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    Default Re: Would you kindly mind rating my Homebrew magic Items

    Quote Originally Posted by thoroughlyS View Post
    You didn't actually respond to any of my questions.

    And when exactly do you intend for these items to scale now? It seems inconsistent considering the chains of Tharizdun and Selűne's lament appear to scale once, while the Thayan pigments scale thrice, and the crocus petal can vary wildly based on wealth.
    My apologies, I did not realise you were actually questions I thought they were hypotheitcals.

    At present I honestly do not know.
    My initial plan was to give them to the party at level 3 when they completed a specific task. However as you have read many people thought some of the items were overpowered without some scaling regimes.

    Now in regards to scaling, as they are doing standard XP I was thinking that for some of the items such as the Thayan Pigments to scale with Level (Like a Dragon Mark). I admit I need to think more on how to progress on that.
    In regards to the Crocus Petal its 'scaling' is based on what gemstones are put into it. I still need to work out a scale for that.

    TL:DR: Scaling is something I am still working on at the moment.

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    I meant these questions.
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    How long are you hoping that these items remain relevant to the characters? If you're giving them these items at 3rd level, ideally they would be equivalent to uncommon items (e.g. circlet of blasting, ring of water breathing, wand of web). These items tend to fall into the background around mid-levels, no more than fun flourishes the characters have. This leads into my next question.

    How powerful do you want these items to be? ... The chains of Tharizdun, for example, are arguably superior to the iron bands of Bilarro (a rare item) because, while they lack a ranged component, they can be used at will and do not require a hit with an attack. Never mind their functionality as a weapon.
    In addition:
    • What are the character's backstories?
    • What are the character's motivations?
    • What are the character's attitudes like?
    • What prompted you to choose these kinds of items?
    • What are the origins of these items/What kind of origin do you want for them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thoroughlyS View Post
    I meant these questions.

    In addition:
    • What are the character's backstories?
    • What are the character's motivations?
    • What are the character's attitudes like?
    • What prompted you to choose these kinds of items?
    • What are the origins of these items/What kind of origin do you want for them?
    Ah these I can answer. I will go character by character for ease of reference. Note in the backstories some of these have been taken straight from the character sheets so some of the backstory stuff is quite long I will include TLDR notes at the bottom.

    Mad Kairon, the Mad Warlock
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    Kairon went to look for his son in the underdark after his son ran away. When he finds his son his son ends up being killed by the creatures of the underdark sending him into a mad spiral of grief. While in the under dark he wanders into a old shrine of an Great Old One (Thrazidun). Thrazidun sensing Kairon's mental weakness and Anguish offers Kairon great power to act as his agent at the cost of his mind. Kairon accepts.

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    At present Kairon is happy to wander and discover new things, at present the player has not really revealed his motivations (New Player)

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    In essence he is a pot stirrer and a wildcard chracter, he is always looking to do the thing people least expect, he can be disruptive to the characters plans but also comes out with some good 'Eureka' Moments

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    Kairon is always questioning things, even mundane things. He suprisingly is good at getting information from characters so and interrogation item seemed fitting.

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    Specifically the item would be a gift from Thrazidun but Thrazidun will not be present to gift the item. Due to one other character (Samalyn) they have a Solar (whom they do not know about apart from Samalyn) watching them and evaluating them.


    Samalyn, the Holy Sorcerer
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    Samalyn in an angel of Selune. She’d begun learning about the history of mankind and saw their wars, their hatred and their worship of evil gods or devils. She told Selune that mankind is not worthy of her attention. She should turn her back on them and leave them to the fate they build themselves with their dark ways.
    Selune just smiled and told Sama that she needs to see the good in mankind for herself. She told a completely shocked Sama that she was going down there to seek out a group of people to help and watch. She is forbidden from telling them who or what she is though. As punishment for her insolence Selune took away Samas knowledge of how mankind lives day to day, so she will have to figure that out on her own. She then, without another word, took her essence and sent it down into the body of a half elven woman.

    This woman had been killed. A massive, thick scar on her newly healed chest tells the story of how this body died. Killed by the Solar who is following them.

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    Primarily to redeem herself in Selune's eyes. Secondary to heal the party and learn more about mortals

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    She is very opinionated and forceful, she thinks she is always correct and hates admitting that she does not know about things. For example she spent 2 days not eating because she didn't know what food was (due to angels not requiring food or drink). She thinks anyone who resorts to violence first is beneath her and she hates the fact she has to spend her time healing this group of adventurers

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    Hopefully at the point they receive these items she may have warmed a bit to the group. In character she is very frustrated that Selune is not speaking to her. This item is a "I am here and listening" type gift.

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    A gift from Selune


    Scarlet, the Meadow Crocus. The Wardriven Monk
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    The earliest part of her life she doesn't remember forgotten along with her given name. One day she was taken out of the little shack that she called home whilst her parents were away. And was taken to serve as a servant for the fighters in the fighting pits. These were unsanctioned and many who fought there were essentially slaves. The corrupt part of the guards also sent convicts down there to fight. People from the underworld came there to bet and spectate the gory spectacle. She was around six when she was taken and barely saw any light for eleven years. The man she took order from and was owned by went by the name of Pinter. As she was growing into a young woman the men started to get a little more pushier. One day Khartor one of the gladiators thought he could take advantage of her. She kicked him hard in the seedpots and the entire barracks probably heard that. Khartor started wailing on her as she ran right into pinter. He laughed at the ordeal and said if she was such a fighter and didn’t want to serve anymore she could have it. He gave her one month to prepare.

    The next week was spend swinging at a dummy with a sword to large. The others ridiculed her and the bets were 1:10 of her surviving her first fight. That’s when the quartermaster Cirdan seemingly took pity and saw a glimmer of potential. The first thing he did was take the sword and give her a long dagger. He himself took a staff and every night she would go to bed bruises on every part of her body. When the day of the fight neared she started anticipating his strikes and he himself had to go onto the defensive every now and then. On the last training before the fight she tagged him once giving him a small cut along the arm. “Very well.” He said. “A thousand more cuts and every foe no matter their strength will fall.” We sparred for a few more hours but then he send her to rest. The next night in the hours before the fight she was paralyzed by fear. Half an hour before the fight Cirdan brought her a gift. A blue Hanfu loose enough to fight in but giving her a new kind of flair. Within its folds she hid her dagger and throwing knife. When she entered the arena the crowd roared in laughter at her diminutive stature. When the opposing fighter entered the ring he turned around a called. “Where is my opponent?” He was a beast of a man and held in his hands a club as large and heavy as her. His name was Adder and had a few fights on his name already. As soon as the signal was given he rushed her but she darted away. She kept dancing and the crowd started calling for action. That’s when an idea came to her and she started calling him names. He became red hot but more importantly the crowd picked up on it. She bloodied him twice by a quick throw but when the crowd started cheering for her she became overconfident. It was over before she knew it. A massive hand grabbed her arm with the dagger and the other beat her close to death. The pitmaster blew the fight won but he kicked her twice more in the chest and once on the head before walking off. They had to carry her away and was mentally just as beaten as she was physically. Cirdan scolded her for losing her self control but she could see in his eyes that he was proud. She was given a larger sum then expected. She was given the choice to go back to serving or continue fighting. She chose to fight.
    It took two weeks for her to get back to full training and over the next six months she spend day and night honing her skills. There were some friendly public sparring matches but Pinter didn't assign her to any which could do irreparable harm. Over those months her small frame became hardened and her strikes quick as a snake. Her first real fight went well, it was a good match but in the end the dozens of cuts slowly brought her opponent. When she was around the age of fifteen and she didn't fit her old hanfu anymore. Cirdan brought her a new deep blue one. Wrapped within she found a Wakizashi and a dozen Kunai. He told her that she needed a bigger blade as she had grown as well and that the Kunai would serve her well. It took a little time adapting but she quickly mastered them both. Her name by this point was long forgotten but the crowd had starting calling her Scarlet after the colour she turned her opponents in. She won some she lost some but the arena hadn't yet made her kill. That changed a about a year ago when she was put up against Khartor. He had kept mostly to himself but they were put on entirely different schedules for a reason as the air almost crackled with anger and hatred whenever they were in the same room. As she was dressing and mentally preparing herself Cirdan came in and gave her a flower. “This is you Scarlet, a meadow crocus. Beautiful and innocent to behold but poisonous giving those that would hurt her a slow but certain death.” She thanked her mentor and put the flower in her hair at the base of her braid. As she was announced and entered the arena Khartor was already waiting.

    Khartor called out. “Has the little girl finally come out of hiding? I’ll smash you to little pieces you bitch. Oh, I see that daddy has given you a flower.” Scarlet just smiled as she took a provocative pose and called back. “Compensating? Or are you afraid that something will burst again? And it’s called a meadoc crocus you swine. I’ll force one down your throat for a taste.” He took up his axe and just before the signal was given he called. “Don’t worry girl you’ll gag on something yourself in not to long.” She smiled once again as he approached his axe and shield in a guarding position. The crowd was jeering at the taunting but went silent as he started circling her. Standing before him she stood there appearing to be without weapons. As she reached in the fold of her Hanfu and her arms flung outward he deflected the Kunai but grimaced as the second one she threw delivered a gash along his thigh. “One” She called out loud enough for everyone but with obvious control. Keeping one hand ready to throw a Kunai she drew her Wakizashi. She threw another Kunai but he deflected it with ease. She prodded his defences a little tapping his shield as she darted in and out of his reach. He tried to attack her three times but every time he payed for it with a scratch on his arm. “Two, three, four.” It resounded. The crowd would be cheering were it not for the tension that cut the air that silenced them. She retreated again and started circling him quickly. He swiped at her again and she evaded the business end of his axe by barely a hair as she darted behind him and called. “Five, six, seven, eight.” As four more marks could be seen on his back. This continued for five minutes the count standing on fifty three but she herself had also received a blow with the shield, a cut across the chest and a hefty bruise on her forearm where she had caught the heft of his axe. He had turned scarlet at this point as he had thrown away his shield to hold his axe in two hands as they were slippery from his own blood. The entire time the crowd was silent and at the edge of their seat. Waiting for a deciding move. That came when she darted close once more but he surprised her by dropping his axe and grappling her. She slashed out with her Wakizashi but hit nothing as he threw her across the arena against the wall. He picked up his axe once more and approached the dazed Scarlet once more. It looked finished as he swung to strike her down. He buckled over however as she darted through his legs striking his seedpods. She spun around and cut his legs and he fell to the ground. “54, 55, 56.” She yanked his axe away from him and when he tried to strike her with his hand all he got was four more deep gashes in his arms. “57, 58, 59, 60” She pinned him to the ground with her blade to his throat. “I didn't even get to a hundred, you disappoint me eunich.” She then took the flower out of her hair and forced it down his throat. The crowd was absolutely wild at this point. Cirdan was smiling as she walked back to the cisterns but Pinter looked a bit worried as he realized she might have just killed one of his best fighters. Whatever happened she did not find out as he was never spoken of again except when regaling his humiliating defeat.

    She found herself tested however as her schedule became a hell and deadly. She survived however and her focus even more apparent. That's when a week ago when Cirdan told her to take the pouch of gold he had with him and escape to the surface. When she asked why, he told her that her next fight would be her death. Pinter wanted her gone so he pitted her against the cities champion bearing the name evicerator. Running from the fight balked against her instincts but she listened to Cirdan. She got one of the pits gate to the rest of the undercity where she was stopped by two guards. They knew who she was but we're still fooled at letting their guard down as they saw no weapons but just her small frame. She struck them down and ran not knowing if they were dead or not.
    When she reached the surface it was night in the city of waterdeep and she had no idea where she was. Wandering the castle ward for a little while she noticed an inn. She had heard rumours of the jawning portal. Not know where to go she snuck around the back and entered through the back door in an unguarded moment. She sat down at one of the tables when only shortly later a man already well into his drink suddenly shifted behind her and put his arm around her groping. A few seconds later he laid on the ground in a fetal position screaming. “My balls, **** my balls.” Two other Cap and Thorgun were right there ready to intervene but they started laughing as they saw the scene. They pick him up and throw him out on the street. Durnan the inkeep came over to her asking what happened. He chuckled breaking into laughter when she suggested she should be hired as a bouncer. He let her stay with Cap buying her a drink. Throughout the rest of the night she spoke little with the others in the tavern but she saw a young man, one of the servers, about her age which she later learned was kettle come by her table more than necessary. As the night closed and he came by again she asked rather rudely what his deal was and if he wanted the same treatment. To her surprise he made her an offer. She could stay in the tavern and he would pay the rent until she found a job and a party. She was a bit suspicious about him not asking anything in return but decided she would deal with that later. Her life changed rapidly a few days later when a most curious party assembled.

    TLDR: She has been a slave and a fighter all her life and now she has freedom

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    At present her main Motivation is to stay out of the hands of the pit owners and stay alive. For her future motivations the Player has indicated a potential for revenge and also settling down to a normal life.

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    She is an extremely blunt and crude girl since she has been raised in fighting pits all her life, she swears like a sailor. A little like Samalyn she does not quiet fully understand some things about normal life and above ground as she rarely has seen it, for example she knows what a horse is......but doesn't know how to operate one or even how to handle animals. Because of their shared lack of experience and both being very blunt her and Samalyn have bonded

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    I decided to give her this item for two reasons. One she is used to fighting alone so the idea of a tool that has her back amused me, also she really has no concept of money and value of items, she cares just for the fight so I think something that would allow her to sacrifice wealth for a greater advantage works wonders

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    In her backstory, her trainer, mentor and Quartermaster Cirdan gave her, her first dagger. I was thinking that possibly this could be a family heirloom of his lost in a famous battle and recovered by the Solar as a gift.


    Yib-Jip Emeraldvein, The gloryseeking Paladin
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    He is the true 'Romantic Knight' he a gnome knight of Larue (Knight of the Unicorn) quests for the love of Grumlish Duskfeather a 22 year old Goliath woman whom he tried to 'save' from muggers in waterdeep, she however kicked all of their arses, including his. He is on a quest to impress her with tales of his bravery and gift her many a magic item to win her heart. In doing so he also impresses Larue, his god.

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    In short terms...**** Money, Get Bitches, or the other way around. He is looking to impress the girl he loves

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    Foolhardy which he disgusies as bravery, he'll kick in th door because he truly beleives he is untouchable and a brilliant fighter. He doesn't cre to look for traps and will not hesitate to holler a battlecry, much to the chargrin of the sneakier characters. He beleives everyone should behave proper and the women should be ladylike and not swear.....which they do, alot. He abhors the undead and everything about them

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    Since he is meant to be the 'tank' and 'healer' of the group I thought giving him his Lay on Hands ability more often would be good but not enough to take away from Samalyn also I was thinking of possibly scaling his item so it becomes more powerful if he works with Samalyn since they are both representatives of gods and they current grate on each other. Amuses me to know end.

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    A gift from Larue, given to Selune then to the Solar


    Eltasain Jhaelen, the Unhealthy Necromancer
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    Warning Long Post AheadEltasain looked over his regimentally aligned newborn sailors. Each was salt white and without blemish (except for the odd sign of past bone trauma, but that could hardly be helped) - pristine no less. In preparation for market, he had taken the liberty of sorting them by height before binding their wrists - a symbolic act more than a practical one. He hoped his commander and master in the mystical arts - the red wizard and master of the school of necromancy in Bezantur, Kapaonik - would be suitably impressed by his eye for detail.

    The concept of boiling the corpses before animation, astoundingly, had never occurred to his master and so Eltasain’s suggestion was considered a groundbreaking innovation in the whole production process. Eltasain couldn’t help but wonder if Kapaonik had ever had to strip a corpse to the bone using only a knife - such an innovation seemed obvious to the apprentice who had spent many a long hour doing exactly that. The investment in setting up the process was minimal - a vast black iron cauldron and a dedicated team of undead water carriers that filled all manner of pots and pans with sea water and carried them into the main boiling room. There Eltasain and a number of other apprentices would heat the main cauldron with evocation cantrips - thereby practicing their art in the process. Once sufficiently hot, a second team of undead would carry the fresh corpses up the vast ramp to the lip of the cauldron and push them into the boiling water. A large spigot had been set at the base of the cauldron and so, after several hours of boiling, one of the apprentices would wrap their hands in cloth and open the spigot - being careful to avoid the rush of boiling water and flesh that would spill from within.
    Then came the grotesque task of cleaning the bones of stubborn flesh and the even more foul task of brushing the cauldron floor clear of debris in preparation for the next batch. Eltasain, as much as he hated cauldron duties, actually didn’t mind the bone cleaning. He took particular pride in cleaning, polishing and arranging the skeletons in complete ‘sets’ ready for animation.

    From a moral standpoint, Eltasain was ambivalent at worst to the whole process. The corpses of deceased slaves being used to man both trade and war galleys meant less need for fresh slaves at the oars. Not that Eltasain was entirely horrified by slavery. Slavery was part and parcel of life in Thay. His mother had been one, or so he heard, and until very recently he had part-owned one himself - the Algarondian woman Serril. He and his fellow apprentices had purchased her between them for a few silvers some months back. A pleasant enough creature she had cleaned their rooms and their work clothes - an entirely unpleasant task at the best of times. It was no secret that some of the other apprentices had used her for other means - something that Eltasain found himself being incredibly resentful of. Against his better judgment, his fellow apprentices had voted to sell her two days ago. The decision was no reflection on the girl - her work had been exemplary and accompanied with only minimal crying - but the price of slaves had spiked for some unknown reason and his fellow apprentices were keen to make good on their investment - even if it meant cleaning their own possessions until the market settled. Eltasain thought such rash action a mistake - the girl had been pleasant, likable even. Once over her shock at being purchased by the school of necromancy, she had been talkative and good company when pressed. Tearful, obviously - no one wished to be a slave - but Eltasain had done his best to make her life as pleasant as possible. He had purchased her spare clothes and blankets and would squirrel away uneaten food and treats for her. Eltasain couldn’t help but find himself attracted to the woman and many nights he would call her to his room to present her with his gifts - minor comforts in a life of misery though they be and in return, she would speak of her simple, yet pleasant life before being captured by slavers. Perhaps it was the far more gruesome visions that walked the school of necromancy, but much to Eltasain’s delight, Serril never seemed to show shock at his appearance.

    Eltasain was tall and incredibly thin - unhealthily so. At around 6ft tall he weighed only 120lb - the skin of his face was sunken to reveal his skull, his eyes deep set in their sockets and his cheekbones prominent. More shockingly was his skin and eye colouring. Bone white, almost translucent his skin was both pigment and freckle free. His eyes were large and blood red - like two flaming rubies set into a skull of alabaster. His hair, of which there was little (being shaven-headed in the fashion of many a Thayvian Red Wizard) but his eyebrows and eyelashes, are likewise ghostly white and near transparent. Upon his forehead was the tattooed symbol of the god of death, Myrkul. Customary for all new apprentices at the school of necromancy in Bezantur to wear the symbol, the tattoo was dark red, almost brown and portrayed a skull in a solid triangular field. Several tattoos of flames bursting forward from the back of his skull - in homage to Kossuth - covered his head, though these were less prominent. The apprentices were obliged to at least pay lip service to both of these gods.
    His appearance, though frightening to the ignorant was actually an outward indication of his weakness. A rare blood and skin condition, known to some as albinism and to many as ‘deadwalker disorder’ left Eltasain incredibly weak and at times partially blind. It had also saved him from a life of slavery or an early grave. His mother, by all accounts, had been a pleasure slave in one of the many flesh houses of Eltabar. Usually, the children of such slaves are either born to bondage or discarded depending on the whim and the willingness to commit to long-term investment of the slave owner. In the case of Eltasain, his mother’s owner saw his strange appearance as a sign of inherent wizardry and managed to sell him to the school of Necromancy. It being totally unheard of for a slave to be trained in wizardry, he was given his freedom in return for loyalty to the necromantic school - a school that Eltasain, by chance, happened to have a natural talent for…

    Pulling his thoughts back to the present, Eltasain once again admired his newly formed skeletal crew. One could argue that a cleanly picked, highly polished bone-white skeleton loses some of its inherent fear factor on the battlefield - but such a consideration was irrelevant when creating galley crew. These could row as well as any living creature, without food, tirelessly and without carrying the rotten flesh and decay of the grave upon them that a more hastily animated corpse would. A good days work indeed. He only wished he had the power to cast the animation spell himself - but alas, such was far beyond him and instead fell to the red wizardess Melzetiana of Eltabar, Kapaonik’s understudy and sometime lover.

    Passing through the packed streets of Bezantur, his 20 skeletal charges marching in formation behind him, he set off for the slave markets accompanied by a number of other apprentices and guards. In the distance, marching towards him he could see a line of newly purchased living slaves approaching, accompanied as they were by several human and gnoll guards as well as a few red robed individuals. He pondered the price fluctuations of the slave market - how could it be that prices for living slaves rose even as master Kapaonik flooded the market with undead slaves? Surely the increased supply would reduce the price of living slaves - especially ones destined for the war galleys and trader cogs of Thay.

    As these thoughts swirled around his mind, the approaching slave lines started to pass him and it was with shock that he recognized the Algarondian slave woman Serrill being pushed along by his fellow apprentice Ferriandalin. The ugly, squat fat wizard was an easy man to dislike - but his natural affinity with the forces of life and death had seen him rise within the ranks in record quick time. Like Eltasain, he had shown no interest in using the body of the slave girl Serrill for pleasure but unlike Eltasain, it was rumored at least, this was due to his preference for cold flesh for such sport…

    Seeing Eltasain’s shock at seeing the woman, Ferriandalin grinned ‘’And to think you thought you’d miss her… I’ll wager you never thought you would be cleaning and polishing her bones before the day is through…’’
    Eltasain felt bile rose in his throat. It was one thing to purchase the corpses of recently deceased slaves and bring them to market as undead workers - it was entirely another to mass purchase living slaves and murder them for resale at a - albeit ever-dwindling - profit.
    By the time he returned to the cauldron room, he had already determined that come nightfall he needed to flee the city, the country even if necessary. No longer could he be part of this operation, his part in it filling him with self-loathing.

    As he cleaned and polished the bones of the newly animated corpses, his enthusiasm and pride in his work had all but evaporated and it took an immense force of will to not look upon the skeletal crew and wonder which had been only hours before his slave, and indeed friend, Serrill of Algarond.

    TLDR VERSION: Eltasain is an Ex-Wizard of Thay whom discovered a new technique of excarnation which meant the Thayan wizards rather than using old corpses could just kill their slaves and use their bones. In doing this he inadvertently got a friend of his killed so he escaped the country and he thinks the Thay are after him.

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    Stay alive, Stay away from the Thay, Gain knowledge and possibly rescue his 'love'

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    He is a true intellectual when it comes to debate, he sees the dead as a tool nothing more and he is fascinated with human anatomy from a medical stand point thus it makes him seem cold, he is also extremely unhealthy (Con of 8)

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    In all honesty, looked into the history of Thay and found out in 3.5 that some Thayan enemies could basically cast together using spell slots from lesser magicians to create more powerful spells. I wanted something like this but thought it would be too much so I thought about Thayan tattoo's which were mentioned in Lore

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    Special ink derived from Sazz Tam's blood



    Hope this helps!

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    Sorry for the delayed reply, life has been moving pretty fast this past week. Below is an attempt at an item for Kairon; I'll post ideas for the others as I go. The base concept I'm working off of is to increase the power of the item at each tier. At tier 1, the item should be as powerful as an uncommon item. At tier 2, it gets buffed to be about as good as two uncommon items. At tier 3, it should gain about a rare item's worth of abilities. In total these should be as good as two uncommon and one rare item, but only cost one attunement slot.

    Eye of Mind Gazing
    Wondrous item, legendary (requires attunement, spellcaster)
    This heavy medallion features a 2-inch chunk of polished tiger's eye set in a twisted frame of wrought iron. It functions as a medallion of thoughts.
    Prying Thoughts. Beginning at 5th level, this medallion has 7 charges and regains 1d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dawn. While wearing this medallion, you know the crown of madness and detect thoughts spells. You can use an action and expend 2 charges to cast either spell from it, using your spell save DC.
    Paralyzing Stare. Beginning at 11th level, This medallion has 15 charges and regains 2d6 + 3 expended charges daily at dawn. While wearing this medallion, you can use an action and expend 5 charges to cast hold monster from it, using your spell save DC. While the target is paralyzed, you can reads its thoughts as with the detect thoughts spell.

    Optionally:
    • The tiger's eye is one of the 333 gems of Tharizdun.
    • Add darkness to the list of spells you can cast.
    • Eternal Darkness. While wearing this medallion, small flames within 30 feet of you are instantaneously extinguished.
    • Curse. This medallion is cursed, and becoming attuned to it extends the curse to you. As long as you remain cursed, you suffer from long-term madness. At the end of each long rest, roll on the long-term madness table to determine what form your madness takes. This madness lasts for 2d10 hours.

    My main focus for this design is quite obviously the detect thoughts spell. I figure that this is a good spell for a 'wildcard' who likes to interrogate people. Because spells cast from magic items require no components, he can use it in more situations to hopefully steer them in the party's favor (or his own). I capped it off with some very powerful combat functionality. I decided to remove some of the elements of this item so that it wasn't so heavily tied to the character. Dropping five tailor made items into the party's lap would seem awfully convenient, and could break immersion. I've moved these to a separate list, which I'll try to include for each item, so you can add back in one or two of them if you think it's appropriate.
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    Hmm I like it. It will be interesting as he is a mad character anyway so I do not think he would mind the madness. I am estimating 3 to 4 sessions before they get to the point where I want to give them this kit.

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    Night White Mantle
    Wondrous item, legendary (requires attunement, spellcaster)
    This mantle is made of midnight blue velvet and embroidered with seven silver stars. You can use it as a spellcasting focus for your spells. You know the ceremony spell and can expend 1 charge to cast it from this mantle.
    This mantle has 3 charges and regains 1d3 expended charges daily at dusk. While wearing it and concentrating on a spell that targets only other creatures, you can use an action and expend 1 charge to cast the cure wounds spell from it, using your spellcasting ability modifier. This spell targets every creature under the effect of the spell you are concentrating on.
    Moon's Serenity. Beginning at 5th level, this mantle has 7 charges and regains 1d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dusk. While wearing it, when you use a spell of 1st level or higher to restore hit points to a creature, you can expend 1 charge to cast the protection from evil and good or sanctuary spell from this mantle on that creature, using your spell save DC and requiring no action.
    Restoration. Beginning at 11th level, this mantle has 13 charges and regains 2d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dusk. In addition, it regains 1 charge when you use a spell of 1st level or higher to restore hit points to a creature and their current hit points would exceed their hit point maximum. While wearing this mantle, you can spend 1 minute and expend 5 charges to cast the commune spell from it, always receiving an answer.

    Optionally:
    • You can use an action to determine which way is north.
    • You can use an action to cast the dancing lights spell from this mantle at will, no concentration required. These lights disappear if you cast the spell in this way again.
    • Night's Calling. Beginning at 5th level, you do not need to sleep during a long rest.

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    Because of the character's backstory, I figured this item could be more closely tailored to them, which took a lot of thought. I asked a friend of mine for their help with this and we decided to have the item's focus be on helping the common man. Allowing the character to cast ceremony seemed appropriate. The second property promotes buffing allies with spells like bless or a twinned shield of faith. Moon's Serenity also makes buffing easier in combat. Finally, the last property is supposed to represent how far the character has come, thus the name. It also gives a thematic way to regain charges on the item.
    Bracers of the Battle Dancer
    Wondrous item, legendary (requires attunement)
    These leather cuffs are adorned with golden studs and each wrapped with a 3-foot scarlet silk strip which unfurls to trail behind the bracers as they move. They have 3 charges and regain 1d3 expended charges daily at dawn. While wearing them, you can use an action and expend 1 or more charges to cast the magic missile spell from them. For 1 charge, you cast the 1st-level version of the spell. You can increase the spell slot level by one for each additional charge you expend. In addition, when you make an attack, you can create a magical dagger in your empty hand. If you drop the dagger or throw it, it dissipates at the end of the turn.
    Sublime Blade Works. Beginning at 5th level, these bracers have 7 charges and regain 1d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dawn. While wearing them, you can use an action and expend 2 charges to cast one of the following spells from it: cloud of daggers, shadow blade, or spiritual weapon (+6 attack bonus, +3 damage bonus).
    1000 Steps and Cuts. Beginning at 11th level, a dagger created by these bracers functions as a sword of wounding. Only one dagger can benefit from this property at a time.

    Optionally:
    • The bracers are decorated with patterns of crocus blossoms.
    • Replace shadow blade with blur on the list of spells you can cast.
    • Crocus Blooms. Beginning at 5th level, these bracers exude a subtle yet pleasant scent, placating those around you. You have advantage on Persuasion checks.
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    As with the gem of mind gazing, I decided to pick a focus and build on it at each tier. This time I focused on daggers, based on your original proposal, including having an animated weapon via the spiritual weapon spell. One minor difference between the two is the tier 2 property offers three spells, but the lack of components matters less for these obvious effects. In addition, Scarlet can't cast the spell herself and when the charges run out she is done, as opposed to Kairon, who can still cast those spells using slots. The bigger difference comes at tier 3, where Kairon gets more charges, but Scarlet gets a permanent buff.
    Whitehorn
    Weapon (longsword), legendary (requires attunement, paladin)
    This elegant weapon consists of a 3-foot haft of yew wood crested by a 2-foot alicorn. Whitehorn is a magic weapon which deals piercing damage. You can use it as a spellcasting focus for your spells. It has 3 charges and regains 1d3 expended charges daily at dusk. When you use Lay on Hands, you can target a creature within 10 feet of you by touching them with the alicorn. In addition, you can expend 1 charge and the target regains the maximum number of hit points possible from any healing until the end of your next turn.
    Unicorn Magic. Beginning at 5th level, Whitehorn has 7 charges and regains 1d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dusk. While holding it, you can expend 2 charges to cast one of the following spells from it, using your spell save DC: calm emotions, misty step, or pass without trace.
    Celestial Charger. Beginning at 11th level, if you move at least 20 feet straight toward a target and then hit it with Whitehorn on the same turn, the target takes an extra 2d8 damage. If the target is a creature, it must succeed on a DC 15 Strength saving throw or be knocked prone.

    Optionally:
    • Change it from a longsword to a rapier.
    • You can use an action to cast the vicious mockery spell at will.
    • Treasure Seeker. Beginning at 5th level, you can use an action to cast the detect magic or locate object spell from Whitehorn. This property of Whitehorn can't be used again until the next dusk.
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    This item is a little all over the place. The first property is based on your desire to have both healers working in concert. The other two properties are based on the Unicorn stat block from the Monster Manual. They supplement the paladin's casting and provide a nice combat option which meshes well with the character.
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    Hey sorry for the delay in getting back to you, I have been away over the weekend. All I have to say is thank you! These are so good!

    Out of interest did you think of anything for the Necromancer, he is obsessed with Anatomy if that helps.
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    Animus Bottle
    Wondrous item, legendary (requires attunement, not construct or undead)
    This heavy glass bottle is capped with a rubber seal and seems to be empty. Once a creature has attuned to the bottle, a mote of energy glows dimly inside. The bottle has 3 charges and regains 1d3 expended charges daily at dawn. You can unseal the bottle as an action, releasing the mote which can perform simple tasks, as with the unseen servant spell. If you reseal the bottle, any effect created by it ends and the mote reappears inside the bottle. You can't use any properties of the bottle while it is unsealed. When you unseal the bottle, you can expend 1 charge to cast the enhance ability spell from it.
    Vital Force. Beginning at 5th level, this bottle has 7 charges and regains 1d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dawn. When you unseal it, you can spend 1 minute and expend 3 charges to cast the speak with dead or tiny servant spell from it.
    Propagation. Beginning at 11th level, this bottle has 13 charges and regains 2d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dawn. When you unseal it, you can use an action and expend 5 charges to cast animate objects from it. In addition, you can have up to 7 spell levels worth of effects active concurrently before you can't use any properties of the bottle.
    For example, you could unseal the bottle and cast enhance ability, and then also cast tiny servant without having to reseal the bottle.

    Optionally:
    • This bottle was stolen from the Red Wizards.
    • Replace animate objects with danse macabre.
    • Restoration. When you unseal the bottle, you can expend all remaining charges to cast the resurrection spell from it. Doing so causes the bottle to lose its magic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thoroughlyS View Post
    Animus Bottle
    Wondrous item, legendary (requires attunement, not construct or undead)
    This heavy glass bottle is capped with a rubber seal and seems to be empty. Once a creature has attuned to the bottle, a mote of energy glows dimly inside. The bottle has 3 charges and regains 1d3 expended charges daily at dawn. You can unseal the bottle as an action, releasing the mote which can perform simple tasks, as with the unseen servant spell. If you reseal the bottle, any effect created by it ends and the mote reappears inside the bottle. You can't use any properties of the bottle while it is unsealed. When you unseal the bottle, you can expend 1 charge to cast the enhance ability spell from it.
    Vital Force. Beginning at 5th level, this bottle has 7 charges and regains 1d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dawn. When you unseal it, you can spend 1 minute and expend 3 charges to cast the animate dead or tiny servant spell from it.
    Propagation. Beginning at 11th level, this bottle has 13 charges and regains 2d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dawn. When you unseal it, you can use an action and expend 5 charges to cast animate objects from it. In addition, you can have up to 7 spell levels worth of effects active concurrently before you can't use any properties of the bottle.
    For example, you could unseal the bottle and cast enhance ability, and then also cast animate dead without having to reseal the bottle.

    Optionally:
    • This bottle was stolen from the Red Wizards.
    • Replace animate objects with danse macabre.
    • Restoration. When you unseal the bottle, you can expend all remaining charges to cast the resurrection spell from it. Doing so causes the bottle to lose its magic.
    Ok I really like this one as well I would swap the Animate dead for Tiny servant spell as he already has a magic item that raises the dead!

    Ok I have to say it once again to everyone who has posted, thank you so much fr this, these are much better than my ideas but now from seeing the way that items can grow in power I can take those lessons and apply them for the next group!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishyninja View Post
    ... but now from seeing the way that items can grow in power I can take those lessons and apply them for the next group!
    This is just one method for scaling items, which I came up with very quickly. No testing has been done, so be careful about trying to implement it anywhere, even in your current campaign. Seriously, I expect that these items with significantly affect the power curve of your game. Just try not to overcompensate with more difficult encounters; you don't want an accidental TPK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thoroughlyS View Post
    This is just one method for scaling items, which I came up with very quickly. No testing has been done, so be careful about trying to implement it anywhere, even in your current campaign. Seriously, I expect that these items with significantly affect the power curve of your game. Just try not to overcompensate with more difficult encounters; you don't want an accidental TPK.
    Well I'm going to give it a go, luckily the group I play with are all experienced DM's and have said they are more than happy for me to change stuff if it is Overpowered.

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