Fantastic February Writing Prompts.

Create an NPC, creature, or encounter for the prompt listed using the Fantasy TTRPG of your choosing:

Create an NPC, creature, or encounter for the prompt listed using the Fantasy TTRPG of your choosing:

  1. Skeleton.
  2. Deep earth.
  3. Pudding.
  4. Horse.
  5. Sword.
  6. Ant.
  7. Luck.
  8. Spider.
  9. Lightning.
  10. Extreme Cold.
  11. Stars.
  12. Metal.
  13. Chocolate.
  14. Love.
  15. Tissue.
  16. Slime.
  17. Axe.
  18. Passion.
  19. .Troll.
  20. Weasel.
  21. Food.
  22. Goblin.
  23. Ring.
  24. Message.
  25. Clean.
  26. Hawk.
  27. Success.
  28. Dragon.

Valentine’s Day is February 14th. Please remember your special someone.

#Dungeon23 You In?

Who: Magi Elves, two dragons, armies of cohorts.

Where: Massive underground complex aka Mega Dungeon.

When: Centuries before the group discovers them.

Why: The Magi Elves wanted to isolate and exclude themselves.

What: Establishing a more perfect society underground under their control.

How: Via magic, diplomacy, engineering, and intimidation.

Designing a Mega Dungeon one room at a time.

Some have suggested 12 levels, 365 rooms. It’s a mega dungeon to rival The World’s Largest Dungeon. A writing exercise for some, an art challenge for others. I’m giving it serious thought as 2022 grinds to a close.

I picture a “thriving” necropolis with no fewer than two separate dragon encounters, demons, and scores upon scores of undead. I’m also picturing tons of traps. I mean 365 is a lot of rooms to fill. And think of all the loot!

But why would such an awful place exist?

Maybe an ancient breakaway civilization went underground? Perhaps a society of magic-using elves grew tired of being badgered by other elves, humans, dwarves, and halflings. These magic-using elves began to explore darker, frightening, some would say evil magic.

In time these Magi Elves became increasingly reclusive. They began actively using Necromancy and abusing magic to extend their already long lives. They cut deals with dragons, gnolls, lizardfolk and even goblins. As decades grew into centuries they journeyed farther underground, expanding their civilization from underground catacombs into an underground city. The only time they would interact with the surface (even then only by way of their servants) was to secure food and supplies that could not be replicated by magic.

Now that we’ve established why, let’s discuss the how.

Everyone asks me how large underground surfaces could be carved so quickly. Elves are generally very smart when it comes to engineering, architecture, planning, building and most of all; magic. They’re also smart enough to know when they need help underground. In exchange for magic and gold, deep dwarves could act as mining guides. The undead, even humble skeletons, can bore through dirt, rock, and the underground hazards at twice, maybe three times the speed of a regular work force.

Yes, undead are the ultimate workforce. They can see in basically any light conditions. They don’t breathe, eat, sweat, complain, or tire. They never sleep and follow orders to the letter every time. But, the Magi Elves also knew a diverse workforce is a powerful workforce.

For the stuff too intricate or difficult for the skeleton crew, the Magi Elves pressed earth elementals into service. Earth elementals and their ilk, creatures capable of boring through almost anything underground also make very efficient miners. On the off chance they ran into other civilizations underground, the elven masters retained a fighting force of mages, undead, goblins and a dragon. Fortunately, any other beings they encountered were more than happy to either join or move out of the way of the burgeoning civilization.

Let’s get meta for a minute.

Now that we’ve answered the basic questions of

  • Who: Magi Elves, two dragons, armies of cohorts.
  • Where: Massive underground complex aka Mega Dungeon.
  • When: Centuries before the group discovers them.
  • Why: The Magi Elves wanted to isolate and exclude themselves.
  • What: Establishing a more perfect society underground under their control.
  • How: Via magic, diplomacy, engineering, and intimidation.

All we need are game stats. #Dungeon2023 is looking like it might be a lot of fun. I’m going to see how far I can get. Some if not all rooms will appear here on the site somehow. I want a sort of design journal to accompany the dungeon rooms themselves. It’s a pretty big project now that I look at it.

We’ll see what happens. Planning anything in 3D is difficult, and this is definitely a multilevel project. Not every single day might be strictly another room. Boss encounters and critical NPCs need to be considered. Random patrols and loot need to be considered. The Magi Elves and their governance need to be considered. Some rooms will be duplicated, such as living quarters and offal/carrion pits. (Although don’t put it past the Magi Council to pipe in running water and sewage tunnels.) I’m also going to be creating some new species, spells, creatures, and loot for this game. It should all balance out.

This should be a fun project if it comes together. I think the real challenge will be to stick to it. I know a lot of us, even in other professions, sometimes plan a huge project and then life happens. Maybe we get behind or have to quit altogether because of circumstances beyond our control.

Alas, I cannot take credit for this brilliant idea.

Sean McCoy, who created the Mothership RPG and other games proposed #Dungeon23. It has since caught on with YouTubers Roll 4 Initiative, Questing Beast, and The Dungeon Coach among others. You can read more about #Dungeon23 on Sean’s blog, Here.

Thanks for stopping by. More on Dungeon 23 for me as it progresses. Have a great day.

The Ring of Weirdness

13. Wearer is healed for 3d6 hp. Causes the wearer to glow slightly for 1d6 hours. Feels warm and tingly all over. The ring automatically grants this to its new owner when found. It seems harmless enough…

Forget the One Ring. This is more like the 7.69 Ring.

For use with Dungeon Crawl Classics and other D20 Fantasy RPGs.

When found, this ring will use power number 13 when first activated. After that, roll 1d30 to determine the effect. The ring can only have ONE effect active at any given time.

  1. Wearer is transformed into a Troglodyte for 1d6 days IF the wearer is still transformed after 3 days, two more troglodytes appear and insist the character is related.
  2. The wearer’s arms are transformed into venomous snakes under their command. The snakes can’t grasp weapons or spell components. but do 1d6 + poison damage. They probably won’t attack the wearer. Luckily, the effect wears off after 1d10 hours.
  3. Wearer and all of their gear turns gelatinous for 1d12 hours. Immune to all non magic slashing and piercing weapons and half damage from blunt. Takes no damage from falls. Floats. Their gelatinous weapons do no damage. Can still cast spells, but with gelatinous results. Half normal movement. Tastes like lime. Wearer returns with full hit points and all gear at the end of the experience.
  4. Wearer appears to be struck by a bolt of lightning and then explodes messily. Illusionary chunks of the wearer and all of his gear deal 1d6 psychic damage to anyone within 10′, Ref Save DC 10 for none. Turns the wearer Invisible as per the spell for 2d10 rounds or until the invisibility is dispelled or revealed whichever comes first.
  5. Wearer and all gear is transformed into a Large Dire Ape for 2d10 rounds. Intelligence is reduced to 5, but the ape gains a +5 Str bonus. The character may not cast spells or use ranged weapons. The ape character will opt for simple, blunt weapons and thrown objects. May be prone to rage. Leaves the wearer craving bananas afterward.
  6. Wearer can only quack like a duck for 1d6 hours. The wearer may not cast any spells with a verbal component and communication will be entertaining. At the end of the effect, the wearer lays a gem encrusted gold egg worth approximately 300gp.
  7. Romantic violin music begins to surround the character and is audible wherever they go for 1d10 hours. The wearer gains a +3 Charisma Bonus while the music is playing. However, the wearer gains 1d6 loyal followers while the effect lasts.
  8. Wearer turns into a nigh invulnerable stone statue for 1d12 minutes. During this time the wearer may not move, speak, cast spells, use weapons or equipment. When returning to normal, the wearer has full health and any negative effect from spell, etc are removed. The wearer still retains sight and hearing
  9. Wearer sprouts 9 bright orange and white fox tails. The wearer gains a +3 Luck bonus to all attack and damage rolls, saving throws, and armor class for 1d10 hours. The tails move with the wearer’s emotions.
  10. Tentacles. The wearer sprouts 1d10 shadowy black tentacles with suction cups and becomes enshrouded with negative shadowy energy for 1d10 hours. The wearer gains a chaotic evil aura and is detectable as undead and demonic while the effect is active. The wearer also gains 2 actions of any type, fueled by the tentacles. The tentacles and shroud also grant a +2 Shadow bonus to Armor Class. The tentacles are partially composed of energy and may not be removed or cut off.
  11. Super Stretchy: The wearer’s limbs elongate and stretch up to 15′ in any given direction. Adds 30′ of movement per turn. The wearer is considered to have 15′ reach. The wearer may also extend his head up to scout around. Provides +3 AC bonus due to stretchiness. Lasts 1d20 minutes.
  12. The wearer gains the ability to throw firebolts at one per action at any target within 60′. Must make a standard ranged attack roll. Each bolt does 3d6 fire damage + possibly igniting combustibles. Effect continues for 1d8 turns.
  13. Wearer is healed for 3d6 hp. Causes the wearer to glow slightly for 1d6 hours. Feels warm and tingly all over.
  14. Wearer is turned into a Muppet. Triple any knockback distances. Takes half damage from normal weapons. Sounds funny. Lasts 1d6 days. Silliness abounds.
  15. Wearer and all gear is transformed into a pixie faerie. Size is reduced to small including Armor Class improvements.. Gains Flight 20′ movement. Reduces ground movement to 10′. Reduce weapon damage by one step. -4 Str and Con. +4 Dex and Cha. Lasts 1d20 hours. May attract other fae.
  16. Every pore of the wearer’s body begins to secrete molten candle wax until the character is transformed into a candle wax construct. Half damage from normal weapons. +2 AC. Lasts 2d6 hours.
  17. Wearer sprouts adorable fluffy cat ears and a long furry tail. +2 Dex Bonus and +4 Charisma Bonus. Gains +20′ Climbing. +2 Stealth (Hide/Sneak) bonus. Lasts 1d6 days. Incredibly cute. Causes tuna cravings. Causes other cats in the vicinity to follow the wearer while the effect lasts.
  18. <Poof!> Wearer displaces 5′ in a random direction AND teleports with all gear 10′ in a random direction whenever they make contact with anything solid. May still cast spells and used ranged attacks as normal. Melee or touch attacks trigger the effect, making them ineffective. If teleport would place the character in a wall or other object, the teleport trips again until the character ends in an empty space. Lasts 1d10 minutes.
  19. Wearer temporarily dispels all magic on their person and any magic object/item within 5′. Effect lasts 1d12 minutes and automatically effects everything within 5′ of the character. Moving out of the radius returns the magic to its owner, item, etc. All magic functions normally for the wearer once the effect ends.
  20. The wearer and all of their gear become intangible for 1d4 days. Immune to eating, sleeping, all damage except by ghost/ethereal-affecting weapons and gains 60′ Dark Vision. However, the wearer can be seen in the Ethereal (Spirit) Plane. Ethereal creatures may not interact with the character, but they may continue to follow or even speak to them. Characters in the material plane can still see and hear the wearer as a pale, dim, ghostly image speaking just above a whisper.
  21. Anything the wearer touches is covered in a thin layer of delicious strawberry jam. It’s sticky and tastes delicious. The jam may be used for anything one would normally use jam for. Effect lasts 1d4 days.
  22. Wearer and all gear becomes a water elemental for 1d10 hours. As an aside, other characters may drink from the wearer to ward off thirst. Wearer can also be boiled or frozen.
  23. Wearer may breathe a 50′ cone 15′ wide Frost breath for 1d6 rounds. Does 6d6 cold damage. Creatures caught within the cone may make a Fort (Con) Save DC12 for half damage.
  24. <Kaboom!> The ring emits a shockwave of concussive force knocking everything within 5’of the wearer back 10′. Additionally, every creature within 20′ including the wearer is magically stunned for 1d6 rounds. Fort (Con) DC 12 Save for half stun duration minimum 1 round.
  25. Topiary: The wearer and all gear is turned into a bushy plant statue. The wearer may still move, cast spells, speak and hear as normal. +2 AC bonus. Immune to normal bludgeoning and piercing damage. Vulnerable to fire damage. While in plant form, the wearer absorbs nutrients and water as a plant would. Lasts 1d4 days.
  26. Wearer polymorphs into a as-yet-unseen creature. Left leg becomes that of an owl. Right leg becomes as a turtle. Torso becomes scaly and gains large bony plates on the back. Sprouts gills but can also breath normally through the elephant’s trunk. Gains a large, sabretooth mouth with multiple rows of teeth like a shark. Eyes sprout out of the head on long tendrils and wearer gains four additional eyestalks facing in random directions. The character’s ears grow to three times their normal size. Character’s hair grows three feet longer and adds a thick beard if one wasn’t already there. Right arm becomes three octopus-style tentacles. Left arm becomes a scorpion-style pincer. Wearer grows a pair of prehensile monkey tails. Character remains in this bizarre state for 1d6 days. No saving throw to avoid the effect. None but the most powerful magics reverse the effect before it expires.
    Charisma is automatically reduced to 3. Wearer can wield a melee weapon as normal. Gains 2 actions. Gains a +4 Luck bonus on all physical skills, armor class, initiative, and saving throws. Regenerates 3 hp per turn. Dark vision and all around vision. Resistant to Fire, Magic, and Cold damage. Doesn’t need to sleep in this state. When the effect expires, character will be at full health with no negative effects and any/all curses removed.
  27. Wearer can suddenly speak, write, and read in every language except Common for 1d6 days.
  28. A whirlwind of razor sharp blades surrounds the character and moves as they move. Any character making contact with the blades takes 6d6 damage Ref (Dex) Save for half damage. If the wielder is foolish enough to make contact with the blades, they will take damage as well. Effect lasts 1d8 rounds.
  29. Wearer turns into a giant vulture for 1d8 minutes. Magically attracts two more giant vultures that remain after the effect wears off.
  30. Clouds form up around the wearer, lightning crackles in the air around them and then they gain the ability to fire lasers from their eyes for 1d4 rounds. The lasers require a regular ranged to hit roll +2 dealing 3d6 damage + igniting any/all combustibles

Please note: There are no saving throws for the wearer to ignore these effects.

Possessing Tick for Dungeon Crawl Classics.

This little monster was locked away in a stasis chamber by its creator because of the insurmountable damage it could do if released into the surface world. This parasite exists to feed, control, and multiply. It isn’t too picky about its intended prey.

This Tiny beastie could be the scariest thing in the whole dungeon.

This little monster was locked away in a stasis chamber by its creator because of the insurmountable damage it could do if released into the surface world. This parasite exists to feed, control, and multiply. It isn’t too picky about its intended prey.

This Tick is about the size of a common frog. The new host must make a DC 14 Fort (Con) Save to resist the beastie’s physical imposition. Once it attaches to the back of a humanoid host, or possibly an animal in a pinch, it begins to burrow inside its host. The tick secrets a special gel substance behind it to seal itself in and prevent further damage to the host. But that’s not the worst of it.

Mind Control: Once attached/embedded within a host, a fierce battle of wills begins between the tick and the host’s mind. The new host must make a Will save DC 12 to resist the initial imposition of the tick’s commands.

The Possessing Tick is a half arcane construct/half living spider inhabited by a minor demon with delusions of world tyranny. Its creator has locked it in a hermetically sealed box and bound the spirit to it. Breaking the ofuda seals and opening the box unleashes the creature. Its first goal is to find a host to inhabit.

Possessing Tick: Init -1; Atk bite +0 melee (0); AC 10; HD 1d6+1; MV 15’; Act 1d20; SP Mind Control; SV Fort +1, Ref -2, Will +10; AL N.

Warm Handaxe.

The axe also comes with a bit of personality. First, it has been known to cause random items to burst into flames. It will allow itself to be left outside of libraries, manor houses, and art galleries.

The pyroclastic origins of this item are the subject of much speculation in taverns where adventurers gather.

For use with Dungeon Crawl Classics and similar D20 system RPGs.

This Fiery Handaxe is often the bane of forests and wooden buildings. Its very presence in an area of dry wood or grass could be the start of conflagration. The axe is tame as long as it remains in its special sheath. However, in the hands of a bonded (attuned) user, it is capable of defeating large numbers of enemies in a single fight.

This +1, (+3 vs Corporeal Undead and Trolls) Hand/Throwing Axe deals an extra 1d4 Fire damage on a successful hit. A successful hit will ignite the target for 1d4 Fire damage per turn for 1d3 turns unless extinguished. It also has a 15% chance to ignite nearby flammable objects on contact.

When not in use, the owner may speak a command word to put the axe out so it may be stored. When lifted from its sheath, another command word ignites it again.

The axe has four minor powers that it will reveal to its bonded (attuned) owner.

  • When ignited, it acts as a torch.
  • When sheathed it keeps the owner warm and dry down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit as if they were standing near a campfire.
  • Returns to the user with a command word when unsheathed (as a Free Action.)
  • Can be used to start any campfire or other small fire magically even if the wood or other suitable material is wet. Also suitable for candles and torches.

The axe also has a special power:
Once per turn command, the axe can be hurled toward and enemy as it turns into a miniature fireball that travels in a straight line and strikes one target unerringly dealing 3d8 damage + 1d4 burning for 1d3 rounds. The target may make a Reflex (Dex or Spell) Save at DC 12 for half damage and no burning effect. The little fireball travels up to 60 feet before returning automatically. If used in this manner, the axe returns to the wielder red hot, doing 1d4 Heat damage when caught. It stays red hot for 1d3 rounds. The owner can refuse to catch it until it cools.

This special power may only be used 3 times per day (long rest.)

The axe also comes with a bit of personality. First, it has been known to cause random items to burst into flames. It will allow itself to be left outside of libraries, manor houses, and art galleries.

Second, while it has never spoken it does seem to be listening to its owner’s conversations If it doesn’t like what it is being told to do, it might not ignite or grant use of its powers. On the other hand, it is aggressive- almost zealous anger toward corporeal undead and trolls.

Last, it absolutely hates being wet. It is best cleaned with oil and a cloth before and after use as long as there is no water. It may refuse to function as a weapon in torrential rain, underwater, or heavy snow. It will always keep the owner warm and dry, however.

it is speculated that there may be a companion piece of some sort to this item. It might be a cold pick or another fiery axe of some kind. The blacksmith that forged the axe may even still be alive somewhere in a northern climate.

Warhammer of Concussive Force

This item is somewhat of a rough draft. Please feel free to use/modify it according to your campaign, players, and GM preferences. The lore/history may come along later. I’ve used items such as this in other campaigns. As long as everyone has something special, it works out pretty well.

A new magic item for Dungeon Crawl Classics and other D20 compatible fantasy TTRPGs.

Warhammer of Concussive Force aka Rock Crusher:
+1, (+3 vs Constructs and Earth Elementals) warhammer that inflicts 1d6 extra force damage on a successful hit.

On a Critical Hit, the hammer has a chance to rupture the target’s eardrums, DC12 Fort Save leaves the target with partial deafness lasting 1d6 hours. If the save was unsuccessful, the target is deafened for 1d12 days unless healing magic is applied. Creatures without eardrums are immune to this effect.

Adds +2 magical bonus to Mining checks if used as a tool.

Once per day (Long Rest,) the owner can command the hammer to shatter a 10′ cube of stone into rubble. This effect does 6d6 concussion damage to constructs and Earth Elementals as well.

Once per day (Long Rest,) the hammer’s owner can invoke the spirit of the hammer to issue a thunderous blast of concussive force in a 5’x15′ cone. Targets within the cone must make a DC12 Fort Save or take 6d6 damage, be knocked back 15′ from the target and deafened for 1d12 rounds. A successful save deals only 3d6 damage and partial deafness for 1d6 rounds.

Legendary Ability: The hammer can be struck upon the ground to cast Cause Earthquake as the spell. ONLY if the hammer wills it through its wielder. This effect can’t be used more than once per week.

Rock Crusher is not truly intelligent, but it does take some time to bond with its new owner before it will begin to reveal all but its most basic abilities. (The bonuses to hit and damage, Mining.) The hammer prefers to be wielded by Dwarves, Gnomes, or other earth-based species first. It also does well in the hands of righteous clerics and warriors with a kind heart who are willing to protect families and homes.

*Note: The wielder is immune to the effects it projects. Friends, pets, and party members are not immune, however.
**Note: The hammer is the opposite of stealthy. All of its abilities are accompanied by loud booms and bellowing crashes. Other creatures in the vicinity will be alerted to its use if they are able to detect any sound.

This item is somewhat of a rough draft. Please feel free to use/modify it according to your campaign, players, and GM preferences. The lore/history may come along later. I’ve used items such as this in other campaigns. As long as everyone has something special, it works out pretty well.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you. Game on!

d12 Modern Horror Tables.

7. An orange tabby cat, alive, unharmed, healthy. The box is clean and dry on the inside. No return address. No note. Meow.

What’s in the box?

Content Warning: Descriptions of gore. May be traumatic for some readers.

(Today’s random d12 table was suggested by @FreighterOne on Twitter.)

A strange box arrives addressed to one of the characters. What’s inside? Roll 1d12 and consult the table below.

  1. A human head, wrapped in plastic wrap. It’s been in there a while judging by the smell. No note or anything accompanying it.
  2. Completely full of ribbon candy, cinnamon disks, butterscotch lozenges, lemon drops, and other hard candies. A simple handwritten note says, “Enjoy. Don’t get a tummy ache. Watch out for tooth decay.” No signature or return address.
  3. A Blue Yeti Microphone. The address on the box is the character’s name and proper address. The note inside says the mic is a gift to “Night Whispers ASMR,” a popular YouTuber that shares the same real life name as the character. Only when they look on YouTube, there is no such channel.
  4. A 9″x13″x3″ box full of dead bugs. No return address. The note inside is an ad clipped from the newspaper that says, “I baked you a cake.”
  5. A large box full of used cat litter. The return address is Mr Fluffles, Eerie Ohio. The note inside is simply a paw print on a piece of plain white paper.
  6. A small box containing 16 rusty, straight square nails. The return address simply says, “Tombstone.” The note inside the box says, “For your coffin.”
  7. A White Bunny Rabbit- alive, unharmed, healthy. The box is clean and dry on the inside. No return address. No note. Seems unusually observant.
  8. The outside of the box is marked with biohazard warnings. If anyone foolishly opens the box, there is a broken glass container inside. The letter on the inside says, “If this box arrives broken or damaged, go to the nearest hospital immediately. This box contains a parasitic spider carrying a highly contagious necrotic plague. If still healthy after three days, you may leave quarantine. Please return this package to Site 14 as soon as possible.” The return address simply reads “SCP Foundation Site 33.”
  9. A large box containing a bottle of fine wine and a cake that says, “Happy New Year 1953.” The address is correct, but the name is incorrect. The return address is Ferdinand P. Gently, 666 N. Pine Blvd. Eerie, Idaho. Further research indicates Ferdinand passed away from natural causes in 1972. The cake is fresh and edible. (Chocolate slab cake. Quite delicious.) The wine is outstanding, maybe 100 years ole?
  10. Old Christmas ornaments and a string of lights. Return address is S. Klaus. 001 Factory Lane, North Pole. The note inside simply says, “Merry Christmas.”
  11. It contains 4 rings, a dull hunting knife, an old .38 revolver and a severed human hand that matches the character’s DNA. The note inside says, “I told you you’d put an eye out with that thing.” The character’s name and address are also listed as the return address.
  12. What appears to be a small, mummified extraterrestrial being in a strange metal sarcophagus. No note. No return address.

Random messages from beyond the grave.

Roll a d12 and consult the table below for messages caught on EVP or just heard around paranormal activity (“haunted” houses/buildings/etc.)

  1. “Hitler won World War Two.”
  2. “Leave here. Now. Go away.”
  3. “The water is too hot. Turn the faucet off.”
  4. “Where are we?”
  5. “This is Ashtar of the Galactic Command. Stay tuned for and important message.” (Nothing discernable follows.)
  6. “We’re all fine here. How are you?”
  7. “The horses are in the paddock.”
  8. “Look in the old rectory.”
  9. “Grandma. I can’t find Grandma. Where’s my grandma?”
  10. “That darn cat.”
  11. “The Bible was right about it.”
  12. “Come with us. Join us. It’s fun.”

1d12 Minor Magic Items.

Use these 12 items at your own risk. They have not been thoroughly tested.

Compatible with most D20 Fantasy RPGs.

Roll 1d12 and consult the table below:

  1. Bag of Rat. This small pouch contains one fairly large white rat. Only one rat may be summoned per day (Long Rest.) The rat will follow the pouch owner’s commands but will not put itself knowingly in danger.
  2. A small pouch full of pills that grant 60′ Darkvision, also to see into the Ethereal Plane, and mild hallucinations. Darkvision/Ethereal sight last 1d4 hours. Mild hallucinations last 1d6 hours. Roughly 30% of these pills see into the Astral Plane instead.
  3. A collar that turns the wearer into a cocker spaniel puppy when worn. Effect ends when the collar is removed.
  4. Climbing claw. Not enough to scale a wall by itself but provides a +2 (Or 10% Old School) bonus to climbing attempts. Treat as a +1 magical exotic weapon in combat that deals 1d4 damage on a successful hit. Its mate may still be roaming the Material Plane somewhere.
  5. Mijo’s Boots of Jumping: These low cut letter boots with a trademark red swoosh on the side that adds a 6′ vertical leap or an additional 10′ running leap.
  6. Bunny Ears: this very strange headpiece resembles a pair of velvet rabbit ears. They add +2 to perception checks (sound) or (+10% Detect Noise Old School) They move on their own and make the wearer look cute, too.
  7. The Faceplate of Augh! This minor magical metal faceplate fits snugly onto most metal helmets. It’s visage is that of someone screaming in terror or possibly agonizing pain. +1 AC bonus. (Or -1 AC modifier Old School.)
  8. Bottomless Potion of Fizzy Water. This metal test tube style flask is filled with a colorless bubbly liquid with a mild lemon/lime flavor. The liquid can heal 1d4 hp per day (per Long Rest.) May cause drinker to burp a little.
  9. +1 Sharpened Screwdriver. This tool is useable as a large flat screwdriver, chisel, crude lockpick, piton, pry bar or stabby implement. Treated as a +1 dagger for purposes of dealing damage. Will not break if used to pry or chisel.
  10. Camouflage Polish: When applied to metal armor it allows the wearer to move less seen in the shadows. It also acts as a mildly magical sound buffer if applied to jingly chainmail or clanky plate armor. Negates armor stealth penalties for 1 day per application. +2 Stealth (+10% Hide/Sneak Old School.) Bottle contains 1d6 applications when found.
  11. Recurring Beads of Water Droplets: This pearl necklace has three large detachable stones on it. When the command word is spoken, the 3 light blue stones turn into baseball sized balls of ordinary water. The blue stones reform once per day (Once per Long Rest.)
  12. Ring of Splat Falling: This magical ring turns the wearer into a clear black gelatinous ooze on command when falling. The wearer and all worn/carried items will hit the ground with a loud splat but will be unharmed. It will take the user 1d8 minutes (or 1d8 x 10 rounds in combat) to pull themselves back together and become solid again. In goo form, the wearer will be unable to perform any actions or cast any spells until all of the droplets of jelly come together and reform. All of the droplets will try to find the largest mass and come back together. The wearer’s body and items will always be present once reformed.

A Magic Shield For a Curious Paladin

Sometimes the face will confer added minor abilities to the shield and its owner. A demon face might come complete with horns protruding from the shield. Sometimes a face will cause thorns to protrude from the front and sides of the shield. A celestial/angel might cause the shield to cast a glaring light that repels evil if needed. The exact game mechanical effects are left up to the Judge/GM/DM/Rabble Rouser.

A magic item for Dungeon Crawl Classics.

This +1 Shield has a shiny metal of curious origins around its edges. At first it doesn’t appear to be much more than a regular shield, except the material it is made from is not of earthly origins. It is lighter than most shields, and exudes a sense of well-being when picked up.

After a few days, the owner will notice a change in the outer appearance of the shield. Some days it is white with a chrome metal edge. Some days it is almost pure black. If the owner rides through a forest, it may turn green and have an ivy pattern around its edges. In a desert, it turns a dark brown color.

It is most curious underground. The shield itself turns gray and the circle in the middle appears as a mercury pool of shiny metal. That’s when things get most interesting.

The owner can will the shield to give off light as a lantern. The shiny metal property can be used as a mirror if desired. Regardless of the appearance, the shield always confers a +1 bonus to Armor Class.

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After a time, the shield will begin to manifest faces. Each face is a different being-some human, some elf, some celestial and some demon. Each has a different personality. Each has something different to say to the owner. If the face speaks, it is unclear whether the shield is intelligent or if the phrases were somehow preprogrammed into the images. A phrase is rarely repeated unless it has some significance to the owner.

Sometimes the face will confer added minor abilities to the shield and its owner. A demon face might come complete with horns protruding from the shield. Sometimes a face will cause thorns to protrude from the front and sides of the shield. A celestial/angel might cause the shield to cast a glaring light that repels evil if needed. The exact game mechanical effects are left up to the Judge/GM/DM/Rabble Rouser.

Please also note that the shield is technically cursed. It will stay with the character who first wields it or with their armor if they take it off. If discarded, forgotten, or stolen it will reappear with the owner within 24 hours. The shield will even begin to taunt its owner if more than one attempt to discard it is made. Likewise, it can’t be painted or otherwise covered. It is indestructible except for powerful magic.

If the owner is rude to the shield, it may start mocking them openly, making noise when the character attempts to be stealthy, say inappropriate things during social encounters, etc. However, if the character takes care of the shield, cleaning and polishing it regularly and maybe engaging in polite conversation, the shield can become sort of an intelligent companion.

The shield can also influence the owner’s mood to a lesser extent. While the shield has no discernible agenda of its own, it may sense the mood of the group and reinforce that of its owner. Sometimes a face will appear to be happy. Sometimes if the group is quiet or sullen, the shield will exude a sense of melancholy. It is always unclear if there is an underlying intelligence or if it is simply mirroring what is around it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have fun monkeying around with this shield.

Somebody Ordered a Warhammer.

Your character is not Thor. This is not Mjolnir. Invoke the true power of this weapon at your character’s own risk. For use with Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG or other d20 fantasy RPG.

Someone asked for more magical warhammers. So, here we are.

1. The Hammer of Lightning Bolts. (You are NOT Thor.)

This +1 magical warhammer automatically returns to the wielder when thrown.
When the hammer strikes a target it deals an additional 1d8 lightning damage (Fortitude DC 12 to avoid this effect.)
On command, it produces Light as per the spell.
The hammer’s real power comes into its invocation. When invoked, Once per Day, it calls down a bolt of lightning where designated within 100′ that does 6d8 damage (Reflex Save DC 14 for half)
Invoking the hammer’s full power comes at a price. Roll 1d30 and consult the table below:

1 Hammer evaporates into thin air instantly and reappears randomly elsewhere never to return.
2-11 No side effect.
12-13 A cloud appears above the user’s head for a day. It reflects their emotions.
14-17 Hammer is struck by lightning for 3d8 damage, DC 10 REF save for half.
18-19 A cloud of charged lighting appears around the user, constantly shocking them for 1 point of damage for 1d4 rounds.
20-23 A large cloud appears around the target. It causes 1d3 points of lightning damage as it shocks him for 1d4 rounds.
24-27 The hammer’s wielder is enveloped in a field of lightning. The electricity inflicts an additional 1d6 damage and transfers a charge that does an additional 1d4 damage to the target and anyone in a 10′ radius wearing any sort of metal.
28-29 The hammer’s owner/wielder is blasted by a massive lightning bolt. It inflicts an additional 4d8 damage and shocks anyone within 15′ with metal on them for 2d8, DC 10 REF save for half.
30-31 The character’s nervous system is turned into an electrical superconductor. It inflicts an additional 3d8 damage and the target is electrocuted, suffering an additional 1d8 damage each round until he makes a
DC 10 FORT save at the start of a round.

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