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The Cane of Mascebus


â??Staring too long may prove to be your undoing, George…
donâ??t say I didnâ??t warn you.â?

Mascebus Elmirion Hendamere is the Ringmaster of The Carnival of Forgotten Souls, and as such carries a walking stick of unusual manufacture (as most Ringmasters do).

The head of this most amazing cane is a depiction of an intertwined serpent cast in what appears to be a reflective black metal of unknown origin.
The shaft is of multicolored heartwood stained a dark red to mute the colors.
Upon close inspection it will be revealed to have delicate carvings of interwoven serpents and chains. The end cap is in the shape of tree roots, giving the stick the eerie ability to be left standing on its own.

These simple traits would make this cane stand out well enough on it’s own, but not surprisingly there is much more to it than one might assume. The fact that hidden in the shaft is a long thin sword blade is the most mundane of it’s secrets.

Though non magical in nature, this cane has a peculiar magic-like effect.

Though the artisan’s creative hands this cane has in it’s beauty a subtle effect much like hypnosis.
As Mascebus twirls the cane the light reflecting off the head has a tendency to catch and hold one’s eye. This, although unnoticed by him, has been a boon over the years.
If one were to closely inspect the shaft, they would take the risk of being entranced as well.

These may seem a bit of a small thing, but while in the hands of a master showman and entertainer, the results can be quite amazing.

Mascebus purchased this walking stick while stationed in the far south (his last post before “moving on”). The merchant was quite hesitant to part with it, but as Mascebus has learned, every man has a price.

GM notes : This cane is completely non-magical in origin and manufacture. The artisan who made it was a master of optical illusions, and so placed several into this piece. No magic, in any form, was used in his work.
The head is of a sort of meteoric stone, but again, it has no inherent magical properties. This is a completely mundane work of a master artisan. The magic-like effects are completely coincidental, a simple combination of the intricate beauty of the cane and the overwhelming charm of the wielder.

Although Mascebus has no idea how or why this cane has such a profound effect on some people, he is pleased with the results nonetheless.

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the Wanderer
December 11, 2006, 17:42
Updated: A small token to be added to the Carnival, used as an item on it's own, or as a plot hook to work the Carnival into your campaign...
Voted Cheka Man
December 11, 2006, 21:12
A likeable item.
Voted Murometz
December 11, 2006, 21:58
Nice flavorful item and I particularly like the nebulous, quasi-magical effect.

Any chance you can squeeze the text a bit?
Voted valadaar
December 12, 2006, 0:03
Cool, but too many returns, per muro's comment.
Voted manfred
December 12, 2006, 4:04
Now this is magic to my liking! Making the text prettier would help, but it already deserves a little HoH.
the Wanderer
December 12, 2006, 13:47
I'll fix the formatting tonight.
You do realize this is a non-magical item, right?
December 12, 2006, 14:13
That's what I was talking about. :)

A magical effect without any magic at all.
the Wanderer
December 12, 2006, 19:35
Good, just making sure we're on the same page...
Voted Scrasamax
December 12, 2006, 16:43
Only voted
Voted MoonHunter
December 13, 2006, 13:10
I am a firm believer in non-magical items. This is a nice piece in that regard. I do like the addition of the number of "mcguffins" to make people think it is magical, but it not being so.

The question we ask, is what is the man doing with it?

Just one reality bite. The item would have minimal to non existant hypnotic effects unless properly wielded. Good illusions/ hypnotic patterns require much in the way of manipulation and direction to properly be used. (Lets not go into NLP Neuro-Lingusitic Programming here).

So he our ring master would need a bit of skill in the hypnotic realm to actually be able to use it effectively.
the Wanderer
December 13, 2006, 15:58
He bought it purely on "caught his eye".

As for the use, well, he has "accidentally" tapped the abilities of this piece.
(He thinks it is more his "charm" than anything else effecting "George")

The closest skill he has ever honed even close to hypnotism is fast-talking (Everything he says while entertaining is always done with a bit more speed and flair than your average man.)
Combined with the sort of hypnotic patterns this cane makes while in motion(the head mostly)he has managed to convince many a patron to spend their money by way of suggestion to an otherwise distracted mind.

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