Rust Charm - reforged from rusty, bent, iron nails, this charm makes a horse look ugly - teeth, legs, the skin even - the poor thing will look really substandard. Not hideous, but ugly. There are few better ways to prevent your horse from being stolen. ;) Go to Comment
The mount can see better when there is little light and can ride more safely. Now that its radius of sight is larger, it also tends to be more easily spooked by nightly movements and sounds.
The horse always enjoys sound sleep, making it a better ride throughout the day. It tends to be quite a sleeper, however, and is very slow to wake if woken prematurely.
If both are used at once, the downsides do not apply. Go to Comment
I just thought of the limitation on two charms per horse... there has to be a limit, of course, but it sounded quite arbitrary. Why couldn't there be more?
If these charms are woven into a horse's mane, then the most obvious place is on both sides of its head, hence two charms. If there were more on one side, they run a great risk of being constantly thrown against each other, momentarily touching and even being entangled together. Sounds like the ideal recipe for random magical effects to occur, which can be lethal while riding.
So: it could be possible. Just don't do it.
P.S. Now I realize that there could be a small chance for something of that sort to happen when two charms are on opposite sides... no magic is risk free.
P.P.S. If this is accepted, there could be still a third charm, deployed on a horse's tail. What the effects might be, I leave at anyone's guess. :) Go to Comment
A tiny dog statuette, with bits of fur from several trusty dogs, will make a horse more aggressive towards anyone save its owner. It may be able to alert those nearby of anyone approaching, and will probably throw down anyone attempting to ride it.
Horses with a bad attitude will be very hard to control and were seen to turn on their owners if mistreated. The chance to be killed or injured by this horse is much higher, so beware. Go to Comment
An excellent and utilitarian set of devices. FRPGers tend to treat their horses like motorcycles that graze upon grass. If the horses have personality, and function more like real horses, then they will see the use of many of these brasses. Go to Comment
IMO: And we have another example of why anonymous posts are bad. If he/ she had to enroll, they might of taken to time to find out what the site was... rather than what the odd search engine result brought them to. Go to Comment
Thank you very much for the feedback. I'll see about starting a thread about more horse brass. As for gamers treating horses like motorcycles, I can't agree more. I myself was guilty of it until meeting my wife to be and her horse. They both taught me alot about horses and hoe much they have a mind of their own. When 1200 pounds of animal decides the play 'run away from things we think are scary' there isn't much a rider can do but hang on, or bail off. Go to Comment
Cooling Touch Charm: protects horse against extreme heat, and fire, magical and mundane
Jove's Favor: tin charm shaped by a lightning bolt that protects a horse primarily from natural lightning, but also potentially from lightning based attacks. In real life, lightning kills quite a few horses and cattle a year.
Hermes' Blessing: gold charm that grants the horse magic resistance, and perhaps immunity to cantrip level magics.
Vulcan's Steed: This large iron charm in epic fashion renders the steed invulnerable to iron weapons. Such things clatter off of the animal's hide like twigs. Go to Comment
This tumb sized piece of tourmaline set in copper wise is braided into the horse's forlock so that it lays against the center of their head. This potent charm causes that horse's coat to change color to match the predominant color in the area. In a forest, the horse would turn a dark green, sandy brown in the desert, or all white on a snowy tundra. Rumors abound of a more advanced version of this charm that allow for multiple colors to be emulated.
Much like the chameleon charm, this string of three pieces of quartz string together with braided horsehair causes the horse who wears it tied to their mane to match the color pattern of the horse that provided the hair in the charm. If a black horse provided the hair, the the horse wearing it becomes black. Patterns for appaloosas and paints are not copied exactly, but are fairly close.
Not every rider can handle a warhorse or a spirited stallion, but putting this small pewter and ivory charm on the mane has the effect of calming even the most virile and enthusiastic of horses enough that even a milkmaid could ride him. Go to Comment
Magical forests are never a good place to sleep, especially seeing as much of the population is nocturnal. Firewood taken from the wrong tree can turn against its collectors, and a strangling onslaught of angry twigs and branches can be surprisingly severe and difficult to disentangle yourself from. Fires themselves attract enemies, and not only malevolent predators. Giant moths and gloomwings are tempted by the heat and light, but are often misunderstood.