Full Item Description
The cloak, called “Gooseflesh” by Yazzard, is of good quality, but otherwise ordinary. It is made of oil-treated wool, and is slightly frayed at its edges. It is leaden-gray in color, with a wine-red border. It faintly radiates magic. Recently, Yazzard has added a clasp for the cloak, in the shape of two small electrum lightning bolts.
Yazzard was an up-and-comer in the local thieves guild, a burglar specializing in “roof-work”, as he called it. He could often be found skulking among the rooftops of his native city, looking for break-in opportunities. One particularly stormy night, Yazzard was unfortunate enough to be struck by a lightning bolt from the sky.
His career has taken a downturn since that day. Suffering the effects of a mild stroke, brought on by the bolt, Yazzard was no longer as nimble or nearly as “sharp” as he once considered himself to be. If that wasn’t enough of a setback, he also acquired a severe and debilitating stutter, making him the butt of cruel japes among his fellow thieves.
To make matters worse, the lightning bolt somehow altered the magical properties of Yazzard’s nifty cloak as well.
Yazzard is now trying to sell the cloak, since it reminds him of that fateful day he was struck by lightning, to some poor sap with coin to spend (pc?). He claims its magic warns the wearer of any possible danger. If asked why he would want to part with such an item, Yazzard explains he owns another one just like it. Since it does radiate magic, Yazzard figures someone will buy it eventually. Of course if and when he does manage to unload it, he’ll go into hiding for some time to avoid the unpleasantness associated with a dissatisfied buyer.
What once was a cloak of minor ‘danger-sense’, became, well…somewhat useless and debilitating. The cloak now causes constant horripilation to its wearer. Horripilation, more commonly known as goose bumps or “gooseflesh” is a temporary change in the skin when it becomes rougher due to erection of little muscles on the body, as from cold, fear, or excitement. In the case of the cloak, this effect is not temporary, but lasts as long as the cloak is worn (!) Contractions of these muscles elevate the hair follicles above the rest of the skin. It is these tiny elevations that people perceive as goose bumps. Every hair of the cloak’s wearer bristles and stands on end. An overall feeling of nervousness and mild fear is felt as well, as if some unseen danger is near. This cloak has no other powers.