave that added colourful effects and shiny bubbles to any spell cast with it, she gave him a clock run by tiny mouse-golems. He presented her with a comb that can color hair or curl it in retun, while she repayed him with a practical robe that can wake up before you do and cook you tea and make a sandwich, warm you and comment on your projects (a similar ‘item’ will I elaborate in a future post), with a thousand pouches, of which one is always enchanted to hold a chocolate bar, one a pencil and several others to hold other useful items too.
Another present was the Cantor Thread, a skipping rope that will flash in light patterns and hum silently when used. It helps the user focus, get rid of stress and refresh his spirit.
In the thirty years of their relationship, the two have created dozens of items, some useful, some amusing, some plain nice, while some ridiculous. When Saewynn died of age, Harroth withdrew to his workshop, but continued to make small nice items of little power, toys more than artifacts ... perhaps, somewhere hidden, is an old, dusty workshop where perky magic items await to see the light of day, forgotten by all, tended by a handful of utilitarian golems.
The Cantor Thread has several minor properties:
a, it hums the tune the user would like to hear most - it uses a limited specialized Mind Search spell for this.
b, the patterns of the light reflexes on the shiny links as well as a subtle Emotion Control spell calm the user while he exercises, making him less likely to lose his temper during the exercise and a short while after it. Also, it does a lot to relieve stress - fifteen minutes of exercising will let the user sweep away the strain, and he will be able to look up to the sky and breathe deep again.
c, the exercise improves the ability to concentrate, so that if exercisng regularly, the speed of work or study goes up by 10% overall, and the things studied will be remembered better.
d, this is a very mundane property - all the jumping is bound to make the user a little fitter.