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October 29, 2005, 3:10 pm

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Cloak of Falling


Watch your step with this item, you might end up falling down… or even up.

This item was created by Arbanax, a powerful cleric and devious prankster. He loved to set trip wires and other simple traps about town. He even went to the extent of visiting some kobolds for help. One day he got bored of seeing people just fall so he made this item to spice falling up a bit. It didnt come out quite as well as he had hoped so he sold it. It could show up anywhere.

A thin light-blue cloak with a thin silver lining. Whenever the wearer on this cloak stumbles of comes close to falling in any way, or does fall, the magic of this item activates and you roll a d100/d%.

Magical Properties:

Roll of:
01-49 = Nothing happens, character falls as normal.
50-60 = The ground under the character becomes slippery.
61-80 = The character falls slowly and lands softly.
81-99 = The character falls up 20ft.
100    = The character falls up 50ft.

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Voted Incarnadine
June 3, 2005, 19:27

Has the capability to be very amusing when used in the right circumstance.

The only problem I have is it's short. Any more background you could feed us? Why was it created? By whom? Where is it now? Basic things such as this.

I'm going to nick this idea for my own campaign, actually..
June 3, 2005, 19:34
Just gave it a new background.
Voted Cheka Man
June 3, 2005, 20:41
Nice but too short for more then a 3/5. With the right backstory it could have been a 5/5.
June 3, 2005, 21:51
I'm happy with a 3/5, I might eventually think of a really good backstory; about the shortness: I'm going to try to add some more flavor to it at some time. Sadly, its not up to the quality of my past items, but, hey, they cant all be winners.
June 4, 2005, 3:01
This actually is an assassin's tool - you don't survive falls from 50ft...
June 4, 2005, 6:58
Some prankster that cleric was....
Voted MoonHunter
June 4, 2005, 9:57
Echo: people do a lot of the time, though they are badly hurt. It is only a definite kill if the victim is inside.. thus hitting the 10 foot roof at the speed of a 50 foot fall... then eventually falling down... ick.

Of course, the person could "fall up" then float down safely.
June 4, 2005, 14:56
Yeah, a 50ft fall is nasty, but it was never intended to seriously injure anyone. Thats why he sold it. It didnt turn out how he originally planned.
June 5, 2005, 5:53
If I fall from 15 meters and hit stone or concrete, I might actually die. That's four stories high.
June 5, 2005, 9:57
Yes, but often times you don't (though you may wish to). Yet people die from 2 foot falls from out of the bathtub. It is not the distance, it is the roll.
Voted Ancient Gamer
June 5, 2005, 10:20
So he is a prankster and for the sake of a joke he invests much time and effort to create something that'll bring other people pain and himself amusement?

It is utterly unbelievable, thorougly unlikely and probably fun to give to the PCs
Voted Dragon Lord
June 6, 2005, 9:29
How about writing up Arbanax - but write him as a villain, a genuine Bad Guy - lets face it, a man who derives amusement from other peoples pain is NOT A NICE PERSON

As for the cloak - I'm inclined to agree with Echo - this is an assassins' tool, even if it wasn't originally meant to be - as a joke it's in extremely bad taste, a quite likely to get Arbanax killed just as soon as somebody (enter the PCs) works out who made it

I'll give it 3/5 because it would probably work well as a plot hook
June 27, 2005, 8:49
MoonHunter: "It is only a definite kill if the victim is inside.. thus hitting the 10 foot roof at the speed of a 50 foot fall... then eventually falling down... ick."

If you are falling up I presume you would be accelerating at 9.81 m/s^2. So hitting the ceiling would break your 'fall' and it would be like falling 10 feet.
June 27, 2005, 9:14
I more conceived the item as "throwing you the distance" on the upstroke. Mostly because you can't fall upward, or have the slow acceleration, with gravity holding you in the opposite direction. The write up does not mention your fall being broken by impacting things on the upfall. So you would be pinned on the ceiling still under the acceleration/ force of the fifty foot fall (probably breaking most wooden roofs not made to support in that direction.)

But your millage might very.
Voted valadaar
May 16, 2013, 22:28
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