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December 31, 2006, 2:33 pm

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Johann's Cloth


A rather non-descript burlap sack with some interesting qualities.

When the great wizard Johann would travel, conducting his studies, he’d very often get assailed by would-be wizards seeking apprenticeship.  On one trip he told a particularly bright aspirant that “if you tell me who told you I was coming Ill let you be my apprentice.”  The child said simply that he hadn’t been told, he had found him by the magical power he exuded.  Perplexed by this Johann began searching a way to hide himself from the senses of hopefuls. 

One day, after a particularly unsuccessful night, he was searching for his spellbook and couldn’t find it.  Finally, in desperation, he used his magical abilities to locate it but still couldn’t find it.  Finally he called his apprentice in to help him search.  The boy found it in no time, under a piece of burlap that the wizard had been experimenting on the last night.  he was surprised at this because the cloth hadn’t done anything when the moon was up.  Still, he thought, Partial camouflage is better than none at all.

When he tried to make any more of clothes though he was unsuccessful, he thinks that maybe there was some variable involved in the creation that he wasn’t aware of, however any searches that he has made to find what the variable was are inconclusive at best.

Magical Properties:

When placed over a magical item it hides the item’s magical aura from the view of anyone actively searching for it.  It can hide anything that has a magic aura from being found by something actively searching for one.

But when exposed to the light of the moon this item ceases to function properly and won’t resume funcioning properly until the moon sets.

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Voted Cheka Man
October 11, 2005, 19:19
Usefull. Not wonderful but I like it.
October 12, 2005, 3:35
A nice,useable item. 3/5
Voted MoonHunter
October 12, 2005, 10:50
Good Solid Item. It has its own complications.
Voted Dragon Lord
October 13, 2005, 9:29
A nice useable little item and not too powerful

Also believable - I can easily imagine such a thing being developed, either deliberately or accidentally

Good, solid word Pariah - 4/5
October 23, 2005, 3:14
Smacks of realism. I like it.

Long may the burlap wave!
Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
December 18, 2005, 19:47
Not much to say, good solid idea with a little extra.
Voted Strolen
August 27, 2006, 21:32
This is a really good one that could come in handy in any number of instances.

"No Magic Allowed" -- hahaha

Magical sensitive creatures that you are hunting can be decieved till the last moment.

Wonder if it would work resting on the burlap? Dishonest at a shop. This is NOT magical sir. I will give you only 2 silver for it.
Voted Murometz
February 17, 2007, 23:56
This is a devious little item. Subtle, but it makes perfect sense. I'll steal it for my own purposes. Nice quirk with the moonlight. I like it!
Voted manfred
February 18, 2007, 4:02
A simple, but beautifully logical item with a useful property - how could I miss it? Correcting oversight now.
Voted valadaar
April 2, 2015, 9:38
This is nifty! The unreproducible creation process is handy.

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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