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Quill of Fine Writing

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An expertly crafted quill pen which enhances the efficacy of spells on the scrolls it is used to write.

A quill of fine writing is fashioned by a craftsman from either a Brend or a Leggou feather (both extremely rare birds only found in the marshlands near Oldeccin). The quill is exceptionally fine and light, and doesn’t smudge easily. The marks it makes are so clear and lucid that when used to write spells on scrolls, the effects of those spells are enhanced and their probability of failure decreased. All good professional scroll-scribes and wizards use quills of fine writing.



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manfred
March 15, 2003, 12:07
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A simple thing, this one is. And useful. It certainly is magical, and probably the birds are slightly magical themselves?

It could be a nightmare to hunt these, if they had the chameleon's power to blend with the surrounding...
Strolen
March 16, 2003, 3:25
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I think the pens properties reflect the bird to a point. I think that the bird in the marsh would be a rare sight, but when seen it is the most obvious thing around. I picture it perfectly white, a stark contrast to the surrounding areas, and, when spotted, it sticks out like the darkness around it outlines it making it even more distinct. And no matter what the distance, it is always crystal clear to the vision, rain, fog, etc., do nothing to impare the sight.

It also has a charm of some sort. When spotted the person is almost froze in their place from awe or surprise at viewing the bird. Finally, the bird would depart breaking the spell and by then it is too late. So they are rare for their uniqueness and the difficulty of the hunt.
Agar
March 18, 2003, 17:43
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Perhaps also the way they are crafted has as much to do with their effectivness as the feather. A craftsman might only be able to use a knife made from an exotic steel or forged in an exotic manner or shape to cut the quill. Or only at certain times, like when the birds are getting ready to migrate. Their feathers may be getting stronger and more effective in the last few days before the migration, after that, they've migrated to who knows where and are no longer available.
Ria Hawk
March 18, 2003, 21:13
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Perhaps they only work if they have fallen naturally from the bird.
Ylorea
August 20, 2003, 9:33
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I am still a bit unclear as to the way I have to incorporate this into the D&D rules. On which check do I get a + ?

*ponder*

Still the idea in itself (especialy with the remarks given here) seem very usefull. I think I just might have a certain wizard send a certain party to obtain a couple of these feathers.

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Maybe the feather inself needs to be gold-coated before it can be enchanted....
Voted Zylithan
November 27, 2005, 21:35
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Good solid idea. I'd love some more details, but it's a good start with what it has. Not every post has to be a full library!
Voted Murometz
January 7, 2008, 19:28
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Another one thats short yet sweet
Voted valadaar
April 26, 2013, 23:20
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Voted Cheka Man
April 26, 2013, 23:48
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Simple and useful.


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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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