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Cestus Etherium


Sacred tools of protection granted to those who must travel in the name of the One God, these lightly made, weighted gloves are easily overlooked.

Full Item Description

The Cestus Etherium is a thin, light leather glove, of whatever hide is locally available, while golden threads weave an intricate pattern of blessing over the backs.

Concealed in the wrists and in the first two knuckles of the glove, however, are small metal weights, lending force to blows delivered while wearing them.


As preachers of peace and unity, the priests and monks of the One God are forbidden, by the laws of man, to openly carry a weapon. Yet, in these dark days, The One God seems only to help those who help themselves, and there are many dark corners where His acolytes must go. To aid in their survival, several orders of these acolytes have begun to slightly modify the traditional gloves of the priesthood, creating the Cestus Etherium, easily concealed weapons that work well with the routines of the One God’s Moving Meditations.

Magic/Cursed Properties

The Cestus Etherium counts as a lightly blessed fist weapon, adding a modest amount of damage to hand to hand combat, and they are especially effective against those creatures that would be harmed by the presence of the One God.

In times of great crisis, it may be possible for the exceptionally faithful to place all of their need into a prayer and a strike, and have the prayer answered in a burst of the One God’s power, channeled through the striking hand. This is commesurate to need, and is not in anyway reliable or consistant.

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Voted Cheka Man
July 3, 2006, 19:44
Holy knuckledusters for dealing with pagans. Sweet.
Voted Dozus
July 4, 2006, 0:28
The cestus is all too often overlooked as a weapon. This is a nice, practical use of one.
Voted Scrasamax
July 5, 2006, 12:35
Presentation is okay, and the idea is certainly good. Cestii are generally overlooked and when they do show up, most tend to be spiked gauntlets better suited to anime ninja-demons.

This creates all sorts of neat ideas...
July 5, 2006, 15:08
I just love it when SnO gets bored. He comes up with the most interesting things after that.

Well executed piece. Nicely developed and presented. I like the extension of the thurgical into the practical. Well done.

There is a clerical codex around here somewhere, it should be added to it.

Thought: One could use the pattern on the back of the glove as a holy symbol, thus negating the need to carry one for mystical purposes.

One of the initial uses of the gloves might of been the ability to touch the spiritual/ astreal. These gloves might allow the power to touch and strike the ghostly or ectomorphic.

One could make a magic item from the "time before", where they are "just a pair of gloves" with a clerical mystical element.
Voted Murometz
July 7, 2006, 10:05
Moving Meditations-Nice! I like these! The Pugilists of the One God.
Voted valadaar
January 18, 2007, 11:29
A nice, practical item - I really like it!

Useful for putting the hurt on those unbelievers (as Cheka said!)
Voted manfred
January 18, 2007, 16:00
The Codex has been located, the item has been added.

The One God helps those who help themselves indeed.

And the submission is a good one.

I kind of like it.


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