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June 30, 2009, 6:42 pm

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The Double Purse


A boon to theives, this can be used to replace items with duplicates, which means that the shoplifter or the sneak-thief can go about his or her work in safety with little chance of discovery, provided he or she takes care when stealing.

Sir Edmund Verney on the face of it a trusted pillar of the realm, was well known to selected members of the criminal underworld as somebody who would make them all sorts of illegal magical items, for the right price. One of these items was the Double Purse, the size and shape of a large bag. If an item was placed in the purse, it would be duplicated, and the thief could then replace the duplicate before anyone noticed and walk away leaving the duplicate in the stolen item’s place. Another criminal trick was for the thief to put a bag of his or her own money in the purse and then spend the duplicated money instead of the real money.


This duplicated money will last for 24 hours before fading away to nothing, sometimes leading to a totally innocent person being suspected of theft. Larger items will last for several hours before fading away and will be solid until then, giving the thief enough time to escape. The replacement for a magical item stolen in this way will still keep a magical aura and in fact will still have enough magic in it for one use, which then makes it vanish on the spot after being used. Food and drink swapped in this way, if eaten or drunk before vanishing, will fill the stomach or quench the thirst for a short time, before vanishing and leaving the person hungrier or thirstier then before. Clothes, armour or weapons will last until they vanish, which can be dangerous in a battle or highly embarrassing at other times.


One thing that cannot be duplicated is anything living or undead, as the bag cannot give anything life or unlife.


The bag was uncovered when someone tried to use it to steal the Ruby Sceptre and was stolen by an expert thief from the police strong room as it was so useful in the service of crime.

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Voted Scrasamax
July 1, 2009, 8:25
I think the ability to duplicate magic items even for a short duration is a dangerous and game unbalancing power. I can easily see a group of PCs duplicating magic wands and other items for one-shot combats. Otherwise I like the idea. This could be a common sort of pinch in a higher magical setting
Voted manfred
July 1, 2009, 14:06
With that add-on about magic items, it is certainly a potent, but very usable piece. Good work.
Voted slartibartfast
July 1, 2009, 17:41
Very nice; as Scrasamax pointed out, can be a bit dangerous in the hands of PCs. Perhaps limit it to nonmagical items?
Voted valadaar
July 1, 2009, 18:24
Not bad - perhaps when duplicating magic items, the original becomes degraded in some manner, and in the case of items which cannot be degraded, the copy becomes unstable and dangerous. When it expires, it might do so with a boom or other random magical effect.
Cheka Man
July 1, 2009, 20:39
I like your idea valadaar.
Voted Nuchiha101
August 20, 2010, 23:06
A truly amazing item, great for rogues and thieves.
Voted Kassy
May 21, 2013, 10:00

Hmm, a little short. But given its age. I don't think that matters anymore.

Well done Cheka.

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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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