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Rating: 3.375
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ID: 5730


March 31, 2009, 7:22 pm

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Cloak of Pebbles


It looked like a massive landslide, but, just before it slammed into us it turned into a bunch of laughing dwarven children!

Full Item Description
A gray cloak that seems to have been made for a stunted humanoid, most likely a dwarf. The shoulders are broad and the length somewhat lacking.

When worn, it feels like laying on a pile of cold pebbles. In fact, you can now notice small stones all over the outside of the cloak. They seem to be magically held to the side of the cloak, yet still free-rolling.

The Cloak of Pebbles was created by dwarfs long ago as a method of quickly descending mountainsides and has since become popular among thrill-seeking children (Who now call it an Avalanche Sled). It is a simple enough enchantment for one in-tune with the way the earth slides, like a dwarf, but may prove more difficult for others.

Magic/Cursed Properties
A Cloak of Pebbles functions much like a piece of cloth (or anything else) on top of a mass of ball bearings. When you put your body just into the cloak and push off of something, have someone push you, or just have gravity pulling you down a slope, you will slide.

It also function as a minor protective device, shielding one from harsh impacts by absorbing a small amount of damage.

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Comments ( 16 )
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Voted Cheka Man
March 31, 2009, 21:03
A handy little device.
Voted Moonlake
March 31, 2009, 21:08
Nice concise sub. It conjures some quite cute images of the cloak and dwarven children.

Some of my thoughts on this item that are sort of on a tangent to what you put down:
1. Maybe the creator of this item not only had in mind a quick way to descend a mountain but rather, a quicky and stealthy way to descend a mountain
2. This camouflage property of the cloak might be useful if the wearer wants to sneak up on say hill giants or sth similar living on mountaintops and attack them or when a castle on a mountaintop is under siege, the cloak might enable someone to sneak out and summon reinforcemnts.
Voted Nocontrivedname
March 31, 2009, 22:26
I had to break my 1 or 5 rule for this one. Cause it wasn't horrible it was just lame. I can't see using this item and it wasn't an enjoyable read.
April 1, 2009, 15:03
So you have a rule that you must vote everything a 1 or a 5??? No grey area for you? Nothing exists between TeH AwEsOme!1!1!! and tEh SuK for you?
April 5, 2009, 13:48
Hey Scras,

Nice text type, well I gave this one a 2/5 cause, but other than that I have given posts a 1 or 5. And I think I have only given you 5s. So you are welcome.
I still think this is little more than a "wouldn't this be cool item".

Voted axlerowes
April 1, 2009, 0:54
The image of hero's cowering beneath a land slide that turns out to be a bunch dwarf kids is a great one. That is what bumped this up to a 3 for me, because otherwise this seems like a very esoteric toy.
Voted slartibartfast
April 1, 2009, 6:30
I think it would make a fun filler; not all magic items need to be useful to be fun. I think I might have a good use for this one.

"Honey, have you seen my cloak of pebbles? I'm sure I left it in the hall closet."

"Little Delrid took it to Guffman's hill to go sledding with his friends."

"What the #$@#$%! I'm supposed to meet the guys down at the Capering Gnome; we're having another go at the lich's crypt!"

"Why don't you wear your displacer cloak? You are always complaining that the cloak of pebbles rubs your shoulders raw."
Voted valadaar
April 1, 2009, 6:50
I think short and sweet apply here. To me this is quite an original item and I enjoy the image it presents.

NoncontrivedName: Look at the other comments here for an example of how to be critical in a positive manner.
April 1, 2009, 8:22
I like this one. Its cute, dwarven, and whimsical, and somehow I can see it existing. I also like the cold-pebble feel of this cloak when donned. Now imagine a death squad of dwarven warriors rolling down the mountain-side clad in these, instead of frollicking children, and you add a serious ooomph.

I really like this cloak.
Voted Scrasamax
April 1, 2009, 15:00
I bet it could be used for unexpected cameoflage. Short and sweet. It is also fun.
Voted manfred
April 1, 2009, 15:47
DM: "So you crept through the darker parts of the cave and are now behind the huge troll. Your comrades are fighting it, but it doesn't look well... you better do something fast!"

Player: "So the floor is quite smooth, right?"

DM: "Sure, why?"

Player: "Running, I throw myself on the floor and aim for his legs to take him down. IT'S BOWLING TIME!"


A fun and perfectly reasonable little item. And as should all pessimists see by now, it has some very practical uses. Short and sweet again!
Voted Ria Hawk
April 1, 2009, 18:49
Neat idea. I like the way it's been taken over by kids. 'S not a GRAND AND EARTH-SHAKING ITEM (pun not intended), but it's best if not everything is. (They lose their punch after a while.) But it's a reasonable minor item with some uses, though I would like to see more on how they came up with this idea. Why rolling down on pebbles? Why not something else, like a rope that'll raise or lower you, or being able to walk on the side of the mountain like a goat without falling?
April 2, 2009, 14:56
'cause it's faster and more fun. More magical should be made for this reason. :)

(And yes, that item should exist, too.)
Voted Dozus
April 1, 2009, 21:32
Cool. A definitively "dwarvish" item, one which an imaginative player could think of a thousand uses for.
Voted EchoMirage
October 9, 2010, 6:11

Dwarves are fun.

Voted Murometz
September 22, 2012, 23:47


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Hu's Iron Ball

       By: Murometz

Hu was an ambassador of the Seventh Emperor of the Reng Dynasty. Throughout his life he traveled across many miles and lands to entreaty with neighboring kingdoms and the semi-savages who dwelled amidst the Metal Mountains.

During one such diplomatic mission, Hu was gifted a small iron marble as a gesture, by a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe. Little else is known of Hu, but that marble was lost and is now somewhere out there for someone to find.

A tiny, shiny sphere, the marble has several properties. First and foremost it is a strong magnet, considerably stronger than its size and density would indicate.

Secondly, if thrown or rolled upon the ground and the command word is spoken, the iron ball will magically enlarge to either the size of an ogres's head or to that of a great globe, twelve feet in diameter. The rolling ball of either size will continue to roll or fly at the same relative speed it was when launched as a marble, and can thus cause great damage to anything in its path. The magnetic power of the ball will also magnify when enlarged.

Legends claim that the ball has been tossed from besieged castles upon attacking foes and rolled at marching armies in ages past. At the end of such rolls, the larger size globe has been known to not only crush soldiers underfoot, but to also "collect" many dozens of metallic weapons and bits of armor unto itself, appearing as an armored sphere, with swords and spears sticking out from it in all directions.

Owning this powerful marble has its drawbacks. Anyone carrying it on their person, will experience the iron ball's insidious effects after some time. The owner feels no worse for wear, but after two month's time they will suddenly awaken one morning to find that their hair has fallen out completely, their teeth loosened like baby's teeth ready to drop, and their fingernails simply shriveled and sliding off the fingers and toes. Perhaps unbeknownst to the owner at first, the iron ball also renders an owner sterile or barren by this time.

Regular clerical healing will not reverse this horrible malady. Only finding and beseeching a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe to heal the iron ball's effects with their particular brand of magic, will work.

Hu's Iron Ball should be handled carefully by players and gms.

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