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Jeeves' Tea Service


A set of polished silver and gold tea cups and saucers, and accompanying silver serving plate, that will serve on its own.

Many centuries ago, in a land far away, there was a butler by the name of Jeeves. A dignified old man, he was proud to serve his family, and he was most skilled at both his own tasks, and at the coordination of the household staff. So dedicated was he that he never actually seemed to get around to dying. Every generation, he was asked if he wished to retire, but every year he refused, saying simply, “This is my place.” It was not until his final master died a lonely death of illness, with only Jeeves to attend him, and no family to mourn him, that the ancient servant gave up his will to live, crumbling to dust on the spot as time rushed in to claim what it had been held from.

As further time passed, the town forgot its old noble family, and the dignified old man who had served so loyally. What did not forget, however, were the tools that Jeeves had used so long in his service.

Among these were the intricately detailed tea service that Jeeves had used to serve his wards tea and chocolate for literally millenia. Intricately detailed on the outside with gilded flowers, and with handles worn smooth by many centuries of use, a bit of the will to serve fled to these items when it was released by the old man. And so, they sit, awaiting someone to serve.

Magical Properties:

The magic of these cups and saucers is very simple. If you politely ask them to, they will serve a hot beverage to anyone, anywhere, appearing in front of the served, bearing four hot, steaming cups of the requested beverage. When the cups and saucers are placed back on the tray, full, empty, or any state in between, they will disappear, returning to the space where they were launched from. It is nigh impossible to keep the tea from serving itself, and over the centuries, it seems to have developed the habit of dumbfounding gaolers and wizards.

In any case, they will /also/ carry just about anything else placed on the tray, assuming it fits between the cups. The tray is not terribly large, and it is most difficult for even a child to fit between the cups. It does, however, serve quite well to deliver letters and similar small objects along with the tea.

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January 17, 2004, 14:12
I like this item very much. I can see it fitting into a stereotypical English setting, maybe in the home of an eccentric vicar who's full of surprises. Just one question: why would anyone think of trying to fit a child onto a tea tray?!

Siren no Orakio
January 17, 2004, 18:25
Ephe, the little warning is there to keep players from trying to use it for a teleportation device without -considerable- ingenuity. In the original campaign, we managed to turn the butler, who had a similiar ability, into the core of a faster-than-light space drive. Please don't ask how.
January 17, 2004, 19:20
"This is my home."
*knock knock*
"You rang, sir?"
January 18, 2004, 16:18
Regarding the teleportation device method, depending on the magic in your setting a possibility could be to turn some one in to a mouse or similar and put them on the tray. Though this could cause quite a shock at the other end if the receiver wasn't expecting it.
Voted Drackler
April 9, 2006, 16:53
Was there a Wooster, by any chance?
Voted valadaar
May 13, 2013, 20:16
I really like this - it would fit well in a Harry Potter universe, not just because of the 'British' motif, but the style of magic.


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       By: MoonHunter

I was in a game with a GM that had a Masters in History, who made is a point to mention that the local peasants didn't have wheelbarrows. The rest of the players just shrugged that off but I knew that the GM was trying to tell us the peasants were on the knife edge of starvation.

All that from wheelbarrows? Yes, because before the invention of the wheelbarrow it took two men to carry that load. In it's time the wheelbarrow was the most explosive production multiplier that the peasantry could get their hands on.

This is worth two tips: One about the power of the Wheelbarrow and the other is the moral of the story...that people need to know the point you are trying to make.

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