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The Cane of Abdication


"The gods must have truly wanted the king to drown, to make him meet such an end in a mud puddle, most unfortunate indeed. Then again we all knew he was unsteady on his feet, a pity that cane his son gave him for his 85th birthday didn't serve him better..."

A magically cursed walking stick, often gifted to those who have been on the throne a little too long. Suitable for use in any magical fantasy setting and easily adapted to higher tech magical settings.


A slender black cane of a rich deep wood, tipped with a solid leather piece on the end and topped with a smooth silver ball that fits snugly into the palm of the user, conforming to match their grip perfectly for a secure comfortable hold.

Also concealed within the shaft is a two foot long rapier style blade that is razor sharp and finely balanced.


The cane of Abdication was first created by prince Medlin, a young spoiled prince of 24 years of age who was growing increasingly impatient at his father reluctance to surrender the throne to him and at long last retire. Even though King Hornston was 84, he clung to ruler ship unflinchingly, refusing to surrender even a fraction of responsibility to anyone; loudly proclaiming on several occasions that he planned to rule until death took him by force or by chance.

Fed up, and eager to seize power, Medlin pondered the art of assassination, considering all of the various methods, none of which felt suitable to remove his father without suspicion falling squarely on his admittedly guilty shoulders.

Arranging an accident seemed like the most simple answer, but what kind of accident could he arrange that one of the kings body guards or hand maidens wouldn't trigger themselves? Perhaps if the king took a tumble, maybe at the top of a flight of stairs or somewhere else equally fatal, especially if a little magical aid could be used to ensure such an accident occurred sooner rather then later?

Quietly consulting an alchemist of the secret fire Medlin arranged to have a cane crafted, one that on the outset would appear to be a tool of noble bearing, one that would ease the burdens of an aging lord and help protect him from the dangers of every day life.

One that would provide perfect balance and support except on that one single occasion, the random golden moment where a slip would prove fatal. Yes that would do nicely.

Less then an hour passed from the canes delivery and the creating alchemist disappearing into the hills with his payment, the king receiving this gift of moral (and literal) support later that day. Less then a month after as the king was stepping out of his royal carriage his cane slipped on a rain slick stone, depositing the elderly man face first in a shallow puddle.

The fall proved stunning to the kings frail bones, and the near by guards were too stuck by the humor of their king face down in a pool of muddy water to immediately offer aid, and by the time they recovered their composure, he had sadly perished.

Assuming the throne shortly after, King Medlin was careful to ensure the cane was buried with the former  ruler and to be on guard for similar magical treacheries in his future. Unfortunately in the decades following cruel King Medlin's rule, his fathers tomb was robbed, and the cane found it's way into the hands of a thief, and then a merchant not long after.

Passing from person to person the cane of Abdication has proven the literal downfall of many a nobleman (and woman) in it's time, as well as aided in he untimely demise of several rich merchants, and even a simple tax collector.

Magical Properties

In addition to it's cursed properties the cane also contains a magically molding ball grip, that will conform to the wielders hand shape and grip strength to provide a easily graspable surface that seems all but impossible to let go of by accident.

It's leather tip also seems enhanced to grip any surface with surprising force, allowing an unsteady wielder to handle wet wood, moss covered stones, and even icy streets with comfort.

Such enhancements are of course a deception, and added to hide the magical aura of it's cursed properties. Sometime after owning and using the cane regularly and relying on it for support, the owner will find the grip suddenly slippery beneath their palm, and the tip sliding across the ground as if greased. Such a sudden loss of balance is further enhanced by the canes influence on the powers of chance; ensuring the ensuing fall will prove spectacularly fatal.

Sudden plunges from balcony tops, spills down staircases, and even a fatal slip while squatting to use the chamber pot are but a few of the canes many accidents; the victims families blissfully unaware their well meaning gift has brought about the untimely demise of their beloved relative or friend.


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Voted Scrasamax
May 1, 2012, 12:23
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Voted Cheka Man
May 1, 2012, 12:30
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Voted Kassy
May 1, 2012, 21:38
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Voted Mourngrymn
May 2, 2012, 17:37

This bespeaks a bit of Final Destination where death itself causes random almost innocent events of chance that cause the most horrific ends. Wonderful item. A tad bit interesting and flavorful. To bad it usually ends up in death, I would make it not so detrimental unless kept for a very long time. Perhaps the random accidents get increasingly worse the longer the item is used. All in all though I liked it.

May 3, 2012, 5:57

An interesting change perhaps the magic of the cane faded over time and now the accidents are not always fatal; making this an interesting acquisition for a PC to get their hands on, especially if they're recovering from an injury or want a sword cane to slip past the guards into the palace or thieves guild.

Voted valadaar
May 8, 2012, 12:00

I agree with Mourngrymn.

As for its detrimental effect for PCs, I have a couple suggestions directly tied to the blade:

1.The blade simply refuses to be unsheathed at a rather inopportune time.  

2. If the PC is falling or tumbling, the blade unsheaths with obvious effects.

3. If the PC is sneaking successfully, the cane gets dropped - loudly.

I don't think a misfortune field about the wielder fits with the idea of the item.

Voted Strolen
May 13, 2012, 10:28
I like this one a lot! Fun and entertaining to think about how it can be used. I would be tempted to go with Mourn's comment as well so the players could use it. Hate to see them die "by accident."
Voted Morningstar
August 2, 2015, 4:27
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