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Devac  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Give me an adventure!

I have a bunch of whimsical items that could potentially serve as plot-hooks:

The Wig of Persecution

The person wearing it suffers a -1 penalty to AC on account of being persecuted. Otherwise, it looks like a proper barrister's wig; possibly to make the item's name more confusing.

The Book of Canon

A finely crafted book about local legends and fandom disputes. Once a day the book can be transformed into a cannon (treat it as fireball spell cast by a 6th-level spellcaster).

Belt of lint pockets

It's a belt with many pockets which can be used like normal pockets. However, you can always find a pinch of lint inside of those. Lint can be used as a substitute for worthless of cheap (6 copper maximum) spell components.

Lute of invisibility

Sustains the effect of invisibility spell as cast by a 4th level spellcaster for as long as you play the lute. Everyone can still hear you loud and clear.

Axe of Grindness

It looks dull and in a dire need of grinding to everyone looking at it. Onlookers inspecting it closely (i.e. perform either an evaluate, UMD, search or spot check) feels compelled to grind it. That's it. The DM has always been such a dickish smartass. You should punch him.

EDIT: Just as a bit of background, I rarely GM humorous/gag scenarios, but even a serious campaign can use a bit of levity. One of my players was actually very fond of the Belt of Lint Pockets because it was so incredibly convenient.

ooli  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Lute of invisibility sound so fun to play. Must make for great session

Merlin  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This is great Haha love it! Thank you! I'll definitely be stealing some of these. I too normally run a bit more of a serious game but that just make the gags all the funnier.

Devac  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I mean, humorous they may be, but there's no such thing as a useless item. It applies as much to players as the GM. Here's a basic overview of how those went on my sessions:

The Lute of Invisibility is a perfect utility for bards of all levels to help use their songs during combat. Also, as I quickly found out, dramatic entrances. ooli

The Wig of Persecution was a plot item, evidence in a murder mystery where the court adviser was found dead wearing it.

My players used the Axe of Grindness as a distraction when they were captured by a bunch of bandits. They argued that it's damn hard to sharpen an axe in the forest and it should give our rogues enough time to 'take 20' while their guard was preoccupied.

Aside from being a 1/day fireball, The Book of Canon is basically a low-level bardic knowledge substitute that anyone literate can use. I dropped many a hint to my players with it.

Merlin  ·  228 days ago  ·  link  ·  

100% agree with you. I already have some ideas Brewing the Book of Canon!