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Totems of the First High Shaman [Custom Magic Item Set]
Here's a homebrew magic item set I made. Huzzah.
Totems of the First High Shaman
The totems of the first high shaman are a set of sacred items that enhance the spellcasting ability of the wearer, allowing you to defeat magical resistant creatures, provide aid to your companions, and increasing the versatility and endurance of your power.
The totems of the first high shaman are most useful to arcane spellcasters that have a limited knowledge of spells or limited spells per day, typically sorcerers, wizards, and wu jens. Other arcane spellcasters, such as beguilers or warmage, can not use the runestaff, but the other pieces of the set are still valuable to them.
Lore: Characters who have ranks in Knowledge (arcana), or who have the bardic knowledge ability, can research the totems of the grand shaman to learn more about these items. When a character succeeds on a check, the following lore is revealed, including the information from lower DC's.
DC 15: Tales of the totems of the first high shaman reach far back into the history of the barbaric tribes. Each tribe had their own witch man or woman, a shaman, that provided for the supernatural and spiritual needs of the tribes. Ages ago one shaman grew to such power that he left his tribe and named himself High Shaman of all the tribes, devoting his life to the protection of all the tribes instead of a single one. The first high shaman created his totems to help him in dealing with the dangerous beasts the tribes fought and to aid in his dealings with the tribes.
DC 20: The name of the first high shaman is lost to history, but it is known that he was a powerful sorcerer and that he created each totem himself. He hunted down and defeated a rakshasha in order to preserve it's eye, but the high shaman did not know that the rakshash lived after the battle. Hurt and angered over the loss of his eye the rakshasha planned a trap for the high shaman, spreading rumors of a powerful animal in the jungle whose bones the high shaman could use to carve the staff he desired. The rakshasha ambused the high shaman and killed him while the high shaman was hunting the beast.
DC 25: The rakshasha did not know that the high shaman was not hunting alone. The high shaman's apprentice watched from hiding and did not go to aid his master, because the apprentice secretly desired the death of the high shaman. When the rakshasha had killed the high shaman the apprentice struck, killing the wounded rakshasha. The apprentice took the totems from the dead high shaman and carved the thigh bone of the dead rakshasha into the staff that his dead master had desired.
The totems of the first high shaman have been passed down from high shaman to apprentice for years, sometimes through violence, others through retirement. Others have copied the totems and given them as gifts to lesser shamans. The totems are said to hold the spirits of all the past grand shamans and they whisper secrets and tales at night to whoever possess a complete set.
Collection Benefits: Possessing multiple pieces of the totems of the first high shaman allows you to surpass magical defenses, enhance your own spells and grants you wisdom from the whispered tales of the dead high mages.
2 pieces: The magic of the totems infuses your own spells with additional power. Once per day when you fail to penetrate a creatures spell resistance you may reroll the spell resistance check with an additional +2 bonus.
3 pieces: You can use the Sudden Extend metamagic feat once per day.
4 pieces: The spirits of the past grand shamans within the totems whisper to you at night in your dreams. These tales and stories allow you to make any Knowledge check untrained and allow you to make a bardic knowledge check three times per day, using your character level in place of bard levels.
Price (Item Level): 22,600gp (15th)
Body Slot: --- (held)
Caster Level: 12th
Aura: strong (DC 21) abjuration
Activation: as spell used
This short staff is carved from the thigh bone of some dire animal. The bleached white bone is covered in tiny script, scrawled all along it's surface.
A magus runestaff allows you to cast any of the following spells (each three times per day) by expending a prepared arcane spell or arcane spell slot of the same level or higher.
- dimensional anchor
- greater dispel magic
Prerequisites: Craft Staff, dimensional anchor, greater dispel magic, teleport.
Cost to Create: 11,300gp, 904 XP, 22 days.
Price (Item Level): 12,800gp (13th)
Body Slot: --- (held)
Caster Level: 5th
Aura: faint (DC 16) divination
Activation: Manipulation (spell component)
These dark and glossy knuckle bones appeared to have been carved out of obsidian. They are etched with silver runes and sigils.
The runes can be used as an additional material component for any divination spell of 6th level or lower. To do so you toss the stones in the air and read the arrangement of the runes. The divination spell gains the benefit of the Extend metamagic feat, without increasing the spells level or casting time. The rune stones may be used in this manner 3 times per day.
In addition while the rune stones are in your possession you may use Omen of Peril at will as a spell-like ability. You must throw and read the runes when using this ability and you have a 75% chance of receiving an accurate reply.
Prerequisites: Craft Wondrous Item, omen of peril.
Cost to Create: 6,400gp, 512xp, 12days.
Price (Item Level): 4,320gp (9th)
Body Slot: --- (held)
Caster Level: 3rd
Aura: faint (DC 16) transmutation
This stoppered potion bottle is filled with grey, swirling smoke.
Two times per day you may cause the smoke within the potion bottle to be transformed into a drinkable potion. When you activate the bottle you cast the desired spell and the smoke within the bottle transforms into a potion of that spell. The chosen spell must be either a 0, 1st, or 2nd level spell and be one that can be made into a potion.
The transmuted potion lasts for 3 hours. When it is consumed and stoppered or the duration has expired, the bottle fills again with grey mist.
Prerequisite: Craft Wondrous Item, quick potion.
Cost to Create: 2160gp, 173xp, 4 days
Price (Item Level): 5,000gp (9th)
Body Slot: Ring
Caster Level: 8th
Aura: moderate (DC 19) transmutation
Set on top of this thick iron band is a preserved raksasha eye. The cat-like eye focuses on whoever is the target of a spell you cast.
The wielder of this ring is granted a +2 bonus on caster level checks to overcome a creature's spell resistance.
Prerequisite: Craft Ring, spell enhancer.
Cost to Create: 2,500gp, 200xp, 5 days.The Great Wave off Kanagawa by
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