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November 12, 2005, 6:14 pm

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Cloaks of Misfortune


At the estate sale of one wealthy merchant, a seamstress found several lengths of black silk cord, the kind that is used for trim and piping. A local seamstress purchased those odd lengths and the remaining bolt cheap and turned out two or three cloaks using the thin black silk cord as trim. An evil seems to follow them, though nobody knows it.

At the estate sale of one wealthy merchant (who happened to be an Secret Evil Cultist) someone found several lengths of black silk cord, the kind that is used for trim and piping. A local seamstress purchased those odd lengths and the remaining bolt cheap and turned out two or three cloaks using the thin black silk cord as trim.

Misfortune has followed the owners of the cloaks. Sure some of their enemies have died grusome deaths and certain tasks have magically been performed, but most of their families and loved ones have died or been injured after a simple disagreement. Many owners of the cloaks have died soon after loosing loved ones (probably after saying, they no longer wished to live without their loved one). 

The cut cords were enchantments. They were “leashes” used to control semi-mindless undead/ demonoids. These creatures spend much time in the caves and sewers not far from the estate where they were penned long ago.  The creatures are still leashed and must obey those who hold those knotted cords. (they are the collar cords for the three cloaks). They follow any commands to do harm or task. These command are given innocently these days.

Imagine being mad and saying, “I hate that man. I wish he went away”. A day or so later he would disappear as the monsters kidnap him and keep him in the pen with them. When he dies, they eat him.  Say, “Go to Hell” and the monsters will drag them as close as they can. “I wish someone would clean up this mess… ” and sometime later a monster will creep in and do a pretty bad job of cleaning up.

Few understand what power they possess. They accidently visit death and mayhem to those around them. Some do understand the power, and they are dangerous… of course they will do more death and mayhem but for “constructive purposes”.

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Voted Cheka Man
November 13, 2005, 10:09
PC's need to be carful what they wear.
Voted Nobody
November 15, 2005, 10:00
This is fantastic. I love the concept. You could have so much fun with this item. I long to try this out.

On the practical side, you should probably make the undead creatures incorporeal. Like shadows or something. Zombies and such would bve spotted too easily, and then they would be killed and the cloak would be useless.

Shadows are good though because they could only operate at night anyway, and they are hard to kill, and they leave no trace, ect.

Really good. 9/10
Voted Mourngrymn
December 12, 2005, 16:52
This is a great idea. I love it.
Barbarian Horde
November 11, 2006, 15:46
what is this place i m just looking for a cloak can anybody help me
February 16, 2009, 15:36
This is why we need a CAPTCHA at minimum, or required registration, so the posters will read what we are and not just post random posts like this. I am just pointing this out for everyone else to see.
Voted valadaar
March 25, 2014, 13:46
This is a neat item. Monkey paw wishes without knowing one has a Monkey's paw.

For those who do not know,'s_Paw.

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